December 1, 2023

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3 Mother’s Day Menus for Real Life

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Mother’s Day menus often sound great: a dream-world spring brunch, with multiple happy generations gathered around a table decked with flowers. Or perhaps the mother in question relaxes in bed with a footed tray of her favorite foods, a cup of freshly brewed coffee in hand, while her young, never-whining children entertain themselves elsewhere? Both of those scenarios sound delightful, but chances are, in real life, Mother’s Day doesn’t quite play out like the greeting cards promise.

Still, food can help however you’re celebrating the mother figures in your life feel more festive, whether you’re hosting the whole family for brunch or dinner or just trying to give your kid’s mom an hour to herself before the regular grind of Sunday begins. Here are some menu ideas that flex for whatever Mother’s Day is coming your way.

Menu for a regular Sunday (but nicer)

Even the simplest Mother’s Day can be made a bit nicer with the right brunch. Perhaps stuffed French toast is asking too much, but a frittata feels more festive than your everyday breakfast. Not a big savory breakfast eater? A giant fluffy, custardy pancake can come together in your blender in five minutes flat. A shaken iced coffee is a nice touch, though her own personal French press might be preferred. On the side, offer fresh fruit and/or these easy hash browns.

Go savory:

Mushroom leek and fontina frittata in a black skillet.
Mushroom, Leek, and Fontina Frittata

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Or sweet:

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A low-stress brunch

The worst possible Mother’s Day setup is one that’s stressful for one or more of the moms involved. But that’s easily avoided: If you’re hosting a crowd, the answer is a menu that scales up for more eaters—without extra effort on the cook’s part. Pick a breakfast casserole, prep it the night before, and assign out any other elements: OJ, some fruit and yogurt, maybe even a cake if the main course is savory.

Pick savory:

Cowboy casserole in a square baking dish.
Cowboy Breakfast Casserole with Sausage and Spinach

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Or sweet:

Challah french toast bake in a white ceramic baking dish surrounded by cups of coffee and juice.
Baked French Toast with Pecan Crumble

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A Mother’s Day dinner that gets you ahead for the week

A Sunday evening with family sounds great—until you’re doing the dishes and packing lunches and prepping for the week ahead way past bedtime. But what if your festive Mother’s Day meal was actually a meal-prepping move? This pork roast serves eight to 12—if you’re not hosting that many, you can convert the leftovers into another meal for Monday or use them for lunches all week. Pile the extra pork on sandwiches with the leftover relish (or a simple slaw), or chop up the extra meat to mix into noodles, fried rice, or your favorite salad situation.

Ciderbrined mapleglazed pork loin sliced on a wooden board.
Cider-Brined, Mustard-Glazed Pork Loin

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Cucumber and Raisin Relish with Mustard Seeds

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Green Bean Niçoise Salad

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Rhubarb custard cake with a slice removed onto a black plate with a fork.