There’s nothing like coffee in bed on Mother’s Day. But if it’s been hot at your house like it has been at mine, maybe a coffee granita, a type of Italian ice, would be more appropriate. This recipe comes from Chef Michael of ABC’s The Chew. Michael makes this for his own mom, and the recipe’s easy enough to be a fun project for the kids to make the night before Mother’s Day.
Check out my post Cappuccino Granitas, sugar free frozen treats with a buzz! for two other granita recipes – one with chocolate, another with cinnamon, and both with coconut milk.
By Chef Michael Symon of The Chew
- 1 pot of coffee
- Sugar or no calorie sweetener (to taste)
- Brew a pot of coffee.
- Add sugar or sweetener into a medium bowl. Mix until sugar or sweetener dissolves.
- Place coffee and sugar mixture into a large baking dishing and cover with plastic wrap. Put it in the freezer.
- After 45 minutes, scrape mixture with a fork. Repeat every 45 minutes for the first two hours.
- Freeze overnight and scrape it again just before serving.
- In a tall glass, place a few scoops of granita and top with some whipped cream or topping.
- Serve with biscotti and enjoy!
Recipe and video used with permission from The Chew.
Mother’s Day brunch at home
I hate going to a brunch on Mother’s Day as the restaurants are always crowded and the menu is usually set. I understand your days are extremely busy, so when a special occasion rolls around, you don’t have all day to cook. A Mother’s Day brunch at your own home can be devised from a few convenient recipes that you can make ahead of time to surprise your family the next morning.
I love overnight one dish breakfast casseroles that you pop in the oven the next morning. This recipe is so easy to prepare you can make the night before and refrigerate or whip up in the morning. Using southwestern seasonings and flour or corn tortillas, you have a southwestern breakfast. For a heartier version, add some crumbled turkey breakfast sausage. Pick up some fruit and muffins and your meal is set!
Southwestern Breakfast Bake
Go southwestern with this fantastic, crowd-pleasing easy morning meal.
Makes 10–12 servings
- 1 (11-ounce) can Mexicorn, drained (Mexican flavored canned corn with diced chilies)
- 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 8 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas, quartered
- 2 cups shredded, reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
- 4 eggs
- 6 egg whites
- 2/3 cup skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 13 × 9 × 2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In bowl, combine Mexicorn, green chilies, and green onions. Line bottom of pan with layer of tortillas, top with half of the corn mixture, then half of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers.
- In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over layers in pan and let sit 10 minutes.
- Bake 30–35 minutes or until puffed.
- Calories 141
- Calories from fat 34%
- Fat 5 g
- Saturated Fat 3 g
- Cholesterol 81 mg
- Sodium 373 mg
- Carbohydrate 12 g
- Dietary Fiber 2 g
- Sugars 3 g
- Protein 11 g
Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch and 1 lean meat
Weight Watchers POINTS = 3
This Mama’s tips
- If you can find it, add chorizo sausage to the breakfast bake for a very authentic, Mexican flavor.
- Garnish with avocado slices.
- Use gluten free brown rice or corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas if there are any food sensitivities in your family.
Photo courtesy of Holly Clegg.
As a kid I loved to cook both with my mom and by myself. My mother encouraged me by ordering kids’ cookbooks from the Scholastic book flier. I even attempted to make my mom breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, with my dad’s and sister’s help of course.
In junior high home ec class (did I just date myself?) I learned to make crepes. My French mother was thrilled to share Julia Child’s Crepe Fines Sucrees recipe from Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One with me. It’s slightly complicated and uses orange liqueur, still it was the recipe we loved to use.
With Mother’s Day coming up, why not encourage your kids to make you some healthy breakfast crepes? All you need is a good kids’ cookbook like What’s Cooking?: A Cookbook for Kids based on the Disney-Pixar Ratatouille movie. Unfortunately, this adorable cookbook is out of print, which is surprising considering that it features a recipe by Thomas Keller, who was a consultant on the movie.
Makes 12 crepes
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Put all the ingredients in a blender in the order listed. (To avoid getting egg shells in the mix, crack the eggs into a bowl, remove any shell bits, and then pour it into the blender.) Blend until smooth.
- Remove the lid and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Briefly blend the mixture again.
- Set the covered blender in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight. (Overnight is best.)
- When it’s time to cook the crepes, heat an 8- or 9-inch shallow nonstick frying pan over medium heat. To tell if the pan is hot enough, wet your fingers and then flick the water on to the pan. If the water sizzles and jumps off the pan, it’s ready.
- Melt a very thin pat of butter or soft spread in the pan and swirl it around to coat it. Use a silicon pastry brush to evenly distribute it.
- Blend the batter again in the blender to smooth it.
- For the first crepe, pour 1/4 cup of batter into a measuring cup and pour the batter into your heated pan. Immediately tilt and swirl the pan to evenly coat the bottom until the batter stops running.
- Cook the crepe on the first side for about 45 seconds, then quickly flip it with a spatula and cook the other side for about half as long.
- Grasping the pan securely, swiftly invert it so the cooked crepe will fall on to the large plate. Rub a little butter in the pan before cooking the next crepe.
- Adjust the heat if they brown too quickly or slowly.
- If you’re concerned about saturated fats, substitute a soft spread like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or Earth Balance for the butter.
- Try using half whole wheat and half organic white flour instead of just white flour.
- You can substitute 1/3 cup of egg white substitute for two of the whole eggs.
- Instead of sugar, use stevia (Truvia or Pruvia) or another type of sugar substitute.
- When melting the butter or spread for the next crepe, dip a silicon pastry brush into the butter and brush it on the previous crepe so it wouldn’t stick to the next one.
- Keep the crepes in a warm oven on a oven-proof plate.
- Make the batter on Saturday night (you have to refrigerate it overnight) so you have crepes for Sunday morning. Pre-measured the ingredients and let the kids pour them into the blender.
- Cooking crepes is a bit tricky. You have to be generous with the butter or spread, and make sure the pan is hot. Feel free to throw out the first crepe or feed it to the dog since it’s usually a mess. If you have older kids (10 and up) you can get them to make the crepes. If not, they’ll need dad to help out.
- It takes a lot of time to make 12 crepes. Make sure the kids get an early start before everyone’s famished, or get dad to get two pans going at once.
This week I’ll be featuring some healthy but easy-to-make dishes for mom on Mother’s Day. Every mom wants to be cooked for on Mother’s Day, but we don’t want to spoil our diets either. Or clean the kitchen up after dad and the kids make a gigantic mess – are you listening people?
Just call me Gourmet Mom
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