I LOVE Asian food. Thai. Chinese. Korean. All of it. In fact, one of my 2 year old son’s favorite dishes is pho. I tried making pho once. Total disaster. There are WAY too many spices, and you just can’t make it taste quite as good as they can in a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. Not even worth it. So that one will always be a delivery in my books.
However when it comes to take out are quite a few amazing recipes that I’ve found are as good as or better than what you can get in a restaurant. Not only does this save money, some of these recipes are actually quicker than waiting for a delivery to arrive. And, you can control the ingredients. One of the most difficult things about eating out is you never know exactly how much oil the cook with – which can make a huge impact on the calorie content of the meal.
So this week we’re brining you some of our favorite “fake outs” of the takeouts we love.
Ashley’s pick: Better than takeout beef and broccoli
This recipe has a very special place in my heart. It was on the original list of recipes I sent out to my clients my first year in my own business. That’s right, this recipe has lasted 6 years in the Youtrition world. And clients continue to rave about it. With only a handful of ingredients, only using a single pan, this recipe is quick cooking and easy to clean up. And it is AMAZING paired with brown rice.
Ashley’s pick: Korean Beef & Rice Bowls
I actually just stumbled on this recipe this week. A friend posted it on Facebook. I hadn’t planned on sharing it, but as soon as I made it I knew I had to. I did make some modifications to the recipe, however. For one thing, I lightly seasoned my meat with salt and pepper before cooking. I learned this from an online cooking course I’ve been taking (more about that another time). Another thing: I omitted the yellow onion. I just added the white bottoms of the green onion when it called for the onion. It worked out well, and made the recipe one fewer ingredient. If you’re wondering, gochujang is an amazing sweet & spicy sauce used as a condiment. I picked up a bottle at Sprouts for about $5. All the other ingredients are easy to come by. We served this with the recommended brown rice, cucumbers, plus some fresh pineapple.
Allison’s Pick: Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Bowls
I have a soft spot in my heart (or stomach) for Chinese food. I really love Asian flavors but don’t love the heavy feeling in my stomach after getting takeout. My solution is takeout fake-out! I have started finding amazing recipes that taste as good or better than what you can find in a restaurant and you can adjust them to be exactly what you like. This teriyaki chicken noodle bowl is one of my favorites not only because its delicious but because its so versatile. You can add different kinds of vegetables and you can change the kinds of meat you use it. This recipe is definitely a takeout fake-out win!
Ashley’s pick: Egg Drop Soup
My husband is an “entree only” sort of guy when we go out to eat. And it bugs me, because I wish he would just order a soup with me once in a while. It’s not that I feel guilty for ordering a $2 soup when he’s not, I just enjoy eating with him, not while he’s watching me. After nearly 7 years of marriage you’d think I’d have these nuances figured out by now. So sometimes I leave a Chinese restaurant wishing I had gotten the egg drop soup. Which makes me crave it the next day. I’ve whipped this recipe up for lunches more often than I can remember. And when I make my own fake-out, you bet I make this soup. At least my son eats it with me 😉
PS – we’ve been a little short on desserts the past few weeks. Both Allison and I are riding the wave of Halloween candy in the house. More amazing holiday desserts coming your way soon!