Best Brunch EVER

Featured Article, Healthy Meal Ideas, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
on December 3, 2014

We can all agree that brunch is pretty much the most superior meal of them all. When else is it socially acceptable to feast on waffles while imbibing in copious amounts of alcohol before noon? But there’s one little, tiny thing that could make brunch even better: Eating it in your PJs. Since we’re all for lazy Sunday mornings, we’ve shared some knockout brunch recipes courtesy of our foodie friends over at PureWow. FYI: Some of these breakfast delicacies aren’t exactly health food, but who cares—it’s okay (encouraged, even) to break the rules every now and then.

Eggs in a Basket

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Egg in a hole, egg in a basket, toad in a hole, hen in a nest, one-eyed Jack. Whatever you call it, an egg in toast is one of life’s simple pleasures. One that can’t get any better, right? Wrong. Skip the bread slices and use a whole loaf as the vessel for your eggs. Since this dish is baked in the oven, you can throw it together and let it cook while you brew coffee and catch up with guests. Talk about a crowd-pleaser.

Easy Homemade Croissants

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The magical croissant: So flaky. So airy. So buttery. So not easy to make from scratch…until now. After testing, eating and more eating, we’re happy to report that homemade croissants are totally doable.

Crispy Golden Home Fries

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Eggs. Bacon. Waffles. French toast. We’re serious about breakfast (and brunch)–which is why we couldn’t ignore the fact that an essential dish has been missing from our recipe box: home fries.

Best Bloody Marys

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What’s the key to making a brunch cocktail with kick? Our formula is twofold. First, use high-quality bottled or fresh tomato juice (finally a reason to use that juicer). Second, season the juice properly so that it’s both savory and spicy. The result: a refreshingly bold drink that tops any restaurant version. Now that’s what we call hair of the dog.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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Three things we look for in a muffin: 1) It’s substantial yet airy. 2) It’s chock-full of fruit. 3) It’s healthy-ish. (Translation: We don’t want to be hungry minutes after eating it.) This recipe checks all our boxes. The key ingredient is whole-wheat pastry flour, which ups the good-for-you factor and keeps them fluffy. We also put in a bunch of blueberries for a hit of antioxidants (and general deliciousness). To top it all off, the batter comes together in one bowl, making these muffins an easy fix for weekday and weekend mornings alike.

Savory Cheese Waffles

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Savory cheddar waffles. Repeat after me: “Savory cheddar waffles.” Yes, they are as amazing as they sound and look. And yes, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them for that big brunch you’re planning.

Red Velvet Pancakes

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The most intimate act between two consenting adults? Why breakfast, of course. Tomorrow morning, try making something downright racy: red velvet pancakes. They’re playful and rich–and just a tiny bit naughty.

Onion & Arugula Frittata

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What’s so wonderful about a frittata? Well, you can make it with nearly anything (we’ll take ours with caramelized onions and peppery arugula, please). You can eat it anytime (classic breakfast, a quick lunch with salad or even dinner for one). You can serve it warm, at room temperature or cold (hello, 20-second breakfast of leftovers). And you can make this healthy dish even healthier by loading it with veggies and swapping in a few egg whites. Not to mention you can bring the whole darn thing to the table and serve it straight out of the pan. Wonderful, indeed.

Candied Bacon

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For those mornings when you feel like breaking all of your diet rules, nothing satisfies quite like bacon. But candied bacon? That’s a whole nother animal. Here, we slather thick-cut bacon in maple syrup, brown sugar and a hit of black pepper for a salty-sweet delight that elevates brunch to an ohmygosh level. We love serving it waffle-side in the morning, but the real treat is cutting it up into bite-sized pieces and pairing it with a stiff drink come cocktail hour. You’ll soon understand why it’s nicknamed “millionaire’s bacon.”

Homemade Toaster Pastries

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Let’s be honest: The best part of eating those toaster pastries as a kid was waiting for them to pop up warm and ready–not their taste (cardboard, anyone?). So we thought, why not take this classic breakfast treat into grown-up territory? Our version is really a handheld mini pie, plus frosting (everything’s better with frosting). Just roll out pie dough, add a dollop of your favorite jam, and then bake to flaky, golden perfection. Low on time? Use store-bought dough. Either way, you’ll be counting the seconds until they’re done.