I was thinking hard about what to do for my devoted husband Rick for Father's Day this year, as I do every year. This took some real soul searching as it seems to only get harder to think of something that he'll actually value. I can't say that he has everything, but it seems that he already has everything that he wants. He's told me that all he really wants is a little extra love and attention from us, but I've never really accepted that as true until now.
So what can we give our guys that money can't buy? How about his favorite meals, made way healthier with the same great taste. They can buy their toys if they want to, and they usually have such a particular idea in mind of what they want that it would better for us not to even try.
Why my new-found understanding? It seems ironic when I think about it, but it's really been through cooking special meals for Rick, and observing the reactions my friends were getting from their husbands, that I've come to experience this first hand. This is not a theory I would have come up with. It's a genuine observation. I know that when I stopped nagging Rick and started simply tweaking his favorite meals to make them healthier, it was the best gift I could give him. Devoting ourselves to cooking our guy's favorite meals for them shows them that we love them in a very satisfying way. Going to the extra effort of figuring out how to make their favorites healthier, but still taste as good as it always does, adds another layer of love and appreciation that they feel, since it shows that we care for their health as well.
So that's how I settled on crab cakes for dinner on Father's Day. Rick loves crab cakes but unfortunately they're usually loaded with fat. Here they are with a lightly spiced tangy mayo-mustard flavor (see below for recipe)*. And then I thought about what the kids might be able to make on their own to serve to their dad breakfast for in bed. They could make a breakfast fruit smoothie. Smoothie ingredients would be easy for me to prepare ahead of time, so that all the kids would have to is load the fresh fruit chunks in the blender with some fresh juice and turn it on. Rick loves smoothies in the morning.
So that's how Father's Day is going to get off to a great start this year. Two of his favorite meals made healthy and delicious. The rest will take care of itself, I just know it.
Happy Father's Day : )
Missy Chase Lapine
The Sneaky Chef
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Concealed Crab Cakes
I can’t think of a tastier way to give your man a good dose of fiber and omega-3s than with these authentic yet low-fat crab cakes. Put on a Jimmy Buffet disc and your favorite sundress and you’ll feel like you’re in Key West for a romantic getaway.
Makes 8 crab cakes
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
1 egg white
1⁄4 cup White Bean Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #9)
1 tablespoon Dijon or coarse-grain mustard
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1⁄3 plus 1⁄3 cup wheat germ
Freshly ground pepper
1⁄2 pound fresh lump crabmeat (about 2 cups), drained
Optional extra boost: handful of chopped green onions, celery, and/or bell peppers
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with oil.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk the egg white, then mix in the White Bean Puree, mustard, hot sauce, Old Bay, 1⁄3 cup of the wheat germ, a few grinds of pepper, and the crabmeat.
Pour the remaining 1⁄3 cup of wheat germ on a plate. Scoop about 1⁄3 cup of crab mixture and form it into a fairly thick cake. Dredge the cakes in the wheat germ, fully covering all sides of the cake, and place the crab cake on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining crab mixture. Spray the top side of the cakes with oil and bake for 10 minutes. Flip once, spray oil on the tops of the cakes, and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.
Serve cakes with a lemon wedges and Side of Slaw