Everyone knows the feeling of getting home after a long day at work and feeling the need to head to the drive through or reach for the take out menu. The idea of cooking a meal from scratch can feel tiring and overwhelming, and it’s not the quick fix you think you need. However, once you have finished eating your chosen take out you will probably feel lethargic and overly full.
Trying to think of inventive dinner ideas that mimic your favorite types of fast food could be the answer. So, here are a handful of wholesome fast food alternatives that will help you to stay on track with your healthy eating plan after a busy week.
Thai food for takeout is a firm favorite amongst households, but you don’t have to reach for the menus just yet. Making Thai food at home couldn’t be simpler, so why not try it for yourself? You might want to try out this homemade drunken noodles recipe. Full of classic, tasty Asian flavors you can have a touch of your favorite takeout from the comfort of your own home and a quarter of the price!
Whether you love sweet and sour chicken or beef in black bean sauce, there are so many different Chinese dishes you can make at home. Pick up a sauce like peanut sauce or sweet and sour. Add some chopped up rotisserie chicken and serve it with noodles or rice! There are plenty of simple recipes online and on this blog to give you a touch of inspiration.
From chicken korma to prawn madras, there are so many incredible curries you can make for yourself. You don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on an Indian take out, simply stir it up with some store bought sauce enjoy. Don’t forget the naan and a side of rice or potatoes for an extra touch of authenticity!
Takeout pizzas are becoming more and more expensive, so why not make your own? It’s so simple to buy your own dough and fill it with your favorite toppings. You can purchase fresh dough, refrigerator dough, even frozen dough. Just roll it out. Not only are you saving yourself a bunch of money, but you are also choosing the flavors you want! And it’s a fun way to involve the kids in meal prep!
Handmade burgers are probably one of the most delicious things you can make for yourself, and you won’t feel overly full and greasy afterwards. You can mix up your homemade burgers by adding different cheeses to create unique flavors, from blue cheese to American smoked cheddar, there are so many options for you to play with.
Want fries with your burger? Grab up some frozen fries and pop them in the oven while you’re prepping the burgers. I like to serve the condiments, like lettuce and tomato, from the storage container. Then after everyone has done the build your own burger bar, just put the lids on and wipe things down. And if you use paper plates, you’ve cleaned up faster than you cooked!
Whether you’re a fan of Thai or you adore a burger, there are so many different fast food ideas you can try out for yourself at home. Not only will these dishes leave you feeling nourished, they’ll save you a little money too. Have fun trying out some of these ideas at home, and you will soon have a whole host of delicious and tasty meals at your fingertips for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking!