Chicken Nuggets, fries, and a toy. What kids hasn’t wanted this for lunch? Yet, there is no reason to give in to the fast food industry when this meal is so easy to do yourself, with LOADS less salt and fat.
First and most important is the toy! Isn’t that what your kids really want anyway. There was one series of toys at Burger King one year that my kids really wanted. I actually went into BK and bought the toy only, and packed our own Kids Meals. You could get dollar store toys or from Oriental Trading, keep them in your cupboard and include them in your packed lunch. The decorate a lunch bag with stickers and markers.
Next, our chicken nuggets were a protein powerhouse!
- The chicken,
- dipped in plain yogurt (you could also use egg whites instead of yogurt, or follow Jessica Seinfelds idea of rolling in pureed vegetables. I’ve tried this once, and the kids did not like that the nuggets were green.)
- then rolled in a mixture of nuts, homemade whole wheat bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and season salt.
- Then bake till chicken is cooked all the way through.
The meal wouldn’t be complete without french fries. But to buy frozen fries from the grocery store, they are usually soaked in fat first before they freeze them. Its easier and of course healthier to make your own fries. We have a fry cutter, but I think its much easier to just use a knife.