1. The Microwave Is Your Friend

I'm not talking about your typical Easy Mac or Lean Cuisine meal. There are endless microwaveable recipes that take less than five minutes to prepare. From mug cakes, eggs, and potatoes, to an entire Thanksgiving dinner? Who knew the power of a microwave.

2. Take Box Mixes To The Next Level

cream, pumpkin, chocolate, cake, cinnamon, cream cheese
Sophie Bolich

For the last-minute chef, box mixes are the obvious solution. Try  experimenting with easy add-ins, like cinnamon and vanilla, to pancakes, loafs, and cinnamon rolls. Pillsbury's Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie and Berry Cheesecake Cinnamon Roll Cup recipes are sure to impress your mom as well!

3. Build-Your-Own Creations

blueberry, sweet, strawberry, vegetable, berry
Julia Portnoff

Looking for something you and your mom can do together? Consider building your own smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits, and avocado toasts. Don't be afraid to experiment with toppings and add-ins. There's no better way to bond with your mom over than over food.

4.  Presentation is Everything

lime, cilantro
Julia Portnoff

It may all go to the same place, but scientists have proved that pretty food actually tastes better. Try adding spices, a sprinkle of cheese, or a garnish of greens for maximum presentation points and overall aesthetic.

5. Keep It Fresh

apple, juice, sweet
Kristine Mahan

A good meal stems from fresh and simple foods. (Your mom probably told you that years ago, and she's right.) I'm not saying all your ingredients need to come from Whole Foods, but it sure wouldn't hurt! Consider buying raw fruit, using cage-free eggs, and purchasing fresh-baked bread from your local bakery.

You've got all the resources, now it's time to get cookin'!