A Month of Brunch Recipes
Simple Baked Eggs
The classic egg is a great source of protein for your daily diet. This easy 5-ingredient recipe is elegantly simple, with a presentation that's perfect for a special-occasion brunch.
Lilybelle says she has "been making this type of egg since the early 50's.” Take her advice to mix it up and “sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top before baking.”
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney
This sandwich packs protein from egg and soy ham, calcium from cheese, and fiber and B vitamins from the whole-grain muffin. If you can't find soy ham, use Canadian bacon or ham. Wrap the sandwich up in parchment paper before you dash for the door.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins
Cocoa batter encases chocolate mini chips, which also melt atop for chocolaty goodness. Did we mention chocolate?
Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche
Fill this homemade pie crust with a mixture of summer squash, bacon and creamy mozzarella. It is hard to believe this decadent quiche recipe has less than 300 calories.
Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco
”This is wonderful for a quick weeknight meal," says bellymama. “Our two-year-old was happy eating a quesadilla and fried egg with the beans on the side!” Menu Tip: Mix together a can of pineapple chunks, a jar of orange slices, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Then sprinkle with sweetened coconut for a quick side for this Mexican-Style Breakfast for Dinner.
Hash Brown Casserole with Bacon, Onions, and Cheese
If you're looking for an all-purpose dish that will feed a crowd, this is the recipe for you. All the work can be done a day ahead. When you’re ready to serve, just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.
Susan took this casserole to a weekend getaway at the lake with friends. “I wanted to take a breakfast dish that didn't require standing over the stove flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs for a crowd. I made this recipe the night before we left, and it was a hit with everyone!”
Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Grano, which means "grain" in Italian, are the polished whole berries from durum semolina wheat. Look for them in health-food stores or Italian markets. If you can't find grano, try wheat berries, barley, or brown rice instead. If your mornings are time-crunched enough, pack this parfait in a plastic container the night before. Just don’t forget to grab it from the fridge as you head for the door.
Quick Breakfast Burritos
"I created this recipe because I needed an easy, satisfying breakfast,” said reader Heather Demeritte. “Use as much ground red pepper as you want depending on how hot and spicy you like your food.”
We love how easy it is to take this breakfast on the road. A full breakfast wrapped up in a nice neat little package—and it tastes delicious too.
Southern Shrimp and Grits
This shellfish specialty of the Carolina Low Country, sometimes called "breakfast shrimp," tastes great for brunch or dinner. Start with frozen bell pepper and onion, as well as prepeeled and deveined shrimp, to minimize prep time.
One reviewer raved: “This is one of the best, and healthiest, versions of shrimp and grits I have ever tried, not to mention it’s fast and easy. Full of flavor, the grits in this recipe lend enough creaminess that no cream is necessary, leaving this recipe healthier than most other traditional versions. I get requests for this recipe all the time when I serve it. A must for your recipe arsenal!” We agree. This is a keeper.
If you love starting your day with eggs sunny-side-up, you'll certainly love this pizza version of the morning favorite. With spinach, red onion, garlic, and Parmesan, it's a new and exciting take on breakfast for dinner.
Cardamom-Lime Sweet Rolls
Making homemade bread is a rewarding endeavor, and these sweet rolls are worth the effort. Starting with a soft, sour cream-enriched dough, these yeast-risen rolls bake up incredibly light and tender. Lime rind and juice offer just enough citrus to brighten the heady aroma of cardamom.
Earlgrey said: “If you have a soft spot for cardamom, or if you have never tried it, give the rolls a shot (or just mix some cardamom with cinnamon).” Many reviewers also substituted cinnamon and orange for the cardamom and lime for a more traditional flavor profile. Any way you shake it, these will disappear before you know it.
Refreshing, simple, and colorful, this 4-ingredient drink will get the festivities going for any breakfast or brunch.
Ruthieright21 says: “I added a little more raspberries to increase the raspberry flavor, and I added ginger ale instead of sparkling wine because I happened to have it on hand.”
Egg White and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
The frittata gets a healthy makeover by only using egg whites instead of the whole egg. Also, you can substitute feta if ricotta salata is unavailable.
Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies"
These oversized cookies are more like muffin tops, but calling them cookies makes them seem a bit more indulgent. They're chock-full of exercise-friendly ingredients like dried fruit and nuts. No time for breakfast after the gym? Grab one of these and you are out the door with the fuel your body craves after a workout.
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey
If you’re looking to change-up a tired breakfast routine, try these new-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches. They are equally good for breakfast or dinner. Mixing honey with the goat cheese makes it easier to spread over the cinnamon-raisin bread.
Karen couldn’t have said it better: “I was looking for something different for breakfast and I stumbled upon this recipe...I have fallen in love and I drool on the mornings that I know I will be making this. The combination of the goat cheese and fig preserves is divine, and the lemon zest gives the combo just a touch of freshness. I don't always have basil on hand, but it is still dynamite without it.”
Steak Hash with Poached Eggs
Perfect for using up those extras from last night's dinner, combine poached eggs with leftover steak and little bits of grilled or roasted veggies, don't worry if amounts don't match precisely.
Crustless Smoked Turkey and Spinach Quiche
This five-star favorite is a reader recipe from Wendy McMillan of Longmont, Colorado. She advises to sprinkle some of the Swiss cheese in the pie plate first before adding the ham and egg mixture. The thin layer on the bottom gives another hit of flavor when you bite into a piece.
Erin from an online comment agrees: “The browned-cheese bottom layer is what really made this dish something special. I used a half-and-half mixture of cheddar and Swiss cheeses, and I upped the spinach a little bit. Otherwise, I made exactly as directed. I made it in a nonstick pie pan, which worked great. The dark finish made the bottom of the quiche nice and brown, and I didn't have any problem with sticking - I just dumped the quiche out onto a plate and served.”
Morning Glory Muffins
Substitute apricots or raisins for chopped pitted dates in this recipe if you like. The dried fruits, nuts, oatmeal, wheat bran, and whole wheat flour contribute plenty of fiber to each Morning Glory Muffin. Complete your breakfast with fat-free yogurt and fruit.
Eggs Poached in Curried Tomato Sauce
This egg-and-sauce dish is a far cry from the classic Benedict, yet not completely unrelated. A whole-wheat English muffin is a nice vehicle for the sauce and egg, but so is brown basmati rice, or a whole-grain paratha or other chewy flatbread.
Reader cbenz2295 served the dish with warm naan and a green salad. "My whole family loved this dish and asked that I make it regularly for dinner...It's easy, inexpensive and super fast to make."
Lemon Curd with Berries
In this custard, citrus juice stands in for milk as the base liquid, thickened by egg yolks. Butter gives the curd a glorious sheen. Garnish with mint leaves for a spot of green color.
This recipe has plenty of room for creativity. Other reviewers suggest pairing it with yogurt, substituting dried blueberries for cranberries, or adding wheat germ and dried currents.
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Prep this delicious dish the night before for an easy breakfast or brunch. Find turkey sausage in the freezer section of the supermarket with other breakfast meats.
The consensus with online reviewers: Family and friends loved this casserole and were amazed that this was a lighter version of a traditional favorite. Put this in your file as a go-to make-ahead breakfast staple.
French Toast Soufflé
Scoring high with dozens of online reviewers, this impressive quick dish lives up to the expectations raised by its mouth-watering name. bethanybuch shares her secret: “My husband loves this. He constantly asks me to make it and I haven't told him the secret (that it's so easy). He thinks I slave over it in the morning! I have made it about five times and it's perfect every time.”
A simple sugar glaze anchors crunchy pistachios, while aromatic spices and black tea speckle the dough.
Migas con Salsa Verde
Enjoy this one-skillet dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With salsa verde, red bell pepper, queso fresco, and jalapeño, it's full of flavors everyone will enjoy.
This tropical-tasting smoothie is going to make you feel like you're on an island vacation soaking up the sun--even if you’re stuck in rush hour traffic on the interstate. This recipe calls for frozen fruit, making it a cinch to prepare in the morning.
Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese
Bake these bite-sized frittatas in a miniature muffin pan for a savory breakfast treat. They taste great hot or at room temperature, so you can make them in advance.
This recipe isn’t just for breakfast, as carolfitz discovered. “We make these for Sunday breakfast, and we also have served is as dessert, topped with vanilla yogurt and drizzled with warm sugar-free caramel sauce. Always sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on the batter.”
Egg and Cheese Breakfast Tacos with Homemade Salsa
These breakfast tacos prove low-sodium doesn't mean less flavor. Fresh-made salsa tastes more vibrant than bottled, and you control the added sodium. The cheese and sour cream add salty notes to these tacos. Round out your meal with fresh mango slices.
"My husband & I have this all the time for dinner and we use fresh eggs from a local farm," says WadeChartier. "I substitute flour tortillas and I also triple the amount of cumin. This is a casual night dish."
This five-ingredient parfait is perfect for a healthful on-the-go breakfast. ruthieright21 says, “This was a quick and easy summer breakfast. I layered granola throughout the whole parfait (instead of just on top) for extra crunch.”
Pecan Sticky Rolls
The dough for these rolls rises twice before being shaped, which contributes to the wonderfully rich flavor and soft texture. This recipe earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating, and it’s a 5-star hit with our readers online.
Jason raved: “We made these for a Sunday brunch, and they were the highlight of the meal. Unlike many sweet roll recipes that taste good but have a painfully small serving size, these rolls were irresistible and not wimpy little finger-size rolls! We will make these again.” We agree with Jason. Who has time for wimpy sweet rolls?