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Breakfast for Dinner: 6 Easy & Healthy Brinner Recipes


Many of us just don’t have the time in the morning to sit down and enjoy a meal. And what a shame, considering all of the great breakfast options out there. Well, you don’t have to miss out!

Breakfast for dinner, or “brinner,” has been trending for a couple of years now. Just last year, McDonald’s hopped on board with its all-day breakfast menu, which has finally boosted its struggling sales. All-day breakfast restaurants like IHOP and Cracker Barrel continue to draw crowds in the evenings.

For those of us who like to stick to more healthy food, brinner can be a nice easy meal that you can make with your own fresh ingredients at home. So, we thought we’d switch things up a bit and give you some great breakfast recipes that can work well in your dinner plan.

Let’s get started!



Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cinnamon Apple Compote

Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats tempts us with this savory short stack. The recipe meets all three of her criteria for an amazing pancake: has a unique taste, is light and fluffy, and is visually appealing. The cinnamon and finely chopped pecans give the batter a nice flavor, and sweetly complements the apple compote.

She uses a raw honey instead of syrup as a different twist, but if honey isn’t your thing, try organic maple syrup! Everyone in your family will surely enjoy this brinner delight.

  • Get the full recipe here.



Mushroom and Bell Pepper Omelet with Fontina

Cooking Light magazine shares this unique omelet recipe that’s perfect for utilizing your fresh produce and herbs. It may also be an opportunity for you to try fontina cheese, if you haven’t already.

Fontina is a semi-firm, creamy cow’s milk cheese that has excellent melting properties. This classic Italian cheese has a mild nutty flavor. If you need to substitute, Gouda and provolone are good choices.

This omelet packs in almost 20 grams of protein. Though it has just over 17 grams of fat, they point out that, “You can use one cup of egg substitute in place of four of the eggs, which cuts about 45 calories and five grams of fat per serving.” Enjoy this brinner treat!

  • Get this recipe here.



Asparagus Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomato Breakfast Tart

Kristen at The Endless Meal shares this recipe for a fabulous tart.  If you’re a fan of pastry, caramelized onions, goat cheese and veggies, this is for you!

She says it is “easy to make, delicious and always a hit.” To make it a bit heartier, she suggests serving it with a salad or “healthier” sausages. You can also make it with whole-wheat puff pastry to boost the nutrient content. Looks scrumptious!

  • Get the full recipe here.



Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash

This healthy option comes to us from Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny. It will leave you full and satisfied ’till morning thanks to its fiber content. It also delivers 30.8 grams of protein!

Sweet potatoes (not to be mistaken for yams) “have more vitamin C, fewer calories, more fiber and fewer total carbs than white potatoes,” according to Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. They also deliver 400% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A!

She suggests serving this hash with a side of green vegetables for a nice dinner.  Enjoy!

  • Get this recipe here.



Creamy Spinach and Potato Breakfast Casserole

How’s this for comfort food? Lindsay at Pinch of Yum was good enough to share the recipe for this protein-packed (over 30g!), pleasing casserole. I mean, how can you go wrong with a potato, egg, spinach, ground turkey and cheese delight like this?

She uses a nice mix of spices, including sage, garlic, onion powder and chili powder, to add some pop. I appreciate her use of lean ground turkey, too. It’s so much better for you than ground beef. This is another brinner recipe that will leave you satisfied through to breakfast. Give it a try!

  • Get the full recipe here.



Healthy Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French toast sounds awfully naughty, but Vaishali at Holy Cow! Vegan has succeeded in making it healthy. At the heart of it is her whole-wheat vanilla bread. And then it gets even better!

She adds natural peanut butter, strawberries and bananas for a nice gooey center, and then tosses the “sandwich” in an eggless wash of nondairy milk, powdered chia seeds, pure maple syrup, vanilla, salt and flour to make a nice crust. Is your mouth watering yet? This is a brinner the kids are sure to love!

  • Get this full recipe here.


Does your family have a favorite brinner recipe you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it, so comment below!

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