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Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Waffles

by Holly Kapherr

Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Waffles

Think waffles are just for syrup? Think again. Sweet and savory waffle toppings take this morning staple beyond breakfast.

My latest food obsession: waffles. I'm completely serious. I've been putting everything and anything in my waffle iron just to see what happens and what new combinations I can make. Last week, I made a hash brown waffle (with thawed, storebought, bagged hashbrowns!), and topped it with avocado, a fried egg, tomatoes, black beans and salsa. Hello, breakfast-for-dinner! I just love it.

If you don't have a waffle iron, you can still make some pretty awesome and creative dishes with storebought waffles. Just make sure to leave them in the toaster or toaster oven long enough that they get nice and crispy. Slap another waffle on top, and you've got a sandwich, or leave it open-faced for a less strachy treat. Some of my favorite toppings:

Huevos Rancheros  scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, salsa, shredded Jack cheese

Sweet & Salty   Cream cheese, strawberry jam, turkey slices

Pizza Mia — Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, veggies, turkey pepperoni

If you've got a toddler (or a kid who just really likes things miniature), make slider versions using mini waffles (I like Eggo's version when thin and crispy is the order of the day, and the Van's whole-grain minis when nutrition is paramount).

Wanna see more ideas for a quick lunch, dinner or snack? Click here to view more of our favorite sweet and savory ways to use waffles.