Delectable Dime

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Breakfast for Dinner

Delectable Dime

Breakfast for Dinner by Faith Escher

Breakfast is the best way to start the day! I love breakfast foods; especially crepes, potato scrambles and porridge…there is something so warm and inviting about the things we love to eat first thing in the morning. I have so many memories of waking up to the spicy fruity smell of warm cinnamon oatmeal in the morning, I love the event of blueberry pancakes and associate them with camping because my mom would always make them when we went on a trip, and breakfast potatoes bring me back to my grandma’s kitchen as a child waiting patiently for her perfect Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast style potatoes to find their way onto my plate.

Breakfast foods are delicious, hearty, memory inducing and nutrient rich…but who decides what we eat for breakfast? And how do breakfast foods become breakfast foods? Why are some foods relegated to the hours before the stresses of life hit our days? Maybe it is because of tradition, or because these foods tend to be milder on our palate as we start our day. But whatever the reason, it has always been a special occasion for my friends and I to make breakfast for dinner. This week I have collected some breakfast favorites and hope that you enjoy eating them whenever you want to! You can eat them for breakfast, or you can join me in having breakfast for dinner!

Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner

Total Budget: $100 or less

All recipes serve 4

NOTE: Garlic (2) = how many recipes the ingredient garlic is used in. For example, “Garlic (2)” means we will be using garlic in two of our recipes for this week.

The Shopping List For All 5 Dinners

  • 2 Packages of firm tofu – $4.98 at $2.49 each (2)
  • 1 Small red onion – $0.79 each (1)
  • 2 White or yellow sweet onions – $2 ($0.99 cents each) (2)
  • Real maple syrup – $3.99 for small bottle (3)
  • 1 Bunch of kale – $2.50 (1)
  • 3 Medium sweet potatoes – $2.75 (1)
  • 1 Red bell pepper – $0.99 each (1)
  • 1 Lemon – $0.39 cents each (1)
  • 1 Small bunch of celery – $2 (1)
  • 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk – $2.50 (1)
  • 1 Loaf of bread – $2.49 – $4.00 (1)
  • 1 Box of button or baby bella mushrooms – $3.99 (1)
  • Vanilla extract – $4.98 (2)
  • Ground cinnamon – $2.98 (2)
  • 1 Apple (honeycrisp) – $0.79 (1)
  • 1 Large garlic bulb – $0.50 cents each (2-3)
  • Ground cumin spice – $4.99 (1)
  • Chipotle chili powder – $2.19 (1)
  • Smallest container of flax meal you can find – $2.56 (1-2)
  • Turmeric (optional) – $3.25-3.68 (1)
  • 1 Small bunch of parsley – $0.99 (1)
  • 1 Bunch of fresh basil – $2.50 (1)
  • Nutritional yeast – $4.95 for a 4.5 oz shaker (1)
  • 12-16 oz Steel cut oats *Quick steel cut oats if you don’t have a crockpot – $3.99 (1)
  • 1 Potato *purchase more if you want to make potatoes with first scramble – $0.99 (2)
  • 1 Bag of tortillas (count 4-6) – $2.38 (1)

$74.89-78.00  *Prices may fluctuate depending on tax, store, sale and season. I paid $75.98 this week.

If you followed us last week you already have the following; however, if this is your first week you will need to make these additional purchases (appx $7.48) or substitute with ingredients you have in your cupboard.

  • Salt and Pepper shakers – $3.49 (5)
  • Olive oil – $3.99 for 12 oz container (4)

Recipe No. 1

Southwest Tofu Scramble | Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Source: The Minimalist Baker | Instructions in link


  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu
  • Olive oil (just enough to saute the veggies)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups kale, loosely chopped


  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (I used fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)

Note: This recipe is designed for 2; however, the shopping list accounts for the doubling of this recipe to serve four people.

Recipe No. 2

Sweet Potato Hash | Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Source: A Sweet Pea Chef | Instructions in link


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 small-medium sweet potatoes, skin on and diced into equal, bite-size chunks
  • ½ medium white onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Optional: sliced green onions for garnish

Note: If you want to eat this as a side, try eating it with an avocado and an English muffin!

Recipe No. 3

Vegan French Toast | Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen | Instructions in link


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 slices french bran toast bread (or any toast bread)
  • optional:
    • Maple syrup, for serving
    • Extra cinnamon, for sprinkling

Recipe No. 4

Easy Make-Ahead Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal | Cook Time: Overnight Crockpot *

Source: Hummusapien | Instructions in link


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Note: If you do not have a crockpot you can buy quick steel cut oats and make this dish in the morning in any pot.

Recipe No. 5

High Protein Vegan Breakfast Burrito | Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Source: Oh How She Glows, Angela Liddon | Instructions in link


  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, rinsed and pressed
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups diced sweet onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup diced potato
  • 1.5 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3-4 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt (or to taste) + black pepper

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Whether you decide to have these breakfast entrees first thing in the morning, or whether you are a night owl like me and enjoy having breakfast for dinner, I hope that these recipes brought warmth to your plate, your belly and your memories.


Baier, L. (2016, June 7). Sweet Potato Hash. Retrieved February 23, 2017, from

asweetpeachef.com website: http://www.asweetpeachef.com/sides/sweet-potato-hash/

Jessica in the Kitchen. (2014, December 1). Vegan French Toast. Retrieved February 23, 2017,

from JessicaintheKitchen.com website:


Joseph, A. (2014, January 6). Easy Make-Ahead Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Retrieved February 23, 2017, from hummusapien.com website:


Liddon, A. (2012, February 23). High Protein Vegan Breakfast Burrito. Retrieved February

23, 2017, from ohsheglows.com/2012/02/23/high-protein-vegan-breakfast-burrito/

website: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/02/23/high-protein-vegan-breakfast-burrito/

Shultz, D. (2014, September). Southwest Tofu Scramble. Retrieved February 22, 2017, from

TheMinimalistBaker.com website: http://minimalistbaker.com/southwest-tofu-scramble



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