If you’ve ever wondered what to cook for Mother’s Day, I’ve got the answer directly from my mom: Something that won’t mess up the kitchen.
At GrillSeeker, I want to help you celebrate mom without the mess, that’s why my Mother’s Day meal ideas are all things you can make on the grill. That’s right, easy Mother’s Day recipes that can be done outside—where mom won’t have to clean.
This isn’t just hot dogs on sticks. My Mother’s Day food ideas are family-friendly, easy to do and sure to impress. I have a plan that will take care of mom all day: Wake her up with a grilled brunch, enlist the kids to make a quick and easy Mother’s Day lunch, and finally, impress her with a steak dinner that only seems fancy. We’ve got you covered for all your Mother’s Day meals.
Don’t have a gift yet? I’ve got you covered there too. Roses are great, but this Mother’s Day, why not get her something she’ll be able to use year-round? You can even get the kids involved!
So, keep scrolling and I’ll walk you through GrillSeeker’s best Mother’s Day Ideas!
Mother’s Day Brunch Menu
A quick and easy breakfast that has a wow-factor, this dish is my go-to for early mornings. I usually make it on my outdoor griddle with a cast iron pan. Filled with flavor and utilizing ingredients you have in your fridge already (including leftover steak), this is an easy Mother’s Day recipe that means you won’t have to get up at 4:30am to start cooking.
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I know what you’re thinking: Garlic green beans for breakfast, Matt? Trust me, I’m about to change your life. Watch my Instagram video above for a step-by-step look at how I assemble one of my family’s favorite meals. This isn’t just a Mother’s Day recipe idea, it’s an every morning recipe staple in the GrillSeeker household.
Besides the garlic, this breakfast dish is packed with big flavors like bacon, mushrooms and eggs. It’s another impressive, quick dish that will be done before Mom wakes up to start her day. As a bonus, this recipe is low-carb and keto-friendly, so I’m pretty sure that counts as health food.
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Mother’s Day Lunch Menu
It’s lunch, the kids are up, it’s time to enlist them into cooking prep. If you haven’t already made your kids honorary sous-chefs in your kitchen, this is a great recipe to start them on. One of my 13-year-old’s favorite meals, this simple, delicious Mother’s Day meal idea focuses on the flavor of the steak mixed with sumptuous cheese.
Prep your ingredients and start with an assembly line, letting your kids put together the sliders before you bake them. If you’ve got your phone handy, be sure to film the assembly process so you can show mom that the meal was a family effort.
The ultimate kid-friendly dish, this recipe is a fantastic Mother’s Day meal idea. Make your kids honorary waiters, and have them ask mom for a custom quesadilla order. Then, have them help you assemble the quesadillas before you grill them—it’s a family affair that keeps you all involved.
My steak quesadillas are loaded with leftover steak and plenty of cheese. They’re a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, even if you have picky eaters in your family. If you’ve got older kids, assign them the pico de gallo prep and let them brag to mom about their culinary skills.
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Mother’s Day Dinner Menu
For dinner, let the kids play while you make some delectable grownup dishes. Get a couple of fantastic filets, light some candles, and serve mom this meal fit for a queen. My sous vide filet mignon is not only the perfect way to impress mom, it also has a bit of a time bonus for you. Since we’re using the sous vide method, you’ll have about ninety minutes of free time while the filets are cooking to prep your side dishes and desserts. You can also use this downtime to hang out with mom and open up a bottle of wine—your choice.
The key to my sous vide filet mignon is the slow cooking in the water bath followed by a quick reverse sear on a cast iron skillet. This ensures your filets go through the Maillard Reaction, meaning they have a delicious seared crust around perfectly cooked tender steak.
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We’ve got the steak covered, so let’s get a side dish on the plate as well. This spinach dish is a favorite in my home—there’s enough cheese on it that picky eaters probably won’t even realize it’s a green vegetable. It’s the perfect sophisticated pairing with the filet and another recipe that looks much harder than it is.
This is another easy Mother’s Day recipe, so be sure to prep it and start it cooking about halfway through the sous vide bath on the filet mignon—that way everything will be ready together!
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Want to give mom a gift she’ll love for months to come? Consider whipping up a batch of my rosemary salt. It’s an expensive purchase in gourmet shops, but surprisingly simple to make at home. Buy some mason jars to decorate, enlist the kids to help you, and give mom a custom seasoning salt that will last for months.
Homemade gifts are always from the heart, and this one will keep your meals flavorful no matter who’s cooking. It’s a quick and easy way to bring warmth into the kitchen.
If the mom in your family loves to cook, consider getting her a book with quick, delicious recipes, perfect for every day family meals. I should know, I wrote it.
My book is the perfect guide to grilling for anyone who thinks live-fire cooking is for special occasions only. I break down how to craft every meal, from appetizer to dessert, over the grill and how you can bring your family together over good food and some charcoal.
There you have it, a full 24 hours of food, fun and gifts and not a single kitchen counter was smudged. If you use any of my Mother’s Day menu ideas, let me know by tagging me on Instagram! I’d love to see how you and your family spend the day United by Flame.