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3 Genius Mother’s Day Menus to Match Your Entertaining Style

Show mom how much you care with a Mother's Day menu catered to her tastes: healthy, classic or elegant. Each menu takes you from appetizers to dessert with recipes that let your signature style shine.

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Healthy Appetizer: Sweet Pea Pesto Crostini	Taste of Home

Healthy Appetizer: Sweet Pea Pesto Crostini

I made a healthier spin on my favorite celebrity chef’s recipe by subbing in vegetable broth for some of the oil and going easy on the cheese. To top crostini, use this recipe for a pastelike pesto. For use on pasta, add more broth for a saucelike consistency. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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Healthy Salad: Kale Slaw Spring Salad	Taste of Home

Healthy Salad: Kale Slaw Spring Salad

My parents and in-laws are retired and like to spend winters in Florida. This tangy spring salad welcomes the snowbirds back for our Easter celebration! —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Healthy Side Dish: Roasted Carrots with Thyme	Taste of Home

Healthy Side Dish: Roasted Carrots with Thyme

These roasted carrots are so simple but always a hit. Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Healthy Entree: Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill Sauce	Taste of Home

Healthy Entree: Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill Sauce

Grilled lemons add a smoky tartness to a butter sauce made to enjoy with grilled salmon. A touch of dill adds a fresh, clean finish. —April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee

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Healthy Side Dish: Honey-Lemon AsparagusTaste of Home

Healthy Side Dish: Honey-Lemon Asparagus

Everyone who tastes my glazed asparagus takes a second helping, so I usually double the recipe. For another option, try using a root vegetable like turnip or parsnip. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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Healthy Dessert: Grapefruit, Lime & Mint Yogurt Parfait	Taste of Home

Healthy Dessert: Grapefruit, Lime & Mint Yogurt Parfait

Tart grapefruit and lime are balanced with a bit of honey in this cool and easy parfait. —Lois Enger, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Classic Appetizer: Zesty Marinated ShrimpTaste of Home

Classic Appetizer: Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

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Classic Salad: Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Classic Salad: Cobb Salad

Making this salad is a lot like putting in a garden. I “plant” everything in nice, neat sections, just as I do with seedlings. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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Classic Side Dish: Party PotatoesTaste of Home

Classic Side Dish: Party Potatoes

These creamy tasty potatoes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to pop them in the oven (I often do that). The garlic powder and chives add zip, and the shredded cheese adds color. —Sharon Mensing, Greenfield, Iowa

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Classic Entree: Roasted Beef TenderloinTaste of Home

Classic Entree: Roasted Beef Tenderloin

An overnight marinade provides a savory seasoning for this tenderloin. I've served this simple elegant roast on many special occasions. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware

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Classic Side Dish: Parmesan Roasted BroccoliTaste of Home

Classic Side Dish: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Sure, it’s simple and healthy but, oh, is this roasted broccoli delicious. Cutting the stalks into tall “trees” turns an ordinary veggie into a standout side dish. —Holly Sander, Lake Mary, Florida

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Classic Dessert: Perfect Blue-Ribbon Apple PieTaste of Home

Classic Dessert: Perfect Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

This pie is special to me because I won a blue ribbon for it at the local fair and was able to compete at the state farm show. —Collette Gaugler, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania

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Elegant Dinner Appetizer: Watermelon CupsTaste of Home

Elegant Dinner Appetizer: Watermelon Cups

This lovely appetizer is almost too pretty to eat! Sweet watermelon cubes hold a refreshing topping that showcases cucumber, red onion and fresh herbs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Elegant Salad: Honeydew & Prosciutto SaladTaste of Home

Elegant Salad: Honeydew & Prosciutto Salad

For parties, I turn melon and prosciutto into an easy salad with a honey mustard dressing. To add zip, stir in fresh basil and mint. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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Elegant Side: Best Ever Crescent RollsTaste of Home

Elegant Side: Best Ever Crescent Rolls

My daughter and I have cranked out dozens of homemade crescent rolls. It’s a real team effort. I cut the dough into pie-shaped wedges; she rolls. —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin

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Elegant Entree: Spinach Pork Tenderloin	Taste of Home

Elegant Entree: Spinach Pork Tenderloin

Stuffed with fresh spinach and artichoke hearts, these pork slices look fancy enough for guests. —Linda Rae Lee of San Francisco, California.

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Elegant Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Elegant Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts

This deeply delicious recipe is a surefire way to get my husband to enjoy Brussels sprouts. Between the roasted flavor of the veggies and smoky, crisp bacon, it will convert even the pickiest eater. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

 

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Elegant Dessert: Raspberry Chocolate PuffsTaste of Home

Elegant Dessert: Raspberry Chocolate Puffs

This chocolaty, flaky dessert is one of my favorite show-off recipes because it makes a spectacular presentation. The best part? It’s actually surprisingly easy and quick to make. —Anneliese Deising, Plymouth, Michigan

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."

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