Mother’s Day Lunch Recipes to Celebrate Mama
Celebrate all the moms in your life this Mother's Day with a homemade meal that she doesn't have to lift a finger to prepare. Whether you prefer a one-dish recipe or want to make a full brunch spread, we are sure Mama will love any of these Mother's Day lunch ideas. And make sure to complete your celebration with a beautiful Mother's Day cake that is almost as sweet as she is.
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole is one of our favorite one-dish suppers, and once you make this easy recipe, you'll understand why. Hailing from an era when casseroles were king, this Tex-Mex dish still reigns supreme at everything from family dinners to church suppers to neighborhood potlucks. Though not an invention of the historic King Ranch in Texas—it's more likely the creation of a ladies' Junior League—the layers of corn tortillas, tender chicken, sautéed peppers, and cheese never fail to please a crowd. This comforting casserole is a great use for leftover cooked chicken (or Thanksgiving turkey), or you can use a large, shredded rotisserie chicken. The recipe also calls for canned tomatoes with diced green chiles, which adds a good amount of tanginess and heat to balance out this rich and creamy dish. (Be sure to drain the tomatoes to keep the sauce from being too watery.) If your crowd isn’t a fan of spicy foods, you can also substitute diced canned tomatoes. Similar to lasagna, King Ranch Chicken Casserole is made of layers of torn corn tortillas, instead of noodles. Tear the tortillas into uniform pieces—they don’t have to be perfect. If you want to make this casserole ahead of time, it freezes beautifully too. Assemble the casserole as directed, wrap it tightly with aluminum foil, and freeze the casserole up to one month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and bake as directed. This recipe so easy to make and such a crowd-pleaser that it’s earned dozens of rave reviews. Reader “casserolesrock” said: “Wow, this was easy and turned out better than expected. My picky kids really liked it and are already asking when I'm going to make it again!” Reader “Elagain” said: “I made this last night for dinner. It was delicious—sure to be a family fave.”
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
For a laid-back Mother's Day backyard barbecue, serve this slow-cooked pork shoulder with potato salad, baked beans, and plenty of extra sauce.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
This one-dish meal is flavorful and filling. Serve with crusty French bread to soak up the sauce.
Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Elevate Caesar salad by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it for extra flavor.
Spring Vegetable Frittata
Hot Chicken Salad
Recipe: Hot Chicken Salad
An upgraded version of a Southern classic lunch recipe.
Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
Ready in just 30 minutes.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
Mama will be sold at "tomato-bacon gravy."
Oven-Fried Chicken with Spring Salad
Make fried chicken without all the messy hassle with our oven-frying method.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole
The perfect brunch dish to celebrate your favorite lady.
Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle
Recipe: Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle
Lemony breadcrumbs are an easy upgrade to add some extra crunch.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
A lighter version of a classic supper recipe.
Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Frozen puff pastry sheets elevate the look of this classic dish.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
Your go-to pasta recipe transformed into a casserole.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
If you'll have a large crowd gathering to celebrate Mama, this big-batch recipe is perfect for the occasion.
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This casserole is easy to transport and easier to enjoy.
Mama's Fried Chicken
Recipe: Mama’s Fried Chicken
Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
This hearty dish comes with a side and a sauce all-in-one.
Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Recipe: Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli
Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef if Mama prefers.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Can be prepared ahead and frozen for up to 1 month.
Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese
We love fried chicken and pimiento cheese separately, so these sliders that put them together are a Southern dream.
Recipe: Strawberry-Spinach Salad
There’s nothing that feels more springy than a strawberry and spinach salad.
Heirloom Tomato Pie
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Pie
Roasting the tomatoes before the pie goes in the oven adds flavor and keeps them from getting soggy.
Recipe: Crab-and-Bacon Linguine
This seafood pasta is everything you want in a holiday dish—elegant, easy, and delicious.
Sautéed Radishes with Bacon
Recipe: Sautéed Radishes with Bacon
This simple but flavorful spring side dish will prove radishes were meant for more than crudité platters.
Recipe: Ham Biscuits
There’s nothing more comforting than a fluffy buttermilk biscuit with ham.
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with Orange Zest and Buttery Almonds
Instead of old-school green bean casserole, serve this lightened up, modern side this Mother’s Day.
Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing
This seasonal salad is delicious served chilled or at room temperature, so it’s perfect for hosting.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
Swap your old-school potato salad for this fresher version this Mother’s Day.