Some call it love... I call it "Brinner"
Favorite meal of the day? Breakfast.
If I had to pick only one type of food to eat every day for the rest of my life? Breakfast.
Easiest way to make my life? Take me to a restaurant who offers 'breakfast served all day'.
My I-don't-really-feel-like-cooking-cuz-it's-been-a-long-day go-to meal? BRINNER
I mean people have been hardcore riding this 'Brunch' train (myself included) for a hot minute but I think maybe its time for brunch to make way for brinner, the real life of the party. Brinner is where childhood nostalgia meets flash hipster trends; combine that with the perks of adulthood (cheap prosecco and making your own ridiculous food combos) and you're really onto something. Aside from being a fun change of pace to your typical dinner options, making breakfast for weeknight dinners has a few other legit advantages...
Breakfast foods are quick, simple and oh-so-satisfying! In my opinion they're the best in terms of 'comfort food' and you can easily pack in all of your nutrition needs. And I don't know about you but I never run out of eggs, bacon & some form of bread. So, what could be better for those weeknights when you've had to work late, have minimal food in the fridge and you lack any and all motivation to cook? Enter: brinner. There are so many options for breakfast foods also! Some of our favorite egg dishes include egg white veggie omelettes, eggs in a nest, eggs over easy or poached eggs *starting to feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump*. We always do some sort of protein on the side, my favorite being EXTRA-crispy-but-not-burnt bacon while my husband prefers turkey or chicken sausage... Lately I have been getting more and more creative with our brinners, which we typically eat at least once a week.
In this post I wanted to share the details for my latest brinner adventure that turned out surprisingly DELICIOUS! I was inspired by a post on Instagram from @SocalFitFoodie for 'Zucchini Waffles' which she had topped with turmeric poached eggs, but I wanted to add a bit more protein to the meal, so I did my usual recipe tweaking and this brinner turned out pretty on point!
Savory Protein Zucchini Waffles topped with Turmeric Poached Eggs
- 2 Medium Zucchini (grated or spiralized on the thinnest setting possible)
- Handful of Chopped Spinach
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Liquid Egg whites or 1 Egg White
- 1/2 Cup Kodiak Cakes 'Protein Packed Buttermilk Flapjack & Waffle Mix' (optional)
- 1-2 oz Sharp Cheddar, Parmesan or cheese of choice (for this batch I used Brie)
- Dash of Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder & Garlic Powder
- Green Onions for topping
- 3 Tbs Almond Milk (or milk of preference)
- 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 Additional Eggs for Poaching (room temperature, set out while you prep waffles)
- 1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
- 2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
- Preheat waffle maker to medium heat setting
- Thoroughly combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Pour half of batter into waffle maker and cook until firm throughout and "springy" (took mine around 10-12 minutes to brown the way I wanted it); repeat step for second waffle- recipe makes 2 large waffles
- While waffle cooks: Pour 2" water in a large deep saucepan or pot; bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to bring water to a gentle simmer and add vinegar and turmeric
- Crack an egg into a small bowl, then gently slide egg into water. Repeat with remaining eggs, waiting until whites of eggs in water are opaque before adding the next egg (about 30 seconds apart).
- Poach eggs until whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels as they are done and let drain.
Top your hot waffle with the poached egg, everything but the bagel seasoning, some extra shredded cheese & throw some bacon on the side (because who doesn't need MORE bacon)... if you're like me I can slice up some tomatoes and add avocado to just abouuuuut everything. Now all that's left is to DEVOUR it! I have recently become obsessed with sliced mango topped with lime & chili powder- so I throw this on the side of a lot of my dishes :)
Here are a few of my other recent favorite brinner combos:
I hope you guys enjoyed this post & I motivated you to bust out your inner child and get to making some breakfast for dinner! Thank you for reading!