5 Healthy Mothers Day Recipes

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For Mother’s Day tomorrow, here are 5 healthy Mothers Day breakfast recipes (all smoothie bowls). All of these recipes are easy, healthy and filled with raw, sweet fruits just in time for spring and Mother’s Day. A few of these recipes are in my new cookbook, 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes published by Robert Rose Books. I am so thrilled about all of the media attention my book is getting! I will be on television on ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama on Monday morning, May 9th between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. making smoothie bowls and offering tips to make smoothie bowls all summer long, so please be sure to tune in! The recipe above is my Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl which was featured on Momspark today! Happy Mother’s Day!

Berry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

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Decadent Carrot Cake

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I have been searching for a new carrot cake recipe for a while, and I finally found one. I am in love with this new cookbook 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes and this recipe for Decadent Carrot Cake by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Camilla Saulsbury and Published by Robert Rose (my publisher). Getting dinner together can be challenging, especially for those who work full time and/or have kids. Sheet pan meals are the new one-pot meals since they allow you to cook several components of your meal at one such as her recipes for California Fish Tacos with Cucumber and Pineapple, Sheet Pan Clam Bake and even Weeknight Chicken and Stuffing. Her book begins with an “extra-simple pantry meal” chapter, followed by breakfast and brunch recipes, meatless meals, recipes for seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, pork etc. Of course, I love all of the recipes I have tried so far!

Children, including those who claim an aversion to vegetables, are drawn to carrot cake. Perhaps it’s because the carrots create a moistness that plays up the sweet spices of the cake, and accent the component everyone loves most: the tangy cream cheese icing. Whether you have kids or not, this carrot cake is the perfect mix of sweetness and softness. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, spring parties and summer gatherings. It’s also so simple to prepare. Enjoy and be sure to check out this cookbook!

Courtesy of 200 Best Sheet Pan Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

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Easy Mimosas

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What mom wouldn’t want to wake up to these Easy Mimosas? With only three ingredients, you’ll be sure to start her day on the right foot. These are so simple and perfect for spring or summer brunches, showers and even Christmas. Feel free to stir in pineapple juice, serve it as cold as possible and add a fun garnish (cherries, citrus slices, etc.) Happy Mother’s Day!!

Coconut Almond Shrimp

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Gather your little kitchen helpers and make dinner for mom. Mother’s Day is right around the corner and for those looking to pamper mom start with a well-deserved home-cooked meal with this Coconut Almond Shrimp recipe served with a marmalade dipping sauce. This recipe is flourless and uses almond meal, coconut and sprinkle of Colman’s mustard instead of flour. You’ll love the crispy texture and fabulous flavors of this gluten free mom’s day option. Happy Friday and weekend!

Wine Sangria Popsicles

Wine Sangria Popsicles

I received so many bottles of wine for our couple’s shower and wedding that I decided to get creative in the kitchen. Since warmer weather is arriving, I created a sangria popsicle (I love sangrias) to create these Wine Sangria Popsicles. I used VOGA Italia white wine and organic peach juice. If you can’t find peach juice or fresh peaches yet to juice your own, feel free to substitute orange or white grape peach juice. These are so easy and perfect to serve at a spring or summer cocktail party, couple’s shower, Mother’s Day brunch or even a spring or summertime cookout or just hanging by the pool.

Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart

Guiltless Ganache Tart

My husband’s favorite travel destination is Scotland, and he continually raves about the Gleneagles, a magnificent French Chateaux set amid rolling hills in the heart of Scotland. With 232 rooms, 26 luxury suites, three championship golf courses, an ESPA spa and four restaurants, including Scotland’s only two Michelin stars in Scotland, I can see why. This Scotland destination is on my bucket list, but for now, I am thrilled to share this decadent Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart. This healthy recipes is made with raw Cacao and courtesy of Louise Westra, Naturopath at ESPA Life at Gleneagles Hotel.  As summer (and swimsuit season) approaches, it is possible to eat right while still satisfying your chocolate cravings. It is going on our Mother’s day menu!

Proving that Scotland cuisine extends far beyond the stereotype of haggis and whisky, the luxurious Gleneagles (just a 1-hour drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow) serves up healthy, tempting cuisine at its ESPA Life wellness center. ESPA Life is home to a hand-picked team of alternative health and fitness specialists, offering personal programs to optimize guests’ wellbeing and vitality.

 

Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

For Easter Sunday, how about something elegant such as these Cheese Puffs, similar to a gougère, a French baked pastry dough filled typically with GruyèreComté, or Emmentaler cheese? My sister is headed to France so I made them in her honor. Sometimes they are even filled with mushrooms, beef or ham. These Cheese Puffs are as fabulous as they look and have the secret ingredient, Colman’s Mustardwhich gives it an extra zesty flavor. These are perfect for Easter and any holiday or spring or summer party. Happy holidays this weekend and enjoy! 🙂

Taquito Layered Dip: Cinco De Mayo

Taquito Layered Dip

Happy May and Cinco De Mayo! I am finally back from Italy, and now is the time to spice it up for summer entertaining just in time for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduation, lake and beach parties. I made this Taquito Layered Dip today when I was having some friends over, and I saved a ton of time by using Chicken Taquito’s by Jose Ole. Feel free to use the chicken or steak varieties, and add your favorite southwestern toppings such as black olives, cilantro, avocado or jalapeños. You can also make your life simpler (and sometimes save money) using frozen foods to create fabulous appetizers, main dishes and even desserts. There are a huge variety of different cuisines represented in the freezer aisle, including options that cover snack-time, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertaining and specialty food occasions. If you like southwestern food, the options of frozen food choices are endless. For more recipes such as these using frozen foods see Easy Home Meals.

This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Vegetarian Quinoa Recipe

My daughter, Leigh, had to make a Peruvian Quinoa recipe for her advanced Spanish 2 class, which gave her and I the chance to come up with a new quinoa recipe. We experimented with many recipes, but we loved this Vegetarian Quinoa. Luckily, for me, my three kids love quinoa, and it’s a fabulous ingredient because it’s gluten free, rich in protein, contains all 9 of the essential amino acids and so much more. Quinoa is high in iron which helps our red blood cells stay healthy, high in lysene, essential for our tissues growth and repair. This superfood is also high in Riboflavin (B2) which is super important for our brain health and improves our energy and metabolism. It also has twice as much fiber as other grains. Need I say more? Enjoy this for lunch as a side dish or afternoon snack. I spooned it over fresh arugula with some crumbled feta cheese, and it was a great, healthy lunch. Here’s to a great and healthy week ahead!

Mother’s Day Light Cocktails: Relaxing Spatini

Happy Mother’s Day! Can a cocktail really be light? Check out this Relaxing Spatini recipe made with Smirnoff Sorbet Light which is only 78 calories per 1.5 ounce serving. This is perfect for those moms that are looking for a fun, tasty cocktail that’s waistline-friendly, below please find two recipes to mix up at home using Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon and Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate starting with the Relaxing Spatini (above) and Leading Lady (below). Also, check out these really cool glasses that would be great to serve these fun drinks in at Shopbot.ca. These make great gifts too!

For the Leading Lady cocktail, combine  1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate, 2 oz. Diet ginger ale, 1 oz. Cranberry juice.  Garnish: Lime wheel and/or raspberry. Prepare in a highball glass over ice, squeeze in lime and stir. Garnish with lime wheel and/or raspberry.