Hy-Vee at Midday: Fresh Ideas for Springtime Brunch

By Kimberly Proctor, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Fresh Ideas for Springtime Brunch

May is a busy month for bridal showers, graduations and garden parties. Add some elegance to your spring entertaining by serving up a light and tasty brunch menu.

The sweetness of spring's fresh berries really shines in a fresh fruit salsa, which is great as an appetizer or dessert. For a light main entrée, nothing beats a spring vegetable frittata! The addition of asparagus and red pepper brings color and boosts the nutrition of a traditional egg dish. Looking for a refreshing way to cool off as the days get warmer? Try this tropical spritzer that combines pineapple juice with potassium-rich coconut water and a splash of club soda.

Baked Spring Vegetable Frittata

All you need:

1 tbsp Hy-Vee garlic flavored olive oil

¾ cup diced fresh asparagus

¼ cup chopped bell pepper

2 tbsp chopped red onion

6 eggs

½ cup skim milk

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 cup shredded Hy-Vee 2% milk Cheddar cheese

All you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus, bell pepper and onion. Sauté until onion is translucent and asparagus and bell pepper are softened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

3. Meanwhile, beat the eggs, milk, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl until blended. Add the cheese and the sautéed vegetables. Mix well.

3. Pour egg mixture into a glass pie plate, sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, just until set.

Serves 6

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 164, Fat 11gm, Saturated fat 3.5gm, Carbohydrate 3 gm, Protein: 12 gm, Sodium 296mg

Source: Egg Nutrition Center; modified by Hy-Vee dietitians

Fresh Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips

All you need:

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and diced

1 (8 oz.) pkg fresh raspberries

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

3 tablespoons Smucker's sugar-free red raspberry preserves

Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips, for serving

All you do:

1. In a large bowl, combine kiwi, apple, raspberries, strawberries and raspberry preserves.

2. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

3. Serve with Stacy's brand Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips.

Serves 8

Nutrition information per serving (salsa + seven pita chips): calories 190, fat 5gm, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrate 29g, sugar 10gm, fiber 5g, protein 3gm, sodium 120mg

Source: www.Hy-Vee.com/recipes

Tropical Spritzer

All you need:

2 parts pineapple juice

1 part 100% coconut water

1 part Hy-Vee club soda

Slices of fresh pineapple and fresh mint leaves (optional for garnish)

All you do:

Mix above ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl. Garnish, as desired, and serve cold.

Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving: Calories: 76, Fat: 0gm, Cholesterol: 0gm, Carbohydrate: 19gm, Protein: 0gm, Sodium: 30mg

Source: Hy-Vee dietitians
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