I will (unashamedly) admit that there are days I absolutely crave McDonalds, but when I hit the drive thru, there are actually only a few menu items I enjoy. Fries are a given once in a while (is it the sodium?) and I can go days with that hankering gnawing at me subconsciously – but in general, I think their fries are disgusting.
Furthermore, I will (woefully) admit there are days that I. Do. Not. Feel. Like. Cooking. As in, I’m absolutely convinced my kids can live off of stale croutons and shrivelled apples they find in the back of the crisper.
Despite my best meal planning efforts, fast food, pizza, or any other form of takeout sounds like a great idea if it means I can put my feet up sooner. We try to limit our external dining experiences over preparing a meal at home, but there are months that if I look through our bank statements, we’ve spent way too much on restaurant food on top of our grocery budget. Yuck.
I knew tonight would be one of those nights. My week has been busy and emotionally overwhelming. My to-do list for just today was a mile long. I really wanted my McDonalds… but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money for all of us (we easily drop $40 when we all go out.) Nor did I want to hear “I’m hungry” thirty minutes after forking out that much dough. Plus, the boys and I ate out last night as part of a family visit and I didn’t think we needed to add another restaurant meal to our week.
Using some romaine remains, cucumber in the crisper, wraps that had been sitting in the fridge, and a box of PC Southern Style Turkey Strips from the freezer, I recreated the Sweet Chili Crispy Chicken Wrap (but… with turkey.) We had mayo and sweet chili Thai sauce conveniently on hand as well. I was able to stuff the wraps fuller than anything you would buy at the Golden Arches. They cost about half of the fast food price. They tasted better. And. No. Complaints. Around. The. Table! (That’s a win in my books.) Even without the fries, I felt satisfied and experienced no tummy-regrets. Healthiest meal I’ve ever made? Not even close. Delicious and filling? Yes. 100% yes! It sated the craving and saved me some unwanted stress with a small amount of effort. Plus… better for the wallet (so Kevin’s happy too!) It’d be an easy one to make even healthier and less expensively with some small changes (whole grain wraps, boneless, skinless chicken cooked at home, etc.)
chop into smaller pieces when ready* Wash and chop your lettuce – we had approx. a cup each
* Spread some mayo on your wrap (I used less than a tbsp. of the PC garlic mayo on each tortilla)
* Top with your greens (just split evenly between your wraps)
* Top with your poultry
* Drizzle with your sweet chili sauce
(The amount I used varied on who was eating it. K. had a smidgen; I had a tbsp. and I went crazy for Kev & J.)
* Tuck in the ends, wrap up tight, and enjoy!