Over the holidays, we have two sets of guests staying with us, for a total of eight days. Eight days! That’s a lot more entertaining than I’m used to, so I’m planning ahead as much as possible. One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot is breakfast. It’s a time where everyone is getting up and slowly making their way to the kitchen to start their days, and one of my favorite times of the day.
I want to feed my guests a healthy, hearty meal, without having to feel like I’m spending hours making a meal. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite (and super easy) breakfast/brunch recipes that I’m planning to use in the coming weeks. From savory to sweet, there is something for everyone at your table. You could make all five of the recipes below for a breakfast you’re hosting with minimal work. Trust me, I tried it!
In addition to the delicious food, I am a big juice gal. Growing up, I always drank orange juice at breakfast, and I still love the natural sweetness of fruit juice in the am with my meal. Currently I’m in love with the new Tropicana Probiotics juice which is…wait for it… 100% juice (obviously) with probiotics and no added sugar. As some who can’t eat yogurt (dairy-free), getting probiotics can be tough without taking a lot of supplements. But every eight-oz serving of Tropicana Probiotics delivers one billion live and active cultures to your gut… not to mention all that vitamin C!
So what are probiotics anyway? They’re the good bacteria that line your gut, with support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Basically: Healthy digestion and a stronger immune system. I make sure to double my probiotic intake during flu season every year. I recently read that 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, so it’s super important to keep it flourishing.
I was lucky enough to taste this juice now, but you’ll be able to pick them up early next year next to other refrigerated juices. Trust me, they’re addictive. They’re a little thicker than regular orange juice, but thinner than a smoothie. Basically the perfect consistency. I love serving the juice in champagne glasses for some added glam.
Now onto the food, enjoy these recipes and please share your own easy and healthy recipes below, as I have eight breakfasts to serve over the next few weeks, and need your help!
5 Easy Brunch Recipes
Parmesan Chive Scramble
I mix 6-12 eggs (This depends on the number of guests. My rule is 2 eggs per person.) with salt and sprinkled parmesan cheese. I cook them in butter and then add chives on top for a pop of color, and burst of flavor.
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
I love potatoes at breakfast! I usually buy a mix of different colored roasting potatoes and cut them into quarters. The smaller the bites, the more crunchy they get in the oven. Mix the potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, dried parsley, and dried rosemary. Spread out on a baking sheet with a few sprigs of rosemary, and bake for 50 minutes, flipping halfway. Remove the cooked rosemary, and serve with a fresh sprig or two.
I definitely cheat here, but I aim to please the sweet tooth crowd as well. I buy organic, whole grain frozen waffles from Whole Foods and heat them up in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes. I top them with berries or, in this case, pomegranate seeds, and pour fresh New Hampshire maple syrup over the whole thing.
Avocado Toast (not pictured)
I love to include a bread basket full of toast (in the back of these photos), and then have a plate of slide avocados and some butter so people can make their own avocado toast. It’s less work for you and everyone gets the exact amount of avocado that they want!
Baked Bacon (not pictured)
Over Thanksgiving, my sister taught me how to bake bacon. What a game changer! I place the bacon strips on foil so it doesn’t ruin my baking sheet and then place them in the oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Literally you don’t even need to flip them and they come out perfectly. Who knew?? I hate cooking bacon on the stove because of the mess, and this way you don’t even have to think about it.
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