One of the easiest ways to start intermittent fasting is to skip breakfast.
Unless you prefer to have a morning eating window or you practice alternate day fasting, this means you’re missing out on all of the deliciousness that is breakfast.
I love breakfast food!
Eggs are one of my very favourite foods.
Pancakes, French toast or waffles covered in fruit, syrup and whipped cream? It’s like making dessert the main course and that makes my sweet tooth very happy.
Bacon, sausage, ham, home fries, toast … they make me drool just thinking about them.
Growing up, some of the happiest memories I have were spent around the kitchen table at breakfast time. We often went to my Grandmother’s house for breakfast since my parents worked early in the morning, and she would make us the most delicious breakfasts with scrambled eggs, fried bacon or bologna, and fresh homemade rolls with either peanut butter or homemade strawberry jam. Since Grampy was retired, we’d all sit around and enjoy a yummy meal made with love before heading off to school.
On the weekends my Dad would always cook up a nice big breakfast to start off the day. We would usually have either a ham and cheese omelette or French toast on Saturdays, and then a big feed of pancakes and sausages before Church on Sundays.
Since I started intermittent fasting, I very rarely eat in the morning. So what’s a breakfast loving girl to do?
Breakfast for dinner!
Since breakfast literally means to “break” the “fast” then why not?
Having breakfast for dinner is a great way to get all of the food groups in since there’s so many ways to include fruits and vegetables, protein, dairy and carbs.
There’s also no shortage of keto, vegan, low fat or low calorie recipes for breakfast foods.
Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day in the traditional sense, but breakfast for dinner just might be!
Here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy breakfast for dinner.
This is my absolute favourite way to enjoy breakfast for dinner, because there are literally hundreds of options.
You can add almost anything you can think of to an omelette, making it the perfect way to repurpose leftovers and use up extra veggies and meat from the refrigerator. There are also so many ways to make them.
You can make them in the oven, like in this baked ham and cheese omelet recipe from The Seasoned Mom.
You can cook them in the microwave using an omelette maker from Amazon or make this 2 minute egg omelet in a mug.
Of course there’s the traditional French Omelette like this recipe from the Kitchn.
My favourite method is to just throw eggs, meat and cheese into a pan and scramble it up … yes I still count that as an omelette!
You can make a simple omelette with ham and cheese, or you can get super creative like this bacon and lobster omelette.
I also love to make a Mexican omelette using leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spice, and topping it with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
Use leftover pulled pork to make a super delicious pulled pork omelette.
Omelettes are a great low carb or keto option since eggs are naturally low carb and you can add your favorite high fat keto foods like cheese and bacon.
While eggs are obviously not vegan, they’re a great source of protein for vegetarians. You can add in so many delicious veggies, like mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach and other greens.
There are so many options, the only thing limiting you is your imagination!
Growing up, the only kind of waffles we ate in my family were the frozen kind you made in the toaster. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, they made a pretty quick and yummy breakfast.
Then one day I bought a waffle maker … game changer!
I like to use this basic waffle recipe from Genius Kitchen.
There really is no comparison to a homemade hot and fresh waffle. Until you cover it in butter and maple syrup of course.
Or strawberries and whipped cream.
Or blueberries and ice cream … so many options, all delicious!
You can also make them savoury and use waffles as the “bread” in a breakfast sandwich. Just take two waffles and put some scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese in between, and add a little butter, mayo, or even syrup.
Or make some delicious chicken and waffles! This may be more dinner than breakfast, but it’s definitely delicious! I love this recipe from MsBrenda Dee’s YouTube channel.
As I mentioned earlier, my family enjoyed a breakfast of homemade pancakes served up with butter and local maple syrup almost every Sunday morning.
So now I love to enjoy this same delicious breakfast at dinnertime.
I use this essential pancake recipe.
You can also make easy and delicious basic vegan pancakes.
Or if you’re on a ketogenic diet, these keto almond flour pancakes are so yummy.
Like waffles, you can top your pancakes with a variety of toppings.
You can make them savoury and top them with some ham and an egg or even smoked salmon and cream cheese.
My favourite pancake topping is whipped cream and berries, but you could use other fruits like peaches, bananas (with peanut butter or hazelnut spread!) or mangoes.
The possibilities are pretty much endless.
I don’t know if breakfast casseroles have always been a thing, but they’ve only been on my radar for the last 10 years or so.
They’re now my very favourite thing to make for breakfast on Christmas morning, and I absolutely love how they make a super easy breakfast for dinner.
They’re perfect for feeding a crowd, and they make excellent leftovers.
You can make a delicious savoury breakfast casserole that you can adjust to fit your own tastes.
Or there’s a variety of sweet breakfast casseroles so you can jump straight to dessert.
Breakfast casseroles are great for a low carb or keto diet, like this recipe from Low Carb Yum.
They’re also an easy way to add extra veggies into your diet by making this veggie loaded breakfast casserole.
The best thing about any casserole is that you can usually mix them up and bake them all in one pan, saving time and clean up!
500 Calorie Breakfast for Dinner Ideas
If you’re doing alternate day fasting and you’re looking for some low calorie ideas for your fasting days, then enjoying breakfast as your main meal can be both delicious and satisfying.
You could make a yogurt parfait with yogurt, berries and low fat granola or cereal.
Smoothies make a great low calorie meal, and you can add spinach and protein to make them extra satisfying.
These ones from bon appetit look super yummy.
If you practice a low carb, high fat diet you can make these keto smoothies!
Eggs have around 75 calories each so you could have a couple of eggs with some toast and butter, and even add some cream in your coffee and still easily stay within the 500 calorie range.
Or you can make an omelette with 3 eggs, some cheese and a ton of veggies for a delicious and satisfying meal under 500 calories.
Other Breakfast for Dinner Ideas
Another of my favourite breakfast for dinner ideas is eggs benedict. I use this recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
You can even make a keto version of eggs benedict.
French toast makes a great breakfast for dinner option, like this recipe from Simply Recipes.
And when I’m feeling like a lower carb option, I love to make this recipe from the KetoFocus Youtube channel.
It’s so delicious, you won’t even know you’re eating keto!
I like to eat my avocado toast with mashed avocado, salt and pepper and an egg cooked over easy on top, maybe some tomato if I’m feeling ambitious.
You can never go wrong with your standard north American breakfast of eggs (scrambled, over easy or sunny side up!) and bacon or sausage, with a side of toast and some delicious home fries. Lots of diners will still serve you breakfast at dinner time, so if you don’t feel like cooking you can still have breakfast for dinner!
More and more fast food places are offering an all day breakfast. While I don’t often eat fast food any more, it can be a great option on the go if you don’t feel like a burger and fries.
Now that I often eat only one meal a day, opening up my eating window with breakfast foods is something I love to do at least once a week.
There are so many delicious options!
Comment below if you love to eat breakfast for dinner. What is your favourite breakfast meal?