Mother's Day is sneaking up fast, and partners and kiddos everywhere will be busting out the bacon and scrambling eggs. Why treat mom to an ordinary brunch when you can make it extraordinary? She did give you life, after all.
The following 11 recipes will allow you to shower mom with love for all she does throughout the year. Plus, they're easy to put together — as long as the tiniest tots are supervised in the kitchen. Get your grocery list ready so you can show mom just how much you care.
Prep this colorful salad Saturday evening before the big day to welcome mom to brunch with a flourish of color and crunch. The recipe contains a touch of prosecco — just enough to whet mom's appetite for the rest. Plus, the mix of berries, fruit and honey are all chock-full of antioxidants, so mom gets her vitamins for the big day you have planned.
These tasty little bites look super classy and elegant but don't take much time to make. You can prep these the night before and have them ready to go in the morning. The mint, peas, and chives create a flavor punch that's sure to wake up mom's taste buds.
This recipe takes a tiny bit more time to prep if you go the route of making your own crust, but you can substitute a store-bought pizza base to make readying this treat easier. The mild Gruyere and fontina cheeses take the bite off spicy breakfast sausage — I recommend using a slightly hot turkey sausage to keep the recipe even lighter — and the egg whites prevent the dish from being too high in calories.
Making French toast in the oven instead of the stovetop lets you get the little ones more involved in prep time. Letting the sliced bread marinate in the egg mixture overnight lends a depth of flavor regular French toast can't match. The maple blends perfectly with the apple bread, but you can substitute store-bought syrup, too.
Moms who adore regular Eggs Benedict will drool for this tasty casserole version. It contains all the smoky flavor of the meat and creamy, lemony goodness of hollandaise sauce, but since it needs to sit overnight in the fridge, all you need to do Mother's Day morning is pop it in the oven and prep the sauce. The eggs add a fluffy consistency to the dish.
Does mom like her food south-of-the-border style? This fun recipe combines the tasty flavors of the classic Mexican breakfast dish all rolled up in a flour taco shell. You only need one ancho chili pepper, but if mom really enjoys spicing things up, add some jalapeño slices along with or in place of the optional avocado.
Potatoes make for a hearty brunch, and you can't go wrong when you add eggs and cheese to anything. This is an elegant-looking dish that's sure to be the star of the table, and the added bacon makes it a full meal. Enjoy for brunch and save the recipe for a simple and delicious dinner side dish as well.
Mamas who like to keep things kosher will dig right into this flavorful frittata. If you have a big day planned for mom ahead, the arugula gives her a shot of energy and the protein in the egg whites will keep her feeling full through the days' activities. Since the dish whips up in just 18 minutes, you won't need to slave over the stove for long.
These French toast dippers make for a sweet treat at the end of a Mother's Day brunch — or anytime during it. Serving with syrup, icing, and strawberry preserves gives the woman who raised you a variety of sweet sensations on her tongue. Kids dig these dippers, too, so the little ones can enjoy as well.
These adorable heart doughnuts tempt mom with sweet delight, and they also can double as a snack to take along to the next pink ribbon fundraiser. They do take a bit of time to make, but most of it is spent waiting for them to bake and raise — you won't need to spend the whole day in the kitchen. These doughnuts taste equally scrumptious with or without the frosting, so those with less of a sweet tooth can enjoy them plain.
11. Peach Bellini
A Mother's Day brunch simply isn't complete without champagne, but mom deserves more than a basic mimosa. A peach bellini fits the bill nicely, and the slightly less acidic flavor and hint of sweetness from the peach puree make the beverage pair well with nearly anything else on the menu. They look elegant enough served plain in a flute, or you can garnish them with a slice of peach and a mint leaf if you prefer.