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Rather than standing in line for an hour at mom’s favorite restaurant, consider making her Mother’s Day meal instead. This meal will be more special because it is made with something a restaurant cannot put into it, the ingredient of love. These meal ideas may seem a bit over your head, but are all rather simple.
See Also: 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide
New York Strip Steak Dinner
A nice, thick New York strip steak made outside on a charcoal grill is one of the most flavorful cuts of meat you can present to your mom. Season the steaks simply with salt and pepper, let the meat’s flavor speak for itself. For a perfect medium-rare NY Strip, between 1 ½ and 2-inches thick, you will want to grill it for about 4 – 5 minutes per side. Allow the steak 10 minutes to rest before serving it.
Pasta primavera is a simple meal that the kids can help with. All you need is a sturdy pasta, like fettuccini or linguine, and make a sauce with olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and fresh garlic. Sautee mom’s favorite vegetables while the pasta cooks and toss the pasta, veggies and sauce in one pan. Serve it family style with a fresh salad and homemade garlic bread.
Seared Sea Scallops
Scallops cook fast. If you slice a full scallop in half (widthwise), they literally take 40 seconds per side to cook. You will need one minute per side should you choose to leave them whole. Make a simple sauce with chicken stock, the juice of half a lemon, fresh herbs, garlic and white wine to dress the scallops with. Serve this with wilted kale or greens and a starch like roasted thyme and garlic redskin potatoes.
The traditional Italian way of making chicken cacciatore takes all day. A simple option is to use chicken breasts, rather than a whole chicken. You can absolutely use a shortcut by using your favorite jarred sauce, but freshen it up a little with herbs and seasonings. Add bell peppers, onions, carrots, celery and olives. Let this simmer together until the chicken is cooked through (about 40 minutes on medium-low) and serve with pasta and a fresh green salad.
Shrimp with White Wine Brown Butter Sauce
Shrimp can be purchased already cleaned and deveined. It is best to purchase fresh shrimp, rather than frozen as frozen seafood becomes rubbery from excess water. Make a brown butter sauce and add just about ¼ cup of white wine, fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice. Drop the shrimp into the hot sauté pan and cook until the shrimp are no longer translucent in color and the orange turns pink. Serve the shrimp over angel hair pasta with a fresh, mixed green salad on the side.
These simple Mother’s Day meals are delicious and do not require grocery lists a mile long. Consider giving mom a fancy meal delivery on the back patio with a professional-style food delivery cart. It will keep the food hot and keep everything in place while you move dinner from the kitchen to the table.