EducationNutritionParentingFather’s Day Recipes & Delights by Mandy Sacher

June 14, 2022
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It can be notoriously challenging buying a Father’s Day gift for Dads. However, you can’t go wrong by surprising them with something homemade, especially if it’s also edible and nutritious. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast, backyard barbeque or a traditional Sunday roast, our Global Chief Nutrition Officer, Mandy Sacher has put together some recipes that are perfect for creating with your children this Father’s Day.

Begin the Celebrations With a Healthy, Hearty Breakfast

 

Give a hearty start to the day with a couple of eggs on toasted sourdough and a side of sweet potato latkes. These latkes make a healthy alternative to the traditional hash brown.

Ingredients

1 Large Sweet Potato (500g), Peeled And Shredded

2 Medium-Sized Carrots (150g), Peeled And Shredded

1 Small Parsnip (70g), Peeled And Shredded

1 Large Onion, Peeled And Shredded

4 Eggs, Lightly Whisked

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

½ Tsp Sea Salt

½ Tsp Black Pepper

4 Tbsp Arrowroot

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon Powder (Optional)

1-2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Or Coconut Oil, For Brushing The Baking Dish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and brush a medium-sized baking dish with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and gently stir until well combined.
  3. Place mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on top.
  4. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt and fresh herbs (parsley or coriander work well).

 

Whip Up Some High-Protein Veggie Burgers

Give our chickpea and pumpkin patties a manly makeover and use them to serve up some delicious veggie burgers.

Ingredients

1-2 Garlic Cloves

1 Spring Onion, Finely Chopped

½ Cup Pumpkin, Steamed And Pureed

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Fresh Coriander Leaves (Or ½ Tsp Coriander Powder)

1 Tsp Cumin

½ Tsp Himalayan Rock Salt Or Sea Salt (Leave Out For Babies)

1 Cup Cooked And Cooled Brown Rice Or Polenta

400g Canned Chickpeas (Eden Organics – BPA Free) Or Dried And Cooked Chickpeas

2 Tbsp Flaxmeal Or 1 Egg

⅓ Cup Of Rice Or Sourdough Breadcrumbs

Coconut Oil For Cooking

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
  2. In a food processor, combine the garlic, spring onions, pumpkin, olive oil, coriander, cumin and salt.
  3. Add the cooked rice and half of the beans. Pulse a few times to form a chunky mixture – avoid making it too smooth.
  4. Add the flax meal or egg and breadcrumbs and pulse 2-3 more times.
  5. Add the rest of the beans and give it one or two more pulses.
  6. The mixture can be made in advance and kept covered in the fridge until ready to use. Some kids may prefer a smoother consistency so judge it for yourself.
  7. Form the dough into 15-20 small patties, about ½” thick.
  8. Place balls onto a lined baking tray.
  9. Cook for approx 30-35 minutes, turn over at 20 minutes.
  10. Once removed from the oven, you can gently pan-fry in coconut oil or olive oil for approx 1-2 minutes on each side to get a nice crispy texture on the outside (optional).

 

Because Dads Deserve the Best

Celebrate the men in your life and treat your dad to a traditional Sunday roast with a twist. This simple and easy-to-make roast chicken recipe will have them eating like a king.

Ingredients

1 whole organic free-range chicken (1.5kg)

½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs mild paprika powder

4-6 garlic cloves, crushed

2-3 tbs fresh sage, finely chopped

2-3 tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped

2-3 tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped, sea salt and pepper, to taste

1 organic lemon

2-3 extra rosemary sprigs

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C
  2. Rinse the chicken, pat dry with paper towel and place in a roasting tin
  3. Whisk the olive oil in a small bowl along with the paprika, garlic, sage, parsley, rosemary,salt and pepper
  4. Pour the mixture over the top of the chicken and rub all over. Make sure the chicken iscoated evenly
  5. Place the lemon inside the chicken’s cavity along with a few extra rosemary sprigs
  6. Tuck the chicken wings behind the back to keep them from burning in the oven and tie thelegs together with a piece of kitchen twine (optional)
  7. Roast the chicken for the about an hour, (turning half way) or until cooked through
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 mins before slicing and serving

Tip: Serve with roast vegetables on the side. Delightful!

 

The author, Mandy Sacher is Australia’s leading pediatric nutritionist, best-selling author, and child nutrition expert, who has previously consulted to hundreds of childcare centres and supported over 80,000 families to implement healthy eating habits through her social media channels, training modules and her international best-selling book Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook.

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