Fact: Once your kid develops a taste for the kind of food that can be delivered from a drive-through window, home-cooked meals will never look the same.
We hunted down recipes for some of our favorite fast-food treats so you make you can make look-alikes in your very own kitchen. Smart, right?
When nothing but the McMuffin will do, this recipe promises an authentic alternative at your own breakfast table in 10 minutes or less.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: 2/10 - If you can crack an egg, you can get this on the table!
Kitchen Tip: Use a clean tuna can to create the perfect circular egg shape, and wrap the finished product in foil for a few minutes before serving to steam the muffin for a truly authentic “McMuffin.”
Kid Verdict: Our pint-sized taste testers loved these breakfast sandwiches! Parents loved the ease of cooking and ability to easily create different combinations to please even the pickiest eaters.
What can top mozzarella sticks? How about a slightly healthier baked version with all of the crunch and half the mess (and calories) of the fried version?
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Kitchen Tip: Freezing the “string” cheese prior to baking maximizes browning time and minimizes over-melting.
Kid Verdict: While some tasters missed the crunchy exterior of the deep-fried variety, no one could argue that these were almost as good, just as cheesy, and way less greasy.
What kid doesn’t love these lightly breaded chicken nuggets? As it turns out, you can create a crunchy nugget with a great dipping sauce in about an hour (and even on a Sunday, when this popular chain is closed!).
Cook Time: 1 hour (including 30 minutes to brine the nuggets)
Difficulty: 5/10 (Frying could be considered an advanced skill)
Kitchen Tip: While the pickle-juice brine seems a little odd, trust us, it’s worth the added step!
Kid Verdict: Tasters agreed, these are just as good as the “real deal.” While an hour may seem like a long wait for nuggets, half of that time is spent marinating the chicken (read: hands off) and the whole family can help bread these nuggets to speed up the process.
All the creamy, chocolate-y goodness - and only three ingredients? This is freaking awesome.
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Kitchen Tip: Feel free to add mix-ins like candy, crushed cookies, or chocolate syrup!
Kid Verdict: Tasters loved the authentic flavor and texture of this “faux-rosty.” Even the adults in our crew gave this one a big thumbs up!
These loaded tacos are surprisingly simple and insanely tasty even when cooked at home.
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Kitchen Tip: Swap the nonstick spray for butter to get an even tastier, crunchier crust as you finish these in the skillet.
Kid Verdict: No lettuce? Tomatoes on the side? Whatever anybody wants. Kids loved the flexibility!
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