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If you’re looking to make your Mother’s Day extra special, preparing one or several of these 7 Easy Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meals can be an excellent way to do so!  Not only does it show your Mom how much you care, but it also saves you time, reduces stress, and allows for flexibility in how you spend the day.  Additionally, by making a variety of meals, you can cater to your mother’s tastes and dietary needs, while also providing an array of new and exciting flavors for her to try.  Here are my go-to recipes for Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meals!

Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans:

Make Ahead Mother's Day Meals

My recipe for Healthy Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans is extra simple and delicious.  While you can cook the chicken using breasts or thighs on your own, you can also pick up a rotisserie chicken and shred it to save even more time.  Serve this healthy chicken salad on its own, as a lettuce wrap, or on a buttery croissant.  I promise you’ll love it!

Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meals: Old Fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs

Make Ahead Mother's Day Meals

This classic Old Fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is always a crowd pleasure, but did you know you can make it ahead?  The meatballs and marinara can both be made in advance, frozen, and then thawed for serving over pasta when the time comes.  In my meatball recipe, I use lean ground beef and sweet Italian sausage. This is the best spaghetti meatball recipe I’ve ever made!

Easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup:

Make Ahead Mother's Day Meals

If you’ve had ever had Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup, then you are in for a treat with this recipe. My Easy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is the creamiest take on that famous and delicious restaurant classic.  Add this to your Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meals list and you will not regret it.

Southern Shrimp and Grits:

Make Ahead Mother's Day Meals Shrimp & Grits

A delicious Cajun shrimp and grits recipe is a standard in Southern culture, but I love it year round.  Creamy grits and perfectly seasoned shrimp go together beautifully.  Adjust the level of spice to Mom’s preference, and enjoy a fantastic classic Cajun meal for Mother’s Day!  Using quick-cook grits, this recipe is ready to serve in about 20 minutes.

Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meals: Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

Make Ahead Mother's Day Meals

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas are perfect to make ahead for Mother’s Day.  And, you can easily swap the lean ground sirloin with shredded pork or shredded chicken if you prefer.  I also like to add diced jalapenos for a little extra spice, which is something my Mom and I both appreciate.

Best Pistachio Crusted Halibut:

Best Pistachio Crusted Halibut

My Best Pistachio Crusted Halibut Recipe is simply divine.  It’s crunchy, flavorful, and super versatile as the pistachio crust can be used on a number of proteins besides halibut.  If you have salmon or chicken on hand, you can easily use that instead!  This recipe does require make-ahead marinade time, but only 12-15 minutes to cook after that.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie:

Make ahead mother's day meals

My Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie is the epitome of a Make Ahead Mother’s Day Meal!  You can literally set it and forget it.  This recipe is full of creamy sauce, tender chicken, tons of vegetables, and a biscuit on top!  Serve as an entree with a side salad and you’ll have a balanced and tasty meal everyone will love.

On Mother’s Day, I try to spoil my Mom with a dish she enjoys but doesn’t have to prepare herself.  It lets her sit back, relax, and savor her day – literally I hope!  Do you make your Mom a home-cooked meal for Mother’s Day, or do you prefer to go out?  Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram with your plans!


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