Thursday, July 24, 2014

2 months may have passed since Mother's day but we can always treat and show appreciation to our Moms even after the special day. A Sunday brunch of healthy delightful filling treat would surely make her heart jump. This was what my sisters and I did during Mother's day. We surprised her and cooked her favorite food among which were my sister Tricia's homemade delectable Embutido, cream potato salad, and Macaroni chicken salad. We threw in 3 Roses, a personalized gift, and a beautiful setting to complete the surprise. I'd like to think we succeeded in making her day special. :)

We do not really need any occasion to make her feel special every so often. So maybe next time you can try cooking for her. It does not have to be over the top big and may even be as random as it can get. The important thing is being able to show her our appreciation. Words and affection can be tricky but action will never fail.  A Monday brunch prepared for her, by you, would surely make her heart melt. 

You can start by making this Stuffed French Toast. It is really simple and easy to make! It is also healthy, which makes it the perfect food for her to wake up to. 

Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast

½ cup cream cheese spread, softened
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
8 slices whole-grain bread
½ cup 1% low-fat milk
½ teaspoon granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
11/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks, thawed
Juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup sliced fresh strawberries
½ cup fresh blueberries
Powdered sugar 
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut (or grated unsweetened coconut) 

1.) Stir together cream cheese and orange rind until well blended. Spread mixture over 4 slices bread. Top with remaining 4 slices bread, pressing gently around the edges to seal. 
2.) Heat a large griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. 
3.) Whisk together milk, sugar, vanilla and eggs in a shallow dish until well blended. Dip 2 sandwiches in egg mixture, soaking 30 seconds on each side.
4.) Cook sandwiches, in batches, in skillet 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned. 
5.) Bring pineapple chunks, orange juice and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until syrupy. Remove from heat; cool.
6.) Stir in strawberries and blueberries. Serve fruit compote over French toast; sprinkle with powdered sugar and coconut.

This food and recipe is brought to us by e-meals.

Make your Mom -or any of your love ones- smile, Belles and Beaux of a Boulevard! :)

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