There are a lot of benefits to ordering takeout. It’s fast, it’s easy and it tastes good. It’s not always healthy, though, and you can’t always be sure what you’re getting. We’ve come up with a list of five of our best healthy food swaps for typical takeout meals.
4 Ways to Make Your Favorite Takeout Dishes Healthy
Using our recipes, you’ll be able to create fresh, delicious takeout alternatives for a fraction of the cost and in the same amount of time you’d wait for your food to be delivered.
Greasy Delivery Pizza → Healthful DIY Cauliflower Pizza
Pizza is delicious, but they are also a carbs killer. Lucky for you, though, we’ve solved the carb problem! By using a simple, easy to make cauliflower crust you can transform your cheat day indulgence into a healthy, satisfying dinner.
But how do I make cauliflower crust, you ask? It can be as simple as you need it to be. All you need is a full head of cauliflower, ½ a cup of shredded cheese, an egg and a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, then a blender or even a knife will work, but it will require more effort.
Step 1: Prep the Cauliflower
Cut the cauliflower head into manageable chunks and feed it into your food processor. You’re going to want to continually pulse the cauliflower until you’ve reduced it to grain sized chunks.
If you’d rather, you can buy pre riced cauliflower at most grocery stores. Simply look where the grains are, or by the frozen vegetables. Keep in mind that if you’re using frozen riced cauliflower, it’s going to have to spend more time in the microwave.
Step 2: Heat the Crust
Now we’re going to need to heat the cauliflower until it softens. Put the riced cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and throw it in the microwave. Times will vary, but usually, eight minutes in the microwave does the trick.
Remember to preheat your oven to 450 degrees!
Step 3: Mix Everything Together
Mix the egg and shredded cheese into the warm cauliflower. You’re going to want to keep mixing until the egg and the cheese are fully incorporated.
Important note: the cheese and the eggs are the fundamentals. If you really want your crust to pop, add some spices to it! Garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper all go wonderfully with the cauliflower crust.
Step 4: Prep & Cook the Crust
Pour the cauliflower onto a baking pan, and put it into the oven for 15 minutes. This will allow the crust to set. When you pull the crust out, you’ll be able to put the sauce, cheese and any other toppings you might want on it, cook it again until the cheese is melted.
Half the fun of pizza is the convenience, though. If you want the convenience of takeout pizza combined with the healthfulness of cauliflower pizza, we here at Chef’d have you covered! You can order everything you need to make a Cauliflower Crust Mediterranean Chicken Pizza right here!
Try it: Mediterranean Cauliflower Pizza
Takeout Beef and Broccoli → Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry
Have you ever gotten takeout Chinese, only to question what exactly it is you’re eating? Sure, the menu says “beef”, but you didn’t know beef could be that chewy. And then you have the sauce—sure, it tastes great, but what’s in it? Invariably, the answer is too much fat and too much sugar.
Why wonder when you can know for sure? We’ve created a healthy beef and broccoli recipe which will not only allow you to be confident in what you’re eating but also give you confidence knowing you made the healthy choice. With fresh broccoli, tender steak and a rich and delicious sauce, you won’t even remember what you’re missing.
Try it: Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry
Spicy and Salty Ramen → Spicy Noodles with Shrimp & Chicken
Ramen is delicious, but it's FULL of sodium. Excessive salt/sodium intake can cause excessive fluid retention, high blood pressure and even heart problems. We’ve come up with a healthy food substitution so you can get your ramen fix in and stay healthy!
Our healthy ramen recipe cuts out the dangerous sodium levels without compromising the flavor. Meet the takeout ramen cravings head-on by ordering some of our Late Night Naughty Noodles! We replace the flavor packet with fresh vegetables, a rich broth, shrimp and ramen noodles. Wave goodbye to powdered flavor and say hello to the real thing.
Try it: Late Night Naughty Noodles
Sauce-Heavy Orange Chicken → Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir-Fry
Orange chicken sounds healthy. Chicken is a lean meat, orange is a fruit, what could possibly go wrong? The mountain of sugar and pile of fat that’s in the sauce. That’s what could go wrong. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a healthy food substitution for that oh-so delicious, but oh-so fattening takeout orange chicken.
Our healthy orange chicken recipe calls for juicy chicken breast stir-fried together with sautéed broccoli, bell peppers and diced carrots. We’ll use canola oil to cook everything up and employ a light, sweet sauce to complement the meat and vegetables rather than overpower them. Our recipe is low-fat, heart-healthy and taste bud friendly.
Fried Chicken Wings → Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a takeout staple, but do you have to fry them? All the oil and the breading that goes into frying transforms ordinarily healthy, low-calorie chicken wings into fat and carbohydrate delivery systems. Half of the time, you can’t even taste the chicken!
Reclaim both your health and the flavor with Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings recipe! Our healthy chicken wings recipe calls for a grill, not a deep fryer. Instead of covering up the chicken, we’ll complement it with a marinate of habanero chilies and zesty orange and pineapple. When you pair that with our scrumptious mango chutney you’ll instantly regret every fried chicken wing you’ve ever eaten.
Try it: Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings