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Every once in a while, as we're driving down the road on our way home after a long day at school and work, I'll toss a little, "Oh, by the way, daddy is going to be late getting home tonight," out to Alexis.

"YESSSSSSSS!" she'll reply, complete with a fist pump and a huge grin.

It's not that she doesn't want to see him; she does. In fact, she does the same thing when I'm the one who won't be home. Alexis just happens to know that when there is solo parenting going on, the rules are going to change a bit. And, when I'm in charge, that means that there will be cereal for dinner. It's healthy. It's fast. She thinks it's awesome.

In fact, letting the kid have cereal for dinner is a lot like telling another kid he or she can pick out any toy at the store. That little trick works on Alexis as well, but the whole Cereal for Dinner thing is so much less expensive, and has the added bonus of being a treat for me, too.

Shhh. . . don't tell, but I'm totally a dork and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to have cereal for dinner. Actually, I'd eat cereal all day every day if it weren't for that whole people would think I was weird thing. If there was a five-star restaurant in Pittsburgh that served cereal, I'd be there All. The. Time.

For my appetizer, I'd start with some Bite Size Mini Wheats. My main course would be Raisin Bran Crunch, and for dessert, Rice Krispie treats. Except, I would want the marshmallow goodness to be made with Fruit Loops. Of course.

And now I can't even think because my brain is in cereal bliss. Mmmmm . . . cereal.

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Reader Comments (124)

When they were younger, my kids would have cereal as a dessert. Some of the ones they wanted had too much sugar for breakfast but are highly fortified w/ vitamins (and of course eaten with milk) so they make a great dessert. I also prefer my cereal as a snack as I don't like sugar in the morning. Who doesn't love a little Cap'n before bed. Crunch that is. Morgan is good too, but these days its just as likely to be Mr. Crunch.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenEngland

I find that I crave a bowl of cereal, specifically Raisin Bran, after my evening cardio workout. And, at least once a week, to cut down on the grocery budget, we have cereal for dinner - and believe it or not - the night we have cereal is the most stress free fun night of the week.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaB

I can't say that there is a single cereal that I DON'T like. Not one. When I was pregnant of my kids, I ate Frosted Cheerios like they were going to be recalled. (sorry, I don't think that's Kellogg's). I almost never eat cereal for breakfast, though. I don't like it with coffee and sleep deprivation = So, I eat it for an afternoon or evening snack. And then this pesky lactose intolerant business crept up on me and I had to switch to Almond Milk (which, YUM!). So now I'm back to frequenting the cereal aisle on shopping excursions instead of just looking at it longingly with my tongue hanging out.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mommy

I could eat Rasin Bran Crunch any tme of day.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I love cereal as a snack before bed. I love Honey Bunches of Oats best.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I always feel so guilty when we have cereal for breakfast, but you make excellent points, most are healthy, easy to make and clean up so you can spend more time with eachother, so thanks...we're totally having cereal for dinner tonight. Cracklin' Oat Bran for me and Rice Krispies for the kids.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Ah, but no one has mentioned cereal's other function as a delightful ice cream topping (although I'm not sure that goes along with the healthy eating message...). Cocoa Krispies on ice cream? Yes, please.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor's Trousers

of course i eat cereal any time i want. i'm a grown up, no one can tell me not to!

honestly, i love the stuff so much i have given it as a christmas present. not even kidding...i mean, they say give what you would like to receive.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

I used to eat cereal for dinner when my husband traveled until I broke a tooth on Grape Nuts. But I eat a bowl of cereal for a bedtime snack sometimes. I eat dry cereal often as a snack - throw it in a mug and YUM!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Smiles

Caileigh loves cereal and "breakfast for dinner" even better. I was a big fan of cereal but not so much anymore - when I do have it I have to mix 3 or 4 kinds - not just one for me!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

I love cereal, and I would serve it for dinner often, if it wasn't for my mom's voice in my head, going "You need to eat fruits and vegetables!!" Then my little voice in my head usually goes, "AWWW MOOOMMM!" ( I would have Kix and Cinnamon LIfe if she would just shush).

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Cearal can be eaten any time for anything! I like it for breakfast and a snack, even dinner. Mostly min wheats though or cinnamon life.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertheginger

Mmmm I'm a big fan of eating cereal for a snack sometime in the after dinner-before bed time frame. Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Yes. With or without milk, anytime.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

We love to have cereal as late night snacks. :)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Mmmm...cereal. Yep, I can eat it almost anytime. The kiddos here LOVE it when we have breakfast for dinner, although Daddy usually goes crazy with pancakes and eggs and stuff. ;)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I like eating dry cereal for snacks (Life, Cinnamon Toast Crunch). And of course the awesome Chex Party Mix, which is totally considered a cereal, right? ;o)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterManaged Chaos

In college, the one year the cafeteria left the breakfast cereal bar out all day....soft serve ice cream with Frosted Flake, that's a meal!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermumple

OMG, I eat cereal ALL.THE.TIME. My favorite is the generic Reese's Puffs that we get at Aldi. The box has a cartoon octupus on it and his eyes are crossed. My husband insists that it's because the octopus is drunk. We've therefore dubbed them "Drunken Octopus Spheres." They are delicious!! I'm with hello haha narf...paying bills sucks, but getting to eat cereal whenever I want makes being a grown up totally worth it. ;)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I love how you sneaked in the adorable picture. I would eat cereal any time. Middle of the night hunger? What better idea than cereal?

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertammigirl

The new Kellogg's Corn Flakes Simply Cinnamon make an excellent "fried ice cream sundae!" Yum! And now if you'll excuse me...I hear the cereal calling me for "second dinner" What? I'm pregnant, I'm allowed.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

With my last pregnancy, cereal was my biggest craving. I averaged about three bowls a day, I think. I'm no longer pregnant, but now am nursing and still craving it, for the milk as much as the cereal. I always buy a couple of different ones and mix them in a huge plastic tupperware container. Yum!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfraulicious

just so you know Cereal Bars do exist. and I mean places you go to (restaurants) that serve cereal & only cereal. not bars of cereal. also delicious, but a bit less awesome

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhitkae

I'm one of those moms that has Cheerios on hand at all times. There is never a bad time for Cheerios. Never.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeckyd

Cereal makes the best before bedtime snack. It's quick and yummy and perfect before you hit the hay.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegrcam51

Cereal works for us, too. As does PBJ and ramen noodles. We always have those 3 staples in the house and frequently use them for dinner options. Sometimes all at once, but only on the fanciest nights.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I like to have cereal at night as a sweet snack.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaen S

We have cereal for dinner when I'm being lazy. I don't usually buy sugared cereals, but my kids are fine with the Raisin Bran or Mini Wheats. Me? I prefer eggs and toast for dinner.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlea

I dunno, I don't like *crave* cereal at other times of the day. Sometimes at college, I would eat it for three meals but only because it was better than any alternatives.

Cream of wheat, on the other hand, I LOVE for dinner. Like your cereal: because my dad hates it, and my mom only ever made it when he wasn't home and she didn't feel like making dinner. Actually, she made it for me last time I was home. :)

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October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

My family loves my Meme's homemade vegetable beef soup! Yummm!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Coca Puffs and milk is a bowl is my favorite.

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October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersoha molina

Oh yes, I love to eat capn crunch for lunch
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October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTabathia B

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October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTabathia B

Yes, I love eating cereal for dinner or for a snack/dessert. It is so easy and so delicious! My favorite cereal "meal" is Kashi Heart to Heart with a scoop of peanut butter and my favorite "dessert" cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Yum!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Helen

I love me some honey nut cheerios...anytime of day!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

I like ceral for a dessert or evening snack. Ever since I saw that Special K commercial where the ice cream is calling the girl, but she goes for a bowl of Chocolate Delight Special K instead, I find myself doing that. It's way better for you than the ice cream, but you still get that sweet taste you are craving. My kids will eat ceral anytime too, what kid wouldn't?

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Around 9:00 p.m., my husband and I typically declare it "snack time" which means cereal with 1% milk. Our favorite's list is long, but I like when we're doing our "parent duty" and are forced to finish off a box of the kids cereal before it goes stale. Hee hee!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

I'm a college student, so there are days when I eat cereal for all three meals plus snacks. I have four different kinds in my room, plus the excellent selection in the school cafeteria (very helpful for days when the food is inevitably awful). Sugary cereals are great when I'm up late working on a paper and need some energy. By the way, rice krispy treats made with cinnamon toast crunch and some added chocolate are the best thing ever.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

We LOVE cereal for dinner. It is odd, but we have it when DH won't be home for dinner, and last night DH and I had it after the girls went to bed. I'm not quite sure why we never have it when the entire family is together.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Growing up, if you didn't like what Mom was cooking for dinner, cereal was your only other option. So it has always seemed completely normal to me to eat Rice Krispies and milk for meals other than breakfast. :)

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA

Since I eat cereal every morning, I don't have it at other times during the day or evening

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty N


October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty N

Actually, I often have cereal for lunch or dinner. I generally prefer it over making and eating a big meal. I don't mention it often because even my unusual friends tend to think its odd.
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October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunshyn V

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October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunshyn V

Last time I was at the grocery store, I bought 3 giant boxes of Raisin Bran Crunch - I am the only one at my house who eats it.

I eat cereal at all times of the day and it drives my close-minded family bonkers - they just don't get it. When I was in college, after I'd gotten sick of the cafeteria food and I'd already been to the waffle bar 6 times that week, I'd have two bowls of cereal (usually cocoa puffs) and a pepsi for dinner - I was the picture of nutrition.

Someday, when I have kids of my own, I'm totally going to be the parent who lets their kid eat cereal for dinner, lunch, snack, etc.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Ok how about a bowl of beef goulash? Yup. That’s the one.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLewis F


October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLewis F

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