Mother’s Day is May 9 this year. A home prepared Mother’s Day Brunch is a wonderful way to show her how much you care and appreciate your mom!
Here are some great ideas that make a fresh and delicious combination, and they look lovely on the plate.
- Fresh Fruit: A berry mixture is always pretty and healthy.
- Quiche: This is a lovely egg dish that can be served using fresh spring ingredients such as asparagus and herbs.
- Muffins: Made with whole grains and alive with lemon and help round out the menu.
Lisa B. Smith, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Southern Ute Shining Mountain Health and Wellness.
HEALTHY LEMON-POPPY SEED MUFFINS
- 2 medium lemons
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your muffin pan using butter or non-stick cooking spray or line with muffin cups.
- Shred the skin of both lemons using a fine shredder.
- Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the flour, poppy seeds, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, yogurt, eggs, vanilla and the juice of one of the lemons.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix to combine until just moistened, do not over mix!
- Divide batter evenly between the 12 muffins cups. The batter will be thick. Fill each cup 3/4 full.
- Bake for 16 to 19 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Makes one dozen.
Nutrition per muffin: 168 Calories, 7.4g Fat, 21.8g Carbohydrates, 2.4g Fiber, 5.2g Protein
QUICHE: THE BASICS
- One frozen pie shell
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1%)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups filling: Mix and match any of the following:
- Shredded cheese (cheddar, Swiss, provolone, pepper jack, etc.)
- Chopped fresh or cooked veggies (drained canned or cooked and drained frozen can be used)
- Chopped or ground cooked meat of any type (beef, pork, ham, chicken, shrimp, sausage, etc.)
- Place frozen pie shell on a cookie sheet
- Place filling in frozen pie shell
- Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper
- Pour egg mixture over filling
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until done (barely wobbly and golden)
- Allow to cool 15 minutes before cutting and serving
Cover crust edges with foil to prevent burning. Quiches may be frozen. Served with a side of soup, salad or potatoes to make a great meal.
Try these combinations or make up your own!
- Asparagus and swiss
- Broccoli and cheddar
- Spinach, mushrooms and onion
- Bacon, onion and Swiss
- Ham and provolone
- Green chili and cheddar
- Green and red peppers, sausage and Monterey Jack
Nutrition facts for a veggie and cheese quiche serving for 4:
227 calories, 14g fat, 477mg sodium, 10g Carbohydrates, 17g protein
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