When you think of your father’s favorite meal, what comes to mind? A juicy burger? Steak and potatoes? Chicken wings? These comfort foods might tempting to the tummy, but they’re high in saturated fat and calories and far from heart-healthy.
This year, protect dad’s heart and cook up a dish that his taste buds and his waistline will love. Whether you’re serving up breakfast or hosting a family dinner, here are 5 wholesome meals packed with hearty ingredients that are so delicious, he’ll be coming back for seconds!
Two-Potato Hash with Soft-Boiled Eggs
Treat dad to a brunch favorite with a healthy twist. This vegetarian recipe from A Couple Cooks swaps steak for sweet potatoes, keeping the meal just as hearty while providing an extra boost of vitamins A and C. Garnish the dish with microgreens or sprouts, or substitute with the salad green of dad’s choice.
Grilled Salmon Tacos
Take the celebration outdoors and grill up a healthy take on traditional meat tacos! Arrange a DIY taco station complete with a homemade avocado salsa, cotija or feta cheese, and shredded cabbage to top spiced salmon fillets from Cooking Classy. Using spices like chili powder, cumin, onion powder, paprika, and ground coriander adds a flavorful seasoning, without excess sodium.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri
If dad just can’t forgo steak on his special day, season a lean cut like flank, sirloin, or round roast with spices like cumin, garlic powder, and oregano (and be sure to keep each serving at 3.5 ounces). This simple recipe from Skinnytaste adds chimichurri, a flavorful and colorful parsley sauce popular in Mexico and South America. Serve with a side of grilled veggie kabobs or corn on the cob for a balanced meal that he won’t forget!
Honey BBQ Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs
Another scrumptious option for Father’s Day is Dine and Dish’s baked chicken thighs smothered in a sweet honey BBQ sauce. Using skinless chicken keeps the dish lean and making your own homemade barbecue sauce will help keep sugar at a reasonable level. Prep takes just 10 minutes and then the wings are ready to be popped in the oven – less time standing over the stove means more quality time spent with the family!
Baked Pork Tenderloins with Gravy, Coconut Rice, and Carrot Som Tam
Does your dad have an adventurous palate? Try a Thai-style pork tenderloin dish like this mouthwatering recipe from She Simmers, which can marinate overnight to cut down on prep work the day of. Pork tenderloin is a tender, lean cut of meat, making for a delicious meal that keeps fat in check. Pair with a carrot slaw and swap in a fiber-rich whole grain like brown rice, barley, or bulgur for a heart-healthy twist.
Published: Jun 15, 2015. By Everyday Health
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