Father’s Day comes around once a year. Once a year we have the opportunity to show the men in our life how grateful we are for the fathering role they play in our lives, be it as our dad, grandfather, uncle, teachers or coaches. Like any relationships in our lives, this relationship can get complicated. I recognize that while Father’s Day can be a great celebration for some, it can also be difficult for others. I’ve learned over the years that just as mothering takes many shapes and forms, so does fathering. It is with this in mind that I want to give a special shout out to all the men out there who have taken on fathering roles in our homes & communities.

As a wise person once said, a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Let’s show the guys how much we love them with this tried, tested and true recipe. Here is one of my favourite recipes. It sounds fancy, but prep time is minimal and pretty straightforward. Young cooks could easily put this recipe together with some help from a grownup.

JambalayaFather's Day Jambalaya

1 tbsp avocado oil in pan
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium peppers, diced
Sauté in a large pot for 3-5 minutes.


2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup rice, uncooked
1 cup salsa
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 package of precooked nitrate free sausages, sliced into coin shape (usually 4-5 sausages)
2 c shrimp, optional (prepared according to package directions)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Time will depend on type of rice used. If using brown rice, plan on 1 hour. If using basmati, dinner will be ready in 30 minutes or less!

Jambalya photo credit – Annie Spratt from unsplash.com