Mother’s Day Recipes to Celebrate the Moms in Your Life

My mother used to wake up with the sun. She’d make herself a cup of coffee with the beans she had ground the night before and pour the hot water gently over the top. Then, she’d sit in her favorite chair, the one from the church rummage sale, and write. She loved to write poems and kept them in the journals she had scattered around her room. Later on, I’d wake up to the smell of fresh coffee that had wafted through the house. 

Many of us have such memories of our mothers that we keep close. Whether you have one mother or many mother figures in your life, Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to shower them with love. What better way to do this than with a thoughtful home-cooked meal for two? 

The meals that we create to celebrate Mother’s Day are as unique as our families. If the mom in your life enjoys breakfast foods, you can try making her a delicious brunch spread. Maybe your family prefers to sit down and share a simple yet filling dinner. Perhaps your mom’s love language is dessert. Whatever time of day you choose to share your meal, we have the recipes to ensure this Mother’s Day is a special one. 

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe
If the mom in your life loves breakfast foods without the early wake-up call, then brunch might be the perfect choice. The ease of this Mother’s Day brunch recipe allows for simple additions to personalize it to her taste. Additionally, it hits both the sweet and savory notes while providing high nutritional value. The best part? You can easily serve this up as a breakfast-in-bed treat! 
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Bellesen, Rachel. Ricotta and Jam Toast. April, 2021. 

Ricotta and Jam Toast with Fresh Fruit 

Author: Molly Doyle                               Total Time: 10 minutes                                                        Difficulty: Easy

 

Ingredients:

  • Toast
    • sourdough (sliced)
    • ricotta cheese
    • strawberry jam
  • Fruit Bowl
    • strawberries
    • blueberries
    • raspberries

Instructions: 

Ricotta Jam Toast:

    1. Scoop the ricotta into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. If you don’t have a mixer, you can spread the ricotta as is.
    2. Slice the sourdough and pop the pieces in the toaster. Try visiting a local bakery for the bread…the fresher the better.
    3. When your toast is ready, put the pieces on a plate and cover with the whipped ricotta cheese. 
    4. Top the toast with strawberry jam. You can use as much or as little as you prefer. If you’re not a fan of strawberry, feel free to substitute it for a different flavor or try making your own.

Fruit Bowl:

    1. Thoroughly wash all your fruits and pat dry. 
    2. Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut into slices. 
    3. To serve, place all the prepped fruits in a bowl or arrange next to the toast on the side of the plate. 

 

Fun Tips to Get Creative: 

  • If you want to add a little more savory flavor to your ricotta toast, try adding a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The sweetness of the jam will really come to life when paired with the vinegar. 
  • Want some more color? Experiment with garnishes! You can top your ricotta jam toast with a few mint leaves or a sprinkle of thyme. You’ll get the additional color as well as some refreshing flavor notes. 
  • To add a burst of color to your meal, you can always include a larger variety of fruits. Arranging the fruits according to color can add a finished and beautiful touch to your plate. 
  • To make this vegan friendly, sub out the ricotta cheese for a topping of your choice. You can opt for mashed avocados with some salt and pepper. If you prefer a sweeter experience, drizzle with your favorite nut butter and top with bananas and honey. 

 

Mother’s Day Dinner Recipe

If you’re searching for a mother’s day dinner recipe that is light and simple, look no further. This sheet pan salmon, vegetable and potato recipe makes the perfect meal. Not only is it satisfying, it also hits all the major macronutrients needed for a balanced dinner. To personalize it, you can always choose a different vegetable or starch to pair with the fish. Do make sure to check the cook time if you make any changes. At the end of the day, the most important thing is being able to share the table and spend some time with the mom in your life.

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Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies 

Author: Molly Doyle                                          Total Time: 30 minutes                                                        Difficulty: Easy

 

Ingredients:

  • Fish
    • 2 salmon fillets
    • 2 lemons
    • 1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 3 tbsp. butter
    • 3 cloves garlic
  • Veggies
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 bunch of green beans
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Potatoes
    • 10 baby red potatoes (halved or whole)
    • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Wash the potatoes and cut into quarters. Place on a parchment paper lined sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. 
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder over the potatoes and bake for 10 minutes. 
  4. Prep your veggies by washing the green beans and snapping off the ends. Put these in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and top with salt and pepper. Put aside. 
  5. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add in your chopped garlic pieces. 
  6. Remove butter mixture from heat and brush over the salmon. Squeeze a lemon over all the salmon pieces. 
  7. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and add the prepared green beans and the salmon. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. 
  8. Take the sheet pan out and sprinkle the parsley flakes over the salmon. Plate up and enjoy!

 

Fun Tips to Get Creative: 

  • If you don’t have parsley or you’d like to try another spice instead, you can sprinkle some dill or rosemary on top of your salmon. You’ll still get the beautiful pop of green and another subtle layer of flavor. 
  • If you like your salmon to be extra lemon-y, try cutting one of your lemons into very thin slices and laying them on top of the fish before you put it in the oven. You can even add some lemon zest to your butter mixture as well. 
  • Interested in some more pizazz on your green beans? Experiment with spices! After all, it’s pretty hard to ruin green beans so you might as well have some fun. 
  • To make this vegan friendly, you can cook the sides as noted and swap the fish for a simple pasta dish. You might try a pesto sauce or a light tomato sauce for the perfect finish. 

Mother’s Day Dessert Recipe

Is there a better way to finish off a special day than with something sweet? If there is, I have yet to discover it. This strawberry lemon cake from Italian baker and founder of The Biscotti Sisters, Gabriela Funghi, delivers the sweetness of strawberries with the inviting tang of lemons. For her, baking is more than just creating a beautiful dessert. Rather, it is reliving memories and traditions as well as celebrating culture. If you choose to end your Mother’s Day with this cake, Gabriela encourages you to keep in mind all the beautiful parts of life – love, laughter, community and celebration. 

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Funghi, Gabriela. Strawberry Lemon Cake. April, 2021.

The Biscotti Sisters’ Strawberry Lemon Cake

Author: Gabriela Funghi                                          Total Time: 1 hr                                                        Difficulty: Medium

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups King Arthur Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside. 
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients until just combined. 
  5. Add the buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice and mix until combined. The batter should be a little thick. 
  6. Pour batter evenly into two cake pans. Bake for around 25 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown. Allow cakes to cook completely in the pans set on a wire rack. The cakes must cool completely before frosting!
  7. Using a large serrated knife, slice a thin layer off the tops of the cakes to create a flat surface. 
  8. Evenly cover the top with about 1 cup of the frosting of your choice (buttermilk is my favorite). Then, add sliced strawberries to create a strawberry layer. Top with the 2nd cake layer and evenly cover the top with frosting. Spread the remaining frosting around the rest of the cake. Slice up and enjoy!

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History Of Mother’s Day 

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Motherhood is unique in that it is an incredibly personal experience and one that is universally experienced. Around the globe, mothers are delivering life into the world, raising their children and creating strong communities. There are as many ways to be a mother as there are to love and Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to take pause and thank the mothers of the world. 

How did Mother’s Day come to be? Throughout history, cultures have worshipped and celebrated many different ideations of strong women. However, the holiday we know as Mother’s Day can be linked to a festival called “mothering Sunday”. While this began as a Christian tradition, it went on to be honored by families of all faiths. 

Mother’s Day as it is known in America today became an official holiday in 1914. Children often celebrated this day by giving their mothers gifts of flowers and composing cards or poems. For many families, this is still the way that they choose to show their appreciation for their mothers. As an effort to push against the commercialization of the holiday however, it is also common to share quality meals and conversation. 

Using Mother’s Day Recipes to Share Love and Time

Food can convey all kinds of emotions — love, excitement, forgiveness. Choosing a mother’s day recipe to share can help create a memorable day for your mother and can speak volumes about how much you care. In the hectic world in which we live, it can be easy to let quality time fall by the wayside. Carving out a piece of the day to sit down, share a discussion and some laughter and enjoy a thoughtful meal can make a big difference. So think about the mothers in your life while you cook and be intentional and generous with your words and your time. This day is all about love, recognition and appreciation. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

Sources:

Bellesen, Rachel. Ricotta and Jam Toast. April, 2021. 

Funghi, Gabriela. Strawberry Lemon Cake. April, 2021.

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

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Written by Molly Doyle

Food Blogger Intern A native San Franciscan, Molly is an experienced educator and a dedicated writer. She holds her multiple subject teaching credential as well as her Master of Arts in Teaching. When not teaching children or creating new written pieces, Molly can be found kicking around a soccer ball, going for urban hikes or whipping up a batch of cookies. She currently lives in Seattle, her first home outside California.