Sometimes it feels like fast food is the only thing that will hit the spot. If you’re like me and are a fast-food lover, but you want to feed your family homemade meals or often, this list of fast foods you can make at home is totally for you!
Fast Foods that you can make at home
It can be hard to give something up cold turkey, and if you are trying to introduce more homemade meals in your life, you might find yourself really missing yes, the convenience of fast food and frozen foods…but you may also miss the taste.
While you have likely heard about the benefits of eating homecooked meals, you might still crave them!
Fast foods can become comfort foods and you might crave that comfort.
I find that making fast foods and convenience foods at home can help you find more success on your journey to homemade meals because you can still have those meals you have come to enjoy, but in a more wholesome (and often even more delicious) way!
Here are the top 5 fast food items that I like to make DIY versions of for when that fast food craving hits
5 best fast foods that you can make at home
Homemade Frozen Hamburgers
Make and freeze hamburgers so when it’s dinner time, instead of staring at a chunk of ground beef and wondering what to make, you have an almost prepared meal. You can even cook the burgers in advance and freeze them if you desire, but I usually prefer them fresh-cooked!
Homemade Pizza Crust
I LOVE homemade pizza, but making it at home isn’t usually the fastest and easiest option. Making the dough can be messy, and if it requires a rise it takes awhile to put this meal on the table. I combat this problem by making pizza crusts and freezing them. Then when I’m ready to eat, all I have to do is add toppings and bake!
Homemade Chicken Tenders
I’ve got a stellar recipe for homemade chicken tenders here on the blog, and while I love them and they come together pretty quickly, I have found that I love them even MORE if I make them in advance and freeze them. You can even cook them from frozen straight out of the freezer making the fastest weeknight meal ever!
Homemade Bean Burritos
Homemade bean burritos got my husband through college, they’re the perfect quick lunch to stock your freezer with. Simply fill your tortilla with refried beans, cheese, and maybe your favorite enchilada sauce, wrap them up and throw them in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, simply microwave for 5-7 minutes if they’re still frozen, or 2-3 minutes if they have been thawed!
Homemade french fries
Is there a more comforting food than french fries? I love storing my freezer with my own freezer french fries. Potatoes don’t freeze well if you just throw them in the freezer, so I chop the potatoes into french fry shapes, boil them until their barely cooked through but still quite firm, and lay them out on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to freeze them. If you’re freezer isn’t big enough for a sheet pan, use a couple of plates. Once they have frozen for a few hours, put them in a large ziploc and freeze until you are ready to use.
To bake your homemade french fries, simply give them a good coating of oil and bake at 425 for about twenty minutes until they are starting to brown. Give them a good salting after and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!
I hope that this has sparked some ideas for making convenient, homemade fast foods to help curve fast food cravings and get cooking more meals from scratch! If you are interested in more, please check out my resources below!
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