The Perfect Father's Day Gift

June 07, 2018

If you’re anything like me you have enough stuff in your life. The one thing I never seem to have enough of is time with my family. I love all the hand-drawn cards and change holders the kids make in school, but this Father’s Day all I want is simply a day spent together.  

I find that some of the best conversations I have with my kids happen when we’re cooking together. Something about keeping their minds and hands busy really gets them to open up and give me more than the typical answers of “fine,” or “‘I dunno.” Plus, learning to cook is not only a great life skill but also gives kids a real sense of accomplishment and self-reliance.

I always stick to three rules when cooking with my kids:

  1. Keep it simple & let the ingredients shine;
  2. Salt and pepper everything;
  3. Use a recipe that has steps the kids can do safely on their own.

Here’s what I’m deciding between for this Father’s Day. What I like about both these recipes is the marinades are perfect for the kids to make, and they’re easily customizable to taste preferences with simple quantity changes. So in the end, my kids can say it is truly their own creation.

Firecracker Flank Steak (Serves 8)

Add a kick to Father’s Day 2018!

  • 16oz Picante Salsa, 2c Orange Juice, 1/2c Olive Oil, 2tbs brown sugar, 2tbs soy sauce, 2 tbs dijon, 1 tsp ginger
  • Add 2lbs of Flank Steak to marinade for minimum of 1 hr
  • For medium-rare, grill over medium heat for 6 mins, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes;
  • Rest for 10 minutes and serve


Lemon-Dijon Salmon (Serves 4)

Where heart healthy deliciousness meets an easy cleanup

  • 4 Tbsp Lemon juice, 4 Tbsp Soy Sauce, 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Clove Minced Garlic, salt, pepper
  • Wrap 4 6oz. Wild Sockeye Salmon fillets individually in foil boats and pour marinade evenly over each.  
  • Make sure the foil is tightly wrapped so no steam can escape and place on grill;
  • Grill over medium-low heat for 7 minutes, flip, grill for 7 more minutes or until salmon easily flakes apart when tested with a fork

This year, I plan on using our butcher recommended, grass-fed, grass-finished American beef or fresh wild-caught sockeye salmon to help put an exclamation mark on one of my family’s favorites. If you’re like me and cooking with your kids this Father’s Day take a pic and tag us on Instagram. A few lucky families will get a mouth-watering apple pie on us!
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