At our house we have been trying VERY hard to avoid prepackaged and fast food items. Sometimes the pressure of peers and advertising can be overwhelming to kiddos (and adults too!) I really feel the pressure when we are just driving around and the kids are hungry. “Can we have Subway?” or “Wow, that burger looks good, Mom. Can we stop?”
I can only say, “NO!” so many times before I start to feel like I am the bad guy—never letting my kids have that food. So we have made some compromises AND this is not the kind of food that your mom said, “It’s going to taste just like McDonalds—and it never did.” My kids actually ask for this food and can recognize how McDonald’s food is inferior!
Mommy’s Big Sandwich (Instead of Subway)
This sandwich is a family favorite for picnics, games, or just a weekend lunch. No GMO’s in the chips are a BIG plus and I only use no nitrate meats! Sometimes I even make my homemade ciabatta bread for this big sandie. But when I am not feeling creative I just go to the bakery isle of the market and choose a bread that has yeast as one of it’s ingredients. (I also make sure I can read the rest of the ingredients!) The entire sandwich takes about 10 minutes to make AND it is our compromise to Subway sandwiches. I bet you can tell why this is our new family favorite instead of Subway!
Burgers–Fast Food Style at home!
The two biggest complaints from kids when talking about homemade burgers is that the buns are not the same and the burgers are too thick and chewy. I have got solutions to both problems and your kids are going to LOVE these burgers more than McDonalds or any other fast food burger! Guaranteed!
Soft Hamburger Buns
If you don’t have a bread machine or kitchen aid OR you just don’t want to make the buns, try using King’s Hawaiian Rolls as a substitute. They have more ingredients in them and are low on my list of ‘healthy’ foods, but when compromising for fast food they are MUCH better than any thing in the drive thru.
Now we have to make the BEST, juicy kid friendly burgers you have ever tasted. You will never go back to store formed, pressed burgers again!
The Best, Juicy Hamburgers–>EVAH!
You can top your burgers with cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon (my personal favorite) or anything you like. My brother-in-law likes his with a nice egg over-easy and cheese. Any way you like your burgers I am sure your kiddos will be asking for more of these.
I hope that you will find these recipes a great substitute for fast food for your family too!