Create Your Own “Restaurant” FunBy
My kids like to eat out, but…
a) the food is usually, almost always, mostly bad for you.
b) my three year old eats a lot, my five year old eats as much as I do, my seven year old and ten year old eat as much as their Daddy, and…
c) have you seen how much their Daddy eats?
d) do you know how much it costs at a restaurant to feed a family of six who eat like five adults?
Therefore, I often try to make food fun at home, especially on Friday nights, for our family.
One of our favorite things to have is my Homemade Chicken Nuggets and French Fries. The kids love it, request it and are joyful over it when they know I’m making it.
I watch for Smart Chicken boneless/skinless breasts to go on sale (that’s the only brand of chicken I feel mostly okay about buying) and I stock up. I found it for $2.29/lb the other day which was great for Smart Chicken!
Potatoes are super cheap and we have about 40 pounds still in storage from our garden last summer (yea!).
So, here’s the recipe for my Homemade Chicken Nuggets and French Fries.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
(My side note: Kids may have a harder time getting used to these chicken nuggets because they are actually made of, well, chicken. Give them a try though – my kids LOVE them and cheer when I’m making them! Every adult I’ve fed them to LOVE them as well.)
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup oil (I use Palm Shortening)
Cut the chicken into small nugget sized pieces and place in a bowl. Stir chicken around in the flour to coat. Heat oil in skillet. Cook chicken in hot oil for about seven minutes on each side. Salt liberally while cooking.
6-8 medium potatoes
1 cup oil – give or take (again, I use Palm Shortening)
Scrub potatoes well and cut into thin french fries, any length you like. Heat 1/2 cup oil in skillet. Place half the potatoes in the oil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, yet crispy, stirring then around occasionally. Salt well. Repeat process for remaining potatoes. (I keep the first batch warm in a 200 degree oven while I cook the second batch.)
So there you have it! If I’m really feeling clever, I’ll do one of the following for the meal:
1) Wrap a few nuggets and a few fries in parchment paper and place them in a lunch sack for each of my boys. Sometimes, I’ll even throw in a little trinket if I have them around. Then the kids feel like they are getting a kid’s meal at a restaurant! They love it!
2) Give each of the boys some coins and have them sit at the table with a menu to order from. They usually order the “special” (since that’s all Mama’s Kitchen is offering!) and have to pay for it with their coins. It’s super fun and a good lesson in restaurant behavior and money.
If I’m not feeling clever (or if I have no energy left for much except eating), I just throw a plate of the nuggets and a plate of the fries on the table and we all just dig in. Hey, that’s fun too.
Find a fun Personal Pizza Night recipe here.