Dinner for Breakfast? Why not!
Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner once in a while? My kids love it. Honestly, I'm not sure why, maybe it's the novelty of it. It feels a little nutty, or like we're breaking the rules a little. I mostly like it because it's easy and involves little to no thinking! Seriously, sometimes the last thing you want to do is think about dinner. I know you know what I mean!
Let's start at the beginning, when this was dinner. On Sunday, when we were meal planning and grocery list writing, Nels had stuffed peppers on the brain. Knowing that I'm not a fan (one of my most despised meals growing up, probably THE most despised, was Spanish rice, which was always stuffed in a green bell pepper. UGH. To this day I don't like tomato-y rice.). I've tried to get past it. I made a crockpot recipe a year or two ago that was a little different but still, I wasn't a fan. So I left this ball in his court and he basically just made up what he had envisioned, which was like a philly cheesesteak in a pepper.
No recipe needed, he cooked a steak, rare (because it was going back in the oven), made some wild rice (because it's healthier!) and cooked up some onions and mushrooms. Then he chopped up the meat, mixed it with the rice, onions and mushrooms (he left mushrooms out of some of them), topped with a little cheddar and baked until the peppers cooked through and cheese was lightly browned. OMG, yum. This was a home run. Half a pepper and a nice salad and I was totally satisfied. I wanted more because it was so good but I'm being mindful of my portions!
Since I was still thinking about it the next morning (I love food), I thought, hmmm, this would be great with an egg on it! A nice filling, delicious, protein packed breakfast (would have been even better if I were a morning workout person, this is a great refuel meal).
How easy was that? I popped the pepper in the microwave to heat it up and topped it with a fried egg and now I want to host a brunch just so I can serve this! Hayden thought it would be weird because of the rice but as Phoebe (my 15 year old) says "The rice isn't that noticeable, it just gives it a nice texture". I couldn't agree more. And I'm so happy that he made so many because after writing this, I'm going to have it for breakfast again!
The moral of this story is, you don't always need a recipe (just a vision) to create genius in the kitchen. Don't be afraid to experiment and switch things up a little. Food serves its purpose to fuel your body, but I believe it should always be enjoyed!
Let me know if you ever give this a try, or if you have your own dinner for breakfast to share with me! I'm always up for something new.