They say that “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” This may be an old cliché, but there’s definitely some truth to it, especially when it comes to our dads. If you’ve been struggling to find a gift for all the fathers in your life, bringing everyone together and cooking up a feast may just be the best thing you can do!
No matter what your dad’s favorite kind of food is, we have the plant-based recipes that are sure to satisfy his taste buds on his special day. To see what we had on the menu for previous years, check our Celebrate Dear Ole Dad With Vegan Versions of His Favorite Foods and Show Dad Your Love With These 25 Hearty Recipes for Father’s Day. And check the Food Monster App! An app subscription makes cooking easy by giving you instant access to thousands upon thousands of plant-based recipes – no more clunky laptops on your kitchen counter.
This year we’ve got you covered from appetizers to desserts with these five menus that are sure to appeal to any sort of dad out there!
1. The “Classic Meat-Lover’s Menu”
Even if dad is a “meat and potatoes” kind of guy, you can still “wow” him with his favorite foods. This take on the usual meaty fare from appetizers to main paired with a classic scrumptious dessert will satisfy his big appetite and send him to comfort food heaven.
Appetizer: Baked and Stuffed Avocados With Cashew Queso and Sausage
These Baked and Stuffed Avocados With Cashew Queso and Sausage by Wicked Healthy are smothered in creamy cashew queso, topped with plant-based sausage, and finished with salsa pico which adds a freshness to these decadent snacks. This is perfect party food!
Main: BBQ Seitan Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce
These lip-smacking strips of deliciousness are messy and fun to eat. Tender, meaty homemade seitan is slathered in sticky homemade barbecue sauce, seared, and then baked until slightly crisp and caramelized around the edges. These BBQ Seitan Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce by VEGANIZE IT! will rock your dad’s world!
Side: Dill Pickle French Fries
Dill Pickle French Fries by Jesse Lane Lee are salty, tangy, and bursting with dill flavor just like dill pickle chips! Apple cider vinegar gives these fries a tangy flavor and they are seasoned with fresh dill, garlic powder, and mustard powder.
This Raw Triple-Layer German Chocolate Cake by Christina Ross is perfect to end the meal. It’s a raw take on the classic German delicacy but don’t let it fool you it’s just as scrumptious with its coconut cream and chocolatey goodness.
2. The “Big-Hearted Italian Dad”
He may or may not be a true Italian, but pasta always had his heart. He likes to take his time to eat and appreciates having his whole family over for dinner. Celebrate his special day by making him a true Italian feast!
Appetizer: Truffle Oil Mushroom Bruschetta With Fermented Garlic
These Truffle Oil Mushroom Bruschettas With Fermented Garlic by Cara Carin are the perfect appetizer to class up any celebration. The tender mushrooms are loaded onto your toast atop a smear of hummus and then finished with arugula and fermented garlic. These little bites have a big taste.
Main: Seitan Parmesan
Meat-free chicken parm? Yes, please! This Seitan Parmesan by Melanie Sorrentino tastes just like the old classic, right down to the savory flavor and meaty texture. Serve it on top of your favorite pasta, tomato sauce, and plenty of melty vegan cheese.
Side: Cheesy Caesar Salad
This Cheesy Caesar Salad by Myra Goodman is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Topped with croutons, capers, avocado, and hemp seeds, this dynamic salad will delight your taste buds. The nutritional yeast gives this dressing a cheese-like flavor that could please even the most omnivorous Caesar salad connoisseur.
Dessert: Tiramisu Cake
This Tiramisu Cake by Trine Rask is so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating it. It’s two layers of feather-light ladyfinger cake smeared with a decadent vegan cream cheese frosting and finished off with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and homemade espresso syrup. This is the perfect dish to serve with coffee or after a tasty meal.
3. The “Adventurous Dad”
Some dads love the classics, but no flavor combo is too bold for your pa! Your dad is the kind of guy that will try out any food and (more often than not) the spicier, the better. You may need a glass of non-dairy milk to down your dinner but he’s well worth it!
Appetizer: Stuffed Pasilla Peppers With Habanero Pesto
These Stuffed Pasilla Peppers With Habanero Pesto by Ashley Hankins have pretty much everything out could ask for inside of them. They are filled with zesty vegan chorizo, tender quinoa, plenty of vegan cheese, and then topped off with a fiery habanero pesto. This recipe is definitely going to become one of your dad’s favorites.
Main: Better Than Steak Tacos
If you’re craving something hearty and “meaty,” this is the recipe for you! Portobello mushrooms make the most amazing taco filling that you can definitely sink your teeth into. Topped with fresh veggies and avocado cream sauce, these Better Than Steak Tacos by Michele Elizabeth can’t be beaten!
Side: Veggie Coleslaw With Avocado Mayo and Cashew Sour Cream
Coleslaw made with regular mayo can easily be swapped with this delicious and creamy veggie coleslaw made with avocado mayo and cashew sour cream. The richness of the avocado and the nuttiness of the cashews give this Veggie Coleslaw by Margaret Helthaler the same consistency as the traditional version.
These Churros With Coconut Sugar and Chili Chocolate Sauce by Clémence Moulaert are the perfect indulgence to finish the meal, they’re perfectly crispy and sweet with just the right amount of spice.
4. The “Health Conscious Dad”
He was always making sure you ate your vegetables as a kid, you can now thank him by making him a tasty, but healthy dinner he’ll remember for a long time!
Appetizer: Umami Bomb Cauliflower Bites
These Cauliflower Bites by Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo are little umami flavor bombs! Fresh cauliflower florets are tossed in a wonderful mixture of miso, sesame oil, garlic, and other spices, then roasted until crisp around the edges. These make an awesome snack or meal when served with other veggies or your favorite grains.
These amazing, flavorful chicken doppelgangers are covered in a marinade of sweet, salty, spicy, and citrus and grilled to a caramelized perfection. That same marinade gets incorporated with coconut milk and peanut butter into a dipping sauce that is rich and creamy. Satay is often served with pickled cucumbers and I also made brown rice seasoned with garam masala and some steamed collard greens. This Chicken-Free Satay by Rhea Parsons is a festive and fun meal!
Side: Sweet and Salty Pineapple Fried Rice
This Sweet and Salty Pineapple Fried Rice by Meredith Youngson is rich and flavorful with its fresh vegetables and bursts of tart pineapple. This is a dish your dad will want you to make again and again.
This Strawberry “Un-Fried” Ice Cream With Cacao Crust by Amy Lyons is the perfect end to the meal. It’s light and fresh with surprising hints of chipotle in the cacao crust. Your dad definitely won’t feel weighed down after this tasty treat.
5. The “Foodie Dad”
Your dad probably hasn’t stepped foot in a McDonald’s’ since the 80s, he’s what you affectionately call a “food snob.” Celebrate him by channeling your inner chef and cooking him a fancy dinner!
Appetizer: Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Triangles
Who doesn’t love a savory puff pastry hand pie? They’re flaky, warm, perfectly portable, great for a simple dinner, and even better for entertaining guests. In this particular recipe, the Puff Pastries by Talida Voinea are filled with a deliciously creamy spinach and tofu ‘ricotta’ with simple seasonings like garlic, salt, and pepper. And don’t worry if you run out of pastry sheets before your filling is all used up – it can also be used to stuff tomatoes, as a dip with crackers and vegetables, and even swirled into pasta.
This Seitan Steak in Beurre Blanc Sauce by Rhea Parsons will leave vegans and meat-eaters alike craving for more! The beurre blanc sauce ladled over the ‘steak’ uses a combination of fresh parsley and fennel fronds. This ‘steak’ will definitely wow your dad’s palate.
This Fiddlehead Fern Risotto recipe from Blossom on Columbus in NYC is from their new “In Bloom” Spring menu. The menu truly puts vegetables center stage. The idea is also to use ingredients that are truly in season. In this case, they are using the unique vegetable fiddlehead firms. Blossom’s Executive Chef Ramiro Ramirez says this is one of his favorite spring ingredients because they are only harvested for a few weeks. A bonus? They are a great source of vegan omega-3s.
Dessert: Crème Brulée
Attila Hildmann‘s Crème Brulée is a classic French dessert and one heavenly treat. While it may seem difficult to re-create on your own, it really can be a breeze to whip up this heavenly treat in no time. With just a few simple ingredients and a crème brulée torch, available at most department stores in the kitchen section, you will feel like a five-star chef right in your own kitchen.
We hope you have a great Father’s Day!
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