Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Honor Mom with A Delicious Brunch

Celebrate the women you love with a menu special enough for Mother’s Day!
Your mother deserves the very best! For Mother’s Day, I’ve assembled a truly delectable meal with fresh berries, spring garden veggies, a rainbow colored salad, savory sides, tender flaky fish, and a cooling and refreshing dessert.
Whether you are serving or being served, these deliciously healthy Mother’s Day recipes are a treat! Add a couple of beautiful napkins, place-settings and—of course—the guest of honor’s favorite flowers and you have a simply scrumptious brunch!

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:
Crepes with Mixed Berry Puree
Garden-Fresh Vegetable Frittata
Spinach-Stuffed Portobello
Herb Crusted Salmon
Confetti Salad
Strawberry Granita

Crepes with Mixed Berry Puree (Makes about 4 crepes)
Batter ingredients:  2 eggs, 1 scoop vanilla Fat Flush Whey Protein, ½ tsp cinnamon
Filling ingredients:  1 cup frozen berries, 1 Tbs water, 1 Tbs flaxseed oil, ¼ tsp Stevia plus or to taste.
Batter directions: Blend the eggs, whey protein, and cinnamon together until smooth.  (The batter will be thin).
Filling directions: Place frozen berries in a small bowl and mix with water, defrost briefly in microwave to soften.  Puree the softened berries, flaxseed oil, and Stevia, and set aside.
Coat a crepe pan or small frying pan lightly with olive oil spray, place over medium heat. When the pan is hot (a drop of water will sizzle), pour a couple of tablespoons of batter into the pan, tilting quickly to cover the entire bottom with batter. Cook until the edges of the crepe begin to curl and turn golden. Flip carefully; cook briefly on the second side. Remove the crepe to a warmed plate. Continue making crepes until all the batter is used.
Place 2-3 tablespoons of berry puree along one edge of the crepe and roll up, arranging seam side down on plate. Pour remaining berry puree over the top of the rolled crepes.

Garden-Fresh Vegetable Frittata (Serves 4)
Ingredients: 1 Tbs olive oil, 2 crushed garlic cloves, ½ cup chopped onion, ¼ cup chopped Italian (flat) parsley, 1 Tbs chopped cilantro, ¼ cup fresh diced, steamed asparagus, ¼ cup cooked spinach, squeezed dry, ¼ cup chopped plum tomatoes, 6 eggs, ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or other cheese) salt to taste (optional), cayenne to taste.
Directions: Preheat the broiler. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet with a lid. Sauté the garlic until softened. Add the onion, parsley, cilantro, asparagus, spinach, and tomatoes and sauté until tender-crisp. Remove the skillet from the heat; discard the garlic. In a medium bowl, blend together the eggs, cheese, salt—if using—and cayenne. Turn the heat to low; pour the egg mixture into the skillet, stirring well. Cover and cook about 3 minutes, or until the egg begins to come away from the sides of the pan. Place the skillet under the preheated broiler. Broil for an additional minute or until the frittata is set and lightly browned. Cut into wedges and serve.
Variation:  Other vegetables to try are artichokes, eggplant, mushrooms, bell pepper and zucchini.

Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (Serves 4)
Ingredients: 4 large Portobello mushroom caps (stems removed, gills remaining), 4 minced garlic cloves, ¼ cup finely chopped onion, ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper, ¼ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper, 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry. 1Tbs olive oil, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional), ¼ cup gluten-free bread crumbs, 1 Tbs minced Italian (flat) parsley, salt to taste (optional), dash cayenne, Flaxseed oil.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a large baking pan with olive oil spray. Wipe the Portobello caps well. In a medium skillet, sauté the garlic, onion, peppers, and spinach in the olive oil. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the flaxseed oil), continuing to sauté for a few minutes more. Mound the stuffing on top of the mushrooms, pressing firmly.
Place on a baking pan; bake 15 minutes.  Broil for 1 minute or until golden brown.  Arrange on a platter; drizzle with flaxseed oil.

Herb Crusted Salmon Fillet (Serves 4)
Marinade ingredients: 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, ½ Tsp dry mustard or 1Tsp Dijon, 4 Tsp natural unheated honey, 1Tbs fresh lemon juice, 2Tbs chopped Italian (flat) parsley, 1Tbs chopped dill weed.
1 pound salmon fillet, mixed greens or spinach leaves, for serving.
Directions: Combine the marinade ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and pour into a large plastic bag with a zipper closure. Add the salmon fillet, turning to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with olive oil spray. Place the salmon in the baking dish and cover with the marinade. Bake the salmon about 25 minutes, or until almost cooked through. Broil 1 to 2 minutes just until salmon flakes and a golden herb crust starts to form. (Watch carefully!) Serve hot or chilled over mixed greens or fresh spinach leaves.

Confetti Salad (Serves 6)
Ingredients: 10 Belgian endive leaves, 1 avocado (cubed), 1 cup cooked corn, ½ cup diced red bell peper, ½ cup diced green bell pepper, juice of 1 lemon, 3 Tbs avocado or sesame oil, salt to taste.
Directions: Combine all the vegetables in a salad bowl. Drizzle with a dressing of lemon juice, avocado or sesame oil, and salt.

Strawberry Granita ( Makes 6 servings)
Ingredients: 3 Tsp Stevia Plus or to taste (plus additional for sprinkling), ½ cup water, 1 pint hulled frozen strawberries, 1 ½ Tsp fresh lemon juice, 6 whole strawberries, halved.
Directions: Dissolve the 3 Tsp Stevia in the water. In a food processor, using a steel knife, process the frozen strawberries, lemon juice, and the dissolved Stevia until almost smooth.  Pour into an 8 x 8 metal baking pan and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until partly frozen, about 2 hours; stir with a fork to break up any ice crystals. Continue freezing for several hours or until completely frozen.
To serve, let the granita stand at room temperature about 10 minutes, or until slightly softened.  Scrape into bowls using a spoon. Garnish with the strawberry halves sprinkled with Stevia Plus.

There you have it!  Let the celebration of mothers everywhere begin!

I wish you and your families a wonderful, healthy and loving Mother’s Day.

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman