FitLiving Guide to Entertaining: Brunch Menu

FitLiving Guide to Entertaining Brunch Menu - FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige

It’s springtime, which means one thing – brunch. It’s a favorite pastime of mine on the weekends, and I know I’m not alone! It’s a great way to get together with friends and family and enjoy a (cheaper) meal together while catching up on the week’s events and other shenanigans.

Brunch is also one of my favorite meals to host. I love that many of the food components can be made ahead of time, and that there are endless possibilities and combinations that can make up your menu. Egg dishes, muffins, breads, casseroles, salads, sweet treats, and of course, a mimosa bar or fun cocktail to get the morning started! Can you tell I get a little excited about food? But sometimes, putting together a fabulous brunch menu can be overwhelming. Here’s a delicious menu that I recently put together for brunch with friends that was healthy, light and easy to create!

On the Menu

  •  Mini Almond Butter Blueberry Muffins – mini muffins that can be eaten in two bites are a great option for guests, allowing them to try a variety of flavors and make room on their plate (and tummies) for other foods!
  • Smoothie Bowl Shots (recipe below) – Again, think small size. The bigger your portions, the less likely your guests will add a variety of foods to their plate. These smoothie bowl shots were inspired by my go-to breakfast at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen.
  • Mushroom and Gruyere Frittata/Garden Vegetable Frittata (recipe below)– Think of a frittata as a “crustless quiche.” Frittatas are a great option when hosting a larger party, allowing you to play with different flavor combinations, while using the same base recipe.
  • Arugula salad with bacon, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, and warm shallot vinaigrette. A lightly dressed salad is a great way to add a fresh, healthy option to any food spread, plus a little variety in texture!

Smoothie Bowl Shots (makes 12 servings)

  • 2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 c. premade fruit smoothie, such as Bolthouse Farms Berry Boost Smoothie
  • 1 c. granola of your choice
  • blueberries, or other fruit, for garnish
  • 12 shot glasses (mine are from take-out desserts from Seasons 52 over the years) or you could use small dishes

To assemble: Place 4 – 5 blueberries at the bottom of each glass. Next, fill the glass about halfway with the yogurt. Tip: Add yogurt to large Ziploc bag and snip the end (as if you were icing cupcakes) for mess-free assembly! Next, pour the smoothie on top of the yogurt until the glass is about ¾ full. Top with a sprinkle of granola and a few more blueberries and enjoy! 

Frittata Base (serves 8)

  • 5 eggs (3 egg whites and 2 whole eggs)
  • 1 c. reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. shredded cheese (cheddar, swiss or gruyere all make great options!)
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the ingredients above in a large bowl. Then comes the fun part: the mix-ins! For my menu, I created a garden vegetable frittata by sautéing zucchini, onion, and bell pepper, and adding cheddar cheese, and sliced tomatoes on top. I also made a mushroom (portabella and shitake) and gruyere frittata by roasting the mushrooms and sliced onions in the oven before adding them to the egg and cheese mixture. Pour vegetable, egg and cheese mixture into a greased pie plate.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes or until eggs are set. Allow the frittata to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. 
  4. Whether you are throwing together a last minute get together with friends or planning something special, a brunch menu is easy to put together with a little creativity and preparation!

For more yummy brunch ideas, visit my “Weekend Brunch” Pinterest board, here!

What’s your favorite brunch dish? Share with me in the comment section below!

-Carly Paige

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