It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why should mornings get all the glory? For a fun change of pace and for some serious savings, try serving breakfast for dinner once a month or more.
Avoid the Morning Rush
There’s something wonderful about making pancakes from scratch or whipping up omelets full of your favorite fixings. Unfortunately, though, many people don’t have that kind of time most days, so they adopt other morning meal plans. For instance, my $0.23 oatmeal breakfast routine is healthful, efficient, and frugal. While I can’t foresee ever giving up this routine, I do get nostalgic for the Mickey Mouse pancakes* of yore every once in a while. When that happens, breakfast for dinner to the rescue. I can still enjoy my favorite breakfast treats without adding to my morning rush. I’ve also found that most breakfast meals cook up fast by dinnertime standards.
While there are certainly plenty of economical dinnertime dining options, breakfast foods can be real cost savers, especially if you’ve set an ambitious goal of a $200 grocery budget for the month. Once you buy the few ingredients necessary for scratch pancakes, you’re set for a few meals. Or you could stick with my beloved oatmeal but create a toppings bar using fresh fruits and other ingredients that you already have around the house. The same goes for omelets. Leftover veggies? Add them. Only a few pinches of cheese left? Toss it in. Eating ham for lunch? Include a few scraps. The ingredients don’t have to be fancy. With most breakfast meals, the preparation is just as fulfilling as the meal itself. There’s something so wonderfully childlike about tossing in a few blueberries before the batter starts to sizzle away on the stove.
So Tell Me…Are you a fan of breakfast for dinner? Can we make “brinner” a thing?
*You’re the best, Mom!