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Another edition of “it’s hard to believe” this week.  

Father’s Day is upon us-My husband and son will both be working and our son-in-law is in another state.  Since the only men who are fathers who are here and won’t be earning money that day are my brother-in-law and my dad, I’m not at all sure what we’ll be doing.  

My first order of business will be to call my sister and see what works best.  Our mother’s rib is doing pretty well, but we’d just assume she not drive at night, so I’m thinking that I’m going to see if my sister wants to just go the “brunch” route and we’ll go pick up bagels, lox and cream cheese and some nice fresh berries and bring them over to my parents’ home.  

Later that night, I’ll make a separate meal for my husband.

If it works out that way-maybe our daughter-in-law will want to join us in the morning and then perhaps stay with me and we’ll have a grilled dinner when the guys get home.

Since both of our men love their meat-I’m thinking I’ll make some ribs, a light cole slaw and some of their favorite mashed potatoes.  The spuds are my recipe that has been in Family Circle and the Taste of Home cookbook.

I’ve put it here on the site as well.  Because they‘re also our daughter’s favorite food-I’ve named them Sarah’s Favorite Mashers.

For dessert-keeping it fresh and easy, I serve the best looking berries with just some lite cool whip.

The ribs will take a lot of time, but they’ll be a hit.

Now it’s true you can’t really make “healthy” ribs-but there are ways to cut back on both the fat and calories!  Got for the more expensive baby back cut which will actually halve the calorie and fat just by switching to this leaner slab.  The other great way to make ribs a tad less bad for you is to dish the sauce.

Don’t gasp in horror!  By only using a rub, you lose all the sugars that are in BBQ sauces.  According to Dr. Oz-one bottle of sauce contains over 16 tsps of sugar.  So use a herbs and spices and the ribs will still taste wonderful and you won’t have to wonder what your glucose level is!

Cole slaw is so flexible-just by using a low or non-fat mayo or miracle whip product, you’ve busted the usual calorie laden salad and made it a whole lot healthier.  Another thing I love to do is use a non-fat vinaigrette.  After all, who says cole slaw has to have mayo?  

If you want to try something a bit different with the berries-drizzle some good balsamic vinegar over it and let it chill for a 1/2 hour and then grind some fresh black pepper on it.  Yum!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you lucky enough to have dads to honor!

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      Kathy Holmes wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • The ribs sound delish and the rub can really do the trick - that is way too much sugar in the sauce. Hope you have a wonderful day!


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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 15, 2011
    • turns out-we’ll be going to BJ’s for Saturday night supper.  dh has the day off (happy surprise!) and our ds will be able to sneak out at 5:15-this way we’ll meet closer to my parents.

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      Max0125 wrote Jun 16, 2011
    • Your menu sounds perfect, as always!

      I love BBQ sauce as well, but now make my own using the no sugar ketchup. Which by the way, tastes way better than traditional ketchup. Dry an excellent alternative to BBQ sauce. The other week, we made a pork shoulder by brining it in a beer brine for 12 hours then applying a dry rub for another 12+ hours. Everyone loved it.

      Thanks for the inspiration!


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