Soooo, mom’s day is almost here! Are you ready? If not, perhaps I can help you out. I’ve chosen my 5 recipes that I think moms would love to have on Mother’s Day. I include some extra tips and recipe ramblings with each, so let’s get going!
1. Green Smoothie
So, we all talk about “breakfast in bed” and a tray with a full breakfast. Truth be told, most of us are up with the kids (or before), and breakfast is nowhere close to bed! Also, personally, I don’t care to eat in bed, and I’m not one for sitting down to breakfast. Perhaps that’s just adaptation to running around as a mom. Whatever, my go-to brekkie (after my morning tea) is always fresh fruit and/or a green smoothie. I snack later in the morning, but always have a green smoothie to start. My fave is a combo of greens (not always kale, often spinach and/or lettuce) and parsley, some cukes, peeled lemons (a must!), Vega powder, and one or more of mango/pineapple/frozen bananas. It’s heavy on the greens, and the lemon brings it to life. For me, this blend is very uplifting and energizing, and I always love it. Sometimes I make it thinner closer to a juice, other times thicker like a smoothie. Lately I’ve been adding a some ashwaganda powder and also sometimes a smidgen of maca powder or other “boosters”. This link has a smoothie tutorial, or you can just jump on in with the green smoothie pictured above (found in Plant-Powered Families) or this recipe.
If you are a mom that does love breakfast in bed (my girlfriend Tanya, I’m talking to you!), this French Toast from Plant-Powered Families is perfect. I’ve heard from so many readers that really love this recipe, saying it works beautifully and has become their favorite french toast recipe. So, give it a try! If pancakes are more your thing, try one of these recipes.
3. Crazy Brownies
Let’s get to chocolate. Because if I did want to sit down to breakfast, it would be for these babies! I made them for the VegExpo and they vanished in minutes.
I was Our girls were so bummed that there weren’t any leftover that I made me them a double batch this week. 😀
They are gooey, ooey, fantabulously yummy… and they are naturally gluten-free, and also nut-free and oil-free. You won’t believe it when you try them! Oh, and definitely make the frosting. That’s all. Wait, not quite. If you’d prefer chocolate cake, this one is the one!
4. Maple-Chipotle Chickpea Dressing
Up next, lunch. Mama’s gotta eat lunch! Could be brownies. Or, could be a salad bowl (we can have a brownie with tea later.)
I am all over salad bowls, and have been eating them for lunch before the salad bowl trend took over. My bowls weren’t anything to photograph, as usually I’d grab some bean or grain leftovers and pair up with greens, veg, maybe fruit, and a dressing for the win. But, that’s all a salad bowl is in essence. Combining some favorite salad elements… along with heartier ingredients… into a big bowl. I really like to combine a little raw and cooked veg. For instance, if I’m having romaine lettuce, I may add leftover cooked sweet spud or cooked winter squash along with other veg. Or, if I have steamed kale, I may add grated carrot and seasoned grilled zucchini. Sometimes chopped fruit or bell peppers. If I have homemade hummus on hand (*if*, who am I kidding?), I’ll add a dollop of that. Or, if I’m in the mood for a cooked grain, I’ll cook up quinoa so it’s fresh and hot, and add that to my bowl. Or, if we have leftover dal or bliss or even a thick chili or soup, I’ll gently heat up in the toaster oven, and add that to my bowl. You get the picture, yes? Usually we need a drizzle of dressing too. This Maple-Chipotle is one of my faves, but I don’t always have it on hand. So, it would be totally cool if it was whizzed up for me. (hint, hint)
5. Creamy Fettucine
What about dinner? Ideally it would be lovely to go out to dinner. Of course! However, sometimes that’s not an option. For us, it’s rarely an option because all the good vegan restaurants are an hour away. So, if I had to pick one of my top dinner recipes… argh, that’s tough! If I’m in the mood for a bean-y dish it might be a soup or this chickpea dish. Or the Apple-Lentil Dal in PPF. But, I think on Mother’s Day it might be a great comfort food meal, and for me that often means pasta. It’s a toss-up between this Creamy Fettucine and the Zesty Almond Sauce… for now I’m going with the Creamy Fettucine (as a Libra, I reserve the right to change my mind).
There you go. Now you can drop a few hints, then sit back while everyone cooks and cleans. All day… all day long! Yes, we can dream.
Wishing all my mama friends a most wonderful Mother’s Day… x Dreena
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