The Take Out Swaps You Didn’t Know You Needed

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It’s so tempting… should you go out for dinner again? Even though it’ll be the third time this week? Our answer: try one of our take out swaps!

You know what it’s like. You’re standing in the kitchen with your partner and the shared answer to “what do you want for dinner?” is “I don’t know.” 

As the two of you become further and further away from a decision, the lyrical wisdom of Franz Ferdinand pops through both of your heads:

 I say, don't you know?

You say you don't know. 

I say: take me out

Find your favorite take out dish below and see our simple recipe that has been broken down into simple steps and will be less expensive than dining out again.

Takeout Swap #1 - Orange Chicken

There’s just something about a steamy container of orange chicken. This fan-favorite can be reproduced at home and it’s way easier than you think it is. 

This Orange Chicken recipe has only 7 ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to cook, meaning you’ll be enjoying your favorite sweet & savory flavors in the time it would take you to go drive to the restaurant.

Takeout Swap #2 - Cheeseburger & Fries

Cheesy, juicy, delicious & deluxe… one of the best things about a homemade burger is it will always be made just the way you like it. 

This Cheeseburger recipe gives it all: how to cook the perfect burger, stack your toppings, and get restaurant-quality melty cheese.

Takeout Swap #3 - Green Curry Ramen

We’re here for a fancy ramen moment. This recipe ticks all of the boxes when you’re craving a delicious bowl of ramen noodles. 

Only 3 ingredients are required, with the option of adding a few others to tase (like peanuts and lime!). This Thai-twist is tasty and fast - on the table in 7 minutes. 

Takeout Swap #4 - Shrimp Tacos

It’s Tuesday somewhere. Ok, maybe not, but every day can be Taco Tuesday when there are tacos. This Easy Shrimp Taco recipe takes under ten minutes to make and goes step-by-step to get tasty results every single time. 

With shrimp, red onion, cumin, and lime, you can have delicious tacos at home, saving you time and money.

Takeout Swap #5 - Margherita Pizza

Two words: Pizza Night. Turn it into a cute at-home date night or family event by making your own pizza… no wood fired oven needed (though if you have one, we’re a littttttle jealous). 

This pizza recipe (though entirely delicious as-is) is the perfect starting point for your favorite type of pizza. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can even make your own pizza crust.

Takeout Swap #6 - Chicken Tikka Masala

Perhaps the easiest Tikka Masala recipe you’ll find, this Tikka Masala recipe is extremely simple, but packs all the flavor. 

Follow along to the simple video and you’ll have tender chicken and fragrant spices in under 20 minutes.

4 Reasons to Try Cooking Your Favorite Takeout at Home 

  1. You save money

Take out is a one time (maybe two time with leftovers) meal. You spend the money once. When you cook at home, you’re using ingredients you either already have or that you can buy and use multiple times (like a bag of rice). 

  1. You’re in control 

When you cook from home, you can doctor up your recipe. Prefer to use butter over oil? The choice is yours. Want a little less rice and a little extra chicken? You’re the head chef.

  1. It’s good for the planet

We’re never going to out-shame anyone (we love take out!). With that being said, take out requires disposable containers and consumables, even when you opt out of extras like silverware and napkins. When you cook at home, that’s one less consumable used. 

  1. You get better at cooking

Every time you cook (even when you make a mistake) you improve your skills in the kitchen. 

Find all the recipes from the Takeout Swaps menu below!