All we want to do is make mom happy for Mother’s Day, but there are difficulties beyond just getting the whole family together on the same day at the same time and at the same place. After all, every good family gathering revolves around eating, but when food allergies, restrictions, and specialized diets come into play, deciding on a menu can get complicated. Plus, add in the taste buds of little ones and it makes things even harder. To make your Mother’s Day much more enjoyable, we’ve rounded up some tasty vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free dinner options that everyone will enjoy. Scroll through to see our top crowd-pleasing Mother’s Day dinner ideas that will have the whole family asking for seconds.
THE VEGETARIAN OPTION
Lemony Spinach and Artichoke Brie Penne Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: Artichoke hearts that are fried in oil until crispy add a ton of flavor to this recipe, plus they help keep you full in lieu of a protein.
The Recipe: Make a sauce of olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, crushed red pepper, and the artichoke hearts (make sure they crisp up in the pan). Add pasta, spinach, some of the reserved pasta water, mascarpone, brie, lemon zest, and juice, and then incorporate the basil, artichokes, and oil mixture.
The Clincher: Top this Mother's Day dinner idea with jalapeños for the adults.
THE VEGAN OPTION
Quick Cauliflower "Risotto" With Asparagus and Cilantro, Basil, and Hemp Seed Pesto
The Hero Ingredient: Raw hemp seeds sub in for pine nuts in the yummy homemade pesto that goes on top of the cauliflower risotto.
The Recipe: This simple vegan Mother's Day dinner idea revolves around taking cauliflower rice and adding white wine, asparagus spears, and some nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Cook as you would risotto, and then top with the pesto sauce made from cilantro, basil, hemp seeds, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, more nutritional yeast, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper.
The Clincher: This cooks up in only 30 minutes, so you won't be in the kitchen all day.
THE NUT-FREE OPTION FOR MEAT LOVERS
Simple Enchiladas Verdes
The Hero Ingredient: Tomatillos, aka Mexican green tomatoes, add a tangy taste to this cheesy dish.
The Recipe: This zesty recipe’s sauce is started by roasting the tomatillos, jalapeño, and some foil-wrapped garlic for 30 minutes before pulsing it in a blender with cilantro, chicken broth, and sour cream. Fill tortillas in a baking dish with chicken, cheese, and any extras like sautéed mushrooms, white beans, spinach, etc., plus half of the tomatillo sauce. Roll tortillas up and top with more sauce and cheese, and bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes.
The Clincher: Since it's cooked in a baking dish, it's oh so simple to double (or even triple) the recipe for the holiday. Plus, it earns bonus points for traveling well.
Be sure to read about mouthwatering vegan breakfast recipes, and tell us how your family is celebrating Mother's Day in the comments!