It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air and breakfast is in bed, or at least that’s one way to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day. But your mom’s not a regular mom; she’s a cool mom! And maybe she wants to sleep late on her special day, thank you very much.
As lovely as the classic Mother’s Day crafts and recipes are, they’re hardly one-size-fits-all. For the mom who prefers a perfectly seared steak to a homemade edible shower scrub, here are a few unique and easy Mother’s Day dishes that are outside the papier mache box.
Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (pictured above)
Fire up the grill, and crack open a cold one (or two — one for drinking and one for the marinade). Beer and beef aren’t just for Father’s Day anymore, folks. Go ahead and tuck your napkin into your shirt, and dig into this flavorful cut with a fork and knife, or slice against the grain for tacos perfect for any picnic.
Skillet Rosemary Chicken
If you’re like me, you’ve called your mom more than once in a tizzy over handling raw chicken. This year, show her that you’ve finally grown up, and serve her this herbaceous stunner.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Ah, the slow cooker — the kitchen-appliance equivalent to the inexplicable magic that allowed your mom to find anything you’d lost in your room within seconds. Prep the night before, and you’ll wake up to perfect pull-apart pork shoulder. Crisp, fresh cole slaw lends a bright crunch to the perfectly sweet combo of the sauced pork and potato buns.
Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Ham? Good. Ziti? Good. Two types of bubbling baked cheese? GOOD. Turn your mac and cheese up a notch for mom, and mash it up with a classic French sandwich twist.
Spring Celebration Carrot Cake
The pineapple baked straight in to this springtime edition of my personal favorite cake (and my Mom’s!) gives it a tropical wow factor that takes it over the edge. That plus the apropos inclusion of two jars of pureed carrot baby food makes it perfect for honoring Mom.
Perfect French Toast
Alright, alright. So, this one isn’t so groundbreaking, but it’s a classic for a reason. Why not end the day with breakfast for dinner? Or breakfast for dessert? This French toast is always a crowd-pleaser. And who can say no to browned butter and maple syrup?