An At-Home Cafe Experience & Some Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for some great meal ideas for Mother’s Day? Mimic that favorite cafe experience and make some good cheap eats at home.

Once upon a time the word cafe denoted a coffee house or coffee shop. It still does. But, in my experience it also suggests a restaurant that offers lighter fare.

There’s a national chain of cafes that once was my favorite. I’ve found that their prices have increased while their portions have shrunk.┬áHubs thinks its more “chick food” than he typically likes, but he actually goes there more often than I do.

Lighter fare, like soups, salads, and sandwiches are pretty easy to make at home. In fact, they make a perfect Mother’s Day luncheon. If you’re cooking for moms this weekend or are considering hosting a bridal or baby shower in the next few months, consider these recipes, some of my very favorites.

You can make the cafe experience at home quite easily. Prepare a few pots of soup, a couple salads, and a platter of assorted sandwiches. Offer pitchers of ice water, tea, coffee, and juice. Bon appetit!

The Cafe Experience at Home

Cheese Soup 3

The At-Home Panera Experience

Mimic her favorite cafe meal by making a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches to choose from.

Cheese Soup with Vegetables

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Roasted Vegetable SoupBacon and Brie Panini with Mushrooms and Onions

Samwiches: Brie and Bacon Panini with Mushrooms and Onions

turkey chipotle sandwich 3

Turkey Avocado Baguette with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Poorman's Chicken Caesar

Poorman’s Chicken Caesar

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings

What’s your favorite soup, salad, or sandwich?

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  1. Great idea and lovely selection of recipes. Gonna pass this on to my daughter :)

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