This year for Lent, Josh and I decided to give up eating at restaurants, and while I won’t get too much into the “whys,” it has been both more and less difficult than I anticipated. The tough part is that I absolutely love the experience of going out to eat, and I’ve realized how often we typically would have hit up our favorite spots – or tried new spots – already in the past week and a half. However, the nice part about it that I’ve been forced to start cooking more (something I love but have been too lazy to do lately with my crazy work schedule). This means that I’m eating more healthfully, since I know exactly what’s going into my food, and am saving a ridiculous amount of money.
Like, a lot of money. This month, we’re actually set to spend HALF of what we spent last month. Crazy. And also awesome!
Anyway, we love brunch. If you don’t love brunch, you should. Here are 11 reasons. And another 10 reasons. Plus a whole set of GIFs. But since we’re not currently able to visit our favorite Denver brunch spots, like Linger, Jelly, Snooze, or Root Down, it’s time to get cooking!
For when you’re feeling brunch, but not quite like leaving the house, here are 10 easy, delicious recipes (that are mostly healthy-ish) for you to whip up at home.
1. Ham and Gruyere Crepes. This is the recipe I started with for the crepes above. However, we didn’t have gruyere, so I substituted muenster, and then added sautéed spinach for a boost of greens. You can also swap out the butter for coconut oil and white flour for wheat if you’re feeling extra healthy.
2. Sweet Potato Home Fries. This recipe can be either a great complement to your overall brunch table, or it can stand alone! Simply top with an egg plus a side of bacon, and you’ve got yourself a meal.
3. Sleepin’ In Omelette. Disclaimer: this is not healthy. Unless you’re on an all butter/cream/cheese diet. But as The Pioneer Woman said, it is “disturbingly” easy to make and can even be prepped up to 24 hours before time. Perfect for when you have people in from out of town and you just know you’re going to have a long Saturday night.
4. Crunchy Baked Oatmeal with Caramelized Strawberries and Toasted Coconut. It’s fancy brunch oatmeal! What’s not to love? Don’t let the quinoa scare you away either – it is a surprisingly tasty addition to brunch recipes.
5. Ranch Style Eggs with Chorizo and Tomato-Red Chile Sauce. Southwestern brunch has always been a huge theme in my family. This Bobby Flay recipe takes a little more effort, but making your own sauce is well worth it.
6. Herb and Brie Omelette. Okay so this one isn’t quite as healthy… but it is delicious! If you want some more balance, whip up some sautéed greens, like this sautéed spinach with caramelized onions and mushrooms recipe.
7. Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes. If you’re really feeling healthy, but still want something sweet, this is a great option. They’re also Paleo, if that’s your thing!
8. Whole Wheat Dutch Baby Pancake with Cinnamon Apples. I’ve been obsessed with dutch baby pancakes ever since I had one years and years ago at The Original Pancake House. If you want a recipe closer to theirs, skip the apples and instead top with a squeeze of lemon juice, a dollop of whipped butter, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.