20 Better-Than-Takeout Recipes


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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!
Chicken Satay with Vegetables (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

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

Baked Crab Rangoon

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Chef Meg's 15-Minute Asian Beef Soup

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

What are your favorite takeout style recipes and how have you made them healthy?
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    Thank you. - 12/23/2017   8:31:34 PM
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    Healthier choices - 12/23/2017   1:40:16 PM
    Thanks for sharing - 12/11/2017   1:39:07 AM
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    nice - 11/12/2017   11:32:50 PM
    Some of these recipes look pretty good, will have to give them a try. - 11/7/2017   5:16:11 PM
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    How do they live that long with consuming all that sodium throughout their lives. - 10/9/2017   10:53:07 AM
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    Great! - 8/16/2017   10:30:34 AM
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    Take-out food, especially the various Asian cuisines could be labeled "101 ways to enhance the flavor of salt" Order a Chinese entrée "hold the MSG" and it will taste like absolutely nothing. No taste at all! - 8/12/2017   10:06:22 AM
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    All of those recipes look good!!! - 7/12/2017   7:56:47 AM
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    These recipes look great! - 7/12/2017   7:24:07 AM
    Wow...I can't wait to try some of these recipes! - 5/7/2017   2:49:18 PM
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    I absolutely love all these take out recipes! I can't wait to try them! - 3/25/2017   11:07:17 AM
    Our family really likes Chinese food, but we've had to recognize all the fats and calories - particularly an issue with my low carb hubby who doesn't like veggies. I am finding a few low carb Chinese meals and hope these might combine for my own use. This is a current issue for us and I need to cook and experiment more! - 3/24/2017   7:27:08 PM
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    A whole bunch of these look amazing! I am in a big food rut, so I will have to give one a try :) Thank you! - 3/24/2017   2:36:49 PM
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    I love potstickers! - 3/24/2017   2:29:55 PM
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    Some of these look good. Might try one or two. - 3/24/2017   2:22:52 PM
    I will definitely try a few of these recipes. - 5/24/2016   1:55:23 PM
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    Several of these that I am going to try. Thank you. - 5/24/2016   7:15:25 AM
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    They look delicious. I am a vegetarian and I'll definitely try the vegetarian dishes. Yummy!!! - 5/23/2016   7:33:08 PM
    i love to make panda express chow mein. i use lo mein or whole wheat spaghetti instead of ramen, add spiraled zuccini noodles, and use more veggies than noodles. its yummy! even my kids love it - 10/14/2015   9:36:50 AM
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    Sounds good to me. Always looking for something different - 9/25/2015   6:35:51 AM
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    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
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    i may try some of these
    - 2/9/2014   2:31:44 PM
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    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
    Love this blog. I have to try some of these. - 8/3/2013   10:49:36 AM
    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
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    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
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    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
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    The crisp baked egg rolls are delicious, they have my husband and kids approval. - 4/6/2013   7:43:36 PM
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    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
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    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
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    Thanks for putting these together -- they sound YUMMY! - 4/5/2013   9:37:44 AM
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    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
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    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
    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
    My son loves crab Rangoon. I am going to make this for him. - 4/4/2013   10:40:37 PM
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    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
  • KAB7801
    Looks good. I'll have to try some of thess - 4/4/2013   7:07:54 AM
    I have never learn to cook. Maybe there is still hope. - 4/29/2012   11:29:57 PM
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    These recipes look awesome, I can't to try them! - 4/29/2012   9:08:36 AM
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    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
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    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
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Thank you for the recipes. - 3/24/2012   8:56:12 AM
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    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
    Can't wait to try the crab rangoon. - 3/23/2012   11:39:44 PM
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    They all sound so yummy! - 3/23/2012   11:04:54 PM

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