20 Mother’s Day Dinner Ideas for a Special Night with Mom

Surprise your Mom with a special family dinner on Mother’s Day! Check out these delicious meals!

Mother's Day dinner recipes

When Mother’s Day is here, we often look for a unique and special way to surprise our mothers. We want them to know how thankful we are for the love and care that they give us.

One good way to show this is to create a special night for your mom where you prepare a nice, home-cooked meal for her. Nothing says effort like slaving away in the kitchen – especially if your mom knows you barely cook!

Whether you know your way around the kitchen or you are someone who barely cooks, here is a collection of easy yet very tasty recipes that you can prepare for your special dinner together on Mother’s Day.


1. Homemade Meatloaf by Insanely Good

Meatloaf is a common comfort food that reminds us of our own family gatherings. Here is a tender and moist meatloaf recipe that your mom is going to love!

It makes use of a combination of mustard, ketchup, salt, and pepper to produce an awesome mixture of flavors. Plus it is so easy to make – you can cook it quickly and just in time for Mother’s Day dinner!

Mother's Day dinner - homemade meatloaf
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2. Asparagus tomato feta salad with balsamic vinaigrette by Cooking Classy

You can start your dinner off with a light salad that will refresh your palate in a tasty and healthy way. Plus for newbies, salad is practically one of the easiest dishes that you can create!

This salad does not only taste good but it also gives off different textures. You have the juiciness of the tomatoes, the creaminess of the cheese, and the crunchiness of the asparagus. The combination of all three leaves an adventure for the tastebuds that you’ll definitely love!

Mother's Day dinner - Asparagus tomato feta salad with balsamic vinaigrette
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3. Cheesy sausage and pepper pasta bake by Woman’s Day

If you are looking for easy-to-make dinner recipes for Mother’s Day, you can never go wrong with pasta! Surprise your mom with this gooey but yummy one-pot pasta bake dish!

This cheesy sausage and pepper pasta bake is a one-pot wonder recipe that is easy to make. You’ll also spend less time cleaning up after since everything happens in just one pot!

Mother's Day dinner - Cheesy sausage and pepper pasta bake
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4. Chili by Downshiftology

Chili is a common comfort food that gives you spice, flavor, and chunk in one comforting bowl!

This one-pot wonder makes use of ground beef, vegetables, beans, and bacon. You can even cook this in a huge batch and have some more for the rest of the week!

Make your chili more special by adding shredded cheese, sour cream, or green onions to amp up the flavor!

Mother's Day dinner - Chili
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5. Aglio e Olio by Jo Cooks

This is a traditional Italian pasta dish that is known for its simplicity. It is basically fettucine in olive oil and garlic but the flavors are very refreshing despite its simplicity.

It can be the perfect Mother’s Day dinner when you are looking for something that you can prepare quickly without exerting much effort.

Mother's Day dinner - Aglio e Olio
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6. Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad by once upon a chef

If you want to serve your mom something unique, you should try out this dish! This is basically a carrot raisin salad with a yummy twist.

It has all the things you would want in a unique dish – a heavenly smell, an amazing mixture of flavors, and vibrant colors. This is definitely a dish that immediately calls for attention!

Mother's Day dinner - Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad
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7. Stuffed cabbage by The Pioneer Woman

This easy casserole recipe comes with a yummy no-cook sauce that your mom can fall in love with!

All you have to do is to boil some cabbage leaves and stuff them with the meat and rice mixture in this recipe. Top it off with the sweet and sour tomato sauce. Then bake. And you’re good! It’s just that simple!

8. Chicken piccata by foodie crush

Level up your fried chicken on Mother’s Day dinner by cooking this easy chicken piccata recipe. It is basically fried chicken cutlets in a delicious sauce made of lemon and butter.

The combination of butter and lemon is already hard to resist but this recipe also calls for a white wine infusion, making the sauce even tastier! It also calls for a lot of capers, which adds an extra layer of flavor and texture.

Mother's Day dinner - Chicken piccata
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9. Pad thai by Taste of Home

Pad thai is one of the best Asian dishes and it also has the simplest recipe.

This makes you create a delicious dish in less than half an hour. It is the perfect Mother’s Day dinner idea if you are pressed for time, and the ingredients are not that expensive either!

Mother's Day dinner - Pad thai
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10. Three-ingredient meatballs 365 days of Slow + Pressure Cooking

For slow-cooker fans, here is a quick and easy meatball recipe that only takes you three ingredients to prepare. Cook time is only four hours on low and two hours on high.

This recipe gives your tastebuds a mixture of savory and sweet and bursting with flavors!

11. Teriyaki chicken rice bowls by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

If you are looking for a chicken recipe that is not only quick and delicious but also healthy, you should check out this teriyaki chicken rice bowl.

The recipe features sweet and garlicky chicken and you serve it with steamed broccoli and rice. The whole thing can come together in about 20 minutes. This meal tastes as if it comes from your favorite Asian restaurant!

12. Chicken chow mein by Cooking Classy

If your mother is fond of Chinese take outs, make this chicken chow mein recipe for Mother’s Day dinner.

It’s just as good as the chow mein being served in Chinese restaurants and it is very simple and easy to make. Meal preparation time for this noodle recipe is just below 30 minutes!

Chicken chow mein
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13. Ground turkey stuffed peppers by Dear Crissy

This recipe is a healthier alternative to traditional stuffed peppers that is gluten-free yet still tasty. If you are the type who hates it when stuffed peppers end up swimming in sauce, you will love this dish.

It just calls for the right amount of sauce inside. And because the recipe uses ground turkey, it has less fat in the dish compared to ground beef.

Ground turkey stuffed peppers
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14. One-pan lemon garlic salmon and asparagus by Gimme Delicious

Looking for a quick and easy fish recipe? Try this dish!

Minimal preparation is needed and it can be done in just a few minutes. Salmon, asparagus, and garlic get caramelized in browned butter. The combination of their flavors with the lemon takes this salmon dish to the next level!

One-pan lemon garlic salmon and asparagus
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15. Garlic butter steak and potatoes skillet by Creme de la Crumb

This dish may sound like it is complicated to make but it is actually very easy. Also, with this dish, you no longer need to serve siders or appetizers.

The steak and potatoes are cooked and baked in one skillet so there is very minimal work involved with this dish too!

16. Baked ham and cheese rollups by High Heels and Grills

This is an easy Mother’s Day dinner recipe that you can also serve at parties. It always has the tendency to be a crowd favorite. And it is the perfect dish when your mom is fond of smoked ham.

The recipe comes with a yummy mustard glaze and the swiss cheese topping makes this dish a real treat!

17. Vegan chickpea shakshuka by Minimalist Baker

Does your mom love vegan food? She will definitely enjoy this one-pot chickpea shakshuka dish that comes with a fusion of flavors!

It’s filled with vegetables and spices and is best served with fresh bread. Serve with grains, potatoes, and a green salad and you end up having a hearty and filling Mother’s Day dinner!

Vegan chickpea shakshuka
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18. Four-ingredient pesto chicken bake by Simply Sissom

This recipe just calls for a prep time of 5 minutes. In the end, you get a juicy chicken topped with fresh pesto, melted mozzarella, and ripe tomatoes!

The dish may sound fancy but it is one of the easiest recipes and it only calls for four basic ingredients to make.

Four-ingredient pesto chicken bake
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Now if you want a healthier version, you can create this without the mozzarella cheese to lighten up the recipe.

19. Sweet potato gnocchi in spinach cream sauce by Paleo Gluten Free

If you are pressed for time on Mother’s Day, you can prepare this dish the day before. Then you can serve this warm or cold!

What makes this recipe so unforgettable is that it comes with a creamy sauce that is not just dairy-free but also addictively good!

20. Crispy southwest wrap by Taste Better from Scratch

This is an easy wrap meal that takes just less than half an hour to make. The recipe combines the flavors of crispy chicken, black beans, rice, corn, ground beef, peppers, and onion.

You get an easy meal loaded with protein and veggies that are also easy to eat. Serve with salsa and hot sauce!

Your Mom deserves nothing but the best!

Whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day with your mom, or with someone who has been a mother figure in your life, you know that she deserves nothing but the best.

These sumptuous dishes will surely let her know how much you appreciate having her in your life. The best thing about it is that these meals are easy to make!

So make sure you prepare one. And may you enjoy a special dinner with your Mom on Mother’s Day!

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