Cheap breakfast-for-dinner alternatives

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 By

A colorful plate with pancakes and egg on top.

Pancakes and eggs for dinner? Of course! (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Michael Dorausch/Wikipedia)

A great way to save money on meals is to eat breakfast for dinner. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be spending all your shopping time in the cold cereal aisle. Here are some suggestions for cheap breakfast food that’s perfectly suitable for dinner, and tasty.

Pancakes are king

Here’s a savory breakfast staple that is well-suited for the dinner table. They don’t take much time to prepare and the ingredients are simple. Work with traditional sweet elements or throw fruits and vegetables into the mix.

Wrap up breakfast burritos

If you have tortillas, eggs and some vegetables, you have what you need to make a basic breakfast burrito. They’re portable and inexpensive. Add refried beans, hot sauce and maybe even a chopped meat of your choice for extra protein.

Don’t waffle over waffles or french toast

If you want something pancake-sized but desire more of a “wow” factor, try waffles or french toast. Kids love them and they hold toppings well.

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Rice, rice, baby

Fried rice with with scrambled egg, chopped ham, garlic and some vegetables is a versatile, quick meal. Add more types of meat if you like or skip the frying and go with steamed rice if you want fewer calories.

Omelets aplenty

Do you have mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese begging to be used? A dinner omelet can provide you with a great meal solution. You may even want to try ostrich egg – if you can find one – because you’ll only need one.

Breakfast pizza explosion

Instead of loading up your pizza with expensive, greasy meats, try a veggie breakfast pizza. Zesty tomato sauce, veggies and some Louisiana hot sauce mix well with the grand old staple, breakfast eggs.

Huevos rancheros for date night

For a hearty, flavorful dinner, go south of the border with this egg creation. Homemade salsa and refried beans are great for taste. Throw in Bloody Marys or sangria to drink and you have date night – provided you use onions and garlic sparingly.

Breakfast sandwiches – healthier fast food

Rather than a McDonald’s-style breakfast sandwich, toast an English muffin and use a poached or sliced hard-boiled egg for a sandwich. It’s very hearty, and not as greasy as the fast food version.

Biscuits and gravy for everyone

Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, there are ways to incorporate biscuits and gravy into your dinner routine. If you suffer from Celiac disease, there are even gluten-free biscuit alternatives.

Steel-cut oatmeal topping bar

Regular oats will certainly work, but cooking steel-cut oats in a crock pot is healthier. With regular or non-dairy milk, berries, nuts and whatever additional toppings you like, this is a simple dinner that is kid-friendly, notes WiseBread.

How to make an ostrich egg omelet

Sources

About.com Busy Cooks

Betty Crocker

WiseBread

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