Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s always nice to appreciate the special women in our lives with sentimental gifts, beautiful flowers, or a gourmet dinner. But how else can we honor everything that our moms have done for us? We have asked some of our RD friends to share a special memory about cooking with their moms, and they have also provided a recipe to accompany that memory. It’s so great to see how these women have inspired the nutrition professionals of today, and we hope this tradition continues for years to come. What are some of your favorite memories cooking with your mom? Let us know below–we would love to hear your stories!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Kathy and Tracee
Capturing the moments with Mom – My mom and I actually made these Potato Pierogi’s together. It was super special and we both shared taking the photos. Sarah Koszyk, RDN, Food. Family. Fiesta.
Experiencing the world through food – My mom and I have been cooking together since I was very young and introduced me to a wide variety of foods including having Ethnic night where we choose a country and she makes a meal native to that country and teaches us about the culture there. It was a great way to try new foods and learn new information while enjoying a meal together! Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple Cider-Dijon Sauce was always one of my favorites to make. Amanda Hernandez, RDN, The Nutritionist Reviews
Passing down the traditions from one generation to the next – My Grandma’s No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a tradition handed down from my Grandma to my mom to me. I used to love making it with them and listening to them debate over how much peanut butter was appropriate! Kelli Shallal, RDN, Hungry Hobby
Enjoying your childhood memories a bit healthier – These No Bake Cereal Bars are a healthier version of some cereal bars my mom used to make me! Josten Fish, RDN, Muscle and Manna
Sharing the love through our stomachs! My mom and I would always make this peach cobbler for my dad. The recipe was passed down from my great grandma (you’ll see a photo of the stained original recipe in the post!). Warning, there is nothing healthy about this recipe. Shannon Aleise Garcia, RDN, Lone Star Nutrition
Making childhood memories to last a lifetime – I have such fond memories making homemade chocolate chip cookies with my Mom, sitting on the kitchen countertop, little legs dangling over and stirring the batter with a wooden spoon. And of course, lots of “taste-testing” to make sure it was just right. Kara Lydon, RDN, The Foodie Dietitian
Sharing traditions – These Snowball Cookies are a family tradition! Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, Shaw’s Simple Swaps
Family favorites made together – I can’t even count the number of times I made Cinnamon Spice Muffins with my mom! They’re a favorite in our household and also among our family and friends, because we’d make them for almost every holiday, including Thanksgiving. I recently created a healthier version of my childhood favorite. Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, Amy Gorin Nutrition
Recreating mom’s classic recipe – These vegan Sugar Cookies are adapted from my mom’s classic recipe. A favorite, for sure! Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Blog
This Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel is a healthier twist on my mom’s classic noodle kugel. Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN, Nutritioulicious
Passing down favorite childhood foods to the next generation – I started cooking at a very young age – I probably mastered my mother’s tomato sauce by the age of five! Many of my favorite dishes started with this tomato sauce, including eggplant parmesan. This Eggplant Involini dish is a twist on my favorite childhood foods that I now share with my kids. Kathy Siegel, MS, RDN, CDN Triad to Wellness
Remembering mom in the Spring – Asparagus was a sign of Spring for me as a teenager. I helped my mom make the change from using canned asparagus to buying farm fresh asparagus in the Spring. We steamed asparagus with lemon during the Spring season. I switched it up by roasting asparagus for the carmelized flavor and I serving it with lemon Skyr sauce. Tracee Yablon Brenner, RDN, CHHC Triad to Wellness