The One Night I Always Include in My Meal Plan

updated May 12, 2022
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A night for pizza and a night for leftovers are always on my meal plan, but there’s one other night that I always include in my meal plan. Sometimes I plan it for a specific night, or other times it is just in my back pocket as Plan B. Every meal plan needs at least one no-brainer meal that can be made quickly with basic ingredients. Mine is breakfast for dinner or, as I like to call it, “BFD.”

The Joys of Breakfast for Dinner

The phrase “breakfast for dinner” incites happiness in my family, due in no small part to the novelty of having an untraditional dinner for dinner. That and the promise of pancakes delights my daughter. Breakfast for dinner is my fallback plan for the nights when whatever I had planned isn’t going to work — say I forgot to thaw a key component — or just no longer sounds good.

When dinner plans go awry: The Golden Rule of Meal Planning

Breakfast for dinner can be many, many things. It can be a quick scramble of eggs with buttery toast and crispy bacon. It can be a stack of pancakes or a plate of waffles. Breakfast for dinner can be a quickly tossed-together frittata of leftovers. It can be a bowl of hash browns with a yolky fried egg on top. But breakfast for dinner is always budget-friendly, and my children gobble it up with pleasure and some times syrup.

5 Reasons You Should Make Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner is quick-cooking.

Scrambled eggs and omelets come together in less than 10 minutes and just need a quick salad and a glass of wine to be satisfying and chic.

Breakfast for dinner is economical.

Per serving, even the best quality eggs are less expensive than ground meat and can just be as hearty. Pancakes, waffles, and biscuits are also inexpensive uses for pantry staples.

Breakfast for dinner is fun.

Just try and tell me that having a fluffy stack of pancakes dripping with maple syrup for dinner doesn’t bring you right back to childhood.

Breakfast for dinner is convenient.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a kitchen without a carton of eggs in it right now. Ditto flour, sugar, milk, and butter — all of which can be easily turned into a dozen different variations of breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for dinner is a brilliant use of leftovers.

The last few handfuls of greens languishing in the crisper drawer, leftover pasta sauce, and even the roasted vegetables from Sunday’s supper can all come together harmoniously in our favorite frittata and make leftovers more appealing by association.

A Ton of Our Favorite Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes