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Father's Day Meals That Dad Will Love

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A common tradition in many families is to prepare a favorite meal for dad on Father's Day. Here is a list of recipes from our family and from the About.com guides, any of which might become a Father's Day favorite in your home.

Breakfast Recipes

  • Favorite Waffles. An all-time breakfast favorite for fathers and children. Light, fluffy and great with preserves or butter and syrup.

  • Pancakes. A great pancake recipe that Dad will love. Serve with butter and maple syrup (or Dad's favorite).

  • Homemade Maple Syrup. A great substitute for store-bought syrup.

  • Scrambled Eggs. If you Dad likes cooked eggs, this is a great recipe. Tasty and easy to make.

  • Crepes. Having lived in France for two years as a young adult, I came to love crepes. This recipe makes very tasty crepes, which can be served with fruit and whipped cream or with (our personal favorite) powdered sugar and lemon juice.

  • Breakfast Burritos. A great spicy breakfast with breakfast meats, eggs and cheese.

  • Breakfast Quiche. Another one of our family's favorite holiday breakfasts, this quiche tastes great and is pretty easy to make.

  • Spanish Omelette. A spicy omelette that Dad will love.

  • Breakfast Fruit Salad . A great fruit salad for breakfast--perfect for a warm Father's Day morning.

  • Mountain Man Breakfast. A favorite with our family, cooked in a Dutch oven with potatoes, eggs, meat and cheese.

Lunch Ideas

  • Ham and Turkey Wrap. A healthy wrap with ham, turkey and all the veggies.

  • Chicken and Apple Salad. A very tasty and lean salad with chicken and apple chunks.

  • Mediterranean Pizza. A delicious pizza with healthy toppings and Mediterranean seasoning.

  • Mexican Chicken Bake. The chicken filling is sandwiched between two corn tortillas, topped with tomatoes, cilantro and reduced fat cheese, and baked until the cheese is melted.

  • Shrimp Pasta Salad. I love pasta salads for lunch and this is one of the best.

  • Reuben Sandwich. While I am not a big Reuben sandwich fan, my dad is and he still loves a great Reuben.

  • Mexican Stuffed Sandwich. Made with ground beef and cheese, this stuffed sandwich is a little more complex to prepare than some others, but it is worth the effort.

Dinner Recipes

  • Roast Beef Stromboli. A refrigerated pizza crust and deli roast beef makes quick work of this quick and easy dinner.

  • Crockpot Chili. I love using crock pots for preparing dinner. All the ingredients go in and then you go about your day. A few hours later, dinner is ready and cleanup is a snap. Two kinds of beans, lean ground beef and vegetables make this chili recipe healthy.

  • Pesto Meatballs with Fettuccine. One of my favorite quick Italian meals, this one uses those frozen meatballs from the grocery store.

  • Apple Cinnamon Glazed Chicken. Only about 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook on a hot grill. A low fat entree with applesauce and cinnamon.

  • Crockpot Beef Fajitas. Flank steak, salsa and peppers highlight these tasty fajitas. Serve on steamed flour tortillas. About 15 minutes to prepare and 8 hours in the crock pot.

  • Pasta Cheese Casserole. This is a meatless casserole can be served with garlic bread and salad for a complete meal. Ten minutes of preparation time and 20 minutes in the oven bring this delicious dish to the table.

  • Spinach Quesadillas. These are delicious and super-quick to put together. Try experimenting with different flavored tortillas and different cheeses, too, to find the combination that works best for your family.

  • Dutch Oven Chicken Stir Fry. I love cooking in my Dutch oven, and this recipe is a favorite at our house or on a family camping trip. Chicken, vegetables and great spices make this a winner.

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