There are countless reasons to leave what you eat to take out, money, time, and unhealthy choices, it’s better to know what you are eating by preparing it yourself.
If you are eating low-carb, don’t worry I have options for you too!
Plan your own TAKE-OUT night by cooking your favorites yourself.
From Pizza to Chinese, and Pasta to Sandwiches this post if full of the most popular items people eat out and order for take-out.
All can be made within 30 minutes, there are shortcuts to make most in under 15 minutes…
now how about that for fast food!
You don’t need to make everything from scratch, I give you some of my favorite shortcut options but if you’re a true do-it-yourself-er there are recipes to my favorites as well.
No matter what you typically order for takeout, this post has you covered! Save money, time, and frustration (ordering food doesn’t always arrive as you wish!) Customize any dish to your EXACT liking!
The best moments are often spent around the kitchen table. So gather your loved ones, and friends and have everyone pull up a chair, no need to fancy plates, keep it simple, feed them well, and make memories!
- homemade crust with my 20-minute pizza dough recipe
- Nan Pizza– an easy option is to make pizza out of nan bread, a Boboli or premade pizza dough found in the grocery store
- Cauliflower – a yummy low-carb option!
- High protein pizza crust made from chicken. You won’t believe how yummy this is!
- French bread – pizza ready in 5 minutes… really!
- BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza – kids go CRAZY for this!
Don’t forget to stock up on some of your favorite toppings to create the flavors you love, add some pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, or pineapple if you prefer!
BURGERS and fries:
2 lb giant burger makes great sliders
This GIANT 2lb burger easily fits on 9 mini buns for the perfect sliders
I simply mix the ground beef with seasoning salt and for it into a large patty, place it in a preheated 12 ” cast iron skillet and cook it on both sides until it reaches 135° then put it on 9 mini rolls that I leave together without separating and it makes the perfect sliders!
Add cheese, ketchup, pickles and you’re all set.
Here is how I make super fast burgers, I heat my 12″ cast iron skillet, add some onions, sprinkle some seasoning salt on the pound of ground beef, flatten it a bit then add it to the skillet, when it’s browned I flip it to continue cooking it, then put it on 4 hamburger buns. VIOLA!
for the burgers, use ground beef, chicken or turkey… all YUMMY!
- Avocado stuffed burgers
- Teriyaki Burgers and yummy Luau Cupcakes
- Homemade Baked Crispy Fries
- Carne Asada Fries
Enjoy your burger on a bun, or wrap it in lettuce, or cut it up on your plate!
Add some great side dishes like:
- Potato Salad
or a fun Macaroni Salad like THIS, THIS, THIS one or even THIS one!
- Baked Crispy French Fries
- Homemade Ketchup
- Homemade Gravy perfect for dipping fries into
Fries: having frozen fries or tater tots on hand makes it easy to get a meal on the table fast, bake them in the oven or use an air fryer for really crispy fries!
I have a couple of cheese sauce recipes and am currently working on another, give my Beer Cheese Dip it’s yummy,
but maybe Homemade Buttermilk Ranch is more your thing!
This meatloaf is a winner every time, it’s stuffed with mozzarella cheese!
For every pound of ground beef mix 1 egg, 1 teaspoon oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
then split the beef into two portions
add 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese for every pound of beef
place the cheese in the middle of 1/2 of the beef,
press the other half on top, and bake at 350° for 45 minutes.
The photo is of a 4 lb meatloaf with 2 cups shredded cheese.
Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mongolian, Korean
- Pineapple and Spam Fried Rice
Chicken and Sausage Fried Rice
Ham Fried Rice with a Low Carb Option
- Easy Pork Lo Mein
- Thai Peanut Noodles
- Asian BBQ Marinade for Chicken and Pork
- Spring Rolls and Lettuce Wraps
- Thai Curry Chicken
- Mongolian Beef,
- Asian Chicken– this is so wonderful I give you 5 different meals to use with it.
- Vermicelli bowls
- Korean Beef
- Deconstructed Egg Roll Bowl If you like egg rolls but don’t want all the prep/work and frying try my
- Inside Out Wonton Soup
PRINT OUT my Basic Asian Sauce Below and add it to any Asian-inspired dish you prefer!
KEEP scrolling after this recipe for MORE RECIPES!
Basic Asian Sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar add more if you prefer things sweeter
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes add more if you like it spicy
- In a measuring cup, mix all ingredients and pour over your favorite protein and vegetables as it boils it'll thicken.
Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for a peanut sauce.
Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for a nice sweetness.
Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice for a nice citrus addition.
Keep scrolling there are plenty more recipes below:
- Lemon Chicken Kabob – Tender lemon chicken kabobs that are delicious all year round
- Greek Lemon Chicken Soup – Fresh tasting and delicious
- Greek Chicken – Full of great Mediterranean flavor
- Greek Chicken Meatballs – THESE are a must-make!
- Greek Spiral Cucumber Salad – simple and full of flavor
- Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs OH these are so yummy
- Greek Chicken Salad with Tomato Dressing – the dressing is a true winner.
What’s your favorite, roast beef, turkey, ham, tuna fish….corned beef or veggie?
Stack all your favorites up and add some dressing, condiments, pickles, peppers, olives, and some lettuce and tomato, and WHAMO… it’s sandwich night.
- Wrap everything in lettuce if I want it low carb
- Wrap it in rice paper like a spring roll
- Chicken salad is a go-to for me for lunch, I usually just eat it out of a bowl topped with shredded carrots and celery.
One of my favorite sandwiches is corned beef, I buy it sliced in the deli section: I put it on a long roll with Swiss cheese and roasted Brussels sprouts, then add mustard and pickles! It’s super yummy, no need to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy corned beef.
Italian Chicken Sandwich – so flavorful and easy to make!
Grilled Goat Cheese and Avocado Sandwich – it’s like a grown-up PBJ!
Asian Chicken Sandwich – Kids love this one!
Chicken BLT – YUM!
Pressed Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich pressed to perfection this flavor combo is a winner
Shrimp Roll – Gotta love a shrimp sandwich!
or maybe you’re into TOAST click to see some super fun toast ideas!
- Italian Meatballs – a classic and always welcomed!
- Mac and Cheese – so creamy and delicious and takes no longer than a box to make.
- Italian Chicken Sandwich – Breaded chicken baked and topped with fabulous flavor
- Eggplant Sandwich – an eggplant lovers dream!
- One Pot Spaghetti Soup – simple and filling, perfect comfort food
- Tomato Sauce – an easy recipe to make all your Italian recipes great
- Lemon Vodka Pasta Sauce – A creamy lemony fantastic sauce
- 30 Minute Ravioli Pizza – This cheesy dish is amazing
tacos burritos, enchiladas (some recipes take longer)
- Elote (Mexican Corn) – Mexican Street Corn!
- Chicken Enchiladas in Green Sauce – this is a true favorite
- Pollo Asada Chicken Marinade – enjoy tacos for days
- Taco Marinated Chicken -Change up ordinary Tuesday for a yummy taco flavored chicken
- Mexican Rice – the perfect side dish
- Chicken Tortilla Soup – fantastic flavor
- Mexican Corn Macaroni Salad – this is so fun and leftovers make great lunches
- Taco Salad – A healthy dish ready in minutes
- Carne Asada Fries – so fun, kids will love it!
soup, zucchini, black bean, make quesadillas and tacos, burritos,
Now… if you’ve been in the southeast you can get biscuits and gravy at multiple drive-in.. and the biscuit king is great and bo jangles are good too!
Here is a fun biscuit and gravy option,
if you want more traditional gravy look here.
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