Despite the temptations of eggs Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys, brunch is a meal best taken with restraint (the last thing you want is to feel sick for the rest of Sunday). Here are 10 recipes that aren’t austerity food, but full of protein, fiber, moderate carbs, and tons and tons of flavor. Make some coffee or tea and dig in without guilt.
1. Quinoa Porridge with Figs
Quinoa simmers with dried figs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Milk and a sprinkling of chopped, toasted pecans and halved figs complete this nourishing brunch charmer. Get our Quinoa Porridge with Figs recipe.
2. Garden Breakfast Tacos
A healthy twist on the morning taco, with sautéed shallots and wilted arugula. Finish with a fried egg, transfer to warm corn tortillas, and add your favorite red salsa. Get our Garden Breakfast Tacos recipe.
3. Whole Wheat–Almond Blueberry Muffins
Whole wheat flour and ground almonds give these muffins fiber and texture without making them heavy. They’re topped off with more almonds in a crunchy and not-too-sweet streusel. Get our Whole Wheat–Almond Blueberry Muffins recipe.
4. Tangy Greens and Apple Juice
A complex collection of fresh greens, including romaine lettuce, parsley, and cucumber, get a bright, tangy lift from Granny Smith apple and lemon. Get our Tangy Greens and Apple Juice recipe.
5. Breakfast Pita-Pizza
Spinach, eggs, and Parmesan meet on top of pita bread in this easy, fast, unfussy, and low-fat recipe. It’s a 15-minute complete meal. Get our Breakfast Pita-Pizza recipe.
6. Summer Stone Fruit Salad
A simple vanilla-flavored syrup and summer’s best fruit (plums, nectarines, apricots, and cherries) add up to a deliciously high fiber brunch dish. Get our Summer Stone Fruit Salad recipe.
7. Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burritos
A typical morning burrito is a landmine of pork fat and cheese. Here, high-fiber black beans mingle with roasted poblano chiles, scrambled egg, and a restrained amount of queso fresco. Get our Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burritos recipe.
8. Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad
To make this classic Vietnamese salad, you marinate shrimp with lemongrass, Sriracha, fish sauce, garlic, and brown sugar, then cook in a grill pan. Serve them on a bed of rice vermicelli, with lettuce leaves, shredded carrot, bean sprouts, cucumber, aromatic herbs, and sprinkling of chopped peanuts. Get our Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad recipe.
9. Gluten-Free Cranberry-Pecan Muffins
These satisfying gluten-free muffins are made with a mix of almond flour, rice flour, and tapioca starch, plus butter, dark brown sugar, and yogurt. Get our Gluten-Free Cranberry-Pecan Muffins recipe.