Posted by: Brooke Hukill | December 16, 2008

Breakfast for Dinner???

Tonight, I was just about to prepare a meal my family usually loves…Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, when my oldest son decided to protest.  With all his might he declared he wanted waffles for dinner!  What?  I am not fixing breakfast… It’s dinner time!  But then I got to thinking… would it really be so bad to fix breakfast for dinner… as long as it’s healthy and I can kick in a few of my “tricks” to make almost anything healthy?

I recently bought Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious.  I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but just in case, it’s a cookbook of tricks where you hide pureed veggies, fruits and even meats in every-day foods most kids love.  Oh parents, you must have this book!  There are so many tricks you can pull that your children will never pick up on.  And there is a wealth of information about the simple things, like how many servings of what each child is supposed to consume.  Because lets get honest, as much as we want the best for our kids, the kitchen is one place that “what’s best for them” is off limits.   Usually for a few reasons…

  • it’s impossible to know what is REALLY good for them and what is not
  • it’s too hard to get them to eat what is good for them
  • there are so many rules about how many servings of this and how many servings of that
  • you never really know what is in most of what you buy anyway, so what’s the point?
  • who has time to cook homemade meals… everything comes out of a box these days on purpose… right?

Well this cookbook makes all of that so much easier!  And truthfully, my kids have no idea; well they didn’t anyway until last night.  I don’t quite remember how the topic came up but my oldest two (17,14) finally found out.  And it has been the question of the table for the last 24 hours.  Now everyone wants to know what I put in what to make it…eeeewwwwww…H E A L T H Y!  Cause all Hukill children are born with the innate ability to detect things that are good for you and immediately turn a cheek.  So frustrating.  But not anymore!

So…tonight we had Waffles (with pumpkin in them), French Toast (with banana in them), Scrambled Eggs (with cauliflower in them), bacon and sausage.  Not too bad, huh???  They had no clue, although they were trying to guess what Mom snuck in this time.  The older kids know now but have no clue all the tricks up my deceptive sleeves.  For now this won’t be a weekly ritual but the kids definately enjoyed the treat of a big breakfast for dinner!



  1. Suddenly, my giant bowl of Rainbow Sherbet doesn’t seem to be the fantastic dinner I thought it was a few minutes ago….

  2. Have done breakfast for dinner for years 🙂 As you said, why not???

    Plus, we did sort of a swap. Because of living in Thailand for 13+ years, we often did NOT have what we would call breakfast food for breakfast. The Thai thought it weird to eat ‘dessert’ for breakfast (that’s how they looked at typical American breakfast fare).

    So my family considers it perfectly fine to eat dinner sort of food for breakfast!


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