For all the families who simply can't fit another Father's Day shirt into dad's closet take heed. The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada has teamed up with two of Canada's top chefs to create the ultimate Father's Day gift — breakfast in bed featuring deliciously easy recipes to help keep his prostate healthy. (More on Sunday’s Prostate Cancer Research Walk/Run below the recipes.)




Strawberry and Spinach Smoothie



  • 2 cups (500 ml) spinach

  • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries

  • 12 pieces brazil nuts

  • 1 banana

  • 1 cup (250 ml) cranberry juice


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.

  2. Place container in refrigerator and reserve until needed. Re-blend last minute to ensure smoothie has not separated.

  3. Serve and enjoy.

CHEF’S NOTES: Only make what you will need for breakfast, as the fresh processed product will deteriorate faster than whole. You will maximize on freshness and full vitamin intake if used at one meal period.

Broccoli & Tomato Omelet


For the omelette:

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) broccoli florets, blanched (plunged into boiling water briefly, then into cold) and chopped

  • 1 vine ripe tomato, sliced

  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil

For the salad:

  • 3 cups (750 ml) baby spinach

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) garlic, chopped

  • Pinch sugar and salt

  • 1/2 tbsp (7 ml) white wine vinegar

  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) sunflower seeds, toasted water to stop the cooking process.


  • Omelette pan

  • Stainless-steel bowls


  1. Whisk the eggs in a stainless steel bowl, add salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Mix the blanched broccoli florets with the eggs.

  3. In another stainless steel bowl mix shallot and garlic and pinch of salt and sugar and let stand for a couple of minutes then add the vinegar and olive oil.

  4. With a little oil in a hot omelet pan on medium high heat add the eggs and broccoli mixture and stir until it starts to cook and set. Let it stand on low heat for couple of minutes.

  5. Add sliced tomatoes and fold the omelet in half and let it rest in the pan off the heat.

  6. Mix the baby spinach with the vinaigrette and place it on a plate.

  7. Place the omelet on top of the salad.

  8. To finish, sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds.

Developed by leading chefs Kevin Prendergast, executive chef, Hilton Toronto and Gordon Mackie, executive chef, Far Niente, these dishes are easy to prepare, so the kids can make them with just a little help from mom.

“There's no better way to tell dad you love him than by surprising him on Father's Day with a healthy, delicious breakfast," says John Blanchard, foundation president and CEO. "These recipes contain ingredients like spinach, broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes which can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.”

In its efforts to keep Canadian dads healthy, the foundation is also hosting the Father's Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer Research, designed so the whole family can participate. It takes place in four cities on Sunday, June 17 — Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Halifax. Walk/Run proceeds support research into the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, and lifesaving awareness programs. To participate, or donate to this important cause as your gift to dad, Canadians can go to www.fathersdayrun.caor