Your Family Will Love Breakfast for Dinner -- Here's Why

By: Julia Layton

It's Quick!

Most of us are trying to figure out how to feed our families well in the little time we have to spare. It needn't be quite so hard. Here's why: Almost every hot breakfast food is cooked via pan, skillet or griddle-type appliance, and these happen to be exceptionally fast cooking methods. So, if you remove some of those strict meal-type boundaries (why can't dinner taste like cinnamon and sugar?), making a quick weeknight feast gets a whole lot simpler.

A quiche or breakfast casserole will be your longer-cooking breakfast dishes, because they bake -- but they're an exception. Eggs are often the quickest breakfast-for-dinner protein, cooking in as little as 5 minutes. Even a fancy, broil-at-the-finish frittata can take you less than 20 minutes to prep and cook. Main dishes like French toast, omelets, pancakes and fried-egg sandwiches can take less than 15 minutes start-to-finish for an efficient cook (especially one with a sous chef who's old enough to wield a spatula).


Bacon, sausage and ham are fried up in 5 to 10 minutes, and fruit takes about a minute to slice into a colorful, juicy salad. Breakfast potatoes will take longer, but here's a tip: Nuke 'em for about 5 minutes before you start baking or pan-frying. It'll cut your cook time significantly.

But speed is just the half of it. Breakfast has another attribute that lends itself well to the dinner hour.