33 Things to Eat to Get a Dad Bod

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Good news for men who aren't exactly blessed with a six-pack (of the muscle-bound variety): the "dad bod" is in! Thanks to a now-viral post from Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson, claiming women like "a nice balance between a beer gut and working out," men are free to stop sucking in that stomach and embrace the fact that they're a little soft around the edges. To help men continue to rock that dad bod, here are 33 delicious -- and anti-washboard -- recipes:

1. Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles

Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, so don't hesitate to partake in these yummy breakfast beer waffles in celebration of a dad bod.

Brown sugar + bacon + beer = Oh my yum.
Brown sugar + bacon + beer = Oh my yum. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Learn how to prepare Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles.

2. Slow Cooker White Bean Beer and Ham Soup

You know what they say: When the holidays hand you leftover ham, make slow cooker white been beer and ham soup.

Hearty soup to fuel the hearty dad bod.
Hearty soup to fuel the hearty dad bod. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Check out the White Bean Beer and Ham Soup recipe.

3. Slow Cooker Chipotle Beer Chicken Sliders

Throw in a couple of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and these sliders are almost as spicy as a dad bod. Almost.

These chicken sliders crank up the heat.
These chicken sliders crank up the heat. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

4. Make-Ahead Beer and Sausage Breakfast Bake

The dad bod may take years to perfect, but this mouth-watering breakfast bake takes just 10 minutes. Quick prep makes this an ideal meal for those looking to save time in the morning (so they can open another beer).

Turns out, cereal isn't your only easy breakfast option.
Turns out, cereal isn't your only easy breakfast option. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Try the Make-Ahead Beer and Sausage Breakfast Bake.

5. Chorizo, Hatch Chile and Smoked Porter Chili

What better way to nurture a little pot belly than with a big pot of chili? And just like the dad bod, this slow-simmered chili gets even better with time -- so make some a few days ahead to let the flavors blend and deepen.

A beautiful bowl of comfort food.
A beautiful bowl of comfort food. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Make the Chorizo, Hatch Chile and Smoked Porter Chili.

6. Bacon Corn Chowder

The ladies love a handsome hunk of corn-fed man, so help yourselves to some bacon corn chowder, fellas. If corn season has already ended, never fear -- frozen corn will do the trick. Phew!

This chowder is the perfect mix of sweet, smoky and creamy.
This chowder is the perfect mix of sweet, smoky and creamy. (Image: Jennifer Farley)

Chow down on Bacon Corn Chowder.

7. Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

The only thing better than a soft, fluffy, cheese-laden biscuit is a soft, fluffy, cheese-laden biscuit with bacon.

These tasty biscuits go well with breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
These tasty biscuits go well with breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. (Image: Jennifer Farley)

Bake some Bacon Cheddar Biscuits.

8. Chipotle Stout Chili Dog Sauce

This is the sauce that takes your everyday hot dog into party dog mode: a little spicy, slightly tipsy and tons of fun. It's also the one who always lingers... somewhere on your shirt.

Spicy hot dogs make for a good time on a plate.
Spicy hot dogs make for a good time on a plate. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Check out the Chipotle Stout Chili Dog Sauce recipe.

9. Pizza Cones

Just when you thought pizza couldn't get any more portable, they invented pizza cones! It makes ideal treat when you're watching football on TV and feel like yelling at the referee through an adorable dough cone.

It's fun. It's unique. It's a pizza cone.
It's fun. It's unique. It's a pizza cone. (Image: Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media)

Get crafty with Pizza Cones.

10. Twice-Baked Beer Cheese Red Potatoes

With carte blanche to devour cheese and carbs, you need to check out these potatoes -- overflowing with creamy, bacony, beer-cheese-covered comfort.

Twice baked.  Twice as sinfully good.
Twice baked. Twice as sinfully good. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Sample the Twice-Baked Beer Cheese Red Potatoes.

11. Honey Beer Skillet Cornbread

You won't give those love handles on your sides another thought after you catch a whiff of these sides. Cornbread with honey and beer? Sweet!

Skillet cornbread is sweet, indeed.
Skillet cornbread is sweet, indeed. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Behold the Honey Beer Skillet Cornbread recipe.

12. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

An appetizer or a dinner (or both), these bad boys require only five simple ingredients -- and a healthy appetite.

Because dad bod cannot be sustained on scallops alone.
Because dad bod cannot be sustained on scallops alone. (Image: Ashley Manila)

How to cook Bacon-Wrapped Scallops.

13. Fish Tacos

Have a hankering for a meal chock full of something other than beer and bacon? (It happens sometimes.) You may want to fry up these fish tacos, chock full of protein and tempura batter-covered yumminess.

Squeeze lime over the tacos before putting the lime in your beer.
Squeeze lime over the tacos before putting the lime in your beer. (Image: Michele D. Lee/Demand Media)

Make the Fish Tacos.

14. Spaghetti Pizza

Easy and fun: pizza on top of pasta. Load up on your carbs, boys.

Turns out, two comfort foods do make a right.
Turns out, two comfort foods do make a right. (Image: Shaina Olmanson)

Mix things up with a Spaghetti Pizza.

15. Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Skillet

Texans like everything big: their state, their hair and their food. This chicken and rice dish is basically a massive burrito in a skillet.

Wash down your chicken and rice with a Texas-sized margarita.
Wash down your chicken and rice with a Texas-sized margarita. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier)

Try the Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Skillet.

16. Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas

Pair these spicy enchiladas with pitchers of margaritas, lime-ready beers and chips -- and voilà! A dad bod-ready delight.

Adjust the heat level of your enchiladas to suit your taste.
Adjust the heat level of your enchiladas to suit your taste. (Image: Shaina Olmanson)

Make Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas.

17. Italian Turkey Meatball Subs

A healthy but hearty sandwich that sticks to your ribs. This is pretty much the ideal dad bod dish.

These Italian turkey meatball subs are meat-heavy but slightly less guilt-inducing.
These Italian turkey meatball subs are meat-heavy but slightly less guilt-inducing. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier)

Feast on the Italian Turkey Meatball Sub.

18. Crescent Roll Taco Squares

Anything sandwiched between crescent roll dough is sure to be a hit. These taco squares aren't just dad bod-friendly; they're family-friendly.

A Mexican-inspired take on sloppy Joe squares.
A Mexican-inspired take on sloppy Joe squares. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier)

Prepare these Crescent Roll Taco Squares.

19. Mexican Chicken Nachos

Munch away on these cheese- and chicken-filled nachos during the big baseball game on TV. Perfect for sharing with friends and family. (Or, you know, for not sharing.)

The veggies make it sort of healthy, right?
The veggies make it sort of healthy, right? (Image: Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media)

Whip up a platter of Mexican Chicken Nachos.

20. Coconut Shrimp

Golden, sweet and crispy -- three adjectives that go perfectly with this shrimp dish.

The finger food you won't be able to keep your fingers from grabbing.
The finger food you won't be able to keep your fingers from grabbing. (Image: Demand Media)

Make Coconut Shrimp.

21.  Jalapeno Popper Beer Cheese Dip

When fall approaches, most men can't help but get excited about the start of one thing: pumpkin spice latte season. Oh wait, no -- it's football season. Yeah, that's it. And what better to accompany that season (football, not flavored latte) than cheese dip laced with beer and jalapenos? Talk about a culinary touchdown.

Break out the football jerseys and chips.
Break out the football jerseys and chips. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Stir up a Jalapeno Popper Beer Cheese Dip.

22. Cream Cheese Wontons

The only problem with these cream cheese-filled wontons is that they're so addictive, you may go from dad bod to whoa bod. So be careful. (You have been warned.)

Comfort snacks wrapped in delicate wonton pastry and browned to crispness.
Comfort snacks wrapped in delicate wonton pastry and browned to crispness. (Image: Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media)

Check out the Cream Cheese Wontons recipe.

23. Honey Stout Chicken Wings

Your guaranteed VIP pass to any crowded tailgate party. Wings cooked in beer? Oh, yes, please -- come on in.

Fire up the grill for some tasty wings.
Fire up the grill for some tasty wings. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Grill these Honey Stout Chicken Wings.

24. Parmesan Mustard Brown Ale Skillet Chicken

This chicken dish takes only one pot and about 20 minutes to get on the table, leaving you plenty of time to hit the gym afterward -- or not.

For those who like some chicken with their brown ale.
For those who like some chicken with their brown ale. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Make Parmesan Mustard Brown Ale Skillet Chicken.

25. Perfect Pork Chops

That's right: not just pork chops -- the perfect pork chops. Not too soggy. Not too tough. Just oh-so-good.

When sampling the perfect pork chop, why limit yourself to just one beer?
When sampling the perfect pork chop, why limit yourself to just one beer? (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Master the Perfect Pork Chops.

26. Crispy Lemon Pepper Beer-Brined Drumsticks

Little-known fact: Giving chicken a long soak in a beer brine is the secret to the world’s most flavorful chicken. Well-known fact: Washing food down with beer makes most everything taste a little better.

The beer brine locks in the flavor.
The beer brine locks in the flavor. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Try these Crispy Lemon Pepper Beer-Brined Drumsticks.

27. Garlic Sriracha Chicken Wings

After you try these Sriracha-infused wings, your favorite quarterback's passing game won't be the only thing on fire.

Popular finger food for a hot sauce-friendly crowd.
Popular finger food for a hot sauce-friendly crowd. (Image: Jennifer Farley)

Test your heat tolerance with Garlic Sriracha Chicken Wings.

28. Steak in the Oven

No grill, no magical steak-making fairy, no problem. Just throw some slabs of meat in the oven to get the quintessential taste of summer cookouts without the smell of quintessential cookout smoke in your hair.

Your oven can also slow-cook tough, chewy steaks to rich, meaty tenderness.
Your oven can also slow-cook tough, chewy steaks to rich, meaty tenderness. (Image: Pamela Follett/Demand Media)

Learn How to Cook Steak in the Oven.

29. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

First rule of the dad bod club: Indulge. And this peanut butter fudge has "indulge" written all over it.

Three ingredients add up to one delectable dessert.
Three ingredients add up to one delectable dessert. (Image: Ashlae Warner)

Make some Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge.

30. Chocolate Stout Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream

Chocolate + beer + pudding + whipped cream = Layers of heaven in a glass.

This treat is a creative way to have a glass of beer.
This treat is a creative way to have a glass of beer. (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Put together Chocolate Stout Pudding with Beer Whipped Cream.

31. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

One cookie? Pssshhh. You need an entire skillet full of cookie.

Eight times the cookie for half the work.
Eight times the cookie for half the work. (Image: Ashlae Warner)

Bake the Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie.

32. Shallot and Scallion Risotto With Grilled Lobster

Dad bod looks even hotter with a lobster bib. True story.

Classy, yes, but still hearty.
Classy, yes, but still hearty. (Image: Shaina Olmanson)

Try the Shallot and Scallion Risotto With Grilled Lobster.

33. Red Velvet Pound Cake

This red velvet pound cake is a masterpiece of flavor, texture and science. And that may be an understatement.

Topped off with cream cheese.  You're welcome.
Topped off with cream cheese. You're welcome. (Image: Thalia Ho)

Sink your teeth into the Red Velvet Pound Cake.

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