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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
You’ll never get a bowl this fresh and colorful from Chipotle.
A few key spices, some good quality lamb, eggplant, coconut milk, plenty of fresh cilantro, and you’ve got this!
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.
A quick stir fry with authentic flavor. This is another one of those dishes that comes out so much fresher at home.
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.
These are just a blast to make at home. Once you’ve mastered the easy burrito style folding technique you’ll never look back!
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.
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.