Daddy’s Day

Hi lovelies! Long time, no see! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately- things have been so busy but I’m happy to be back around the blog. I have some recipes to share with you, some fun adventures in the city, my trip to Indy, fashion and much more! But today, I thought I’d start with the most recent– Father’s Day!

I spent the weekend celebrating my Daddy Jeff- the most caring, compassionate, loving man I know. I feel so lucky to be his daughter and it was a pleasure spending time with him and making sure that he felt extra special, because he truly deserves it. We went to the CA Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden on Saturday (more on that in a separate post) so we decided to do church and dinner on Sunday. To stray from the norm, my mom and I decided it would be fun to cook dinner for Daddy Jeff. He chose the general idea of what he wanted, and then I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for recipe inspiration. We came up with gazpacho (recipe to come), Mama Pea’s Yukon Gold White Bean Basil Burgers and dessert in the form of Averie’s Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars.

I’ve eaten countless veggie burgers but never made them, so I was excited to tackle this challenge. Most veggie burgers contain rice or quinoa, so I was so surprised when this recipe combined potatoes with beans! It sounds unusual, but it tastes delicious! I followed Mama Pea’s recipe exactly, only substituting gluten-free flour and a small amount of finely diced onions. It was really easy to prepare, but I did make the mistake of not steaming the potatoes enough. That combined with the fact that I don’t have a potato masher resulted in a sore arm, but ultimately, a happy stomach. We chose to serve the burgers atop mixed greens with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. As I was slicing the mozzarella, and obviously employing the one for me, one for the plate philosophy, I was struck again with how much better fresh mozzarella is rather than the shredded stuff in the bag. I may never go back! We also lightly drizzled a bottled, gluten-free Herbs de Provence dressing atop the greens which perfectly complimented the other flavors.

And then it was time for dessert! Daddy Jeff LOVES peanut butter and chocolate, and if you are looking for one of the best recipes, check this one out. Since I made the one I linked to last Father’s day, I knew this year that I wanted something different. Averie never steers me wrong when it comes to her desserts, so I knew she would be an awesome resource. These bars are all over Pinterest, and when you try them, you can see why. I mean, how could white chocolate + marshmallows + graham crackers + peanut butter + cocoa krispies + chocolate ever be bad? Answer: It couldn’t. What’s especially great about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make, virtually no-bake and is easily gluten-free and vegan! Oh, and it tastes like an extra amazing s’more.

As you can see, it was a wonderful day full of great company and good food. It was really fun cooking with my mom, and so great to sit together as a family with a healthy, home cooked meal. I hope Daddy Jeff enjoyed his weekend as much as I enjoyed celebrating it with him.

Questions:

-Did you do anything special this weekend?

-What’s your favorite kind of Veggie burger?

 

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7 thoughts on “Daddy’s Day

  1. You really conquered the veggie burger thing! Those sound delicious- I’ve never made my own veggie burgers but it seems like I should really give it a try! ……..Ooooooo, and those smore krispies! Mmmm! I guess I’ll believe you since you said they were easy and go check out the recipe.
    I bet your dad felt special with all the special Saturday and Sunday activities! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Yum! I wasn’t with my dad this weekend (he’s in NC and I’m in NYC, so no) but I like veggie burgers with lots of tasteable veggies. My favorite at the moment are the Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers, but they’re a 9.7 out of 10. I’m still looking for a 10 – maybe I’ll need to make it myself!

    xx,
    LLE

  3. Aw, Emily– that’s so sweet of you to go all out for your daddy on his special day! I noticed that you mentioned a lot of gluten-free ingredients. Were those for your mommy? I remember you saying something about her having a sensitivity!

    To be honest I can’t even remember the last time I had a veggie burger. I used to eat them ALL the time in my freshman year of college, so I guess you could say that I just became vegged out ;)

  4. I HAVE to make those squares. They would be a perfect treat to take to my sister this weekend since she loves all those ingredients.
    I prefer making veggie burgers from scratch because of the long list of ingredients on the frozen ones at our local grocery store… but I always love ordering them at restaurants, too!

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