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The Mother’s Day Brunch She Really Wants

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Mother’s Day is best celebrated over a brunch spread fit for a queen (and lovingly made by you). Prep a special menu of eggs, pancakes, bacon, salad and sweets — paired with bubbly drinks. Then enjoy quality time together as you leisurely catch up over delicious food. From sweet to savory, these recipes will will show her how much you care. Pro tip: Your mom will love these dishes even when it’s not Mother’s Day.

1. STRAWBERRY MANGO GINGER-LIME FRUIT SALAD | COOKING LIGHT

Juicy and sweet seasonal fruits — strawberries, blueberries and mangoes — get a boost of extra flavor and zest with the addition of fresh lime and ginger. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2/3 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 49; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 1g

2. BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE MUFFINS WITH OATMEAL STREUSEL | LOVE & ZEST

Who says you can’t eat dessert for breakfast? These healthy muffins burst with fresh blueberries and protein-packed cottage cheese. Each muffin is sprinkled with a crumbly, buttery, cinnamon-sugar streusel. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 194; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 248mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 6g

3. ITALIAN-STYLE BAKED EGGS | FLAT BELLY DIET

A runny, sunny egg yolk over toast is one reason you should get out of bed! These simple baked eggs require few ingredients but plenty of lovin’ from your oven. The dish calls for a delicious sauce made with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, a wonderful thing for those of us who like to dip our toast. Dress it up on a mini-casserole dish, and it’ll make the perfect breakfast for houseguests. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 toast plus 1 egg each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 305; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 187mg; Sodium: 336mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein 10g

4. ORANGE BUTTERMILK PANCAKES | DIETITIAN DEBBIE DISHES

Indulge in a breakfast treat with these orange buttermilk pancakes. Made with whole-wheat flour and oats, these pancakes are flavored with maple syrup, orange juice and a pinch of orange zest. You can use blood oranges for dramatic color, but standard navel oranges will also do. Recipe makes 3 servings at 2 pancakes (3-inches across) each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 308; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 219mg; Carbohydrate: 58g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 22g; Protein: 10g

5. ASPARAGUS-PANCETTA POTATO HASH | SKINNYTASTE

Have a savory start to the day with a colorful hash of smoky pancetta, crisp asparagus, diced potatoes and fried eggs. This hearty breakfast is simple to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3/4 cup hash and 1 egg each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 217; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 196mg; Sodium: 531mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 12g

6. ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH LEMONY DRESSING | THE ROASTED ROOT

Bring out the simple flavor of asparagus with this salad featuring a lemon-parsley dressing. Serve this as a side salad along with your main course, or add a hard-boiled egg and avocado and enjoy as a light meal. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 258; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 435mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g

7. SPARKLING ELDERFLOWER APPLE LIME VINEGAR MOCKTAIL | EATING BIRD FOOD

Whip up this refreshing mocktail with just a few simple ingredients. Although the original recipe uses an elderflower apple lime vinegar, you can customize the drink to your taste by combining any fruit vinegar with sparkling water, and spruce it up with any garnishes of your choice — a sprig of mint, fresh berries, lemons or limes. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 5; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrate: 0g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 0g

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