What To Cook For Mother’s Day? 16 Delightful Dishes For Your Mom

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Your first love and your first friend. Your mom is the person that cares and loves you unconditionally. Honoring your mother can be done in different ways through gifts, parties, and of course, food! 

You might be asking yourself, “what to cook for Mother’s Day?” We got you covered! Here is a list of the best dishes that you can make for the most inspirational person in your life on this special day.

Breakfast Dishes

1. Red Velvet Pancakes 

Red Velvet Pancakes

Velvet cakes were first seen in the Victorian era. They used cocoa powder with flour to break it down and give it that smooth texture. Some believe the acidic nature gave its vibrant red color.

You can make red velvet pancakes from scratch! You’ll need flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, vanilla extract, milk, eggs, and butter. 

How to Make 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add red food coloring to the batter.
  2. On a frying pan, melt some butter and cook your pancakes. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and maple syrup to put on your pancakes.
  4. Stack your pancakes with the cream cheese mixture layered in. 
  5. Add toppings like chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and blueberries.

2. Classic Quiche 

Spinach quiche with a slice

Quiche is a famous French dish, but it originally came from Germany. It is from the German word kuchen, which means cake. It’s a breakfast tart with a pastry crust filled with custard, cheese, meat, seafood, or vegetables and eggs.

How to Make 

  1. Bake your pie crust, and keep it warm in the oven while you prepare the filling. 
  2. In a saucepan, cook bacon pieces until golden brown and set aside. Drain some of the oil from the pan and toss in cherry tomatoes. Use a wooden spoon for popping them, then set them aside once soft.
  3. Whisk together eggs, cream, salt, pepper, spinach, and basil in a large mixing bowl
  4. Put half of your tomatoes, bacon, and goat cheese in the baked pie crust, and pour in the egg mixture. 
  5. Strategically place tomatoes, bacon, and goat cheese on top of the pie and bake for 45 minutes.

This meal may take longer to prepare, but presenting a beautiful quiche for your mom shows how much you love her.

3. Smoked Salmon Bagel 

Smoked salmon bagel with basil leaves

This classic American breakfast is a great way to start Mother’s Day. It’s easy to make, and it’s generally an energy-filling meal. All you need is bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and spinach.

How to Make 

  1. Toast your bagels, and rub a bit of butter on both slices. 
  2. Smear a good amount of cream cheese, then layer with spinach and smoked salmon. 
  3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper, and serve it to your mom with some iced coffee for her special day.

4. Acai Bowl 

Acai bowl top view

Acai bowl is perfect for Mother’s Day with its Amazonian origins. Amazons are often depicted as powerful and beautiful women. Acai bowls are healthy, and they’re made with all kinds of fruits full of vitamins and fiber.

How to Make 

  1. Using a blender, add acai berries, apples, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. 
  2. Pour into a coconut bowl, and add some fruits for texture. Fruits such as strawberries, frozen bananas, raspberries, and kiwi are good choices.

Lunch Dishes

5. Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata 

Chicken piccata with lemon slices

Take your mom on a trip to Italy with Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata. The name Piccata means to “pound flat” due to how the meat is prepared.

How to Make 

  1. Prepare the chicken by pounding it flat with a meat tenderizer
  2. Sear it until the color turns brown on both sides. 
  3. To prepare the Piccata sauce, melt the butter and mix the flour to make a roux on a saucepan. Add broth of your choice, lemon juice, white wine, and capers.
  4. Reduce the sauce until you get a thick consistency. 
  5. Add your chicken and parsley.

6. Vegetable Paella 

Vegetable paella on a pan

This Spanish dish symbolizes union and heritage, fitting for this special day since your mom is the first person you have a connection with. It’s made with rice, vegetables, and spices.

How to Make 

  1. Saute onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a frying pan, and add tomatoes and spices once the onion becomes see-through. 
  2. Pour white wine into the mix and cook for 10 minutes. 
  3. Add your uncooked rice and mix it in your pan.
  4. Pour vegetable broth in and add the veggies of your choice. 
  5. Let it cook for 20 minutes, then serve.

This Italian dish is homey, healthy, and easy to make.

7. Shakshuka 

 2 servings of shakshuka

This dish may look daunting at first with its poached eggs and tomato-based sauce, but rest assured that this one-skillet dish is simple and easy to make. 

How to Make 

  1. In a heavy skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil and add diced onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Remember to season it well with coriander, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes. 
  2. Let that cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Add fresh diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, cook until thick.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, make a well to add the eggs in. 
  5. Cook your eggs in medium-high heat, and garnish with parsley, mint, and pepper flakes. You can pair this dish with bread or a chickpea salad.

8. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers 

Quinoa stuffed bell peppers

Quinoa is considered a healthy food, so why not serve a super dish to a super lady. Quinoas stuffed bell peppers are relatively straightforward to make; just prepare the following: cooked quinoa, bell peppers, green chiles, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, pepper jack and feta cheese, and fresh cilantro leaves.

How to Make 

  1. Combine in a large bowl all the ingredients, and season it with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. 
  2. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line your baking pan with parchment paper
  3. Fill the bell peppers with the mix and cook until tender.

Dinner Dishes

9. Baked Halibut and Asparagus 

Baked Halibut with asparagus

Halibut may look like a strange-looking fish, but it’s very delicious and symbolizes strength and stability. They’re known as the protectors of life, which is fitting for mommy dearest.

How to Make 

  1. Line your baking pan with parchment paper and lay down your asparagus and halibut. 
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan and minced garlic, and bake until the halibut is flaky.

10. Classic Lasagna 

A slice of lasagna

This Italian dish is a warm and hearty meal. It takes time to make, but the results are always yummy. 

How to Make 

  1. To make the sauce, use a large saucepan and place ground meat, bell peppers, onions, and a combination of tomato sauce, paste, and crushed tomatoes.
  2. Boil your pasta in a large pot
  3. To assemble your lasagna, use a baking dish to prepare it. 
  4. Layer pasta, meat sauce, and three kinds of cheeses in the baking dish. Your cheese can be any kind you like, but we highly recommend mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta.
  5. Bake until you see tiny cheese bubbles on your lasagna.

11. Garlic Butter Steak 

Garlic butter steak served on a wooden cutting board

Steak dinners can make anyone feel like royalty! Treat your mom to a steak dinner with this dish. 

How to Make 

  1. Heavily season the steak all over with salt and pepper. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, then bake your steak for 45 minutes.
  3. Heat your canola oil on high-heat in a cast-iron skillet, melt four tablespoons of butter and add your steak in. Add rosemary and four cloves of garlic, and dress the steak in the delicious juices.
  4. Sear your steak on each side for 30 seconds, and render off any excess fat. Let your steak rest on a wire rack and cut. 
  5. Serve this fancy dinner with mashed potatoes or salad.

12. Pesto Pasta 

Pesto pasta on a black plate

Homemade pasta can be a fun activity for both you and your mom. This mellow dish can be amusing to make; all you need is flour, oil, salt, and eggs.

How to Make 

  1. Make a nest with your flour, then add the oil, salt, and egg into it. Gently break your egg with a fork and start incorporating the flour into the mixture. Make sure you don’t break the flour barrier.
  2. After you’ve managed to turn this into a ball of dough, section it into fours. Flatten the section with a rolling pin, and run it through a pasta maker.
  3. For the pesto, use a food processor to blend fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  4. Cook your pasta in a large pot; this will be quick since it’s homemade pasta. On a frying pan, heat oil and saute some onions, and add your pesto. 
  5. Add your cooked pasta and grate some cheese to taste.

Dessert Ideas

13. Strawberry Trifle 

Strawberry trifle with a bowl of strawberries in the background

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins and mineralsa healthy dessert that is sugar-free and gluten-free. You’ll need to make two things to assemble a trifle: the cake layer and the cream layer.

How to Make 

  1. To make a healthy cake, you’ll need blanched almond flour, coconut flour, powdered erythritol, baking powder, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. In a large mixing bowl, mix your dry ingredients. Stir your wet ingredients in the bowl until you form a dough.
  2. Transfer your dough to a lined cake pan, and bake until the top is brown and firm. Let it cool, then cut it into cubes. 
  3. The cream layer is simple to make. Using a hand mixer, beat heavy cream until you get stiff peaks. Add sour cream, powdered erythritol, and vanilla extract in your mix and beat.
  4. Assembling your trifle is pretty straightforward. Simply layer the cake cubes at the bottom of your trifle cup, add the cream and sliced strawberries. Continue to do this until the cream is on the top as a result. 
  5. Decorate the top with more strawberries, then serve.

14. Madeleines 

Madelines on a ceramic bowl

Madeleines are french cake-like cookies. They’re shaped like seashells and are pretty tasty. 

How to Make 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, beat your eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together. 
  2. Beat it constantly while you gradually add sugar, keep doing this until you can make figure eights with your batter.
  3. Add flour into your egg mixture and gently fold with a silicone spatula
  4. Using a zester, add some lemon zest, and pour melted butter around the edges of the batter. 
  5. Gently fold the butter into the batter, and use a spoon to move it to a Madeleine mold.

15. Hand Pies 

Apple flavored hand pies

Hand pies are cute and convenient versions of regular pies. Apple pies are a classic American dessert, but we can make a mini variation of this.

How to Make 

  1. In a frying pan, add sliced apples, butter, sugar, and cinnamon, cook until soft.
  2. With your prepared pie dough, put a spoonful of filling in the middle and close. 
  3. Use a fork to seal the dough, or use your fingers to pinch and add air holes for your pie to cook evenly. 
  4. Preheat your oven to over 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and brush some egg wash on your pies. 
  5. Let your pies bake for 45 minutes.

16. Skillet Cookie 

Skillet cookie with ice cream

Giant desserts began their popularity around the 2010s. And skillet cookies are excellent to serve for big families.

How to Make 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add unsalted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, coarse salt, and chocolate chips.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the cookie batter until it forms a semi-solid ball.
  3. Transfer the dough to a skillet.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  5. Bake your skillet cookie for 20 minutes or until the cookie is golden brown.

Conclusion

Mother’s day is celebrated by showering the most influential people in our lives with gifts and flowers. But why not take it up a notch and give her a day off with these lovely meals. Finally, you can stop asking what to cook for Mother’s Day.

If you want to know which dishes to pair, why not try the acai bowl, chicken piccata, baked halibut, and skillet cookies. The acai bowl is healthy and light, good to get your mom energized for the day. While the chicken piccata and baked halibut are fantastic meals to prepare before the heavy dessert that is the skillet cookie.

Which among these Mother’s Day dishes would you likely prepare for your mom? Let us know in the comments.

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