Real Food by Dad

Real Food by Dad is my little corner of the web where I create and share real, easy-to-make, everyday meals, snacks and desserts. I am a husband, dad, coach, fitness & sports fanatic and totally amateur (and still learning) cook.

Beer-Braised Short Rib Sliders

Next to the holidays, the Super Bowl might be my favorite event of the year. Even more so now because boys are big football fans, so naturally I love lazy Sundays, where we all sit around and watch the games. But on the big game day, that’s another story—it’s game + food and everything else […] ...more

Baked Chili Ziti

I took some liberties with the traditional ziti,...more

Waffled Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

Here is a fast, 2-ingredient meal that will have everyone running to the table. My boys went crazy for this, especially Cole. He seems to get sandwich fatigue, since sandwiches make a regular appearance in his lunch ....more


Raise your hand if you’re ready for another epic waffle meal. I have no idea what to call this, so if you have something other than “broccoli waffle with pulled pork awesomeness” –leave it in the comment section. ...more

Waffled Hash Brown Croque Monsieur

Now that the holidays are over with, let’s get down to some serious eating. Never mind the dieting. ...more

Cheers to 2016!

Thank you everyone for sharing this past year’s kitchen adventures with me—2015 was awesome and 2016 is going to be even better. See you then! ...more

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s Christmas time, so cookies are a must, especially these peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The little guy and and I couldn’t quite settle on any one cookie. Ask him what he wants to make and he will say chocolate chip cookie 9 times out of 10 ....more

Easy Weeknight Teriyaki Chicken

Sometimes Sunday dinners come to me easily, but sometimes, not so much. When that’s the case, I have everyone weigh-in with choices. After several “no-s” to things like: waffles, cinnamon toast, smoothies, salads and the dreaded, “anything”, I settled on what you see here, teriyaki chicken and broccoli–always a favorite in my home ....more

Easy Weeknight Newcastle Brown Ale Chili

The holiday season is in high-gear around here, so an Easy Weeknight Chili is a must when things get hectic. This is no ordinary chili – nope, I’ve cooked up this version with some Newcastle Brown Ale to give it added richness and depth. Of course I’m a fan of Newcastle Brown Ale on its […] ...more

Everything Pasta Dinner

I must be getting old. My boys literally wipe me out! Would I have it any other way? ...more