16 Take-Out Inspired Recipes

Add these take-out fake-outs to your menu.

Is take-out making your waist thicker and your wallet thinner? There’s no reason to choose the to-go line when you can add these healthy homemade take-out recipes to your menu plan. Give these 16 take-out inspired recipes a go.

There’s a better way to do dinner than hitting drive-thrus and restaurants. Take-out inspired recipes, like the meal ideas we’re sharing below, incorporate clean eating ingredients filled with nutrients—and flavor. We use whole foods, herbs, and spices, to create recipes that satisfy take-out cravings without thickening the thighs or piling on the pounds.

Not only does your body benefit from the switch to homemade, chances are your wallet will benefit too. Take-out, even “value” menu items, can be pricey. And what do you really get for the money you spend on restaurant food? Meals high in fat, calories, salt, or sugar.

What’s the best way to beat the take-out habit? Start by replacing one take-out meal each week with one of these healthy homemade take-out recipes. Stock up on the ingredients during your weekly grocery trip, so you’re ready to go at dinnertime—eliminating that “what’s for dinner?” panic that sometimes leads to take-out temptation. Over time, you can replace most, if not all, of your take-out runs.

Burger Recipes

1. Taco Burger
Packed with spices and tasty superfoods, like avocado, this recipe is the perfect way to satisfy that gourmet burger fix.

2. Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
Tomatoes and cheese make this a juicy way to enjoy lean turkey burgers.

3. Caribbean Mango Chicken Burger
Sink your teeth into a tangy burger, which incorporates yogurt and fresh mango–it’s much healthier than typical take-out fare.

4. Turkey Veggie Burger
From shredded fresh vegetables to lean ground turkey, this is one low-calorie burger that will please your waist–and your taste buds.

Pizza Recipes

5. Clean-Eating BBQ Chicken Pizza
This healthy pizza recipe uses a tortilla crust to make it a no-fuss dinner option.

6. Grilled Pizza with Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato
Classic pizza flavor combines with clean-eating awesomeness in this recipe, which tastes as good as it looks.

7. Zucchini-Crusted Pizza
With a clean-eating crust made from zucchini and topped with super-yummy cheeses, this recipe puts a low-carb spin on homemade pizza night.

8. Zucchini-Bell Pepper Pizza
Superfood toppings make this recipe supreme over fat-packed, take-out pizza.

Mexican Cuisine Recipes

9. Spinach & Bean Burrito Wrap
Treat yourself to take-out recipes like this one, which is packed with great-for-your-body spinach and lean protein.

10. Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Crema
Add a gourmet touch to taco night with this new spin on that take-out favorite.

11. Shrimp Tacos with Sweet and Tangy Slaw Topping simple shrimp tacos with tasty, crunchy ‘slaw makes them out-of-this-world delicious.

12. Skinny Chicken Taquitos

Serve a yummy, Mexican-cuisine inspired dinner with these easy-to-make taquitos. Top with salsa, Greek yogurt, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, onions, and radishes to serve as an entrée.

Asian-Influenced Recipes

13. Asian Style Beef & Broccoli
Use a saucepan or wok to prepare this Asian-cuisine style recipe, which includes plenty of flavorful spices.

14. One-Pot Black Pepper Chicken Readers rave about this recipe. It’s made with only a few ingredients and is full of flavor.

15. Asian Stir-Fry with Cashews and Chicken
Forget the take out and prep your own homemade stir fry with this simple to put together dish.

16. Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
This dish can be ready for waiting for you when you get home, so there’s no temptation to dial out for food made with less than clean ingredients.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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