by Christian Allaire – Vogue
The titles of her cookbooks say it all. With It’s All Good and It’s All Easy—not to mention her behemoth brand, goop—Gwyneth Paltrow has intended to make wellness an effortless affair. But what about when it comes to brunch, a day typically associated with bottomless mimosas, sinful waffles, and, well, a general more-is-more vibe? While the classic brunch menu reads more “cheat day” than “clean eating,” the lifestyle guru insists it doesn’t have to.
In January, Paltrow released The Clean Plate, her latest cookbook, with over 100 recipes offering dishes with targeted health benefits. They’re all easily customizable, and meant to be mix-and-matched. There are a number of options for both breakfast and brunch, which is the meal Paltrow often hosts in her own home. “To me, Sunday brunch is about family,” Paltrow says. “Everyone coming together around the table for good food and conversation and to ease into the week ahead. I usually serve the meal family-style, so there’s something for everyone.”
Vogue asked Paltrow to whip up an ideal Sunday brunch menu that defies the usual indulgences. The end result? A mix of traditional must-haves such as frittatas and smoothies, fused with a hint of a decadence, like a healthy rice pudding dessert. “I’m all about savory, but there’s always a sweet-tooth or two around, so I try to whip up something that pleases everyone involved,” she says.