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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

ELRIDDICK 5/15/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
JEWELZEE- 5/14/2018
This looks great! Thank you! Report
GETULLY 5/13/2018
So many new ideas. Report
SISTERPRETTY 5/13/2018
thanks for sharing.... Report
ELRIDDICK 5/8/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
ELRIDDICK 4/23/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
DEE107 4/10/2018
thanks for sharing Report
TWEETYKC00 3/23/2018
Great options, thanks! Report
ELRIDDICK 2/11/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
ROCKS8ROX 12/23/2017
Thank you. Report
GEORGE815 12/23/2017
Healthier choices Report
ELRIDDICK 12/11/2017
Thanks for sharing Report
AJB121299 11/12/2017
nice Report
ROCKS8ROX 11/7/2017
Some of these recipes look pretty good, will have to give them a try. Report
GEORGE815 10/9/2017
How do they live that long with consuming all that sodium throughout their lives. Report
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! Report
All of those recipes look good!!! Report
These recipes look great! Report
DENNYJO25
Wow...I can't wait to try some of these recipes! Report
I absolutely love all these take out recipes! I can't wait to try them! Report
ALILDUCKLING
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! Report
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! Report
I love potstickers! Report
Some of these look good. Might try one or two. Report
LOSEBEFORE60
I will definitely try a few of these recipes. Report
SPARKYFLOWER
Several of these that I am going to try. Thank you. Report
They look delicious. I am a vegetarian and I'll definitely try the vegetarian dishes. Yummy!!! Report
KRISTINHF
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 Report
Sounds good to me. Always looking for something different Report
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. Report
i may try some of these
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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. Report
DELLMEL
Love this blog. I have to try some of these. Report
MKMCREES
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. Report
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! Report
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!!! Report
The crisp baked egg rolls are delicious, they have my husband and kids approval. Report
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. Report
We do Chinese take-out and I pay the price the next day with the sodium. Looking forward to trying some of these recipes. Report
Thanks for putting these together -- they sound YUMMY! Report
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! Report
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.
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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! Report
JGMARIE80
My son loves crab Rangoon. I am going to make this for him. Report
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! Report
KAB7801
Looks good. I'll have to try some of thess Report
LANAHAUTH21
I have never learn to cook. Maybe there is still hope. Report
These recipes look awesome, I can't to try them! Report
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. Report
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