It's no mystery why kids love Happy Meals. Little bite size nuggets, french fries and of course the toy in each box will keep little ones coming back for more. Even though he's only been there a couple of times, my son repeatedly asks for "Donald's." But I try to keep our trips to Mickey D's as a fun treat only for special occasions. In the meantime, I figured I could create our own Homemade "Happi" Meal (our version will be happi with an "i") for him to enjoy until our next trip to the golden arches.
So I set out to make the fry, nugget and meal box. Using a McDonald's Happy Meal as a template, I re-created all the elements I needed. And because I knew some of you would want to create your own homemade happi meals, I am giving you a downloadable fry and nugget template! You're welcome :o)
Click HERE to download the fry box template
Click HERE to download the nugget box template
After you have downloaded your templates, print them out on white or colored card stock paper. Cut and fold where I have indicated. I recommend scoring along the dashed lines before attempting to fold. Glue together using the grey spots as a indicator of where to put the glue.
Feel free to add your own embellishments. Color on the boxes or create your own labels.
The meal box was too large for me to provide a template. If you want the box, you could save the one from McDonald's the next time you are there and trace it...or you could decorated a brown lunch bag, or come up with another creative style box to house your meal :o)
Here is the recipe I used for homemade chicken nuggets. It's a simplified version of Wee Nuggets from Weelicious:
I boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into chunks
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Olive oil spray (or PAM)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning together in a bowl.
- Beat egg in a separate bowl.
- Dip chicken breast chunks in the egg first then roll in the bread crumbs.
- Place on lined baking sheet.
- spray nuggets generously with oil spray.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes
Line nugget box (I used Press'n Seal Wrap) and place 4 cooled nuggets inside.
As for the fries, well they aren't actually fries... I cut an apple into the shape of french fries :o)
I included a Horizon Organic milk box and of course you MUST include a toy! I used a sheet of Disney stickers that came free in the mail and a mini play dough that I purchase in a pack of 5 at the dollar section of Target. You could also throw in a small toy that your child hasn't seen or played with in a long time.
I loved the surprised look on his face when he saw his lunch :o)