Win­ter week­end brunch

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - Ellen Greenan is a Reg­is­tered Di­eti­tian with At­lantic Su­per­store in New Glas­gow. Have a nu­tri­tion ques­tion? Want to book an ap­point­ment or shop with the di­eti­tian? Book on­line at­lantic­su­per­store/ di­eti­tians or con­tact her by phone at 902-921-0700 o

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.

Ellen Greenan

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