We regularly pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. Today we help you put together a delicious outdoor brunch to celebrate spring and summer with these fresh brunch recipe ideas!
Editor's Note: This article is sponsored by Half Your Plate. Filling half your plate with fruit and veggies at every meal or snack is an oh so easy way to help ensure a healthy diet!
If there's one thing Canadians know well, it's winter. The on and on and on-ness of it.
So when spring finally arrives we're ready to clean off the patio, sweep the deck, put up the umbrellas and make the most of every drop of sunshine - not to mention the upcoming bounty of fresh fruits and veggies. We love our root vegetables but right about now, we're ready for some tart rhubarb, plump juicy strawberries, pretty purple and green chives and that crowning jewel of spring, fresh asparagus.
What better way to celebrate the outdoor dining season than with a big brunch full of fresh flavours and the bright colours of spring and summer produce?
Canada's new food guide has upped the amount of plant based foods we should be including in our diet now but if you follow the simple Half Your Plate rule at every meal or snack, you won't even have to think twice about whether you're getting enough in your diet. Simply fill half your plate with veggies and fruit and you're good. So easy, right? No counting cups or servings - just fill half your plate!
So why not start with brunch? You'll love the more than 15 fresh brunch recipe ideas we're showcasing here that are full of fruit and veggies. Everything from a beautiful Asparagus Salade Lyonnaise, to an Irish Strawberry Pavlova. Try Sweet Potato and Egg Toast or a Green Goddess Crustless Quiche. We have Dutch babies and cinnamon buns, frittatas, green bean fritters and more. There's something for everyone!
1. Asparagus Salade Lyonnaise
A perfectly poached egg, mixed greens and fresh asparagus come together with a bacon and shallot dressing for a beautiful twist on the classic French Lyonnaise Salad. Culinary Cool's Asparagus Salade Lyonnaise will be a perfectly elegant star dish at any brunch.
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata
When you're hosting a big brunch you always need to have one or two make ahead brunch recipes up your sleeve to make your life easier. This Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata from Baked the Blog is one of those must haves - easy to prep ahead or even make ahead and reheat. It's a perfectly elegant main dish for brunch!
Parmesan Crusted Potatoes with Asparagus
Don't settle for ordinary hashbrowns when it's so easy to elevate your brunch potato game with Marisa's Italian Kitchen's Parmesan Crusted Potatoes served with Asparagus!
Egg and Sweet Potato Open Face Sandwich
We've all had avocado on toast for brunch but why not try something different with Half Your Plate's Egg and Sweet Potato Open Face Sandwich. Sweet potatoes are a huge favourite with most people and mixed with hard boiled egg, a little yogurt, some mango chutney and a dash of curry they become a burst of flavour on your brunch table. You can serve on bread, toast or even in a lettuce wrap
Irish Strawberry Pavlova
Every brunch needs a show stopper dessert. Something light and airy that's a perfect end to a morning of socializing over food. Enter our Irish Strawberry Pavlova with it's sweet, but not too sweet, meringue (crisp on the outside and mallowy on the inside) and topped with masses of strawberries, some grated chocolate and sprigs of fresh spring mint!
Orzo Risotto with Peas and Asparagus
Risotto is a dish that's becoming more and more popular at brunch and with good reason - it's so easy to customize with the seasons. Unlike traditional risotto, this Orzo Risotto with Peas and Asparagus from She Loves Biscotti is very easy and quick to make and still has that wonderful creamy texture that you expect. Toss in some shallots, peas, aspargus, parsley and fennel and you have a spring brunch dish that's right in season!
Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby Pancake
A Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby Pancake like this one from Chocolates and Chai is a tempting sweet addition to your brunch that's perfect for sharing.
Healthy Potato Cobb Salad
This update on the traditional Cobb Salad is sure to be a showstopper when you put it in front of your brunch guests. My Kitchen Love's Healthy Potato Cobb Salad is topped off with a savoury herb and garlic dressing making for a stunning presentation and a hearty filling dish guests will love!
Green Goddess Crustless Quiche
Every brunch needs a quiche and this is the one you need to make to celebrate outdoor seasonal eating - the Green Goddess Crustless Quiche from Crumb Top Baking. It's packed full of lemony flavour, fresh herbs, arugula, asparagus and finished with a creamy jalapeño tahini dressing.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cinnamon Brioche Rolls
Nothing tops off a beautiful brunch like a pan of warm, fluffy, gooey sticky buns. They're a treat that takes everyone back to their childhood. Get creative with spring fruits and try these Strawberry Rhubarb Cinnamon Brioche Rolls from SugarLoveSpices!
More Fresh Brunch Ideas To Fill Half Your Plate
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