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Breakfast for dinner, anyone? Here are 17 healthy recipes

By Brittany Poulson, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Apr. 2, 2020 at 8:36 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not have it for dinner, too?

Cooking dinner for your family night after night can get tedious, especially as you run out of ideas on what to make. Making breakfast for dinner is a fun way to switch things up while still feeding your family a nutritious meal.

Eggs, often the star of a hearty breakfast, are full of high-quality protein (one large egg boasts 6 grams of protein) and are one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D. They are also excellent sources of choline, selenium, iodine, biotin and vitamin B12. Eggs are inexpensive and versatile and pair well with various veggies, sauces, grains and more. This makes them a great addition to any dinner meal.

Here are 17 healthy breakfast for dinner recipes you can cook up with your family. And if you happen to have any leftovers, they'd be great the next morning for breakfast, too.

1. Mushroom and Leek Frittata via Toby Amidor of Toby Amidor Nutrition

(Photo: Courtesy of Mittera for the American Diabetes Association)

This savory vegetarian frittata is a delicious protein-packed, low-carb entree. You can pair it with some whole wheat toast to complete the meal.

2. Green Chile Cheddar Waffles via Dixya Bhattarai of Food, Pleasure and Health

(Photo: Dixya Bhattarai)

These savory waffles are crispy, cheesy and will surely please your family. Make a big batch so you can save some in the freezer for later.

3. Broccoli Egg Bake via Brittany Poulson of Your Choice Nutrition

(Photo: Brittany Poulson)

This recipe can be prepped ahead of time so all you have to do at dinner is pop it in the oven. It makes for a delicious, nutritious and easy breakfast for dinner option any day of the week.

4. Nutrient Packed Breakfast Sandwich via Rebecca Clyde of Nourish Nutrition Co.

(Photo: Rebecca Clyde)

This tasty breakfast sandwich is an easy make-ahead meal for busy weeknights. It takes just a few minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake, with no need to individually cook eggs or bacon. You can make a large batch and freeze for an easy dinner option.

5. Florentine Oatmeal Bowl via Sharon Palmer of The Plant Powered Dietitian

(Photo: Sharon Palmer)

With only seven ingredients, this savory oatmeal recipe takes less than 10 minutes to cook and is filled with heart-healthy and immune-boosting nutrients.

6. Mediterranean Style Egg and Cheese via Jessica Levinson

(Photo: Jessica Levinson)

This flavorful breakfast-for-dinner option includes smoky halloumi, fragrant roasted tomatoes, creamy avocado and poached eggs atop whole grain sourdough bread.

7. Asparagus and Sausage Quiche via Julie Andrews of The Gourmet RD

(Photo: Julie Andrews)

This recipe features an asparagus, spinach and sausage filling, baked in a flaky crust and topped with cheese. It’s sure to hit the spot any night of the week.

8. Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Hash via The Real Food Dietitians

(Photo: Jess from Plays Well with Butter)

Make good use of leftover taco meat by giving this easy, nutritious recipe a try. Filled with protein and plenty of veggies, it’s a tasty and hearty weeknight dinner option.

9. Roasted Garlic Tomato Mini Crustless Quiche via Jenna Braddock

(Photo: Jenna Braddock)

These portion-sized quiches are packed with flavor and make a terrific leftover for the next morning, too.

10. Sheet Pan Egg Nourish Bowl via Kelly Jones of Kelly Jones Nutrition

(Photo: Kelly Jones)

This recipe is balanced in nutritious carbohydrates, quality protein and healthy fat along with plenty of color. Using a pre-made pesto makes dinner time easy and the eggs can be cooked to your liking by adjusting cooking time.

11. Pumpkin Maple Pancakes via Liz Weiss of Liz’s Healthy Table

(Photo: Liz Weiss)

Serve up something sweet for dinner with these super nutritious pancakes. They're made with whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed and 100% pure pumpkin. Each serving is filled with almost a day's worth of immune-boosting vitamin A.

12. Greek Quinoa Bowl via Karman Meyer of The Nutrition Adventure

(Photo: Karman Meyer)

This filling meal uses quinoa, which contains 8 grams of protein in every cup. Add just one egg to that, and you’re up to 14 grams of protein for a hearty meal.

13. Egg Casserole with Salmon, Dill, Basil and Tomato via Amy Gorin of Amy Gorin Nutrition

(Photo: Amy Gorin)

This gluten-free egg casserole makes preparing dinner super quick, and you get lots of filling protein from the eggs. Just pair with a side salad and you're set.

14. Shakshuka with Harissa via Kara Lydon of The Foodie Dietitian

(Photo: Kara Lydon)

This traditional Middle Eastern dish gets a North African twist. Shakshuka (eggs baked in a spicy tomato stew) is a delicious savory dish you can enjoy for breakfast or dinner.

15. Mexican Breakfast Bowls via Kelli Shallal of Hungry Hobby

(Photo: Kelli Shallal)

These bowls are high in protein, low in carbs, and veggie-packed. It’s a healthy breakfast for dinner option that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

16. Breakfast Tacos via Chelsey Amer of Chelsey Amer Nutrition

(Photo: Chelsey Amer)

Give your Taco Tuesdays a fun twist by making these 2-ingredient breakfast tacos. These tacos make for a protein-packed and fiber-full dinner.

17. Protein Packed Breakfast Casserole via Maggie Farley of Meals with Maggie

(Photo: Maggie Farley)

This meal is stuffed with hearty vegetables, turkey sausage and topped with crispy, cheesy hash browns, making it a fitting dinner option.


Brittany Poulson

About the Author: Brittany Poulson

Brittany Poulson is a Utah registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She shares her passion for health, food and nutrition on her blog, www.yourchoicenutrition.com, where she encourages you to live a healthy life in your unique way.

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