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March 1, 2019
How to Make Brunch at Home

How to Make Brunch at Home

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

It’s fun to go out to brunch, but when you make brunch at home, you can skip the lines at restaurants and eat whenever you want - no waiting involved. Plus, you get to create meals that you, your family, and your guests will love, and enjoy the occasion on your own time! 

We have plenty of delicious recipes to start off the day, plus a special way to end brunch. Have the kids assemble these No-Bake Dark Sweet Cherry Cheesecake Cups while you get brunch ready. It will keep them busy, and you’ll have a fruity treat to top off the meal.  

Brunch can be anything you like, and it’s fun to try recipes on the weekend or on vacation that you may not have time for during the week. Add these to your list of brunch-worthy dishes to serve. 

Ginger Lemon Waffles with Sour Cream Syrup. You have to admit that homemade waffles taste far better than the frozen store-bought kind. Speaking of freezing, make a double batch of Ginger Lemon Waffles with Sour Cream Syrup and freeze the waffles you don’t eat for weekday breakfasts or snacks. 

Smoked Salmon with Cucumber Salad. Talk about easy to assemble! Wow your family and guests with this Smoked Salmon with Cucumber Salad that takes 10 minutes to make. Let’s face it: Most of us don’t eat smoked salmon every day, which makes this dish extra special. Did I mention how scrumptious it is? 

Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups. These gluten-free muffins are 100% whole grain and have just a hint of sugar, which you can omit if you like. Ripe bananas and raisins provide nearly all the sweetness. The riper the bananas, the sweeter the muffins. 

Raspberry Almond Pancakes. Almond flour stands in for all-purpose in these delicious gluten-free Raspberry Almond Pancakes that are rich in heart-healthy fat, calcium, and protein. The raspberry topping is low in added sugar and adds nutrition to this brunch item.

Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Strata. Here’s what I love about a big brunch: the leftovers! There’s more than enough of this Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Strata to go around, and hopefully, some for a later meal, too. This recipe is flexible, so use any type of cheese and vegetables you and your family enjoy.  

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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