Your favorite restaurant dishes made lighter in 30 minutes or less!
You don't have to dial out for your favorite restaurant dishes any longer. We have given a few takeout classics healthy makeovers that will be just as craveable as their often guilt-laden counterparts.
First up, Pizza Surpreme. Authentic wood-fired pizza is all the rage, but a great deal of the pies eaten in America are still
pepperoni, meat-lover's, and supreme versions from 1-800 sources. But why eat heavy when you can have the same pleasure in
a lighter pizza package? We attacked the supreme formula, leaning on veggies and walking back the meat (just one sausage link
for the whole pizza). It's enough for flavor but doesn't leave you with pools of grease to blot. Lean turkey sausage stands
in for pork, and lower-sodium marinara anchors the toppings. But, knowing when a low-fat swap is not worth it, we use full-fat
mozzarella (and a generous amount of it)—which makes our pizza irresistible.
Takeout: 507 | Ours: 344
Takeout: 24g | Ours: 3g
Takeout: 10.7g | Ours: 4.1g
Takeout: 1,333mg | Ours: 640mg
Ready in 30 min.
View Recipe: Pizza Supreme
The burger craze is red-hot, ranging from the wagyu-brisket fads of big-city chefs to the "Look, Ma" mega-burgers at the chains.
Those giants can serve up most of a day's calories, more than a day's fat, and a shakerful of salt. We decided to start with
something more reasonable yet still deliciously iconic: the legendary In-N-Out cheeseburger. Ours is a tasty handful, with
a similar addictive sauce, but about 40% less fat and saturated fat, thanks to lean ground sirloin and lower-sodium, lighter
cheese. We even one-upped the Cali classic by adding avocado.
Takeout: 480 | Ours: 389
Takeout: 27g | Ours: 16.5g
Takeout: 10g | Ours: 5.8g
Takeout: 1,000mg | Ours: 806mg
Ready in 22 min.
View Recipe: Out-N-In California Burger
Along with iridescent sweet-and-sour pork, fried rice is one of those comforting Chinese-American hybrids that populates every
Chinese take-out menu in the country. Almost everyone who loves fried rice is drawn to its salty, greasy goodness. The problem
is the salty, greasy part, because underneath is a reasonable rice and lean-protein dish, flecked with vegetables. Our riff
uses a bit of lower-sodium soy, then boosts the savor with sweet-salty hoisin sauce and fiery chili paste. Sodium savings:
about 60%. Comfort factor: still high.
Takeout: 455 | Ours: 477
Takeout: 13.5g | Ours: 11.7g
Takeout: 3g | Ours: 1.7g
Takeout: 1,122mg | Ours: 488mg
Ready in 25 min.
View Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice
Pad Thai is the chop suey of Thai takeout, the "safe" choice. But it's also a delicious version of a real Thai dish. Its flavors
are complex—salty, slightly fishy-fermenty, a tad sweet. The main nutrition killer here is sodium (well over a full-day's
worth in a single serving), found mostly in the fish sauce that's key to the flavor. But a small amount of this fragrant staple
provides the right notes without overpowering the American palate. We keep the palate intrigued with an interesting interplay
of textures: silky noodles, crisp bean sprouts, and crunchy nuts.
Takeout: 668 | Ours: 462
Takeout: 14.5g | Ours: 16.1g
Takeout: 2.5g | Ours: 1.6g
Takeout: 2,771mg | Ours: 779mg
Ready in 25 min.
View Recipe: Shrimp Pad Thai
The food truck trend offers everything from Korean-fusion tacos at Yumbii in Atlanta to traditional fish tacos at the Mariscos German trucks in San Diego. We decided to lighten the Baja fish taco
because it's both mighty good and mighty fatty. The batter on the traditional fried fish soaks up fat, and then salt gets
poured on afterward. We forgo the fryer, coat the fish with a bold spice rub, and then sauté it in a bit of oil. What you
might miss in batter-crispness we make up for with a crunchy onion relish.
Takeout: 500 | Ours: 362
Takeout: 26g | Ours: 13.6g
Takeout: 4g | Ours: 3.1g
Takeout: 840mg | Ours: 388mg
Ready in 20 min.
View Recipe: Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
The lure of Greek takeout begins at the altar of the gyro—hot slivers carved from cones of lamb or other meat that turn and
sizzle in the windows of small restaurants across the land, calling out to passersby. But garlicky grilled souvlaki can be
even better. Our version stars lean chicken breast, served in pitas with a tangy sesame-yogurt-cucumber sauce. The sauce flavors
the sandwich but does not drown it, keeping calories in check. The astronomical sodium in the takeout probably comes from
simple added salt, easily adjusted at home. We use just ¼ teaspoon, cutting sodium by 75%. Garlicky-herby-savory deliciousness:
Takeout: 492 | Ours: 392
Takeout: 16g | Ours: 8g
Takeout: 3.6g | Ours: 1.3g
Takeout: 1,553mg | Ours: 398mg
Ready in 25 min.
View Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki Pitas with Tahini Sauce