Elegant gourmet recipes would be great for Mother’s Day brunch. But they require cooking and grocery shopping skills that, in many households, are possessed exclusively by mom. Isn’t she supposed to get a break on her special Sunday?

More than expensive gifts, most mothers love spending time with their families and are touched when loved ones spend time on them.

Here’s an at-home breakfast menu that features simple extras such as fresh berries— not fancy techniques or hard-to-find ingredients — to make the dishes elegant enough to make mom feel special but easy enough for dads and kids to whip up.

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Herbal tea or coffee

Fresh-squeezed tangelo juice

Ham & Egg Pesto Wrap

Fresh Fruit Yogurt Cup


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3 tangelos, halved 

NOTE: Tangelos, also known as honeybells, are derived from a grapefruit crossed with a mandarin orange and are juicy and sweet.

Using a manual citrus juicer, juice each half, then pour juice into juice glass. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



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Ham & Egg Pesto Wrap

2 thin slices deli ham or smoked turkey
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon half-and-half
1 small tomato, seeded and cut into small cubes (reserve some for garnish)
2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
2 tablespoons fresh spinach leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
2 toothpicks
Salt & pepper to taste

Arrange deli meat slices on a serving plate. Melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet. Add eggs and cook, then divide and place in center of deli meat slices. Top with tomatoes, cheddar cheese and pesto. Fold the edges of the deli meat slices inward so the edges overlap and then secure with a toothpick. Garnish with spinach and tomato.

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Sparkling Fresh Fruit Yogurt Cup

Makes: 1 serving

1 small container plain Greek yogurt (approximately 5.2 ounces)
6 ripe strawberries, rinsed, stems trimmed and sliced into quarters
8 blueberries, rinsed
1 tablespoon honey
4 mint leaves, thinly sliced (save 1 whole leaf for garnish)
½ cup sparkling apple juice, prosecco or sparkling rosé

Spoon half the strawberries and the blueberries into the bottom of a wine glass and top with half the yogurt. Repeat the layers. Sprinkle with mint and then drizzle with honey. Top with sparkling juice or wine.

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