Just because it's the start of a fresh new year, doesn't mean we automatically stop craving take-out. In fact, during these long winter months, we often crave it more. All that trudging through the snow, scraping the ice off our cars and getting home extra-late after picking up the kids and dealing with all their winter gear, means that the last thing in the world we want to do it cook a complicated and time-consuming meal. But wait! Before you pick up the phone to call Pizza Pizza or Friendly Thai, try one of these 7 healthy twists on your favourite take-out classics. We promise they are not only just as delicious, but WAY healthier and a cinch to make.
INSTEAD OF THAI TAKE-OUT TRY:
1. Thai Chicken Noodle Salad
Weeknight dinners getting you down? We know how that feels. Getting into a meal-time rut can mean the same old meals, each and every week. But don't fret, we've got your back. We suggest pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying something new and exciting -- something that will get your tastebuds roaring and get you out of that rut. Here, we've created a sensational (and practically no-cook!) dinner recipe that packs a real flavour punch. We've simply combined tender rice noodles with cooked shredded chicken breast, carrots, red pepper, snow peas and cucumber, and then tossed it all with a light and fragrant Thai-style vinaigrette. Not only will you're taste buds thank you, but you'll be reminded you of when you hung out in Thailand.
INSTEAD OF CHINESE TAKE-OUT TRY:
2. Veggie Fried Rice
Love fried rice but think the only way to get it is from your local chinese take-out restaurant? Think again. Fried rice is actually one of the easiest (and healthiest!) weeknight dinners you can make. (Hint, to make it ultra-simple, cook the rice the day before and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.) Here, we've created a recipe that is loaded with authentic flavours and lots of veggies, so you can feel good about making it for your family mid-week. Super tasty, ultra-versatile and a cinch to make, once you make our veggie fried rice once, we promise you'll make it again and again and again.
3. Quick Beef & Veggie Stir Fry
INSTEAD OF MEXICAN TAKE-OUT TRY:
4. Spicy Fish Tacos
Tacos. Do they always need to be made with those pre-made hard corn shells (which we all know just crumble at the first bite?) We think not and we've created a recipe here to show you why. Fast, fresh and healthy, these spiced fish tacos are a cinch to make because we've replaced those messy corn shells with ultra-easy-to-use flour tortillas instead. All you need to do is warm them up in a microwave or oven, fill them with our heavenly spiced fish and your favourite toppings (we like shredded red cabbage, feta, avocado, cilantro, sour cream and lime) and sit back and enjoy a flavour-packed weeknight dinner. Your welcome.
INSTEAD OF VIETNAMESE TAKE-OUT TRY:
5. Vietnamese Chicken & Veggie Rice Paper Rolls
These days we're all about "the wrap". From the ultimate packed lunch to a quick, easy and healthy dinner (that the kids will line up to help you make), these Vietnamese chicken and veggie rice paper wraps have become part of our weekly repertoire. And for good reason. They are vibrant and colourful, supremely healthy, a cinch to make (we're talking mostly assembly) and ultra-versatile. Don't have leftover cooked chicken or a ripe avocado? Don't fret. We use the term 'recipe' here loosely as we often pack ours with any protein and veggies we've got lying around for a clean-out-your-fridge kinda dinner. Shrimp, beef, mango, spinach; you name it, you can add it.
INSTEAD OF PIZZA TAKE-OUT TRY:
6. Quick & Easy Veggie Pizza
Quick and easy to make, this veggie pizza topped with crumbled goat cheese rivals delivery, but is supremely healthy too!
INSTEAD OF INDIAN TAKE-OUT TRY:
7. SPICY LENTIL & TOMATO STEW
Stew is one of our favourite winter-weather weeknight dinners because it is super fast, super tasty and takes the chill off our bones. But the best part about this spicy tomato and lentil stew is that it can be whipped up the day before and reheated in a flash for a quick and healthy last-minute dinner. Chock full of hearty and healthy ingredients like carrots and sweet potatoes and kicked-up with a hit of red chili flakes, we promise this is one stew you will keep making all winter long.