Special occasion cooking most certainly warrants a splurge (or two), but this Mother’s Day, we’re opting for affordable menu options from some of our favorite budget recipe blogs. Simple, wonderfully brief ingredient lists are the order of the day, allowing you to feed a crowd for next to nothing—and save the bulk of your budget for champagne.
In his ode to new potatoes, Nick from Frugalfeeding touts the value (and the versatility) of roasted potatoes, featuring them in a beautiful brunch recipe. Here, these gems are showcased in a skillet hash, surrounded by eggs—and perfectly runny yolks.
Brunch without waffles? Sure, you could. But why would you want to? These Oatmeal Waffles courtesy of Good Cheap Eats have all the goodness we’ve come to expect from waffles, plus an added boost of whole grains, so you won’t feel quite as bad for pairing with extra toppings—and bacon. Mother’s Day is a special occasion, after all.
If this so-savory recipe for Sausage, Black Pepper and Rosemary Drop Biscuits, adapted by Young, Broke and Hungry, doesn’t spell special-occasion-brunch, we don’t know what does. Top with sunny-side eggs (pictured above) or serve piled high in a basket at the center of the table. Just be sure to make extra.
Reminiscent of a Dutch Baby, these Cookie Sheet Pancakes from Budget Gourmet Mom ensure the whole gang gets to plate up their pancakes at once. Baking up light and fluffy (and topping-friendly, just like regular pancakes), these sit pretty on a plate and only call for a total of four ingredients.
Eggs can be prepared every which way and please a crowd nearly every time, but this Mother’s Day, dress up your brunch (or breakfast in bed) by baking eggs in charming individual ramekins, a la Poor Girl Eats Well. Mom doesn’t like mushrooms or broccoli? No problem. Customize by baking these morsels with her favorite veggies front and center.
Though originally developed as a Valentine’s Day treat, this recipe for Strawberry and White Chocolate Scones from Budget Bytes feel perfectly suited for a Mother’s Day sweet. Beyond its obvious appeal—did we mention strawberries and white chocolate?—this entire recipe bakes up for under $4. [For more on Budget Bytes, check out our blogger Q&A session with Beth Moncel.]
The husband-wife duo behind Minimalist Baker aim to create delicious recipes, using as few ingredients and as little fuss as possible, landing them firmly among our favorite food bloggers. This Apple French Toast Bake recipe calls for only a handful of simple ingredients—featuring apples, cinnamon, and hearty bread at center stage—and is guaranteed make a beautiful addition to any Mother’s Day table.
Erin and the team at 5 Dollar Dinners regularly offer up recipes that feature an ultra-thrifty ingredient list, with no occasion unaccounted for. Luckily, this Egg Casserole with Ham, Broccoli and Sharp Cheddar (featuring English muffins as an unexpected base) happens to translate beautifully as a hearty main dish for any meal of the day.
For more Mother’s Day brunch inspiration, visit our friends at Relish.com for easy tips on Setting the Summer Table.