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Five Easy Brunch Menu Ideas

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Quick, Easy & Budget Friendly

Need to fill out a brunch menu quickly? Here are five easy brunch menu ideas that will offer great taste, pleasing colors and which are budget friendly.

Keep this in mind, not everything has to be made from scratch! Sure, it would be nice. But more often than not time, budget, oven space and other brunch roadblocks get in the way. Combining pre-made, frozen, packaged and store bought items while adding a simple "home-made" touch can do a lot for a simple plate of pancakes. And, speaking of pancakes!

Mini Pancakes with Fruit - Sounds nice, but why not use mini-pancakes from the frozen food section of your grocery store? Sure, they are not home made. But if thawed, heated in a warmer with a cover and not allowed to dry out these little skillet treats are easy to prepare and are cost effective. Instead of just a bottle of syrup and butter make sure you add some sliced fruit, berries and nuts as possible toppings.

Baked Bacon & Cheese Hash Browns - That dish sounds nice! A savory baked dish offering hash browns and more. You can make this dish budget friendly by combining frozen hash browns, cheese, real bacon bits, onions and whatever tastes good to you. You can even add in cream of mushroom soup if desired. Bake, serve hot! A simple version of this is lining a baking dish with non-stick spray with a layer or pre-shaped hash brown patties. Add a thin layer of soup, cheese and bacon and the repeat ending with cheese. There are countless versions of this online, look for one that fits your skill level, budget and tastes.

Toast, Toast, Toast - Why not a toast and bagle station? Why just have white bread and toast? A nice tray with toasted wheat, white, rye, Texas, French and other assorted breads with bagles. is always a crownd pleaser. Add butter and flavored cream cheese to the side for a tasty offering. You can also add mini muffins, English muffins and a toaster for those who want to toast their own. The great thing is that all of the bread can be bought on sale or at a bread store. Do the same with the mini muffins and other pastries - look for items on sale!

Frozen & Fresh Fruit - Sure, all fresh would be better! If you have the time to clean, cut, dice, slice and arrange. If you use frozen fruit, allow it to thaw and drain before serving. However; don't let it sit out too long. For frozen fruit it’s best to use a brand that you are familiar with. And, why not add some fresh fruit if you are able to. Bananas, apple slices, fresh cut water mellow. Again, look for sale items and fruits that are easy to clean, handle, prepare and serve.

Now for the coffee fans, Creamer! - Add a nice selection of creamers to the coffee table. You can buy store brand flavored creamers and place them in nice serving containers with labels. And, why not make your own French Vanilla, a few dashes of vanilla flavoring to creamer or milk does the trick. And for the kids and chocolate lovers, why not have Hot Coco ready to go!


Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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