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Healthy Father's Day Menu

Special OccasionsRobyn DownsComment

I can’t believe that we’re well into the month of June and that Father’s Day is this coming Sunday! We don’t necessarily have grand Father’s Day traditions in our family, but we generally try to get together and eat a good meal to celebrate. I’m lucky enough to have three really good dads in my life: mine, Andrew, and Andrew's dad. These three are some of the best out there. Elle picked out a card for her dad and grandpas (all involve animals—specifically dogs—the one for my dad has a dog smoking a cigar—ha!), plus a beer bottle opener shaped like a Mexican wrestler for Andrew. "Get this for dada!" She was very adamant. This is what happens when you let a two-year old pick out gifts. I’m sure he’ll love it. My gift to both Andrew and my dad will be a great meal at home.

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I’m hoping to squeeze in a hike or other outdoor activity in honor of Andrew, so am planning to keep the meal pretty simple and will include a couple recipes I can prep ahead. The final Real Food Father’s Day Menu isn’t finalized, so I’m offering some options here for you (and me!) to play with.

Hopefully you can find a recipe or two to make for a special dad in your life. Make the entire menu, or just pick one or two recipes. All the sides and dessert can be made ahead, making them perfect options if you need to bring a dish to the party!

Main Dish

Andrew loves wild salmon, and these Grilled Salmon Kabobs look easy and perfect. Plus they have the fish and veggies all in one. Love that.

Or, for the traditionalist, these Perfect Grass Fed Beef Burgers look awesome. Just make sure to check the ingredients of the hamburger buns before you buy for any artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Does dad prefer something a bit lighter? These Perfect Turkey Burgers look like just the thing. I like the English muffin idea, but traditional buns would work just fine.

Going meatless? Check out these Portobello Burgers. Top with cheese and avocado, or just the avocado for a vegan option.

On the Side

For some reason I always think of baked beans for a cookout. This recipe for Homemade Baked Beans fits the bill, uses only real food ingredients, plus it can be made in the slow cooker, allowing us to play outside all day!

Chunky veggie salads are always a big hit in our family. If I make this Grilled Corn Salad I guarantee there will be none left at the end of the night.

A substantial whole grain salad is always nice, and this Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous with Cherry Salad looks really flavorful. If you can’t find whole wheat pearl couscous you could substitute any whole grain, or a small whole wheat pasta such as orzo.

Another whole grain salad option is this Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Tomato. If you can’t find black quinoa, regular will work just fine.

Slaw-type salads are great because they can be made ahead. This recipe for The Best Shredded Kale Salad is hearty and so, so good!

This Brussels Sprout Slaw can also be made ahead, and adds a crunchy, bright aspect to the entire menu.


With berry season in full swing it seems only right to go with a berry-inspired dessert. This Strawberry Maple Cornbread Cake just speaks to me, and I know it will be perfect for the dads. I’ll make a little homemade whipped cream to serve along side.

These No Bake Summer Berry Crisps-3 Ways also look really scrumptious. I want to make them all!

Here’s to all the great dads out there. And to my dad, Andrew, and Andrew’s dad, thanks for everything you do for us, every day. We love you!!!!