5 Weeknight Meal Shortcuts


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Breakfast for Dinner
Serving your family breakfast for dinner is a quick solution to a weeknight meal woe.
Serving your family breakfast for dinner is a quick solution to a weeknight meal woe.
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Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not have it twice? On days when meat and veggies are conspicuously absent from the fridge, a very late brunch is a fantastic option. Staple items, such as flour, milk and eggs, are all it takes to whip up a fresh batch of pancakes and scrambled eggs. Waffles are just as easy and delicious. Up the nutrition ante by topping either dish with strawberries, blueberries or by mixing in mashed-up bananas and walnuts. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, try making a frittata with last night's leftover vegetables. For the traditionalists among us, a bowl of whole-grain cereal, a slice of toast and that orange that's been languishing in the crisper will suffice.

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