48 Recipes for Father’s Day

48 Recipes for Father's Day

Everyone knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So what better way to honor Dad then to make him some food that he’ll love? I know I’ll be making a few of James’ favourites come Sunday. And, I’ll be sure to bake some treats to gift my dad next weekend. Here’s a roundup of some favourite foods of the dad’s in my life, hopefully your’s will love them just as much as mine.


Crispy Baked Hash Browns

For the potato lover: Crispy Baked Hash Browns. The best part about these crispy potatoes? They make a large batch, so you can feed a crowd, or freeze the leftovers for a quick brunch another day.

Southwestern Breakfast Skillet

For the Diner enthusiast: Southwestern Breakfast Skillet. Spicy sausage, bell peppers, hash browns, eggs, and cheese. What’s not to love?

Homemade Egg McMuffins

For little hands to make: Homemade Egg McMuffins. These easy breakfast sandwiches can be made by the kiddos for their dad – no hot frying pans needed.

Chicken & Sage Sausage Patties

For the meat lover: Chicken and Sage Sausage Patties. A healthier sausage patty that’s full of flavour and easy to make.

On the Go Breakfast Bagel

On the go: Breakfast Bagel. If you’ve got busy Father’s Day plans these quick breakfast bagels make a great handheld breakfast.

cherry-almond streusel muffins

For the muffin lover: Cherry Almond Streusel Muffins. Cherries are just starting to come into season here and these muffins take advantage of their sweetness. They also happen to be a favourite of the dad in this house.

Quick Waffles with Vanilla Pudding and Blueberry Syrup

For the waffle lover: Quick Waffles with Vanilla Pudding and Blueberry Syrup. A waffle combination to dream about. Waffles topped with warm vanilla pudding and blueberry syrup – all made from scratch and easy to make.

blueberry cheesecake coffee cake

For the coffee lover: Blueberry Cheesecake Coffee Cake. Although coffee cake doesn’t actually contain any coffee, it gets it’s name from being the perfect pairing to a hot and steamy cup of jo’. This version has a layer of blueberry cheesecake on top, making it decadent enough for a special occasion.

Rhubarb Crunch Coffee Cake

For the rhubarb lover: Rhubarb Crunch Coffee Cake. It’s in season. Enjoy it!


crispy microwave potato chips

For some healthy crunch: Crispy Microwave Potato Chips. Quick to make and healthy to boot. Give Dad the satisfying crunch without the cholesterol – these chips are oil free!

caramelized onion goat cheese dip

To go with those chips: Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip. A gourmet version of onion dip. It’s sooo good. Psst.. it also makes a great condiment for burgers. Another great burger spread? This Red Onion Relish.

cheesy mexican corn dip

For the spice lover: Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip. Cheesy, gooey and spicy. This dip has got it going on.

nacho cheese sauce

For the nacho lover: Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce. Just like the movie’s – with no processed cheese involved.


Cajun Grilled Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Pan Sauce

For the meat and potatoes guy: Cajun Grilled Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Pan Sauce. Spicy, juicy, smokey meat, topped with a flavourful and creamy mushroom sauce. Delish!

 Chicken, Bacon & Black Bean Quesadillas

For the quesadilla lover: Chicken, Bacon and Black Bean Quesadillas. Smokey, and full of flavour. These crispy, creamy, tex-mex quesadillas are a go-to weekend lunch for us.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa

For the seafood lover: Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Salsa. I dedicated this post to my dad three years ago. I still feel the same way about him, and these tacos. Another favourite: Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa.

BLT chicken burgers

For the burger guy: BLT Chicken Burgers. So. Much. Flavour. These chicken patties are packed with cheese, helping to keep them moist and flavourful. Topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and basil mayonnaise, how can you go wrong?

perfect burger buns

For the burgers: Perfect Burger Buns. If you want the perfect bun to go with those burgers, make this recipe. It got it’s name for a reason. Bonus: you can make them ahead and freeze.

Quick French Dip Sandwiches

For the beef dip lover: Quick French Dip Sandwiches. Easy to make and packed with flavour. These juicy sandwiches will please any beef dip enthusiast.

baked crispy chicken sandwiches

For the crispy chicken lover: Baked Crispy Chicken Sandwiches. This sandwich has all the flavour of a deep fried crispy chicken sandwich, without the oil. Spreading it with a quick garlic aioli just sends it over the top.

Tropical BBQ Chicken Pizza

For the pizza lover: Tropical Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Every time my father-in-law comes to visit I have to make him this pizza. It’s his favourite, and for good reason.

last-minute bbq pizza dough

For a smokier pizza: Quick BBQ Pizza Dough. Quick to make and so delicious. Everyone can make their own pizza on the grill, just the way they like.

My Favourite Chili

For the chili guy: My Favourite Chili. It took me a while to find my perfect chili recipe, but the moment I tried this, I new it was the one.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls

For the Chinese food lover: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls. Batter and fried chicken in a sweet and sour pineapple glaze. Bonus: you can fry the chicken ahead and freeze, just warm it up in the oven while you make the sauce.

Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Cream

For the taco lover: Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Cream. A more gourmet version of a family favourite. Crispy taco shells, with smokey, spicy chicken and a creamy avocado sauce.

Quick Chicken Parmigiana

For the pasta lover: Quick Chicken Parmigiana. Crispy chicken smothered in pasta sauce and cheese, resting on a bed of spaghetti. Super flavourful, with no frying required.

Sides & Condiments

Barbecue Bean Salad

For a barbecue: Barbecue Bean Salad. Feeds a crowd and goes with any barbecue meal.

 Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

For a Greek inspired meal: Greek Orzo Pasta Salad. A great side to grilled chicken or any Greek themed menu. Orzo is tossed with olives, feta, spinach and a homemade Greek vinaigrette.

homemade bread & butter pickles

To top the burgers: Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles. Make the burgers extra special with these sweet and sour pickles. They’re a great make ahead!

 Chunky Cucumber Salad

To round out any meal: Chunky Cucumber Salad. This salad goes with virtually any meal and is a favourite of James’.

Mandarin Orange Broccoli Salad

For the broccoli lover: Mandarin Orange Broccoli Salad. A great side for a barbecue. Or, double the recipe for a Father’s Day potluck.



For the gluten-free dad: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies. My dad is gluten-free and I love to make him cookies. Not only do these easy gluten-free cookies make a great dessert for Father’s Day, but a great gift too.

Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

For the dairy-free ice cream lover: Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream. No one will miss the dairy in this delicious caramel ice cream with crunchy pecans and chocolate swirl.

Baked Doughnuts – Three Ways

For the doughnut lover: Baked Doughnuts (Chocolate, Vanilla & Cinnamon-Sugar). It doesn’t have to be deep-fried to be delicious! Make dad’s favourite flavour, or a variety for a get-together. (Can be made ahead.)

layered chocolate chip cookie brownies

For the cookie and brownie lover: Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. Can’t decide between a brownie or a cookie? This delicious bar combines the best of both worlds.

classic vanilla ice cream

For the spiced cookie lover: Ginger Crinkle Cookies. Another one of my father-in-laws favourite foods. We like to sandwich them with Vanilla Ice Cream for an extra special summer-time treat.

Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse

For the mousse lover: Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse. Creamy, decadent and oh so easy.

triple chocolate cupcakes

For the chocolate lover: Triple Chocolate Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate frosting, and even more chocolate. It’s like a truffle, in cupcake form.

mocha chip fudge cheesecake

For the cheesecake lover: Mocha Chip Fudge Cheesecake. A creamy mocha cheesecake covered in a rich fudge topping. Decadence.

Peanut Buster Parfait Ice Cream Cake

For the Dairy Queen lover: Peanut Buster Parfait Ice Cream Cake. The popular peanut buster parfait, in cake form. Prepare for deliciousness.

classic apple pie

For the pie lover: Classic Apple Pie. This is hands down James’ favourite dessert. If you’re feeding a crowd try this Apple Slab Pie with Crumb Topping. It’s equally delicious and a little less work.

rhubarb crisp

For the rhubarb lover: Rhubarb Crisp. A go-to in our house. Want cake instead? Try another fave, this simple Rhubarb Pudding Cake.

Zucchini Carrot Cake with Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting

For the spice cake lover: Zucchini Carrot Cake with Maple-Brown Sugar Frosting. A delicious carrot cake with the extra added oomph of zucchini. Slathered in a rich cream cheese frosting, this is every carrot cake lovers dream.


  1. Kate says

    How absolutely awful that your blog got hacked…but what a wonderful way to react to this by bringing some wonderful recipes out of the archives. These little pies are gorgeous.

  2. Liz Gunderson says

    Am so sorry you were hacked–hate it that folks do that. But LOVE that you’re getting through by making pie :-) Lovely!

    Made your healthy banana ice cream and included it in my last post. Didn’t make it as well as you had, but had fun with it just the same: http://wp.me/p2dvv9-12g

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. says


    I remember that, about you getting hacked, and that’s such a bummer! I’m glad we get to re-discover some of your favorite recipes, though :)