10 Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes My Kids Are Guaranteed to Eat

10 Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes My Kids Are Guaranteed to Eat

Meghan Splawn
Mar 12, 2018
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We have breakfast for dinner on our weekly meal plan every week — usually on Thursdays — because it is a wonderful way to use up leftovers or scrape together staples into something easy enough for a weeknight but that everyone loves. That's a lot to ask from one dinner concept! But much like Pizza Friday, breakfast for dinner is equal parts clever marketing (pancakes for dinner!) and efficiency. It's easy on the parents and exciting for the kids.

Here are 10 of our family's favorite ways to eat breakfast for dinner.

1. Sweet Potato Pancakes

We actually had these on our meal plan this week and the kids ate them up and asked for seconds. Bake off an extra sweet potato during Sunday meal prep and use it up any night of the week.

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2. Huevos Rancheros Tacos

This is an easy riff on breakfast for dinner, and the recipe was specifically designed for young eaters. The beans and peppers are cooked on a sheet pan and the eggs are quickly scrambled separately.

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3. How To Make Frozen French Toast Sticks

We just made a batch of these this weekend and you better believe I'm pulling them out of the deep freeze on one of those harried Thursday nights between daycare pick-up and PTA meetings.

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4. Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins

Muffins can absolutely be served for dinner! Pair one or two of these with a simple salad or roasted vegetables and you have a complete meal that will get your kids excited for dinner.

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5. Veggie-Packed Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

You guys, look at this egg casserole — it has tater tots on top! Sure it's secretly loaded with vegetables, but the tots on top sell it to my kids (and their friends, because this dish feeds a crowd).

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6. Citrusy Breakfast Polenta Cake

Yes, this is technically cake for dinner, but it's packed with whole grains and tons of fruit. You can use almost any seasonal fruit, and bonus points if you serve this with a dollop of full-fat Greek yogurt on top.

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7. Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

My 6-year-old really loves these pizzas and asks for them regularly, but we only have them as "treat dinner" when mama is tired. You can make your own flatbreads with this fast flatbread recipe.

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8. Raspberry Ginger Power Smoothies

Don't think smoothies can be dinner fare? These are wonderful for the nights you actually need to eat in the car between practices. We often partner smoothies with a savory muffin (see number four) or veggies and dip if we're drinking them for dinner at home.

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9. Breakfast Fried Rice

This walks the line between dinner and breakfast food with ease, which means I'm just as likely to serve this as a weekday breakfast as I am to serve it for dinner. Breakfast fried rice is a great example of how I use up leftovers to make something new and different.

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10. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

These are another kid-loved portable breakfast for dinner and another great example of efficiency. You can pack these up and take them with you to the ball field or ballet practice too.

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