10 Dinners You'll Also Want to Eat for Breakfast

10 Dinners You'll Also Want to Eat for Breakfast

Sheela Prakash
Mar 10, 2018
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Consider this a gentle reminder that, while we don't often cook dinner with leftovers for breakfast in mind, that practice can be a smart way to ensure there's something delicious on the table at the start of the next day. If dinner is wholesome — full of veggies, protein, and whole grains — it can be repurposed as a perfect morning meal!

These 10 recipes cover all these bases and can be enjoyed rewarmed, at room temperature, or even cold. So no matter how much time you have before you need to run out the door, you can feel confident you'll be able to start the day off right.

1. Savory Tex-Mex Dutch Baby Pancake

While Dutch baby pancakes are usually sweet, this savory version is spiced up with hot sauce and green chiles and piled with melty cheese. Black beans, diced avocado, and salsa are all smart topping choices.

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2. Kimchi Fried Rice with Extra Greens

Kimchi lends a bit of spice and acid to this fried rice to ensure it's extra satisfying. Leftovers keep well for a few days, so make a double batch and you'll have more than a couple of breakfasts taken care of.

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3. How To Make the Best Lentil Dal at Home

This Indian dish is comforting and wholesome no matter the time of day. Enjoy it over rice for dinner then warm it up the next morning and enjoy it as a filling porridge-like stew for breakfast.

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4. Swiss Chard and Sausage Bread Pudding

This savory bread pudding is very similar to a strata, which is a brunch favorite, so this is a dinner that turns into a breakfast no-brainer.

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5. Sweet Potatoes with Chickpea Tomato Sauce

Roast a couple of extra sweet potatoes when you make this dish and then tuck them in the fridge with the leftover chickpea tomato sauce. In the morning, warm them both up separately, stuff the potato, and dig in.

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6. French Onion Frittata

It's always a good time for a frittata. This one is inspired by classic French onion soup and filled with heaps of caramelized onions and melty Gruyére cheese — it's satisfying warm, cold, or at room temperature.

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7. Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad

This colorful salad has just the right amount of protein, vegetables, and whole grains to keep you satisfied for both dinner and breakfast.

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8. Savory Carrot & Zucchini Pancakes

Turn these vegetable fritters into a meal by topping them with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, or even frying an egg and sliding it on top of a stack. Reheat them in the oven or toaster oven to keep them crisp.

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9. Tortilla Espanola with Rainbow Chard

This Spanish omelet is similar to a frittata and is loaded with potatoes, onions, and colorful rainbow Swiss chard. Serve slices with salad for dinner and then dig into a cold slice for breakfast.

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10. Polenta with Swiss Chard and White Beans

A tube of polenta becomes something much more when it's sliced into rounds and fried. Save leftovers of the polenta and beans and green mixture separately, then re-crisp the polenta in the oven or toaster oven and rewarm the beans and greens in the microwave.

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