Fast food. Convenience food. It’s tough to be vegetarian or semi-vegan in the Midwest, namely the middle of Missouri. It’s not like we have a dearth of organic, raw, fresh veg places to choose from. In my zip code, we have like one of those- and sometimes it’s crowded and not that clean. So I try to keep all of our healthy veg food coming from the best place ever- our kitchen. But weekday evenings get busy, over-scheduled, and by the time all four of us make it home we’re exhausted enough to eat anything reheated in the microwave. Drive-thru is a guilty pleasure, but while repeating my mantra of “which is better?” instead of “which is best?” helps in these times of weakness. My husband and Sillyboy LURVE (that’s Love with some extra) chicken nuggets. Up until recently – even with the white meat craze, a percentage of them were still made from pink slime. But they don’t want to hear me preach about that while ordering at the drive up intercom. I don’t control what my husband orders when I’m not with them. He is simply not me.
My rule – is simple, but hard to stick to often, is that you get one fried thing off the menu. If you don’t eat beef, it’s a real tough call. This means no fries with chicken nuggets. Sillyboy groans every time, but ends up completely satisfied at the end of his meal.
Thank goodness for the $1 menu! Here’s options they sometimes choose: nuggets and a side salad, grilled chicken sandwich and fries, grilled chicken salad with fries, salad with a soft-serve cone, or nuggets and apples. Luckily, the nuggets still come in a Happy Meal. I end up with a big salad- asking for the grilled meat on the side (which goes to either of the guys, or the dogs at home if they behave). I used to omit the meat completely, but the price is still the same, and if someone else in the car gets the side salad, they don’t mind some sliced grilled chicken added. For the few and far between fast food stops, it’s a win! Adding a bit of green to your plate is always a good thing, despite the unhealthy options that dominate outside of the home. Just beware of all that creamy dressing- raspberry vinaigrette is sweet enough for a kid’s taste.