Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On the Menu: Breakfast for Dinner

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”—John Gunther


I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like breakfast. Ok, maybe everyone doesn’t like waking up at the crack of dawn and whipping up a gourmet meal, but there’s just something great about starting your day with a wholesome and tasty meal.

But why let breakfast food make an appearance in the AM hours only? I am a big fan of having breakfast for dinner—it always seems to satisfy, whether it be a bowl of Cheerios or a loaded omelet! So today I thought I’d share my favorite breakfast for dinner meal, but first…

Fun Breakfast Facts

  • There are 2.7 billion packages of cereal sold every year – that’s enough boxes to wrap around the Earth thirteen times.
  • Did you know that cereal was invented when colonial housewives started serving up popcorn with sugar and cream for breakfast?
  • Breakfast cereal is the third most popular item sold in grocery stores after carbonated beverages and milk.

  • Astronauts from Apollo 11 boosted their brain power while in space with a cereal breakfast. The cereal was mixed with fruit and pressed into cubes since the lack of gravity kept the astronauts from pouring it into a bowl with milk.

  • One bushel of wheat will make 53 boxes of cereal.

  • Of the more than 294 million people in the U.S, 49% start their day with a bowl of cereal.


Veggie Quiche

Serves: 6

*This recipe is my go-to recipe for quiche—very easy and very tasty. Feel free to add in whatever you’d like!*


  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) fat free cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c eggbeaters
  • 1/2 c milk (any kind will do)
  • 1 pkg (1 lb) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 c fat free shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 frozen 9” pie shell
  • Few handfuls of spinach
  • Sprinkling of parmesan cheese, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together soup, eggs, eggbeaters, milk, and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Stir in vegetables, spinach and  1/2 c cheese.
  • Place pie crust on jellyroll pan.
  • Pour soup mixture into shell; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c cheese.
  • Bake until set, about 45 minutes(sprinkle parmesan cheese, if desired)—cool 20 minutes before serving.


Dad’s Delicious Home Fries

Serves: 4

*My dad isn’t the biggest cook, but he is known for his delicious home fries—when he makes them, I make sure to get up early to get first dibs!!*


  • 1 lb red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Coat a medium skillet with olive oil and add potatoes and all seasonings.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, on medium, until outsides of potatoes are crispy and brown, 8-10 minutes. Note: If potatoes start to burn, add a few sprays of cooking spray to the pan!


What’s your all-time favorite breakfast meal?


Lindsay @ said...

Ahhh! Great breakfast facts. We were just talking about cereal and how almost every woman loves the stuff. I can't stop eating it once I start!

Nicole, RD said...

I love quiche! I'll have to try this!

I'm a pancakes girl :)

Jenny said...

I always tend to gravitate towards sweet things for breakfast (i.e. oats, pancakes, etc.) but these recipes are wonderful BFD options!

Cookie Sleuth said...

I love breakfast at all times of day! Cinnamon rolls are my favorite.

Jessica said...

The quiche looks great. I love eggs very 'straight up', so don't make these things, though I should, because every time I see them they look delish! My fav breakfast is eggs, over easy, toast and bacon. Pretty boring, but so good. And salt. Too much sald. :)

Krista said...

Popcorn with sugar and cream? Ewww!!!

I love quiche so thanks for posting yor recipe! new ones are always appreciated...

sophia said...

I LOVE breakfasty foods, too! I love omelets, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, crepes, oatmeal, baked beans...oh, so much! I don't like eating breakfast, though. As in, in the morning.

Kelsey said...

women used popcorn with sugar!! wow thats pretty crazy to think of how far we've come huh!!

mm those potatoes are tasty as always!! nom nom

Mary said...

One of my grandsons would follow you to the ends of the earth - he loves breakfast for dinner. Your choices are wonderful and good enough to make converts of any doubters remaining out there. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Kerstin said...

I'm a big fan of breakfast for dinner too - your home fries look like something you'd get at a restaurant - yum!

Erica said...

I'm a brinner a holic! We do it almost once a week. My favorite breakfast food is a parfait (duhhh ;)). But I also like making egg bakes and pancakes for dinner!

Chef Dennis said...

what a great looking breakfast!!! my favorite breakfast is blueberry pancakes!