Make Brunch Better with These Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Spring gardens are in full bloom and the beauty of the season is reaching its peak. It's as if the gardens themselves are working overtime for Mother's Day, celebrating the proverbial "busy bees" in our lives, our moms.

Mother's Day brunch is a tradition for many families, but it often includes endless buffet tables chock-full of high fat, salt saturated, and sugar laden dishes. The high price tag of these "all you can eat affairs" wreak havoc on our common sense, leading us to rationalize eating more than we our stomachs are designed to hold. We enjoy the company of our loved ones, yes, but do we welcome the bathroom scale the following morning?

Give Mom the gift of love through a healthy and fun meal. I've gathered our best brunch recipes for you to enjoy. Many of these are from our Chef Meg. Her gourmet recipes are simple to prepare and don't require an endless list of ingredients, highlighting spring fruits and vegetables. They are perfect for dads and children to prepare together too, making the cooking as fun as the eating, if not more.  Here are some other ideas to make this Mother's Day memorable: visit your local farmer's market; create a customized playlist with songs that celebrate memories with Mom; pick some fresh flowers from the garden; and adorn the table with china. Most importantly, don't forget to clean up the kitchen so Mom can spend the evening basking in the love of her loved ones.  

Chef Meg's Best 'Boiled' Eggs

Chef Meg's Crispy Yogurt and Berry Parfaits

Chef Meg's Crab and Asparagus Crepes

Chef Meg's Buckwheat Crepes with Chef Meg's Homemade Ricotta Cheese or Greek Yogurt. Serve with fresh strawberries.

Chef Meg's Not-So-Southern Sausage Gravy with Chef Meg's Buttermilk Biscuits

Salmon Cakes

Bacon-cheddar breakfast muffins

Fancy Brunch Potatoes - with asparagus

Brunch/Breakfast Egg Wrap

Brunch Bread Pudding

Coach Nicole's Mini Vegetable Frittatas

Stepf's Mini Rosemary-Oat Scones

Chef Meg's Low-Sodium Breakfast Sausage

Chef Meg's Super Speedy Sausage Rolls

Chef Meg's Creamy Grilled Strawberry Sandwich

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Fruit Kebabs with Coconut Yogurt, Chef Meg Approved

Chef Meg's Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts

Chef Meg's Baked Grapefruit with Honey and Pistachios

For more great brunch ideas download SparkPeople first FREE e-book. "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople."

How will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?

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I would so love to give my mother the gift of love. She passed away in Sept. and this will be the first Mother's Day without her. It will be hard. Report
The Ricotta Cheese recipe is so wonderful! Who would know that it is so darn easy to make?! For the most part, I am a "scratch" cooker, but I never thought I'd be making my own cheese from scratch! Report
I liked the recipe for the infusions with hard boiled eggs. Interesting and fun idea. Report
Thanks for sharing these. Wish I could save then all! ! Report
Have to try some of these on my hubby.Then I will keep making them for the family. Report
These are great, especially the mini-veggie fritattas; thanks so much! Report
These sound good! Report
AWESOME recipes, can not wait to try some. Thank you for sharing them. Report
Can't wait to try some of these!
Thanks for sharing these fun ideas! I saved several. Report
Sounds like some really good and fun ideas ! Report