Food 30 Mother's Day Dinner Ideas That Say 'I Love You'
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It seems strange that there's only one day a year dedicated to celebrating moms—the women who taught us how to tie our shoes and blow our noses. They feed us, clothe us, and (when we're grown) share a drink with us to recall all the times they almost lost it while taking care of us.
Mom, it's time to return the favor: with a meal that shows just how much we appreciate you. We'll act like the responsible adults you raised us to be; we'll make a grocery list three days out, prep the sides the day before, and set the table that morning.
Here are 30 recipes that say “I love you” (and also, “thank you” and “I’m sorry for being such a pain in the—!”).
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A new study finds that eating "Western diet" foods can slow the benefits of a Mediterranean Diet and make the brain age faster.Published in Alzheimer's&Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association on Jan. 7, 2021, the study looked at the effect of "Western diet" foods on older adults. These include fried foods, sweets, red and processed meats, full-fat dairy. Following a strict Mediterranean diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and legumes and limiting other kinds of foods is equal to the brain being 5.8 years younger, scientists found.
Breakfast for Dinner, Anyone?
Are they breakfast? Are they dinner? Who cares! This egg-topped smashed, baked potato from assigning editor (andcolumnist) Rebecca Firkser is creamy, salty, rich, and just a little bit spicy if you want—and it feeds four, for less than $10 total.
From, Emma Laperruque, comes these quick and easy, accidentally gluten-free pancakes. Mashed banana and beaten eggs are bound with nutty almond flour—the resulting pancakes are delightfully fluffy and bouncy. Now whether you go classic with a fresh squeeze of lemon, sweet with fresh berries and honey, or extra nutty with tahini and pomegranate molasses is all up to Mom.
A quick, warming comfort food recipe for February
A quick, warming comfort food recipe for FebruaryThis is a budget-friendly meal. It’s a great way to use up leftover pasta, but I find myself making pasta just to have a big slice of spaghetti pie. Either way, you’re looking at less than $2 per slice. (Want to jazz up your regular pasta dinner? Try this carbonara recipe.) Make the pie, toss up a big salad and some garlic bread if you feel so inclined.
These knishes, from contibutor Asha Loupy, come stuffed with caramelized onions, pillow potato, and tangy cream cheese, and sprinkled with everything bagel spice. Take these handheld, compact bundles of flavor with you and mom on a springtime stroll.
As ourwrites, this french toast isn’t just for any old morning. It’s special. For an Occasion with a capital "O." And what better occasion than one where you get to treat mom (and yourself)? Split croissants get bathed in a custard, and fried until the edges get lacy-crisp. Just add syrup or mascarpone and berries.
Or, opt for a light and springy fresh breakfast with a slice of good bread, topped with good butter and translucent-thin radish coins. As recipe developer Marian Bull says: “Don’t mess with perfection.”
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This recipe from community member, epicureanodyssey, features eggs gently poached in a tomato-y, merguez sausage sauce. Hosting a small Mother’s Day brunch? Assemble these baked eggs in a wide, shallow pan, and serve them straight from the pan with plenty of crusty bread to dip.
Starters & Light Dinners
Merrill's simple salad celebrates spring in all its glory: bitter radishes, peppery arugula, sour lemon, and salty pecorino.
What better way to spend Mother’s Day morning than perusing spring's bounty at the farmers' market? Thisrecipe for a creamy (but cream- and mayo-less), herby dressing works just as well in a potato or chicken salad, as it does on springy greens.
Fromcomes this vibrant, creamy butter bean salad. Warm beans are laced with pili pili oil, and made a complete meal with charred pepper slices and peppery arugula.
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Another luxe, plant-forward recipe from Terry, this Caramelized Leek & Seared Mushroom Toast tastes way fancy despite being a breeze to assemble. Avocado, who?
“Tonnato originally hails from Piedmont Italy, made possible with tuna caught from nearby coastal Liguria,” writes Food52 Resident Melina Hammer. “The original sauce consisted of tuna, pounded with anchovies, capers, and olive oil to render it creamy.” Doesn’t that sound like a dream slathered on toast with a layer of peppery radishes? We think so too.
The only thing better than one fancy toast? Two fancy toasts.
This lemony, garlicky, tangy-spicy baked salmon is the reason you do in fact need *another* baked salmon recipe. To make it a full dinner, toss in small waxy potatoes and some sliced broccoli to roast in the spicy salmon oil.
What do you get when you cross buttermilk-brined chicken with heftily-seasoned panko breadcrumbs? Ranch chicken cutlets, of course! (Cue the applause.) Slice this crispy chicken over salad, smash a fat slice between a bun with cabbage slaw, eat it with your fingers straight from the pan—just follow your heart.
Mother’s Day gift ideas: Stylish and highly rated jewelry
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FromSee You on Sunday, comes this entertaining friendly pasta with a surprising guest: parsnips. When cooked down until caramelized, they add an unparalleled earthy, nutty note to the dish.
Double thischeesy, salty-nutty, bright risotto for you and mom, or share the solo portion for a light first course.
"When I think of stale bread, bread pudding is always my first thought. It is one of my favorite comfort foods, sweet or savory," gingerroot writes. "However, my family recently enjoyed delicious Spaghetti with Sardines, Dill and Fried Capers from Gourmet—a riff off the Sicilian classic Pasta con Sarde—and it immediately gave me the idea to shower a salmon fillet in seasoned breadcrumbs. From there the rest was easy, choosing accompanying flavors that pair well with salmon and a technique that is so easy, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. Gin imparts more fragrance than flavor, delicately perfuming the fish with juniper goodness."
What better way to impress mom than to feed her an entire orange—skin and all? In this recipe from Emma, fennel wedges and orange wheels get charred until slouchy and juicy, the perfect saucy accompaniment to pork chops. No grill? No problem. Just use a grill or griddle pan.
Chef Preeti Mistry’s recipe was first featured in in Julia Turshen's cookbook Feed the Resistance, writing “this macaroni and cheese is on the 'Comforting' menu at my restaurant, where we give a dollar from every bowl to a particular non-profit organization.” I can’t think of anything I’d rather share with my family for dinner.
6 Extra-Special ‘Dinner for One’ Recipes Totally Packed With Protein
Healthy foodies share their solo dinner go-tos.Each of the "dinner for one" recipes below is so packed with protein that it's the only dish you need to make. The nourishing ingredients are carefully selected for a completely satisfying meal for one. You might not be cooking for anyone but yourself, but feeding yourself is an important act of self-care.
"This hardly counts as a recipe," Greg Henry writes, "but it's certainly one of the most delicious way to eat artichokes I can imagine. Besides learning to prep but the baby artichokes in the manner I have described allows the hearts to cook properly without frying the leaves to death."
"This recipe is the aggressive, no-more-excuses shove that you need to start baking your own bread," Genius columnist Kristen Miglore writes. "It will only take you 4 hours of intermittent attention, and won't require a starter nor any equipment you don't already own—and it will rival your favorite bakery's."
"A chilled soup that (finally) feels like soup," Kristen sighs, "thanks to a clever blanching technique and some seductive spring trimmings.
Brought to us by, these sweet snails are a fun (not-too-demanding) kitchen project to tackle with mom. Phyllo dough gets filled with lime- and cardamom-scented mascarpone, toasted and chopped pistachios, and a heady rose syrup.
"This is a take on my Scottish Shortbread recipe, which usually calls for brown rice flour to add a crumbly texture," Hilarybee says. "I find coconut flour adds both texture and a lovely, nutty flavor. The butter and coconut oil ensure that the cookie is still crispy and durable, just as a shortbread should be. For a twist, roll the cookies in lime-infused sugar. I like to stamp my shortbread with springerle molds to make them extra special. I also like to use this dough to make press-in tart dough; one batch of this recipe will yield one 10-inch shortbread tart crust." For an extra toasty, nutty flavor? Swap brown butter in for the regular butter.
9 easy ways to make your guacamole better using things you have in your kitchen
From hot sauce to radishes and even cheese, there are a number of delicious and easy ingredients you can add to classic guacamole.
"This dessert is simple to put together, but tastes surprisingly complex," Yossy writes. "It is cool and tart, floral and herbal, creamy and sweet, all in one. If you don't like the idea of flowers in your food, feel free to leave the cream off. The sorbet is delicious as is."
Some carrot cakes feel more like rabbit food—essentially a nut and seed granola tenuously bound by batter. This one here goes back to basics—a relatively austere, spiced cake frosted with a tangy cream cheese icing, that’s elegant enough for a Mother’s Day brunch, but comfy enough for a tea for two. Add nuts and raisins back in—if you/mom wishes.
“A light and fluffy coconut cake—without any eggs or dairy? It’s not as hard as you might think,” says Food52 resident Murielle Banackissa. *Extra* coconutty thanks to oil, milk, and extract (plus coconut whipped cream on top too if you want!) there’s no way you’ll guess this cake is vegan—but what a pleasant surprise it is.
Change up your lemon bar routine with this satly, tangy riff, which calls for pureed whole preserved lemon in addition to fresh zest and juice. With a buttery shortbread crust, it’s mathematically impossible to eat just one of these puckery bars.
Best Irish Coffee
Irish coffee has gotten a bit of a bad rap—too sweet, strong, intense—and this version here would like to change your mind. Coffee gets sweetened by toasty brown sugar and spiked with a nip of whiskey, and the cream gets whipped to softly billowy peaks.
This sweetly pink cruiser of a cocktail plays well with any and all party spreads. The bubbles complement salty, crunchy snacks, and the bittersweet Aperol acts as a perfect foil to hard cheeses.
What will you be treating Mom (or the motherly figures in your life) to this year? Tell us about it in the comments.
9 easy ways to make your guacamole better using things you have in your kitchen .
From hot sauce to radishes and even cheese, there are a number of delicious and easy ingredients you can add to classic guacamole.