Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the leading women in our lives. And if you’re a mother, that means you, too! Taking a break while unwinding with mom-friends over a community meal offers much-needed stress relief from the demands of family and everyday living (even if they’re welcome ones!), while nourishing important female friendships.
There’s really no better way to step back from the whirlwind nature of our lives than a ladies-only garden party, cooked by you and your village. Because this day is all about you, moms, the workload is light and shared.
These healthy meals are beautiful, transportable, and so simple to prepare. Enjoyed outside in the garden, park, or, if it’s rainy, amongst some flower arrangements indoors, this straightforward yet stunning feast was designed to nurture those who nurture everyone else.
Keep waste to a bare minimum and work toward a fully reusable garden party with these chic options:
Try these simple, bubbly nonalcoholic drinks for your Mother’s Day menu.
In large pitcher, muddle 20 fresh mint leaves with 2 sliced limes and 2 Tbsp (15 mL) agave or maple syrup. Top with 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) cold soda water, stir well to chill, and pour into glasses. Garnish cups with more fresh mint and a lime wedge.
Add ice cubes to individual glasses followed by a big pour of pure cherry juice and squeeze of lemon. Top with cold coconut water and a splash of cold soda water. Garnish cups with a fresh cherry and lemon wedge.
In glasses, muddle a couple of fresh blackberries to release their juices, and then top with your favourite flavour of cold kombucha.
A tribute to the bounty and beauty of nature, this chocolate bark is studded with nuts, seeds, and berries and flavoured with the warming spices of ginger and cinnamon. Adding sweet paprika and chili also gives an interesting kick to a winter favourite. Cut back on the red pepper flakes if you prefer a less spicy version. Chocolate contains tryptophan—an essential amino acid—that helps our brain produce serotonin. Eating chocolate is a delicious way to get a mood boost, which can help lift our spirits when sunlight levels are low. Food of the Gods In the taxonomy of plants, the cacao plant, from which chocolate is derived, is called Theobroma cacao. Theobroma comes from Greek for “food of the gods.” Cacao comes from the Mayan word for the plant.
Up your omega-3 intake with these easy-to-make salmon parchment pockets. The sockeye fillets are first rubbed with a marinade of juniper berries, citrus zest, and garlic before being enclosed in parchment. Juniper has a strong and piney flavour and lends a unique tang to this dish. It also contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure to capture the juices that arise during steaming. No mortar and pestle? Crush juniper berries by laying them between two sheets of parchment and bashing them gently with a rolling pin.
Escarole is a bitter green that stands up to heat and is suitable for grilling, braising, or using in soups. In this salad, it’s broiled with radishes before being dressed in a sweet, garlicky dressing that cuts the bitterness. Escarole is high in folate (vitamin B9), important in red blood cell formation, and vitamin A, important in immune function and eye health. Like kale and other cruciferous vegetables, it’s also very high in vitamin K, which assists in blood clotting. Bitter green substitutes If you can’t find escarole, use frisée (also called curly endive), mustard greens, or radicchio. Romaine also stands up to heat well and makes a good substitute, but it lacks the characteristic bitterness of the others.