Switch up pasta and taco nights with a fun twist. These breakfast recipes are robust and filling, and will make the kids and parents alike pleased and full.

By Matthew A. Moore
August 18, 2020
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Photo: Greg Dupree

Among the greatest pleasures of food (aside from shoveling it down our maws) are the memories it can evoke. For many, flavors transcend time and space and can teleport our minds to a specific life event, remind us of a cherished loved one, or pick us up when we're down. Everyone can relate to this, right? For instance, when I think about pancakes, my mind takes me back to lazy Sunday mornings when my dad would make my brother and I the lightest, most buttery flapjacks known to man. I cannot think about pancakes and not think about my father.

With this in mind, why not use food to create some new memories for you and your family? After all, 2020 has seemed like one big lemon, so it's time to make some lemonade! And what better way to make dinner memorable than by switching it up with breakfast? That's right, we're talking brinner, or breakfast for dinner to the layman. In a year where cooking nightly at home has become the norm and the months run together like days, create a food experience that's going to stand out in everyone's mind.

That's why we scoured our Cooking Light Diet meal plans to find the fastest, tastiest, and most unique breakfast recipes. Whether you're whipping these up for the kids after school or celebrating a special occasion at home, these meals are sure to create long-lasting memories at your dinner table. Like the Broccoli-and-Bacon Muffin-Tin Frittatas pictured above, we've provided recipes that are fun, filling, and (in most cases) freezable.

For Cooking Light Diet members: Since you can't really "cross the streams" to borrow a Ghostbusters phrase (i.e., schedule a breakfast recipe for dinner or vice versa), you can easily add your preferred brinner recipe to your My Cookbook tool and then whatever night you're serving that recipe, select Dine Out on your Plan page. For non-Cooking Light Diet members: Make sure and subscribe to the service today to start receiving customizable meal plans featuring these and thousands of other great meals!

Without further adieu, we present to you these exciting breakfast for dinner recipes.

Rich Dark Chocolate Smoothie

Photo: Greg Dupree

We're going to start with a breakfast your kids will love, because it's technically dessert for dinner. Serve this recipe up when you're in a time crunch since it only takes about 5 minutes to prep.

Smoky Egg and Cheese Tostada

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This is another superfast option. If the kids enjoy tacos, they're really going to love these cheesy tostadas.

Eggs Benedict

Iain Bagwell

I can still recall the first time I ordered eggs Benedict at a restaurant. The combination of poached egg, English muffin, creamy hollandaise, and Canadian bacon was divine. Serve your kids up a similarly memorable experience from home.

Avo-Tahini Toast

Iain Bagwell

Make toast for dinner, but make it fancy by slathering it with heart-healthy avocado, egg, and tahini. Bonus educational option: Teach your kids about tahini (essentially sesame paste) while watching Sesame Street together. Your older kids may not be as amenable to this lesson, though.

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Blueberry-Sour Cream Muffins

Iain Bagwell

Single-handedly the greatest blueberry muffin recipe ever thought into existence, this recipe is one your kids will ask for again and again. Plus, you can easily bake a double batch and freeze the extras for future dinners or breakfasts.

Breakfast Bowl with Tomato, Avocado, and Egg

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

This recipe already feels more like dinner, what with its leafy greens, panko-crusted tomatoes, and bacon. Mmm...bacon.

Bulgur Bowl with Apples, Almond Butter, and Goat Cheese

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Branch out! Whole grains, fruit, and tangy goat cheese make for a dinner recipe you (and the kids) have never had before. But rest assured you'll want to make it again.

Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Ah, the consummate breakfast-for-dinner sandwich. Where else are you going to find a sammie featuring both sausage and gravy that's under 350 calories? (That question was rhetorical.)

Steel Cut Oats with Warm Berry Compote

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

If you're raising a berry lover, we 100% recommend combining their appetite for berries with 41g of whole grains per serving. Keep 'em regular, ya know?

Sweet and Spicy Corn Cakes

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Pretty much everyone appreciates pancakes, so why not use them as an opportunity to educate about cultural cuisines? These Spanish chorizo corn cakes pack a little heat courtesy of chorizo, jalapeño, and a kicky maple syrup. This brinner will undoubtedly be requested again by any of your spice-loving progeny.

Raspberry-Date Smoothie

Jennifer Causey

This is a sneaky, sweet way to introduce the household to the wonders of silken tofu. Sell it to the fam as dessert for dinner, and maybe just don't mention the tofu part until later.

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