One of the things that I miss the most about pre-COVID life was going out to brunch with friends. No worries, no fears, just vibes and mimosas. While some restaurants have reopened for brunch and are following CDC guidelines, some people may still be uncomfortable with dining out during the pandemic. As we approach our one year anniversary of our new normal (ugh..), I've upped my brunch prepping game at home to make staying home on the weekends a lot more bearable. Over the last few months, I've been brainstorming ideas, trying out different brunch recipes thanks to Pinterest, and looked at other brunch inspired flatlay photos in order to prep the perfect brunch and make it feel like I'm back out again. One day, I decided to put together a brunch board!
I bought this marble slate serving board a while back before everything shut down so I was practically using it for anything. I made a brunch board one morning in lieu of a charcuterie board and made a spread of hardboiled eggs, breakfast sausages, waffles, cheese slices, and some mixed berries. There is no right or wrong on how to assemble your brunch board, you choose whatever items you want to eat!
If you want to spruce up your dining table, buy a small bouquet of flowers to add some color to your brunch at home. Setting up the scenery will make it feel like you're dining in style.
Another thing about having brunch at home is that you're spending less money compared to an actual sit down place and you have more food and drinks on your table. One morning, I decided to find quick and ready to make brunch staples at my local grocery store and prepped everything for an easy Sunday morning spread.
Trader Joe's has this amazing frozen, brioche French toast that are too good to pass up. I don't usually like buying frozen meals as much but Trader Joe's is an exception cause every frozen food that I've bought from them has not disappointed me so far. The French toast comes with four slices and only cost me $3.99 (so it's like a dollar per toast). Restaurants will charge at least $9-$10 for a single serving of French toast while I was able to prepare two servings for half the price.
Drinks like mimosas and Bloody Marys are easy to prep at home and are actually a lot cheaper compared to the $9-$12 a glass you pay at a sit down place. A bottle of prosecco and orange juice will make you at least 4-5 glasses for less than $20! And of course, you can make your own coffee at home, eat a pastry, and read a magazine while you enjoy your brunch.
Dining out during pre-COVID life has make us all feel a little lazy with wanting to learn how to cook more than just boxed macaroni and cheese. Our generation will normally take the easy way out and order from Postmates for the instant gratification. This last year has made me want to experiment with different types of recipes and find more ways to save money by eating out less and making use of the foods I have at home. Not only will it put more money in my pocket but it will also expand my cooking and baking skills for the future.