Plan your menu a few weeks before your brunch. That way, you'll be able to keep an eye out for weekly deals. Planning on making pancakes? Purchase your flour or maple syrup when it's on sale! The same goes for traditional brunch ingredients such as breads and croissants which can be purchased in advance and frozen. Organization can lead to savings!
When you're planning your menu, try to pick dishes that have similar ingredients. For instance, eggs are nutritious, delicious, inexpensive, and can be prepared in thousands of ways (omelette, poached, boiled, fried, etc.). There's definitely an egg dish for every taste! In addition, eggs can also be used for pancakes, crepes, waffles, and French toast. In terms of toppings, if you also purchase a brick of cheese and some ham, you have what you need for an array of dishes: omelettes, pancakes, sweet and savoury French toast. And when you get the most out of your ingredients, you'll be saving without compromising on menu variety. You'll be able to purchase these ingredients in value packs and prevent food waste, all while providing a restaurant-quality meal!
In addition to providing a healthy option, fruits are affordable “sides” that are versatile if you purchase them while in season or frozen. You can use them to make smoothies, add them to cereals, or make a puree for your pancakes. Simply warm up your berries with a bit of water and sugar and blend for an optimal texture. You'll quickly discover that it's a great alternative to maple syrup!
You can't have brunch without homemade breakfast potatoes! Simply cut some potatoes into small pieces and cook them in a large pan with your favourite seasoning and oil. For maximum flavour, you can also add onions. Potatoes are inexpensive, easy to cook, and will please everyone!
For a trendy, healthy brunch, serve smoothies and non-alcoholic mimosas. If you want to make low-cost smoothies, use a base of orange juice, milk, or yogurt and add your favourite fresh or frozen fruit. Orange juice (or any other citrus juice) can also be used to make fruity mimosas. Simply mix with carbonated water. For a festive touch, decorate the glasses with pieces of whatever fruit you have in your fridge. In addition to adding some colour to the meal, they'll also probably end up in several photos.
With these tips and tricks, you have everything you need to organize a fantastic brunch at a low cost. Everyone will be happy, even your wallet!