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15 Food Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is around the corner and we can’t wait to help you celebrate the dads in your life. We know a thoughtful gift or two from the kitchen makes the heart (and belly!) extra happy; and we recognize it can be hard to get to the store to buy a gift these days. So, we’ve shared recipe ideas for Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks!

Also, check out our most recent ChopChop Kids Club newsletter dedicated to Father’s Day with a special recipe created for ChopChop by the incredible J. Kenji López-Alt!

We know not every family has a father, and that’s okay! You can make these recipes with or for any father figures or other special people in your life. However you celebrate, we hope you can use some of these ideas to make it a fun day for your family. 

Note: If you’re too young to cook solo, get help from another adult (even your dad—he’ll still appreciate it!), and if you are old enough not to need one, let it be a surprise!

Father’s Day Breakfast

Surprise Dad with breakfast in bed. Or, get him to be your sous-chef and help you make a meal the two of you can enjoy together. Below are three different ideas for you to choose from, depending on what you both are in the mood for.

Top-Your-Own Breakfast Taco
Mashed Avocado Toast
Green Pear Smoothie

Find even more breakfast recipes here.

Father’s Day Lunch

One of the fun things about Father’s Day is that it lands in June, which is a summer month for those living in the United States. Summer Quesadillas are like flat, crispy-edged grilled cheese sandwiches and make a great lunch, especially when you serve them with our summery toppings! Our Rainbow Sandwich is great if you want a no-cook lunch since there is no heating required. You can choose from a variety of different colorful vegetables to put in your sandwich, helping you and Dad eat the rainbow! Or try our confetti salad. The word “confetti” gives a happy kind of parade feeling—perfect for celebrating someone you love. This colorful and flavorful salad doesn’t even have any lettuce in it but it is still just as good for you.

Summer Quesadillas
Rainbow Sandwich
Confetti Orzo Salad

Search for more lunch recipes here.

Father’s Day Dinner

Another fun thing about cooking during summertime is grilling. If you have a grill and an adult is available to help, try making one of our Diff’ Burgers on the grill. Or simply follow our steps and cook it on the stove. Salmon is also delicious grilled but oven-roasted is tasty too. If you want to get fancy, try creating a bed of thinly sliced citrus (lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit) on the baking sheet and cooking the salmon on top of it. If chicken is your meat of choice for your Father’s Day dinner, make our Zippy Green Sauce, which is a bright, tangy, herby, garlicky mixture that tastes extra good on grilled, stove-cooked, or oven-roasted chicken.

Diff’ Burgers
Oven-Roasted Salmon
Chicken with Zippy Green Sauce

Get other dinner recipes here.

Father’s Day Dessert

Want to give Dad something sweet? Whip up our creamiest, dreamiest, simplest ice cream. Or try making our cobbler, which is loaded with bubbling, juicy, summer fruit and covered with a crunchy biscuit-like topping. Or, if you’re in the mood to bake, our Black Cocoa Banana Mini-Breads are rich and chocolatey and will make your dad go, “Mmmm!” 

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Peach-Cherry Cobbler
Black Cocoa Banana Mini-Breads

Discover even more dessert recipes here.

Father’s Day Snacks

If you’d rather give the dad in your life a gift from the kitchen that you can tie a ribbon around or wrap, try any of the food gifts below. The Grab-and-Go Gorp is a satisfying snack that’s sweet and salty as well as crunchy and chewy. The Roasted Peppers not only taste great but can stay out of the fridge for a few hours for wrapping and gifting. And the Spicy Roasted Nuts are the perfect gift for any nut-lover. 

Grab-and-Go Gorp
Roasted Peppers
Spicy Roasted Nuts

Look up more snack recipes here.

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