Brunch is such a lovely meal, in it’s name it implies relaxing, the weekend, holidays. And it sure is lovely on those occasions, but this meal doesn’t have to be restricted to the weekend, it can be a midweek lunch or even dinner. The BPT Brunch is a nutritionally rockin’, satisfying meal. Unlike the processed, meat heavy, greasy regular English breakfast our Brunch is full of beautiful veg and quality proteins.

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You can make the eggs in which ever way you prefer, I fried mine but you can have them scrambled, poached or boiled. I’m still working on the perfect poached egg which hasn’t happened yet so any of your tips would be very welcome! As well as being a great source of protein, eggs are a great source choline, an essential nutrient needed for the neurotransmitter responsible for muscle functions, a healthy brain and the integrity of all cells in the body.

Our home made baked beans alternative is somewhere between baked beans and mexican fried beans. They are a m a z i n g! Everyone, kids and adults alike, scoff them down and love then! A good thing too, because black beans are a fantastic protein and fibre combination, and are beneficial to our health in many ways; they can help regulate blood sugar levels, decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve the health of your digestive system by contributing to the friendly bacteria colonisation in the lower large intestine and reducing the risk of colon cancer. Studies have shown that they also provide anti-inflammatory benefits through their impressive antioxidant phytonutrient content.

As far as the veg go you can get creative and use whatever is in the fridge. I added steamed spinach which is a great source of iron, baked cherry tomatoes whose lycopene content is beneficial in the prevention of prostate cancer and mushrooms which have immune boosting properties.

I get my gluten free buckwheat and sunflower seed loaf from my local organic bakery – Judges Bakery.

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Black Beans not Baked Beans

Ingredients:

350g cooked black beans (1 jar)
1 small red onion
1 clove garlic
1 cup passata
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup

Instructions:

To a heavy based pan add 2 tsp coconut oil and heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until it becomes translucent. Add the spices, cooked black beans, garlic, honey and tomato sauce (passata) and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes stirring regularly.

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Further reading:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=50

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2

{Hit me up with tips for the perfect poached egg in the comments – I need to learn}