I am going to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready? Okay here goes… Dietitians will order take out sometimes. I know, shocker! Takeout can definitely be a convenient dinner option. It is fast, requires little effort, and is usually pretty delicious. The problem with ordering takeout frequently, is the sodium, fat content, and price tag that often comes with it! That is where these healthy take-out remakes come into play!

We set out to bring you some of our favorite take out dishes, but in an easy to make at home way! These come together quickly, and make excellent leftovers. They are also great for meal prep. Do you have a take out recipe that you would like to see remade? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Pad Thai

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This quick and easy Pad Thai comes together really quickly. It is filled with veggies, and you can combine different proteins to get different flavorful dishes! Check out the recipe here!

2. Beef Lo-Mein

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The perk of making this beef lomein at home is that not only can you increase the veggies, BUT you can use lean beef to help control the saturated fat content of the dish. Recipe here!

3. Cava Falafel Bowl

Our dietitian Alex will grocery shop mostly at Trader Joe’s and they have a ton of cool foods to be able to create these Cava bowls! However, you can find other delicious foods to put into these cava bowls at other stores as well. We have seen cilantro dressing at both Safeway and Giant. The Cruciferous mix is technically optional, but it gives the bowl a little bit of a crunch! Recipe here!

4. Orange Chicken

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We love using our slow cooker. And the fact that we can make this delicious orange chicken in said slow cooker, makes this dish even better. Pair with your favorite veggies and some rice! Recipe here!

5. Teriyaki Chicken

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This recipe reminds me of the hibachi style dishes you can find at the Japanese steak houses. I used the Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce while making this (which is gluten free), but feel free to substitute any other of your favorite teriyaki sauce (or make your own!) Recipe here!

6. Buffalo Cauliflower With Greek Yogurt Ranch

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Who does love to go out and get some good ol’ buffalo hot wings with ranch on game day? While there is definitely appeal to some to those types of bites, they can also be high in fat and sodium. These buffalo cauliflower bites are high in fiber, and low in fat! And did I mention, delicious? Recipe here!

7. Chicken Curry

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This chicken curry only has 5 ingredients and comes together so quickly, so there is no reason to not make it at home! You will save on money and will have leftovers for the next day! Recipe here!

8. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

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This is perfect all times of year. Chicken Satay is a traditional Thai dish that can easily be made at home. You can even serve on skewers at a BBQ or as an appetizer for your next cocktail party! Recipe here!

9. Prosciutto and Arugula Grilled Pizza 

Ditch the frozen pizza and drop the phone, grilled pizza is the pizza of the future! You can get pre-made dough at the store, or make your own with this easy recipe (or make it WAY ahead, and freeze it using this recipe). My favorite pizza is topped with prosciutto and arugula, but you can definitely top as desired. Look at this delicious Farmer’s Market Pizza to try this summer! Recipe here!

10. Shrimp Fried Rice

This might be the fastest dish of the bunch. Shrimp can defrost in no time, and if you have leftover rice from another meal, this is the way to go! By using frozen veggies, this makes a great dinner using panty basics. Recipe here!

11. Cauliflower Pizza

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Mmmm pizza. I have a few friends that are gluten free for health reasons, so sometimes they miss out on ordering pizza. With this cauliflower pizza, everyone can enjoy! The crust comes together quickly, and everyone can top as desired! Recipe here.

12. Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce 

Making spring rolls may seem like a daunting dish, but it is really easy! It also makes a fun hands on activity for the kids, or at a party. Mix up whatever veggies you like, and set out different dipping sauces. Recipe here!

13. Thai Tom Yum 

Soup is great during the colder seasons, and makes a great lunch or dinner! Try this delicious Thai Tom Yum next time you want something warm and comforting, without all the sodium you would get at a Thai restaurant. Recipe here.

14. Oven Fried Chicken

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While fried chicken can make a quick dinner option,  it can often be high in fat and sodium. This oven baked version is quick to put together, delicious, and gets very crispy in the oven! Recipe here!

15. Baked BBQ Chicken Wings 

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These baked BBQ chicken wings are going to change the way you think about wings forever. They are baked in the oven, and seasoned with a dry rub! Definitely make these for your next game day! Here is the recipe!

Do you need more inspiration for cooking at home in a healthy way? Make an appointment with one of our dietitians by calling 301-474-2499 or clicking here.