Making breakfast in bed or brunch for mom is one of our favorite Mother's Day traditions. It doesn't matter what's on the menu; it tastes like gourmet fare to your mom because it was made with love. Whether the chefs are 4, 14 or 34, here are some simple recipes and meal ideas that will make this Mother's Day memorable--and let your favorite lady take the day off.
By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
We wouldn't let little ones use a waffle iron, but even school-age kids can manage a toaster oven. Toast mini waffles, then thread on skewers with fresh berries. Serve this simple dish with vanilla yogurt for dipping.
Microwave potatoes, then stuff with scrambled eggs, salsa, green onions and cheese. Bigger kids can scramble eggs on the stove or in the microwave, and little ones can use scissors to snip green onions or sprinkle on cheese for a quick and fun breakfast any mom will love.
Instead of potatoes, make your madre's day with these breakfast burritos. Just like with the stuffed potatoes, bigger kids can make the eggs, while younger ones can help by shredding cheese, crumbling precooked bacon or tearing up bits of deli ham. They can all help with putting toppings like spinach, salsa, cheese, and sour cream into small bowls so the whole family can customize their morning meal.
Nothing is as simple or as satisfying as a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Turn it into a Mother's Day breakfast by toasting fresh bakery bread and spooning on jam in the shape of a heart. Even wee lads and lasses can help spread on the PB or J! Bonus: Cut off the crusts, just like she does!
Little ones who love playing dress-up and tea parties might want to serve mama these bite-site broccoli tarts. Fill fillo shells with chopped veggies, cheese, and eggs, then bake with the help of a grown-up. They couldn't be simpler! (Prefer a sweet tart? Your mini-mes can make these apple tarts, too.)
For most kids, there's no better food than good ol' mac-n-cheese. Let them whip up <i>their</i> favorite food--made from a box or a slightly fancier homemade variety that even they can manage.
Top sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting, then decorate with fresh fruit. Even the tiniest tots can "help" with this project. Have a tween who can manage the oven and a rolling pin? Make a full-size Fruit Pizza.
Top French bread or split English muffins with mom's favorite pizza toppings to turn Mother's Day into a fun party! Set up a pizza bar with loads of toppings, and get the whole family involved.
Yogurt, fruit, honey and granola, all layered into a pretty glass make for an elegant breakfast. Breakfast couldn’t be easier--and it can be eaten in bed! We think any mom would love this, and it's simple enough for little ones to manage on their own.
Little ones can create a fancy feast without ever turning on a stove. Arrange mom's favorite cheeses and finger fruit like grapes and berries on a tray, along with crackers. (Let a grown-up provide the knife to cut the cheese--or use precubed or sliced cheese.) Voilà: An elegant celebration with minimal effort! This is also a great accompaniment to a spa day gift.
Mother's Day is a special day that calls for a special treat. Serve mom a continental breakfast complete with a store-bought pastry, fruit, jam, juice and coffee or tea.
Lighten up Mother's Day with a fresh salad with chicken, pecans and berries. Mom will love the freshness, and the kids will love how pretty this salad is.