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Celebrating Dads: A Picnic Menu
By Cheryl Tallman

Show Dad how much you love him this Father's Day by creating a heart-healthy picnic in his honor.

Father's Day Menu

  • Hoisin-glazed Turkey Burgers
  • Mango Salsa
  • Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

Hoisin-glazed Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb. Ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. Teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Water chestnuts, diced
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 4 Hamburger buns

Use a fork to gently combine ground turkey, teriyaki sauce, green onions and water chestnuts. Divide turkey mixture into 4 patties.  Lightly spray each patty with cooking spray on both sides.

Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Place patties on the grill; sear until browned, 1-2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and continue grilling until cooked through, about 5-8 minutes per side.

Remove burgers from heat and place them on a plate. Brush both sides of the burgers with Hoisin sauce.  Serve on buns topped with mango salsa.

Makes 4 burgers.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 Mango, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Cilantro, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Red onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Lime juice

Directions:  Place all ingredients in small bowl and gently toss to combine ingredients.

Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, julienned or shredded
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries
  • Lemon Dressing (see recipe below)

Lemon Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. White wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in an air-tight container.  Cover and shake well.

Using kitchen shears or a knife, remove the thick, white ribs from the kale. Rinse kale in water to remove sand and dirt, and dry with cotton towels (or a salad spinner). Chop kale into bite-sized pieces. Place kale in large salad bowl; pour 1/2 the lemon dressing over the kale.  Using your hands, gently massage the dressing into the kale until the leaves are glossy.

Add the carrots, cranberries and remaining dressing, and toss gently. Can be made up to one day ahead.

About the author:
Cheryl Tallman
is the founder of Fresh Baby. For more than 10 years, Fresh Baby has helped parents foster their children's healthy eating habits and proactively respond to the childhood obesity epidemic that plagues our nation. Cheryl is the author and designer of the company's award-winning cookbooks and nutrition education products that support many stages of family life including: pregnancy, breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, and feeding toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children. Permission granted for use on

Tags: Eat Less-Move More, Eating healthy, Father's Day,, Health, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Simple Savings, Stay-at-Home Mom
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