35 Easy Dinners to Make for Mom on Mother's Day

We don't know how this happened but they all pair perfectly with wine.

mother's day dinner ideas
Mike Garten

Celebrate all the special women in your life — Mom, Grandma, sisters, daughters, wives — with one of these quick and easy dinner recipes. Then shower your lady with even more love in the form of thoughtful gifts and delicious desserts.

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spring pea carbonara
Mike Garten
Spring Pea Carbonara

Take a note from Mom and turn frozen veggies into a standout pasta dish.

Get the recipe for Spring Pea Carbonara »

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Steak with Kale and White-Bean Mash - Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Steak with Kale and White-Bean Mash

The real winner of this steak and greens dish is the fresh pesto.

Get the recipe for Steak with Kale and White-Bean Mash »

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lemon-ricotta ravioli with creamy herbed mushrooms
Mike Garten
Lemon-Ricotta Ravioli with Creamy Herbed Mushrooms

Once you make your own ravioli from scratch, you'll never look at the frozen stuff the same way.

Get the recipe from Lemon-Ricotta Ravioli with Creamy Herbed Mushrooms »

What you'll need: ravioli maker ($13, )

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lemony salmon piccata
Charles Masters
Lemony Salmon Piccata

Mom's right (once again): Eating healthy can be just as satisfying.

Get the recipe for Lemony Salmon Piccata »

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marinated pork chops with quinoa salad
Raymond Horn
Marinated Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad

Serve Mom a well-balanced plate of pork, quinoa, and veggies.

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chicken legs with peas, artichokes, mint, and fingerling potatoes
Brian Woodcock
Chicken Legs with Peas, Artichokes, Mint, and Fingerling Potatoes

Minimize cleanup by throwing all of Mom's dinner favorites into one easy meal.

What you'll need: dutch oven ($45, )

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Summer Pesto Pasta - Vegan Recipes
Mike Garten
Summer Pesto Pasta

Add color — and flavor — to the table with this vegetarian-friendly dish.

Get the recipe for Summer Pesto Pasta »

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pork chops with balsamic-braised cabbage and apples
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Pork Chops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage and Apples

Pull out all the stops for Mom by swapping applesauce for a juicy apple and cabbage blend.

Get the recipe for Pork Chops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage and Apples »

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tex-mex pizzettas
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Tex-Mex Pizzettas

Tacos are the gateway to margaritas and...Mom loves margs.

Get the recipe for Tex-Mex Pizzettas »

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Bacon and Apple Farro Salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Bacon and Apple Farro Salad

Give Mom what she really wants — bacon, and plenty of it!

Get the recipe for Bacon and Apple Farro Salad »

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creamy lemon chicken pasta
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
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Skillet Lemon Chicken with Artichokes - Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Skillet Lemon Chicken with Artichokes

Pair this white-wine infused skillet recipe with a glass of vino for you and your special lady.

Get the recipe for Skillet Lemon Chicken with Artichokes »

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Wild-Salmon Cakes with Quinoa Salad
Mike Garten
Wild-Salmon Cakes with Quinoa Salad

Ok, this may not be the type of cake Mom was hoping for ... but that comes next.

Get the recipe for Wild-Salmon Cakes with Quinoa Salad »

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Lemon Herb Roast Chicken - Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
Mike Garten
Lemony Herb Roast Chicken

The perfect balance of lemon zest and thyme make this simple roast chicken recipe subtle but savory.

Get the recipe for Lemony Herb Roast Chicken »

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Mike Garten
Soy-Braised Beef & Tomato-Mint Salad

Throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, so you can spend the rest of the day hanging with Mom.

Get the recipe for Soy-Braised Beef & Tomato-Mint Salad »

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Mike Garten
Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart

With bursts of bright, spring veggies in every bite, this pretty tart works for both brunch and dinner.

Get the recipe for Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart »

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Mike Garten
Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken

These salty, citrusy chicken cutlets are ready to be devoured in just 15 minutes.

Get the recipe for Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken »

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Mike Garten
BBQ Chicken & Cheddar Burgers

These flavorful patties are cooked on a skillet instead of the grill, making 'em the perfect solution to a rained-out BBQ.

Get the recipe for BBQ Chicken & Cheddar Burgers »

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Mike Garten
Ravioli with Brown Butter & Spinach

Give store-bought ravioli a gourmet update with just a handful of ingredients — shallots, butter, spinach and pistachios.

Get the recipe for Ravioli with Brown Butter & Spinach »

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Mike Garten
Roasted Shrimp & Poblano Salad

Roasted poblanos add a hit of heat to this shrimp and avocado salad. If your mother isn't a fan of spice, ditch the chili powder to tame the flame.

Get the recipe for Roasted Shrimp & Poblano Salad »

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Mike Garten
Steak Salad with Charred Green Onions and Beets

If you're really looking to impress Grandma, give this recipe a try. It has you sous vide the steak, a cooking method that ensures the meat cooks perfectly evenly.

Get the recipe for Steak Salad with Charred Green Onions and Beets »

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Mike Garten
Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos

Toss peanut butter, chipotles in adobo, garlic, salt and butter in a blender to make a creamy, fiery sauce that will take your tacos to the next level. Mom may start inviting herself over every Tuesday from now on.

Get the recipe for Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos »

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Mike Garten
Crispy Beet and Mozzarella Salad

If given a choice, we're 99% sure we'd choose crunchy beets over croutons any day of the week.

Get the recipe for Crispy Beet and Mozzarella Salad »

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Mike Garten
Quinoa-Risotto with Arugula-Mint Pesto

Our springy version of the Italian standby swaps in quinoa for rice, so everyone gets an extra boost of protein while still enjoying the flavors they love.

Get the recipe for Quinoa-Risotto with Arugula-Mint Pesto »

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Mike Garten
Pancetta Chicken

Wrap chicken breasts with thin slices of pancetta to give the weeknight staple an easy, elegant twist.

Get the recipe for Pancetta Chicken »

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Mike Garten
Orecchiette with Morels & Peas

If you can't find a jar of marinara in the pantry, don't fret. When cooked in a skillet until brown and fragrant, butter transforms into a nutty, delicate sauce.

Get the recipe for Orecchiette with Morels & Peas »

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baja salad
Courtesy of Good Food, Good Life
Baja Salad

All the best parts of a taco (even crunchy tortilla!), now in salad form.

Get the recipe for Baja Salad »

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Mike Garten
Baked Pesto Shells & Greens

Whip together this cheesy, pasta bake and show Mom that you eat your greens now.

Get the recipe for Baked Pesto Shells & Greens »

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one pan spring chicken with asparagus and edamame
Steve Giralt; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin
One-Pan Spring Chicken with Asparagus & Edamame

Show Mow how much she means to you without breaking the bank. A serving of this springy dish will only set you back about three bucks.

Get the recipe for One-Pan Spring Chicken with Asparagus & Edamame »

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Mike Garten
"BBQ" Salmon & Brussels Bake

If you volunteered to cook and wash dishes tonight, here's a one-dish wonder.

Get the recipe for "BBQ" Salmon & Brussels Bake »

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