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Introducing Brinner! Better Than Brunch and Tastier Than Dinner

Sometimes, I don’t understand Generation Y’s obsession with brunch. Sure, I like the idea of brunch. What’s not to like about mimosa (my favorite champagne cocktail), day-drinking (my favorite time to drink), and eggs (my second favorite protein after chicken, go figure)?

I guess my problem with brunch is that it’s got such a limited window. Sure, 10 am to 4 pm sounds like a long time. But what if I’m really really really hungover? Or what if I prefer to start my day with a green smoothie, but wouldn’t mind eating a breakfast item later in the day for lunch or even dinner?

Enter brinner. For those of you who can’t seem to make it for brunch but still want to participate in the breakfast-at-a-time-other-than-breakfast movement that has swept the food world, breakfast for dinner (i.e. brinner) is the perfect alternative.

7 Great Brinner Ideas (That Don’t Include Refined-Sugar Cereal and Milk)

If you’re like me, you grew up eating Fruit Loops or Cinnamon Toast Crunch with a splash of milk for breakfast, eagerly eating bowl after bowl only to get a tiny little toy that was still pathetic in the end. Gone are days of soggy cereal and skim milk. Not only are these cereals fraught with refined sugar, chemical additives, and a bunch of other things you don’t want to eat, they’re also void of fiber and other essential nutrients found in whole grains. I’ve provided you with a great list of awesome brinner ideas that are easy to prepare and healthy. Some are pretty typical, and others perhaps you’ve never heard of. Most are egg-based because in my eyes, eggs are pretty much one of the best foods you can eat for breakfast/brinner. I’ve also included a sumptuous recipe you can make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and obviously brinner!

  • Scramble some eggs and serve with toast and 100% fruit jam (a pretty basic go-to meal).
  • Bake a sweet potato in your oven until soft and tender. Top with black beans, corn, salsa, and a fried egg for a southwestern and vitamin A-rich play on eggs and hash browns.
  • Hard boil eggs, them slice them and place them on toasted brioche. Top with smoked salmon, capers, and a little lettuce and onion if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Fry potatoes and onions in a skillet. Top with beaten eggs for hearty frittata. Don’t be afraid to get creative with other veggies, herbs, and ingredients.
  • Whisk together egg whites, oatmeal, and ripened smashed bananas to create a protein pancake batter. Fry with nonstick spray like you would a traditional pancake and top with agave nectar or raw honey and fresh fruit.
  • Make eggs Benedict on a whole grain English muffin. Instead of topping with a fatty Hollandaise sauce, melt a slice of organic cheddar on each egg using the broil feature in your oven.
  • Cut bell peppers in half length-wise. Remove seeds and veins and crack an egg into each whole. Bake at 350 until the eggs are cooked, about 15 minutes. For more calories, add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice into the bottom of each pepper before topping with an egg.
  • Make a three egg omelet with spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, and some Herb de Provence. Serve with a whole grain toasted pita.

egg french toast

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'French' English Muffin With Poached Egg
This play on sweet and savory is perfect for a last minute meal. Add a salad or some fruit if you'd like to make it more complete. I topped mine with goji berries for a pop of color.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
  1. Beat one of the eggs in a bowl with the milk and cinnamon. Dip the English muffin into the mixture and fry on medium heat like you normally would french toast (i.e. in a pan with some non-stick spray). Remove from the skillet when it's cooked (about 5-7 minutes) and set aside.
  2. To poach the egg, bring a pot of water to boil. When it's boiling, reduce the heat so it's only a slight simmer. You want the water hot but not completely boiling. Add the vinegar to help keep the egg intact while it cooks.
  3. Slowly drop the egg into the hot water. For a runny yolk, cook the egg about 4 minutes. If you prefer a harder yolk, let the egg cook for 6 minutes.
  4. While the egg is almost done cooking, drizzle the french english muffin with the honey. Top with the cooked egg and goji berries.
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