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Build a Nutritious Mother’s Day Menu

 

Build a Nutritious Mother’s Day Menu

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We love the idea of celebrating mom with a wonderful spread of tasty, made-with-love, brunch dishes. And what better gift to give mom, than the gift of a break from cooking… and a full kitchen clean-up afterwards.

One of the other things we love about brunch is that you can enjoy both sweet and savory dishes –– tasting a variety of foods. With that, and all of the lovely moms you’ll be celebrating on Sunday in mind, we put together some recipe ideas from some of our favorite bloggers for your Mother’s Day menu.

Kale Salad with Pears, Pecans, and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

We know that kale is sort of old news at this point, but in our books a good kale salad is timeless, and the perfect addition to any brunch. Massaging the kale with the acid in the lemon juice helps break down the kale leaves, softening them up to a perfect “almost cooked” texture.

Makes 4 servings

4 cups thinly sliced Lacinato (Tuscan) kale ribbons

3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 medium pear sliced thinly

Dressing:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed Meyer

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons honey

Add chopped kale to a large salad bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together until combined. Pour half the dressing over the kale and, using clean hands, massage the dressing into the kale leaves until coated and soft, about 2 minutes. Add remaining salad ingredients, plus the remaining dressing and toss to coat.

Asparagus and Leek Quiche from The Foodie Dietitian

Nothing says brunch like quiche! We love this take on the popular classic using cottage cheese to add texture, flavor, and protein. It may sound a little out of the ordinary, but we find that those recipes are usually the most surprising and delicious. Asparagus is in season for another month or so, making it a great veggie for this special day.

Sprouted French Toast Casserole from Pamela Salzman

This prep-ahead French toast casserole is not only delicious, but skips the loads of sugar and white bread that most French toast includes. This whole-grain version uses quality, healthy ingredients.

Tuna Nicoise Bites from Bumble Bee Seafoods

We love anything mini, and Nicoise is one of our favorite salads. These bites are easy to make and each contains the best part of a Nicoise salad. Plus, they look fancy but are simple to put together!

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