Take out? Fake out!
Put down that phone! We've got delicious do it yourself versions of some of your take out faves.
Take out. Those two little words mean food fast and the avoidance of almost all work.
When you think about it, take out is pretty much the perfect blend of restaurant and home. No waiting for a table, the food, or the check. No taunting dessert menu. Plus, you can eat in the comfort of your own home – or anywhere you please!
BUT: You still need to take the time to travel to the restaurant, and you still have to pay restaurant prices. You’ll probably feel guilty if you don’t tip. And the food can get cold on the way home, especially if you’re walking in a polar vortex. Bummer!
What if I told you could make take out foods yourself, at home, easily and in very little time? Okay, I’m telling you. In fact, I recently satisfied cravings for Asian food and made teriyaki chicken and orange chicken rice bowls.
Not from scratch, mind you – that wouldn’t come close to take out’s best quality: Speed! I used two brand new flavors of Chicken Helper: Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Chicken and Orange Chicken. They were super easy to make, and if my guests hadn’t seen me making it over the course of 20 minutes, I could have told them it was take out – and they’d have believed me.
But you don’t have to stop there. Check out these other “fake out” recipes!
Learn how to make Cheap & Easy Egg Rolls and Schezwan Fried Rice – on the quick ‘n cheap.
Okay, okay – yes, slow cooker means it’s going to take a while. But you do nothing while it’s cooking! I mean, you go to work your job. Or on a day trip. Whatever. The point is it’s super fast to make when you get home.
If there’s a more heavenly Thai mashup, I’m unaware of it. And you can’t order these off any menu I’ve seen! Simply brilliant.
Burritos might be pushing the “take out” definition, but these are worth pushing on anyone, any time.
Tacos are one of the best things to ever be wrapped in a shell. Or are they THE best? Hm … Well, in any case these are speedy and satisfying.
Awwww yeah. A homemade spin on one of the standbys of takeout: Pizza. Complete with a stuffed crust!
So the next time you’re tempted to take out, remember: You can put that phone down, stay in and fake out.
Looking for more Helper-inspired recipes for your next party, game night, or just lounging around the house? Check these out!