Getting dinner on the table for your family is hard. Getting takeout seems like the better option, but we have tips to bring the takeout taste home!
Bring Takeout Into Your Home Kitchen
As a parent, you want what’s best for your kids. That’s why you encourage them to follow their dreams. It’s also why you want them to stay fit and healthy. Your kids fall under your care, after all. If they’re unfit or overweight, you’re probably doing something wrong. Hence why most of us do anything under the sun to get our kids exercising more. The mere act of getting them to put those screens aside can feel like a parenting win!
What’s For Dinner?
But, then they come in and ask what’s for dinner. You decide you’ll treat them to a takeout. Just like that, those few hours of exercise come crashing down. There are no two ways around it; takeout is bad for health.
The sheer amount of calories in one McDonald’s burger could take up to 2 hours of exercise to burn. Even if your children are a healthy weight, takeaways contain little nutritional content. Any good which may have been in those ingredients will be undone by the sheer amounts of sugar.
So, we’re agreed, right? Takeout is off the menu. The trouble is, meals like these are an exciting time in any household. It may be, then, that you miss the process rather than the food itself. Which is where we come in. You can recreate that take away magic with much healthier ingredients at home. And, we have some steps to help you do it.
Recreate Those Flavors
The first step is to recreate those flavors. Takeaways are special because they include tastes we don’t get elsewhere. The batter on that fish is always perfectly crisp. That burger sauce is unlike anything you can get elsewhere. In the majority of cases, fast food companies succeed using ‘top secret’ recipes. Still, while you won’t know exact ingredients, taste tests could help you recreate these.
By buying whole fish from Citarella and others like them, you can start playing around with how you fry them. By investing in basic ingredients like mayo and capers, you can even attempt a McDonald’s sauce. It may be worth searching online. Plenty of copycat recipes for our favorite takeouts are out there for the picking.
Consider the Way You Display
Once you’ve got flavor in the bag, consider how you display this food. There’s something psychologically fun about the boxes our takeaways come in. They send excitement to our brains and make the food taste oh so good.
Lucky for you, this is even easier to recreate than the flavors mentioned above. By investing in some empty pizza boxes, you can turn homemade pizzas into a delivery to die for. By stocking up on noodle boxes, you can recreate your favorite takeout stir-frys.
It may feel a little strange at first, but going all out with additions like these could get you all giddy the same way a delivery would. They add that touch of fun to a meal which is where the real magic of the takeout lies.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!