It might be a while until Father's Day arrives where you live, but here in Portugal we celebrate it always on the 19th of March, which is...tomorrow!
If you're the kind of person that likes to spoil your dad with something special on Father's Day but you always leave it for the last minute, don't worry, you're not alone!
Today I'm sharing with you a DIY Father's Day gift that is really easy and quick to prepare, cheap, green and healthy!
I always look forward to prepare something myself for Father's Day, rather than buying something that I know that will be appreciated for a couple of hours and then will end up in a drawer where nobody will go for months...I really enjoy preparing simple gifts that I can easily make with some recycled materials and that are useful too.
And is there anything more useful than food, specially healthy food?
My dad has a savory tooth, we really enjoys his savory snacks. Last year I made him 4 Flavor Pretzels and a DIY Book Marker. This year I'm sticking with the savory treats too: chickpea tortilla chips and guacamole.
These tortilla chips are really delicious! They are really easy to make and they turn out really crunchy! They're rich in protein and very low in fat. I had to prepare two batches in a row because J. (with my help, ops...) devoured the first batch in a few minutes...
The guacamole is an old recipe here on the blog and something I really enjoy preparing, and eating, and I do it frequently. You can check the recipe here.
And to turn it into a gift, I use two glass jars that I had here in my kitchen, well cleaned and original labels removed. Then I made a couple of stickers that I printed and stick to the lids and the laterals of the jars. Now that I think about it, I could also have done some hand-made stickers, to give it an even more rustic and personalized touch. Well, here's the hint...use your imagination!
If your dad has not a savory tooth or is not into tortillas and guacamole, you can also use other treats to fill up your jars. What about some chocolate bonbons? Or some crunchy cookies? Or even a personalized granola ?
Gifts on the side, the most important I believe to be not missing the opportunity to express to your dad how much he means to you, either with a gift, with a hug or just a look...
Happy Father's Day!
DIY (do it yourself) Father's Day Gift
Two glass jars (I used one with 500 ml for the tortilla chips and another one with 300 ml for the guacamole)
Paper and printer/pen
The ingredients for the Guacamole (recipe here)
The ingredients for the Tortilla Chips (recipe below)
Chickpea Tortilla Chips
Yields: 1 big tortilla that you can cut into aprox. 12 tortilla chips
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes stove + 20 minutes oven
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cost: ~0,30 € (in Portugal)
Nutritional Information (per 3 tortilla chips): 125 Kcal, 6.3 g protein, 13.5 g carbs, 3.6 g fat
1/2 cup dried Chickpeas (~110 g), grind into flour (or ready-to-use chickpea flour)
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp Water (~110 ml)
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp ground Cumin (or Garam Massala)
1 pinch Sea Salt, to taste (optional)
1 pinch Black Pepper, to taste (optional)
1/2 tbsp Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil) (optional)
1. Grind dried chickpeas into flour using a coffee grinder or a potent food processor or blender. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add in the remaining dried ingredients and whisk to combine.
3. Add in the lemon juice and the water little by little, stirring constantly. The batter should be slightly ticker than pancakes' batter.
5. Place a big non-sticky pan over medium heat and wipe it with a paper towel embedded with some olive oil or coconut oil. If your pan is good and really non-sticky you don't need to add any fat.
6. When the pan is hot, pour in the batter and spread it in a big circle using the back of a spoon or a spatula, until it gets about 3 mm thick. Let it cook for about 4-5 minutes or until you can flip the tortilla and it is golden on the bottom side and edges.
7. Cook the tortilla on the other side for more 4 minutes.
8. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 200 ºC/390 F, if possible on the upper resistance only.
9. Transfer the tortilla to a baking sheet and place it in the oven to get more color and more crunchiness, for about 20 minutes, flipping it halfway through.
10. Remove the tortilla from the oven and let it cool down completely over a cooling rack. When cold, sliced it into triangular chips and place them into the jar. Keep the jar closed. Offer it to dad along with a jar of fresh guacamole. Keep the guacamole in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy this DIY Father's Day gift idea. If father's day is not around yet, just keep this idea in mind or save it in your favorites for when the time comes!