Confession: I love McDonald's. In particular, the filet of fish sandwich, the milkshakes, and most recently, the caramel frappé, which I think is tastier than Starbucks.
Of course, none of this is good for our health, and eating out is the major budget buster in our family. While we usually don't choose fast food for our family dinners (our favorite restaurants are the small family-owned businesses in town), no one in my house has ever turned down a hamburger, a hot dog, chicken fingers, or french fries.
When we went into the city to get our no-longer-a-baby Baby naturalized this past February, the biggest attractions were the hot dog and pretzel carts that dot Manhattan, even at 9 a.m.!
There's just something about junk that is so inherently appealing.
So sometimes, I'll try to do fast food at home. It's not Wendy's (which is my favorite fast food chain of them all) that's for sure, but it's a tasty and far healthier alternative.
Here's a picture of Wednesday's "fast food" dinner:
For the chicken fingers, I used boneless chicken breast dredged in egg and 4C 100% Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (it's not easy finding partially-hydrogenated-free bread crumbs!) and then baked them at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
The mozzarella sticks (we ate most of them for lunch and saved two for Kevin) were just cheese sticks dredged in flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs (twice), left to harden in the fridge for about four hours, and then baked at 400 degrees for about seven minutes.
The french fries are from ShopRite, baked until crispy, never fried (too messy and labor-intensive a method for me).
The fruit is mango (I always use the Martha Stewart method of mango-cutting).
...and speaking of healthier alternatives, I want to share what we gave as party-favors at our four-year-old's party:
I know kids LOVE goodie-bags, in all their choking hazard and junk food glory. But last year, we went to a party where as an alternative, the mom gave out travel-sized chalkboards as party gifts. What a great idea! Our version was ice-cream scented bubbles and a sticker book for each child (all from A.C.Moore, heaven for moms) in little bags with tags I made on the computer thanking our friends for sharing in the celebration. So as usual, someone else's great idea that I copied and am now passing on to you! ;)
Have a great weekend, all! xo