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FC Happy Meals

by Farah D. Photography Mell on Wed, December 28, 2011

We're not saying that these are healthy balanced meals, but what we are saying is that they are much healthier options than heading over to your closest drive thru. Children will love knowing they helped to create their meal as well!

Finger lickin' good!

Everyone seems to be running around like headless chickens these days. Parents have to juggle their hectic work schedules with trying to spend quality time with their family. That’s why it’s so easy to fall into the fast food routine. Fuss free, convenient and ready in a jiffy. Plus, no washing up. But is this a good option for your kids?

The answer is NOOOO….that’s not the way to do it. Why don’t you try to make your own fast food meals? Granted, some of them aren’t as easy as dialing a number or going to a drive thru but they’re tastier and not as difficult as you think. Get your kids to help out, you’ll be surprised at how much fun they’ll have making their own happy meal.

Too Good Fried Chicken

This recipe can give a certain Colonel a run for his money. Finger lickin' good and so easy to make. While this is fried it is at least homemade and you can control how much oil it's fried in and you can drain it on paper towels afterwards. Another plus is that you know you're using good quality chicken rather than processed pieces.

Serving: 4 Pax
Prep Time: 30 Min
Cooking Time: 15 Min
Resting Time: 2 – 3 Hours


1 whole Chicken, cut into 8 pieces

1 ½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 ½ Cup Buttermilk
2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Grainy mustard

Mix all marinade ingredients with chicken. Cover with cling or plastic wrap and let it rest / chill in the fridge for about 2 -3 hours or overnight.


1 Cup All purpose flour
¼ Cup Cornmeal
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic powder
enough Oil, to deep fry

Once rested, place the chicken on a metal rack and get rid of all the excess marinade. Coat the chicken with dredging ingredients. Prepare hot oil to deep fry. 170– 180 C. Fry the chicken for about 10-12 mins per piece until golden brown

'Unfrozen' Fish Fingers

Once you’ve tasted this, you won’t go back to those frozen ones that you find in supermarket freezers. It is a huge difference to eat fish fingers using actual fish pieces that haven't been minced with other processed ingredients added to it. These fish fingers are so yummy they were gone as soon as they were done frying.

Serving: 4 pax
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cooking Time: 15 Min


8 Sole fish, cut into thick fingers


2 Tbs Lemon juice
½ tsp White pepper
½ tsp Honey Mustard
Seasoning Salt

Mix fish with the marinade ingredients and let it chill for 15 minutes


1 Cup All purpose flour
1 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
enough Oil, to deep fry

Coat the fish with flour, then egg, then finally breadcrumbs. Deep fry till golden brown. Squeeze on some lemon and enjoy!

Root Veg Chips

These chips are really addictive. Mix it with the seasoned salt for a zesty and salty snack. Perfect for movie nights. If you want to make it extra healthy bake the chips in the oven instead of frying them up.

Serving: 4 pax
Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 10 min


1 large Potato, skin on, thinly sliced
1 large Sweet potato, thinly sliced
1 large Yam, thinly sliced
enough Oil, to deep fry

Heat enough oil to 170-180 C. Fry the raw chips till crispy. Strain the excess oil and drain on paper towels to help them crisp up.

Seasoning salt

½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp Lemon Zest, finely chopped
½ tsp English Parsley, finely chopped

In a small bowl mix the seasoning ingredients well. Season the chips with the salt and dig in.

Cheesy Meatball

Once you bite into the meatball you get a taste of the cheesy goodness. Add some marinara sauce and eat it with spaghetti or make a meatball sub for lunch. Get your kids to help you with rolling the patty into cute little balls. They'll definitely enjoy it. Since these are baked they are slightly better for your health than the pan fried ones.

Serving: 8 pax
Prep Time: 15 min
Cooking time: 10 min


500 gm Beef, minced
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1 tsp Parsley, dried
1 tsp Basil, dried
2 Shallots, minced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
½ Cup Bread crumbs
1 Egg
seasoning Salt
Seasoning Pepper

Mix everything in a bowl. Form small meatballs.


150 gm Cheddar, cube
4 tbs Olive oil

Stuff the meatball with the cheddar cubes. Do not pack tightly, this will cause them To break apart. Coat the meatball with olive oil. Arrange on a baking tray and cover it with aluminum foil. Cook for about 12-15 min at 180 C. Then, remove the foil and lower down the heat to 150 C for about 8 min . Use the top grill to get a lovely charred texture on the meatballs.


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