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How to host a delicious Easter brunch on a budget

By Hilary Meyer, March 24, 2010 - 11:04am

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I’m hosting Easter brunch this year. As if looking through my billions of brunch recipes trying to decide what to make wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’m also putting a cap on how much I spend. Budget-friendly recipes are a must. Can I really pull off holiday entertaining on a budget? I can, if I choose my menu wisely.

This year, I’ll skip the expensive spiral ham I usually serve and make a frittata with ham in it instead. That way I can still have ham (what’s a brunch without ham?!) but I can buy it in a smaller quantity. I’m going to keep it simple, but it’s still going to be delicious—I bet my guests won’t even notice the difference.

Here’s my budget brunch menu:

Strawberry-Orange Muffin (32 cents per muffin) We love the combination of strawberry and orange in this sweet breakfast muffin with a streusel topping. For a less conventional (but equally delicious) twist, try the basil variation. The hint of basil complements the fruity berries wonderfully.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus (84 cents per serving) These prosciutto-wrapped bundles of grilled asparagus are a delicious addition to a spring brunch or elegant dinner.

Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette ($2.17 per serving) This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing out the spicy notes of the arugula.

Green Eggs & Ham Frittata ($1.14 per serving) Our version of green eggs and ham is full of spinach, leeks and dill, along with ham and havarti cheese. Serve with: Roasted red potatoes or hash browns.

What are you favorite crowd-pleasing brunch recipes? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Budget meals, Entertaining, Family meals, Lunch

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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