Did you skip breakfast this morning? While that’s probably a poor choice that could lead to a stalled metabolism or more cravings throughout your day, we all do it sometimes. Mornings can be hard- we are rushed, we have places to be, we might not be hungry, and getting that caffeine fix feels more important than eating a balanced meal. Lucky for all of you that skipped breakfast this morning, you have another shot to eat it tonight!
Nothing beats breakfast for dinner. It’s fast, fun, economical, and incredibly simple to make plant-based and healthy. Incorporating more veggies into your breakfast dishes will make them feel more like dinner, but with all the comfort of breakfast food. Here are some awesome recipes and suggestions to end your day right. Ranging from burritos to pancakes, these meal ideas are quick to whip up and will please anyone from any walk of life. So get cooking tonight, because after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Tofu scrambles are the perfect alternative to scrambled eggs. They make the perfect breakfast-for-dinner meal because they are hearty, super easy, and can be made with any ingredients you’d like. For non-plant-based eaters, tofu can be a strange food to cook with at first, however soon you’ll find that there are so many surprisingly delicious ways to use it. Scrambles make a great start for tofu-newbies and can be cooked just as you would scrambled eggs. Try mixing in vegetables like mushrooms, onions, broccoli, or peppers and use simple spices such as pepper, chili flakes, garlic powder, curry powder, or even miso sauce. Try one of these 5 Amazing Scrambled Tofu Recipes for a savory, amino-acid packed dish. What’s great about tofu scrambles is that you can pair them with nearly any side. Some great ideas are fruit salad, steamed kale, or even these Smokey Black Bean Sausages if you’re looking for extra protein.
Burritos are an easy and filling weekday meal idea. They’re also convenient to make beforehand and can even be frozen until used. You can use whole wheat tortillas, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onions, or carrots, and warm scrambled tofu to make simple burritos, or you can get more creative with some other ideas. For instance, this Mexican Spiced Tofu Scramble is perfect for a flavorful breakfast burrito filling, and you can complete the dish with rice and beans to make your meal more filling. For an even more decadent delight, layer in vegan cheese like this Vegan Pepper Jack Cashew Cheese. To add an extra boost of comfort and heartiness, opt for potatoes in your burritos, such as in these Vegan Breakfast Burritos that also include nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
Nothing beats eating a classic stack of pancakes. There’s just something about these fluffy cakes that reminds us of comfort and joy. For a quintessential breakfast-for-dinner pancake meal, try these Bacon and Maple Pancakes for a sweet and smokey craving, or these Cloud 9 Pancakes for a decadent delight. The best part about pancakes for dinner is that pancakes don’t have to be made sweet. If you’re feeling savory, opt out of fresh fruit and incorporate some vegetables into your cakes. These Tomato Chive and Chickpea Pancakes use zucchini and chickpea flour to create healthy, crispy pancakes, and for a zestier dinner, try these Poblano Corn Pancakes. These two options would also pair perfeclty with some Homemade Hot Sauce for additional flavor.
Oats can be incorporated into nearly any meal. A protein powerhouse, eating oatmeal is a great way to build a protein-packed breakfast without animal products such as bacon or eggs. While warm oatmeal is a great way to start the day, it’s also an awesome way to end your day. Typically loaded with sweet fruit, oatmeal is super simple to also make savory. Using steel cut oats, this Mushroom Oatmeal Risotto is just one way to turn this breakfast food into a generous dinner. The trick to making great savory oatmeal is to use the proper spices. Try some of these flavor combinations, and you’re sure to discover a new favorite way in no time. For another option using oats, try this Oat Quickbread which incorporates superfoods to keep you satisfied for longer. You can spread it with almond butter or top it with with cooked veggies as a healthy toast option.
Speaking of toast, it’s all the rage these days. Normally paired with eggs or meat, toast is an American breakfast staple. Pass on these pairs and let your toast shine all by its delicious self. For a lighter dinner, use a plant-based spread on your toast for a simple, non-dairy meal fix. For a heartier meal, layer your toast with nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado or coconut butter. Avocado toast can be made any way you like it- simply smash a ripe avocado onto your toast and either eat it plain or top it with fresh vegetables like roasted mushrooms or tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper, and maybe even some smashed beans or grilled veggies. For those with gluten intolerances or an allergy, have no fear; this Gluten-Free French Bread is a fabulous option. You can also check out these 50 Extraordinary Homemade Bread Recipes for even more ideas.
Use these recipe ideas to turn a morning time meal into a satisfying, plant-based dinner tonight! Don’t forget about breakfast sides such as Root Vegetable Hash or Ketchup Baked Home Fries to really complete the meal. For more creative ideas check out these Southern breakfast recipes and these 5 Healthy Breakfast Hacks. Whether sweet or savory, light or hearty, breakfast for dinner is a no-frills plan that is sure to please any crowd.
We’d love to hear from you, what’s your favorite breakfast-for-dinner meal?
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