Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Happi Meal


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:

Ingredients:
I boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into chunks
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 egg
Olive oil spray (or PAM)

Directions:
- 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)




33 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I'm trying to cut back on junk food for all of us, so this is a great way to get the treat while still being good and knowing what is going into my 3 year old's body. Thanks! (found you on pinterest.) :)

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I feel the same way about my almost 3-year-old. I want to know that he is eating healthy and I want to be able to give him good options. Glad to know you found this on Pinterest!

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  2. LOVE this idea. I refuse to let my kids eat fast food but they still want the McDonalds nuggets. Great compromise!!

    Denise (asprinkleofthis.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks Denise! I am now following your blog and FB page. Love your DIY balance bike!

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  3. So much fun :) I love it!!!

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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    1. Thanks Kaysi! And thanks so much for featuring my Sesame Street Nesting Dolls!! That was a nice surprise this morning :o)

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! You've got a new follower :o)

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  6. I love this!!! Thanks for the downloads! And thanks for linking up at Creative Me!

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  7. What a neat idea for a healthy McD's!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Megan! You've got a new follower :)

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  9. Sandie is the GalfromGaFebruary 3, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    Great idea! I plan to try this on Sunday as a treat for my little boy!

    Also love his shirt! I guess most Ga gals such as myself always spot a true Ga original !

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    1. So funny that you recognized his shirt! My husband lived in GA when he was little and his mom used to take him to The Varsity. He was there on business a couple weeks ago and came home with two t-shirts for our boys :)

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  10. Your little boy is SO cute! I love the look on his face :) This is such a great idea. I'm pinning it right now!!

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    1. He was pretty excited about it :) Thanks so much for pinning!

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  12. I love this idea! I just pinned it. What a great mom you are! Visiting from I Can Teach My Child. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. Vicky you are so sweet! Thanks for pinning!

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  13. I think that we could totally be best friends! This is sooo something that I would do just to have my kids avoid eating all the fried food from fast food places! Love all the fancy packages and especially the healthy Mom choices! thanks so much for sharing with the pink Hippo party .. can't wait to see what you share next .. so I am your newest follower!

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    1. Hehe :) I was hoping this would strike a chord with other moms. Thank you for giving me the chance to share and for becoming a follower!

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  14. Can I just say this is the most brilliant thing EVER!!! Nothing like a fake-out, I'm definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Shantalle! I am now following your blog and on Twitter!

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  15. I LOVE this!!!! My toddler is gluten intolerant so McD's and all those "fun" fast food treats are a thing of the past for him. :) This will be a perfect treat for him! What a WONDERFUL idea!

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  16. Oooh, love the templates! I will (hopefully) making good use of them this weekend..!

    I've taken to making my own chicken nuggets within the past year, and they are way superior in taste and health than the nuggets you can buy pre-made anyway. So super!

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  17. I cant find the template for the actual big happy meal box? :(
    Great Idea though, my sons birthday party is coming up and he is desperate for McDonalds, this is a much healthier option thank you!
    xxx

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