Recipe Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Celebrating holidays (even Hallmark ones) while trying to lose weight on the 17 Day Diet can be tough!

However, when you have a slew of healthy and yummy recipes in your vault, celebratory meals can be a piece of cake (not literally!!).

Here are recipe ideas for Mother's Day including breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!

I don’t know about you, but growing up we usually celebrated every single holiday with meals – sometimes this meant going out to a restaurant, and other times it meant a home-cooked meal (you know the special meals your mother used to make once or twice a year).


If you’re all about staying in this Mother’s Day and keeping it healthy, too, here are a few ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner to help celebrate your mother (or to celebrate you!!).

I updated this post to include a few more of my favorite dinner recipes that you must try!

Recipe ideas for your next Mother's Day celebration (or any holiday). Includes recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Healthy & Low-Carb Options!


Oh, and did I mention there are a few healthy dessert ideas at the very bottom? Well, keep reading and you’ll find them!

The bonus: all these ideas are approved for cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet.

Breakfast Ideas for Mother’s Day

I remember as a kid giving my mom a “breakfast in bed” for mother’s day, along with those homemade cards telling her how much I loved and appreciated her.

Here are a few of those breakfasts ideas that would be perfect in bed (ask your kids to make these for you), or you can make them yourself if your kids are grown and out of the house! Either way, it’s time to celebrate with a healthy breakfast!

Waffle Omelettes

Aren’t these omelettes a great idea? This is a recipe from community member, Tracy P.

She used all types of flavor combinations, so really the sky is the limit with this recipe.

Waffle Omelettes for the 17 Day Diet

Skillet Garden Eggs

If you don’t have a skillet, it’s OK. You can improvise. This recipe is a yummy way to incorporate some veggies into your breakfast, plus it’s an easy, yet elegant meal for mothers!

Skillet Garden Eggs is such a healthy and delicious breakfast!

Veggie Egg Cups

These would be perfect made the night before if you need a quick grab-and-go type of meal before your Mother’s Day hike! This is a simple recipe submitted by community member, Janice B.

Veggie Egg Cups - use whatever veggies you have on hand! Simple and yummy grab and go meal!

Lunch Ideas for Mother’s Day

Tuna Cakes with Lemon Dijon Sauce

If you’ve never tried this recipe, you need stop what you’re doing and make it asap! It’s that good! Now, if you’re not a fan of tuna, any type of canned meat will do just fine. If you’re on Cycle 2, take a peek at this low-carb crab cake recipe.

Oh, and by the way, the sauce is the best part!

Tuna Cakes with Lemon Dijon Sauce

MaryPat’s Creamy Apple, Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

If you’re wanting to do a meatless type of lunch that’s not only refreshing, but filled with nutrient-rich veggies and fruit, this is a must-have! This dish was created by community member, MaryPat. Don’t you just love her photo of her bowl of soup?

Buffalo Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt

I’ll admit, this recipe was an afterthought. But, it’s only because I totally forgot about it when curating these menu ideas! I promise! If you enjoy the buffalo wing sauce flavor, you’ll totally adore this salad!

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt - modified for the 17 Day Diet


Tuna and Egg Salad (mayo free)

Yes, I’ve included two tuna dishes for mother’s day celebrations. I’m only including this one because it’s super light and quick and easy to make. If you’re not a fan of tuna, try canned salmon or chicken instead.

Tuna and Egg Salad (mayo free)

Dinner Ideas for Mother’s Day

Chicken Lombardy

This is a new recipe idea for Mother’s Day that you definitely need to try! It’s a bit on the cheesy side (cheese is allowed on the 17 Day Diet), so go a bit easy on this one. By the way, leftovers are so flavorful, so don’t be afraid to heat up another serving the next day!

Low Carb Chicken Lombardy Recipe for the 17 Day Diet

Baked Fresh Herb Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Of course we have to include our best friend chicken on this list! Chicken, when using fresh herbs, can be your VERY best friend when it comes to weight loss. Here’s a recipe you’ll want to try as soon as you can!

Yummy herb and parmesan crusted chicken

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with Cauliflower

Here’s another new recipe I added to the list of recipe ideas for Mother’s Day. This dish is probably one of my all-time favorite dinners. It freezes well and leftovers are as delicious as right out of the oven. 

My secret ingredient is the particular brand of salsa, so hop on over and give it a try!

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada with Cauliflower

Chicken Caesar Kebabs

OK, I couldn’t have a menu without a yummy chicken kebab! Especially if it’s warm where you live, then it might be time to break out the grill and have an elegant dinner with mom!

Chicken Caesar Kebabs perfect for all cycles of the 17 Day Diet (and beyond!)

Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie

What’s a Mother’s Day without a shepherd’s pie?The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really healthy for you! The otherwise traditional mashed potato topping is made with cauliflower instead.

If you make this for dinner, don’t tell family members it’s topped with cauliflower and they’ll never know!

Not Your Momma's Shepherd's Pie

Dessert Ideas for Mother’s Day

Low-Fat Low-Carb Mini Cheesecakes

Yes, dessert is allowed on the 17 Day Diet! Yes, cheesecake can be healthy! If you have somehow missed this recipe from my blog, get right on over and make it stat!!

Low-Fat, Low-Carb Mini Cheesecakes perfect for the 17 Day Diet!

Ann’s Creamy Fruit Freeze

Community member, Ann B., creator of this yummy dessert, must have been thinking of the tropics during the middle of a cold, Canadian winter when she made this! We have Ann to thank for another healthy dessert!

Ann's Creamy Fruit Freeze - a healthy dessert for the 17 Day Diet

I’d love to know which recipe ideas you chose for your Mother’s Day celebration!

A Quick Overview of All The Recipe Ideas for Mother’s Day

Here’s a quick overview of all the recipes featured in this post.

Recipe Ideas for Mother's Day

Here's a list of my favorite recipe ideas for Mother's Day (or any day for that matter).

Comment below and let me know how you planned out your menu!

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