What is fast food?

fruit is fast food

Fast food is all about convenience, but who says food can’t be fast and healthy?

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo that I spotted on The GMO Film Project’s Facebook page. Obviously, it kind of oversimplifies the draw of fast food, but I think it does give some food for thought. The whole idea behind fast food is that it’s cheap and easy, right? You can feed a family for just a few dollars apiece from a fast food menu, and you can do it on the go.

But certainly burgers, fries, sodas, and milkshakes aren’t the only food that’s cheap and fast, right? Here are some of my favorite home made “fast foods:”

  • Beans and rice. If you have a rice cooker, you can drain a can of beans and dump them right in the cooker with the rice, water, and spices.
  • Sandwiches. Chop up your favorite fresh veggies and stuff them in a pita or put them on bread with a little oil and vinegar or hummus.
  • Mashed potato bowl. Pan fried greens over mashed potatoes are an easy, healthy meal. If you cook the potato in the microwave, you can have this whole meal ready in under 15 minutes.
  • Salad. I know, salads can be boring, but they don’t have to be! Toss greens with nuts, fruit, beans, and a good dressing. A diced potato can help push that salad from side dish to main course, too. Here are some more ideas on how to spice up a simple salad.
  • Green smoothie. For a quick, cheap breakfast on the go toss a banana, a handful of greens, some vegan milk, and a little flax meal or peanut butter in the blender.

Of course, these are just a few of my favorite quickie meals. There are lots of “fast food” creations you can make at home that are healthier than drive thru fare. What’s your favorite fast food alternative?

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