When I think of Father’s Day, I think of making some of Dad’s favorite dishes.
Whatever they may be!
When you’re looking for something different, here are two recipes to add to your Father’s Day menu.
One is an update for breakfast blueberry muffins. This recipe has whole grains and reduced fat. You can reduce the fat further by substituting 2 egg whites for the whole egg, or by using a product like Egg Beaters®.
The dessert is for one of my Dad’s favorite pies.
1. Father’s Day Breakfast: Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins
3/4-cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/4-cup ground flax seeds
1 Tablespoon non-aluminum baking powder
1/4-teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1/4-cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 to 1 cup rinsed and drained blueberries
Note: Don’t like flax seed and/or whole wheat? Substitute white flour.
1 large bowl for dry ingredients
1 small bowl for wet ingredients
1 mixing spoon
1 muffin pan: 6 jumbo or 12 regular muffins
Mix flours, flax seeds, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, beat egg lightly with fork, and then add yogurt and milk.
Mix liquids into dry ingredients until moist. Add blueberries.
Grease muffin cups or line with cupcake papers. Fill muffin cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake muffins at 350 degrees F until golden brown, Muffins are done inside when a toothpick inserted into the batter comes out clean.
Note: If you poke a blueberry it will look wet even when the muffins are done.
This recipe makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular muffins.
2. Dessert: No-bake Berry Pie
This pie is not baked. The berries retain more of their flavor than baked berries.
While you can substitute frozen berries, sometimes after thawing they collapse. No worries! Just crush all the berries.
1 Graham cracker pie crust: homemade or pre-made
1 quart rinsed, drained and hulled strawberries or blueberries
3 ounces softened cream cheese
1-1/2 cups juice, or juice plus water to make 1-1/2 cups
1/3 to 1 cup sugar (depends upon your taste and tartness of berries)
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
Whipped cream or topping (optional)
Spread softened cream cheese over bottom of pie crust.
Arrange the choicest berries (about half the berries) on the cream cheese.
Mash rest of berries until juice extracted. Strain if desired.
Add water if needed to make 1-1/2 cups of juice.
Bring juice to boil in a saucepan. Stir in sugar and cornstarch.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, and then boil for 1 minute.
Pour over berries in pie crust.
Chill for 2 hours or until set.
Top with whipped cream or topping just before serving.
Enjoy! And enjoy Father’s Day with your Dad!
Facts for Features: Father’s Day Centennial: June 20, 2010. U.S. Census Bureau.