Mother’s Day: Treating Mom on her special day
Mother’s Day is coming up quick and Mom deserves to be spoiled! Getting the kids involved is a great way to help out and get your kids interested in cooking and excited in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips to make a wonderful meal for Mom’s special day!
Don’t forget to wash up! Good hygiene in the kitchen is important while handling food. Make sure your kids pull back long hair and wash hands properly before you start cooking.
Get the kids to help choose recipes for brunch or dinner. This way they can select from a few adult approved recipes but still feel involved. Keep reading for Health Happy brunch recipes.
Make a Grocery List
Once everyone in the family has agreed on a meal plan and which recipes you are going to make, make a grocery list. Divide it up so each kid has their own list and is responsible for finding those ingredients in the store.
Give Everyone a Task in the Kitchen
Give age appropriate tasks in the kitchen like measuring ingredients, mixing ingredients in a bowl or setting the kitchen timer. Regardless of age, everyone (but Mom!) can lend a hand in the kitchen.
Taste and Talk Together
The kids should taste everything they have prepared. Talk about colours, flavors, textures of ingredients, and cooking processes. This will get young children interested in food and cooking. Tell stories about your family’s recipes and how to properly prepare country foods. These lessons will help your kids carry on their culture through cuisine.
Set the meal
Get the kids to help set the table or tray for mom. They can add flowers or their crafts and colouring to the table for Mom. This will teach them how to fully prepare and serve a meal for Mom!
Kid friendly recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch
Mother’s Day means lovely brunch for Mom. Now that you got the kids in the kitchen, what are you going to make? Always have a parent or adult supervise any recipe in the kitchen.
This healthy little pizza is for breakfast! This dish is full of fiber, protein and the kids will love making them for Mom.
- 2 whole wheat English muffins, split and lightly toasted
- Cooking oil spray or oil
- 4 eggs
- 4 slices turkey bacon or low sodium bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 tsp oregano
- 4 slices tomato
- ¼ cup grated cheese
- Spray medium frying pan and preheat over medium heat.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in cooked bacon and oregano. Pour into pan. Scramble eggs lightly over medium heat until eggs are set.
- To assemble: Place one slice of tomato on English muffin half, top with scrambled eggs, and sprinkle with a tablespoon of cheese.
- Place English muffins on cookie sheet and broil 3-5 minutes until cheese melts.
Makes: 4 servings
These yummy muffins are packed with fruits and veggies full of vitamins. Muffins are an easy recipe that can help teach kids proper measuring skills.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place muffin cup liners in a muffin pan. Set aside.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl; stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine yogurt, oil, milk, vanilla, and eggs, and whisk to combine.
- Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture, and gently stir just until combined (do not overmix). Lightly stir in carrots and raisins.
- Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Makes: 18 servings
Blueberry Oven Pancakes
These pancakes are a family favourite, easy to make, and Health Happy! Mom is sure to love these!
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1 egg
- 1 cup frozen blueberry
- 1 tsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
- Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the milk, margarine, and egg. Whisk into the flour mix until a smooth batter is formed.
- In an ovenproof pan, grease the pan with melted margarine (1tbsp) or cooking spray. Pour in the batter, and scatter blueberries over evenly.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Makes: 6 servings
Michelle Stevens, RD
Michelle Stevens is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from University of Manitoba. Michelle has been providing nutrition counselling for 2 years. She has experience working with clients for diabetes management, kidney disease management, weight loss and has inpatient and outpatient experience. She is excited to bring her knowledge to northern communities to help provide healthy options and nutrition education to families