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Mother's Day Recipes to Spoil Moms

Corey Kagan Whelan
April 30, 2013

Looking for ideas for Mother's Day? Here are kid-friendly meals for treating Mom to breakfast in bed, brunch, dinner and dessert.

Nothing says Mother's Day more than a lovely meal, fit for a queen. It's even better when the queen isn't involved in the cooking or the cleaning!

This year, pamper mothers, grandmothers and other special women with these tasty meals. Whether you're cooking your own special holiday repast with your kids or looking forward to the lovely meal or dessert they concoct on their own (or with dad's help), here are some great Mother's Day recipe ideas to make the day extra special.

Moms can share these meals with kids or spouses -- a little nudge never hurt anyone. And nannies and babysitters can even help kids create some of these special meals ahead of time, so they're ready for the Mother's Day holiday on Sunday.

Breakfast in Bed

  • Asparagus Baked Eggs: A decadent and delicious treat, this recipe combines healthy, spring-fresh asparagus with luscious Parmesan cheese and grilled, crusty bread.
  • Vegetarian Hash: This tasty treat will appeal to vegan and omnivor moms a like, relying on a unique mixture of ingredients like sweet potatoes, parsnips, crimini mushrooms and fresh thyme. It's easy for kids to master with a little adult supervision.
  • Deep Fried Breakfast Pizza with Sausage, Eggs, Parmesan and Hollandaise: If indulgence is on the menu for Mother's Day, this deep-fried pizza drizzled with a voluptuous dose of hollandaise sauce is for you. Make extra and freeze it for Father's Day...if you think you can hold out that long.
  • Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry: One of Paula Deen's favorite breakfast-in-bed recipes, this easy-to-make and beautiful puff pastry relies on ingredients you probably have on hand, including frozen spinach and puff pastry sheets.
  • Austrian Breakfast Tacos with Spicy "Sauerkraut" and Summer Sausage: Delicious served hot or cold, this recipe packs a crisp punch and works well when prepared with hard salami or summer sausage.
  • Oatmeal Popovers: The goodness of rolled oats ground in a food processor or blender makes this recipe healthy and versatile. Kids will love whisking the ingredients, but should be supervised when using appliances. Finish with your favorite toppings, like orange marmalade or strawberry preserves.


  • Pulled Pork Pancakes with Bourbon Syrup: This sweet and savory recipe sounds complicated, but it's actually very easy and it will quickly become your Mother's Day tradition.
  • Fried Egg Basil BLT Sandwich: The custard-textured egg oozes flavor into a good, thick Kaiser roll in this quick and easy, kid-friendly brunch that relies on high-quality mustard and fresh, ripe tomatoes.
  • Wilted Beet Greens with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts: Highly nutritious and low-carb, this delicious salad makes for a great brunch addition. Swiss chard can be substituted for the beet greens; both are high in antioxidants like Vitamins A, E and K.
  • Banana Crepes: Luscious bananas combine with cinnamon, sweet cream sauce and whipped cream in this delicious brunch recipe.
  • Pumpkin Spice German Pancakes: A sweet, eggy pancake that you bake instead of fry, with a unique pumpkin twist.
  • Bacon Cheese Humps: The ultimate cheesy-comfort food, this gooey treat puffs up like a tent, forming a toasty, crunchy crust.


  • Bahn Meatloaf: This unique dish combines the tang and texture of a classic Vietnamese sandwich with the homey flavors of American meatloaf. Kids will love kneading the meat mixture.
  • Indian Ground Beef Cutlets: This easy-to-prepare recipe will require a trip to a specialty market for the Indian spice of garam masala, and the garlic, ginger and green chili pastes that make it authentic and unique. Kids will enjoy concocting something new and experimenting with unique flavors and taste combinations.
  • Sake-Steamed Mussels: Cilantro lovers will cheer for this recipe, which takes less than 15 minutes from pot to plate. Crisp white wine can be substituted for the sake.
  • Salmon If You're Sick of Salmon: This delicious and healthy staple makes a great Mother's Day dinner when mixed with coconut milk, Thai red curry paste and shiitake mushrooms, and is easy to prepare.
  • White Chicken and Cheese Lasagna: Everybody loves lasagna. This bubbly, cheesy dish gets a jolt of color (and nutrition) from spinach.
  • Buttermilk Dill Chicken: A tangy, marinated chicken dish you begin preparing the night before Mother's Day, this will breathe new life into your recipe box. A drumstick lover's delight.


  • Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting: A sophisticated take on a classic favorite, this recipe is a must for moms who are fans of butterscotch or caramel.
  • Maple and Lime-Roasted Peaches: Juicy ripe peaches morph into the most decadent dessert imaginable with the help of a hot oven, sea salt and mascarpone cheese.
  • Raspberry-Blueberry Buckle: This dessert can serve double-duty as an easy, next-day breakfast. Make sure to use ripe, fresh fruit and good quality, freshly-ground vanilla.
  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes: These melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes are easy to make and impossible to resist. Experiment with a variety of everyone's favorite-flavored chips, including white chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Pear and Almond Chocolate Cake with Cider Glaze: The rich combination of pears, chocolate and almonds will satisfy mom's sweet tooth, plus the glaze will keep this cake moist and yummy. Enjoy with a nice cup of espresso.
  • Buttery Sugar Wafer Sandwich Cookies: These delicate and beautiful cookies are prepared with an eggless batter, relying instead on an indecent amount of melt-in-your-mouth, buttery goodness.

Making one or two of the above recipes is sure to make Mom feel appreciated on this special day. Bookmark the rest for down the road -- you don't have to wait for an official holiday to lend Mom a hand or give her a meal off, after all.

Corey Whelan is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

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