Need a last minute gift idea for Mom? This year, why not surprise her with a homemade Mother’s Day brunch? A hot mug of coffee in hand, chewy bagels, sweet pancakes, fluffy eggs… and you won’t even have to leave the house. The good news: At brunch, breakfast and lunch foods are fair game. The bad news: If you sample everything in a brunch spread, consuming two-meals-in-one can make you feel weighed down and sluggish.
But never fear! We’ve cracked the secret to a healthier weekend. From scrambled eggs to quiche and frittatas, these nine better-for-you egg recipes are a delicious and lighter way to show Mom you care.
9 Mother’s Day Brunch Egg Recipes
1. Turkey Sausage and Kale Frittata
Get festive with your frittata. Filled with kale and tomatoes, this hearty recipe packs 30 grams of protein per serving. Don’t have a cast iron skillet? You can use a pie tin instead.
2. Egg and Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
Little known fact: Tomatoes becomes richer in the antioxidant lycopene when cooked. This hearty combo will take roughly 45 minutes to bake in the oven, but the tasty end result with be worth the waiting time.
3. Better-for-You Eggs Benedict
Your average eggs benedict clocks in at 700 calories, making it one heck of a brunch calorie bomb. This version does away with heavy hollandaise in favor of a lighter sauce made from broth. Plus, whole-wheat English muffins accompanied by a side of asparagus are sure to keep you full.
4. Breakfast Empanadas
Say sí to the empanada for a fresh new take on the breakfast sandwich. A flaky crust envelops eggs, chicken sausage and Swiss cheese—it’s like a present to your taste buds! The best part? You’ll have these hot little pockets in your hands in under 30 minutes
5. Crustless Vegetable Quiche
Who says you can’t eat like it’s Saturday morning, all week long? Make this protein-packed quiche ahead of time and heat it up before you head out the door on Monday. The spinach, mushroom and potato within the dish deliver iron, fiber and carbs to keep you fuller longer.
6. Healthy Huevos Rancheros
Whether you’re running errands or a half-marathon, these eggs will keep your energy levels sky-high all weekend long. Homemade salsa spices up tortillas piled with onion, chilies, beans, cheese and eggs. Serve your huevos with lime for a citrus kick.
7. Sinless Deviled Eggs
At only 50 calories each, these little devils won’t leave you feeling guilty. By substituting Greek yogurt for some of the yolk, you’ll cut down on fat but won’t lose that creamy flavor.
8. Sweet Potato Veggie Scramble
Take your scrambled eggs up a notch by adding colorful veggies into the mix. Sweet potato is rich in vitamin B5 and vitamin C, which is crucial for warding off colds. Since Swiss chard greens cook faster, add them at the end just before you stir in the eggs.
9. Sticky Chia Brown Rice with Fried Egg
This Japanese-inspired dish is a scrumptious, savory mix of chia, brown rice and green onion. Pro tip: Freshly made rice tends to be more moist and mushy so you’re better off using day-old grains. Leftovers, FTW!
Originally posted October 2014. Updated May 2015.