Mother's Day – Lunch Menu
Better Nutrition|May 2021
Mother’s Day is the ideal time to honor the women in our lives and show our appreciation for all they’ve done for us. And what better way to let them know they’re special than with an elegant full-course meal? From appetizer to dessert, these decadent off erings hit all the right notes with wholesome, real-food ingredients that will please the palate and support good health.

Recipes excerpted from Just Eat Real Food: 30-Minute Nutrient-Dense Meals for a Healthy, Balanced Life by Caitlin Greene

Italian Chickpea Salad

Serves 6 The nutty component of the beans combines with juicy tomatoes, fresh garlic, and basil to build a well-balanced salad that can also act as a stand-alone side. It’s delicious on top of a crusty bread or crackers, and done in just 10 minutes.

1 16-oz. can chickpeas

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

½ cup minced red onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbs. shredded Parmesan cheese (omit for dairy-free)

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbs. chopped fresh basil

1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Drain liquid from chickpeas and rinse thoroughly. Place chickpeas on two or three sheets of attached paper towels. Fold paper towels over chickpeas, pick up with your hands, and gently maneuver the chickpeas in a rubbing motion, making sure not to crush them, about 30 seconds to release skins. (Don’t worry about getting every little one, but this gets most of them.)

2. In large bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, garlic, Parmesan, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Using large spoon, mix until well combined.

Per serving: 170 cal;7g prot; 7g total fat (1g sat fat); 22g carbs; 0mg chol; 480mg sod; 6g fiber; 5g sugar

Broiled Dijon Salmon

Serves 4

For this dish, we bake then broil the salmon with a creamy, lightened-up aioli infused with mustard and fresh thyme. The aioli acts as a barrier, preventing the salmon from drying out, and as it reduces, the salmon absorbs the mustard and thyme notes. The result is a succulent piece of fish that melts in your mouth, all done in only 15 minutes.

1 lb. salmon Salt to taste, plus

½ tsp. Pepper to taste, plus

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