Don’t Wake Mom for Breakfast — Cook Her Dinner Instead!

Give mom what she really wants.

Mother's Day Dining

Mother's Day Dining

Mother's Day Brunch

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Lisa Thornberg, Lisa Thornberg

Here’s something that has always stumped me about Mother’s Day: breakfast in bed. Sure, being served eggs, toast and fruit (on a tray with a cute little bud vase of freshly picked flowers) while snuggled under the warmth and comfort of my favorite blanket sounds like something I should want. But I don’t. As the parent of an energetic 8-year old girl I can tell you that sleep — 8 glorious hours of uninterrupted rest — is far more satisfying. (Never mind the fact that breakfast in bed = waking up to a dirty kitchen and a sink full of dishes!)

That’s right, breakfast in bed is one of those things that sounds nice in theory but doesn’t take into account what I really want on my special day. And, I’m willing to bet there are a lot of other moms out there who feel the exact same way.

So, how do you treat mom to some much-needed "r and r"? Let her sleep in — and cook her a special, Mother’s Day dinner instead. I’ve even rounded up a few mom-approved recipes to get you started!




Let mom know that you appreciate all of the ways she goes above and beyond, by doing the same for her; start her special Mother’s Day dinner with a drink and appetizer. It only takes a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to mix up a bubbly Aperol Spritz or a pretty, pink (non-alcoholic) Raspberry Lemonade. Pair with tomato Bruschetta or a classic Caprese Salad for an impressive (yet easy-to-make) first course.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Food Network's Chicken Piccata

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved.


Why says you need reservations to give mom a nice dinner? Tyler’s Shrimp Scampi is ready in just 25 minutes and uses ingredients that you probably already have on-hand. Mom doesn’t do seafood? Giada’s Chicken Piccata is just as easy and equally impressive. Pair either dish with mom’s favorite veggie and you’ve got dinner.

Raspberry Tiramisu

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne


Even the youngest of kiddos can help make Mother’s Day dessert. Mom’s special little ones will have fun layering lady fingers for a show-stopping Raspberry Tiramisu — or chocolate chip cookies for Ina’s decadent Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake. Running out of time? Try Ree’s 5-ingredient Cherry Cheesecake Shooters instead. (You’ve got to have time to clean up the kitchen, after all!)

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