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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Make the Fish Tacos.
14. Spaghetti Pizza
Easy and fun: pizza on top of pasta. Load up on your carbs, boys.
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.
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.
17. Italian Turkey Meatball Subs
A healthy but hearty sandwich that sticks to your ribs. This is pretty much the ideal dad bod dish.
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.
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.)
Whip up a platter of Mexican Chicken Nachos.
20. Coconut Shrimp
Golden, sweet and crispy -- three adjectives that go perfectly with this shrimp dish.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
32. Shallot and Scallion Risotto With Grilled Lobster
Dad bod looks even hotter with a lobster bib. True story.
33. Red Velvet Pound Cake
This red velvet pound cake is a masterpiece of flavor, texture and science. And that may be an understatement.
Sink your teeth into the Red Velvet Pound Cake.