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Building a Better Brunch

Recipes and strategies for a healthy, tasty brunch.

Healthy Brunch Recipes continued...

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 10-inch pie plate with nonstick vegetable cooking spray.

In a medium skillet, heat the margarine over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, eggs, flour, and pepper. Set aside.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese into the pie pan. Top with the cooked onions and the broccoli.

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the pie pan. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.  

Raisin Walnut Bread

Whole wheat flour and oatmeal lend whole grain goodness; unsweetened applesauce and raisins lend natural sweetness; and the walnuts contribute heart-healthy fat and beneficial antioxidants. 

Makes 2 loaves.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups uncooked one-minute oatmeal
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1.5 cups raisins
  • 1.5 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease and flour two loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, oatmeal, brown sugar, raisins, and walnuts. Stir until well combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, canola oil, eggs, and milk.

Add the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened. 

Fill the prepared pans with the batter, dividing evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let bread cool before slicing. 

Delicious, Nutritious, and Easy Brunch Fare

Tight on time? You don’t need hours to prepare a nutritious and delicious brunch that your guests will love. This mix-and-match fare takes just minutes to make and allows you more time to enjoy the company. 

• 100% orange juice with a splash of sparkling wine and pomegranate juice for the adults. Children can have a mixture of the juices, without the wine.

• Scrambled eggs in whole wheat pita pockets topped with salsa, grated cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, and black beans. 

• Pancakes from a box, with a boost of calcium and protein.  Combine 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1 large egg, and 1 cup pancake mix. Top cooked pancakes with sliced strawberries or other berries and dust with powdered sugar.

• Smoked salmon served on toasted whole grain bagel thins or sandwich thins spread with low-fat herbed cream cheese; serve with sliced tomato and cucumber.

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