Brunch for Lunch

If you have a school-aged child I am sure you are familiar with the hot lunch phenom known as “brunch for lunch.” Brunch for lunch is…well, eating brunch during lunch. The hot lunch ladies serve up scrambled eggs, pancakes with syrup, turkey sausage, and french toast sticks. Kids can’t seem to get enough of it! In our household brunch for lunch is every other Tuesday, and you better believe, those off Tuesdays are a real downer.

Obviously, the only maple syrup we are serving in this house is real VT maple syrup!
Obviously, the only maple syrup we are serving in this house is real VT maple syrup!

On brunch for lunch days I have witnessed students running into the building chanting, “Brunch for lunch, brunch for lunch!” I have seen students smiling ear-to-ear, grasping their hot lunch money tightly in their little, sweaty, fingers. On one special Tuesday I saw the hot lunch lady herself, usually curmudgeonly in nature, pushing the food cart down the hallway smiling and whistling a tune.

If you do not have school-aged children, I have just provided you with a powerful secret. Serve breakfast any other time than breakfast, and it makes people giddy, especially children! I caught on to this trend when my daughter was first in preschool. One gloomy, winter, Sunday night I had nothing in the house for dinner, and I couldn’t stand the thought of venturing out for groceries. I decided to scramble up some eggs with cheese and make some french toast and sausage. At the time my two-year old was appalled. “We are having this for dinner?!?!” Lucky for me, my preschooler came to my rescue….”Wait, Cameron….this is BRUNCH FOR LUNCH!!!!” I didn’t even bother correcting her, technically it was brunch for dinner, but come on, that just does not have the same appeal. The two of them devoured it.

Thank you to the hot lunch lady who decided to introduce brunch for lunch to school aged children, you transformed my pathetic scrambled egg dinners into a delicacy, and for that, I am eternally grateful!

5 thoughts on “Brunch for Lunch

  1. ooo I love Patti’s “brinner” term! I love breakfast food and am down for it any meal of the day. I also have to say, I love how you ended this piece 😛


  2. We do this often!! As a matter of fact, we did this last night! i asked Jake what he wanted for dinner and he said “Bagels!” so bam! Bagels with butter and cheesy eggs for dinner. he devoured it!!!


  3. You are so right! My kids LOVE breakfast for dinner (or any meal of the day)…while I feel like I’m totally phoning it in while I scramble up some eggs and heat sausage, they consider me a hero 🙂 win-win


  4. We call it “brinner” (breakfast for dinner. . .) in my house. I often make pumpkin pancakes, adding ricotta cheese and some whole wheat flour for added nutrition–the kids love them AND they’re getting their vegetables, in too. It’s easy and fast. The kids think they’re getting away with something and I have an easy night!


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