Best Recipes to Make Yourself on Mother's Day

Because even if you're cooking, you shouldn't be washing dishes.


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When I was 9, we got my mom a dishwasher for Mother's Day. Now, if you're a 9-year-old who has never lived in a house with a dishwasher, you think that brand-new appliance is the ultimate gift. And, apparently, some dads feel the same. Moms, though?

Not. So. Much. (Don't worry, guys: They're still married.)

Moms want to sleep in; some want breakfast in bed. Other moms hope you'll cook them dinner. And if you're a mom of young kids like me, all you really want is to wash a few less dishes on Mother's Day.

One year my kids filled out those what-you-love-about-your-mom questionnaires at day care as part of my Mother's Day present. My third baby bear, bless her heart, said her favorite thing I cook is Hamburger Helper. I've worked for Food Network since before they were born, so, yeah, this was humiliating.

But she was partly correct: I do love myself a good recipe that requires minimal cleanup. And that's exactly what you should gift yourself this weekend.

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David Lang, David Lang

If you, too, live with three tiny humans who can't (won't?) sleep past 7 a.m. this Sunday, make yourself a sunrise you'll be happy to see. This grown-up sip comes together in only five minutes, no blending or shaking required, which means no extra gadgets to clean.

Food Network Kitchen’s Breakfast Nachos for Food Network Snapchat recipes, as seen on Food Network.


Food Network Kitchen’s Breakfast Nachos for Food Network Snapchat recipes, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet

My family's actually eaten these 30-minute breakfast nachos for dinner, they're that hearty. You'll dirty only one nonstick pan between cooking the bacon and the eggs, and the cheesy, layered nachos bake on a foil-lined pan — talk about fast and efficient.

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Armando Rafael

Weekend mac and cheese is a must in our house, and Mother's Day shouldn't be an exception. Remember: Today's your day, so do what makes you happy (but with fewer dishes)! Enlist the help of your trusty Instant Pot and you will literally have only one dish to wash.

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Bobbi Lin

You simply cannot beat a hearty dinner that leaves you with only one sheet pan and one bowl to clean up afterward. This vegetarian chili packs a hefty dose of flavor, thanks to chili powder and ground cumin, without being too spicy for the kids, and no one can resist the cheesy biscuits that bake up to golden-brown perfection.

Food Network Kitchen’s NoChurn Chocolate Ice Cream as seen on Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen’s NoChurn Chocolate Ice Cream as seen on Food Network.

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Matt Armendariz, 2015

Discovering I could make ice cream without an ice cream machine was a dangerous revelation, so don't say I didn't warn you. But it is Mother's Day, so why not treat yo'self? It's about time you used your metal loaf pan for more than just banana bread! Yes, you will dirty a large bowl and your mixer making this dessert, but the end result is worth it.

And, hey, you could put all those dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

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