We think it’s safe to say that we’ve all gotten a bit bored of the standard avo toast or cereal for breakfast over the last few months, so, we’ve put together some amazing brunch ideas that look impressive, taste fantastic, and can even be put together with hardly any fuss. Perfect for those sleepy mornings before your first zoom call of the day.
Mug Made Scrambled Eggs
Yep, you read that right. No unnecessary faffing with pans for this dish. Simply crack one egg into a microwave-safe mug, add a splash of milk and some salt and pepper to taste, stir, then nuke it in the microwave for two minutes. You’ll be left with fluffy, cooked to perfection eggs, perfect for popping in a freshly toasted barm. To make your brunch even classier, why not pick up your bread from one of Manchester’s finest independent bakeries? We recommend Pollen based in Ancoats or Lovingly Artisan in Altrincham.
One-Pot Brekky Casserole
A great option if there are a few people to feed, this breakfast bake will fill six of you comfortably. Get all hands-on deck for the prep then sit back and let it cook whilst you binge an episode of your fav show; a perfect example of comfort food after a heavy night, this dish will be ready in no time.
Preheat your oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and add 12 sausages (chipolatas work best!) into a large roasting tin with a tablespoon of sunflower oil. Then, add a packet of bacon lardons or chopped up bacon if that’s what’s in the fridge, and roast for 20-30 minutes, before draining off any liquid.
In a separate bowl, mix together a large jar of passata, a tablespoon of smoked paprika, three tablespoons of tomato puree, 250ml of water, a squeeze of brown sauce and a little salt and pepper. Stir this into three tins worth of drained cannellini beans and pour into the roasting tin with the sausages and bacon. Bake for another 20 minutes and turn off the heat whilst you fry 6 eggs. Drop the fried eggs onto the top of the piping hot casserole and serve in the middle of the table with piles and piles of buttered toast. You’ll deffo be the favourite amongst your roommates for this one.
2 Ingredient Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning? These beauties taste great and will even help you feel less tired thanks to the vitamins in the ingredients!
For a single person, mix together mashed banana and 2 eggs until they are combined. Fry on a low heat with a little heated oil or butter until they’re browned and then just stack away. To keep things healthy, add honey and berries as your topping or alternatively try Nutella and pecans for more of a cheeky treat. These are really flippin’ good so make sure you’re stocked up for the next few weekends.
On the Go Breakfast Bar
Meal prep? Sorted. These breakfast bars are perfect if you commute to work, as you can make a weeks’ worth over the weekend.
Grease and line a baking tin with baking parchment. Any shape works but this recipe is perfect in a 20cm square tin for chunky bars of goodness. Mix 50g of dried fruit with 50g of mixed seeds, 140g of oats and 25g of cereal (cornflakes or multi-grain hoops work perfectly). In a saucepan, add 100g of butter, 100g of light muscovado sugar and 100g of golden syrup (or honey if you want to be healthy) and cook gently, stirring continuously. Once that is melted, take off the heat and stir in your dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to pour the whole mixture into the tin and press it down to form an even surface. Bake at 160C/140C fan/gas 3 for 20 minutes and then leave it to cool completely, before cutting into squares or fingers. A week’s worth of breakfast easily done and all in under half an hour!
Cheesy Bacon & Egg Muffins
These fluffy muffins look like they take so much more effort than they do and are actually super easy to cook.
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 7 and grease a 6-cup muffin tin with oil. In a large bowl crack five eggs and whisk with plenty of salt and pepper. Stir in 125g of cooked bacon chopped into small pieces, along with a cup of grated cheese and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes (if you’re feeling fancy, feel free to add any other spices here too!). Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup until each one is about two thirds full. Top with more bacon and cheese if you’d like, and then bake for 12-15 minutes, until fluffy and muffin shaped. These winners are low carb, high protein and delicious hot or cold, meaning they are a great option to grab post-workout or to eat 4 at a time. Your choice.
If your stomach isn’t rumbling now, then you’ve got more self-control than we do! We’d love to see your culinary creations, so make sure you tag us in your photos on Instagram or Twitter.