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Mother's Day meals: Celebrate mom with these nutritious recipes

A frittata, pictured here, is a brunch favorite and is quick and easy to make! This low-carb dish includes kale, a superfood that is one of the healthiest veggies out there.
A frittata, pictured here, is a brunch favorite and is quick and easy to make! This low-carb dish includes kale, a superfood that is one of the healthiest veggies out there. iStockphoto

This Mother’s Day, show mom your appreciation by giving her a special present you can’t buy at the mall: a healthy, homemade meal.

Give her a break in the kitchen and put together a brunch, dinner or dessert dish that is both satisfying and slimming.

From a breakfast casserole, to a pasta dinner and chocolate dessert, we’ve got you covered for a full day of Mother’s Day meals that will be sure to please mom on her special day.

Plus, all meals are guilt-free and are less than 400 calories:

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  • 1. Ham and cheese breakfast casserole

    For brunch, try this breakfast casserole that contains half the calories and a one-third of the fat of traditional ham-and-cheese strata. It’s made lighter with nonfat milk, whole-grain bread, and uses less cheese and egg yolks.

    Per serving: 286 calories, 10g fat, 23g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 4g fiber

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    2. Braised kale frittata

    Frittatas, another brunch favorite, are quick and easy to make! This low-carb dish includes kale, a superfood that is one of the healthiest veggies out there.

    Per serving: 204 calories, 12.6g fat, 7g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 2g fiber

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    3. Clay pot shrimp with brown rice

    For dinner, here’s a healthy seafood option. This hearty, protein-packed dish includes shrimp and brown rice, and is seasoned with lemon juice, ginger and fish sauce.

    Per serving: 370 calories, 6g fat, 60g carbohydrates, 22g protein, 4g fiber

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    4. Creamy asparagus pasta

    This light and creamy pasta dish blends whole wheat penne with one of spring’s freshest veggies – asparagus. Flavored with lemon zest and garlic, this meal only takes 35 minutes to make!

    Per serving: 359 calories, 10g fat, 55g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 7g fiber

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    5. Chocolate-salted caramel tart

    Satisfy your chocolate cake cravings with this light tart for only 126 calories per slice! The salted caramel and sea salt provide a nice mix of salty-and-sweet.

    Per serving: 126 calories, 8.3g fat, 13g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber

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    Lauren Mennen Philly.com
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