There’s something to be said about fast food and how people crave it from time to time. Some eat fast food on a regular basis, while others just occasionally visit their preferred fast food chain. While we all know just how good that greasy burger and bucket of salty fries can be, we are also aware that consuming too much fast food can be detrimental to our health.
How about a compromise? What if you can have fast food dishes that are healthier than what McDonald’s (or whatever other chain you go to) serves? If you think about it, you can cook up practically everything in your favorite fast food chain’s menu – albeit with less salt and grease. Shall we give it a go?
No doubt about it – burgers are the first things that come to mind when one thinks about fast food. You can find burgers of all sorts in the plethora of fast food chains worldwide. From pure beef burgers to chicken burgers to turkey burgers to veggie burgers – I think everything that can possible be made into a burger has been used. Fast food burgers have one thing in common: greasily unhealthy.
Burgers in themselves are not bad. It’s how you prepare them and how often you eat them that matters. The next time you find yourself wanting a big fat burger, head to the kitchen and make your own. This recipe for The Perfect Burger will take care of your craving. Alternatively, give your taste buds a Mediterranean treat with My Big Fat Greek Burgers. Now tell me that that name isn’t fast food worthy!
Other burger recipes that you can try (including vegetarian options!):
- Classic American Burgers (Vegetarian version)
- Chicken Cobb Burger
- Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers
- Hickory Smoked Burgers with Glazed Apples and Smoked Cheddar
A fast food meal is not complete without fries, especially if you are having a big juicy burger. No matter what you put in your burger, you just need some crispy fries to go with it. For some spicy and yet less greasy fries, these Tail Burner Firehouse French Fries are perfect. You can use the pre-packed fried that you can buy from the supermarket. Oh, and don’t go easy on the chili if fire is what you’re after!
If you’re after real potatoes and not the pre-packed kind, then try making Crispy Coated Cajun Fries. The cajun seasoning gives you a better flavor. You may think that KFC french fries are the bomb, but believe me, you can make french fries at home that are way better than what you can get at those fast food chains!
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Taco Bell may call your name every time you pass by one, but if you really sit down and think about it, their tacos are not the best that you can have. You’ll be better off visiting an authentic Mexican restaurant than going to Taco Bell. Either do that or make your own tacos at home. Here’s one that is a must try: Shredded Chicken Tacos.
If you like soft tacos as opposed to the crunchy shells (totally understandable as I’ve always found eating soft tacos to be less messy), these Beef and Cheddar Soft Tacos will do the trick. You can follow the recipe to a T and buy the brand of salsa suggested or you can make your own salsa. Another soft taco recipe: Beef Soft Tacos with Garlic Avocado Cream. Taco Bell won’t be able to beat that!
More tacos to choose from:
- Taco Burritos Recipe
- Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos with Chili Onion Rings
- Turkey Taco Cups Recipe
- Fiery Fish Tacos with Crunchy Corn Salsa
For example, this Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken may not have all the “secret spices” that the Colonel’s chicken has, but I bet it’s still finger-licking good! The recipe uses buttermilk – how can’t it not be good?
Here’s another southern recipe: A Southern Fried Chicken, which also uses buttermilk plus barbecue sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
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Dropping by Pizza Hut when you’re on the go is convenient. Calling for pizza when you don’t feel like cooking even more so. But you can also have some Homemade Pizza anytime you want!
If you do not have time to make the dough yourself, there are a lot of readymade doughs that are actually good. With these in stock, you will be able to whip up a meal for the entire family in no time – fast food style with better flavors. All you need is to come up with toppings that will make everyone happy. Sausage, Pepper, and Mushroom is always a good combination. For a slightly different flavor, try this Peperonata and Sausage Pizza.
Here are more easy pizza recipes:
- Quick Beef Pizza
- Chicken Pesto Pizza
- Mushroom, Onion and Basil Pizza
- Four Cheese Margherita Pizza
- Chicago Deep-Dish-Style Veggie Pizza
The Case for DIY Fast Food
If you can, avoid eating fast food. If you can’t and the kids want to go eat some fast food, why don’t you suggest a “make fast food at home” adventure? Everyone can pitch in and have good tasting fast food without all the salt and grease!
Oh, and in case you want numbers and facts to back up your staying away from fast food chains, take a look at this informative infographic that tells you everything you need to know about fast food.
Infographic via Online Marketing Trends