Favorite Take-Out Meals You Can Make Better At Home

5 Take-Out Favorites You Can Make Better At Home

Favorite Take-Out Meals You Can Make Better At Home ~ with a well stocked fridge and some smart grocery shopping you can have better-than-take-out meals any night of the week!

5 Take-Out Favorites You Can Make Better At Home

Nothing against take-out, I love it and we get it a lot. Buuuuuut, it’s a luxury and a curse, because unless you’ve lucked into a really great place, the quality of ingredients can be hit or miss. By nature it’s not super fresh, and it’s often high in sugars and fats. Not to mention all that packaging.

It can be so much more rewarding and friendly on the wallet to make your own take-out classics at home! Home-made means ultra-customizable, too–you can add (or leave out) exactly what you want. Whether you’re partial to Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican, or pizza, I’ve got a little something for everyone here…


Japanese Pork Dumplings with Ginger

These dumplings are a cinch to make with a few basic ingredients that any large grocery store carries, and nothing beats the taste of super fresh ginger.

Japanese Pork Dumplings with ginger and green onions



Steak Pad Thai Salad

Depending on how liberally you use the greens in this recipe, you can easily tip it more to the “salad” side or more to the “noodle bowl” side of things. Turn leftovers into the perfect packable lunch for the next day.

steak pad Thai salad in a bowl with chopsticks



Firecracker Chicken

A few special ingredients like plum sauce, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil make it super easy to achieve take-out-level deliciousness at home. Once you’ve got them in your fridge, you can make this often.

Firecracker Chicken in a bowl with chopsticks



Steak Fajita Bowls with Chimichurri Sauce

You’ll never get a bowl this fresh and colorful from Chipotle.

Steak fajitas on rice, in a white bowl, with chimichurri sauce



Lamb and Eggplant Tikka Masala

A few key spices, some good quality lamb, eggplant, coconut milk, plenty of fresh cilantro, and you’ve got this!

Lamb Tikka Masala



Chinese Chicken Salad

A smorgasbord of textures, this crunchy salad is a classic for a reason. It’s easy to throw together, healthy, and makes great packed lunches.

Chinese Chicken Salad is a low carb, gluten free, super healthy main course salad ~ and my homemade recipe beats the restaurant's any day! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com



Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls 

A quick stir fry with authentic flavor. This is another one of those dishes that comes out so much fresher at home.

stir-fry Beef noodle bowls



Homemade Pizza in Less than an Hour

It will probably take longer for the delivery to arrive than it will to make this speedy, 1-hour pizza! Plus, there’s pretty much nothing better than personalizing your own pizza.

from start to finish, fresh hot pizza in less than an hour!



Vietnamese Summer Rolls

These are just a blast to make at home. Once you’ve mastered the easy burrito style folding technique you’ll never look back!

rainbow summer rolls on a wooden surface



Kung Pao Tofu

Kung Pao is a standing take-out order for me, so I was thrilled when I mastered it at home. Not complicated, and you can ‘king pao’ everything from shrimp and chicken to beef and pork.

Kung Pao Tofu in a black bowl with chopsticks and floral napkin



Chicken Pakora with Plum Chutney

This is one of my earlier recipes and it’s been a favorite of mine. Pakora is made with a simple spiced chickpea batter that is insanely delicious.

Chicken Pakora with homemade plum chutney



Thanks for pinning!

A plate of dumplings with chopsticks and dipping sauce.

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  • Reply
    Kathleen M. Grover
    December 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Found this in December, 2020. By now, we are more than ready for take out style at home while the pandemic rages around us.

  • Reply
    [email protected] is How I Cook
    January 15, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Sounds like a great list! To be honest I don’t even have take out places that have food like that around me! And the take out that is is awful! Great list Sue!

  • Reply
    Nelson Jones
    January 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Where is Great Island?
    My wife starts working tomorrow NZ.?
    close or not
    I work in my lake behind the house.

    • Reply
      January 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Great Island is the historic name for New Castle, which is a tiny island off the coast of New Hampshire!

  • Reply
    January 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Homemade is always so much better—especially when YOU provide the recipes! Pinning so I remember to try them all 🙂

    • Reply
      January 13, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Liz, happy cooking!

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