Featured Recipes — 25 January 2014

Celebrate Opposite Day and eat breakfast for dinner!

By Jodie Shield, RDN

January 25th is “Opposite Day” – who knew? I was so inspired by Jennifer Seyler’s guest post: Dessert Please! But It’s Breakfast Time! that I just had to share one of my favorite family traditions –  backwards breakfast.  Year’s ago, when my kids were younger, I found myself short on time with nothing in the house for dinner (Sigh.  It happens to dietitians, too!).  I was way too tired to pack three hungry preschoolers into the mini van for some sort of healthy fast food meal.  Then I got this crazy idea: backwards breakfast.  Just for the record, I’m not talking a bowl of cereal and milk; I’m talking brunch food with the works. I whipped up a batch of cinnamon french toast topped with applesauce and the kids thought it was hilarious; I of course, thought I was a genius.  Over the years, I have expanded my backwards breakfast menus and in the spirit of opposite day, I wanted to share my family’s top three favorite backwards breakfasts.

Lean Eggs and Ham Casserole is super easy to make.  I toss everything together first thing in the morning, leave it in the fridge,  and pop it in the oven for dinner.  I usually serve it with whole grain raisin toast and pineapple slices.

Lean Eggs and Ham


Whole Wheat Waffles are my personal fav.  Super easy if you have a good waffle iron (I just bought an AllClad one and love it!). I love to serve this with warm maple syrup, a couple of sausage links and lots of fresh berries.



Last but not least, Broccoli and Swiss Cheese Quiche.  I adapted the Frugal Gourmet’s recipe and lightened it up considerably.  It pairs well with a fresh fruit salad  or a side of grapes.

Broccoli Swiss Cheese QuicheHope your family enjoys backwards breakfast as much as mine does. Let me know what your eating for breakfast – – I mean dinner!


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

(1) Reader Comment

  1. Still absolutely love this! Now I make myself backwards breakfast every once and a while! These really are all my favorites 🙂

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