I try and cook healthy food for the family – and it’s especially important to do so when you have young children. But sometimes, when you’re feeling tired, there’s nothing better than a KFC Bargain Bucket or a couple of burgers. The trouble is, too much fast food really is bad for you – remember the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, when the film-maker ate only McDonald’s for 30 days?
I’ve come up with some healthy alternatives to my favourite fast foods. Here they are – tasty, convenient, home-cooked fast food recipes.
If you like Domino’s then these pitta pizzas are the ones for you. Of course, you can buy ready-made pizza bases, too, but they don’t always taste great, and take far longer to cook. What’s more, pitta pizzas can be customised for each family member – kids can make their own, according to their tastes.
1-2 pitta breads per person
Ready-made tomato sauce (pizza or pasta)
Cheese, such as mozzarella, ricotta, Cheddar or feta
Toppings of your choice – ham, olives, sweetcorn, cooked spinach, mushrooms, pepperoni
I’ve seen recipes for beefburgers which involve all sorts of ingredients – breadcrumbs, egg, chopped onions and loads of other flavourings. But you can make a delicious burger with just a few ingredients – minced beef, salt and pepper. The trick to the perfect burger lies in the quality of the beef. For the best results, get your butcher to coarsely mince some beef chuck for you.
The best accompaniment to burgers is a plate of crinkle cut home chips from McCain. Buy some oven fries and cook them in the oven while you’re making your burgers.
700g ground beef mince
4 brioche buns
4 cheese slices
Toppings of your choice – bacon, fried onions, pickled gherkins
Sauces of your choice – tomato ketchup, burger sauce, mustard, mayonnaise
Lettuce and tomato slices
If you love KFC or McDonald’s chicken nuggets, here is a quick alternative. These are wrapped in breadcrumbs, rather than batter, as it’s quicker and healthier. Making them can be a messy process, but if your kids are old enough, get them to help – it’s the type of cooking they’ll love.
Like the burgers, these nuggets pair well with some thin and crispy fries. You can also serve a salad on the side, so the kids are getting some of their five a day.
4 chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
Around 1½ cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
I hope you enjoy trying out these recipes. They’re firm favourites with my family. It goes to show that cooking delicious meals doesn’t need to be a time-consuming, difficult process. Cooking healthy fast food at home is far easier than you think.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with McCains.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 27 year old first time mum. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, and our daughter Autumn. When she came into the world in September 2016, we knew that life would never be the same again!
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