Do your kids LOVE to eat out? Do you love the quickness and ease of fast food, but don't go very often because of how unhealthy it is? Do you skip the drive-thru because you and your family are vegetarians?
My answers are YES, YES, and YES!
I used to LOVE hearing my boys get so excited after telling them we were going out to eat. They would all load up in the car with their smiling faces and then fill their little bellies with greasy, delicious, processed, who-knows-what-is-in-there kind of food. Then to top off the wonderful, "Let's not worry about our health night," they would all bring home every germ from the play area that you could think of. Not only did we get to buy over-priced junk food with very little nutritional value, but we also got a trip to the doctor's office! YAY!
Now that we are much more conscious of what we are eating, those days don't happen very often. After hearing many "Can we please go out to eat mom?" from three boys (whom I have a hard time saying no to), I came up with a new idea......
How awesome is McMOMALD'S?!?!?
My boys asked, "What's for dinner?" I replied, "McMomald's!" They all looked at me like I was the weirdest mom in the world. I just smiled because I knew they were going to LOVE my new fast food restaurant.
To make it fun, I took their dinner order ahead of time.
Do you want a 4 or 6 piece nugget meal?
I used meatless and soy- free Quorn nuggets. They are made from fungi and oh so delicious! Definitely the BEST vegetarian nuggets we have had.
What sauce would you like?
I went to McDonald's and bought dipping sauce for the nuggets for $.25 each. The first ingredient in the sweet and sour sauce is HFCS, so you might want to make your own. If you have time, you could try making this recipe: topsecretrecipes.com
Do you want fries with that?
Organic, oven cooked, no salt, GMO free, yummy fries.
You don't have to choose between fries and apples at McMomald's! Organic, fresh, bag-free apples are mandatory with every meal.
Would you like milk, water, juice, or ginger ale?
I found the cutest mini Hansen's Ginger Ale cans at Whole Foods! I think the boys' favorite part of going out to eat is always the drinks! These were very fun and the boys LOVED them. You can buy them online HERE for less than $.50 each!
For here or to go?
You could pack it in a bag with the McMomald's logo on the front, or serve it on a tray. I don't remember where we got our trays, but I found some great ones on Amazon: Silver Tray, Green Tray, 6 Pack, 6 Compartment Tray
There are no cheap plastic toys at McMomald's, but every meal comes with a pack of Glee Gum! My boys can NEVER get enough gum! Glee Gum has no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. You can find it here online.
They loved putting in their order and I LOVED how fun and easy dinner was!
When I was all done filling up the trays (no one wanted their meal "to go"), my middle son yelled out, "Can we have McMomald's EVERY night?" We wont be having fast food every night, but I think this will be a fun weekly tradition for our family!
We also had a showing of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs at McMomald's tonight!
These are the little things the kids will remember forever. :)