Saturday, September 15, 2012

Delicious (healthy!) brunch menu

Brunch is my favorite meal; it is the perfect combination of sweet and savory dishes and you can enjoy champagne with your coffee. What's not to love?

Too often, though, brunch menus tend to be on carbohydrate overload; pancakes, biscuits, potatoes, fruit and toast with juice and jam. Believe it or not, it is possible to have both excellent flavor without having to run a marathon afterwards to burn off that extra energy.

I hosted a casual brunch recently and the menu was a huge hit...and it was healthy too! Here is what I made:

Delicous (healthy!) brunch menu
The best part is that most of this can be made the night before so your morning is relaxing and fun. No need to stress; enjoy your party!

The night before, whip up your kale salad (it is a magical salad that keeps overnight with the dressing on!), set the table and use the cloth napkins. Mix up your pancake batter - if you put it in a pitcher or squeeze bottle, it will be even faster to make the pancakes in the morning. Blanch the asparagus and follow the simple lemon dressing recipe and set up your coffee pot with fresh grinds and some cinnamon and orange peel. If your fruit salad has fruit that will hold up well overnight, go ahead and cut the fruit too; this would include melons, pineapple, watermelon, apples and oranges. Berries, bananas and kiwis should wait until the day of. Sweet dreams!

The morning of your party, set your two salads on the table, the juice and the pistachios so your guests have something to munch on while you're finishing up the last minute details. Make your pancakes and warm up your fruit compote for topping. Finish cutting up any fruit for your salad and toss with some lime or pineapple juice, if you're feeling fancy. Scramble the eggs just before everyone is ready to sit down so they're hot. I sometimes stir in a bit of pesto when I make eggs - it takes it up a notch. Dig in!

This menu is a good start, but it is really flexible too. Instead of the pancakes, you could try cereal killer muffins, baked oatmeal with strawberries and peaches, peanut butter and berry baked french toast or the best banana bread. All are easily baked the night before, or assembled the night before and popped in the oven before your friends arrive.  

You could also substitute any number of salads that I have posted for you instead of the kale salad, or try some fresh vegetables and dip. Just make sure to have some veggies!

Don't like scrambled eggs? Try hard boiled. Simple, but delicous. Or a frittata

Cheers! Salud! Enjoy your brunch :)

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