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Simple Spring Brunch: Recipes and Tips for a Healthy, Effortless Celebration

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Simple spring brunch

Whether you're celebrating Easter, Passover, or the warmer months ahead, today I'm sharing simple spring brunch recipes and tips to help you throw a healthy, effortless spring party.

Spring is here and there are so many reasons to celebrate! Whether it's Easter, Passover or the warmer months to come, brunch provides the prefect opportunity to invite friends and family to celebrate the season. I've been hosting an Easter brunch for years and it's the party my inner-circle looks forward to all year. My parents, both sisters, brother-in-law, not-yet-brother-in-law (ahem, Kent), and best friends dress up, come over, and stay for hours over drinks, food, and lots of laughs.

Over the years I've streamlined my brunch-hosting strategy so that it's a simple, healthy, happy affair. A spring brunch need not be stressful, nor it need to sabotage your healthy goals. Here are some of my favorite tips to keep hosting duties simple and effortless:

1. Streamline the menu. When it comes to menu planning I tend to be on the overambitious side. I come up a with a list of 10 different recipes to make because I just can't help myself. But I've learned over the years that more is not necessarily better, and that people have just as much fun if there are 4-5 dishes rather than 10. So make a list of all potential recipes for your ideal brunch spread. Then I go back and start crossing off until landing on a reasonable number. You'll be more relaxed, and so will your guests.

2. Graciously accept help. As tempting as it may be to do everything yourself, graciously accepting offers for help will streamline your party prep and allow guests to feel more involved. Keep in mind people's interests and special skills and get them involved. My dad is our resident bartender so I've asked him to take charge of drinks, my sister has a farm full of chickens and ducks so she'll bring a farm-fresh frittata, and my best friend is known for her deviled eggs so she'll bring those. Accepting offers to help will make your job simple and allow everyone to feel like part of the process.

3. Select simple recipes. When selecting recipes for your brunch, keep in mind prep time, total number of steps, and ingredient lists. Now is not the time for elaborate 18-step recipes. Dishes that can be easily assembled are your best best. I've pulled together 15 simple recipes below to get you started.

4. Create a serve-yourself drink station. Set up a drink station and your guests can serve themselves throughout brunch. Consider setting up two drink areas: a coffee and tea bar; and a sparkling wine and water bar. This year our sparkling wine and water bar will include grapefruit juice and grapefruit liquor for guests to make their own mimosa or non-alcoholic spritzer. Orange or pomegranate juice are also nice offerings for guests to mix-in.

5. Incorporate new healthy traditions. Each celebration offers the opportunity to incorporate new healthy traditions. Perhaps this year you can ditch any recipe that includes artificial ingredients, food dye, and preservatives. Maybe you can include a few gluten-free, dairy-free recipes, and vegetarian options. And you might even shift the emphasis from sweets to focus on non-candy related activities (see 15 no-candy Easter ideas for inspiration).

I hope you'll use these tips and host your own simple spring brunch soon. For more inspiration, I've assembled 15 of my favorite effortless recipes below. All are gluten-free, the majority are dairy-free, and many are vegetarian, vegan, or paleo to meet the dietary needs of any brunch guest.

Now, onto the recipes!

Simple spring brunch

gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | vg: vegan |v: vegetarian  |p: paleo

1. A Beautiful Crudités Platter from Cupcakes and Cashmere (gf, df, vg, v, p)

2. Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs from Dishing Up the Dirt (gf, v)

3. 2-Ingredient Hummus Deviled Eggs from Eating Bird Food (gf, df, v)

4. Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham from Paleo Table (gf, df, p)

5. Mushroom and Asparagus Frittata from Eat Your Beets (gf, df, v, p)

6. Sweet Potato Quiche with Quinoa Crust from Dishing Up the Dirt (gf, v)

7. Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Lemon Chive Dressing from Real Food Whole Life (gf, df, vg, v, p)

8. Bright Spring Green Salad from Love & Lemons (gf, df, vg, v)

9. Spring Quinoa Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod (gf, df, vg, v)

10. Charred Carrots with Herbs from What's Gaby Cooking (gf, df, vg, v, p)

11. Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Rosemary from She Wears Many Hats (gf, df, vg, v, p)

12. Citrus Mint Fruit Salad from Baked Bree (gf, df, vg, v, p)

13. Heavenly Carrot Cake Bake from Oh She Glows (gf, df, vg, v)

14. Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from Pinch of Yum (gf, df, vg, v, p)

15. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Against All Grain (gf, df, vg, v, p)