Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

Four Mother’s Day Recipes Sure to Give Your Mom Culinary Delight

By Annamarya Scaccia

wafflesThey say the way to get to someone is through their stomach—and, let’s be honest, that’s absolutely true.

Great food can unite people with the simple sip of the spoon or the effortless twirl of a fork. The delectable flavor of a seared steak or sautéed vegetable can dance on your palate, while the refreshing bubbles of a morning mimosa can tantalize your taste buds. It’s a universal language we all speak and one we continue to improve upon.

For this Mother’s Day, why not whip up a delicious meal or two to show your mom, grandmother or wife your everlasting love and appreciation? Better yet, why not give her a day of scrumptious homemade fare to celebrate her special day? Not only will it show off your culinary talent, it will also prove to her how much you care.

Below are just a few handpicked recipes we are sure will delight that special lady in your life. From breakfast to dessert, there is no better Mother’s Day gift than a full and satisfied appetite. So start cooking.


Whole Grain Waffles

Start your Mother’s Day with this delicious breakfast staple with a healthy twist. These whole grain waffles don’t take long to make—only 10 minutes to prep and five minutes to cook for six servings. For an extra treat, serve with a party mimosa.


2 eggs, beaten

1 3/4 cups skim milk

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup flax seed meal

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat in whole wheat pastry flour, flax seed meal, wheat germ, all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt until batter is smooth.
  2. Preheat a waffle iron, and coat with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron in batches, and cook until crisp and golden brown.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 288 | Total Fat: 15.8g | Cholesterol: 72mg


Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

In some parts of the world, lunch is the biggest meal of the day. But for Mother’s Day, try something light and satisfying like this asparagus, feta and couscous salad. It’s bound to please mom’s stomach while leaving room for a filling dinner. Like the waffles, this recipe is also quick—only 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook for four servings. Pair with a mango lime smoothie.


2 cups couscous

1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved

6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook couscous according to package instructions. Put aside and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, place asparagus in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm, about 2 to 6 minutes. Drain and cool.
  3. Toss the asparagus, tomatoes, and feta with couscous. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper and toss to incorporate.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 541 | Total Fat: 16.7g | Cholesterol: 38mg


Baked Maryland Lump Crab Cakes

Now how can we not include a Maryland staple? These baked Maryland lump crab cakes are absolutely to die for—and are a must for any Maryland mom. Prep time for this recipe, which yields 12 cakes, takes 15 minutes, with cook time taking only 25 minutes. Lemonade-mint iced tea will make for a lovely beverage pairing.


1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay™

1 tablespoon mayonnaise (use fat-free for a lighter version)

2 tablespoons butter, melted (omit butter and use 5 tablespoons of bread crumbs instead for a lighter version)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup cholesterol-free egg product (use egg whites for a lighter version)

1 pound lump crab meat


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Combine bread crumbs, baking powder, parsley, mustard powder, pepper, and seafood seasoning; set aside. Stir together mayonnaise, butter, Worcestershire, and egg product until smooth. Fold in crab meat, then fold in bread crumb mixture until well blended.
  3. Shape mixture into 12 crab cakes, about 3/4 inch thick, and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn the crab cakes over, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until nicely browned.

Amount Per Serving Calories: 92 | Total Fat: 4.1g | Cholesterol: 34mg


Dessert Crepes

What other way to end the day than with dessert crepes? A sugary twist on a brunch classic, these dessert crepes will sure hit your mom’s sweet tooth. Yielding eight crepes, this recipe takes 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook. Pair this indulgence with this simple iced coffee and you have the ultimate relaxing meal.


4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/3 cups milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, flour sugar and salt until smooth.
  2. Heat a medium-sized skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Grease pan with a small amount of butter or oil applied with a brush or paper towel. Using a serving spoon or small ladle, spoon about 3 tablespoons crepe batter into hot pan, tilting the pan so that bottom surface is evenly coated. Cook over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes on a side, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 164 | Total Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 125mg

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Published on Prince George’s Suite website – Friday, May 11, 2012

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