With a little creativity and experimentation, you can create your own healthier versions of fast food at home that are just as tasty and satisfying as the originals!
While healthy fast food might seem like an oxymoron, it’s 100% possible to make homemade versions of some of your fast food favorites that are slightly healthier and taste just as delicious! I get it. It’s not realistic to completely cut unhealthy food out of your diet, even fast food. Every now and then you just want those crispy fries from McDonald’s or a delicious Frosty from Wendy’s. Being able to make healthier versions of these recipes at home when the craving hits is a huge win!
When I was a kid my family consumed large amounts of fast food. And I mean large amounts. We’re talkin’ Arby’s roast beef sandwiches and curly fries, Long John Silver’s hushpuppies, and Dairy Queen Blizzards. We had Taco Bell Chicken Tacos, Kentucky Fried Chicken biscuits and gravy, Burger King Onion Rings. And don’t forget McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets with honey mustard dipping sauce and hot apple pies…the list goes on.
While I do have many childhood memories eating at these fast food joints on road trips or after church on Sundays, we’ve never taken our kids out for fast food, and we try to keep junk food in the house to a minimum. However, I don’t want to deprive my kids (or myself for that matter) of some of my all time favorite foods. Instead of completely axing all that crispy, crunchy, creamy (and mostly filled with crap) fare, I’ve made it a mission to remake some of them in a more healthful fashion.
Why Make Fast Food at Home?
It’s Healthier – fast food meals are typically high in calories, fat, and sodium, and lack important nutrients. By making homemade versions of fast food recipes, you can control the ingredients and make healthier choices. You can use leaner protein sources, whole grains, and more vegetables. This can help you maintain a healthy and balanced diet, while still enjoying your favorite fast food flavors.
It’s Cheaper – Going out to dinner, even when it’s fast food, adds up. Eating at home is 9 times out of 10 going to be cheaper than eating out. Making your favorite fast food recipes at home will reduce your food expenses over time.
It’s Customizable: When you make your own homemade versions of fast food recipes, you have the flexibility to customize the meal to your liking. You can add extra vegetables, adjust the seasoning, or add more or less of a certain ingredient to suit your taste preferences.
Make These Healthier Versions of Fast Food Favorites
Love McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets? Try these:
Easy Chicken Nuggets
These are nearly identical to Chicken McNuggets and made with real chicken breasts at home. No more wondering what's in your chicken nuggets because you made them yourself!
Beef and Broccoli is another classic dish at Chinese fast food restaurants. Again, making anything at home is going to be better for you in the long run because you know exactly what you're putting in it!
If you have a beloved fast food or junk food favorite that you’d like to see reinvented here on Weelicious, let me know what it is in the comment section below and I can try putting a healthier twist on it! Or tag me on social media 🙂
Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.