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Mother's Day Dinner

Once the table is set, next comes planning the meal for your Mother's Day Dinner. I love to decorate and to cook, but honestly, the idea of doing a Mother's Day dinner for the whole family stresses me out. How about you?

To take some of the stress out of it, I have planned out the meal, complete with all ingredients and directions, and today I'm going to share it with you. Hopefully you can use it for your family too.

For this year's Mother's Day dinner, I am recreating the meal I made for my family several weeks ago, since it was a hit. We are having a farm to table Italian meal, with chicken, potatoes, green beans, a green salad, and dessert.

First, for the Italian Chicken, oil a cookie sheet, butterfly large chicken breasts and coat with olive oil, salt, and Italian seasoning. Bake on 350 until they are halfway done. Layer spinach, sliced & salted tomatoes, pepper jack and provolone cheese, and salt & pepper and finish baking until cheese is bubbly and browning.

For sides, I'm making Italian potatoes and green beans. Cut the potatoes in half and layer in a dish. Top with 1 stick of sliced butter and 2 packs Italian seasoning. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour at 350. For the beans, do the same, with just 1 pack of Italian seasoning.

I'm also making a large green salad full of yummy veggies. I use Mixed Spring Greens and my favorite salad addition is cilantro. You either love it or you hate it, but I love it! I also add in chopped veggies, slivered almonds, and cheddar and Italian cheeses. Easy enough!

For any large family meal I make, I try to also buy one part of the meal so I'm not stressing over making every single thing. My family loves the chocolate cake from the grocery bakery, so buying one of those and adding some fresh fruit is a win!

And that's a wrap, sidekicks! A complete family-style dinner, and all you have to do is shop and cook- I hope I've done all the planning for you!

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