Top 15 Meals a Father can Easily Prepare on Mother’s Day

The first meal I made for my wife consisted of prepackaged crescent rolls, bagged mashed potatoes, boxed pasta and a few steaks. It took me two hours to prepare and I thought that I’d done a spectacular job. I even put candles on the table so the dinner could have a romantic feel. No fruits were served at that dinner, because, well, I don’t believe in fruit. Vegetables were not served at that dinner either, because I didn’t believe in paying for vegetables at that time.

Well, I learned that boxed pasta, bagged mashed potatoes and prepacked crescent rolls don’t exactly scream romanticism. Fortunately, my wife appreciated the effort even though she still laughs at that first meal.

What should be obvious from the experience I just shared, is that I am not a chef. I think that I would be considered a below average cook at best.

These suggestions aren’t meals a gourmet chef is going to want to write home about, but they are meals that my wife seems to enjoy eating. These are meals for the father who doesn’t do a lot of cooking, but needs to cook something that doesn’t come out of a box for his wife, significant other, or mother on Mother’s Day.

For the most part, my list just includes suggestions for the main course.  I have a couple different vegetables that I can prepare and I just rotate them with various main courses.  My rotation includes: frozen green beans, frozen peas, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, broccoli, home fries and hash browns.  And yes, I consider potatoes a vegetable because I do believe in buying potatoes.

I am probably the best at making mashed potatoes. Here’s how I do it, cut the potatoes into small chunks and boil them until they are soft. Drain the water and begin mixing the cooked potatoes. Gradually add heavy cream or milk to the potatoes. The key there is gradually. Don’t put too much milk or cream in the potatoes or they will be ruined, but you can always add more milk or cream as you go if you don’t add enough. Then mix in pinches of salt until the mashed potatoes taste right.

And now for the main course, here are 15 meals a Father can easily prepare on Mother’s Day:

  • Waffles 1 of 15
    My family loves having breakfast for dinner, which may not be for everyone; however, waffles are relatively easy to make. If you don't think you can make them from scratch, Bisquick Mix will make it easy on you. Add a few strawberries and some Whipped Cream and you have a fancy breakfast themed dinner.
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  • Crepes 2 of 15
    I know, another breakfast option. Crepes are even easier to make than waffles. Think of them as a really thin pancake and you'll be fine. Buy some packaged cheese cake filling and some strawberry topping and you have another fancy breakfast themed dinner.
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  • Fritata 3 of 15
    Fritatas are also relatively easy to make. It is practically baking an omelet in the oven. Add some salads as shown in the picture and there's another fancy-ish breakfast themed dinner.
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  • Meat Loaf 4 of 15
    Meat Loaf
    My wife had me make meat loaf one time while she was pregnant with Addie and I have never lived it down. I was very doubtful as to whether I could figure out how to make meatloaf. Turns out, it is pretty easy and my wife loved the meatloaf I made. She has begged me to give meatloaf another try, and someday I will.
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  • BBQ Chicken 5 of 15
    BBQ Chicken
    What guy doesn't know how to use a grill? BBQ chicken is one of the easiest meals to prepare. Get some good quality BBQ sauce and some pre-cut chicken pieces and throw them on the grill until they are cooked. I like to coat the chicken with BBQ sauce each time I turn the chicken. That way the BBQ sauce gets cooked, or burned, into the chicken which adds a nice flavor.
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  • Turkey 6 of 15
    Don't scoff. Seriously, cooking a turkey isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds. I have cooked two Thanksgiving turkeys for myself on two separate occasions, and it was easyish both times. The biggest hurdle is scheduling everything to be cooked along with the turkey to be finished cooking at the same time. Butterball's website has some great tips on the best ways to cook a turkey.
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  • Ham 7 of 15
    I had no idea hams were so easy to cook. Most hams come pre-cooked, so just throw them in the oven as the directions state and you've just made your wife/mother a pretty fancy meal.
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  • Pork Chops 8 of 15
    Pork Chops
    Pork chops are another item that can be thrown on the grill. Just don't over cook them.
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  • Steak 9 of 15
    Steaks are another item that can be thrown on the grill and be ready to serve in around five minutes. If you can't tell if the steaks are cooked to your liking, cheat a little and use a knife and cut a slit in one of them to check how pink they are.
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  • Filet Mignon 10 of 15
    Filet Mignon
    Filet Mignon sounds fancy, but it is really just another cut of meat. They are thicker than standard steaks, so it will take longer to cook the meat all the way through. If it looks like you aren't going to be able to get the center cooked without completely charring the outside, pop the filet in the microwave for 30 seconds and that will speed the process along (I know that may be breaking a cardinal rule for some people).
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  • Cheeseburger 11 of 15
    These are my favorite to make and the reason I own a grill. I like to mix a little BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, and graded cheese into the raw hamburger. I then press the hamburger into about a 1/3 pound sized portions and cook them on the grill. The added ingredients add some moisture to the cheeseburger and gives the meat some extra flavor.
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  • Kabob 12 of 15
    Kabobs look like they take a lot of time to prepare, but really it's just a lot of cutting and sticking the food items on a giant toothpick. Throw them on the grill, rotate them every once in a while, add some seasoning and you have a meal that looks more difficult to make than it really is.
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  • Bratwurst 13 of 15
    Basically like cooking an over-sized hotdog that tastes really good. If you are in Western New York, swap out the Bratwurst for a White-hot--mmm, white hots.
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  • Shrimp 14 of 15
    Shrimp are easy to cook. You can either buy them pre-shelled or shelled. If they are shelled, make sure to depoop them before cooking them. Do this by holding the tail of the shrimp and running a knife down the back where the vein is located. Pull out the vein and you're done. Throw the shrimp in a steamer or pot of boiling water until they turn pink and they're done.
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  • King Crab 15 of 15
    King Crab
    The toughest part about cooking king crab is paying for it at the store. Steam the crab legs for five to seven minutes and you're done. How easy was that?
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