Summary

With these 4 plant-based Mother’s Day lunch ideas, you can celebrate Mother’s Day with good food, great company, and lots of love and laughter!

Every year, we take the time to thank the mothers and motherly figures in our lives for all the love and care that they give to us. Throughout the year, moms are resilient, fun-loving, and welcoming presences that we can always count on. While you might tell your mom you love her throughout the year, Mother’s Day is a day where all the focus is on her. Don’t be afraid to go all out this year 🥰

Your mom is used to cooking you delicious meals and catering to your needs, but she deserves a little TLC for herself. If you want to impress your mother this year, consider serving her a delicious and decadent plant-based lunch. We’ve put together a list of lunch ideas so that you can spend less time searching for #inspo and more time hanging with Mom. 

Why Celebrate Mother’s Day?

A better question is: Why do we only dedicate one day to celebrating our mothers? A mother’s job is never finished. Whether she is worrying about our whereabouts, making sure we’re eating three healthy and delicious meals a day, or being a shoulder to cry on, your mother is there for you 24/7.

This year, Mother’s Day in the United States falls on Sunday, May 8, 2022. That means you have time to plan out a nice homemade lunch for her, with a meaningful card and must-have flowers. 

Imagine what it feels like to come home to a home-cooked meal, just like you might had every day in your childhood. You’ll make her day when you invite her over for a lunch where all she needs to do is relax and be her wonderful self.

Making Lunch for Your Mother This Year

We understand that you want to make your Mother’s Day lunch as perfect as possible because Mom deserves it. But there is nothing she will appreciate more than the act of you making her a meal with love. 

If you want to make her lunch even more special, consider asking her to come to watch as you prepare her food. Bring her a Watermelon Berry Margarita, and ask her how she is. Spending quality time together and finishing the day with a made-from-scratch meal will give her the best Mother’s Day she’s had—and it will likely become a tradition in your family. 

If you’re planning to surprise your mom with a delicious lunch, it’s always good to have a variety of food available for your mom to pick from so she can choose exactly what she’s craving. Otherwise, you can read over the next six recipes and talk to her about what she would enjoy best. Be careful, though; she might want it all 😉

1. Broccoli Cheese Soup

This plant-based Broccoli Cheese Soup with dippable bread is a perfect choice warm and creamy dish. Best of all for plant-based moms, this cheesy dish is completely dairy-free.

Making this broccoli cheese soup is not too difficult, which is great because that means you can spend more time with your mom. The most important part of this soup is the plant-based cheese sauce. 

To make this dish, you will need potatoes, onion, and carrots to be cooked for 15 minutes. Next, put this yummy mix in a blender with vegetable broth, cashews, nutritional yeast, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Once blended, it will be ready to go (and you can save extras in your fridge for tomorrow).

For the actual soup recipe, combine onions and garlic into a large saucepot and cook for 3 minutes. They’re all done once they’ve slightly browned. 

Add 2 ½ cups of water, broccoli, and carrots to the saucepot and cook for about 10 minutes. Once these are done, put half of the veggies into the blender with the cheese sauce and half a cup of vegetable water. Blend and put them back into the pot with the remaining veggies. 

Add almond milk, dijon mustard, and chili powder with salt and pepper to taste. Cook this for 10 minutes on low heat, and enjoy with your choice of bread. While this meal is delicious as leftovers, it’s unlikely that you’ll have anything left at the end of the meal. 

2. Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Salad

If your mother is a sweet and spicy kind of woman, you might want to toss together Thistle’s Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Salad for her. This is a relatively easy dish to prepare with many nutritious and yummy ingredients. 

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • Baby spinach
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Cooked black beans
  • Hemp seeds
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Scallions
  • Sweet potato with oil, lime juice, pink Himalayan salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Plant-Based Chipotle Ranch Dressing

To make this Taco Salad, you will first need to prepare the sweet potatoes by roasting them at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes with their skin on to get the most nutritional value out of your mean. Once they have cooled, you should chop them into cubes. 

In order to make a Plant-Based Chipotle Ranch Dressing, you will combine plant-based mayo, lime juice, water, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, pink Himalayan salt, chipotle powder, dried parsley, dill, and chives. You will then blend all this to create a creamy dressing.

Once this is done, you put the bean and corn salad together, add in the greens, toss everything with the dressing, and add sunflowers to the top. This salad is great served cold, so don’t forget to keep it refreshed in the fridge before eating it.

3. Risotto With Asparagus and Peas

Who doesn’t love a creamy and comforting risotto for lunch? With a nice breeze and the sun coming in through the clouds, this risotto with asparagus and peas will surely impress your mother this year. This risotto is light and refreshing, making it a great side dish, while the peas are packed with plant-based protein. Of course, this can also be your main dish, too.

It’s springtime, meaning that asparagus and peas are in full force, and we should be using them whenever we can to gain all their yummy benefits

You’ll need:

  • Vegetable broth 
  • Olive oil
  • Medium yellow onion
  • Garlic 
  • Arborio rice (or rice of your choice)
  • Dry white wine
  • Lemon juice
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Plant-based butter
  • Plant-based parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Heat the vegetable broth in a medium pan and leave it at a low simmer. At the same time, heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Add garlic and onions and sauté for five minutes. Add rice to the pot and let it toast for one minute before turning down the heat. Next, add white wine and lemon juice until the white wine has dissolved almost entirely. 

Grab a ladle, and scoop the veggie broth into the rice, stirring until the liquid has evaporated. Do this until all of the vegetable broth is used, and the rice is thick. It could take more hot water than you in the broth, so keep in mind how fast the rice is cooking. Add the peas, asparagus, and butter when the last ladle has been spooned in. 

When the broth is evaporated, turn off the heat and add in the parmesan, salt, and pepper, serving it immediately with wedges of lemon and parsley. You will be going back for seconds, no doubt. 

4. Crunchy Thai Slaw Wraps

Finger foods are always a great option for lunchtime snacking, appetizers, and main courses alike. Thistle’s Crunchy Thai Slaw Wraps will be your mother’s newest obsession. For this, you’ll need our Crunchy Thai Slaw Salad and your preferred tortilla wraps. 

To make this requires very little work because our chefs have done most of the dirty work for you. Mix the Crunchy Thai Slaw Salad with the accompanying Sesame Ginger dressing and lay out as many tortillas as you want (this recipe will serve about six, so plan accordingly). Fill each tortilla with however much salad mixture you desire, and roll it up like a taquito. You can cut the rolls in half if you’d like and instantly serve them. 

These slaw wraps are refreshing and tasty, with bright flavors perfect for a Sunday lunch.

Use Thistle for Inspiration

While we think your mother should be celebrated constantly throughout the year. On this special Sunday, make sure you are showing her how much you appreciate her by feeding her nutritious and delicious foods. One of the easiest ways to show your mom you care is by spending time with her. This Mother’s Day, take care of her for a change 💖

When you sign-up with Thistle you gain access to even more recipes and meal hacks that are plant-based and delicious. Considering your mother will want to make this luncheon into a yearly thing, it might be a good idea to join now to learn about all Thistle has to offer. We can help give you inspiration for next year—and for many dinners and lunches to come—with our handmade and freshly prepared plant-based Meals. 

Don’t forget to give your mother a big hug this year. She deserves it!



Sources:

Sweet Potatoes | The Nutrition Source | Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Asparagus Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits | VeryWell Health

Peas: Nutrition, Benefits, Types, And More | Medical News Today

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Summary

With these 4 plant-based Mother’s Day lunch ideas, you can celebrate Mother’s Day with good food, great company, and lots of love and laughter!

Every year, we take the time to thank the mothers and motherly figures in our lives for all the love and care that they give to us. Throughout the year, moms are resilient, fun-loving, and welcoming presences that we can always count on. While you might tell your mom you love her throughout the year, Mother’s Day is a day where all the focus is on her. Don’t be afraid to go all out this year 🥰

Your mom is used to cooking you delicious meals and catering to your needs, but she deserves a little TLC for herself. If you want to impress your mother this year, consider serving her a delicious and decadent plant-based lunch. We’ve put together a list of lunch ideas so that you can spend less time searching for #inspo and more time hanging with Mom. 

Why Celebrate Mother’s Day?

A better question is: Why do we only dedicate one day to celebrating our mothers? A mother’s job is never finished. Whether she is worrying about our whereabouts, making sure we’re eating three healthy and delicious meals a day, or being a shoulder to cry on, your mother is there for you 24/7.

This year, Mother’s Day in the United States falls on Sunday, May 8, 2022. That means you have time to plan out a nice homemade lunch for her, with a meaningful card and must-have flowers. 

Imagine what it feels like to come home to a home-cooked meal, just like you might had every day in your childhood. You’ll make her day when you invite her over for a lunch where all she needs to do is relax and be her wonderful self.

Making Lunch for Your Mother This Year

We understand that you want to make your Mother’s Day lunch as perfect as possible because Mom deserves it. But there is nothing she will appreciate more than the act of you making her a meal with love. 

If you want to make her lunch even more special, consider asking her to come to watch as you prepare her food. Bring her a Watermelon Berry Margarita, and ask her how she is. Spending quality time together and finishing the day with a made-from-scratch meal will give her the best Mother’s Day she’s had—and it will likely become a tradition in your family. 

If you’re planning to surprise your mom with a delicious lunch, it’s always good to have a variety of food available for your mom to pick from so she can choose exactly what she’s craving. Otherwise, you can read over the next six recipes and talk to her about what she would enjoy best. Be careful, though; she might want it all 😉

1. Broccoli Cheese Soup

This plant-based Broccoli Cheese Soup with dippable bread is a perfect choice warm and creamy dish. Best of all for plant-based moms, this cheesy dish is completely dairy-free.

Making this broccoli cheese soup is not too difficult, which is great because that means you can spend more time with your mom. The most important part of this soup is the plant-based cheese sauce. 

To make this dish, you will need potatoes, onion, and carrots to be cooked for 15 minutes. Next, put this yummy mix in a blender with vegetable broth, cashews, nutritional yeast, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Once blended, it will be ready to go (and you can save extras in your fridge for tomorrow).

For the actual soup recipe, combine onions and garlic into a large saucepot and cook for 3 minutes. They’re all done once they’ve slightly browned. 

Add 2 ½ cups of water, broccoli, and carrots to the saucepot and cook for about 10 minutes. Once these are done, put half of the veggies into the blender with the cheese sauce and half a cup of vegetable water. Blend and put them back into the pot with the remaining veggies. 

Add almond milk, dijon mustard, and chili powder with salt and pepper to taste. Cook this for 10 minutes on low heat, and enjoy with your choice of bread. While this meal is delicious as leftovers, it’s unlikely that you’ll have anything left at the end of the meal. 

2. Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Salad

If your mother is a sweet and spicy kind of woman, you might want to toss together Thistle’s Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Salad for her. This is a relatively easy dish to prepare with many nutritious and yummy ingredients. 

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • Baby spinach
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Cooked black beans
  • Hemp seeds
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Scallions
  • Sweet potato with oil, lime juice, pink Himalayan salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Plant-Based Chipotle Ranch Dressing

To make this Taco Salad, you will first need to prepare the sweet potatoes by roasting them at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes with their skin on to get the most nutritional value out of your mean. Once they have cooled, you should chop them into cubes. 

In order to make a Plant-Based Chipotle Ranch Dressing, you will combine plant-based mayo, lime juice, water, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, pink Himalayan salt, chipotle powder, dried parsley, dill, and chives. You will then blend all this to create a creamy dressing.

Once this is done, you put the bean and corn salad together, add in the greens, toss everything with the dressing, and add sunflowers to the top. This salad is great served cold, so don’t forget to keep it refreshed in the fridge before eating it.

3. Risotto With Asparagus and Peas

Who doesn’t love a creamy and comforting risotto for lunch? With a nice breeze and the sun coming in through the clouds, this risotto with asparagus and peas will surely impress your mother this year. This risotto is light and refreshing, making it a great side dish, while the peas are packed with plant-based protein. Of course, this can also be your main dish, too.

It’s springtime, meaning that asparagus and peas are in full force, and we should be using them whenever we can to gain all their yummy benefits

You’ll need:

  • Vegetable broth 
  • Olive oil
  • Medium yellow onion
  • Garlic 
  • Arborio rice (or rice of your choice)
  • Dry white wine
  • Lemon juice
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Plant-based butter
  • Plant-based parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Heat the vegetable broth in a medium pan and leave it at a low simmer. At the same time, heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan. Add garlic and onions and sauté for five minutes. Add rice to the pot and let it toast for one minute before turning down the heat. Next, add white wine and lemon juice until the white wine has dissolved almost entirely. 

Grab a ladle, and scoop the veggie broth into the rice, stirring until the liquid has evaporated. Do this until all of the vegetable broth is used, and the rice is thick. It could take more hot water than you in the broth, so keep in mind how fast the rice is cooking. Add the peas, asparagus, and butter when the last ladle has been spooned in. 

When the broth is evaporated, turn off the heat and add in the parmesan, salt, and pepper, serving it immediately with wedges of lemon and parsley. You will be going back for seconds, no doubt. 

4. Crunchy Thai Slaw Wraps

Finger foods are always a great option for lunchtime snacking, appetizers, and main courses alike. Thistle’s Crunchy Thai Slaw Wraps will be your mother’s newest obsession. For this, you’ll need our Crunchy Thai Slaw Salad and your preferred tortilla wraps. 

To make this requires very little work because our chefs have done most of the dirty work for you. Mix the Crunchy Thai Slaw Salad with the accompanying Sesame Ginger dressing and lay out as many tortillas as you want (this recipe will serve about six, so plan accordingly). Fill each tortilla with however much salad mixture you desire, and roll it up like a taquito. You can cut the rolls in half if you’d like and instantly serve them. 

These slaw wraps are refreshing and tasty, with bright flavors perfect for a Sunday lunch.

Use Thistle for Inspiration

While we think your mother should be celebrated constantly throughout the year. On this special Sunday, make sure you are showing her how much you appreciate her by feeding her nutritious and delicious foods. One of the easiest ways to show your mom you care is by spending time with her. This Mother’s Day, take care of her for a change 💖

When you sign-up with Thistle you gain access to even more recipes and meal hacks that are plant-based and delicious. Considering your mother will want to make this luncheon into a yearly thing, it might be a good idea to join now to learn about all Thistle has to offer. We can help give you inspiration for next year—and for many dinners and lunches to come—with our handmade and freshly prepared plant-based Meals. 

Don’t forget to give your mother a big hug this year. She deserves it!



Sources:

Sweet Potatoes | The Nutrition Source | Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Asparagus Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits | VeryWell Health

Peas: Nutrition, Benefits, Types, And More | Medical News Today

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We believe eating delicious is crucial to a healthy diet. Each week, our team of chefs design a new menu for what's in season, fresh and flavorful.
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 category.