13 Mother’s Day Dinner Ideas That Will Win Her Heart
Best for Pasta-Craving Moms
Searching for holiday recipes that don’t break the bank—or take too much time? Turn to this restaurant-quality fettuccine dish. From start to finish, this entire Mother's Day seafood dinner idea takes just 20 minutes. Translation: More time to check off another item on your “7 things every mom and child should do together at least once” list.
For Moms Who Like the Classics
Here’s a new spin on the ABCs that we absolutely support: Alfredo. Bacon. Casserole. This comfort food recipe is proof that cheap Mother's Day dinner ideas can still be scrumptious and splurge-worthy. Frozen potato tots and leftover (or rotisserie) chicken trim prep time.
Best for Wine-Lover
Don’t be chicken! You can whip up this Julia Child favorite for mom with ease by employing your slow cooker. This chicken dinner idea is infused with a half cup of red wine for an unexpected, yet very welcome, layer of complexity. Serve as-is or over warm, buttery mashed potatoes.
Best for Gardeners
Edible blooms, like trendy zucchini flowers, are a thoughtful way to tip a hat to a matriarch with a green thumb. Since it makes a whopping 30 tacos, this is the ultimate Mother’s Day dinner party idea if you’re hosting a house-full. It’s vegetarian too, so you can share it with carnivores and herbivores alike.
Mother's Day Brunch for Dinner
A round of Bloody Mary cocktails and a tower of pancakes made with citrus- and sparkling wine-spiked batter makes for one fun Mother's Day “dinner” idea! This pretty (and pretty quick) meal is the perfect way to pay tribute to mom’s bubbly personality. Don’t skimp on the Champagne Glaze!
Best for Elegant Moms
Skip the reservation and try this elegant homemade Mother's day dinner menu idea instead. Crab legs look and taste like a total treat even though you only need 15 minutes to bring them to the table. Serve with plenty of melted butter for dunking and a healthy sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Best for Vegan Moms
No meat? No problem. This “steak dinner” is centered around beefy portobello mushrooms. They taste even closer to the real thing when you roast them in a garlic and white wine sauce. Pro tip: A basket of bread on the side is pretty much mandatory to soak up every last drop of the reduced pan sauce.
For Moms Who Like Coffee
Own an Instant Pot or a slow cooker? Then this hearty Mother’s Day dinner party idea is for you. Everyone will be buzzing about the espresso and chile-rubbed roast. Mom’s favorite part might be the sauced-up roasted veggies, though.
Best for Moms with Wanderlust
This simple recipe certainly doesn’t taste like it took you just 30 minutes to create. Olives and plums—yes, the combo sounds crazy, but it tastes crazy-good—take taste buds on a trip to South America. Feel free to use ground chicken or turkey in this easy taco recipe.
For Trendy Moms
The vitamin-rich kale. The globally-inspired falafel. The oh-so-Instagrammable hummus swoosh. This fun Mother's Day dinner idea is made for moms who are always up on the latest food trends. Seek out wheatless falafel and this well-balanced entree will be gluten-free and vegetarian, too.
Best for Seasonal Eaters
May means we’ve hit peak spring! Enter this healthy Mother’s Day dinner centered around fresh asparagus and dill. Smoked salmon and jammy eggs pump up the protein in this nutritious meal.
Best for Moms on a Paleo Diet
Spiralized parsnips stand in for the spaghetti in this caveman-approved meatball bowl. This simple meal takes just 30 minutes and features timeless ingredients including chicken, flax, ginger, honey, and veggies. Just be sure to pair this with a Paleo dessert recipe to guarantee the day is at least a bit indulgent!
Best for Time-Crunched Moms
Best for Takeout Fans
This takeout fake-out features cauliflower rice instead of white rice to cut carbs—but keep all the flavor. With a whopping 39 grams of protein, this chicken dinner will fuel her through a day of partying! All that nutrition calls for you to cap off the day with a batch of Margarita Cupcakes, we think.