I love take out food. It is some of my absolute favorite food in the entire world. I could eat it every single day of my life, that is just how much I love it. What I don't love though, is the price tag associated with a delicious take out meal. For example — Chinese or Thai food. When I take my daughter out to lunch or dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant, I can expect to pay in the ballpark of around $25-$30 for the two of us to eat, which is SO silly.
By using these tips to make my own take out food at home, I can slash that price to around $15 and feed my entire family of four!
Stock Your Pantry
One of the first things you need to do is make sure that you stock your pantry with all the spices associated with making takeout food. Now, if you cook in any way, you should probably have most of those already hanging out in your pantry.
I'm talking about things like Rice Wine Vinegar, Fresh ginger, soy sauce, salt, pepper, etc. Two sauces that I do not buy because they are super easy to make is my delicious homemade Terriyaki Sauce and my Homemade Sweet N Sour Sauce. Be sure to keep a good supply of spaghetti noodles and rice as well so that when you want to have noodles or rice to serve your take out food on, you will have that handy.
Keep a Good Supply of Recipes
When I first started making my own take out food, I did a ton of research for some of my favorite foods. One of my absolute favorite is my Crockpot Beef and Broccoli.
Other recipes that I found intriguing were Lo Mein Noodles, General Tso's Chicken, and Chinese Sweet Biscuits. I made a huge list of all the foods I enjoyed and then I found recipes for those online, and started trying to make them from scratch.
Here's the thing — if you don't like something in a dish — simply leave it out. It's your dish, make it your own.
Don't Be Afraid to Try Something New
Use your palette when you go out to eat. Taste the flavors and then come home and experiment with them. If you fail the first time, that is OKAY — at least you tried. Make note of what you liked, what you didn't like — and then change it the next time you make it.
That is what I did when I made these delicious House Chicken Wings.
Making your own take out food from the comfort of your own home is simple and easy if you just apply yourself.
What about you? What are your favorite take out foods?