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Make Dad a Delicious and Healthy Father’s Day Brunch

If the old adage “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is true, there is no better way to celebrate Father’s Day this year than to honor Dad with omelets, frittatas and more. Treat your father to his favorite breakfast eats because after all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

Eggs:

Crab Quiche: A quiche is an elegant yet simple main dish for any brunch party. If you have leftovers, freeze slices individually for quick weekday breakfasts.

Denver Scrambled Eggs: Ham, onions and green pepper give these creamy, smooth scrambled eggs plenty of flavor.

Ham and Cheese Pie: Use egg substitute and a prepared baking mix like Bisquick to make a quick and easy hearty breakfast pie that will disappear from the table in minutes.

French Toast:

Caramelized Pear and Pecan French Toast: French toast can set you back when it comes to calories and fat but this version, sweetened with caramelized pears, is perfect for special occasions.

Mock French Toast:If you’re skipping the carbs this year, make a mock French toast – your favorite dish with less carbs and calories.

Whole Wheat French Toast: Simple and pure, look to strawberries to add flavor to your favorite breakfast mainstay.

Sandwiches:

Avocado Spinach Sandwich: Pack your next sandwich full of avocado and spinach for a healthy, hearty dad-friendly flavor.

Fajita Breakfast Burrito: Put a Mexican spin on the classic breakfast wrap with a burrito full of flavor without the fat.

Skinny Steak Sandwich: A healthy meal doesn’t have to be meat free, so slim down your dad’s favorite steak sandwich and dig in.

Pancake and Waffles:

Banana Waffles: Top these with freshly sliced bananas for a better-for-you waffle breakfast. Instead of maple syrup which can pack approximately 200 calories per serving, fresh fruit is a healthy bonus.

Better Blueberry Pancakes:  These are so sweet you won’t even crave a dollop of maple syrup or butter atop your pancakes. Pro Tip: serve with fresh blueberries and piping hot coffee.

Whole Grain Pancakes: Make your flapjacks a little more nutritious by using whole-wheat flour and rolled oats. Oats have been said to help lower cholesterol and whole-wheat flour will pack a bit of fiber into your breakfast.

Salads:

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad: It might not be as indulgent as the real deal, but taking your favorite cookout dish and turning it into a salad is a great way to save dad some calories and fat.

Asparagus Pasta Salad: Seasonal and fresh, asparagus is a great way to liven up any side salad. Keep it simple or look for white and purple asparagus to add a dash of color.

Mediterranean Chef Salad: Chick peas and feta cheese give this simple chef salad a Mediterranean spin.

Sweets:

Blackberry Sour Cream Crumb: When you see blackberries at the farmer’s market it’s a great opportunity to whip up a seasonally appropriate sweet treat.

Chocolate Mousse with Berries: Mousse is the perfect indulgent treat for any chocoholic and adding fresh berries offers extra nutrition.

Fruit with Peach Dip: Fresh fruit is low in calories but high in flavor. Add a peach dip for a flavor boost to make your favorite fruit more exciting.

Beverages:

Sunrise Smoothie: If your dad isn’t a coffee drinker, opt for a fresh, filling and delicious smoothie to start his day off right. If the temperatures are already climbing in your hometown, it will cool you off and even better – there is no need to turn on the oven.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade: A tangy, fresh lemonade has fewer calories and less sugar than the average bottled beverage. Doesn’t your dad deserve the best?

Watermelon Citrus Cooler: Escape the summer heat with a refreshing beverage that also pulls double duty as dessert, where watermelon is pureed with citrus zest,  juice and topped with lemon sorbet for a colorful treat.

June 4th, 2011

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