20 Better than Takeout Recipes

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4/4/2013 6:00 PM   :  32 comments   :  318,804 Views

Takeout is tasty and convenient, but comes with high fat, sodium, and calories. Afterward, you may experience bloating or a tummy ache and have little idea what ingredients were used in the dish you purchased. Instead of surrendering control to your local drive-in, diner, or dive, use these SparkRecipes to cook your favorite take out dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen. By doing the cooking yourself, you can use savory spices, health-smart ingredients, and improved cooking methods like baking and steaming that bring out the natural flavors in food. With the money you save, don’t forget to give yourself a little tip: you deserve a reward for a job well done!
 
Appetizers
Chicken Satay with Vegetables (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

Chef Meg's Spring Rolls
Pot Stickers (steamed wontons)

Baked Crab Rangoon
 


Soups
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Chef Meg's 15-Minute Asian Beef Soup

Entrees
Beef and Broccoli


California Roll in a Bowl

Sesame Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Spicy Garlic Baby Bok Choy

Chef Meg's 15 Minute Ginger-Garlic Chicken

Chef Meg's Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice


Crock Pot Sweet 'n Sour Chicken over Rice


Coach Nicole's Vegetable Fried (Brown) Rice


Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry


Simple Beef Broccoli Stir Fry (crock pot/pan)


Spicy CrockPot Thai Chicken


Pumpkin & Lentil Curry

 
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Comments

  • 32
    I like the idea of baking the egg rolls instead of frying them. I will definitely try that next time I make them. I have most of my meals at home because it is much less expensive. Also, since I am a vegetarian, I can modify the recipes when I fix them myself. - 3/2/2014   12:34:00 PM
  • 31
    i may try some of these
    - 2/9/2014   2:31:44 PM
  • 30
    I use to cook a lot when my kids were home. After my husband died at 51 yrs. old, I didn't have interest in cooking. Now I have a new man in my life and cooking and staying healthy is more important to me. - 8/30/2013   7:56:52 AM
  • DELLMEL
    29
    Love this blog. I have to try some of these. - 8/3/2013   10:49:36 AM
  • MKMCREES
    28
    Mmmm yum. Only problem is I get take out when we don't want to cook. Thanks for the recipes though. I am definitely going to try some of those. - 8/2/2013   4:30:14 AM
  • 27
    I love this article. I was just thinking of chinese takeout, and yum I think I'm inspired to try something from this article instead. I love the healthier alternatives! - 5/27/2013   4:13:03 PM
  • 26
    Like a previous poster, I was hoping to see different cuisine other than just asian dishes but that being said, I am anxious to try the crab rangoon. That is one of my favorites when we go to the chinese buffet yet I KNOW it's soooo not good for me!!! - 4/20/2013   8:14:26 AM
  • 25
    The crisp baked egg rolls are delicious, they have my husband and kids approval. - 4/6/2013   7:43:36 PM
  • 24
    I made the sesame chicken one once. Said my husband: "It tastes just like what you get at the Chinese place, except, you know, with this you can actually tell it's chicken." That's a good thing, I think. - 4/5/2013   5:34:54 PM
  • 23
    We do Chinese take-out and I pay the price the next day with the sodium. Looking forward to trying some of these recipes. - 4/5/2013   10:57:31 AM
  • 22
    Thanks for putting these together -- they sound YUMMY! - 4/5/2013   9:37:44 AM
  • 21
    Thank you for such a great collection! I can't wait to try almost all of them! I love spicy recipes, especially ones that taste so good. Again, many thanks for putting this together! Good job! - 4/5/2013   8:55:01 AM
  • 20
    I've already made the Thai Coconut Soup and it was incredible! Everything else sounds good too. I saved the other soup and the California Roll salad to try someday soon.
    - 4/5/2013   8:28:09 AM
  • ANDY_54
    19
    These recipes look great, will try one or two, as we love Chinese take-out, but can't afford all the calories and/or sodium! - 4/5/2013   8:12:45 AM
  • JGMARIE80
    18
    My son loves crab Rangoon. I am going to make this for him. - 4/4/2013   10:40:37 PM
  • 17
    You don't have to convince me about the inherent negatives in eating out. Now if only there was someone else at home to do the food prep! - 4/4/2013   7:28:25 PM
  • 16
    Looks good. I'll have to try some of thess - 4/4/2013   7:07:54 AM
  • LANAHAUTH21
    15
    I have never learn to cook. Maybe there is still hope. - 4/29/2012   11:29:57 PM
  • 14
    These recipes look awesome, I can't to try them! - 4/29/2012   9:08:36 AM
  • 13
    I'd love an easy recipe for hot and sour soup. I have one that has somewhere around 20 ingredients and since my husband won't eat it, I just don't make it all that often. - 4/23/2012   9:17:30 AM
  • 12
    CSMNETC - I hope to do another takeout recipe round-up featuring more cuisines. In the meantime, check out the blog I wrote on pizza recipes by searching for "Skinny Pizza Recipes that are Fat on Flavor and Nutrition" on The DailySpark. - 3/26/2012   12:24:22 PM
  • PAMKLUMB
    11
    All of these recipes look sooo good, i can't wait to start making them for my family! - 3/25/2012   8:01:14 PM
  • 10
    Sad to see that ALL the take-out ideas/ recipes are Asian dishes. For those of us who think that "take-out" should include favorites like pizza, burgers, & grilled sandwiches [or occasionally even fried chicken ;) ] these recipes are simply NOT great substitutes.! - 3/24/2012   10:10:21 PM
  • 9
    To Lizabaker, thank you for posting your blog think. I will have to check it out. I'm always disappointed in the Asian recipes posted. I'm Chinese and grew up eating authentic Chinese food. I'm looking forward to seeing the kinds of recipes you have on your blog. - 3/24/2012   9:42:31 AM
  • 8
    My husband is Chinese, and we almost never eat Chinese food out - we're always disappointed! I've learned to cook healthy Chinese food at home and share my recipes on one of my blogs - tangstein.wordpress.com - check them out and find out how good and how healthful this "bad" food can really be. Some recipes are "healthified" restaurant staples; others are real home cooking that you won't find in most American Chinese restaurants. - 3/24/2012   9:24:21 AM
  • 7
    Thank you for the recipes. - 3/24/2012   8:56:12 AM
  • 6
    OMG -- chinese and THAI are huge weaknesses, especially crab rangoon. I would just order multiple orders of that and nothing else if I weren't too embarrassed to do so! - 3/24/2012   2:59:56 AM
  • 5
    Can't wait to try the crab rangoon. - 3/23/2012   11:39:44 PM
  • 4
    They all sound so yummy! - 3/23/2012   11:04:54 PM
  • 3
    I wish I had more time to cook! - 3/23/2012   7:33:10 PM
  • SUGARSMOM2
    2
    I used to love to cook and i enjoyed making new things to please my family . as the years past and family left hubby acted like meals where due and did not act like he enjoyed the fare . never said anything to make me want to please him with my meals . when i talk to him he does not reply just eats and then goes to living room . to watch television . - 3/23/2012   5:43:50 PM
  • 1
    I hate to cook. LOL - 3/23/2012   4:18:55 PM

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