Breakfast for dinner is definitely a thing — anyone who’s feeding kids has turned to bacon and eggs, French toast, or pancakes for dinner. However, when you’re coming up with breakfast ideas for fast-paced mornings, the last thing you want is a meal that takes a lot of time.
If you enjoy savory breakfasts or need a big protein hit to take you through the morning, then dinner for breakfast might be your new favorite thing. These dinner-inspired breakfasts are where meal prep and leftovers come in — they’re savory dishes that you can heat and eat quickly.
1. Pork Wonton Soup
The wontons from this pork wonton soup are made with ground pork, spinach, and plenty of ginger and scallions. If you make a batch and keep them in the freezer, you can easily pull a few out and simmer them into a simple soup that will warm you up and give you plenty of energy for the day ahead.
2. Fried Rice
Fried rice is another champion in the dinner for breakfast category. If you have leftover rice and cooked meat, you can stir fry them together with some chopped veggies and aromatics. It’s a super-satisfying breakfast in minutes.
Looking for more protein? Put an egg on it — or in it. This pork fried rice starts by scrambling eggs over high heat, then removing them from the pan while you cook the pork, rice, and vegetables. Add the eggs back at the end, stir to combine, and serve. Wake the dish — and yourself — up with some hot sauce.
If you’ve made any kind of soup or stew like this leftover turkey chili or this one in the Instant Pot, just heat it and add a spoonful of plain yogurt for a low-carb, high-protein breakfast. It’s an excellent way to start the day.
4. Salmon Croquettes
Spin last night’s fish into breakfast. Fish is a prime candidate because it should get dispatched from the fridge quickly. These salmon croquettes can be made with any cooked salmon, and you can skip the remoulade in favor of a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream. With some salad greens, these make a filling but light breakfast (or lunch, for that matter).
5. Shaved Asparagus and Frisee Salad
Salad for breakfast is delightful and a little unusual, but this lovely asparagus salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette will persuade the skeptics. Again, for a little more oomph, put an egg on it. With this salad, you’re already on your way to your recommended daily allowance of veggies for the day, and it’s still morning!
When the weekend rolls around, you might have more bandwidth for puttering over breakfast in the kitchen. For now, let’s make dinner for breakfast a thing with these quick and savory breakfast ideas.