Ask any Mom what the most important meal of the day is and you’re almost guaranteed to receive the same answer- breakfast. Moms know eating breakfast supplies kids with the energy and brain power they need to do well in school. Every day of the year, mothers all across the US ensure their children have a healthy start to the day by preparing them a nutritious breakfast.
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mom gratitude for all of her hard work by providing breakfast for her. Children love to help in the kitchen. Allowing them to help prepare breakfast on this special day is a way for them to develop new cooking skills and show mom how much they care.
Preschool-age children are able to stir and mix foods like eggs, pancakes and quick breads. School-age children can help peel and chop veggies and fruit (with assistance), stir foods while cooking and even crack an egg. Teenagers can help plan a menu, shop for the food and may even be able to prepare an entire meal on their own.
If your normal Sunday routine is rushed, a way to simplify this special morning is to serve brunch. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch and can be served anytime from mid-morning to early afternoon. Breakfast and lunch foods often appear side by side on a brunch menu. Flavors can range from sweet and tangy to caramelized and spicy. Ideas for a special Mother’s Day brunch include yogurt parfaits topped with fruit and granola; egg, cheese and ham omelets; savory soufflés made with cheese or chocolate; and mixed dishes like an egg and veggie frittata. Juice made from fresh squeezed oranges, and fruit like juicy ripe strawberries, are a sweet addition that no one can resist.
Did you know that Mother’s Day was developed by a native West Virginian and was first celebrated in Taylor County? Anna Jarvis is credited with establishing our nation’s first Mother’s Day in 1908 when she sent over 1000 carnations in her mother’s memory to Andrews United Methodist Church in Grafton. What better way to honor our state’s tradition than to include some locally grown foods on your brunch menu? Simple ideas include using locally grown honey to top biscuits or to sweeten hot tea. Serving farm fresh asparagus will brighten up any plate and has an added bonus- the locally grown version is only available for a short time each spring. Finally, don’t forget to include local foods like eggs and spinach, which are plentiful at most farmers markets right now.
No matter what menu you choose for your mom on Mother’s Day, she’s sure to feel loved and admired when she realizes the amount of thought and effort you put into her special day. For two uniquely flavored sweet and savory dishes, try this warm chocolate soufflé and vegetable frittata with simple side salad recipes.
What are you making mom for Mother’s Day brunch? Tweet or Instagram your pictures using #meal4mom and #WVUext.