Tips and Recipes: How to Plan the Perfect Brunch Buffet Menu!

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Tips & Recipes - How to Plan the Perfect Brunch Buffet Menu

What’s the best way to make use of a new season of warm weather? We know plenty of you are excited to pump up the bike tires and hit the road, grab a towel and hit the beach, or chill at cookouts as the days get longer. Personally, we’ve got a suggestion that should be high up on your weekend list of to-dos: brunching it up

Oh, how good it feels to sleep in, maybe exercise, and then hang with friends—and a planning good brunch menu is part of the fun. After all, a good brunch buffet menu combines the best of both breakfast and lunch, so you can get as creative as you like!

And unless you and your friends are trying to gain weight so you can fill out your swimsuits, your best bet is figuring out healthy brunch ideas with variety and creativity. And that’s where HOPE Hummus comes in. With a delicious array of amazing hummus and guacamole flavors, as well as the healthiest ingredients possible, we’ve got your savory brunch recipes covered

How to Plan a Brunch Buffet Menu

The best brunch buffet menus have a little something for everyone: brunch finger foods, light appetizers, heavier dishes for those who brought their appetites, and perhaps a not-too-indulgent dessert. Worth considering also is the balance of spicier and tamer foods on the table. And of course, mimosas and Bloody Marys definitely help everyone get loose!

But it’s not ALL about food… here are some tips that will help you stay sane when you’re trying to ready your brunch menu ideas for a crowd!

  • Plan the brunch menu part well in advance. Knowing what you need to shop for, and how much time your prep should take, is key.
  • If possible, clean the house and set your table the night before. Having your atmosphere ready in the morning saves a lot of unnecessary hassle.
  • Along the same lines, prepare as much of your menu as possible the night before. Grind the coffee, chop the veggies, prep sauces or dressings and whatever else to make sure you’re not rushing to cook when your guests arrive.
  • Keep food warm on the table by using foil tents—just pull off when everyone’s ready to eat!
  • Make at least a few self-serve dishes, so guests can customize their plates.

Okay, so we know a few things about how to set up a brunch now. How about some ideas for a healthy, quick and easy brunch menu?

YUM… Healthy Brunch Ideas!

To make the healthy and tasty recipes below, we turned to our HOPE Kitchen, Instagram community, and YouTube channel. You can find these recipes and hundreds more… so no matter what you’re planning, you’ll have more than enough ideas for a quick and easy brunch menu

Mango Cauliflower Wings - perfect for brunch finger foods

Mango Jalapeño Cauliflower Wings

Make sure your brunch finger foods pop! These cauliflower wings bring an exotic twist to the meal with Jalapeño Cilantro hummus, mango, maple syrup, garlic, and more. And the best part is? No greasy residue on everyone’s fingers.

Mango Shrimp Curry Stuffed Avocados - Savory Brunch Recipes

Coconut Curry + Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

This smooth and tangy delight is one of the best brunch menu ideas for a crowd. Halved avocados are stuffed with a mixture of Thai Coconut Curry hummus, cooked shrimp, cherry tomatoes, lime, and cilantro. Super healthy, but tastes like it shouldn’t be!

A colorful crudite platter for a quick and easy brunch menu
Image by @bluehousekitchendc

Colorful Crudite Platter by @bluehousekitchendc

This attractive veggie plate will spruce up any menu… and no table is complete without brunch finger foods. Get creative with broccolini, seedless cucumber, snow peas, radicchio, asparagus, heirloom carrots, and more. And the best part is, you can use any hummus you like for dipping! We’d suggest Kale Pesto or Roasted Black Garlic for smoothness, or you can turn up the heat with Jalapeño Red.

Spicy Zucchini Zoodles with Strawberries

Spicy Zucchini Noodles with Strawberries

For a fresher, sweeter addition to your menu, ditch the bland pasta and sub in some zucchini zip! Simply mix zucchini noodles with Spicy Avocado hummus, chopped pecans, hemp hearts, and ripe strawberries. But make plenty… it’s sure to disappear fast.  

Mouth watering yet? This is just the tip of the iceberg! Our flavor creators and foodie friends have been hard at work, making some of the most delicious and healthy brunch ideas imaginable… and they all contain delicious and nutrient packed hummus. Snap a picture of HOPE Hummus at your own brunch menu, and maybe you’ll be featured here

As always, cheers and happy eating!