Greening the Grill for Dad!

Written By: Lynn Stone

Father’s Day is this Sunday June 20th (incase you hadn’t realized), and what better way to honor pops than making it a green one for him? Say “I love you” to your special guy from green and healthy Earth-friendly goodies to a simple day at home!

Tasty green Dinner in 5 Easy Ways this Father’s Day!

1. MEAT:

This Sunday, hit the kitchen with the kids and prepare dad an awesome green steak dinner on the grill (green as in eco-frinedly as opposed to moldy green)! While choosing local is most ideal, you can also look online at some of the organic beef companies. Just make sure you look for the 100% USDA organic seal of approval.

For those seeking a healthier steak option, purchasing bison meat might be exactly what you want. The incredible taste and tender texture of Buffalo steaks are quickly catching on. Buffalo is a lean nutrient-rich meat that is naturally tender, very flavorful and can be prepared exactly as beef.


For a lovely addition to dad‘s plate, shop your local Farmer’s Market for some fresh produce! Look for dark leafy greens for a refreshing salad, tender asparagus roasted with lemon and olive oil, organic new potatoes with sliced onions and garlic, wrapped in a foil package and grilled to perfection! Yum!


June is the season for strawberry picking! Take the kids to a local strawberry patch and pick your own berries for some added color and pizazz. Using fresh berries, create a gorgeous fruit salad as a healthy side dish or fresh strawberry shortcake!


Thanks to the Daily Green for making sure dad is set with a cold one!!

“Satisfy your dad’s hunger for craftsmanship and thirst for a cold one with a unique organic beer brewing kit from Seven Bridges Cooperative ($129.50). The California-based Coop has been offering organically grown brewing ingredients since 1997. For something simpler, why not treat him to the award-winning, organic 2004 Sangiovese red from California’s Frey Vineyards ($13)? Frey is the oldest and largest purely organic winery in the United States, and is the country”s first producer of eco-sensitive Biodynamic wines. None have added sulfites, which are among the compounds many people are allergic to, and all are vegan friendly. Other notable selections include the vineyard”s Biodynamic Zinfandel ($16-$18) and Biodynamic Chardonnay ($12.25)” (The Daily Green).

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Surprise dad with a special organic, fair-trade chocolate dessert to satisfy his sweet tooth! There are some important things to consider when searching for that perfect sweet little morsel. Some questions you might want to consider are “how was this grown and by whom” – as many conventional chocolates are not pure and include ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup.

To avoid the pesticides that can be used on the cacao trees, look for 100% USDA organic. You may also look for fair-trade chocolate which will mean that the Farmer will receive a fair price, safe working conditions and fair living wages. It is a trading partnership with the goal of greater equity in international trade while contributing to sustainability. It’s a good thing!

In 5 easy steps, dad will truly feel like the King of Green….as well as one very full and satisfied papa bear. They always say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – so what better way to celebrate the amazing dad he is by this wonderfully healthy and tasty meal on the grill.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful dad’s this weekend!!!

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  • Muthering Heights , June 22, 2010

    Cute tips! 🙂

  • Cascia Talbert , October 25, 2011

    Thank you for sharing these tips, Lynn!

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