Breakfast – It’s What’s For Dinner!

by Nikky Manausa on March 7, 2010

My favorite meal of the day is most definitely breakfast, which is why I love having it for dinner! Plus, since they say it is the most important meal of the day, then I think we should have it twice a day!

Endless Options

Do you ever feel like your family gets into a dinner rut? Every Monday is spaghetti, each Tuesday is meatloaf, etc… If you choose a day of the week as “Breakfast for Dinner” (BFD) night, then you will have endless options at the end of your fork (or spoon!).

Considerations for BFD:

  • Oatmeal (I suggest adding fresh fruit, yogurt, and/or toasted nuts to make it more nutritious and flavorful)
  • Eggs (your favorite way) with turkey bacon or sausage
  • Quiche (click here for over 150 quiche recipes!)
  • Omelets (use low-fat cheese, or try using low-fat cream cheese, delicious!)
  • Whole wheat French Toast, waffles, or pancakes with fresh fruit
  • Bagel sandwiches (toast your bagel and top it with choice of low-fat cheese, meat, and tomato, yum!)
  • Eggs Benedict (check out my recipe for Healthy Hollandaise Sauce)

Additional Benefits of BFD

Not convinced your family should include BFD into your weekly meal rotation? Consider the following:

  • Breakfast is cheap! You can get your family their much needed protein from eggs.  Even the cage-free organic eggs will cost you less than $3 a dozen.  Good luck finding a lean meat at that price!
  • Breakfast is typically pretty quick to prepare.  Instead of going through the drive-thru, make toasted English muffins with peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 
  • Don’t rule out cereal!  Especially when my husband is working the night shift, my family loves having cereal or oatmeal for dinner, and I love the easy cleanup. 
  • Breakfast foods are easy to prepare, and thus easy for little hands to help out. Kids are generally more likely to eat what they helped prepare.

Whole Wheat Pancakes/Waffles

I have been experimenting with whole wheat pancake and waffle recipes for years.  As much as I love the taste of my recipes with whole wheat flour, food-processed oatmeal, and flax seed, I need something quicker for my family. I finally found a convenient whole grain pancake/waffle mix that gets my stamp of approval! With 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving, Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix is worth adding to your grocery list.

Recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

The following has become my staple pancake recipe (yes, it is a Nikky original).  Try using a cut up apple instead of banana, or a cup of blueberries if they are in season. 


  • 2 cups Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk (soy milk works, too!)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 bananas, sliced (or mashed, if you prefer)
  • Non-stick cooking spray





  1. In large bowl combine pancake mix, cinnamon, and brown sugar. 
  2. In separate bowl (I like to use a large 4 cup measuring cup), mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla. 
  3. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  4. Fold in bananas.
  5. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray (you will do this after every batch)
  6. Heat pan over medium heat.  It is ready when you splash a tad of water on the pan and it bubbles but doesn’t steam.
  7. Pour batter on hot pan.  Pancakes are ready to flip when the batter starts to bubble a little bit.
  8. Once you flip them, they will only need to cook for another minute or so.
  9. Stack pancakes on top of each other and lightly tent the plate with foil to keep warm until ready to serve.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Traci Downing March 8, 2010 at 7:23 am

I just wanted to show you my whole wheat pancake recipe. It really doesn’t take long to make.

Nikky Manausa March 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Thanks for sharing Traci!

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