By Meghen Jones
As we get older, we find ourselves appreciating our mothers more each day. When you’re feeling sick, needing assistance with paperwork, or contemplating how to solve general life problems, who is the first person you call? Mom, of course. Undeniably, mom is superwoman and always comes through when you need her most—even when it’s for the smallest request.
But, amidst your busy college student life, what have you done lately to show mom that you truly care? Well, it’s a good thing that Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Instead of spending hours surfing the web for a great gift, prove to mom that you also possess some of her mad cooking skills and brighten her day with a gourmet dish or two. Plus, there’s no better way to put a smile on her face than a little bit of effort on your part. She really likes that, for some reason.
Anyway, if you’re baffled as to where to begin, uCribs has prepped some tips, so come the holiday itself, you can serve up a platter of love with 5 of our favorite Mother’s Day-inspired recipes.
Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata
When you think about all the great things that your mom has done for you, your favorite is probably waking up to the aroma of a delicious breakfast. Now that you’re older, show mom that same love by preparing a hearty Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata. This frittata— made of eggs, goat cheese, spinach, and prosciutto— can be enjoyed on the patio with mom one morning, while soaking up the last of the beautiful spring weather. Obviously, Mother’s Day is one day that mom definitely deserves to be absolutely pampered. So, why not start it off with a special meal, like this frittata?
6 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
5 ounces of baby spinach, wilted and chopped
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced
2 ounces of prosciutto, sliced into ribbons
Crab, Mango, and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches
Do you remember hosting small tea parties in your bedroom as a kid? These were some of your fondest memories spent with mom, after all. She would even make the tiniest tea sandwiches to enjoy with your dolls, imaginary friends, and real-life friends. To honor this treasured memory, why not spoil mom for once by preparing Crab, Mango, and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches? These sandwiches are refreshing, light, and creamy, easily bringing back those sweet memories of unforgettable bonding with your mom.
8 ounce lump crab meat
1/2 cup very finely chopped ripe mango
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Thin slices of a mini cucumber
Filled with a burst pineapple, this Pineapple Delight recipe will give mom a taste of paradise. Not to mention, it will satisfy her sweet tooth. It consists of simple ingredients, such as powdered sugar, whipped cream, and crushed, juicy pineapples. Just thinking about the crunchiness from the graham cracker crust combined with the smoothness of the parfait-like, fruit mixture will leave mom not wanting to share any of this very share-worthy dessert—and, who could blame her? Hey, maybe since it’s her special day, you should set down the fork and back away slowly. If you ask us, you’ll probably be glad that you did.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches
Still haven’t seen that one recipe that really stands out to you on our list? We get it. It’s Mother’s Day, and you are just thinking of the best way to spoil mom. That’s the whole point of this blog, no? Well, this recipe for Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad will really put your culinary skills to the test. This simple, but quick recipe calls for skirt steak, brown sugar, lemon, and baby arugula, amongst its expansive list of tasty ingredients. Once the dinner table is set, mom won’t be able to resist the sweet smell of peaches combined with the savory smell of steak. Most of all, she will be thankful that you brought the fine dining experience to her.
1 pound skirt steak, trimmed of fat
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon
6 cups baby arugula
2 peaches, thinly sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta
With so many delicious recipes on the horizon for the big event, your well-prepared meal just wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing drink to accompany your scrumptious dishes. Of course, you’ll want to offer up something as special as a mom, which you should check out this recipe for a Sweet Sunrise. The drink is made of orange juice and grenadine, then garnished with orange slices. The beauty of this beverage will capture mom’s eye, as the orange juice perfectly blends with the redness of the grenadine. And, that’s exactly how this drink got its clever name that will appease mom’s palate and make the perfect, final addition to your meal together.
4 ounces of orange juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
Garnish: orange slices