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10 Easy Recipes For Your Favorite Takeout Dishes
We all have those favorite takeout items — we crave them a couple times a month and order extra to have leftovers throughout the week. But takeout can get expensive! Here are 10 easy recipes for your favorite takeout dishes.
There’s nothing quite like the tangy, sweet, crispy deliciousness that is orange chicken. This recipe breaks down the frying batter and the orange sauce into two easy recipes. Most ingredients can be found in the Asian foods section of your grocery store. You might like this even better than takeout because it’s far less greasy!
Drunken noodles are an explosion of great textures and flavors, with the soft, slippery noodles, marinated vegetables and your choice of protein. They’re easy to whip up at home and there, you can control the spices and calorie content. This easy recipe reveals some of the secret ingredients that will capture and deliver those flavors such as oyster sauce, white pepper and more!
Falafel looks so complex once it’s wrapped in a pita, but it’s really just the hummus, the right bread and fresh veggies that make it look difficult. Here’s a recipe that’s not only easy but gluten-free, vegan and delicious. The best part about making it at home is that the herbs are so fresh that it’s super green.
Anything with that bright yellow color seems intimidating, but this sweet and spicy sauce can easily be made at home with the right ingredients. The secret to perfect curry flavor is the oils detailed in this easy recipe for coconut curry. Hint: there is maple syrup in it!
Who doesn’t love to create their own Ramen bowl? Pick out your veggies, tofu (soft or firm), shrimp or chicken or beef, and add in all those fun mix-ins such as bean sprouts and jalapenos. It seems elaborate, but Ramen is just a hodge-podge of easy ingredients. We love this straightforward recipe for Ramen noodles with shrimp.
Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo ball soup is great to order by the gallon when you’re sick, or on a rainy day. But it’s really just glorified chicken noodle soup, and once you learn how to make your own matzo balls, you’ll never go with the restaurant ones again. This recipe lets you use a store-bought mix for the matzo balls, but you can control the mixed-in ingredients to make them as firm or salty as you like.
It’s not easy to find “healthy” fried chicken, and you can almost guarantee when you order out for it that it’s been fried and battered in carb-heavy dough to the max. But if you make it at home you can play with the seasoning in the batter to make it spicy, to give it an Italian or Mexican flavor, and you can make it light. We like this easy recipe for Italian oven-fried chicken.
If you bring a batch of fresh empanadas to a barbecue, you’re everybody’s favorite guest. But they’re also a great dish to make a big Mexican feast with at home, and you can make these hot, doughy little triangles of joy in your own kitchen in just a few easy steps. Plus making them at home means you’re not limited to the filling choices of a restaurant. We love this recipe for spicy chicken pasilla chile empanadas.
Chicken Tikka Masala
The creamy, robust and slightly spicy masala sauce tastes delicious over rice, couscous, or with your favorite dipping bread. And when you make it at home, you can control the cut of chicken you eat — white meat, dark meat, shredded or chunky. This recipe makes about as authentic a restaurant-style masala as you can get.
It’s almost impossible to order delivery pizza and not feel uncomfortably full after, even if you limit yourself to just two slices. Flatbread pizzas tend to be lighter, skinnier, and when you make them at home, you can go easy on the cheese, topping them with healthy ingredients. This recipe for nectarine pizza with fresh basil and reduced balsamic vinegar is the perfect summer pizza.
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