Make Your Own (Healthier, Cheaper) Fast Food

The Washington Post

Going out on a not-so-shaky limb here, we're guessing that none of you would argue that fast food is healthier than a home-cooked meal.

But the 99-cent value menus and rock bottom prices can be tempting. We can understand why there's an obesity epidemic, given the cheap burgers available on every corner. Well, this article proves it's still cheaper to make a McMuffin at home...

Writer Sally Sampson decided to make some fast food restaurant staples for her teenage son (a fan of Burger King and Domino's) and his friends. She acknowledges that, yes, you need to know how to cook—and many frequent fast food customers probably don't—and own some staples, including a couple of basic tools.

Again, we're not surprised that a homemade burger tastes better than a Whopper. But because even we will cop to occasionally craving the specific flavor of a certain drive-thru's French fries, we were impressed that the teenage tasters preferred Sampson's homemade versions, too.

Also, the difference in fat and calories is enormous. (Except with the pizza, that is. Turns out Domino's isn't much worse for you than homemade pie.) And the cost really is lower, which did surprise us. Sampson made a McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg for $1.27, apparently around half of what it cost in at McDonald's.

Read the entire article and get the recipes—very interesting:

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