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6 Ways to Transform Leftover Dinner into Breakfast

With some simple tweaks (think: stick an egg on it), you can transform dinner leftovers into satisfying breakfasts and brunches. Whether you've got too much pizza or some leftover beans, you can serve up tasty, easy day starters thanks to last night's meal. Here are some of our favorite morning-ready dishes made from leftover dinners:

1) Leftover Pizza Breakfast Casserole

This is genius. Chopped up pieces of leftover pizza get folded into a cheesey egg custard for an all-in-one breakfast in a casserole pan. Serve it with some fresh fruit or some greens and you're fueled for a good slice of the day.


2) Oven Baked Omelet

Here's a versatile technique that'll make use of pretty much any leftover dinner protein you might have, from chicken to stir-fried tofu: Make this fluffy oven-baked omelet. It's the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd. Plus, you can toss whatever leftover meat or greens or beans are in the fridge from the night before.


Photo by naples34102

3) Breakfast Cups

Similarly, these breakfast cups are a great way to transform dinner into the morning meal. And these little guys have the added benefit of being totally portable -- perfect for tucking into lunch boxes on the way to school or work.

breakfast cups

4) Rice

Made too much rice last night? Did the takeout place send you an extra portion? Add some scrambled eggs and it becomes breakfast rice. Or, plop a perfect fried egg on top. An easy-peasy, comforting way to start the day. Watch the video below for tips on making the best fried rice.

breakfast rice
Photo by Breakfast Nana

5) Breakfast Bowls

If you made a pot of beans for dinner and have some left over, here's a wake-you-up solution. This completely customizable vegetarian bowl is packed with protein, fiber and good fats.

black bean breakfast bowl
Photo by Sherri

6) Champagne Pancakes

OK. So champagne doesn't really count as dinner. Most nights. (Don't judge.) But we couldn't resist sharing these fluffy pancakes made with that last bit of bubbly from the night before. Didn't save any champagne? Well, here's the perfect excuse to open a new bottle. Cheers!

champagne pancakes
Photo by Tammy Lynn

Need more leftovers inspiration? Allrecipes has got you covered:

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Spaghetti Bread

Beef and Wine Soup with Dumplings

Watch this short video to up your fried rice game:


About Heather Lalley

Heather Lalley is a Chicago-based food writer and mother of two. She has degrees in journalism and baking & pastry, and is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," a farm-to-table book about Chicago chefs who work closely with local farmers. She's a vegetarian, so she won't steal your hamburger -- but you'd better watch your fries and tater tots. Follow her on Twitter @flourgrrrl.