Posts tagged ‘Brunch’

December 11, 2015

Holiday Detox Series: Baked Avocado Egg Baskets

by ashley

  Trying to keep your diet in check during the holidays? Want to impress guests with a healthy, delicious and fun vegetarian breakfast alternative? This recipe is ridiculously easy, yet the results will amaze guests who’ve never had avocado egg baskets before.

Avocados are one of nature’s superfoods, full of vitamins and antioxidants it is a perfect detox food. My approach to detoxing is relatively simple, instead of worrying about juicing or expensive supplements, instead fill your detox diet with real foods that are low calorie and nutrient dense. Forgo anything processed or with refined sugars. Of course, the point of the Holiday detox is to work these foods in around your holiday celebrations. Plan your cheat meals wisely, keep the “cheating” to a minimum, but enjoy yourself. You only live once!

Baked Avocado Egg Baskets

Serves 2

One hass avocado

Two eggs

1 tbsp coconut oil

Optional: caramelized onions, chives, basil, fresh pico de gallo, etc. for topping once out of the oven

Preheat oven to 400F.

I like to use a muffin tin to bake the avocados as it keeps them in place better. Use the coconut oil to grease two openings in the muffin tin to prevent any egg white spillage from sticking to your pan.

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Use a spoon to create a slightly bigger hole in each avocado half to allow an egg to sit in the hole. (I like to eat the extra at this point! You can also reserve for another recipe later in the day, just remember to squeeze some lime or lemon on it to keep it from browning.)

Place the halves onto the muffin tin, skin side down, resting in one of the openings you greased with coconut oil. Carefully crack one egg into each avocado half, trying to avoid spilling the egg white.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the egg white is set but the yolk is still soft.

After removing from the oven, this is where I like to get creative. Work with your own tastes and whatever you have on hand at the time. Top with chopped fresh basil or chives. Add some caramelized onions. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with fresh tomatoes, pico de gallo or salsa. There are so many things that pair nicely with this!

***If you are allergic to latex, talk to your doctor before adding avocado to your diet. People with a serious latex allergy may experience symptoms after eating avocado.

 

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August 5, 2013

Soyka in Midtown Miami

by jem614

I had brunch with a great friend on Saturday at Soyka, a popular place in Midtown, Miami.  I’ve been here so many times but it’s been years since my “Miami Herald” days so it was nice to revisit this great staple!

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Soyka is one of those places that could be very elegant or very laid back depending on your mood.  They also have a really small, cute area outside where you can sit with your beau or your BFF and chat with more privacy.  I adore everything about it, including the relatively inexpensive menu and the numerous choices.

This weekend, I went all out and ordered the french toast with ice cream (yes, it’s a menu item for brunch)!  Both items on their own probably wouldn’t be anything super to rave about but together they make a smashing combination.  If my son hadn’t been tearing up the table and spilling water everywhere (along with crying and pulling my glasses off – don’t hold it against him because he’s got three nasty teeth snaggling their way through) I would have probably ordered some coffee and maybe slowed down to enjoy it some more instead of inhaling it.

Whew, that was long-winded, so sorry!  I’m sure you get the point, it is an absolute must try for mid-town dining and for you out-of-towners, to try.

For more info or to look at their menu, go to http://www.soykarestaurant.com.    They have some really great options for Vegetarians!

February 25, 2013

Romanesco Frittata with Kale and Rainbow Chard

by ashley

Romanesco BroccoliLast week my CSA box had a great surprise: romanesco broccoli! I love the beautiful shape and slightly sweeter taste it has than traditional broccoli or cauliflower. Since I also have ungodly amounts of eggs also from my CSA, I decided that I would make a frittata with the romanesco, kale, rainbow chard and onion. It turned out delicious – and healthy, with just a touch of cheese and pinch of salt for flavor. This would make a wonderful brunch idea, and could easily be made vegan with tofu and almond milk. I will have to post a recipe soon that omits the eggs and dairy, I just had so many to use up this week!

Romanesco Frittata with Kale and Rainbow Chard

1 head romanesco broccoli

½ cup chopped kale

½ cup chopped rainbow chard

½ medium white onion

8 large eggs

½ cup milk

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

Optional: ½ cup shredded cheese

Romanesco Frittata: Sauteeing in PanFinely chop onion, kale and rainbow chard. Coarsely chop romanesco broccoli. In a large cast iron pan (or other oven safe pan), heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add rainbow chard and kale. Sautee until wilted. Add romanesco broccoli and sauté for about 2 minutes. Take off heat.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, milk and salt. Whisk vigorously until completely combined and mixture begins to bubble. Pour into cast iron pan and mix to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed. Allow to cook over medium heat until egg begins to set.

Transfer to the oven and allow to bake until golden brown, approximately 10-12 minutes. Cool and serve either warm or cold. Can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours, or frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Serves 4 as a meal, 6 as a side item.

Romanesco Frittata with Kale and Rainbow Chard

March 26, 2012

Friedmans Chelsea Marketplace, NYC (Farmhouse Brunch)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

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I am in love with Chelsea Marketplace in Manhattan!  This past Friday, I was able to walk from Union Square (which has a cute little farmer’s market on Friday’s apparently) to Chelsea – in heels!  Not easy to do when you’re pregnant and feel really off balance.

Initially my plan was to go to One Lucky Duck to have breakfast but then found out it has mostly just smoothies and juices so I opted to just buy a glass straw and move on.  I am so happy I did because my breakfast at Friendmans was one of the best I’ve had in a long time.

I believe the french toast was made with Challa bread because it was thick and soft and scrumptious.  I think my stomach just growled again ;).  On top was a warm berry compote that was just perfect on the sweetness.  Delicious!

The seating in Friedmans is picnic style and you will most likely be sitting with other people at the table.  It’s great if you don’t mind your space being invaded (let’s face it, you’re in New York, there is no such thing as personal space).

Please check out Chelsea Marketplace in Manhattan and stop by Friendmans for breakfast or lunch!

*** This place is veggie friendly but may be hard to find anything vegan.

February 9, 2012

Vegan Valentine: Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast (Spork Foods)

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan  

I posted a very short review of this recipe when I did the post about the Spork-Fed cookbook, which I still love. While going through some photos in my camera (which I still haven’t cleaned out entirely), I happened upon the photos I took when I first tried this recipe and knew it would make a great Vegan Valentine’s Day brunch. A word of caution: this is a gooey, messy recipe to make. But the end results are decadent and perfect for a lovely breakfast in bed with that special someone.

Photo by: Ashley Morgan, Veg On The Run

Recipe courtesy of  Spork Foods

October 17, 2011

The Morgan’s Restaurant Brunch

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

In searching for a great “brunch” option for my friend Naomy’s Saturday Birthday party, I came across a restaurant called “The Morgan’s”.  The Morgan’s Restaurant on the beach is a very “Sex and the City” type restaurant on Purdy Avenue close to The Green Monkey Yoga studio.  It’s a great place for brunch …. if you’re not in a hurry.  The wait staff was friendly, if a bit forgetful. They forgot (twice) to bring the birthday girl’s cake (which we waited almost an hour to get) but besides that, it was a pretty good brunch experience.

Ashley, the birthday girl, Naomy and her daughter Jazmin

The French Toast Brioche was mouthwatering.  It was light, fluffy and sweet, the perfect combination on an overcast Saturday morning.  Every brunch meal they brought out looked beautiful. I wasn’t impressed that they charge you for coffee refills but I guess that’s to be expected for cafe con leche.

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There was so much french toast that I was farming it out to the other girls at the table.  One piece was enough to stuff me.

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Ashley, our friend Ivette and her son, Luis

This restaurant is not vegetarian (and Vegans for sure will have a hard time eating here) but they do offer many Vegetarian options.  All in all, I would give them 4 out of 5 carrots.  Though their forgetfulness was disappointing, the ambiance, friendliness of the server and the taste of the food won out.

For more information on The Morgan’s restaurant go to http://www.themorgansrestaurant.com/

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