Brunch: The New Date Night

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Need an idea for a weekend get-together that’s fun for all ages? Try a breakfast bar with DIY pancakes!

We had another family over for brunch this past weekend, which we’ve decided is the most ideal time for families with young kiddos to get together. Everyone is pretty fresh since it’s earlier in the day, it’s before most naptimes, and you still have the rest of the day to recuperate and then get the kids to bed on time. I don’t want to imply that this should completely replace good old date night with adult-only company; however, this is a great alternative when you want to get out and about but don’t want to resort to arranging a sitter.

You could easily stick to just serving pancakes or even waffles, but we wanted to add something heartier as well. Lentil gravy is perfect to serve on top of toast or biscuits. Cook your lentils ahead of time, then melt some butter (we used Earth Balance) in a separate saucepan. Add some soymilk and flour, then season with salt, pepper, sage, and oregano. We also used nutritional yeast and a touch of liquid smoke. Add a bit more soymilk or flour to get the right texture, then add drained lentils.

For convenience, we used an electric griddle, but you could easily do this on the stovetop as well. Mix up your pancake batter a little ahead of time, then set out add-ins and toppings. You can take orders as to what people want, or you can let folks add in their own goodies.

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Here are some add-in and topping ideas:

  • chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • nutmeg
  • sprinkles

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Don’t forget the maple syrup! Add a side of fruit to your plate, and you’ve got a solid meal to keep you going for the rest of the day.

(Thanks to Holly for the great photo at the top, as well as the great company!)

After kids, did your get-togethers change? What are your favorite things to do on the weekend?

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