Father's day recipes dad will love

We've pulled together our favourite Father's Day recipes. We bet he won't notice our healthier twists on these blokey faves.
Published 21 January 2018 | Updated 25 October 2022

If the dad in your life typically mans the BBQ, give him a break this Father’s Day by treating him to a celebratory lunch. He’ll love kicking back to enjoy a satisfying meal without so much as lifting a finger.

Whether you're a WeightWatchers member or your pops is, you don’t have to worry about the meal setting you back. It’s easy to put together a weight loss-friendly brunch, lunch, or dinner featuring all of Dad’s favourites (think steak and burgers) without sacrificing flavour. The secret is to use recipes that go heavy on the yum but light on the Points values.

To stick to your points budget this Father’s Day, use the winning menu below, which features lightened-up versions of crowd-pleasing favourites so you can enjoy everything from the main dish to dessert.

How to BBQ steak like pro

Some like it rare while others prefer it almost charcoal. Whichever way you or your dad like your steak, here are a few simple tips to ensure it is as perfect as possible.

1. Bring steaks out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before cooking. This allows the temperature to rise so the meat doesn’t seize when it hits the hot pan, which can make it tough.

Bring steak to room temperature

2. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill over medium-high heat until very hot (steaks should sizzle as soon as they hit the pan). Lightly spray steaks with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once only, until cooked to your liking.

Preheat BBQ or grill

3. Transfer steaks to a plate and loosely cover with foil. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to rest (this helps the steak reabsorb the juices and keeps it moist).

Rest steak for 5-10 minutes