Planning Fun Meals for Father’s Day

It’s that time of year, and as the weather FINALLY warms up, we’re excited to help families celebrate this Sunday for Father’s Day!


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Mother’s Day tends to get a lot of excitement around it, with breakfast in bed and special gifts, and sometimes dad’s special day can get a little overlooked. We’re here to help you make sure you have some great Father’s Day menu ideas to help dad have a fun day with the family or a delicious dinner after a fun day of golfing with their friends. Whether you’re at home, or joining us in our kitchens (the bonus for joining us here is NO DISHES!) we’ve got great ideas for everyone.

Whether you’re grilling by the pool, hiking in the mountains and cooking fresh fish over the campfire, or taking a lazy walk around the neighborhood followed by a cold Colorado Craft Beer it’s a great day to just spend some time with dad.

Try a Camping Trip-

Take dad on a fun overnight or weekend camping trip into the mountains to do s’mores by the campfire, go hiking and enjoy a hearty lunch, or pack a picnic and eat some sandwiches and sides like pasta salad or potato salad on the go (just make sure to pack things appropriately in your cooler back, and store with cold packs to keep things fresh). Have littles? Backyard camping can be just as fun (plus the bathroom, snacks, and outfit changes are right inside)! Especially if you have a firepit, roast up some sausages or hot dogs, and tell funny stories about dad as the sun sets.

Have a Family Grill-out-

Fire up the grill and invite over family and friends to make an afternoon of it! Pack the cooler with kid-friendly drinks, (and have one for adults too), throw some meat on the smoker, steaks on the grill, or burgers, brats and hot dogs over the fire. Make things easy by having it be a potluck, where each family brings a favorite side dish of dad’s, and do easy dessert like ice cream and cookies, brownies, or fresh fruit cobblers. Let the kids run around in the yard and entertain themselves, as dad relaxes with the spatula in hand and a cold drink in the other.

Do a Big Family Breakfast-

Depending on how old the kids are, make breakfast a family affair (if dad can sleep through the clatter of course) and make him a big hearty breakfast! Brew up a fresh pot of coffee, make waffles or pancakes (or for the foodie father try your hand at Crepes!), a big pile of bacon or sausage, and filling dishes like omelets or biscuits and gravy. Throw some fruit together in a bowl to balance things out a little bit, and pour up a homemade bloody mary or mimosa for him to enjoy as he watches the chaos unfold. Do him a favor and make sure the kids do the dishes, and send him outside to relax in the yard, or the living room to turn on his favorite TV show.

No matter if you stay in, go out, or spend the day outdoors, take this Sunday, June 16th to tell dad that you love him, and show him just how much you care by planning a fun meal together.

And don't forget to check out our awesome Father's Day event: Family Day Out!

RECIPE:

Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Avocado Salsa
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 ½ pounds flank steak, trimmed
1 teaspoons garlic powder
¾ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
3 cups Cilantro Lime White Rice to Serve

Directions:
Using sharp knife, lightly score the steak about 1/8-inch-deep on both sides in a crisscross pattern at 1/2-inch intervals. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, cumin, oregano, freshly ground pepper and kosher salt. Season both sides of the steak with season spices.

Prepare the grill on high heat. Grill the steaks to desired doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, turning steaks 1/4 turn after 1 ½ minutes to form crosshatch grill marks. Transfer steaks to cutting board; let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice steaks across grain. Transfer to platter and top with Charred Avocado Sauce.

Charred Avocado and Jalapeno Sauce
Serves about 6

Ingredients:
1 Ripe but slightly firm avocado, halved, and pitted
1 jalapeno pepper
1 Anaheim pepper
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat grill over medium heat.
Carefully peel the skin off the avocado. You may need to quarter it before doing so.
Grill both sides of avocado till charred. Cool slightly, the chop.

Place jalapeno and pepper into a gas flame, turning occasionally till skin is charred and black, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap for at least five minutes.

Peel, seed, and rough chop the jalapeno and pepper. Use only as much jalapeno as you prefer, depending on the heat.

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Water may need to be added to get the right consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and lime juice. Keep cold and tightly covered till ready to use.

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