20 Better Than Takeout Recipes

By Samantha Donohue, for SparkPeople

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 recipes 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

Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

Chef Meg's Spring Rolls

Pot Sticker (steamed won tons)

Baked Crab Rangoon


Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

15-Minute Asian Beef Soup


Beef and Broccoli

California Roll in a Bowl

Sesame Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Spicy Garlic Baby Bok Choy

15-Minute Ginger-Garlic Chicken

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken with Broccoli and Garlic Sauce

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 Crock Pot Thai Chicken

Pumpkin & Lentil Curry

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

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