Mother’s day never tasted so good—particularly when you select one of the following spring-inspired recipes to serve your lady of the hour on her upcoming special day.

Here are twelve delicious Mother’s Day dinner ideas…

1. Tuscan Pork Loin

For those healthy moms at heart, this deliciously juicy yet lean roasted pork loin will whisk your special lady off to Italy, with savory flavors of garlic, rosemary, and zesty lemon slices baked up just right in the oven. It’s the perfect dish for a special Sunday supper.

Source: Eating Well

2. Eggplant Rollantini

Thick, juicy slices of eggplant rolled around spaghetti pasta, and spread with zesty tomato marinara or vodka sauce. Bake it up casserole-style in the oven and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, shredded mozzarella—or if the mood strikes you—both!

Source: Woman’s Day

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3. Pomegranate Glazed Lamb

The secret to the moist, fall-off-the-bone meat, is cooking it very slowly in the fruit juice marinade—a mixture of garlic, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, pomegranate, and lemon—which makes it literally melt in your mouth.

Source: BBC Good Food

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4. Grilled Steak Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Give mom a taste of Mexico on her special day when you grill up some spicy chorizo sausage, jalapenos, and chilies, and roll it all in soft flour tortillas with grilled flank steak, shredded cheese, salsa, and creamy avocado slices. Ole!

Source: Delish.com

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5. Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie

Do what mom would do on any special occasion, bake up a hot and piping pie! Although this one is a little different, as it’s prepared ahead and popped in a slow cooker (or crock pot). But what comes out is a tasty chicken and leek filled delight topping with buttery puff pastry.

Source: BBC.com

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6. Cheesy Chicken Alfredo

If your mom is a fan of cheesy and creamy, you will score major points with this cheesy chicken Alfredo dish, prepared all-in-one skillet. Infused with Velveeta, smoky bacon bits and topped with more cheese—Parmesan—of course, this will please mom and everyone who’s lucky enough to get a taste!

Source: Kraft.com

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7. Pineapple Pepper Chicken

If mom is a fan of poultry, this quick and easy dish will be a hit all year long. It combines a make-ahead sauce made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, and white vinegar. Just pour the sauce over your choice of chicken breasts, wings, or legs, and serve over rice and vegetables.

Source: Taste of Home

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8. Roasted-Stuffed Salmon

There’s more than meets the eye to this whole roasted salmon! It’s stuffed to the edges with lemon and fresh, seasonal herbs—including a mix of baby fennel, fresh dill, flat-leaf parsley, and tarragon—so the herbs really soak into the meat!

Source: Jamie Oliver

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9. Maple-Chili Roasted Ham

The great thing about this seemingly difficult baked ham, is that you can actually prepared it a few days ahead—by basting it in a marinade of Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and chopped chilies. Bake it the night before mom’s special day, and then simply reheat it before the guest of honor arrives.

Source: House and Home

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10. Grilled Shrimp with Melon & Pineapple Salsa

Nothing says spring like a seasonal salsa of chopped pineapple, juicy melon, red and green peppers, green onion, and jalapeno. The look and taste of intermingling these sweet and zesty flavors makes for a bright and fresh, versatile salsa—perfect over grilled, juicy shrimp!

Source: Kitchen Daily

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11. Spinach Ricotta Pie

Let mom rest with her feet up while you do all the work in the kitchen. Actually, with this easy, 5-ingredient recipe, you can prepare this easy, flaky spinach ricotta cheese pie ahead of time, pop it in the oven, and put your feet up with her.

Source: Rachel Ray

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12. Farfalle Pasta with Peas & Goat Cheese

Celebrate how wonderful mom is with an equally-fabulous, vegetarian-friendly dish that the entire guest list will love—including spring green peas and creamy goat’s cheese!

Source: Family Circle

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