Vegetarian Brunch on a Budget

Sometimes you just need to overindulge on pancakes and eggs with the people you love the most. One of my all-time favorite things about the weekend is brunch. I love having a slow start to the day, eating around 12 is ideal. Hosting brunch is amazing because it is inexpensive compared to eating out and it is far more relaxing to be able to sit back and chill with your people while sipping on coffee or mimosas in the presence of your own home.

A couple weeks ago I had a few friends over for brunch, two of them happen to be vegetarians as well (pictured with some random herb plants), gotta love having friends who eat the same way as you. After a long week of classes, my energy was pretty limited, meaning I was determined to make this brunch as simple and easy as possible. Of course, while still making sure everything tasted amazing! The afternoon turned out to be so much fun and it will be a day I will always remember when I look back on my college years. If you have never brunched with all of your college friends, I would highly recommend checking it off your bucket list before graduation, the memories made are priceless.

 I kept our menu pretty basic due to the fact that I was absolutely exhausted, but sometimes simple is best! I want to share with you what I made and some simple tips to throwing a stress-free vegetarian brunch that will leave you and your friends happy and full.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Make one main course and keep the rest of the sides fairly simple. For this brunch, homemade pancakes were the move, followed by basic brunch favs such as deviled eggs, fruit salad, and blueberry muffins.
  2. Make a mimosa bar.  Seriously. Mimosas are what make brunch worth believing in. This will be the biggest hit at your brunch festivity guaranteed. Who doesn’t like a good mimosa? I discovered that Betty Crocker has a mimosa recipe and it seriously changed my world for the better. Thanks, Betty!
  3. Remember you’re a college student, not Martha Stewart. And no one expects you to be! Don’t feel funny asking your friends to chip in to make the brunch really awesome. Or even have each person bring a side dish to accompany your main dish. We are in college so really anything goes!
  4. Have Fun!! A messy house can always be cleaned up another time. Enjoy yourself and your company instead of worrying about keeping up with everything at once.

Menu Ideas: 

Waffles or PancakesEither of these wonderous breakfast foods will serve as a perfect main course. You seriously cannot go wrong with classics. If you are feeling spontaneous and have the energy, feel free to make your own batter. Click on waffles or pancakes for the best recipes, I have tried both and taste test approve. If you aren’t up for a homemade extravaganza, Bisquick is your best friend, use it. To spice up your waffles or pancakes, add chocolate chips or mashed banana, and top with syrup.

French Toast. Always a fan favorite. Simple and quick, but always so good. All you need is a loaf of bread, eggs, and milk. Top with powdered sugar and syrup and you are good to go!

Cheesy Eggs. You need these in your life.

4 Large Eggs (adjust according to guest number)

4 oz Cream Cheese

1/4 Cup Milk

Salt and Pepper

Mix all together in a mixing bowl and scramble on low heat.

Deviled Eggs. If you aren’t in the mood for scrambled eggs, these are your go to. Feel free to make both egg dishes, everyone loves eggs.

Breakfast Potatoes. These baked breakfast potatoes will quickly become your go-to side dish for all of your breakfast related needs. The ingredients are so cheap and commonly kept in the home: Yukon potatoes (can be bought frozen), oil of your choice, and simple seasonings.


2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika, or to taste
3 Tbsp extra light olive oil (or any high heat cooking oil)

Prep: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet

Fruit Salad. All of these big bad carbs call for something healthy. Simply cut up the fruit of your choice and toss in a bowl. My favorite combination includes strawberries, banana, blueberries, and pineapple.

Breakfast Salad. Salads are a great brunch staple. A breakfast salad helps to balance out your menu. My favorite morning salad recipe includes:

1  Bag of Spinach

2 Mandarin Oranges

1 Large Pear

Handful of Walnuts

Handful of Strawberries

Poppy Seed Dressing served on the side, toss together.

Muffins. Oh, muffins. Cheap, easy, and beyond delicious. I included a few different recipes that are sure to wow your friends and your wallet.


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