Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas

I’m excited to share a very special collection of Mother’s Day lunch ideas. These recipes are meant to make Mum feel cherished and pampered on her special day. These dishes are perfect for the partner or the kids (or friends) to spoil any mom with, and they’re perfect for creating a memorable and relaxing weekend together. 


Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas

Jump to: ℹ️ Overview | 🍳 All Day Breakfast  | 🥘 Comforting & Delicious |🍅 With A Healthy Twist | 💨Super Easy To Make | 🌱Vegetarian & Vegan |💰Budget-Friendly


This roundup of Mother’s Day recipes covers a variety of categories to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. From comforting and delicious dishes to those with a healthy twist, including options for keto, Whole30, paleo, and low-carb diets, there’s something here for everyone.

Plus, I’ve included recipes that are super easy to make, ensuring stress-free preparation for all skill levels (including little ones). For moms who prefer vegetarian or vegan options, I have a selection of flavourful and satisfying recipes that will delight their taste buds. And if you’re watching your budget, don’t worry—I’ve included plenty of wallet-friendly options that don’t skimp on taste. 


Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas (Including Brunch)

Whether you’re serving up indulgent breakfasts in bed or planning a picturesque picnic lunch spread, these recipes are sure to make mom feel extra special. Let me know in the comments which of these tickles your fancy!

All Day Breakfast

Classic Eggs Benedict
Mother’s Day is the ultimate brunch opportunity which lets mum sleep in and gives you time to work your magic in the kitchen. You can’t go wrong with a classic eggs benny featuring homemade hollandaise. Recipe from Damn Delicious.
Calories (per serving): 591
Protein: 30 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Fat: 39 grams
Get the recipe here
Classic Eggs Benedict
Pea Corn & Halloumi Fritters
One of my favourite cafe-style breakfast dishes to make at home. These fritters (or patties if you will) are vegetarian-friendly, high in protein, fibre and can be made gluten-free and grain-free with simple swaps.
Calories (per serving): 143
Protein: 6 grams
Carbs: 9 grams
Fat: 9 grams
Get the recipe here
Pea Corn & Halloumi Fritters
Ultimate Breakfast Burger
This is the ultimate breakfast burger stacked with grilled sausage, gooey egg, tasty cheese, spinach and my special burger sauce. It’s a fantastic combo of flavours and textures nestled in a bun.
Calories (per serving): 626
Protein: 26 grams
Carbs: 27 grams
Fat: 46 grams
Get the recipe here
Breakfast Burger With Sausage & Egg
Berries & Cream French Toast Casserole
This decadent, cream cheese-stuffed French toast is a treat suitable for the most special person in your life. The prep is even easier in casserole form. Recipe from Certified Pastry Aficiando.
Calories (per serving): 437
Protein: 47 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Get the recipe here
Berries & Cream Stuffed French Toast Casserole
Smoked Salmon Platter
You could pop into mum’s favourite bagel shop for some lox, or you could make the most of little hands and have the kids help you craft this impressive brunch board featuring hot and cold smoked salmon plus all the fixings. Recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 437
Protein: 47 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Get the recipe here
Smoked Salmon Platter
Spanakopita Spinach & Feta Frittata (Low-Carb)
Quiche is the quintessential brunch, but forgoing crust with this Spanakopita-inspired frittata recipe makes things a little easier. Have the kids help whisk eggs while you prep the rest, and enjoy your egg slices with toast or roasted potatoes.
Calories (per serving): 258
Protein: 15 grams
Carbs: 5 grams
Fat: 20 grams
Get the recipe here
Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby
Each bite is full of sweet, lemony blueberries and is truly SO delicious! Enjoy this treat for breakfast, brunch, or as a mid-afternoon treat. Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
Calories (per serving): 204
Get the recipe here
Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby

Comforting & Delicious Lunch Dishes

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
An easy pasta is the perfect way to end a day full of activities and celebration because it’s on the table quick. I love this option for a comforting, creamy classic.
Calories (per serving): 758
Protein: 35 grams
Carbs: 74 grams
Fat: 36 grams
Get the recipe here
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Recipe
Creamy Tomato Gnocchi With Burrata
Burrata lends any dish elegance and unbeatable flavour. This creamy gnocchi dish is a nice alternative to pasta, and it’s just as simple to make with just seven ingredients! Recipe from Dishing out Health.
Calories (per serving): 493
Protein: 12 grams
Carbs: 64 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Get the recipe here
Hungarian Paprika Chicken
With Hungarian traditions running deep in our family, I cook paprika chicken A LOT. I’ve adapted the traditional recipe to be more accessible, friendly, and straightforward, something that can be done in under an hour so you can enjoy the warmth and richness of this dish any night of the week! 
Calories (per serving): 465
Protein: 28 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Fat: 35 grams
Get the recipe here
Paprika Chicken Recipe
The Best Lasagna
This classic layered pasta dish always hits the spot. Even though it’s rather easy to make, there is something about lasagna that makes it great for special occasions. Treat mum to a slice, made with love. Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Calories (per serving): 598
Protein: 32 grams
Carbs: 41 grams
Fat: 34 grams
Get the recipe here
Lasagna

With A Healthy Twist

High Protein Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Low-Carb)
A scrumptious stack of pancakes is an excellent way to tell someone you love them. Cottage cheese adds plenty of protein and gives these flapjacks a distinctly fluffy finish.
Calories (per pancake): 98
Protein: 7 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Get the recipe here
Cottage Cheese Pancakes (High-Protein Recipe)
Chicken Quinoa Salad With Honey Harissa
Middle Eastern inspired chicken and quinoa salad with fresh herbs, red peppers and pistachios. Finished with honey harissa and tahini yoghurt sauce. Gluten-free, healthy and delicious.
Calories (per pancake): 519
Protein: 42 grams
Carbs: 42 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Get the recipe here
Harissa Chicken Quinoa Salad With Tahini Yoghurt
Sweet Potatoes With Chorizo & Chimichurri
This delicious and healthy meal of roasted, jammy sweet potatoes with salty grilled chorizo and tangy chimichurri is a real flavour explosion. Inspired by choripan, it’s nutritious, balanced, satiating and suitable for paleo, gluten-free and Whole30 diets.
Calories (per pancake): 582
Protein: 16 grams
Carbs: 47 grams
Fat: 37 grams
Get the recipe here
Grilled chorizo with chimichurri sauce over baked sweet potato halves, served with broccolini - paleo, whole30, gluten-free
The LA Chop Salad
The best crunchy rainbow salad with all the flavors, colors, and textures of summer. All tossed with a punchy lemon vinaigrette. Recipe from Pinch of Yum.
Calories (per pancake): 688
Protein: 38 grams
Carbs: 34.4 grams
Fat: 46.9 grams
Get the recipe here
Grapefruit Salad With Halloumi & Avocado
Healthy but make it a little fancy. This cafe-style salad is perfect for a summary lunch paired with a glass of bubbles.
Calories (per pancake): 593
Protein: 23 grams
Carbs: 33 grams
Fat: 44 grams
Get the recipe here
Grapefruit Avocado Salad With Arugula Halloumi
Salmon Bowls
Teriyaki salmon fillet is cooked in the air fryer (or grill/oven), set on top of a bed of rice, and topped with avocado, cucumber, mango, edamame, green onions, and cilantro creating the best salmon bowl. Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch.
Calories (per serving): 758
Protein: 46 grams
Carbs: 88 grams
Fat: 25 grams
Get the recipe here
Salmon Bowls
The Ultimate Chicken Salad
This creamy chicken salad is a great choice for packing a picnic or a light lunch served on sandwiches, with crackers or croissants, or atop a bed of greens. Recipe from Downshiftology.
Calories (per serving): 524
Protein: 36 grams
Carbs: 10 grams
Fat: 38 grams
Get the recipe here
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Filled with grilled vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and feta, this Mediterranean quinoa salad with lemon basil dressing is flavourful, vegetarian and gluten-free. This is a great quinoa meal prep recipe that can be made ahead of time. Vegan-friendly and low-carb with a slight modification
Calories (per serving): 494
Protein: 13 grams
Carbs: 49 grams
Fat: 29 grams
Get the recipe here
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Super Easy To Make

Creamy Chicken Orzo
You can use rotisserie chicken, a few freezer staples, a cup or two of orzo pasta (aka risoni), plus a touch of cream and umami-boosting Parmesan, to create the most comforting yet nutritious meal in 30 minutes.
Calories (per serving): 594
Protein: 34 grams
Carbs: 60 grams
Fat: 24 grams
Get the recipe here
Creamy Chicken Orzo Recipe With Peas & Spinach
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Pasta (Low-Carb)
Shrimp are pan-fried in the aromatic lemon and garlic olive oil, then tossed through raw zucchini noodles with a generous topping of Parmesan cheese for extra flavour. This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly and can be made without cheese for Paleo and Whole30 versions. 
Calories (per serving): 649
Protein: 31 grams
Carbs: 18 grams
Fat: 53 grams
Get the recipe here
Lemon garlic shrimp zucchini pasta
Marry Me Chicken (low-carb)
With a name like that, you know this recipe has got to be good. Make mum swoon with this winner of a chicken dinner. Recipe from 40 Aprons.
Calories (per serving): 418
Protein: 53 grams
Carbs: 6 grams
Fat: 19 grams
Get the recipe here
Marry Me Chicken (low-carb)
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken
Chinese takeout is a great way to relax because it means you don’t have to cook. This recipe is nearly as sweet a deal – just set it and forget it for a delicious Mother’s Day dinner. Recipe from The Recipe Critic.
Calories (per serving): 312
Protein: 21 grams
Carbs: 41 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Get the recipe here
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
When it comes to recipes that are easy to make, you can’t beat pulled pork. It’s inexpensive, hands-off, and finger-licking good. Enjoy with buns and a simple salad or store bought sides. Recipe from The Food Charlatan.
Calories (per serving): 664
Protein: 72 grams
Carbs: 15 grams
Fat: 34 grams
Get the recipe here
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Rosemary Honey Garlic Lamb Shoulder
Last on my list of contenders for slow-cooked roasts is a lamb shoulder. You’ll get flavour-packed, tender, fall-off-the-bone meat with this festive recipe. It’s a go-to for any celebration.
Calories (per serving): 335
Protein: 31 grams
Carbs: 16 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Get the recipe here
Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder With Rosemary Garlic & Honey

Vegetarian & Vegan

Smoky Shredded Tofu Breakfast Sandwiches
High-protein, vegan, and hearty? These breakfast sandwiches hit check all the boxes with easy prep and deli-style quality. Recipe from Plant Based RD.
Calories (per serving): 372
Protein: 18 grams
Carbs: 37 grams
Fat: 18 grams
Get the recipe here
Smoky Shredded Tofu Breakfast Sandwiches
Veggie Pasta Bake
This dish is filled with hearty veggies, delicious sauce, pasta and melted cheese. It’s great for a satisfying family lunch.
Calories (per serving): 596
Protein: 24 grams
Carbs: 70 grams
Fat: 27 grams
Get the recipe here
Veggie pasta bake recipe in a skillet
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
This bright, herby, and colourful salad is healthy and packed with veggies. It’s an excellent side dish or a light lunch – you can even add some roasted chickpeas or tofu for extra protein.
Calories (per serving): 382
Protein: 10 grams
Carbs: 53 grams
Fat: 15 grams
Get the recipe here
Mediterranean Couscous Salad With Feta
Paneer Fritters With Cucumber Mint Raita
These low-carb, vegetarian-friendly paneer fritters with cucumber and mint raita are super tasty and a great source of protein, fibre, and nutrients.
Calories (per serving): 113
Protein: 6 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Get the recipe here
Paneer Fritters
Lentil Mushroom Stroganoff
Packed with wholesome ingredients, my Lentil Mushroom Stroganoff recipe is this vegetarian and gluten-free version of the classic Stroganoff. Creamy and savoury, this vegetarian stroganoff is sure to satisfy your taste buds while providing a boost of plant-based protein and essential nutrients.
Calories (per serving): 619
Protein: 34 grams
Carbs: 80 grams
Fat: 19 grams
Get the recipe here

Budget-Friendly

Country Potatoes With Fried Eggs
Hearty, comforting and budget-friendly, country skillet potatoes with red peppers and a few fried eggs on top are perfect for brunch or lunch. Serve with a little fruit salad on the side.
Calories (per serving): 251
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 36 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Get the recipe here
Country potatoes fried in a skillet with a fried on top
Open-Face Tuna Melt
Tuna sandwiches have long been a budget-friendly go-to. Make it special with my favourite recipe for tuna melt with sourdough, gooey cheese, and a few other key ingredients. I may be biased, but I do think it’s the best!
Calories (per serving): 391
Protein: 22 grams
Carbs: 34 grams
Fat: 18 grams
Get the recipe here
Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe
Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs
If you’re looking for a meal bursting with flavour, try these honey lemon garlic pepper chicken thighs. Pan-fried for golden skin, then baked and finished with a mouthwateringly sweet, tangy and citrusy sauce. 
Calories (per serving): 503
Protein: 31 grams
Carbs: 36 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Get the recipe here
Honey Lemon Garlic Pepper Chicken Thighs
Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
This one-pan dinner is a great way to feed the family on a budget. Use the veggies you prefer — or whatever veg the kids won’t be too picky about — and make this dish your own. Recipe from Budget Bytes.
Calories (per serving): 781
Protein: 41 grams
Carbs: 38 grams
Fat: 52 grams
Get the recipe here
Spatchcocked Chicken Roasted With Herbs & Vegetables
Homemade Pizza
Skip the delivery fees and make the ultimate family-friendly dish at home. If you’re new to making dough, this beginner-friendly recipe is a great place to start. The best part is everyone can have their favourite toppings — no compromises necessary between mum and the littles. Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Calories (per slice with cheese): 280
Protein: 14 grams
Carbs: 34 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Get the recipe here
Homemade Pizza
Vegetarian Enchialadas
Healthy and packed with colorful veggies, these tasty vegetarian enchiladas are a big ol’ pan of cheesy delight. Recipe from Well Plated.
Calories (per serving): 230
Protein: 11 grams
Carbs: 31 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Get the recipe here
Vegetarian Enchialadas

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Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas
Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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9 Comments
  1. These all look amazing! I can’t wait to make these for my Mom on Mother’s Day! Thank you for the ideas!

  2. The gnocchi with burrata looks amazing! We always go out for mothers day, but working from home, these are some great ideas I can make any day!

  3. What a fabulous list of brunch ideas. Every Mother would be happy with any of these delicious recipes.

  4. Such a great collection of easy recipes to make for Mother’s Day! A one-stop shop for creating the perfect menu, thank you so much!

  5. These all look so good. The berries and cream french toast is one we will make for Mother’s Day!

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