I’m not a fan of tackling the restaurant crowd for Mother’s Day. I prefer a home-based celebration. But I do like to keep it low key, low fuss. The goal is to spend some quality time with my mother, not the kitchen. So we are sharing a few easy make-ahead ideas for Mother’s Day recipes that would work for a brunch, lunch or tea. Don’t forget the flowers!
For 25 years, my mother and I lived in different cities. We are now reunited in Toronto and I am so grateful she’s still around to celebrate at 91. This year, I am also remembering another incredible mom and very dear friend, Janis, who passed away last year. We shared countless wonderful meals (and laughs) together and I think she would approve of all the recipes I’m sharing.
All the Mother’s Day Recipes can be made ahead in whole or in part. For other ideas, check out our More Quick and Easy Appetizers, and 6 Yummy Sweet Treats for Little Effort, Little Time.
We love to serve this Squash, Sweet Potato & Mandarin Soup in mini espresso cups or shot glasses. Keep it hot in a coffee thermos and let everyone help themselves. Vegetarian.
Even though Mother’s Day is too early for tomato season, don’t let that stop you from making this delicious bursting-with-flavor Puff Pastry Tomato Tart. Vegetarian.
Impress your mom with this tasty Goat Cheese Salad. It’s quick and easy to make ahead. Just assemble before serving. Vegetarian. Under 30 minutes
This Parmesan Polenta with Herbed Tomatoes can literally be made in 10 minutes if you use a shortcut with one-minute Polenta and high quality tomatoes like San Marzano. Creamy, fresh and delicious. Vegetarian. Under 30 minutes
I love this make-ahead Brunch Strata because you can choose whatever filling you like – caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, sausage, etc. Make it the night before and pop it in the oven the next day. Vegetarian.
Actually, this savory vegetable strudel is on my menu this year. We add a little goat cheese for some tang and apple for some sweetness. Easy to make ahead and warm up for 10 minutes. Vegetarian.
If you want to get fancier – without much more effort – try this Herb Smothered Shrimp Over Creamy Polenta. Again, that instant Polenta is a dream if you’re short on time. Packed with lots of Parmesan and a bit of butter…well, it’s a great foundation for plump herby shrimp. Under 30 minutes
If you’re looking for a decadent and easy treat – one of my faves – no-bake Key Lime Ice Box Cups are perfect. Vegetarian.
Easy cinnamon buns (yes, with another shortcut) are also sinfully decadent with their buttery, sugary, pecan topping. If you can find a bakery to give you fresh dough, these are a snap to make. Vegetarian. Under 30 minutes hands on time
Crispy. light and airy, Mom (and everyone else) will love these delicate little Lace Cookies. Send her home with a bag. Vegetarian. Under 30 minutes.
Instead of or in addition to a homemade meal for your mother, here are some creative ways to treat your mom right on Mother’s Day (by The Spruce).