I can’t remember how many times I have gone to make my family an amazing meals like roast beef Manhattan, eggs and toast, or chicken strip basket with toast and discovered that I was out of bread. As we all know those are amazing meals, right? Well they are if you are on a budget, in a hurry, and just want a good simple meal.
So what happens when you run out of bread? The first thing we do is look for hamburger and hot dogs buns. It’s just thick bread, right? We can toast buns just the same though we may have to shove them in the toaster just a little. Just don’t shove anything while the toaster is on using a sharp knife. That could be dangerous. Just gently prod with the butter lid if or something nonconductive.
No buns? Look for English muffins, tortillas, crepe’s, that flat bread stuff you bought at the store and aren’t even sure what to do with it. We spread bruschetta on top or cheese spread. These are all different types of calorie carb laden bread-ish type foods and we can make them work. It’s not about whether bologna tastes good on a hot dog bun, or if a hamburger bun looks good in your chicken strip basket (recipe to come) it’s about the attitude with which you present it.
Okay so you forgot to buy bread and the kids are waiting for a big breakfast with eggs and toast-surprise we are having a Mexican breakfast! Smile, do a little dance, and start talking about how neat the Mexican culture is. You just baked some hot dogs you quickly threw on a baking sheet and go to grab some buns. They aren’t there. You grab those three day old hamburger buns split the hot dogs in half lay them flat and call it amazing! I mean own this. Start talking about how talented chefs are creative people and come up with unique ways to present food. Voila! You are a creative chef and in reality your are. Work 40+ hours a week, take care of the house, craft, do a hobby, exercise, be a good parent, or try, and love animals that never love you back and see how creative you have to be to get food on the table every night.
This is one of my kids favorite meals. It became mine because they loved it, it’s easy, and affordable. It’s about how you serve it. Stick everyday food in a special container, smile, and with confidence call this a great meal. It is. Good food that looks nice.
Chicken Strip Basket
- Plastic restaurant baskets
- Wax paper
- Small sauce dish
- Bag of chicken strips (Tyson is really good, Banquet works and is often a little cheaper and home made is always a treat)
- French fries (crinkle are good, but use what everyone likes. We bake them and fry them if we have a deep fryer working)
- White gravy (Use a gravy mix, white gravy is preferred, if you make white gravy at home you can always save some for this recipe)
- Toast. (when all the kids were home I used Texas toast. It’s nice and thick and has a good consistency for dipping into the gravy. Any bread can work though, even hot dog buns)
Cook everything. Easiest and fastest way possible. Cover the bottom of each dish with a sheet of wax paper. Place the chicken on one side, the fries on another, cut a piece of toast diagonally and place in the basket and wedge in a saucer of white gravy.
Now place this on the table for your kids to grab on their way to the computer and smile and say with a VERY confident tone–“this is our very special chicken strip basket meal”. You fed your kids and it looks great no matter what type of bread that you use.
Now go rest for 5 minutes and then have fun doing those nightly chores that drain every ounce of life out of you and make you question your reason for living.
It’s not about the bread, it’s about the way you serve it.