Formal sit-down or casual buffet, we've got the perfect brunch recipes for any gathering.
Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel ToppingThe Pacific Northwest's cherry crop runs from May through early July. Use a sweet fresh cherry such as Bing or Rainier for this hearty cake. You can substitute frozen cherries, thawed and drained, if fresh fruit is unavailable.
Grilled Asparagus with Fried Eggs and PancettaAsparagus and fried eggs are a classic springtime combo for good reason--they're delicious together. Medium-thick asparagus spears will char nicely outside while staying crisp-tender within.
Cheese and Tomato OmeletThis veggie-packed omelet is perfect for brunch or a simple supper. For a delicious side, serve a medley of fresh fruit, such as mandarin oranges with kiwifruit and grapes.
Tomato-Asiago FrittataCustomize the frittata--essentially a large, crispy-bottomed omelet--with any vegetables, fresh herbs, or cheeses you like.
Boysenberry DanishesEven if you're a baking newbie, you can turn these out with ease, thanks to frozen puff pastry. To keep them from sticking, remove the pastries from the pan right after baking.
Cajun Quiche in a Rice CrustHot and spicy, this twist on a classic quiche omits the usual calorie-heavy crust and instead uses a lighter crust made with cooked rice. For extra fiber and nutrients, use whole-grain brown rice instead of white rice. This dish is perfect for brunch or for a breakfast at dinner meal alongside a light garden salad.
Blueberry Coffee CakeStudded with plump, juicy berries, the cake also features a sprinkling of turbinado sugar on top that adds another dimension of texture. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or as a snack to savor with coffee, it's a recipe you'll make more than once.
Arugula and Fontina SouffléThis light and fluffy soufflé gets its volume from the addition of whipped egg whites. Egg whites are an excellent source of protein minus the fat found in the yolk of the egg. You can also try substituting spinach or broccoli for an extra dose of nutrients like fiber, folic acid and calcium.
Hash Brown Casserole with Bacon, Onions, and CheeseThis lightened version of a classic favorite is so rich and creamy that you'll never miss the extra fat and calories of the traditional recipe. Reduced-fat cheese is a good source of calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth, and also prevents osteoporosis. Omit the bacon for a vegetarian option or substitute with lean turkey sausage if you wish.
To scoop up every bit of this spicy egg and tomato dish, popular in North Africa and Israel, we brushed slices of pain au levain with oil, then toasted them on a grill pan set on a camp stove. After breakfast, we cleaned the cast-iron skillet by scrubbing it with hot water and a nylon wash pad (no soap). We set it back on the stove to dry and wipe with a thin film of oil. For more: sunset.com/cleancastiron.
Fried Egg and Avocado ToastsSunny-side-up eggs, fresh sprouts, and salsa amp up avocado toast for a fast, no-fuss meal. It's a sure winner at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Brunch ParfaitsThese parfaits are as tasty to eat as they are lovely to look at. Using low-fat yogurt saves on fat and calories while still giving you the benefits of protein and calcium. Strawberries and apricots add sweetness, and vitamin C and granola gives fiber and crunch.
Grits Casserole with Mushrooms, Prosciutto, and ProvoloneThis sophisticated take on a casserole uses several healthful tricks for adding flavor. Use herbs, dried or fresh, like the herbes de Provence in this recipe to add flavor without adding sodium. Sharp provolone cheese has a strong enough bite that a small amount goes a long way in a recipe. Sautéed mushrooms in wine are another excellent way to add a meatier flavor to a dish without the extra fat and calories of using meat.
Skillet SouffléFluffier than scrambled eggs, this soufflé is just as easy to prepare and is perfect served alongside a juicy wedge of melon and a green salad. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids. Eggs are also one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
Garden Vegetable Crustless QuicheThe season's best vegetables and a variety of cheeses make this a crowd-pleasing and healthy meal that can be assembled the night before, refrigerated and cooked just prior to serving. The benefits of a diet rich in vegetables include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.
Mushroom and Spinach OmeletA veggie-stuffed omelet makes for one easy, satisfying dinner when paired with a simple side salad. While the cooked spinach mixture sits, it may give off some more liquid; strain this off to keep the omelet from becoming watery.
Ranch Breakfast MuesliJump-start your morning with this heart-healthy dish that's bursting with healthful ingredients. Almonds are high in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and other antioxidants and an excellent source of monounsaturated fats that research has shown to be helpful in lowering cholesterol.
Everyday FrittataWe use evaporated milk here because it has a richness similar to that of sat fat--heavy half-and-half, but with far less fat. Be sure to shake the can vigorously before using. We love the flavor that bacon adds, but if you'd rather omit it, each serving will contain 212 calories, 13.2g total fat (4.4g sat), and 379mg sodium. (Cost for 4: $6.95)
Cherry ClafoutiCherries are a terrific source of important nutrients such as beta carotene (more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber, folate and disease-fighting antioxidants.
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast CasseroleAll of the classic breakfast elements–sausage, eggs and cheese–are featured in this casserole that's perfect for a crowd or can be cut in half for a smaller family meal. Using turkey sausage, egg substitute and reduced-fat cheese saves on fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. No one will ever guess it's only 184 calories per serving.