Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (May 8 – 14)

Psst: Mother’s Day is on May 14. Considering that’s just around the corner (this is your sign to order a gift ASAP if you haven’t already), we’ve rounded up seven dinners to cook this week that are all worthy of serving to Mom on her special day. (So you can make them each night this week to test them out before the big day—or pick and choose your faves for Sunday.) While the recipes are sure to impress, they’re all still attainable and low fuss, so beginners can show off their skills instead of trying to snag reservations this year. Hit the floral department before you leave the supermarket, will ya?

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Shopping List


  • 14 ounces fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 medium potato
  • 10 stems chard
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 24 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • One 3-inch piece ginger
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 2 bunches thyme
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • ½ bunch kale


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1½ pounds large sea scallops
  • 1 rack lamb or 8 lamb chops (1 to 2 pounds total)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 pounds skirt steak
  • One 4-pound whole chicken


  • 2 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces burrata
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces milk


  • 7 ounces buckwheat, bulgur or other grain of your choosing
  • 7 ounces uncooked rice (or 2 cups cooked rice)

Canned and Packaged Goods

  • ½ pound pizza dough
  • 3 ounces pesto
  • 4 ounces dry red wine
  • One 14-ounce sheet frozen puff pastry
  • 8 ounces coconut milk
  • One 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Pantry Ingredients: kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, flaky salt, everything bagel seasoning, neutral oil, extra-virgin olive oil, brown sugar, fish sauce, chile crisp or crushed red pepper flakes

Monday: Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Mint and Shallots

Can you believe it’ll only take you 20 minutes to pull off this stunner? The scallops only need two minutes of cooking per side to sear to perfection. Be sure to thoroughly pat them dry first to ensure a gorgeous outer crust.

Tuesday: Potato and Burrata Pizza

This pie boasts all of mom’s favorite things: bread, cheese and spuds. The fact that you made it yourself is just the cherry burrata on top. Make it an alfresco meal and pop the pie on the grill instead of baking it in the oven if the weather’s right.

Wednesday: Lamb Chops with Buckwheat and Black Pepper Strawberries

The lady of the hour will be shocked to hear that this eight-ingredient masterpiece only takes 35 minutes to prepare. Wait until the oil is smoking to place the lamb chops in the skillet, then sear them, undisturbed, for the full five minutes to achieve drool-worthy browning.

Thursday: Cherry Tomato Galette with Garlic and Herbs

Blistered tomatoes and fresh herbs make this galette look so gourmet that no one will question if the base is store-bought puff pastry. (Spoiler: It is.) Serve with white wine and a side of dressed greens.

Friday: Lemongrass-Ginger Coconut Grilled Steak

Fire up the coals for a steak dish that will blow Mom away. Once you’ve blitzed the zingy marinade (starring acidic fish sauce, an ingredient that will tenderize the meat ahead of cooking it), you’re halfway there.

Saturday: Kale Quiche with a Cheddar-Rice Crust

In case Mother’s Day brunch is your family’s thing, this gluten-free beauty is made mostly from ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Serve it with roasted potatoes, bacon and a vibrant spring salad.

Sunday: Whole Roasted Chipotle Chicken

Four ingredients + one pan = the most impressive main Mom has ever seen. Dust the bird in baking powder, salt and pepper and pop it in the fridge, uncovered, for a few hours to ensure the most incredible crackly skin. 

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...