Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and everyone wants to get involved in celebrating and making Mom feel special.
There are plenty of recipes and ideas out there for dads to make, but the kids want to get involved and help out, too. While this sounds like a headache, especially trying to coordinate young kids in the kitchen, there are stress-free options that you can whip up quickly.
Here are some creative, fun, and easy-to-make recipes that even the youngest can help with.
- Hash Brown Egg Cups
This quick and simple breakfast solution will feed the whole family, while allowing everyone to get involved, too.
Preheat the oven to 350 ℉, and spray a muffin tin with cooking oil. Whisk together eggs, mustard powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Then, add ham, hash browns, cheese, milk, and sour cream, and mix them together. Pour into the tin, filling each one about ¾ full, and then bake for 20-25 minutes.
Top it with sour cream and chives or parsley served warm with a fresh glass of orange juice, and serve to mom for a tasty breakfast in bed when she wakes up in the morning.
- French Toast Muffins
This is a fun twist on a breakfast classic. These are great for the on-the-go mom and can be taken on the road to soccer games, hockey games, or any other general errands.
Preheat your oven to 350 ℉, and line a muffin tin with muffin cases. Mix together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Slice up some bread into little cubes, and mix them into the eggs. Pour into the muffin cases and bake for about 15 minutes until golden.
Even the youngest in the kitchen will be able to mix this together, with a little help of course.
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
This recipe is a little more advanced for the younger kids and does require a little bit of prep beforehand. Once prepared, the kids can help to assemble this delicious breakfast and serve it to mom with flowers and her favourite morning drink.
Start by mixing cream cheese and honey. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. In another bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs. Slice the strawberries and set them aside.
When everyone is ready, take two slices of bread and spread the cream cheese mix onto both slices, trying not to rip the bread. Add some of the sliced strawberries and put the two slices together, like a sandwich.
Dip the sandwich in the egg mix, then dip it into the sugar-cinnamon mix and fry gently in hot oil. Serve warm with fresh cream, and mom will be ready to tackle her day.
- Vegetable Mac and Cheese
This is a tasty bite for lunch or even dinner. Quick, easy, and healthy, the kids can customize this dish by choosing their favourite pasta shapes and helping with the mixing and pouring.
Precook the pasta and set aside, while you prepare the rest preheat the oven to 350 ℉.
Mix together evaporated milk, milk, sharp cheddar cheese, cubed velveeta, steamed broccoli, and frozen riced cauliflower and add salt and pepper to taste. Then, add in the cooked pasta, mix, and add to a casserole dish. Cook for about 45-50 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
- Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole
You and the kids can make this the night before so you just need to put it in the oven first thing in the morning. It will be fluffy and tasty when Mom comes down for breakfast.
Start by melting some butter and setting it aside. Prepare the eggs by mixing them together with the milk. Then, pour the melted butter into the casserole dish and sprinkle it with brown sugar. Layer the bread slices in the dish, and then cover them with the egg mix.
Chill overnight in the fridge. Then, in the morning, heat the oven to 350 ℉ and cook for about 45 minutes. Use a paddle to lift the casserole out of the dish and set it upside down on the plate so that the caramel sauce shows off its splendour.
- Tater-Tot Casserole
This dish is quick and easy to make, and fun for the whole family to eat. While the older kids will be able to help out in the making process, the younger ones may not be able to assist too much with this recipe.
Start by sauteing onion; then, add ground beef. Cook until browned, then add Greek yogurt and spices to the mix. In a skillet, layer green beans and the meat mixture. Then, add cheese and the tater tots. Cook in a hot oven (400 ℉) for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
Everyone will love the mix of flavours, and, of course, who doesn’t enjoy tater tots?
- Butternut Squash Casserole
This is a healthy and easy enough dish for everyone to help get involved with. When it comes to Mother’s Day recipe planning, this one will give mom the feeling of fall and is a great comfort food.
Pre-cook the squash so it’s easy to mask. Then add in milk, eggs, sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt. In a separate bowl mix walnuts, melted butter, and sugar. Then, sprinkle on top and bake in the oven at 350 ℉ for 25-30 minutes.
This can be served as a main course, or as a side dish. Either way, it’s filling and flavourful, and simple enough for the kids to help make.
- Vegetable Strata Recipe
An alternative to using pasta or rice, this dish is made with bread, and the kids will enjoy the simplicity so much that they will ask to make it every night.
Start by caramelizing the onions in a pan, and steaming the broccoli in the microwave. Then, add milk, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
Next, layer the bread and the vegetable mix in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake for 50 minutes in the oven at 350 ℉.
You can add other vegetables, too, such as red peppers, peas, zucchini, or whatever mom loves to make her a special dish.
Let’s Appreciate Mom All Day!
A stress-free day is what every mom wants. These tasty recipes are quick and easy to create, and are also great to get the kids involved in.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can plan the whole day’s food so mom doesn’t have to.