What to do for Mother’s Day? It’s just two days until Sunday, and you may be asking yourself this question (and if you haven’t yet–maybe you SHOULD be!!!).
It’s a big conundrum, especially for a holiday that’s meant to celebrate the woman in your life who may have already swatted away your offers to buy gifts because it’s too expensive/takes up too much space/etc., etc., etc. or might just not want to do anything particularly extravagant.
If (like us) your mom has responded to your badgering about Mother’s Day in any of the above ways, we say a delicious and lovingly prepared home-cooked meal might just be the way to go! When we were little kids, Sarah and I always prepared breakfast in bed, which always seemed like the storybook thing to do. We’d prepare some dry toast with a selection of jams and butters, some sunny side up eggs, and some pan-fried frozen sausage links–accompanied with a few scraggly blooms plucked from the garden, of course.
While our mom always appreciated it, naturally, over the years the stakes were higher as our cooking chops improved. So here’s a few ideas of how you can use a delicious meal to show mom you care.
If you’re looking for Mother’s Day brunch…
If you’re really looking for the treatyoself factor, this Elvis French Toast is the pinnacle. Peanut butter, banana, bacon and a generous pour of maple syrup will make sure everyone is pleasantly sugar buzzed and food coma-d such that mom can enjoy a peaceful and harmonious Mother’s Day. You can also make our Stuffed French Toast! Equally decadent with layers of cinnamon cream cheese and banana. Mmm…
Bonus move–you can make the above Cheesy Kale Prosciutto Brunch Melts on homemade English muffins! They are surprisingly easy to make, hard to mess up (an important distinction, folks), and are way way way tastier than anything storebought. You can make the plain recipe, our Multigrain English Muffins, or our Pumpkin English Muffins! Add cinnamon and a handful of raisins to the dough for a sweet twist.
This one is an oldie but a goodie. Roasted ratatouille veggies come together for a healthy and satisfying brunch bake!
Nachos for breakfast? Yeees, please. If you’re hosting a group for Mother’s Day, this is a great option–and people can help themselves!
If you wanna really impress the moms out there who love Chinese food, prepare these Roast Pork Puffs which are deliciously flakey and rich with a cup of Chinese tea in the morning. Bonus if you go above and beyond to prepare a selection of our other dim sum recipes! Har gow, shumai, Hong Kong egg tarts, anyone?
If you’re looking for a family activity…
Get the moms in your life involved and hold a big and loud dumpling and/or wonton making brunch party. Try one of our recipes–from steamed, boiled, sauced, or pan-fried! You can whip up 1-3 fillings ahead of time and buy or make your own wrappers. Then have moms, aunts, sisters, and grandmas gather around to make dumplings and chit chat about life. It’s arguably the best part about making dumplings! Then you can all share a fresh batch of delicious dumplings or wonton soup–or both!
While everyone is busy making the dumplings and wontons, you can serve some Vietnamese Coffee or Hong Kong Style Tea and Coffee (Yuanyang Tea)! This will help distract everyone from realizing that you’re getting free labor out of this deal.
While we do have a pretty great recipe from our early days–i.e., The Only Dumpling Recipe You’ll Ever Need–we do have a bunch of recipes that we’ve amassed over the years!
If you’re looking for a show-stopping dinner
Start off with these as an appetizer. They’re surprisingly simple to make and can be prepared in advance so that all you have to do when you’re ready to eat is fry them!
These crab cakes are perfectly crisp thanks to panko, and with that cilantro lime tartar sauce? Nom.
This rich 40 Garlic Chicken mimics some of the flavors you’d get from more time-consuming Asian braised dishes, but is a snap to make, and a worthy evolution of the French classic.
This Peruvian Chicken is one of our favorites–and definitely be sure to make extra green sauce. It’s the true MVP of this recipe. You may have to prevent yourself from pouring this delicious herby sauce over pretty much anything.
This dish is definitely for a special occasion. I don’t know about you, but in our family, nothing says “celebration” like short ribs that fall off the bone, amiright?
This is a very low effort, but high reward Sunday dinner option. A little prep is all it takes, then you leave it on the stove and essentially forget about it until it’s glistening and tendah. Yum yum yum.
If you’ve purchased a rack of lamb, you want it to be special! Inspired by Sarah’s trip to Turkey, this recipe is a winner, and has you covered from the lamb, to the rice, to the refreshing yogurt sauce you drizzle over the top.
Mother’s Day calls for something a bit more special than your standard Sunday roast chicken. This five spice chicken breast stuffed with delicious sticky rice (mushrooms, Chinese sausage, scallions–i.e., highly highly delicious even on its own) will have mom feeling like you really went above and beyond.
Summer is almost upon us, and we couldn’t be happier because it means that there will soon be plenty of delicious herbs to make this epic Green Goddess Pesto. Going to shamelessly plug my own recipe here and say that this is definitely my favorite pasta recipe on the blog. MAKE IT! Mom will love, you will love, everyone will love.
If you enjoy Spanish cooking, but like us got pretty tired of messing up your paella, this is a great recipe for a no fuss Chicken and Chorizo Paella. It’s easy to pull together, and while it’s not necessarily the most authentic, it is delicious.
A breezy Mother’s Day picnic may just call for a decadent Lobster Roll. This version has an asian twist with a mayonnaise mixture that’s shot through with plenty of crispy ginger and scallion, a la Cantonese-style Ginger Scallion Lobster, a Chinese banquet classic.
Whatever you decide to do / eat / make, have a happy mother’s day, y’all!