Last year, I hosted a big Mother’s Day brunch for the whole family and, well, let’s just say I went a leeeeetle overboard. There was enough food for 25 people (even though there were only 9 of us), so, trust me: no one left hungry or without leftovers. Everyone enjoyed it, but I was so exhausted afterward, I could barely get off the couch the rest of the day. That’s not fun.
I think this is a common trap that hosts fall prey to. You really don’t need to make enough food for an army when you’re entertaining a handful of people. I’m working on keeping menus streamlined, cohesive, and crowd-pleasing without requiring several days of prep (not to mention recovery). These five grain free mother’s day brunch menus prove that it is possible: grain free, (mostly) low carb, delicious meals that take no more than a few hours of prep, spread between the day before the brunch and the hour or two before the brunch starts. I’ve denoted the dishes that can be made the day before with an *asterisk.
Menu #1: Dessert & Coffee
- Skillet apple pear crisp
- Chocolate frosted doughnuts*
- Carrot Orange Bread*
- Chocolate-dipped shortbread*
- Coffee, tea, stevia and homemade almond milk
- Tip: This menu is the one exception to the “only a couple of hours of prep time” promise, since baking takes a little more time than cooking most of the dishes on the other menus. If you’re pressed for time, either make the shortbread, the bread and the doughnuts (unfrosted, frost at the last minute) well ahead of time and freeze them, or choose two to three of the four desserts, and add a simple fruit salad with dairy free whipped cream instead.
Menu #2: Just Breakfast
- Maple roasted turnips with bacon and crispy shallots
- Poached eggs (method here)
- Bacon wrapped asparagus with lemon balsamic reduction*
- Fig and date yogurt parfaits*
- Grain free banana bread*
- Coffee, tea and orange juice