Brunch is the perfect way to start a lazy day… thinking of distant memories of Sunday morning lie-ins … and is also a great meal to incorporate into your diet if you are following a fasting plan, or, for those of us who are too busy for breakfast – brunch is traditionally a meal served before 3pm, so pretty much anytime is fine for this delicious combination of fresh flavours all jam packed with nutrients – the asparagus is a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium, iron and calcium, the eggs, halloumi and houmous are all protein rich, the spinach, tomatoes and avocados bursting with vitamins and minerals, and the whole wheat bread is fibre and nutrient rich – a fantastic energy boosting plate of goodness.
6 spears of asparagus – depending on size – nothing can beat asparagus for its distinct, fresh flavour
Large handful of spinach – or frozen will be a good substitute and is just as nutritious
8 cherry tomatoes – on the vine for maximum sweetness, but a regular salad tomato, halved will be good too
2 slices of halloumi cheese – this delicious, salty cheese from Cyprus becomes deliciously cream when grilled
1 tbsp houmous – homemade is best, just blitz together chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil
Slice of whole wheat bread – or granary works well too, but whatever you have is fine
- Hard boil the egg for 7 – 8 minutes, depending on size, and your preference
- Steam the asparagus for 3 – 4 minutes depending on size, adding the spinach for the last 2 minutes
- Grill the tomatoes and halloumi for 3 – 4 minutes, turning half way through – until the tomatoes are cooked but still hold their shape, and the halloumi is beginning to turn golden brown
- Toast the bread
- Mash the avocado, pile onto the toast and serve with the egg cut into halves, the asparagus, tomatoes, halloumi and houmous
This might seem quite labour intensive for one but is easily doubled or quadrupled for a family meal and is very quick to prepare – just get the ingredients all together first and get the grill on and the steamer out. Try a poached egg for a change, or a couple of slices of smoked salmon instead of the halloumi for a treat. Mix it up a bit depending on what you have in the fridge – try rye bread and feta cheese for a change. Delicious.