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Mar 28, 2009 03:06 PM

Healthy Brunch ideas?

I'm looking for healthy brunch recipes and am not a big fan of eggs. What are your favorites?

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  1. I like the look of the fruit salad recipe with cocao nibs on this website. I personally love cottage cheese with fruit salad. Fruit and cheese plates are nice with some sort of baked low fat muffin- my personal favorite are morning glory. You can cut back on the fat substituting apple sauce.

    I am stumped for recipes without eggs. Try this website:

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    1. re: salsailsa

      As long as eggs can be a contributing factor and not the main event (like scrambled) I can easily suggest the entire french toast to puff pancake line up! I completely agree with fresh fruit and a cheese platter. Also like fruit salads with yogurt dressing or dip. Greek yogurt with honey and figs. Greek yogurt with nuts. A variety of toasts and jams.
      Hot cereals, nothing beats homemade oatmeal with the fixins!

      And if eggs are considered...well eggs benedict always says brunch to me.

      1. re: HillJ

        haha My family thinks I'm a freak because of my obsession with oatmeal! But I love the perfectly toothsome texture, the comfort of its warm gooiness, and its slightly nutty flavor. There are so many things to do with it too! A few of my favorites are pumpkin pie (pumpkin, golden raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, touch of molasses), cranberry (dried cranberries, pears, orange zest, molasses) and the classic apples and cinnamon.
        But as this is a special brunch, does anyone have suggestions for other types of delicious hot cereals? I heard polenta is good but never tried it...

        1. re: HillJ

          BTW any favorite puff pancake recipes?

          1. re: jay27

            this puffed pancake recipe works every time! I made it again this morning with mangoes & blackberries. Great ideas on the homemade oatmeal, jay27.

        2. re: salsailsa

          Thanks for the suggestions! Just to clarify, I'm fine with eggs as an ingredient, just not as the main event (like quiches, scrambles, etc).

        3. You stopped me with the "healthy" requirement---if it's a salad and whole wheat rolls it will be a meal but not BRUNCH in all its sensual glory. So I am going to pretend you are talking about mental health---eating a lovely brunch will improve everybody's mental health immeasureably---and on that basis I can suggest some non-egg things. 1) Crepes filled with anything you like and rolled up. 2) Boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces, put in lots of chicken gravy, and served over hot buttered baking powder biscuits. 3) A casserole of baked scalloped apples. 4) A baked casserole made with a base ingredient of stuffing mix, plus a variety of seafood (shrimp, crabmeat etc), plus celery, green pepper, onion, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, mushrooms---whatever you like---a little lemon juice, a cup of mayonnaise to bind---you can customize and season this as you like. 5) Kedgeree, a British dish of rice, cooked seafood, and hardboiled egg---again, do this your way. The last time I served it I curried the rice with sauteed onions and golden raisins and used chunks of poached salmon filet and served it with lime wedges and sprinkle-ons like chutney and toasted coconut. Big hit. 6) Sausages rolled up in bought puff pastry and baked. 7) The best brunch dishes I ever had were in Williamsburg VA---oyster souffle and shrimp Creole on grits. 8) Tourtiere. 9) When you say you are not a big fan of eggs, does that include eggs as an ingredient in something? If not, quiche made with a combo of Swiss cheese and feta cheese, plus lightly sauteed or poached fresh asparagus (asparagus tastes sweet, feta tastes salty). 10) Corn pudding with bits of ham in it. Put a 1-l bag of thawed frozen corn briefly through the Cuisinart just to break up the kernels. Mix with 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 cup Bisquick, and an 8-oz package shredded cheddar cheese---add chunks of ham at will. Bake until brown, about an hour. 11) Baked German apple pancake. 12) Waffles with hot blueberry sauce (a bag of frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup each sugar and water, bring to boil, thicken with a little cornstarch dissolved in cold water).

          1. Sweet or savoury?

            For the former, you could make some granola, to serve with Greek yogurt and roasted fruit. Or some baked oatmeal. Maybe a clafouti?

            For the latter, panfried polenta slabs, served with beans, greens and whatever breakfast meat you want (assuming you want meat). You can use soft polenta if you want to be healthier.

            If you like tofu, you can do a tofu scramble.

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            1. re: piccola

              Thanks for the clafoutis idea! I love clafoutis but had always thought of it as more of a dessert than a breakfast food. My favorites are cherry (the classic) and pear (made with delicious bosc pears, brandy, nutmeg, vanilla, and good).

              1. re: jay27

                The cherry is too much of a hassle for me, what with the pitting and everything. I've done a fig version that's divine, but it's a little tricky because it won't work if the figs are the least bit watery.

            2. Do a baked oatmeal, but healthy it up with wheat germ and/or flax and/or fruits, but keep out cream, sugar, etc.

              Do a baked french toast casserole, but use high fiber bread (like Milton's), skim milk, egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla, and stevia. Layer in apples and fat free ricotta cheese if desired.

              Baked or Grilled Fruit is always easy but seemingly decadent - marinate in a little lime juice, agave, cinnamon, (stuff if desired for an apple), then bake or grill.

              Make high fiber pancakes with wheat germ, wheat bran, flax, etc. and add fat free ricotta cheese or fat free cottage cheese to fluffen them up and add extra protein. Use skim milk and egg whites.

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              1. re: Emme

                Do you have a favorite recipe for french toast casserole?

                1. re: jay27

                  I'd adapt Paula's... and instead of the Praline topping, I'd saute up some sliced apples with cinnamon and spices.

              2. A healthy yet delicious idea is wholemeal wraps and you can play around with a multitude of possible fillings such as Mexican-style, Greek, Indian, etc. Also, you could do a light pie with a wholemeal crust (made with wholemeal flour, water and olive oil) filled with roasted veg (my favourite) and feta cheese or mozzarella.