“Would you like fries with that?” “Can I super-size that for you?” Fast food has been around since the 1950s when the popularity of automobiles led to the introduction of drive-thru eateries.
The U.S. has the largest fast food industry in the world, and there are American fast food restaurants in over 100 countries. People of all kinds are drawn to the low-cost, high-speed restaurants that serve indulgent and popular foods. Of course, now we know a lot more than we used to. Learn more in How Fast Food Has Changed Our Nation, Addictive Ingredients in Fast Food and their Effect on Your Body, and 10 Ways Fast Food is Destroying the World.
But let’s be honest, a lot of us used to love eating fast food, and many of us might still crave it – the burgers, sandwiches, nuggets, fries, onion rings, breakfast sandwiches, and franks. Then there are the shakes, ice cream treats, and specialty coffees. The good news is that it’s easy to make your favorite fast food menu items at home. You get to choose the ingredients so they can be healthy as well as nostalgic and indulgent. Take a look at these Fast Food Favorites Made With Whole, Plant-Based Foods. Love Mexican?
Check out How to Make the Perfectly Layered Chipotle-Style Vegan Burrito and How to Make a 100 Percent Clean Version of Chipotle’s Veggie Burrito Bowl. Then the next time you’re tempted to hit the drive-thru, try making these 12 fast food favorites at home instead with these recipes from the Food Monster App!
Forget about fast-food and make these All-Veggie “Big Mac” Burgers by Jennifer Rose Rossano instead. That’s right – nothing that hasn’t grown straight out of the ground was used to make these incredibly flavorful and hearty burger patties. To make them even better, the burgers are topped with a crunchy and tangy radicchio slaw and creamy avocado. We’re Lovin’ it.
You could get a perfectly delicious veggie taco bowl from your neighborhood Mexican restaurant, or you could make these Chipotle Hummus and Fajita Veggie Taco Bowls by Tori Cooper yourself. They’re filled with zesty chipotle hummus and smoky fajita veggies! way easier to make than you think. They’re easier to make than you think. Getting your Chihuahua to speak Spanish may be a little harder.
If you miss blizzards, you’ll love this Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard recipe by Gin Butters. Made with peanut butter banana ice cream and homemade candy bars, it has all the sweet, chunky candy-filled ice cream deliciousness without the dairy and sugar!
Goodbye, greasy, fast-food onion rings! Say hello to these lovely baked Crispy, Crunchy Cornmeal and Pepita Onion Rings by Sophia DeSantis instead! A mixture of cornmeal and crushed pepitas gives these unique onion rings a crunchy coating and a unique blend of flavors. Dip them in your favorite sauce for an extra special treat!
Source: Vegan Burger King
When it comes to food, the only way to really “have it your way” is to make it yourself. This Vegan Burger King by Miriam Sorrell is a soy-free, cholesterol-free, optional gluten-free, faux meat-free burger that tastes so good, you might look for the take-out wrapper. We’ll have it THAT way!
Source: Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo
The ingredient list for fast-food French fries can be downright scary. If you’re craving fries but don’t want to ingest a boatload of salt and grease, these Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo by Aurora Steen are for you! Rutabaga is a sweeter seasonal alternative to the ubiquitous potato, and they taste oh-so-delicious when dipped into homemade vegan basil mayonnaise.
7. Roasted Butternut Squash, Millet, and Lentil Burritos
Getting Mexican fast-food is fun but nothing you get in the store can compare to these Roasted Butternut Squash, Millet, and Lentil Burritos by Tori Cooper. Eating one of these burritos is like getting a big warm hug from the inside out. A filling of roasted butternut squash, lentils, and millet create the heartiest, yummiest, most autumn-y burrito you’ve ever tasted!
Source: Glazed Doughnuts for One
It’s easier than you think to make your own doughnuts and you don’t have to get up at four a.m. to do it either. These healthy Krispy Kremes For One by Kelly Morisson are fluffy yet dense plus they’re gluten free, grain free, low carb, high protein, nearly fat-free, and only about 110 calories. You’ll go krazy for these Krispy Kremes.
Source: Crispy Tofu Nuggets
These Crispy Tofu Nuggets by Attila Hildmann are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. We’ll take a 20-piece!
Lots of pizza places advertise their pies with special toppings, but nothing you can order will come close to this Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza by Emma D’Alessandro. It has a tender spelt crust, spicy tomato sauce, and incredible Buffalo cauliflower. Of course, it also has homemade vegan blue cheese. Of course.
Source: Almost Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches
Everyone loves ice cream especially when it’s packed between two delicious cookies. These Almost Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches by Carlota Cassou are gluten-free, dairy free and almost 100 percent raw. Enjoy them all year long, right out of your own freezer.
Source: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Why pay a fortune for specialty coffee drinks when you can make them yourself at home? This is definitely the easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe by Linda Wagner ever created. It won’t send you through the roof on a sugar high either. You could be extra decadent and top off your homemade PSL with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and vegan mini marshmallows, or just enjoy it plain. Don’t forget to misspell your name on the cup!
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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