Homemade Takeout Recipes
Craving delivery? Step away from the phone! Check out these five delicious dinners, packed with all your favorite dishes. The best part? The super-simple recipes give you all the flavor, with a fraction of the fat and calories. Bye-bye, delivery guy!
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Trade the usual calorie- and fat-laden batter for a light dusting of cornstarch, which gives the flavorful chicken thighs a light and crispy crust that doesn't absorb too much oil.
Side: Fried Rice
No Chinese meal would be complete without vegetable-spiked rice!
Coconut Chicken Curry
Light coconut milk has one-third the calories of regular, but it's not as creamy. To make up for that, simmer the sauce for a few minutes. As it reduces, it will thicken a bit and deepen in flavor.
Side: Garlic Naan
Add a homemade touch to store-bought naan by brushing on garlic-infused olive oil.
Side: Saag Paneer
Paneer is a creamy Indian cheese. In this dish, it's easily reduced with reduced-fat feta.
Cheesy Eggplant Parm
Oven roasting makes breaded eggplant creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. And because eggplant soaks up oil, roasting is healthier than frying, the classic method for this dish.
Side: Caesar Salad
Caesar salad doesn't need to be drenched in dressing. Crisp lettuce and salty Parmesan will keep it flavorful by itself!
Side: Garlic Dots
These doughy treats are oven baked and topped with cheese. The perfect vessel for mopping up extra marinara!
Zesty Pork Burrito
Many restaurant burritos are the equivalent of two (or three!) servings. Keep your homemade burrito under control by simply building it on a smaller tortilla (8 inches works best).
Side: Baked Chips & Salsa
Baking tortillas results in perfectly crunchy chips without the fat or grease.
Side: Cilantro Rice & Spiced Black Beans
Bulk up your rice with spicy protein-packed beans. It'll keep you fuller longer!
Veggie Pad Thai
This dish is usually made with lots of high-sodium fish sauce and tangy tamarind. Reduce the fish sauce without losing flavor by adding balsamic vinegar, which gives the dish a sweet-tart punch.
Side: Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
When you make your own sauce, you can control the quality of the ingredients.