Make your own healthier takeaway
You might be thinking, healthier takeaway, is that really a thing? And does it taste any good? Well, I’m here to tell you that when you make it yourself, it tastes fantastic!
Eating healthy versions of your favourite junk foods and takeaway does involve effort — you have to cook the food yourself. You just have to be willing to make the effort and your body (and taste buds) will thank you for it.
Buying takeaway may seem like a quick and easy option, but do you really want to put a load of chemicals and unwanted ingredients into your body? Junk food and takeaway are basically nutritionally deficient, while being high in calories. They’re also high in sugar, salt and fats that lead to weight gain and illness when consumed regularly over a long period of time.
Once you realise that home cooked pizza, fish and chips and burgers are way tastier than any you could buy, you’ll be happy to spend the time it takes to make them. And the best thing is that you make them exactly how you like them; everyone chooses their own individual pizza or burger toppings.
Here are my top 5 suggestions for creating your own healthier takeaway at home:
Fish and Chips
If you’re honest, you probably feel sick after you’ve ingested all the grease of takeaway fish & chips. So cook your own instead. Start with your favourite fish, wild caught if you can get it. Season with some salt and pepper, add a light dusting of flour & paprika, then pan fry in a little bit oil. Alternatively, wrap the fish in foil and bake it in the oven with some herbs and lemon juice.
We like to make our chips fairly chunky and we cook them in our air fryer, but they’ll cook just as well in the oven. You only need to coat them lightly with oil (olive or coconut, of course).
We par boil the potatoes for 10 minutes before air frying and they are really, really good.
making your own burgers isn’t complicated, it really doesn’t take long, and they taste soooo good! Use whatever mince you prefer, beef or turkey are always good options. We also use lamb mince, and then top the burgers with tzatziki.
Onion and mixed herbs are our base ingredients, but it depends on what flavours go with the mince you’re using. You can add breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, peanut butter, or even sauces such as Worcester, Tamari or Soy Sauce.
Mix all of your ingredients together, shape into burgers and then either pan fry in a little bit of oil or oven bake. Choose good quality whole grain if you’re using bread. Then build individual burgers with your preferred salad ingredients.
This is my favourite! I love home made pizza. There are a lot of different flatbread options if you’re buying pizza
bases, just check the ingredient list on the pack to make sure you’re not getting any nasties.
The other option is to make your own and it’s really easy if you have a bread maker. All you do is throw in the ingredients. An hour or so later you’ll have perfect pizza dough that you can roll out as thick or thin as you like. We make a large batch so we can freeze half for next time.
Best of all, you choose your own toppings. So keep it basic, or make it gourmet, it’s entirely up to you.
Quick & easy dinners
Our favourite quick & easy dinner is to buy a hot chicken from the supermarket deli. You can quickly steam some veggies to go with it (super easy if you have frozen veggies on hand). A simple garden salad is also good, or make your own chips.
Sometimes we make our own chicken nuggets and chips – great for a Friday night when you’re watching the footy and just want to pick! I found a simple recipe for tasty chicken nuggets that we’ve adapted. You chop a chicken breast into bite size pieces, coat with your favourite mayo or yoghurt, then roll in breadcrumbs and bake in the oven.
With or without meat, this is a really easy dish to make, as all you need to do is stir fry some veggies and then add in some pre-cooked rice towards the end with some seasoning and/or soy sauce. Add in some chopped cooked chicken and an egg for an extra protein boost. We use basmati rice, as it’s quick to cook and low GI.
Try using cauliflower instead of rice for an even healthier version. Here’s the link to my CAULIFLOWER RICE recipe
You can eat this as a meal on its own, or use it as a side dish. Cook up a double batch and you’ll have half to freeze for another time.
So I hope I’ve inspired you to think twice before you jump on the phone to order your next takeaway. As I said earlier, it does involve effort to make your own, and you have to plan ahead, but it’s well worth it, trust me!
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