On nights when you feel like picking up the phone to order in, try making these takeout-inspired recipes instead. They offer a fun, interactive cooking experience that the whole family can participate in. From spicy Chinese dishes like Kung Pao Chicken to delicious pizza recipes and Indian curries, there’s a meal here for every palate.
Of course, one of the most popular takeout options is Asian food. Sweet and sour sauces, tender cuts of meat, crisp vegetables, and rice are all characteristic of our favorite takeout dishes, such as the Japanese Fried Rice pictured here. We’ve also created a standout recipe that dresses up beef and broccoli with a black-bean garlic sauce. Or try our recipe for Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage, which is creamy and chock-full of vegetables; the sausage is made with rose wine, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar, all of which add a unique flavor to the dish.
In the mood to take a tour of essential Italian-American dishes? Start with Classic Margherita Pizza, which can be made in 20 minutes if you prepare the pizza dough in advance (or use store-bought). Keep it simple with fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil but feel free to add on your favorite toppings too. Or try our healthier take on Chicken Parmesan, which is crispy, flavorful, and delicious atop pasta, salad, or on its own. Another winner is Creamy Baked Ziti, otherwise known as the ultimate comfort food on a cold day.
We also have plenty of warm and spicy curry-inspired dishes. Use everyone’s favorite weeknight appliance—a pressure cooker—to make Thai Red Curry or Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala, which swaps in plain yogurt for heavy cream. We have two recipes for sushi here, too—vegetarian Avocado Sushi and Baked Salmon Sushi. Both use sticky white rice, crunchy carrots, cool cucumber slices, and creamy avocado as delicious and healthy fillings.
Put down the phone and pick up your knives, vegetable peelers, and tongs—you can make a satisfying takeout-style dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen.