Our Best Mother's Day Meal Ideas

By , SparkPeople Blogger
After polling all my brothers and sister (there are six of us), no one remember any pomp and circumstances for our lovely mom to celebrate Mother's Day. No big presents, no buffets at a hotel, and at my mom's request absolutely no corsages for her Sunday dress. My mom was the hand-drawn picture on construction paper, simple but nice meal around our kitchen table using the good china to celebrate the day, and cut flowers from the garden placed in an elegant vase, kind of mom. What we remember about her day was a walk on the farm that ended in the garden picking the first of the season ripe red strawberries out of the spring earth and fresh green asparagus reaching for the sun. Dinner was a spring influenced menu with asparagus and small meringues (see my recipe below) topped with loads of sliced strawberries. My mother has passed away, but life is such a circle.

I am sure a trip to the farm to pick berries and asparagus will be on our agenda too this Mother's Day, just like it was so many years ago.

Asparagus with Citrus Vinaigrette
1 orange zested and juiced, need 2 tablespoons of juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place the juice and vinegar in a bowl. Add the oil in a steady stream as you whisk or mix using an immersion blender. Stir in the zest.

1 orange, segmented
2 bunches asparagus, steamed

Place the asparagus and segmented oranges onto a platter.
Pour vinaigrette over mixture.

Serves 4: 165 calories, 13 g fat

Keep reading to get recipes for meringues, plus several other spring recipes that you could serve on Mother's Day--or, better yet, that your family can make for you!

Chef Meg's Spinach-Berry Salad

Fresh and juicy during spring and summer months, strawberries are delicious when combined with tender spinach and crunchy toasted almonds. I reduced the amount of sweetener used and then increased the vegetables in this member-submitted recipe to ensure you'd get a full cup of fruit and vegetables.

Chef Meg's Creamy Grilled Strawberry Sandwich

This is a great dessert that's delicious when strawberries are in season.

Chef Meg's Roasted Beet Salad

Beets are an underrated vegetable. They're sweet and flavorful. If you think you don't like them, try them in this recipe. Roasting brings out the beets' natural sweetness, and the feta offers a nice, salty contrast.

Chef Meg's Zucchini Muffins

The whole wheat flour makes for a dense muffin, which I like. You only need to eat one! If you want a lighter muffin try using whole wheat pastry flour, which is more finely ground and available in the bulk bins at larger grocery stores.

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert. I took a member-submitted recipe and made a few changes using my homemade ricotta recipe (it's easy!) and local honey for even more flavor.

Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes.

Chef Meg's Deviled Eggs

I lightened up a picnic and potluck favorite! My secret ingredient (shh, don't tell!) is pickle juice.

Chef Meg's Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins

These healthful muffins freeze well! Low-fat buttermilk and applesauce help lower the fat in these, and the whole-wheat flour and flax seed add fiber. Make a batch on them on the weekend for a quick and tasty breakfast. Serve with a piece of fruit and a glass of low-fat milk.

Chef Meg's Cocoa Meringue Shells

These meringues are a fun treat when served with low-fat vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit.

Fruit Kebabs with Coconut Yogurt, Chef Meg Approved

Try this tip for some extra flavor and crunch: Toast the coconut in the oven until golden brown. Allow coconut to cool, then add to yogurt mixture.

Parmesan Chicken with Tomato-Basil Salad (Chef Meg's Makeover)

While chicken parmesan is traditionally served over pasta, this lighter version is delightful atop a hearty green salad.

Chef Meg's Easy Cucumber Cups

We often turn to bread, crackers, or other whole-grain products as a vehicle to get dip from point A to point B. I like to use vegetables whenever I can. For this spicy, creamy dip, I used cucumber, but you could use any vegetable: hollowed cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, or endive leaves.

Do you have any food traditions for Mother's Day? What are they?

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Used to bake a cherry angel food cake, they made that in a mix back in the "old" days, and made a cherry flavored 7 min. frosting for it, that was what we did every year. Until our Mother became too old, she is 98 now, and prefers eclairs to any cake. For myself, we go out to eat several days before Mother's Day, due to crowds and overpricing. Then my husband grills for us. No cake these days, low fat, sugar free ice milk. Report
there are a couple of recipes on here i wouldn't mind trying...thanks for sharing :) Report
The Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins are really good. I made a double batch last weekend. I wrapped some individually in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer for quick snacks. I left some out, and my husband and 18 year old son have been eating them. I used frozen blueberries. Report
The only Mother's Day meal tradition is that Mom Don't Cook!! Report
Mother's Day tradition in our house is for my guys to make me a fancy fruit plate for breakfast - no local fruits are in season here in Michigan, but the grocery stores have plenty of California 'imports' to make for a tasty meal!

Asparagus should be coming into season soon - I should check the farmer's market this weekend. (Maybe I'll also find some rhubarb!)
I just want someone else to cook for a change. L O L

I fail to see how you can enjoy Mothers Day when you do the cooking and
then the clean-up...
Which is why we go out...... Report
We usually do take out. No-one wants to cook, but a lot of times the guys barbecue, and that is always delicious. I try to eat a small amt. of meat, and the rest salads. we do always have a big dessert that my mom makes. Report
I can't wait to try some of these -- especially the grilled strawberry sandwich for dessert. Yummy. like cheesecake only healthier. Report
really, in my opinion, and this is just my opinion.....I don't like non of these recipe. Report
Love the idea of eating seasonally and the asparagus recipe will definitely be one I try. It sounds yummy! Report
I think we can try the "Chef Meg's Zucchini Muffins" Report
This will be my first mom's day alone. My daughter is at VA Tech and has finals the following week so I dont think I could even force her to come home for the weekend. The rest of my family is in another state so I will be truly alone....
But- I will think about making some of these recipes for myself and will smile just because I am a mom and have a mom.
That said- sorry that you lost your mom! Report
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