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Recipes for Healthier Versions of Fast Food

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Skip the fast food place!  You can make your kids healthier versions of chicken nuggets and french fries.  Try these "copycat" recipes.Fast food is great when you are have very little time in which to eat a meal. Their food is inexpensive, and many people find it to be tasty. Where fast food fails, however, is when you realize that most of it is not a healthy food choice.

There are recipes out there that mimic the taste and texture of fast food without the excess calories, salt, and other assorted undesirable things that can be found in it. Try a few of these quick and easy “copycat” recipes.

Easy Chicken Nuggets
Weelicious has a healthy “copycat” recipe that will replace the chicken nuggets that fast food places sell. This recipe is for 24 nuggets. You will need:

* 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless and skinless) (cut into chunks)
* 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats
* 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
* 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (grated)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put everything except the parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs into a food processor until everything is finely chopped and combined.

Put the bread crumbs and parmesan into a shallow bowl and stir to combine them. With moistened hands, roll 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture between your palms and flatten it into a “nugget” shape. Gently press the nuggets into the bread crumbs to evenly coat them.

Put the nuggets on a cooling rack. Put the cooling rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly spray the nuggets with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes and they should be ready to serve!

French Fries
Delish has a lovely alternative to the typical fast food french fries. They call it “Classic Oven Fries”. It takes 15 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook. You will need:

* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 medium baking potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Brush 2 large cookie sheets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Cut each unpeeled potato lengthwise into quarters. Then, cut each quarter lengthwise into 2 wedges. Put the cut potatoes, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a bowl. Toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.

Divide the potatoes onto the 2 cookie sheets. Put the sheets on 2 oven racks and oven-fry the potatoes for 25 minutes (or until they are tender and crisp). You may need to turn the potatoes over once.

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