Dinners Dad Will Love

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Let’s not forget about dad on his special day, coming up on June 18th!  Father’s Day is an occasion to honor our dads; the guys who taught us how to play catch, do a cannonball in the pool, or the ones who cut the grass, then taught us how to cut grass, fixed leaky faucets and clogged toilets. It’s no surprise that Father’s Day and BBQ season fall into the same month. There is something about a man and his grill. Perhaps our dads, and men in general, feel it is their duty or their manly responsibility to be in charge of the grill. (Don’t get us wrong...of course we know that some women love to grill, too).

In Kelly’s family, it is quite simply a ritual. It’s their family tradition for the guys to do the barbecuing. The men take it very seriously and are proud of that duty… and everyone is grateful!

So, as the calendar inches closer to Father’s Day and the start of summer, we know that lots of people are looking to step up their barbeque game and learn some new tricks. We’ve been gathering up some of the yummiest grilling recipes to share with our Thrive & Dine readers. We hope these selections will win your dad’s heart! (Whether he’s barbecuing or not.)

Best Grill Tricks:

  • Clean your grill with a halved onion. This really works! Just cut a fresh onion in half, stick a fork into it and use the flat side to scrub your grill’s grate. You get the added benefit of some onion flavor, too!
  • Grill fish on top of lemon slices. How many times has your fish filet become stuck to the grill grate? Just lay a bed of lemon slices under your fish and they will add a wonderful citrus flavor to your fish, plus… no more sticking!
  • Brine beforehand. This method helps keep it all nice and tender. Throw your beef, pork of fish into a simple brine overnight or just a couple of hours before your fire up the grill. Use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of salt for every 4 cups of water.
  • Use foil with parchment paper inside. You can make little “sealed pouches” for your vegetables. Prior to sealing it up, just add some olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. This also works well for your halibut, salmon or any favorite fish. It holds all the moisture in while on the grill, and there’s no fuss when flipping it over. Just lay the sealed pouch directly on the grill.


Delicious Menu Ideas for Father’s Day

You will win dad’s heart with some our favorite recipes* for the grill.

Homemade Cheesy Italian Grilled Garlic Bread

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Scallions

Grilled Chicken with Italian Marinade

Fire Roasted Red Peppers

Corn on the Cob with Lime Grass-Fed Butter

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Corn & Bean Salad with Avocado

* for all recipes, use organic ingredients whenever possible, grass-fed butter where called for and use honey in place of sugar.