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Healthy recipes for Father's Day

These crab cakes, made with whole-grain bread crumbs, are quick and easy to make! Plus, crab meat is low in saturated fat and high in both Vitamin B12 and protein.
These crab cakes, made with whole-grain bread crumbs, are quick and easy to make! Plus, crab meat is low in saturated fat and high in both Vitamin B12 and protein. iStockphoto

Treat Dad right this Father’s Day by giving him the gift of a healthy, homemade meal.

Save calories and money by mixing up your own dishes instead of heading out for an expensive meal at a restaurant.

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea, these meals will be sure to make Dad happy on his special day. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, heading over to a family member’s house, or going on a picnic, treat your dad to one of these delicious meals without overloading on calories and fat:

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  • 1. Fajita burgers

    This healthy burger recipe features 90 percent lean ground beef, reduced-fat chipotle mayo, and all the ingredients you’d find in a fajita. Serve on a whole-wheat bun, and enjoy this filling meal for less than 450 calories.

    Per serving: 434 calories, 20g fat, 36g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 6g fiber

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    2. Crab cakes with fresh corn salsa

    These crab cakes, made with whole-grain bread crumbs, are quick and easy to make! Plus, crab meat is low in saturated fat and high in both Vitamin B12 and protein. Topped with a homemade low-calorie corn salsa, this meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

    Per serving: 274 calories, 7g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 27g protein, 4g fiber

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    3. Black bean quesadillas

    These vegetarian quesadillas are something for everyone to enjoy. They're made with black beans, pepper jack cheese and avocado, stuffed inside a whole-wheat tortilla. This fiber-filled finger food will leave you satisfied for less than 400 calories.

    Per serving: 377 calories, 16g fat, 46g carbohydrates, 13g protein, 10g fiber

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    4. Antipasti pasta salad

    This zesty pasta salad is the perfect dish for a light summer meal. You’ll find all the flavors of antipasto with the salami, provolone, and pepperoncini. It’s tossed together with a tangy vinaigrette and whole-wheat pasta for less than 300 calories.

    Per serving: 298 calories, 14g fat, 36g carbohydrates, 11g protein, 7g fiber

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    5. Chile-lime grilled chicken

    For the best flavor, let the chicken marinate in the rub overnight in the refrigerator. The zesty chile-lime rub is made with chile powder, oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, cumin and more!

    Per serving: 214 calories, 9g fat, 4g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 2g fiber

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    Lauren Mennen Philly.com
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