Lunch is on me!
Remember all those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches your mom made for you, or the burgers and dogs your dad grilled in the backyard on those long-ago summer nights? Remember the carefully packed lunches complete with thermoses filled with soup that warmed you up, body and soul, on a chilly school day? A lot of love and care went into each meal your parents put on the table. On October 12, why not return the favor?
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day is the perfect opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of lunches your mom and dad have made or bought for you over the years.
Taking them out for a bite is certainly a lovely idea that would be very much appreciated, but taking the time to make a homemade meal is a very personal way to thank them for all the times they did the same thing for you. It doesn’t have to be complicated – a selection of finger sandwiches with pickles, deviled eggs, vegetables and dip, and a nice bottle of wine is perfect – but we have some delicious menu suggestions if you want to get a bit fancier with your luncheon spread.
Luncheon menu ideas
- Make salad for lunch. A salad that includes a protein (fish, chicken or beef) can easily be a satisfying main course. Martha Stewart has 20 recipes for delicious lunch salads.
- Make it simple, but delicious. The Food Network has thousands of ideas for easy, but very tasty lunches including Easy Lobster Paella, French Onion Soup, and the Ultimate Cuban Sandwich.
- Make it ahead. If you have your meal made in advance, you can take mom and dad out for some shopping or sightseeing before lunch. Soups you can make in advance and reheat are a great idea, as are sandwiches that can be made and chilled while you’re out having fun. Check out Better Homes and Gardens for 12 mouthwatering make-ahead lunch ideas including Hot and Saucy Tortellini, Parmesan Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and Antipasto Tortellini Salad.
- Make their favorites. If a simple tuna sandwich is your dad’s favorite lunch, or your mom is always craving a bowl of mac & cheese, give them what they want – they probably did it for you all the time. You can always get fancy with the dessert if you want to impress.
- Make dessert. A lunch dessert is generally lighter than a dessert you’d have after dinner. A selection of cheese with some nuts and grapes is delicious, and a platter of fresh fruit with a yogurt dip is healthy and refreshing. But if mom has a sweet tooth, go ahead and make a rich, decadent dessert. She deserves it! For 10 light dessert recipes visit Taste of Home, or browse through 101 decadent desserts from Something Swanky.
If your mom and dad are no longer with you, or you have a complicated relationship and aren’t very close, you can still mark this day by making lunch for someone who has been like a parent to you, or someone who offers you the kind of support and love you’ve always wanted and needed.
Making a special meal for someone is a very personal way of showing your love. On October 12, show Mom and Dad – or someone you care deeply about – just how much they mean to you, and how grateful you have always been to have them in your life.
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