Sunday, May 10, 2015

I love you, Mom...Here are some brunch recipes to tell Mom just how much you love her... through the kitchen ;)

This elegant and enticing brunch menu is perfect for celebrating moms of all ages. 

Passion Fruit Mimosas

Toast to the important women in your life with this citrusy cocktail. These drinks are sweet, bright, and effervescent—just like Mom! 

Ingredients: Grenadine, passion fruit juice, prosecco, oranges 
Calories: 147

Cranberry-Citrus Muffins

Pull a pan of these fluffy muffins out of the oven for a tart, yet refreshing, breakfast bite.

Fresh lemon rind adds the perfect amount of zest to balance out the tartness of the cranberries, which are loaded with vitamin C and fiber. 

To lower the fat content, trade in fat-free vanilla yogurt instead of low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Ingredients: Cranberries, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, lemon rind, vanilla extract, egg whites, vanilla low-fat yogurt, whole egg 
Calories: 238

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Sun-Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Basil Frittata

This frittata fits perfectly in a brunch menu, and its gourmet flavors of sun-dried tomato, goat cheese, and basil will leave your mom thinking you worked on it all morning in the kitchen. 

Lucky for you, it only takes 15 minutes! With 9 grams of filling protein—20% of the your daily recommended intake of protein—you won’t be hungry right after. 

Ingredients: Whole eggs, egg whites, onion, olive oil, pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, basil chiffonade 
Calories: 146

Wax Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

This is the perfect low-carb side dish for your Mother’s Day brunch.

Wax beans are swapped for pasta, but still provide the same filling feeling for fewer calories. 

Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, shallot, salt, pepper, chile, red wine vinegar, olive oil, wax beans, goat cheese, lime juice, basil leaves 

Calories: 127

Braised Kale Frittata

Frittatas are a brunch favorite. They’re quick-and-easy to make, allow a lot of creativity with ingredients, and make for a unique way to serve a big or small crowd. 

This frittata combines two popular cancer fighting vegetables: Kale and tomatoes. 

Ingredients: Whole eggs, egg whites, kosher salt, pepper, Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, oregano, kale, cherry tomatoes 
Calories: 204

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Tarts are lighter, fancier versions of pizza and make a great addition to brunch menus.

Take advantage of blooming summer vegetables, like heirloom tomatoes, with this refreshing tart recipe. 

Creamy goat cheese is layered onto a thin crispy tart with fresh herbs, tomatoes, and heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil. 

Ingredients: Yellow cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, unsalted butter, olive oil, water, goat cheese, thyme, heirloom tomatoes, sea salt, pepper 
Calories: 317

Melon Salad With Prosciutto and Goat Cheese

This cold salad brings together sweet, savory, and salty flavors.

From start to finish, it just takes 25 minutes to make and combines all the popular summer melons: Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Goat cheese, prosciutto, and a mix of red onion and shallots help even out the sweetness of the fruit for a well-rounded salad. 

And, your mom will appreciate that it’s only 168 calories.

Ingredients: Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, shallots, prosciutto, Dijon mustard, melon balls, red onion, pine nuts, basil, arugula, goat cheese, pepper, salt 
Calories: 168

Four Flowers Mimosa

Toast to one of the most important women in your life with this 177-calorie mimosa.
And no packaged juices or preservatives in this recipe. Refreshing pineapple is mixed with bananas, fresh orange juice, maple syrup, grenadine, and lemon juice for tons of tropical flavor and nutrients. 

Add sparkling white wine when you're ready to serve.

Ingredients: Pineapple, orange juice, bananas, maple syrup, grenadine, lemon juice, white wine 

Calories: 177

Chocolate-Salted Caramel Tart

The key to dessert during brunch is to have a few light options.

This chocolate tart is a lighter, less rich version of a chocolate cake, with fewer calories! 

Salted caramel and sea salt add a classic mix of salty-and-sweet for every craving. 

Ingredients: Phyllo dough, sugar, heavy cream, bittersweet chocolate, sea salt. 

Calories: 126 per slice

Spinach, Pear, and Gorgonzola Salad With Pecans

This recipe is a delicious mix of sweet pears with tangy Gorgonzola cheese and salty pecans. For a seasonal switch-up, you can use strawberries or peaches in place of the pears. 

Ingredients: Pecans, canola oil, Bosc pears, brown sugar, shallot, apple juice, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, baby spinach, Gorgonzola cheese 
Calories: 256

Asparagus With Poached Eggs and Parmesan

Think of this as a veggie-packed eggs Benedict. The olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice make a delicious coating for the asparagus, and the Parmesan adds just the right savory kick. And for less than 300 calories, you'll get 18 grams of protein and 3 grams of slimming fiber.

Ingredients: Eggs, white vinegar, asparagus, olive oil, garlic, butter, lemon juice, fresh parsley, fresh Parmesan cheese 

Calories: 256

Pressed Watermelon With Basil Water

If your family isn't the cocktails-at-brunch type, enjoy these refreshing, fruity drinks. They'll hydrate while giving you a boost of vitamin C. 

Ingredients: Watermelon chunks, basil leaves, sea salt, white wine vinegar, chilled water 
Calories: 46

Waffles With Two-Berry Syrup

Wheat germ and flax seed give these waffles a wonderfully nutty flavor and crunchy texture. But it's the syrup, laced with maple and two kinds of berries, that elevates this breakfast to the sublime. 

Ingredients: Flax seed, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, toasted wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, fat-free milk, egg substitute, canola oil, vanilla extract, frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, maple syrup, ground cinnamon 
Calories: 332 

Blueberry Shortbread Bites

You'll get a little zing of orange zest in each of these delicious blueberry shortbread treats. Serve them guilt-free as an appetizer, or as mini muffins during the meal; the small portion size keeps calories in check.

Ingredients: Flour, sugar, cornstarch, orange zest, butter, dried blueberries 
Calories: 82

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Delicious and rich, these cupcakes taste as delightful as they look. Plus, using buttermilk cuts down on the fat content. 

Ingredients: Cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, canola oil, buttermilk, unsweetened cocoa, red food coloring, eggs, vanilla extract, Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Calories: 390
Source: Health Magazine: 16 Delicious Recipes for Mother's Day Brunch