If you had to ask me what my favourite meal of the day is, I'd have to say brunch. Savoury or sweet, brunch always feels like a special occasion. Brunch gives you permission to sleep in and enjoy slow weekend mornings; it's a meal made for good conversation and indulging. So when it comes to Mother's Day and celebrating our hard-working moms, a relaxing brunch seems like the perfect idea.
I've teamed up once again with Barilla to give you spring brunch inspiration and share ways to celebrate the special mothers in your life. For me, the day is all about incorporating personal touches and catering to mom's tastes.
1 box Barilla® Gluten Free Elbows
2 cups plum tomatoes diced
3 cups avocado diced
2 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese cubed
Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground to taste
1/2 cup fresh basil torn
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil
- Combine tomatoes, avocados, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil in a large bowl
- Season with salt and pepper
- Let mixture marinate for 20-30 minutes
- Cook Elbows 1 minute less than recommended package cooking time
- Drain and pour onto a flat surface
- Drizzle with a small amount of oil and let cool
- Add cooled pasta to ingredients in bowl; toss and serve
I made the pasta with Barilla's Gluten Free Elbows which had a suprisingly nice texture and taste. Barilla offers a range of products that are made with non-GMO corn and rice in a dedicated gluten free facility. It's good to have that option, especially when you're entertaining and may have guests that are gluten intolerant. Just be sure to stir the gluten free pasta more often while it's cooking. I also let the mixture marinate for about two hours to get it nice and flavourful.
4. Give her a gift from the heart. Whether you make her handmade bath salts, put together a garden marker kit, or get your child to make Mom a hand-drawn card, thoughtful and personalized gifts are always cherished. For this meal, I asked my husband and daughter to craft cupcake liner flowers to serve as placecards. It was a simple gesture and really made my five-year-old excited that she was making something for Mom. I've already tucked mine beside my mirror as a sweet keepsake.
With a little bit of effort, you can host a mother's day brunch that will leave Mom feeling extra special and loved.