Simple but elegant recipes for Mom's Weekend

By Isabella Jackson

Avoiding the restaurant crowds on Mom’s Weekend does not mean sacrificing the quality or flavor of your dinner with Mom. With only three steps needed to complete each recipe, cooking a fancy dinner at home is manageable for every college student.

The meal starts with an appetizer of a balsamic bruschetta, has a main entree of salmon with a creamy pesto sauce and a side of brussels sprouts, and finishes with a light and flaky Nutella croissant.

Easy Balsamic Bruschetta

Adapted from All Recipes

4 Roma tomatoes

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    2 cloves garlic

    2 tbsp olive oil

    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

    1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

    1/4 c. chopped basil leaves

    Baguette, sliced

    Chop tomatoes, garlic, and basil leaves. Mix in a bowl and add parmesan cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar

    Lightly brush baguette slices and toast in the oven until edges are brown

    Serve bruschetta mixture on the baguette slices

    Salmon with Pesto Sauce

    Adapted from Kraft Recipes

    2 salmon fillets

    1 tbsp olive oil

    Salt and pepper

    1/4 c. milk

    4 oz. cream cheese

    1/2 c. pesto sauce

    Sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon fillets. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add salmon. Cook for approximately four minutes on each side, or until the salmon is golden brown and feels firm to the touch

    Melt the cream cheese in a pan with the milk. Add pesto sauce

    Take pesto sauce off the heat and drizzle over salmon fillets

    Cranberry Almond Brussels Sprouts

    Adapted from Taste of Home

    1 lb. brussels sprouts

    1 c. dried cranberries

    Salt and pepper

    1/2 c. slivered almonds

    2 tbsp. honey

    Place brussels sprouts in a jelly roll pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes

    Mix cranberries, almonds. and honey in a small bowl

    Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven and stir in cranberry mixtures before serving

    Nutella Croissants

    Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

    1 package puff pastry

    1 egg

    1 c. Nutella

    1 tbsp. water

    Cut sheet of puff pastry into thirds. Roll the rectangular strip of puff pastry out until the dough is 1/4 inch thick. Cut the rectangle into two triangles.

    Drop a small scoop of Nutella at the wide end of the triangle. Spread down the length of the triangle, leaving 1/2 inch border from the edge so that it does not leak out in the oven. Roll up the croissant, starting at the wide edge of the triangle. Repeat with remaining dough.

    Beat egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush egg wash over the croissants and bake at 350° for 25 minutes.

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