Spring is in full bloom and Mother’s Day is around the corner. This week, we are sharing our tips to celebrate mom in style. We partnered with Atkins to create a healthy, fine dining experience at home. A low-carb, low-sugar meal with seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood can be just as satisfying as a rich, carb-heavy meal. Best of all, you won’t feel the carbs on your waistline. We are excited to share our Atkins Mother’s Day dinner with you.
Last week, we focused on eating low carb, low sugar Atkins friendly meals. With the Atkins lifestyle, which has been around for decades, you incorporate fiber rich vegetables, lean and diverse proteins, and heart-healthy fats in meals and snacks throughout the day. The Atkins: Eat Right Not Less guidebook features delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. We used the guidebook to create a scrumptious four-course meal.
A stylish tablescape begins with beautiful linens. We set the table with chic pink, gray and green floral linens. We layered green dinner plates with floral salad plates, which complemented the linens. The floral arrangements included pink and white lilies, fuchsia daisies and white ranunculus. We also created custom Mother’s Day menus, and placed them at each place setting.
We set a glass of rosé champagne and rosé at each place setting. Pink champs is the perfect way to toast mom on her special day.
The Atkins: Eat Right Not Less guidebook is full of amazing appetizer, salad, entree, side and dessert recipes. When creating a menu, we recommend incorporating a variety of color, texture and flavor.
BABY KALE AND BLUE CHEESE SALAD
We started our meal with a kale salad with gorgonzola and hazelnut dressing. This is no ordinary salad. Kale is a superfood and pairs nicely with gorgonzola and hazelnuts.
CAULIFLOWER MAC & CHEESE
Our second course was a rich, creamy cauliflower mac & cheese. You won’t even miss the pasta. If you are a pasta lover, substitute traditional pasta with spaghetti squash, sweet potato noodles, or zoodles (spiraled zucchini). With fiber-rich, non-starch vegetables, you can even go for guilt-free seconds because these substitutions have less carbs than traditional pasta.
For the main course, we feasted on parmesan scallops with broccoli. Fresh seafood is healthy and high in protein. Always make sure to get fresh, not frozen and wild caught, not farm raised seafood. The parmesan scallops paired nicely with the broccoli and tomato sauce. You can use canned tomato sauce but we prefer to make our tomato sauce from scratch. The broccoli was al dente so it gave a great crunch to the scallops.
SALTED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE BITES
A meal is not complete without a bite of sweetness. For dessert, we served caramel cream cheese bites. We made the caramel sauce from scratch using coconut palm sugar. It was the perfect way to conclude the meal.
Next week instead of taking mom out to dinner, treat her to a surprise Atkins’s friendly meal. Our entire family loved this dinner party.
If you believe that weight loss requires self-deprivation, I’m going to teach you otherwise –– Robert Atkins