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7 easy and impressive recipes to treat your mum to on Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we hope you’re already thinking of ways to treat all those special women in your lives - those who raised you, listened to you and were your best friend in times of trouble.

And whilst usually your mum has these few recipes up her sleeve that bring memories of childhood breakfasts and dinners, on the 11th of March tables turn around and the spotlight falls on you to treat them to a meal.

Of course, a restaurant is the easiest and safest choice - but for those of you who have decided to add this little extra touch and be a chef for a day, we’ve collected seven easy recipes.

They are not only impressive and quick, but only require a few ingredients, which you can find with an easy trip to your local Co-op store.

1. For a fresh start-er

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This easy salad, which you can mix in your mum’s favourite bowl or use as a side to any meat main, is full of refreshing spring flavours and is just ideal for this time of the year, when vitamin D is dangerously low. 

Just add rocket, sweet potato noodles, asparagus, & baby leeks all sautéed together with chopped bacon. Add Mo.jody's homemade coleslaw with avocado & tomato for that special finish.

 

2. For the comfort-lovers

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Mac’n’cheese? Cauliflower? A comfort dish, which normally your mum will make for you while the snow is falling outside. Well, surprise her with Mincerepublic’s take on it and we’re sure it will be your mum’s new favourite treat.
 

Ingredients

4 cups cauliflower florets cut into small pieces

2 cups cheddar cheese grated

3 tbsp cream cheese

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup cheese whisps (for topping, optional)

Instructions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add cauliflower florets and cook for 3-5 minutes (don't overcook or they get mushy).

Drain the cauliflower then return to pot. Add in heavy cream and cream cheese. Stir. Add in shredded cheddar cheese and continue stirring until melted and well incorporated, about 5 minutes.

If using cheese crisps for topping, add mac n cheese to an oven safe dish, top with cheese crisps and put under the broiler for 5-10 minutes until golden brown.

 

3. For the classy ones

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Do you want  a light and classy meal to impress your parents at the dinner table? Say no more. The baked veggies and lemon garlic shrimp pan meal by Fiveonefoodie will make you look like a professional chef.

Ingredients (for 2)


Asparagus (1 bunch, thin)

Potatoes (6 minis or 2 regular size)

Shrimp (1 lb, peeled & deveined)

Garlic (4 cloves, minced)

Lemon (1, slices)

Coriander (handful, chopped)

Lemon juice (1 tbsp)

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash veggies. Cut ends of asparagus. Cut potatoes in 1 inch wedges. Mince 2 cloves of garlic.

Line aluminium foil on a baking sheet. Add asparagus & potato wedges. Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil, season with salt & pepper, sprinkle minced garlic on top. Coat veggies & bake in oven for 10 minutes.

While the veggies are baking, in a small bowl add peeled & deveined shrimp, olive oil (1 tbsp), minced garlic (2 cloves), chopped cilantro, salt & pepper, & lemon juice. Coat shrimp. Slice lemon.

After veggies are cooked for 10 minutes, take pan out of the oven & place shrimp side by side. Scoot the veggies over to make room for shrimp. Place lemon slices on top of veggies & shrimp.

Place pan back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked.

 

4. For the mum who loves experiments

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This East-Asian dish is full of flavour and its preparation is based on the easy-to-make stir-fry, which is a base dish every student has specialised in.

Nothing to scare you here, but a suggestion by The Hakka Kitchen on how to combine flavoursome ingredients and finally convince your mum to stop worrying about the student-hall meals you’re having while away from home. These Spicy Chicken Balls With Rice Noodles could be your new signature dish!


Ingredients

Sugar

Spring Onion

Corn Flour

Chilli

Garlic

Ginger

Light Soy Sauce

Sesame Oil

500g minced chicken

Instructions

Use as much of every ingredient as suits your taste. Give it all a good mix.

Make into balls and refrigerate until ready to use.

Rehydrate rice noodles by adding hot water. Cover and leave for 10 minutes. Drain and cool down.

Heat oven to 160 degrees and make a simple drizzle with chilli oil, dark soy sauce and honey.

Pan-fry the meatballs with a little coconut oil until they are brown all over and put in oven for 15 minutes.

Pan fry mixed veggies of your choice. Add in the rice noodles and drizzle.

Add in the balls and drizzle to taste.

Add in toasted sesame seeds and light soy sauce to taste.

5. For the breakfast-lover


We are not saying anything new here, but rather reminding you that a simple breakfast could be as good as any other meal. Who doesn’t love waking up to the delicious smell of bacon and eggs? Simply put your alarm and wake up before your parent for once, surprising them with Slimmingworld_vicky18’s hearty pile of scrambled egg, fried mushrooms, thick slices of bacon, waked beans, fried peppers and chilli potatoes. A little bit different, and a whole lot more special. We’re sure you don’t need further instructions.

 

6. For the vegan (but not just) mum


Who doesn’t love a traditional, heart-warming Italian meal, especially if it’s specifically adjusted for vegans? Of course you can always add cheese or meat, but we guarantee you the Foodbyzoe’s recipe is going to be a family-favourite even without those extras.

This Creamy Spinach and No-Cotta Cannelloni bake is rich and filling, so if you’re planning on serving a desert next, you might want to be careful with the portion sizes.

Instructions

For the Cheese Sauce

1.5cups soaked cashews

Vegan mayo

Lots of nooch (vegan cheese sauce)

Water to blend

Salt

Then

Cook up shallots and garlic until brown. Add onion to taste.

Added to pan (with above ingredients) an entire bag of spinach.

Then add sunflower seeds, crumbed tofu, chilli flakes, salt, garlic, the cheese gloop and mushrooms.

This recipe uses instant (dried) cannelloni tubes. Soak in boiling water until soft. Stuff the tubes with the mixture - top with tomato paste/sauce nooch/panko bread crumbs.

Serve with your favourite side salad. 

7. For the pizza lover-mum



Let's admit it - our love for pizza does have to come from somewhere. All those family going-outs for pizza, or TV and takeaway, maybe? BSo why not take the pizza love to the extra mile and surprise your mum with this easy, no-knead, whole wheat crust pizza recipe? We guarantee you, you'll need to make a second one. Beacause it's THAT GOOD. 

You can even make it vegan if you follow Prattyandfood's suggestion and swap the fish for tofu. 

Ingredients:

For the no-knead pizza base:

1 cup plus 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour

2/3 cup water, room temperature

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon cooking oil

1/4 tsp salt

For the pizza sauce:

1 and half cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tbsp chopped garlic

A pinch or two of cinnamon

Pepper as per personal preference

Salt to taste

(Optional) 1 green chili for extra spiciness– finely chopped

Directions for the dough:

In a large bowl mix 1 cup flour with the rest of the ingredients till everything is a sticky mess.

Cover the bowl. Let it rest for 6-12 hours or overnight, which is what I did.

Once the resting period is over, add the remaining 1/3 cup of flour and fold the dough over itself till the dry flour is well incorporated.

Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 minutes while you prepare the pizza sauce.

Directions for the pizza sauce:

Bring everything to a boil, keep cooking and stirring on low-medium heat.

Once most of the water has died down, turn it off and set aside. Make sure it has cooled down before you use it on the dough.

For the topping:

Ingredients and method:

½ cup boiled fish, flaked down with a fork to bite-sized chunks, make sure there are no bones – Add salt and pepper as per your taste. Combine everything in a bowl and set aside till ready for assembling.

½ cup of red and green bell peppers, diced

Italian or garlic bread seasoning – optional

 Assembling:

Grease a baking tray or lay parchment paper over it. Place the dough and flatten it out to your desired shape and make sure it is at least 1/3” inch thick to make a thin crust pizza.

Pour the pizza sauce over the shaped dough and spread it evenly, leaving only ½ inch empty on the edge of the pizza.

Lay the fish chunks and bell peppers over the layer of pizza sauce. Sprinkle any Italian or garlic bread seasoning, if required.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 12-15 minutes or till the dough has cooked through.

Enjoy!

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