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Do You Breakfast For Dinner?

By marinka |

It was Sunday.

It was Sunday,early evening, and I had nothing to serve my children for dinner.

Not because I was lazy, at least this time, in fact I was preparing something for dinner for the week ahead, but there was nothing that could be ready within half an hour, we’d done takeout the day before, had pizza for lunch and absent a court order, I was not going to go to the grocery store again.

I was stuck.

And my kids were starting to mention the words “hungry” and “starving” and “when is dinner” with alarming frequency.

Panic was setting in.

And then I remembered something I’d heard that some people were doing — serving breakfast for dinner.

Apparently, it works like this: You make breakfast and then serve it for dinner.

I was inspired.

This could solve my “what should I make now?” problem.

I almost sprained my shoulder patting myself on the back as popped the frozen waffles in the oven.

“Dinner’s ready!” I sang, and my 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son came to the table.

“Cool!” my son said and dug in.

“What is this?” my daughter asked, curling her lip as though I’d served a sautéed family cat.

“W-a-f-f-l-e,” I responded, resisting the urge to put her hand on my face as I enunciated, The Miracle Worker-style. (Please tell me you get this reference.  Just say if you don’t in the comments and I’ll explain it.  And then please ignore that I wrote this here. You look nice today. Thanks.)

“I know what it is, but why are you doing this to us? ” She seemed alarmed.

“I’m serving breakfast for dinner! Lots of people are doing it! It’s great!”

My daughter was unsure.

“Can I  have dinner for dinner?” she asked.

I sighed.  And found some frozen ravioli to make.

Honestly, I blame myself.

At 13, I waited too long to introduce my daughter to the concept of breakfast for dinner.  And I also made the mistake of making the same breakfast for dinner as I had made breakfast for breakfast earlier in the day.

Or maybe I’m such a fabulous cook that — oh, forget it. I can’t even type that with a straight face.

So tell me, do you serve breakfast for dinner?  And what can I do to make it more appealing to my daughter?

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Marinka is a wife and mother of two living in Manhattan's West Village. On her personal site Motherhood in NYC, she blogs about her life in New York City, her kids and family, current events, and the art and science of blogging.

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6 thoughts on “Do You Breakfast For Dinner?

  1. Catherine says:

    Substantial tends to work better– so waffles and eggs or sausages, with fruit on the side. And you also need to prepare them ahead of time — don’t wait till they get to the dinner table to let them know. Change is weird and bad! They need time to put their lives back together and accept the horror before they can actually eat this food they love.

  2. Carinn @welcometothemotherhood says:

    What is wrong with these people??? I would eat the very same breakfast morning noon and night. Everyone knows breakfast foods are best. Has she gotten a hold of Nicki’s stash?

  3. Aubrey Anne says:

    My family’s favorite is pop-up pancakes (also called German pancakes or Hootenany pancakes). Super fast, way easy, and so good.

  4. Emilie says:

    Our family has served breakfast for dinner as long as my sisters and I can remember (so we’re talking 30+ years). We typically have eggs, link sausage, and biscuits, but will often times have pancake nights too. Anything you eat for breakfast is up for grabs at dinner time too. [We also eat "dinner" for breakfast--cold pizza or speghetti, sandwiches, etc.] IHOP, Waffle House, & Cracker Barrell serve breakfast all day so why not?
    Maybe serve a different breakfast food than you served that morning, or try serving her all time favorite breakfast foods–make a fun night of it and include the kids so they think it’s a “treat” of sorts.

  5. Flawless Mom says:

    I make breakfast for dinner at least twice a month. Sometimes it’s a frittata with pasta, eggs & sausage. Sometimes it’s homemade pancakes with eggs and organic hot dogs that I turn into bacon. Sometimes it’s homemade waffles with one of those proteins and a ton of fruit. Our family LOVES breakfast for dinner!!!

  6. Joycelyn says:

    We do breakfast for dinner a lot, usually French toast and sausage or some other syrupy treat. I do remember my dad saying he would like something light for dinner so my mom put the box of cereal on the table and took herself out for dinner where someone else came up with the ideas for dinner

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