Healthy Eating: Mother's Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Show mom how much you care by preparing a delicious brunch celebration. In addition to featuring foods from all five food groups, many of these recipes can be prepared at least partially in advance, you can prevent early morning meal catastrophes. Get the kids to help you in the kitchen to further lighten the load.

Start with a mom-worthy meal of Banana Walnut Pancakes with Fresh Fruit Medley with Berry Perfect Parfaits and Vegetable Medley Drink. Other great brunch items to mix and match this week include Baked Apple Cinnamon French ToastOrange PolentinaBreakfast Mini-Pizzas and Roast Beef Hash and Eggs.

“Family Meals Matter” features registered dietitian–approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California’s nutrition philosophy to elevate the health of children and parents. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, please visit our website, HealthyEating.orgHealthy Eating Made Easier™

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(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)

BANANA WALNUT PANCAKES WITH FRESH FRUIT MEDLEY
Ingredients:
1 large ripe Mango 
1 large ripe Papaya (or substitute 3 cups berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or sliced bananas for mango and papaya) 
1 1/2 cups all purpose Flour 
2 tablespoons granulated Sugar 
1 tablespoon baking Powder 
1/4 teaspoon Salt 
1/2 cup mashed, ripe Banana (about 1 medium) 
1 1/3 cups fat-free Milk 
1 Egg 
1/2 cup chopped California Walnuts 
Maple syrup or honey (optional) 
Oil for the griddle or skillet


BERRY PERFECT PARFAITS
Ingredients:
1/4 cup Water, divided
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 cup fresh Blueberries or Blackberries, divided
2 tablespoons Honey
1/8 teaspoon ground Cardamon
1/8 teaspoon grated Lime rind
1/2 pound fresh Peaches, Nectarines or other stone fruit (with a pit)
1 1/2 cups raspberry or strawberry fat-free frozen Yogurt
Mint sprigs (garnish)

VEGETABLE MEDLEY DRINK
Ingredients:
4 large Carrots
4 large Tomatoes
2 medium stalks Celery
2 green Onions
1 medium Cucumber
1 medium red or green bell Pepper
1/2 large Lemon, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon chopped fresh Basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon Salt
6 drops red Pepper sauce


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