Seasonal Sundays (Week 20) Mother's Day & Mid May

It's a special Saturday edition, especially for those who might appreciate some last-minute ideas for Mother's Day. Here you'll find our lunch menu for tomorrow plus a whole pile of ideas for the week. This is such a fun time of year to cook!
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Well, hey, yes it's the second Seasonal Saturday of the year, just in case anyone's still in planning mode for Mother's Day tomorrow. I'd happily re-make our Easter brunch menu (it's here for anyone who's interested in a casual brunch that takes about three hours to put together) but, well, it's also kinda fun to plan something different!

What a weird, weird time for "Mother's" Day to fall.

Still, Happy Mother's Day to all who mother! That includes the nanas, the aunties, the grandmoms, the nannies, the neighbors, the teachers, the dance instructors, the school cooks, all of you, all of us!

PS Two years ago, I did a special no-recipe edition of Seasonal Sundays for hat lovers, it's still pretty fun and includes some wise life lessons from my own mom, gone twenty years now but still fully alive every day, in my hands, my laugh, my politics, my food, my penchant for glass jars and pretty dishes, and so so many ways.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Our neighbors in the country keep a few cattle and when the dogwoods bloom in spring, it's calving time! The mommas are protective and wary but the calves are curious and playful – and just like human children, hungry!


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Mexican Fruit Salad ♥, a light and simple fruit salad with a surprising mix of spices and fruits.
  • THE RECIPE Mexican Fruit Salad A light and simple fruit salad with a surprising mix of spices and fruits.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW This salad was a surprise hit at Easter, even more special (and lasted longer) than I'd remembered.

Kitchen Parade's Reader Favorites for May

Alice Waters' Coleslaw ♥, no mayonnaise, bright with lime and cilantro. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep.

Finnish Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake ♥, layers of sponge cake, fluffy whipped cream and strawberries, a real celebration cake.

A Veggie Venture's Reader Favorites for May

Never Buy Fresh Herbs Again, another budget challenge ♥ How to grow a few favorite fresh herbs at home, the pots, the soil, the planting, everything you need to know.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice, another healthy cauliflower recipe ♥ Looks like rice. Tastes like rice. But cauliflower!
Strawberry Milk ♥, not a smoothie, almost a strawberry milkshake.

Baked Bacon ♥, how to cook bacon in the oven, so easy, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too!

Asparagus Whole Wheat Bread Pudding ♥, rustic, studded with fat spears of asparagus and cheese, bright with fresh herbs and lemon zest. Perfect for a spring brunch menu or a weeknight supper.

Five-Minute Fruit Salad ♥, it's all in the presentation.

Savory Orange Slices ♥, a simple and surprising orange salad, savory not sweet.

Chocolate Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries & Cream ♥, barely sweet little desserts just two bites big, perfect finger food.

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

National Shrimp Day
(May 10th)

Easy Shrimp Bites ♥, just four pantry ingredients, a snap to assemble.

Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp ♥, familiar ingredients combined into something unusual and surprising. Serve chilled in summer, warm in the spring. Fresh & Seasonal. High Protein.

Warm Baked Feta & Tomatoes with Shrimp ♥ TikTok phenomenon worth the hype as an appetizer, casual meal or pasta feast.

National Hummus Day
(May 13th)

Crazy-Smooth Crazy-Good Hummus ♥, simple hummus, perfected with three special techniques. Vegan and lower-fat.

Red Pepper Hummus, another easy vegan appetizer ♥

Roasted Eggplant Hummus ♥, eggplant, chickpeas & Greek yogurt in an addictive, ultra smooth and creamy dip and spread. Low Carb. Weight Watchers friendly.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Summer Lentils, another hearty salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, healthy lentils plus plenty of vegetables for crunch and color. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan or Vegetarian.
  • THE RECIPE Summer Lentils aka the "Great Big Vegetable Salad with a Few Lentils Thrown In Just for Fun".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Best-Ever Lentil Salad An unusual cooking technique, great for meal prep.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Herb-Coated Broiled Fish ♥, just coat fish pieces in fresh herbs, then broiled.

Lemon Chive Chicken Salad ♥, chicken breasts gently poached in lemon water, then mixed into chicken salad, light and summery.

Spinach Burgers, another healthy veggie burger ♥ A Veggie Venture. Moist & Juicy. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. Paleo Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein.

Good to Know

My Favorite Graham Cracker Crust ♥ Just two ingredients for a crisp, sturdy crust that's not too sweet, not too buttery.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Easy Spinach Nests ♥ An egg cooked in a 'nest' of fresh spinach, onion and a touch of cream.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

My Favorite New Way to Roast Beets, another time-tested technique ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Sweet Potato Wedges with Rosemary & Lime Juice ♥, fresh and light for summer.

Meal Prep

Healthy Carrot Soup ♥, my cousin's famous carrot soup recipe, creamy even though it's made with skim milk, not cream. Weight Watchers Friendly. Budget Friendly. Low Carb. Rave Reviews!

This Week's Soup

Turkey Sweet Potato Soup ♥, one of my oldest recipes, a healthy colorful soup made with sweet potatoes and leftover turkey.

Finnish Food

Finnish Summer Potato Salad, ♥, just new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette. No Mayo. Vegan. Paleo. Easy. Nordic.

Mexican Food

Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

Homemade Granola with Almonds & Apricots ♥, just a little sweetness, just a little oil, this lets the oats and nuts and dried fruit be the real stars.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Derby Pie ♥, the classic southern pie with many names. Quick to make.

Lemony Broccoli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ♥, surprisingly substantial.

Soups & Salads Especially for April

For seasonal cooks, switching seasons happens gradually, over the course of a few weeks. Here in the Midwest, it's still definitely "early spring" so the recipes cross between soups that warm us up on those chilly days and salads that call when it's easy to stretch an outdoor meal into evening. So what sounds good depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for April, so many ideas!

Here's a sample!

Easy Coleslaw with Blue Cheese & Apple, another easy healthy salad ♥, 3 ingredients + 5 minutes puts salad on the table!

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Southern Belle Lemon Layer Cake ♥, easy cake mix cake, very lemony with a delicious lemony cream cheese frosting. Also strawberry cake, cherry cake, orange cake and 9x13 variations!


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

How to Freeze Stock in Canning Jars ♥

Quick Corn Soup with Coconut Milk ♥, super-quick, super-adaptable.

Just Updated!

Roasted Rhubarb ♥, an easy summer dessert, rhubarb cooked until just soft in the oven.

Deep Mexico, ingredient-driven Mexican meal prep, a new way to shop & cook ♥ incl what we cooked and learned plus pantry essentials and what to make first and often.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.