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Breakfast for Dinner (And Lunch, and Dessert...)

It's really no secret that every day starts out with a bowl of oatmeal for me. Even when I want to try new breakfast recipes, the call of the oat is just too strong. I end up making the more elaborate breakfast dishes, but for lunch, dinner, or even a late night snack instead. And who can argue with that logic when you get to eat things like these delicious pumpkin pie pancakes for your Sunday lunch?


I actually started out with the plan to make crepes, but after I had made the first one the batter was too thick. The first one was pretty though, so I'll take it:


The recipe for the batter is incredibly simple, and to be honest I didn't even follow it to the letter at all. Find any batter recipe for crepes/pancakes online, whichever you prefer, or use a boxed mix. I won't tell! The only difference to these is a heaving spoonful of pumpkin puree (per serving) directly into the batter. The filling is where all the magic happens. It's a simple mix of:

-Pumpkin Puree
-Brown Sugar
-Vanilla
-Cinnamon
-Nutmeg

The whole thing is topped off with vanilla greek yogurt and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. Divine! 

Yes, still wearing a robe at 1 on Sunday. So what?
If you aren't into the fall pumpkin love, how about a Spanish frittata? Our neighbors have tons of chickens and that means plenty of eggs for us to use up. This recipe calls for 6 eggs for about 3 servings.
I started with baked potatoes, sliced thinly and frying up in some oil:


These don't get moved the whole time-just let them brown on a low heat and add the extra ingredients as you go. The next layer is sauteed onions, broccoli and peppers. I sprinkle that later with some grated cheese, and then toss in some diced tomatoes and turkey. Really, it's a free for all. Toss in what you have lying around! The final stage is to beat 6 eggs and pour over the entire dish. 


Once everything is in the pan, cover it up and leave it alone for a good 15 minutes on a low heat. You want the eggs to set. If they're still runny, cook the dish a bit longer. 

The traditional way to serve this is to flip the whole frittata over so you can see the beautifully brown potatoes underneath. Except...that's tough. Think flipping a pancake, but 10x as heavy. No thanks. Instead, I served up two slices on each plate. One side so you can see the brown potato bottom, and the other side so you can see the omelette-like interior full of veggies:



If you use what you have lying around, this turns out to be a really cheap meal, and perfect for any time of day. 

Do you have any special breakfast recipes or traditions?
The hubby and I have made crepes together a few times, and it's always so much fun to make different combinations and toppings. Today he stuck with a plain batter, and filled them up with bananas and chocolate syrup. We've made apple fillings, Baileys and brown sugar fillings...the list is endless!

Ever eat breakfast for dinner?
I used to make eggs and toast or even pancakes for dinner all the time, but the hubs isn't a huge fan of traditional "breakfast" foods. Other than crepes, bagels, and cereal, he's just not terrible interested. So I save those meals for when I'm just cooking for one! I had a midnight breakfast feast once during finals in college, and I remember it being such a fun time. Bacon at midnight? Who can resist that!

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  1. Breakfast for dinner is my FAV! I'm going to have to try that frittata.

    I think I know what I'm having for dinner on Saturday night :)

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  2. We eat breakfast for dinner often. I make a copycat recipe of the Cracker Barrel's egg and ham casserole, but it has to be prepped ahead - can't think ahead like that relating to breakfast so I put it together and have it for dinner . .. super easy, fast and delicious.

    Your foodles look delicious!

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  3. I'm really boring when it comes to breakfast. It's either oatmeal or cereal suicides for me!! I do love pancakes though so I may just have to steal your recipe! I'm not a huge fan of breakfast foods either. I don;t do the eggs or bacon or any of that...but oats and cereal - I could eat for every meal!!

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  4. "the call of the oat" is very strong in our house too.

    We do a lot of omelets in our house. Mike's not a fan of waffles or pancakes, so we rarely eat those. He says "fancy" breakfast to him means eggs.

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  5. Because he's in the music biz my husband is home in the morning so we always have family breakfast as opposed to family dinner. I try to do I nice hearty breakfast so we often have the Spanish tortillas, chiliquilles, waffles or fancy oatmeal with add ins to name a few.

    I love breakfast for dinner! It's a rarity here, perhaps I need to do it more.

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  6. I love breakfast for dinner! I went out to "dinner" (omelets) on Saturday night with my husband. I think this stems from the fact that my dad can't cook. When my mom was out of town he'd make us breakfast for dinner because that is all he knew.....

    xo
    Sarah
    Get Up & GO

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  7. All. Looks. So. Good!

    I love eating eggs for dinner, in whatever fashion. And why not?

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  8. Breakfast for dinner is a fave over here too. Both of those dishes look incredible!!

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  9. I have breakfast for dinner much more often than not haha... I love all breakfast foods! But a lot of the time I have cereal or oatmeal... whoops!
    Both of these dishes look amazing as usual :)

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  10. The hubs loves pumpkin pancakes, but I haven't been a good wife this year and actually made them for him. Pancakes are a great way to carb up premarathon, so maybe I'll be a good little unemployed housewife and throw some together for him.

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  11. This is a great way to use up leftovers... and it actually looks appetizing! Thanks for sharing - I will definitely be using this!

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  12. umm yumm!! thanks for the ideas...will be boring :)

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  13. I just recently started making frittatas as my parents have chickens. I love them! you can totally clean out the fridge and make a tasty meal. AND Im totally devoted to pumpkin right now, its sick.

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  14. Lots of yummy food! I have breakfast for dinner a lot!

    We made french toast this weekend for breakfast! Delicious!!

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  15. That all looks so good!!!! You're making me hungry! Ha. I love breakfast for dinner!

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  16. You cracked me up at the "call of the oat" :).

    These pics look pretty danged delicious!

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  17. Not sure if the pumpkin pancakes or the frittata is my favorite here. They both look so good!

    I love that you commented about being in a robe at 1 on a Sunday!

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  18. an easy way to flip that frittata is to put a plate on top of the frying pan, hold it down and flip it over onto the plate. place the pan back on the burner, then slide the whole thing back into the pan carefully. easy peezy!

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  19. I make waffles for dinner. I think of it as a lazy dinner, but then when I'm doing it, I realize it's a pain in the ass and makes a huge mess. Then I forget and do it again. Vicious cycle.

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  20. No special breakfast traditions here. I like to save cereal eating for the weekend instead of through the week, but that's about as special as it gets!

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  21. Yum you are making me hungry! And yes breakfast for dinner is one of my absolute favorites.

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  22. Hubby loves waffles. LOVES LOVES LOVES waffles. When we have breakfast for dinner, it's usually omelets or crepes. We put either ham and cheese or banana, chocolate sauce and coconut in our crepes.

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  23. Oh yum! I made blueberry crepes a while back, and they were super easy - I was surprised! I have breakfast for supper or lunch all the time - it's just so good!

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  24. Ok, I want to come eat at your place! These looks so delicious!

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  25. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan but those look yummy!

    Do you have any special breakfast recipes or traditions?
    No special recipes. We always do monkey bread or cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning but that's it.

    Ever eat breakfast for dinner?
    We eat breakfast for dinner at least a couple of times a monht. It's quick and easy and yummy!

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  26. The hubs makes a great omelet made with avocado and some fresh salsa as a side...it never tastes as good when I make it...

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  27. Your pancakes look delicious! I'm with you - I love breakfast foods, but normally stick to a simple breakfast in the morning, so I love doing it for dinner :)

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  28. Everything looks so good - I'm loving the photos in your new kitchen, I can only imagine how good that feels :) Totally agree with your oat addiction and not being able to stray from them. Protein pancakes more often make it into my dinner selection than breakfast!

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  29. Those crepes look amazing! I've always been scared to make them, though, I think because I'm so terrible at flipping pancakes that I can't imagine flipping something even more delicate.

    And yep, love breakfast for dinner! There's something so comforting about it.

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  30. Your pictures are lovely! Makes me hungry right NOW.

    I <3 having 'breakfast' foods for dinner. Omelets, pancakes, cornbread and ham...mmmm.

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  31. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I had to keep this visit short as I've been gaining weight...I want to eat everything on this page :)

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  32. Yum I do that too. Whatever leftovers I have, I just use as frittata makers! It is a great way to not waste food! I love breakfast for ANY meal at ANY time!

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  33. Last week my husband asked me if I was "obsessed with breakfast for dinner." All because we had eggs one day and french toast another. What can I say, it's cheap, easy and good!

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  34. I eat breakfast for all three meals every single day! Well except I also eat a salad with my last meal...but who says you can't have salads with breakfast?!

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  35. i loooove breakfast and have it for any meal :)

    I am on no sugar right now and that pumpkin concoction is killing me it looks so good

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  36. i'd eat breakfast all day every day! we make a hashbrown casserole and a sausage/egg casserole, my favorites!

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  37. Yum! I love all breakfast food and could it eat it all the time, lately pancakes have definitely been my weakness, I am making them all the time! Mostly with strawberries! I haven't tried pumpkin yet but I may do that in the future.

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  38. I am a big "brinner" fan! Your pictures of food always look so good...mine look terrible so I never post any!

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  39. I love breakfast for dinner! Any excuse to eat eggs is a good excuse in my book. Also, breakfast-for-dinner is an easy option for "meatless Mondays" in our house. :)

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  40. you have my mouth watering and i JUST ate. so crazy. i love love love breakfast for dinner. soooo yummy. pancakes are my fave but i usually stick with oats too. p.s. friend. your text made my day. cant wait for you to run 26.2...not too much longer :)

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  41. I will not read blogs when I'm hungry. I will not read blogs when I'm hungry. YUM these both look delish! I'm an oats every day for breakfast kind of girl too and Sunday night dinner at our house is usually make your own and breakfast food it usually is.

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  42. Our special breakfast recipe often becomes a breakfast-for-dinner extravaganza: pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes. Mmmm...

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  43. Wow these both look amazing! I am especially obsessed with pumpkin so I'm going to try the crepes very soon!

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  44. OMG those crepes look sooooo good!

    I love anything pumpkin =)

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  45. we eat breakfast for dinner often - its one of our favorites.

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  46. Yum! I don't have breakfast for dinner enough! I wouldn't mind having some bailey's & brown sugar crepes :)

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