Father’s Day Feast: Kid-Friendly Recipes to Make for Dad

With the sun shining and summer vibes blooming, we know it’s almost Father’s Day! This Sunday, we’re ready to spoil the incredible dads in our lives with a little home-cooked happiness. What better way to start out the day than to cook a special breakfast or lunch with the kids? Check out these deliciously fun recipes that your kids can take part in and feel proud of — after all, we want to celebrate Dad and give back some of the love and kindness he’s shown us. Grab the whole family and get the feast underway!

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Breakfast Bonanza

Everyone loves a classic breakfast of eggs, toast, and bacon — why not mix them all together? These Breakfast Toast Cups are easy and exciting to make, and are an adorable, hand-held breakfast that perfectly blends our favorite flavors in each bite. With the simple ingredients of bread (your choice), spinach, cheese, eggs, bacon, butter, and salt and pepper, this meal requires minimal preparation and clean up. You’ll fit circular bread cups into a muffin tin, fill in your desired ingredients, pop them into the oven, and voila — dive in with a knife and fork or eat them like a muffin! Find the full recipe here. [1]

For a sweeter treat that’s equally as fun to eat, these Pancake Poppers will be a wild crowd pleaser. While cute and small, they pack a flavor punch big enough to last until lunch! After spraying a mini muffin pan, you’ll stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Then you’ll add in the other classic pancake ingredients — milk, maple syrup, butter, egg, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yum! Sprinkle in mini chocolate chips as desired. Next, you’ll pour the batter into each muffin cup and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Breakfast is served! Get the recipe here. [2]

Pro tip: both of these incredible little breakfasts can be elevated to perfection with a Wolf dual convection oven — incredible flexibility and control for even baking throughout means each cup will be cooked perfectly! [3]

Fun and Fancy Lunch

For a light and refreshing mid-day meal, nothing beats these tasty (and healthy!) Waldorf Chicken Boats. Turn your kids onto the nutritious and flavorful benefits of salad, and serve up a classic snack that’s fun to eat. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make, and will be super easy to clean up! The creamy dressing requires low-fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, thyme leaves, and salt and pepper.

For the salad, you’ll need walnuts, rotisserie chicken, a crisp apple, grapes, white and green scallions, and romaine leaves (to place the mixed salad on). How incredibly delicious does this sound? You’ll whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, toast the walnuts in the oven, and then throw it all together — your kids will love mixing and scooping almost as much as everyone will love eating it! Find the full recipe here. [4]

For a delightfully creative and filling lunch that the kids and Dad will both look forward to, consider getting creative with pizza. The best part about these French Bread Pizzas? They’re personal sized, meaning you can make many on a single baking sheet and satisfy everyone’s individual pizza order! With this simple recipe and endless options for topping, you can customize it to your exact desires. Start out with French rolls (or any kind of roll that you love!) and prepare your ingredients as desired.

Cook anything from flavorful caramelized onions, garlic, sausage, chicken, bacon, spinach, peppers in skillets on a multi-burner gas range for optimized time! [5] Any kind of grated cheese, pepperoni, tomato, pesto, or spread also make for delicious pairings. You’ll cook your pizzas for about 8-10 minutes for golden cheese and a crispy crust. Dig in! Instructions and pizza ideas can be found here. [6]

Dessert

Ah, dessert. The sweet ending to any meal, no matter what time of day. With only 3 ingredients and 30-minute prep time, these fudgy and chewy Nutella Brownies make for a quintessential post-meal treat the kids will love making. Who can resist that scrumptious chocolate and hazelnut taste?! You’ll whisk Nutella, eggs, and flour into a bowl, pour into a pan, and bake for about 15 minutes. It couldn’t be easier! Serve with your favorite ice cream and/or sauce, and watch every plate get cleaner by the second. Easy instructions here. [7]

For more advanced bakers, a fluffy and sweet Strawberry Rhubarb Cake makes for a less rich, but equally sweet and satisfying dessert. This recipe calls for as little or as many strawberries as you and your children wish — you’ll have a ton of fun throwing your fruit in there (and eating it along the way!) Your kids will love helping you mix all the ingredients and watch the cake creation from start to finish. Find the full recipe here. [8]

Whatever you and your children decide to make for Dad, the simple act of cooking together will fill your home with warmth and gratitude. Celebrate all that the fathers in our lives do for us with some quality family time, and a little home-cooked deliciousness. Happy cooking!

[1] http://bbritnell.com/breakfast-toast-cups/
[2] http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipes/a50409/pancake-poppers-recipe/
[3] https://www.hhappliance.com/products/wolf/so30ub.html
[4] http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/kids-can-make-waldorf-chicken-boats-3363922
[5] https://www.hhappliance.com/products/wolf/r304.html
[6] http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/french-bread-pizzas/
[7] http://kirbiecravings.com/2013/02/easiest-3-ingredient-nutella-brownies.html
[8] http://blog.wolfgourmet.com/strawberry-rhubarb-cake/

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