Even if your Mom is a foodie who loves being in the kitchen, Mother’s Day is one day that a meal should magically appear without any effort of hers! Brunch is a classic Mother’s Day celebration, but restaurants are often too busy for families with young children. Brunch at home can be more relaxed and fun. The following menu choices are easy enough that Dad and the kids can show off their cooking skills. Gather the ingredients, utensils and serving dishes the day before to keep the kitchen running smoothly in the morning, pick up some fresh flowers for the table, play some relaxing music, and ban Mom from the kitchen for one morning.
Serve Mom’s favorites. Coffee, tea, or her favorite juices are simple starters. If you prefer something a little fancier that requires a bit more effort, try a smoothie. A basic fruit smoothie is made with about a cup of liquid (use water, orange juice, or ice cubes) about a cup of something creamy (yogurt or vanilla ice cream) and about a cup of fresh or frozen fruit (berries, bananas, peaches). Blend in a blender until smooth, adding a little sugar or honey if needed, and serve immediately in a chilled glass.
If your Mom is so inclined, follow up with a bit of champagne, or add champagne to a roughly equal volume of orange juice to make a Mimosa.
In a tall glass, layer sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or drained canned peaches or mandarin oranges, vanilla yogurt, and about a tablespoon of granola. Repeat layers. Use just one or two kinds of fruit. Fresh berries are best, but thawed frozen fruit can also be used.
Pastries and Breads:
What Mom doesn’t love a nice continental touch? Purchase some good croissants, scones, muffins, bagels, or Danish and serve in a cloth-lined basket or on a platter. If you prefer to bake your own, consider making them the night before. Serve cream cheese, jams, jellies and butter as accompaniments.
While Mom is enjoying her parfait, breads and pastries with her family, this quiche should be baking in the oven. Hint: Defrost spinach overnight in refrigerator, and squeeze dry as possible.
1 refrigerated 9 inch pie crust
10 oz. thawed frozen spinach, squeezed dry
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
3 tblsp crumbled bacon pieces
1 tblsp flour
¾ cup shredded swiss cheese
¾ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
1 cup milk
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie pan and sprinkle with spinach, onion and bacon. Toss the cheeses with the flour to coat and add to pie pan. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Slowly pour egg mixture over the other ingredients in the pie pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let set about 10 minutes, then serve.
Mixed Greens Salad
With the quiche, serve a mixed spring greens salad with cherry tomatoes, croutons and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Chocolate Cupcakes or Brownies
Moms love chocolate! Finish with chocolate cupcakes or brownies for dessert.