The Art of Brunching

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To brunch or not to brunch? Is that really ever a question?

 

I actually think it is a sign of adulthood when you start brunching with friends and family on the reg. About halfway through college I started to understand the importance of a good brunch, but was still such a trainwreck/broke most brunchable days that I never fully enjoyed the experience.

Brunching has now become a normal ritual that my boyfriend and friends practice almost weekly. To me, brunch says, I am classy and put together enough that I can a.) prepare a brunch for people to enjoy at my home OR b.) be ready in socially acceptable attire to attend a brunch in public. Although I do like going out for this delectable meal, a majority of the time I would rather prepare it myself. Not only is it a $$ saver, I get to have all the things that I want to eat made to order, and I can relax and take my time without having to put on real clothes or makeup. By far, one of the hardest decisions I am forced to make is to go with sweet or savory for breakfast. I like having both, but when I eat out I feel forced to chose so my bill isn’t $50 for something I can make at home for $7!

I like having both, but when I eat out I feel forced to chose so my bill isn’t $50 for something I can make at home for $7!

Reason #7432050750982 why I think brunching is so fabulous. You get to have dessert for a meal and not feel bad about it.

 

Another big reason I most often brunch at home is because of the diets I follow and food allergies. Yes, I am that annoying person that has a million restrictions and questions when we go out to eat. I have to make sure nothing I eat touches nuts, and/or I get everything a la carte style if I am prep and have to weigh and measure my food at the table. It’s something I don’t like to do unless I am desperate to get out of the house. I enjoy cooking and feeding people so the process of cooking that a lot of people hate is actually the best part.  

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The Menu 

(serves 2)

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Egg white omelettes with sauteed onion, garlic, tomato, mushroom, sharp cheddar, and organic sweet chicken sausage. Garnished with fresh cilantro

Cinnamon protein waffles. Garnished with fresh fruit blend.

The Recipe

Egg white omlettes 

  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 baby portbello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • 1pkg chicken or regular sausage of your choice, browned
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Crack and separate egg whites and whisk egg whites in dish. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Heat a small pan on stove with 1 tsp olive oil and saute onion until translucent. When onion is almost done add in garlic, mushrooms and tomato. Cook for another 5-7 minutes on low- medium heat.

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3. In a separate pan, brown your sausage. Once cooked, drain a small bit of excess oil into your other pan where you are cooking veggies. Pour the rest of grease into a strainer covered with paper towel to help absorb the grease. Mix with veggies and turn off heat.

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4. Wipe out pan you had veggies in and coat with thin layer of cooking spray. Turn on low and add half your whisked eggs.  The key to a great omelette is keeping the egg batter thin and your heat low. Once the eggs are almost cooked, add in your veggies and browned sausage.

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5. Top with cheese, plate and garnish with cilantro!

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Protein Waffles (2-4 depending on thickness)

  • 1/3 cup pancake/waffle mix of your choice
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder ( I use the Max Muscle Cinnamon Swirl variety)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Fresh fruit and any other toppings  you desire (go wild)

1. Mix all ingredients besides fresh fruit. Heat waffle griddle and coat with cooking spray.

2. Pour in enough batter to hot griddle to cover the bottom, but not overflowing. REMEMBER, because of extra baking powder these will expand quite a bit. Cook to desired crispiness.

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3. Top with all of your favorite toppings!

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ENJOY!

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xo ~ Taryn

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