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A couple years ago, I wrote “12 Tips for Dads Cooking on Mother’s Day“, targeted for Dads that might be newer to the kitchen and planning to do the cooking on Mother’s Day. My first tip is to keep it simple, and I’d intended to follow-up sooner with some of my favorite simple recipes. Better late than never! For this Mother’s Day, I share some of my favorite easy recipes that can be prepared a by rookie cook while still offering some great taste and presentation. If none of these strike you, I’ve got over 80 recipes here with the “Quick/Easy” tag.
Fettuccine Primavera I’ll start with this one because it was the first meal I cooked for Jodi on one of our first dates, at a time I was very much a kitchen rookie. The creamy sauce is very satisfying and easy to make, and broccoli and carrots give you veggies and some color.
Pasta with Baby Red Lentils and Ginger Sticking with pasta because its pretty easy to cook, this one has some nice lively flavors. Like the fettuccine, this is another meatless dish, if that appeals to mother(s) you are cooking for. The one trick on this is to keep an eye on the lentils to keep them from turning to total mush. It actually still tastes OK if that happens, but doesn’t present as nicely!
Creamy Bowties with Chicken and Asparagus Here’s a recipe that combines chicken and pasta and presents very nicely. I got this from “125 Best Chicken Recipes” and it is definitely an easy one, with just a few simple ingredients and steps.
Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter I know, this might sound fancy for a cooking rookie. But just mixing a few things in with some softened butter delivers a lot of flavor, and isn’t very difficult. This is one of my favorite side dishes, and goes well with the steak or the swordfish.