ideas for an easy brunch

yogurt bar

Every few Fridays or so, the ladies and I brunch (<—-I love saying that ;) We head to the Red Fox Inn, order our usual (Beth and I are always Eggs Benedict, subbing the home fries for the bacon potato cake) and a Bloody Mary.

Or two. Depends how the week went.

It’s a great way to catch up with everyone, have some laughs and start the weekend off right.

So when Dannon called and asked if I would be willing to host a casual brunch, I jumped on it. I mean, it’s brunch. Brunch is even better than brinner.

I swapped the Bloody Mary’s for Mimosa’s and decided to branch out a bit, making healthier recipes instead of crispy bacon.

{Yes, I did miss my bacon. Yes, I did tear up just a little bit. Thank you for asking.}

I went super casual and made it all family-style. Here was our menu:

Oh, and eggs and bacon…

bacon and eggs

I had to fit some bacon in somewhere. I wish I could take credit but the idea came from Pinterest. So cute they had to be included.

The bread was delicious. Loved it and would make it again in a second. But next time I’ll actually believe the directions and let it cool before slicing. It was a hot mess (literally! HA!) but it was still plated and served. It was that good.

lemon blueberry bread

It would make killer muffins, too.

My personal favorite was the yogurt parfait bar. I love using mini dessert dishes for things like this. I scooped Dannon Activia Harvest Picks (new, and so good!!) into serving bowls alongside bowls of honey-almond granola, grape nuts, fresh berries and toasted pecans.

yogurt parfait

Healthy and so good! I love the creamy yogurt with the crunchy granola and sweet, soft berries.

We all had a great time. Our guests stayed until two o’clock and we ate ourselves silly (the mimosas had a slight hand in that). A wonderful way to ring in daylight savings time!

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Comments

  1. says

    When my sister and I go out for brunch, I always pick the eggs benedict, too! I’ve seen those green eggs/ham pretzel chocolate concoctions floating around…really need to make them. As for the yogurt bread? I wouldn’t have been able to wait for it to cool, either. Paleeeze.

  2. Joan Nova says

    That bacon and eggs is a good April Fool’s Day trick. You got me! After looking at the photo I thought ‘ooh pretzels with eggs would be good’ but the eggs looked so perfect so I followed the link to pinterest and then to the creator’s blog. hahahaha Love the blueberry bread.

  3. says

    ladies and I brunch, love it!! I bet this was a BLAST!! so not a hot mess… look amazing, warm straight from the oven.. mini dishes rock I have a TON. my girls are dippers, lol!!

  4. Lala Montano says

    I am always trying to get my family to eat more yogurt. What a perfect way to do so. I remember The Red Fox Inn–and the wonderful meal we shared.

  5. Kay says

    I would love confirmation on the amount of sugar needed for the Yogurt / blueberry bread. Ingredients say 3/4 cup but the method says 1 cup ????

    • says

      Sorry about that, Kay! I missed that in the directions when I retyped it. I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup when I made it because I used vanilla yogurt and didn’t want the bread to be too sweet (the original recipe uses plain, unflavored yogurt). Thanks for catching that!

  6. says

    Our family was invited to a brunch next Sunday and I needed ideas on what to bring. These are perfect! I really love how you substituted bacon for pretzels. It looks like bacon when you first glance at it :)

  7. Alex Nmenski says

    I am having a… how shall I say… “friend” over for brunch and I am not sure what to make. This post was really helpful! You see, we are going on a hike first and then coming back for brunch. I want to really impress him with my…culinary skills… lol. I already made cinnamon rolls that I can bake that morning and am planning on having mimosas. I think the fruit and the little eggs and pretzels would be a nice touch.

  8. says

    That lemon-blueberry yogurt bread was to die for. We had a season’s end breakfast potluck at work today and I made this. Surfed the web for recipes all through the night. This was the best I found :D

  9. Monica Sotela says

    Dannon is actually my favorite yogurt :). I didn’t know you could make bread using it as an ingredient. Very cool :).

  10. says

    I am bookmarking this page since it is so fantastic :D
    So many wonderful brunch ideas and recipes – I love blueberries!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Layered Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

  11. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate says

    The yogurt parfait is so cute! I love yogurt bars too. Fresh fruit, a variety of yogurts, and an array of toppings like granola, nuts, seeds, and high-fiber cereals can be a lot of fun and a great way to offer something nutritious to those who are eating with you.

    • says

      It should be fine, although because there isn’t quite as much liquid you may want to add a few tablespoons of water or milk to it before mixing it in. The bread is quite moist though, so I do think you’d be fine either way. Let me know what you decide and how it turns out!

  12. Sharon says

    I made the lemon blueberry yogurt bread into muffins. Baked them at 375 for 22 minutes. I used organic plain nonfat yogurt, 1/2 cups
    Stevia blend and a quarter cup oil. a quarter cup applesauce. The result was a beautiful soft, airy, light, lemony blueberry scrumptious muffin! I would have added a picture but I don’t see a place to do so. Thanks so much!

  13. Blue says

    This looks so good!

    questions:
    1) Would lime be an acceptable substitute for lemon, and if so, what do you think would be the conversion rate?
    2) Would you adjust anything in the recipe for muffins, or would it be the same?

    Thanks so much! This will be my first time making blueberry muffins, and I am so excited to try baking this! :)

    • says

      Hi Blue! Personally, I wouldn’t sub limes for lemons for this recipe but only because lemon and blueberry are such a perfect flavor combo. Having said that, if they were all I had on hand and I wanted to make these, I would certainly give it a shot!

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