Moms, let’s admit the truth we all know: McDonald’s is convenient and fun occasionally, but chicken McNuggets and a cheeseburger probably aren’t your go-to staples for a healthy family dinner. Still, kids love the idea of fries with a side of toys, which is why one mom’s McDonald’s Happy Meal hack offers the perfect compromise.

Bug & Babygirl blogger Betsy, a mom of two, recently shared a clever hack on her blog’s Facebook page that offers the perfect solution to those days when your kids are craving a Happy Meal, but you just can’t stand the idea of dishing up fried fast food. The post features a picture of two adorable homemade Happy Meals complete with paper wrapped burger and fries and dinosaur-shaped nuggets (the infamous boot-shaped McNugget’s got nothing on a T-Rex).

As the post explains, “When your kids are desperate for happy meals and you can’t bring yourself to eat McDonald’s, you have your husband grill a cheeseburger and put it in a shoebox.” Not shown in the photo are the already-loved Paw Patrol figures wrapped in Ziplock bags that the kids gleefully opened and played with, despite the fact that they already owned them. Talk about a major mom victory!

The next time your kids beg to hit the drive-thru dig up a shoebox and those small toys that were trapped under the couch cushions for a month and you might just be surprised how “happy” their homemade meal makes them.

What fun ways have you dished up dinner at your house? Share your stories in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: DocChewbacca via flickr



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