31 Recipes That Are Perfect for Mother’s Day Lunch or Dinner
Treat Mom to some well-deserved rest and relaxation by doing the cooking for her. These mains and sides make it easy.
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What Mom Really Wants
Trust us, there’s nothing Mom wants more on her special day than a little time off. Why not let her sleep late, wake up to a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift and then spend the day with her feet up, sipping a cocktail or two? If you’ve got the right recipes (like the ones in this roundup) you can easily do the cooking and cleanup, giving her a full day to relax. We’ve included some lighter options like pastas and salads for lunch as well as impressive mains worthy of a celebratory dinner. Take these chicken thighs for example. Laying on a bed of seasoned potatoes and vegetables and topped with lemon slices and fresh thyme they’re as delicious as they are impressive, making them the perfect pick for her special day.
Get the Recipe: One-Pan Roast Chicken with Vegetables
Baked Halibut with Wine and Herbs
This easy-to-make halibut dish is far from ordinary. The fish fillets steam gently in an aromatic broth of fresh herbs and dry vermouth, making them tender and flavorful. A quick olive tapenade topping effortlessly elevates them, so they’re perfect for Mom’s special dinner.
Get the Recipe: Baked Halibut with Wine and Herbs
Moroccan Lemon Chicken
This one-skillet recipe is delicious (who wouldn't want chicken, infused with rich, sweet-and-savory flavors?) and won't leave you with a sinkful of dishes!
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Lemony Ricotta Spaghetti
Remember the days when mom used to make you spaghetti and meatballs? This elegant version has all the homecooked comfort you love, but with a fresh, springtime twist.
Get the Recipe: Lemony Ricotta Spaghetti
Crab Cake-Stuffed Artichokes
We took the classic stuffed artichoke and gave it a boost with all the fun flavors of a crab cake, classic seafood seasoning included.
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Roasted Chicken with Orange Glaze
A simple, homemade orange glaze does double duty in this impressive recipe. It adds sweetness to both the chicken and a quick, sheet pan-roasted side of asparagus.
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Fusilli alla Caprese
Classic ingredients like fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil complete this simple-yet-stunning side dish.
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Chicken Alfredo Manicotti
For the perfect amount of chicken, cheese and spinach, pipe the filling into the uncooked manicotti shells. This will help ensure that every bite has plenty of filling.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Alfredo Manicotti
Arugula, Mozzarella, Roasted Red Pepper and Mint Salad
Giada knows that it’s the small details that make a dish special. Like the little pop of mint that she adds to this savory arugula, mozzarella and red pepper salad.
Get the Recipe: Arugula, Mozzarella, Roasted Red Pepper and Mint Salad
Mahi Mahi with Peach-Cucumber Salsa
Peaches and cucumbers work together to make the perfect, not-too-sweet topping for tender mahi. If Mom likes seafood, this bright and refreshing recipes is a must-try for Mother’s Day.
Get the Recipe: Mahi Mahi with Peach-Cucumber Salsa
Squash and Ricotta Pizza
Toss some of Mom’s favorite salad ingredients (like arugula, butternut squash and shaved parmesan) onto a pizza. The pie will look pretty — and mom will be proud that everyone is eating their veggies!
Get the Recipe: Squash and Ricotta Pizza
Green Gazpacho with Edible Flowers
Don’t forget the flowers on Mother’s Day, lunch and dinner included! Colorful blooms will add a special touch to Mom’s meal – just be sure your flowers are labeled as edible when you buy them.
Get the Recipe: Green Gazpacho with Edible Flowers
Salmon en Croute
We like to think of this savory salmon dish like a hug (but with puff pastry). The fish is lovingly wrapped in flaky, buttery goodness and then topped with a few cutout hearts for good measure.
Get the Recipe: Salmon en Croute
Ravioli Alla Caprese
Treat mom to something truly special: homemade ravioli. Giada’s recipe makes it easy to whip up a batch (completely from scratch!) even if you’re a novice in the kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Ravioli Alla Caprese
Not sure what to do with fennel? It pairs perfectly with salmon in this pretty salad. Just be sure to cut it into very thin slices. It's crunchy and full of flavor, so a little goes a long way.
Get the Recipe: Salmon-Fennel Salad
Scallops swap in for shrimp in this quick and easy scampi made with butter, garlic, lemon and parsley. Mom’s guaranteed to love it!
Get the Recipe: Scallop Scampi
Artichoke-Mortadella Flatbread Pizzas
Mom will appreciate this delicate flatbread-style pizza with layers of mortadella, artichoke and baby arugula.
Get the Recipe: Artichoke-Mortadella Flatbread Pizzas
Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas
The perfect side for your Mother’s Day meal, Kardea’s creamy risotto has plenty of flavor, thanks to chicken broth, mushrooms and sauteed garlic.
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Filet Steak with Shrimp Peppercorn Sauce
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than surf and turf. So, why not treat mom to a tender steak and with a savory shrimp topping?
Get the Recipe: Filet Steak with Shrimp Peppercorn Sauce
Giada adds spicy Italian sausage to her creamy, oh-so-flavorful risotto for a comforting dish that's sure to be a hit at your Mother's Day meal.
Get the Recipe: Dirty Risotto
Chickpeas with Chard
Mom was always reminding you to eat your veggies — so serving her this delicious and nutritious dish (made with plenty of hardy Swiss chard) is sure to put a smile on her face.
Get the Recipe: Chickpeas with Chard
Roll thin slices of eggplant around a ricotta-and-herb filling and top with a simple, homemade tomato sauce for an Italian-style dish that’s full of the one ingredient Mom will appreciate most: love!
Get the Recipe: Eggplant Rollatini
Mom’s a vegetarian? She’ll love this hearty, vegetable-forward main. Cauliflower steaks are roasted to perfection and then topped with a mouthwatering wine and caper sauce.
Get the Recipe: Cauliflower Piccata
Creamy Peach Salad
Transform basic iceberg lettuce into a sweet-and-savory salad with refreshing chunks of peach, crumbled bits of bacon and a bright, lemony dressing.
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Drizzle an oil and honey dressing over chunks of avocado and thinly sliced cucumbers for a simple and delicious salad.
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Chicken with Pesto Cream
We love Ree’s easy pesto sauce in this dish. It’s thickened with heavy cream, so it has a really luxurious texture. We’re sure Mom’s going to ask you for the recipe!
Get the Recipe: Chicken with Pesto Cream
Spinach Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage
It’s hard to beat a classic, like pesto pasta with chicken. This easy-to-make recipe make a great main dish for Mother’s Day lunch.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage
Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas
So you want to cook for mom but don’t want to do a ton of dishes? Try this savory sheet pan meal. Everything cooks together on one pan – and is ready in just 35 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas
Strawberry-Endive Salad with Edible Flowers
Instead of buying a bouquet for mom this year, create an arrangement of edible flowers in a colorful salad featuring bright strawberries and toasted walnuts. Just be sure to use flowers that are clearly labeled "edible".
Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Endive Salad with Edible Flowers
Why serve mom a simple Caesar salad when you can serve her one topped with Ree’s garlic knot-inspired fried pizza dough? Mmm!
Get the Recipe: Caesar Salad
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Impress mom with a beautiful plate of creamy, cheesy fettuccine. Just be careful; once she realizes what a good cook you are, she'll want you to make dinner more often!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo