Q: We are having new friends over for brunch on Sunday. They have three small children, and the husband is vegan. Everyone else is an omnivore, although I don't think anyone in their family eats much meat.
I've been looking at vegan brunch recipes, but they leave me feeling low. Any suggestions?
Sent by Suzanne
Editor: Don't feel low, Suzanne! There are plenty of exciting plant-based options to choose from. Looking at cookbooks or websites is a great place to start, but browsing a restaurant menu can inspire you just as well. Most are online these days and it's a quick and easy way to see how other people are tackling a cuisine or ingredient, even if you haven't made it to the restaurant yourself.
I recently returned from Los Angeles and had a meal at the very LA restaurant Café Gratitude with some of the other Kitchn editors. Their menu is 100 percent vegan. That's not something you encounter every day, so it was inspiring to see how they were using ingredients to create familiar flavors in pancakes and baked goods. I left that restaurant having tried a few dishes that delighted me enough to want to try them at home — including a French toast soaked in banana "milk."
Cast a wider net in your search for inspiration and don't overlook a restaurant menu as one of those resources. Of course, that's not to say you won't find any ideas here! We've been pretty fond of vegan cooking as of late and have a few brunch-worthy ideas to share, too.
As a final note, don't just look for vegan versions of non-vegan foods. Cooking vegan is really an opportunity to show off a vegetable in a new way.
Kitchn readers, do you have any go-to vegan brunch options you'd make for company?