Easy Brunch Recipe Ideas

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Brunch. What other meal offers such diversity with both breakfast and lunch foods, vegetable and fruit salads and decadent desserts? No need to be as elaborate as a restaurant brunch buffet, though, when planning an at-home brunch for Mother’s Day or graduation. Just serve a few simple dishes that also highlight the best of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Brunch Recipes, Asparagus, Spinach & White Cheddar Frittata, Orange Juice

This nutritionist-recommended menu includes springtime asparagus and spinach in a frittata, a flat, round Italian omelet cooked over low heat and finished under a broiler. Since a frittata isn’t folded, it’s so much easier – and less stressful – than a traditional omelet. A fruit salad with in-season mango and pineapple showcases Indiana mint, both as a salad garnish and mixed in the creamy, mojito-inspired lime topping. Garden-fresh green beans and edamame (green sweet soybeans) star in a traditional four-bean salad with an Asian twist.

More Simple, In-Season and Healthy Brunch Ideas

Vegetables

  • Serve other in-season vegetables such as sugar snap peas steamed or microwaved with a little butter and lemon zest or Swiss chard sautéed in olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper.
  • Consider a new addition to all the baby carrots, cauliflower and broccoli on that ubiquitous “veggie and dip” tray and add strips of jicama, a traditional Mexican root vegetable. Jicama has a firm, crunchy and slightly juicy texture.
  • Instead of a plain tossed iceberg lettuce salad, serve fresh spinach salad made with mandarin oranges, red onion and honey-roasted almonds.

Fruits

  • Rhubarb, a spring favorite, has unlimited possibilities on a brunch menu:
  • Rhubarb jam, to serve with those whole-grain English muffins and bagels)
  • Rhubarb compote made with sugar, ginger and orange
  • Homemade rhubarb cinnamon muffins
  • Rhubarb cobbler, crisp or pie for the dessert table
  • Combine in-season chopped mango with diced jicama, sliced oranges, red onion, cilantro and chili powder, and mix in lime juice and vegetable oil vinaigrette for a zesty salsa or side salad.
  • Strawberry season arrives at the end of spring, and a big bowl of fresh berries is a hit at any party. If you have the time, make chocolate-covered strawberries by dipping in melted dark chocolate.

Brunch Meats and Seafood

  • Consider serving at least one lean, lower-fat breakfast meat along with decadent bacon and sausage. Choose Canadian bacon, ham, reduced-fat pork sausage patties or links, turkey bacon, turkey sausage or soy sausage-like patties and links.
  • Fresh peeled and deveined shrimp is so simple and an extremely low-fat, high-protein choice.
  • Slices of smoked salmon are such an easy way to offer heart-healthy omega-3 fats at brunch. Simply open the package and arrange slices on a plate or tray.

Brunch Breads

  • Serve whole-grain or whole-wheat versions of English muffins, bagels, cinnamon-raisin bread and hearty multigrain breads for toasting.
  • Offer homemade muffins or quick breads that have been baked with one-half whole wheat flour.
About the Author: Registered dietitian Kim Galeaz is an Indianapolis-based writer and culinary-nutrition consultant to the food, beverage and agriculture industry. She also blogs at The Dietitian Does dessert … Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Too.

3 Comments

  1. Linda Cox

    March 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I have been looking for jicama, here in Indpls. Where have you found it? I live on the southside, but often drive north! (Am also looking for scallions!)
    Thanks, Linda

    • Jessy Yancey

      March 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Linda,

      According to our sources, your best bet is the Mexican or international grocery stores, particularly the markets on the west side/Lafayette mall area. You can also find it at Meijer or Whole Foods in season (summer).

      Jessy
      editorial project manager
      My Indiana Home

  2. Sigi

    March 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Actually saw some just yesterday at Kroger’s on W Washington St.

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