20 Better-Than-Takeout Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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

 
What are your favorite takeout style recipes and how have you made them healthy?
 
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Comments

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. Report
PAMKLUMB
All of these recipes look sooo good, i can't wait to start making them for my family! Report
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.! Report
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. Report
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. Report
Thank you for the recipes. Report
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! Report
KLEMIE
Can't wait to try the crab rangoon. Report
They all sound so yummy! Report
I wish I had more time to cook! Report
SUGARSMOM2
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 . Report
I hate to cook. LOL Report
 
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