Dad’s Day Dishes

Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta
Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta

 

Aka meat, cheese and booze!

(Stretchy pants welcome recommended.)

 

Meat:

Bring on the protein!

Beer-Battered Fish

It’s hard to beat perfectly crispy fried fish. Beer just makes the whole situation 1,000 times better (no surprise there). Serve your fish with a tall glass of chilled beer of course.

Easy Traditional Greek Gyros

Not sure how to pronounce “gyro?” Doesn’t matter as long as you and Dad know how to chow down on a few.

Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Bourbon adds even more flavorful to juicy steak. Don’t overcook your meat! The steak will continue cooking after you remove it from the heat. And let that thing rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing in. Patience really is a virtue.

 

Cheese:

Get all cheesy. Dad won’t mind.

Carne Asada Chipotle Pull Apart Bread

Bread. And cheese. And meat. Plus you get to skip the utensils. Dreams do come true.

Calzones

Ooey gooey molten cheese stuffed inside golden brown dough. Yes please! Feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings in there too, like veggies. Or not.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Now’s the time to bring out that hot sauce of yours.

 

Booze & Donuts:

Beer is good, but boozy cocktails are better. Donuts are icing on the cake… er donut.

Bacon Bloody Mary

Garnish with one (or five) strips of crispy bacon!

Kahlua Root Beer Float

End Dad’s Day with a creamy, spiked float. Feel free to add an extra splash of Kahlua. This is a celebration after all.

Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate

Did someone say donuts?? Enjoy these bad boys for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. And second dinner.

 

Looking for more of the good stuff? See our collection of Father’s Day recipes.

Summer Summer Summertime Salads

Summer Abundance Salad
Summer Abundance Salad

 

Big, bright and beautiful salads.

For your summertime consumption.

 

Hearty:

Fill up on salad! Yes it’s possible and can be very much enjoyable too.

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Taco Salad

Probably one of the least boring salads you’ll ever meet. Not feeling the chicken? Grill up some salmon instead.

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Maybe you’re tired of regular potato salad or maybe you just want to switch things up. Swap in cauliflower then dig in! (After being patient and letting it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours.)

Dilled Shrimp Pasta Salad

This popular pasta salad can be served as a main dish or as a side if you’re really going all out. Enjoy the leftovers (if any) for lunch the next day.

 

Refreshing:

The heat can take a toll on your appetite. Keep your energy levels up and your taste buds entertained by enjoying one (or all) of these salads.

Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Mint, Cucumber & Feta

This tangy, fresh salad sure won’t last long! We recommend making a double batch.

Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad

Who needs lettuce? This light salad will satisfy your hunger without weighing you down, thanks to protein-packed quinoa and toasted walnuts.

Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Try not to cook your green beans too long! Unless you enjoy mushy beans. The flavors in the salad develop as it sits so give your salad some alone time in the fridge before plating up.

Fruity:

Not your typical fruit salads. Gotta keep life interesting!

Fruit Salad in Orange Cups

Serve fruit salad in cups made out of oranges! Why dirty more dishes anyway?

Super Food Detox Salad

This healthy salad is packed with veggies, fruit, and protein. Plus it’s actually really tasty. Win win.

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

Fruit and veggies made friends again. Top this salad with a little bit of feta for an extra treat.

 

Still in full-on salad mode? We have more recipes over here.

Dust off That Grill

Greek Lamb Souvlaki Plates with Avocado Tzatziki
Greek Lamb Souvlaki Plates with Avocado Tzatziki

 

And let’s get grilling!

Yes, even dessert.

 

Grilled Main Dishes:

Bring your appetite along for the ride because you’re going to have quite the time choosing just one of these entrees.

Grilled Satay Shrimp Skewers

It’s really all about that sauce. Not a fan of shrimp? Use chicken instead.

Cedar Plank Grilled Sesame Salmon with Kimchi Miso Butter & Grilled Tomatoes

Grilling to impress? This right here is your recipe. (And there’s nothing wrong with impressing yourself… )

Chicken Caprese

This one’s a crowd pleaser, for obvious reasons. Grill up some baguette slices and you’re good to go.

 

Grilled Sides:

Why stop at the main event? You need some grilled side action in your life.

Grilled Asparagus with Gorgonzola Butter

Perfectly charred asparagus is pretty amazing on its own, but when you add funky gorgonzola butter to the picture this whole veggie situation gets even more exciting.

Olive Oil Parmesan Grilled Corn

Of course cheesy corn is a great idea.

Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes & Fried Onions

Grilling lettuce?! Yep, we’re a little crazy, but this technique is actually quite delicious, not to mention a fantastic way to use up slightly wilty greens that have been hanging out in your fridge for a little too long.

 

Grilled Desserts:

You’re on a roll. Might as well throw some dessert on the grill to end your feast on a sweet note.

Strawberry Shortcake Grilled Doughnuts

Yes, you read that correctly. Grilled Doughnuts. Bring on the drool.

Grilled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar Rum Butter

Slightly healthy, slightly decadent, and very flavorful. (Thank you rum butter.)

Grilled Pineapple

Clearly fruit gets along with the grill quite well. You could go the yogurt route, but we recommend topping of those juicy slices with vanilla ice cream.

 

Grill still hot? Get more flavorful grilling recipes.

Sample Flavors from Around the World

Shakshuka
Shakshuka

 

Without leaving your kitchen.

 

Fill Your Plate:

Give grilled cheeses a break and choose something a little more exciting. (Not that melty cheese on toasty bread isn’t exciting.)

Salmon Sushi

Yes, you can make your own sushi! Just be sure to get your hands on super duper fresh fish. And don’t expect your first (or second) round of rolls to come out looking perfect. It’s all about the taste, right?

Italian Meatballs

You’re going to want to whip up a big batch of spaghetti to keep your meatballs company. Don’t forget the freshly grated Parm!

Tostadas

Top a crispy tortilla with your fave toppings. Beans, cheese, and tomato is always a good combo… throw on sliced jalapeno for some heat and shredded chicken to up the protein factor.

 

Eat with Your Hands:

That’s right, no utensils required.

Garlic Naan

It’s way too easy to fill up on this buttery, garlicky, carby magnificence. So there’s no point in even trying to hold back.

Gyro Meat Sandwich Filling with Tzatziki

Make a double batch of tzatziki and straight up drink the stuff. You have our permission.

Pork Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwich

This flavorful sandwich is definitely worth the extra effort. So set those jars of peanut butter and jelly aside then get to work.

 

Grab a Bowl:

Big bowl + big spoon is the way to go.

Beef Massaman Curry

Serve this comfy curry over a bed of fluffy rice. Perfection.

Cashew Chicken

Nutty, crunchy cashews are arguably the best part! Besides that sauce of course.

African Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

This meatless dish is both sweet and salty. (And definitely hard to resist.)

 

Want to expand your palate even more? See our World Cuisine recipe collection.

Mother’s Day Done Right

Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Bruschetta Salad
Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Bruschetta Salad

 

Make Mom something special.

Just don’t forget to clean the dishes!

 

Brunch:

Serve alongside bottomless mimosas.

Crepes

Fill your tender crepes with fresh berries, banana slices, decadent Nutella, or pretty much anything Mom wants. Including ice cream. (Maybe skip the wine though.)

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks

Because regular french toast sticks are just too… regular.

Caprese Frittata

Wander into savory territory and whip up this mouth-watering frittata. Don’t forget the cheese!

 

Dinner:

Let Mom kick back and relax for the entire day. Now’s the time to bring out the wine.

Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Penne Pasta

This light pasta salad is definitely not lacking in the flavor department. Serve warm, room temp or chilled.

Chicken Watermelon Salad

Juicy chicken watermelon salad is a real winner. The zesty honey lime dressing ties all of the delicious flavors together nicely. So don’t even think about using bottled dressing.

Grilled Citrus Salmon

You’ll want to go back for seconds, but save room for something sweet. (Make sure Mom saves room too! Unless you want all the dessert to yourself.)

 

Treats:

Bring on the sugar! These desserts are almost as sweet as Mom.

Raspberry-Rhubarb Bellini Smoothie with Blueberries

Serve this tasty, fruity beverage any time of day. Leave out the booze for a kid-friendly version.

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes

Top these simple cupcakes with Mom’s favorite frosting. Buttercream is always a popular choice. You can decorate the cupcakes with sprinkles, berries, or edible flowers!

No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons

Like chocolate dipped strawberries but arguably better. Just taste for yourself.

 

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Cinco de Mayo Fun

Slow Cooker Carnitas
Slow Cooker Carnitas

 

Grab your piñata!

Plus your appetite.

It’s time for tequila with a side of tacos

And more tacos.

 

Stuffed:

Tortillas are magical vessels for all sorts of fillings. Let’s get to it!

Shrimp Tacos

Don’t skimp on the juicy shrimp. This recipe calls for chorizo too, so you’re in for a real treat.

Spinach Artichoke Enchiladas

Not your typical enchiladas. This twist is full of flavor and veggies! Serve with guac, of course.

Skinny Chimichangas

Slightly terrified of big bubbling vats of oil? Don’t fret, you can bake chimichangas in the oven.

 

Light:

Not planning on supporting a food baby any time soon? Whip up something on the lighter side. Save room for a couple margaritas at the very least.

Tortilla Lime Soup

A good excuse to be lazy and just throw some store-bought tortilla chips on top. (You can always go all out and bake up your own batch of real deal tortilla chips… the more chips the merrier.)

Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are easy to customize, so feel free to include all of your favorite goodies. Extra guac? Yes please!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

This simple, zesty shrimp will be ready to devour in under 10 minutes. What are you waiting for?

 

Treats:

Your savory stomach may be full, but your dessert (and alcohol) stomach still needs tending to.

Minty Watermelon Cucumber Margarita

Regular margaritas are always a good idea, and fruity margaritas are always a great idea.

Frozen Mezcal Palomas

Are you a fan of smokey cocktails? This drink is for you!

Tres Leches Cake

Top this ultra moist cake with fresh whipped cream and juicy berries. You’re welcome.

 

Keep the fiesta going with more Cinco de Mayo recipes.

Quick & Easy Sides

Lemony Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Bacon
Lemony Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Bacon

 

To keep your main dish company.

Your plate full.

And your tummy satisfied.

 

Refreshing:

Go the light route, but don’t skimp on flavor.

Caprese Salad

This simple classic is always a safe bet. Serve with fresh bread or enjoy straight off the platter.

Greek Farmers Salad

Add a little feta to make this dish even better!

Avocado Citrus Salad

For times when Caesar sounds a little boring.

 

Hearty:

Who has time for a sad plate of limp greens?

Black Bean, Mango & Corn Salad

Enjoy this salad as is or scoop it onto fish tacos. You could even get some chips involved if you really wanted to.

Chickpea Salad with Carrots & Dill

Perfect for lunches or when you need a few bites of something healthy to tide you over between meals.

Soba Noodle & Raw Veggie Salad

Serve this flavorful noodle dish with chicken breast or tofu for a complete meal. The leftovers are just as amazing!

 

Veggies:

Eat your veggies! These guys are definitely not lacking in the flavor department.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Crispy cheese makes all vegetables exciting. Especially tender asparagus.

Green Bean Salad with Almonds

Toasted almonds add a nice crunch and nutty flavor to this veggie salad. Peanuts would be delicious too!

Crispy Roasted Broccoli

Forget steaming. We want all of the crispy bits. This dish happens to be dairy-free so everyone can dig in.

 

Looking for more easy peasy sides? We got you covered.

 

Hopping Easter Recipes

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake with Citrus Topping
No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake with Citrus Topping

 

Dye your eggs.

And eat them too.

 

Brunch:

Mimosas are mandatory.

Sweet Potato Hash Egg Cups

These individual egg cups are Easter morning snackage material. Refrigerate the leftovers (if any) and enjoy them for breakfast on busy mornings as you run out the door.

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs in Avocado with Crispy Bacon

Creamy avocado filled with cheesy eggs and perfectly crispy bacon?! Please excuse the drool.

Leek & Bacon Quiche

Gourmet brunching at its finest. It’s all about that buttery, flaky crust.

 

Savory:

Take a quick break from the eggs and Easter candy.

Glazed Ham with Pineapple Mustard

Such a classic. You can’t go wrong with sweet and tangy ham on Easter.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

This smooth spring soup goes down a little too easily.

Spring Pea & Carrot Salad with Carrot Top Pesto

Don’t let those carrot tops go to waste. Blend up a fresh carrot top pesto!

 

Sweet:

Save some of those chocolate eggs for later (or not) and grab some actual dessert.

Krispy Easter Eggs

These are the eggs you really want to hide because they’ll surely disappear in no time.

Single Serve Carrot Cake

If you don’t want to be “stuck” with an entire carrot cake, you can bake a cute little number just for yourself. (If you do want a real deal full-sized carrot cake, here you go!)

Meyer Lemon Chamomile Suzette Crepes with Greek Yogurt

Whip up these fancy schmancy citrusy crepes for a light dessert or even brunch!

 

Looking for more Easter Recipes? Hop on over to our Easter collection.

20-Minute Meals

Salmon Cakes
Salmon Cakes

 

Coming right up!

Because not all of us enjoy living in the kitchen.

(If you do, props!)

 

Chicken:

Chicken can still be your go-to, even on busy nights when the last thing you want to do is hang out in the kitchen.

Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken

This quick chicken dish is appealing to the eye and the stomach. Serve with fresh bread and a simple green salad.

Chicken & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Stir-fries can be ready in no time. Swap in green beans for the broccoli if you like!

BBQ Chicken & Black Bean Burritos

No need to make your own BBQ sauce when you’re strapped for time. Use your favorite bottled variety and you’ll be enjoying these burritos before you know it.

 

Fish:

Fish tends to cook up pretty quick, so you’ll have dinner on the table in the blink of an eye.

Parmesan Tilapia with Tomato & Basil Cream Sauce

That tasty cream sauce isn’t meant for just tilapia…

Oregon Tuna Melts

Do you enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches? (Of course you do.) Throw some protein-packed tuna in there for a complete meal.

Baked Salmon

Line your pan with foil to minimize cleanup. Dinner and dishes in under 30 minutes? Count us in!

 

Meatless:

Whether you participate in Meatless Mondays or you’re meatless every day, these recipes will fill you up and fill you up fast.

Spinach Omelet with Parmesan

Eggs for dinner? Yep it’s happening. Throw in a handful of Parm and fresh spinach then you’re good to go.

Quick Veggie Pita Pizzas

Who actually has time to whip up homemade crust on a regular basis? Grab a couple pitas instead, then simply top with your fave pizza ingredients. Pineapple anyone?

Toasted Israeli Couscous with Veggies

Couscous is pretty much magical. End of story.

 

Want more quick meals? We have plenty.

Use Up Those Leftovers

We all know the feeling… discovering some nearly unrecognizable food substance wasting away in the back corner of the fridge. After the gag factor passes, a wave of sadness and possibly even anger rush over you. How could you have forgotten about that perfectly cooked fish?! Or that fluffy as can be rice?! What a waste!

 

With a little creativity and planning, you can put your leftovers to use before they turn the corner of inedibility. Because we all love the feelings associated with saving time (less trips to the grocery store please) and saving money (purchasing less food = increased Prosecco funds!). We also enjoy cooking up something tasty of course.

 

And yes, you do get bonus points for being “green” and reducing food waste.

 

So let’s get started with some simple, delicious recipe ideas.

 

Cooked Chicken:

Chicken, Avocado & Bacon Sandwich
Chicken, Avocado & Bacon Sandwich

It’s not uncommon to find yourself with leftover cooked chicken posted up in the fridge. Chicken will keep for four days, so you have plenty of time to make all three of these easy recipes!

Wraps

You can toss pretty much anything in a wrap and call it good. Cooked chicken is a great place to start. Then simply add your fave veggies, condiments, and shredded cheese!

Sandwiches

Chicken, bacon, and bread are besties. Throw some crisp lettuce and avocado in there to round out your meal. Or, get a little fancy and create your own edible masterpiece.

Chicken Salad

Enjoy creamy chicken salad as is, sandwiched between two slices of bread, or nestled in a big leaf of crisp lettuce! Add nuts to your salad right before you dig in to avoid sogginess.

 

Cooked Fish:

Quick Leftover Salmon Salad
Quick Leftover Salmon Salad

Turn your leftover cooked fish into a new, flavorful meal. Your cooked fish will stay fresh in the fridge for about three days, so get to it.

Tacos

Tacos aren’t meant for just Tuesday. Stuff corn tortillas with leftover cooked fish, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and cilantro, then top with a dollop of crema plus a squeeze of fresh lime.

Fish Cakes

Crispy fish cakes are still somewhat healthy, plus very delicious. Why stop at crab when you can also use leftover cooked salmon, cod, or even catfish.

Green Salad

This one may sound like a no-brainer, but when you’re strapped for time or simply have few ingredients on hand, top some greens with leftover cooked fish then dump drizzle on your favorite dressing.

 

Hard Boiled Eggs:

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs

Tired of munching on plain ole boiled eggs? We got you covered! Hard boiled eggs will keep (in their shell) for about one week in the fridge.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are the prefect before-dinner snack. It’s quite difficult to stop after inhaling just one! Up your deviled egg game by topping them off with a dusting of paprika and freshly snipped chives.

Egg Salad

This traditional salad is begging for an open-faced sandwich treatment. All out of bread or not feeling the carbs? Simply dig in with a fork.

Curry

Curry with eggs?? Yes yes it works! If you need a little (and by a little, we mean a lot) of flavor in your life, whip up a bowl of curry then top it off with sliced hard boiled eggs for a boost of protein and a tasty contrast of texture.

 

Beans:

Chickpea Salad
Chickpea Salad

Perhaps you have half a can of beans loitering near the back of your fridge. Or, if you’re the ambitious sort, a container full of beans you cooked up yourself. If your beans have been sitting around for five days, it’s time to put those protein and fiber-packed guys to use.

Burgers

Before you turn your nose up at a bean burger, you have to try one first! Don’t forget allll the toppings. We like cheddar and Jack cheese, avocado, fresh tomato slices, lettuce, and spicy mayo.

Bean Salad

There are a lot of different directions you can go here depending on what kind of beans you have on hand. Chickpeas go well with Greek flavors, like tomatoes, cucumber, and feta, while black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans pair well with Southwestern flavors, such as corn and cilantro.

Dip

Blend up beans with garlic, citrus, oil and herbs then dunk some veggies (and definitely chips) in there.

 

Roasted Vegetables:

Roasted Vegetable Naan Pizza
Roasted Vegetable Naan Pizza

Maybe you didn’t polish of all of your veggies for dinner. Not to worry, roasted veggies will keep in your fridge for five days up to a whole week! Time to introduce some carbs into this situation. Balance, right?

Pizza

We probably don’t need to convince you that pizza is always a good choice. Take your favorite pizza base then toss roasted veggies right on top before baking and digging in.

Pasta

Pasta and veggies also work well together. Fold roasted veggies into pasta with bright marinara, herby pesto, extra virgin olive oil, or even a decadent cream sauce. You’re going to need a very large bowl!

Sandwiches

Just like chicken, cooked veggies can get all cozy between two slices of bread. Spread some creamy, tangy goat cheese in there to really get the flavor party started. Or, keep it vegan by opting for hummus instead.

 

Fresh Greens:

Stir-Fried Sesame Shrimp & Spinach
Stir-Fried Sesame Shrimp & Spinach

We know you’ve heard it before… eat your greens! Turn your good intentions into something delicious without letting your greens wilt and go to waste. Your greens will start to get sad after about four to five days in your fridge. Although if you’re lucky, sometimes you can keep them around for one week.

Smoothies

We promise, you can’t even taste the greens. Throw enough fruit and nut butter in there and you’ll be wishing you whipped up a second glass. Spinach works the best in smoothies, but you can also try out kale or even lettuce… just start with a small handful and work your way up to Popeye status.

Frittatas

Frittatas can take on pretty much any veggie, protein, cheese, and herb. Serve your frittata hot, room temp or even chilled… for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Almost sounds too good to be true.

Stir Fry

Stir Fries are very versatile as well. Toss your greens into a hot pan with your protein and seasonings of choice.

 

Baked Potatoes:

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie

It’s approaching day six and your plain Jane leftover baked potato has gone untouched. Grab some butter and cheese, then get to work!

Twice Baked Potatoes

It’s hard to get sick of twice baked potatoes. Stir in cooked broccoli, cubed apples, caramelized onions, or just cheese, then bake! (Don’t burn your mouth in all of your excitement.)

Pot Pie

Cube a baked potato or two then gently fold into your creamy pot pie filling before pouring the filling into your prepared crust.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are normally made from boiled potatoes, but you can certainly mash up baked potatoes with lots of butter and warm milk or cream.

 

Cooked Rice:

Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Fried Rice

Cook up a big batch of fluffy rice then use the leftovers all week long.

Fried Rice

Fried rice is definitely the obvious choice here, but a delicious choice nonetheless. Plus quick and easy. Did we mention you can use pretty much any protein you want? Chicken, pork, shrimp, and tofu all work well. This scenario is sounding more and more appealing by the second.

Rice Casserole

Cheesy, bubbly golden rice? Yes please! Add some cooked chicken and broccoli to make it a meal.

Soup

Make your pot of soup a little more filling by throwing a couple handfuls of cooked rice in there right before serving. White and brown rice are both perfectly acceptable options.

 

Bread:

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Eyes bigger than your stomach? Perhaps you had every intention to inhale that entire loaf of fresh bread, but two days later it’s still residing on your counter and has gone a bit stale. You could always make avocado toast, but you do have more options.

French Toast

Top golden brown slices of custardy french toast with a pat of softened butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Breakfast for dinner anyone?

Panzanella (Bread Salad)

Let this salad sit before serving so the bread cubes have a chance to soak up all the wonderful flavors. Day-old bread actually works better than fresh bread, which will get too soggy. Serve room temp, or chilled, if necessary.

Bread Pudding

Treat your sweet tooth to a warm bowl of decadent bread pudding. You’ll be wishing you had leftover bread more often.

 

Looking for more inspo? Type 3-ingredients into our Use Up Leftovers feature and we’ll give you tasty recipe ideas, or see the Use Up Those Leftovers recipe collection.