Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re anything like my family, you probably haven’t quite nailed down the details of how you’re going to celebrate your dad/father figure/mom who is both mom and dad, or whichever special person you’re choosing to make a big deal of on Sunday. Here, three Father’s Day menu ideas, filled with recipes to keep your tummies happy this weekend, whether you’re going for a breakfast, lunch or dinner affair.
So if, like me, you think you might book at a restaurant, good luck finding a spot at your favourite place – way more organised people booked all the best seats weeks ago!
But it’s fine, nothing says I love you like a home-cooked meal. And whether you’re sitting around an elegantly laid table or squished onto couches in the lounge, there’s nothing better than sharing food with the people you love.
I love a buffet-style breakfast, where you can try a bit of everything – a flapjack here, a muffin there and oats in between. Here are a few recipes to make and set out on the table for guests to serve up as they want.
Happy Healthy Flapjacks
Serve these to keep everyone full and wanting more.
Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes mins
Course BreakfastCuisine American
1 cup cassava flour1 tsp baking powder2 bananas smashed2.5 cups almond milk1 tsp coconut oil100 g blueberries100 g raspberries100 g strawberrieshoney to taste1 lime
Place the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir in the mashed banana.Add the almond milk until it reaches a runny consistency.Spoon tablespoons of batter into a large frying pan greased with a little coconut oil – the flapjacks should be similar in circumference to a coffee mug.Cook until golden. Stack up and serve with berries, honey and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Keyword flapjacks, healthy
Overnight Oat Breakfast Bowl
Allow your guests to jump in on spoonfuls of delicious goodness
Prep Time 2 minutes minsCook Time 1 day d
Course BreakfastCuisine American, Healthy
80 g rolled oats2 pinches sea salt300 ml water200 ml almond milk3 tbsp almond butter divided50 g flaked almonds and chopped walnuts roasted2 tsp honey
Add the oats and salt to boiling water and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring.Add the milk, bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat. Allow it to cool for one hour, then store it in the fridge overnight.Slowly reheat the oats, adding a bit of water and 2 tbsp almond butter. Serve with nuts, honey (or coconut sugar) and 1 tbsp almond butter.
Keyword healthy, overnight oats
Bagel With Scrambled Eggs, Cream Cheese And Salmon
Your family will go crazy for this moreish breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes mins
Course BreakfastCuisine American, French
1 bagel halved and toasted1 tbsp low-fat cream cheeseChives finely snipped2 ribbons smoked troutsalmon roe (optional)3 eggssea salt flakes and pepper1 tsp cold butter
Spread each half of the toasted bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle with chives. Have the trout ribbons and salmon roe ready.For the scrambled eggs, add the eggs to a bowl, season with a pinch of sea salt flakes and white pepper, and whisk with a fork for 20 to 30 seconds.Smear a layer of butter over the base of the pan (reserve the remaining butter to add at the end of cooking).Add the eggs to the pan over medium-low heat. It’s important to get the heat right – you want the scrambling to happen slowly, but not so slowly that it never progresses from a custard and not so quickly that it sets instantly into an omelette. Stir slowly, covering the base of the whole pan – nothing will happen for two to three minutes. (This may take longer on an electric plate.)When the eggs begin to thicken, start stirring more rapidly. If it starts to thicken too quickly, remove the pan from the heat for a moment (keep stirring), then return once under control.Once it’s almost at the consistency you want, remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining butter to stop the cooking process – the eggs keep on cooking in the pan even once off the heat.Immediately spoon over the bagel halves and finish with the trout ribbons and roe.
Keyword bagels, breakfast
These moist breads double up as starters for hungry visitors
Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 45 minutes mins
Course BreakfastCuisine American
2 small handfuls fresh spinach chopped4 button mushrroms chopped4 large eggs40 ml milk1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheesesalt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray four or five muffin cups with non-stick spray.In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add spinach leaves and chopped mushrooms. Scoop into the prepared muffin tins almost to the top. Sprinkle cheese on top. Then give each one a touch of salt and pepper.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until egg is cooked through. Easy way to check the egg: touch the middle of the muffins… If they are still wet and gooey, they’ll need a little more time in the oven. They should feel cooked through.
Keyword breakfast, egg muffin, muffin
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Now that it’s getting colder, I’m all about hearty lunches with a beautiful fresh salad on the side. And a little sweet treat to end it all off.
Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes mins
800 g mixed heirloom tomatoes2 avocados sliced1/2 red onion finely sliced1 handful fresh basil torn2 tbsp olive oil1/2 lemon juice and zest1 tbsp sherry vinegar1 tbsp honeysalt and pepper to taste1/4 clove garlic minced
This fragrant meal is so delish, you won’t miss the meat.
Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 15 minutes mins
Course Main CourseCuisine Italian
olive oil2 onions diced2 medium carrots diced2 celery sticks diced4 cloves garlic crushed4 cups cooked lentils1 tsp origanum1 tso thyme3/4 cup red wine3 tins chopped tomatoes1 tbsp tomato pastesalt and pepper to tastecooked spaghettifresh basil leaves to garnish
Add a good splash of olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat.Add the onion, carrot and celery and fry until the onion is almost translucent. Add the garlic and fry for a few more minutes. Be careful not to let the veggies burn.Add the lentils and mix them into the veggies. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the herbs.Add the wine, chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well.Turn the heat to a gentle simmer and reduce the liquid. You want a thick sauce that will coat your pasta well.Once you’re happy with the consistency of the sauce, season well. If the sauce is a little bitter from the tomatoes, you can add a sprinkle of sugar.Serve over spaghetti, garnished with a few basil leaves.
Keyword bolognaise, lentil bolognaise
Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Ganache
Prep Time 10 minutes mins
Course DessertCuisine American, French
170 g coconut sugar200 g cassava flour12.5 ml baking powder180 ml pureed cooked apples125 ml sunflower oil125 ml almond milk5 ml vanilla essence125 ml coconut cream plus extra100 g dark chocolate (90 percent)50 g coconut sugar to taste1/2 tsp vanilla essence
For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 190˚C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until combined. Be careful not to over-mix.Divide the mixture evenly between cupcake cases and bake for +/- 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before removing and placing on a cooling rack.To make the ganache, heat the coconut cream on the stove until just before it begins to boil. Remove from the heat and add the dark chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla essence and sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. If you would prefer the ganache to be sweeter, add more sugar until you’re happy with the taste.Once the cupcakes are cool, generously ice with the ganache.
Keyword chocolate ganache, cupcakes
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For Father’s Day menus and for supper, go big or go home, I say. A curry with all the fixings, a flavourful salad and the perfect sweet ending.
Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 5 minutes mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side DishCuisine Healthy
A good chunk of red or green cabbage, thinly sliced2 carrots grated1 red or yellow pepper1/2 red onion finely choppedhandful coriander roughly chopped1 medium-hot chilli finely chopped1/2 cup nuts chopped and toasted2 tbsp white sesame seeds toastedFor the dressing4 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp lemon juiceAgave syrup to taste1 tsp wholegrain mustardsalt and pepper to taste2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.Place all the dressing ingredients in a Consol jar and shake to combine.Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Keyword chopped salad
Rich Chickpea Curry
Prep Time 5 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes mins
Course Main CourseCuisine Indian
olive oil2 onions chopped5 garlic cloves crushedbig knob of ginger grated3 tbsp butter chicken spice1 tbsp ground cuminchilli flakes to taste3 tins chickpeas drained2 tins chopped tomatoes pureed 1 tin coconut milksalt, pepper and sugar to taste
Pour a big splash of olive oil into a pot and heat on a medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and fry for a few minutes until just translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a couple more minutes.Add the spices and chilli (if using) and stir into the onion mixture.Pour in the chickpeas and stir until covered by the onion-spice mixture. Fry for a few more minutes.Pour in the puréed tomatoes and coconut milk and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper – and sugar (if you want to add a touch of sweetness).Cook on a medium-low heat until some of the liquid has evaporated and a thick sauce has developed. The longer you let it cook, the richer and more delicious it becomes.Do a final taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Serve with rice, a chopped tomato, onion and coriander salad, poppadoms and rotis.
Keyword comfort food, curry
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Lemon Meringue Pie
Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 50 minutes mins
Course DessertCuisine American, French
coconut oil1/2 cup almond flour1/2 cup desiccated coconut6 Medjool dates1 cup brown sugar1/4 cup Maizenapinch salt1 1/2 cups water3 lemons juiced (1/2 cup)6 large free-range egg yolks keep the egg whites for the meringue2 tbsp lemon zest2 tbsp coconut oil 4 egg whites1 vanilla pod seeds 1 tsp lemon juice1/2 cup brown sugar blitzed in a food processor until fine
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a tart dish with some coconut oil.Add the base ingredients to a food processor and blitz until combined. Press into the tart tin to form a base.In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, combine the sugar, Maizena, salt, water and lemon juice. Cook until it just starts to bubble.While the sugar mixture is heating up, in a small bowl combine the egg yolks and lemon zest. Whisk to combine.As soon as the sugar mixture just starts to bubble and turns translucent, temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring in a ladleful of the hot sugar mixture while whisking the egg yolks. Once combined, add all the egg yolks to the sugar mixture. Cook until it just starts to bubble.Once it bubbles, turn off the heat and add in the coconut oil. Whisk until it melts. Set aside.After the lemon curd is off the heat, make the meringue. Pour the egg whites into a bowl attached to a stand mixer and whisk until bubbly, then add the vanilla and lemon juice. Continue mixing and once the egg whites are fluffy, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time until stiff and glossy.Pour the curd into the crust, top with the meringue and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meringue is lightly golden.
Keyword comfort food, dessert, lemon meringue pie More