What do I want for Mother’s Day? Food…and sleep. And maybe a good sweat-it-out run with my friend. The run is really just to get the endorphins going so that I’m ready to dive into the food section of the day.
I will be printing out a couple of recipes and leaving them in places where they can’t be missed, like in my husband’s coffee cup or taped to my son’s soccer ball. This caffeinated smoothie and this dose of fruit are at the top of the list. And there has to be some Brie because Mother’s day just isn’t complete without it.
I don’t need any presents. Just the run and the food. And sleep. Did I mention sleep?
Whether you are the one dropping hints like me, or you’re the one planning the whole Mother’s Day shindig, these recipes are worth a look. They are some of my favorite brunch recipes of all time. And to make the day even better, they are all pretty guilt-free.
Strawberry and Mango Fruit Salad
This 5-ingredient fruit salad gets a little pep from a dose of lime zest. Serve it with brunch, then serve the leftovers later for dessert or snacktime. Actually, it’s good pretty much any time!
Healthy Strawberries & Cream Scones
I adore scones, but usually avoid eating them as most tend to be the size of my head and are really just little cakes masquerading as fruit-filled breakfast breads. These ones are made with homemade oat flour (takes about 15 seconds to make), whole wheat flour and a fraction of the butter than most scones. And, oh man, do they ever taste good!
Poached Egg Over Avocado & Smoked Salmon
Poached eggs are some of my favorite breakfast foods, but they’re made even better by cozying up to avocado and smoked salmon in this recipe that I featured from What’s Gaby Cooking’s awesome book, Absolutely Avocados (great Mother’s Day gift, by the way).
The Caesar Cocktail, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary
You don’t have to have Canadian blood in you to enjoy this brunch-loving cocktail. A good Caesar cocktail, preferably with a few stuffed olives dunked inside, is a brunch “must” for me. You may never go back to Bloody Marys once you try one.
Sweet Potato Hash with California Avocado Sauce
I could go on and on about how good this recipe is for you. Sweet potatoes, avocados…good stuff! But when it comes to Mother’s Day, the most important thing is that the taste is amazing. If you really want to go “all out”, serve it with a couple of poached or fried eggs on top.
Healthy Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche
Quiche is the poster child for brunch, but it always seems like such a hassle because of the pastry. This version uses grated and browned potatoes for the crust. Hallelujah!
Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancakes
Okay, I realize that it’s not exactly pumpkin season, but I just couldn’t leave out these pancakes. They are so darn easy to whip up and the flavor is fantastic. Most supermarkets should have a stray can or two of pumpkin on their shelves. This recipe is worth the trip to the store.
Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach & Salsa
The breakfast casserole is one of the most popular breakfast recipes on Cookin’ Canuck. It’s healthy, it works for breakfast or dinner and it’s easy to pull off. It would be perfect for brunch this Sunday.
Peanut Butter & Banana Whole Wheat Quick Bread
This is one that the whole family will love. Who doesn’t love a good dose of peanut butter and banana to make you feel like a kid again?!
Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie
And last, but certainly not least, is this smoothie with a kick. When I first dreamed this one up, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Now I can’t get enough of it. It’s addictive!