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    7 Simple Brunch Ideas

    1. To drink. 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.
    2. Scrambled egg pockets. Tuck scrambled eggs in whole wheat pita pockets. Top with salsa, grated cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, and black beans.
    3. Pancakes plus. 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.
    4. Salmon "thins." 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.
    5. Chocolate-dipped dried apricots. Melt semisweet chocolate (dark chocolate, if you have a choice) in a double boiler or in the microwave. Dip half of each of the dried apricots in the chocolate. Place on wax paper and allow to set for 30-60 minutes.
    6. Cherry-banana cooler. Place 1 banana in a blender or food processor, and process on high until smooth. Add 1/2 cup frozen or fresh sweet pitted cherries, 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and sugar to taste, if desired. Process until blended. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.
    7. Quick pasta salad. Cook 2 cups whole wheat pasta. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, toss pasta with a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Add 12 ounces artichoke hearts, drained; 2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained; 4 ounces feta cheese; 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese; and 2 large, chopped tomatoes. Combine.

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