The Cheapest, Bestest Dinner Ideas Ever

I am a mother. This may not have been my first choice of primary occupation, but we’re not going into that right now.

What we are going to discuss is my intent to post all my top-secret recipes that save the day when money and time are tight. The first on my list of cheap and easy recipes is French Toast.


That’s right: we have breakfast for dinner. It’s not like we ever have time for more than cereal or toast in the mornings, anyway.

The best, top-secret part of this recipe is something completely economical. You know all those pesky bread ends that most people just throw away? D’ya know what people call bread ends? The HEELS. Ew, right?


Well, keep ’em. I store all the bread heels in my fridge (where I keep the bread anyway because we freeze it in bulk) and then pull them out for this quick and easy dinner.

French Toast for Dinner


Bread (leftover heels work GREAT!)
Cinnamon Sugar
Optional vanilla extract
Toppings, for the end


Shallow bowl for mixing
Mixing Fork
Griddle or frying pan
Hungry people



  1. Mix the eggs with some milk in the shallow pan.
    I used five eggs and about 1/3 cup milk for 24 bread heels, and had some egg mixture left over.
    Add a drop of vanilla extract, according to taste.
  2. Check the leftover bread for freshness. Discard any moldy or wet pieces. Pile them usable pieces to the side of the egg mixture.

    This is a wet piece. See? It’s sticking to my thumb.
  3. Turn the griddle or stove on. Grease it somewhat if it’s not coated.
  4. Take one slice of bread and submerge it in the egg goop. Flip it over to ensure even surface soaking. Use the mixing spoon or fork to scrape excess egg from each side.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon sugar on each side, then place on the warmed griddle or pan.
  6. Cook on each side, then remove to serving plate.
  7. Repeat with each slice.
  8. Serve them with favorite toppings and sides like bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, ham, hashbrowns, whatever.

It’s even simpler in real life!

Our family’s favorite toppings include: syrup (many flavors), walnuts, pecans, bananas, powdered sugar, honey, jam (many flavors), whipped cream, fresh stone fruit (like peaches), and more cinnamon sugar.

The idea for using leftover bread heels came to me when we purchased frozen French toast sticks at Costco. I initially broke each slice into “sticks” before gooping them, which is also a tasty idea. I don’t have the time to do that now, with four hungry boys, their hungry father, and hungry me.

Breaking bread is actually not a difficult thing.

I often have extras at the end. I always bag them and stick them in the fridge, because they are just as good the next day for a really quick breakfast or a snack on-the-go.

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