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Healthy Comfort Food Recipes Perfect for Father's Day

  • Chocolate Peanut Brittle Baked Doughnuts

    Father's Day always brings back fond memories. My dad was a huge fan of the classic sugar-dusted, peanut-coated doughnuts. Flash forward 20-something years: I've learned just how easy it is to make his favorite doughnut at home! Not only are these Chocolate Peanut Brittle Doughnuts oven baked, but I've also decreased the added sugar by using a crunchy, fiber-filled Nuts & Spices KIND bar. The Honey Roasted Almond flavor tastes just like a crunchy peanut brittle, but has 50 percent less sugar. Chop this up to top your fresh-baked doughnuts and I promise you'll be Dad's favorite this year!

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Brittle Baked Donuts

  • Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes

    "When I was a little girl I didn't cook much with my father, but it's a whole different story for my girls. They love dragging over their chairs and standing at the kitchen counter to help me and my husband cook. They especially love making pancakes with their daddy on weekend mornings. I don't always love the mess I come down to, but I sure do love the smiles on all three of their faces!"
    —Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

    Get the recipe: Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes

  • Lamb Sliders with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

    "Like many dads, mine is a champion at the grill and burgers were a summer staple in our house. At one point, he started experimenting with ground lamb instead of beef, and I've been hooked ever since. This recipe is a more modern twist on his lamb burger, made into little sliders instead of big patties, with Middle Eastern spices instead of salt and pepper, and paired with yogurt and greens in lieu of cheese and buns."
    —Katie Sullivan Morford, M.S., R.D., author of Rise & Shine

    Get the recipe: Lamb Sliders with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

  • Dad's Delicious and Easy Meatloaf

    "My dad makes the best meatloaf recipe and it's easy and fast. He would shape it into shapes depending on the occasion. I remember one Valentine's Day he made the meatloaf for our family in the shape of a heart. This is definitely a family comfort food favorite. Since you add the carrots and potatoes to the meatloaf pan, you have a complete meal in one pan. I tweaked the recipe slightly by adding in a little extra vegetable to the meatloaf. Cool tip: You can prep the meatloaf, cover it, put it in the fridge, and just cook it the next day when you're ready to eat. Great make-ahead meal idea."
    —Sarah Koszyk, M.A., R.D.N., of Family.Food.Fiesta.

    Get the recipe: Dad's Delicious and Easy Meatloaf

  • Spinach Salad with Macerated Strawberry Dressing

    "My dad was actually the 'chef' in our family and he was always flagging or tearing out recipes from his favorite cookbooks and food magazines. He loved trying new things and we always enjoyed seeing what would show up on the table. One of my favorite things he would make would be a big salad topped with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, sesame seeds and those crunchy chow mein noodles. It was amazing and pretty avant-garde considering we lived in Indiana where there wasn't a lot of this type of food being served anywhere!"
    Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N., certified chef

    Get the recipe: Spinach Salad with Macerated Strawberry Dressing

  • Grilled Asparagus with Lemongrass Garlic Rub

    "Growing up, my dad grilled a lot, and he'd always make me grilled veggies. This grilled asparagus dish, which contains the nutrient boost of an olive-oil-based rub that's rich in healthy fat, reminds me of him. Dads everywhere can enjoy this fiber- and antioxidant-loaded side item on Father's Day."
    —Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N.

    Get the recipe: Grilled Asaparagus with Lemongrass Garlic Rub

  • Baked Papas Fritas

    My dad always orders french fries with his burger. Though on Father's Day we usually grilled out as kids, we'd always have some decadent potato dish served up alongside. This year I decided to show my pops just how easy it is to swap out his potato fix for this baked twist on french fries. These papas fritas are the perfect side to complement Katie's Lamb Burgers for every father this weekend!

    Get the recipe: Baked Papas Fritas


Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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