HOMEMADE FAST FOOD – and why it’s better for you!

Homemade fast food can be nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare. That is, when made with whole food ingredients using good olive oil and no preservatives. Let’s be honest here, whenever I have eaten fast food while out, I always come away with a sore belly. The extra salt, preservatives and questionable oils used does not do my health any favours!

Below is a picture of whole chicken roasting on a spit – all we did was marinate with citrus and a little spice! Deliciously good!

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I have a few favourite fast foods or let’s say, street foods I love to cook at home. The first one is a homemade burger, filled with lots of salad and a tasty and nutritious lamb mince pattie.

Really why would you eat any other?

And what’s so good about this is you can make the patties ahead of time, freeze them individually and then pull them out when you require them. I don’t buy sauces (although my daughter has been known to sneak tomato or barbecue sauce into the house) I generally make a tzatziki dip to use on our bread. The tzatziki is easy to make and with only four ingredients needed, it's a winner! 

(Grab the recipe from my cookbook - In Sofia's Kitchen: Mediterranean Flavours Down Under available to purchase online if you don't have a copy as yet) www.insofiaskitchen.com.au

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In my other life, I worked in Early Childhood settings and used to love teaching the kids how to make healthy food.

One of our most popular recipes was the lamb keftedes (mince patties).

I would first show the kids how to make fresh bread; we would allow it to proof and then bake in the oven as a slab. Next we would mix the recipe for lamb keftedes, cook them and once bread is baked, we cut small squares and assemble all of it to make these cute mini burgers, adding a little cheese, tzatziki and lettuce. They were a hit!

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Here is the recipe for my mini patties:

Lamb Keftedes (Mince Patties)
 
Ingredients
½ kg lamb mince
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 onion, grated
1 egg, beaten
½ cup bread crumbs or quinoa flakes for gluten free eaters
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cumin
oil for shallow barbecue or grill
salt & pepper, to taste
 
Method
1.  Place mince, vinegar, onion, egg, breadcrumbs or quinoa flakes, fresh herbs and spices in a bowl and knead ingredients until well combined.
 
2.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
 
3.  Roll into mini patties, flatten slightly.
 
4.  Heat oil on barbecue or grill and cook patties 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from plate or grill and drain on absorbent paper.

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Another fabulously good 'fast food' is pizza scrolls. These are easy to make.

Make up a batch of dough, once it's risen and proved, roll out and top like you would a pizza. Ingredients such as roasted pumpkin & sweet potato, feta, olives, red capsicum are a few of my favourites. Starting from one end, begin to roll gently but firmly. Wrap roll in plastic wrap, freeze and when ready to use, allow to sit on bench for 20 minutes or until slightly thawed and cut slices. Place on baking tray and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes of until golden and cheese melted.

And there my friends, you have a fabulous fast food dish that doesn't include the added extras that are not the best for our health.

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My other favourite ‘fast food’ I love to cook at home is sausage rolls and pies.

In the past, I have bought the party pack of sausage rolls and pies but I assure you, once you make your own, there's no going back! I made my own puff pastry but grabbing a good quality puff pastry from the supermarket will save you a lot of time. 

Make your favourite pie filling - I love to make a curried lamb or lentil dahl filling for my pies. You can use mince, chicken or even just vegetables. 

For my sausage rolls, I use lamb mince and fresh herbs with some spices. 

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Well that's some of my favourite homemade fast food! What about you? What do you like making at home that is considered fast food or street food? Don't forget to share #insofiaskitchen and spread the love!

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