3 Fast Food Recipes Made Healthy
Fast food and a flat belly do not exactly go together. No matter which chain you visit, every item on the menu is sure to be laden with shocking amounts of trans fat, sugar, and salt. Unfortunately, most of them are also delicious so everyone eats loads of them on a weekly basis.
But what do you do if you fancy eating burgers, chicken, and fries but want to limit the growth of your waistline, too? You cook your own version of your favorite fast food meals and make them healthier and more figure-friendly. Is it possible? Test the recipes below and see for yourself:
- Quarter Pounder Cheeseburger
Juicy and healthy burgers are not that hard to make. Just select better ingredients and you are sure to get the best of both worlds. The best part about this healthy burger recipe? It produces burgers with 300 calories less than what you usually get at the fast food restaurant. How is that not a win?
Ingredients: 400 g minced lean beef, 2 chopped green onions, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 c breadcrumbs, 2 tsp mustard, 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 4 slices low-fat cheddar cheese, 4 wheat bread rolls, 1 c shredded iceberg lettuce, 1 sliced tomato, 1 sliced red onion.
Method: Make the patties by mixing the minced meat, green onion, egg yolk, breadcrumbs, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into four patties and refrigerate for half an hour. Fry in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn the patties every 2 minutes. In the last 2 minutes, add a slice of cheese over each patty. Cover with a lid until the cheese melts. Finish the burgers by assembling the patties with the bread, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.
- Chicken Nuggets
Each piece is golden, crispy, and delicious, baked to perfection and coated with almonds that are best for lowering BMI. Kids will love them but adults cannot get enough, too!
Ingredients: 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 egg, 1/4 c milk, 30g almonds, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces, and cooking spray.
Method: Ground the almonds finely in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, and garlic powder. In another bowl, combine the milk with a beaten egg. Put the flour in a third bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, followed by the milk and egg, and the almonds. Place in a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated 400 F oven. Flip halfway. Serve immediately with a dipping sauce.
- French Fries
A single serving of these golden spuds packs 61% of your daily Vitamin C requirement, making them a cut above your greasy fast food staple. This recipe makes crunchy and golden fries that are no less addictive than what you are used to.
Ingredients: 1 large potato per person, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Method: Wash and scrub the potatoes and leave the skins on. Cut into wedges that are 1 to 1.5 cm thick and place the slices on a lightly oiled tray. Next, add 1 tbsp of oil into the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Toss with your hands to coat evenly. Place the tray inside a preheated 390 F oven and bake for an hour or until the wedges are golden and crispy. Make sure you turn each piece after 40 minutes.
These healthy fast food-favorite recipes are in no way a substitute to maintaining better eating habits, but they’re a good way to get you started down that line. The next time you start craving for fast food, you can try using these recipes instead of heading straight to your nearest fast food outlet.