Cooking breakfast for a crowd may seem like an overwhelming task, but many healthy morning meals are easily adaptable to feed a large group of people. Doing most of the preparation the night before allows you enjoy your meal with guests. Many foods that are traditionally served for breakfast contain a variety of nutrients that are important for your health.
Eggs are a good source of protein and are versatile and inexpensive. Protein plays a role in healthy muscles, cells, skin, hair and nails and provides energy. Children need protein to develop and grow. Serve scrambled eggs on a breakfast buffet line, fry them and serve on toast with melted low-fat cheese or set up an omelet bar, allowing guests to choose the ingredients they want combined with their eggs. Vegetables, salsa, cheese and turkey sausage are good options. Make quiche in much the same way by placing ingredients in a pie shell and top with green chili. Wrap eggs in a tortilla with potatoes and sliced vegetables to create breakfast burritos, which are easy to serve a crowd and can be prepared ahead of time.
Breakfast casseroles are a good choice for a crowd because they can be prepared ahead of time and warmed when it is time to eat. Try an egg casserole with lean ham, spinach and low-fat cheese or mix and match your favorite vegetables to create a variety of flavors. Pile French toast slices with cottage cheese and fruit and top with fat-free cream and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warm. Many breakfast casseroles are loaded with fatty sausage or bacon and cheese, but substituting these items for lower fat alternatives allows you to enjoy a nutritious breakfast that feeds a crowd. The variety of ingredients that appear in breakfast casserole recipes offer vitamins A, C and D, B vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, potassium and iron.
Pancakes and Waffles
You may be surprised to learn that pancakes and waffles can be part of a healthy breakfast. They make it simple to feed a large group of people, too. Prepare whole-grain waffles and pancakes, which are good sources of fiber, iron and B vitamins, but refrain from making them too large, which increases calorie intake. Skip the butter and syrup and try pancakes or waffles topped with reduced-fat nut butters, which are good sources of healthy fats, and applesauce or banana slices. Or, try them topped with fresh berries and a small scoop of fat-free whipped topping. Serve pancakes and waffles buffet style, allowing your guests to prepare them as they like.
For people who are trying to follow a healthy diet, but don't like a large morning meal, fruit is a good option you can prepare for a crowd. Fruit offers vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and folic acid. Slice berries, melon, apples, oranges, kiwis and bananas and serve with granola and low-fat yogurt. A mixed fruit salad is a healthy accompaniment for eggs or breakfast casseroles that are common morning meals that feed a group.