Winter weekend brunch
The holidays are over and another festive season has come and gone. The end of year celebrations might leave us feeling a bit partied out (or is it just me?) but enjoying time with loved ones is something that should be carried into the new year. That’s why there’s nothing I love more than a nice weekend brunch to catch up with friends and family members after the hectic holiday frenzy.
When hosting your next family brunch, variety is key. Serving a variety of foods will not only please the various palates of your guests, but also helps to keep everyone’s plates filled with nutritious options. Offer foods from all the food groups while especially keeping in mind proteins, vegetables and fruits, and whole grains.
Looking for something sweet? Offer plain unsweetened yogurt
with a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds and granola. Guests will love having the flexibility to add
their own toppings! Oatmeal is another versatile sweet dish and can be made ahead of time. Mix
oats, milk, nuts, seeds, berries and any other desired ingredients in a baking dish for a delicious baked oatmeal casserole. When ready to serve, top with yogurt for a wellbalanced dish that will be sure to leave your guests satisfied.
Don’t forget about those who will want something savoury! Eggs are a great way to add protein to any meal and they are so versatile. Think beyond scrambled eggs. Try adding veggies to make mini omelettes or “dirty” scrambled eggs. Use a whole grain tortilla, fill with scrambled egg and a variety of toppings to suit your taste. My favourite hearty breakfast wrap has scrambled eggs, black beans, salsa, veggies and cheese!
This Roasted Cauliflower Frittata is one of my favourite makeahead brunch recipes. Smoked paprika, goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes add a Mediterranean spark to this easy egg dish. Serve with a slice of whole grain toast to complete the meal.