Here it is, almost Father’s Day-ALREADY! You aren’t quite halfway through the month of June, you are doling out your resources because you are A/saving whereEVER you can or B/using SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-funds or C/food commodities or even D/food pantry supplies. And now you would like to honor the daddy in the household in a very special way.
Choosing the menu is one thing and I’ll address that. Just as important is HONORING Dad. I know that can be challenging on a budget but we can make it an activity for the whole family and it could be great fun, not to mention provide great memories for years to come.
Remember that Daddies are just little boys in a big men’s bodies…they ALL love to have a fuss made over them, no matter how much they protest. Attention is a universal human need.
Have you seen the fancy plates in gift shops that have lettering that say something like ‘It’s your birthday today!’ or ‘You are special’? They cost money but it takes NO money to decorate a place mat JUST FOR DAD that says, “Happy Father’s Day to The Best Daddy Ever.” You could write something with crayon around the edge of a paper plate, if you have one.
Think about what Dad would like. Does he fish? Would he like his feet rubbed with lotion? Does he melt when one of the kids gives him a scalp massage? Is he a hunter? Does he like to garden or tinker with cars? Figure out what would give Dad pleasure and let him know in some way that you love him and wish him the best day ever. Money does not have to be a part of this equation.
Little children and Daddies could make some great memories with a paper crown and a bedsheet cape. Declare Daddy King for the Day in his very own castle. The children can pretend to be “pages” who run errands, delivering Daddy the funny papers or his coffee cup. Kids can put on a puppet show or skit and take turns reading poems or stories they have written. Older children can help Mommy cook and serve a special meal.
Maybe GRANDPA will be a guest on this special day? If so, you may want to implement a new tradition. Go around the table and ask each child to tell about a memory they have of the time Grandpa or Daddy did such and such. Have each youngster say the thing they like most about Daddy or Grandpa and why. Let one child or another family member write down all the comments, date them and place them in the family Bible or in a memory book.
Making memories does NOT have to be costly. The Food Stamps Cooking Club is all about saving money and time and keeping life simple. It is the parents’ responsibility to nurture children by giving them their time, their attention, and their care. This includes making memories and creating family traditions to cherish for a lifetime!
The question remains: What shall we serve? Well, Daddy’s favorite is always a good choice. Minimize the costs by using low cost cuts of meat, make appetizers from peanut butter stuffed celery, pickles, carrot sticks. Later, celebrate the day with fresh popcorn snacks.
You might like to prepare this to honor the man of your house and heart:
This comes from Rachel Ray’s family cookbook, “Yum O”, page 78. *EVOO is Rachel’s name for extra virgin olive oil.
3 red onions, 1 coarsley chopped & 2 sliced
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
4 scallions, green & white parts, coarsely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
2 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 – 6 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup EVOO + 2 to 3 tablespoons for drizzling
8 chicken drumsticks
8 bone-in chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pineapple, peeled, cored & chopped into bite sized pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, chopped or sliced
2 red bell peppers, seeded, chopped or sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped or sliced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the chopped red onion in a food processor, with the garlic, scallions, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, red wine vinegar, orange juice, paprika, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, and thyme. Pulse to combine. With the processor running, stream in the 1/2 cup EVOO to form a thick paste.
Season the chicken pieces generously with salt and pepper, then rub all over with the spice paste. Arrange the chicken in a roasting pan and roast uncovered for 45 minutes.
Pile the pineapple, bell peppers, and sliced red onions on a rimmed baking sheet, coat them in 2 to 3 tablespoons EVOO, and season with salt and pepper. Add the baking sheet to the oven after the chicken has been in for 15 minutes and roast the fruit and vegetables along with the chicken for about 30 minutes.
Serve up half the chicken (one drummer and one breast per person) and half of the roasted pineapple, peppers, and onions for dinner.
Cool the leftovers before you wrap and refrigerate them.
If you have a supply of spices on hand this will be economical to prepare, as well as easy. If your spice rack is empty, prepare the dish with whatever you have on hand. If you have no EVOO, use whatever oil is in your supply and do not fret over the details. Daddy will appreciate your efforts.
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