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Do you like to get takeout but don’t like spending the extra money or all the extra calories and processed junk? If you answered yes to either or both, then you will want to check out these 6 quick and easy DIY takeout options!!
Why quick & easy DIY takeout?
I love the convince of takeout, I mean don’t we all??? The issue for us is that our daughter is a Celiac so our GF takeout options are limited. Plus, now that I have cleaned up my eating, a lot of takeout makes me feel sluggish and gross the next day.
In comes easy DIY takeout!! One, I love to cook, but I do not love over complicated recipes or recipes that take a long time to come together – I mean, who really has time for that? Second, I still want and crave takeout, lol. I don’t overindulge, but I also don’t try and omit it either. It’s all about balance.
6 Quick & Easy DIY Takeout!
First up, Rotisserie Chicken!! We used to grab about 2 a month, minimally. I mean it’s already cooked, you can normally get more than one meal out of it for a family of 4, and its just super tasty!
It’s convenient because it’s already cleaned, seasoned, and cooked. However, they use a TON of salt and other ingredients in their seasoning to help preserve it – which normally means things that you really don’t need to ingest.
In comes Epicure’s Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning!!! All the spices are in the seasoning mix and all you have to do is rub it on (or sprinkle it on) the whole chicken (or chicken pieces – you know, whatever you have on hand!). The quick & easy part – “roast” in the microwave using one of Epicure’s awesome silicone steamers and it’s done in 20-25 minutes (depends on your microwave).
Not a fan of cooking in a microwave? Pop it in the oven, throw some veggies on a sheet pan halfway through cooking and viola, you have a simple, but easy meal! Yes, it takes a bit longer cooking in the oven, but it ends up being way cheaper and healthier but you still get that awesome Rotisserie flavor!
One of the few places we can get lettuce wraps at that are Celiac safe is PF Changs, and although they are very tasty, they are a bit pricy, especially when you have to feed teenagers who have bottomless pits, lol.
I also like to change up my lettuce wraps by using different ground meats, like turkey, chicken, pork, and beef. Even if I use the same seasoning, just by changing up the protein, it really changes up the overall flavor!
Epicure came out with their awesome Crispy & Crunchy Lettuce Wraps and we really couldn’t be happier. They are super easy to make (my favorite) and the flavor is out of this world!
We normally opt for living lettuce or Bibb lettuce as our “wrap” instead of romaine. I always make some Chipotle Aioli as well to add to my lettuce wraps because it adds a nice layer of creamy spice!
Thai Coconut Chicken
We eat a lot of chicken in our house and I am always looking for more ways to cook it so we don’t get bored. I just made this dish last night and it was so good! If chicken isn’t your thing, you could totally change up the protein by using pork or chickpeas (or do a combo!).
This recipe uses Epicure’s Thai Coconut Soup Seasoning, which is divine as soup, but also pulls double duty to make the sauce for Thai Coconut Chicken! We just added snap peas, but you could totally use baby corn, peppers, broccolini, or your preferred veggies. We served it over rice and it was perfect!
The best part, no waiting in a long drive through line or getting cold food delivered because this dish definitely tastes better served hot with a fresh squeeze of lime right before you eat it!
Orange Rosemary Garlic Chicken
We really love eating food from all over the world and one of the biggest issues for us is getting good Asian dishes that are gluten free. Since soy sauce has gluten it, all the great restaurants that offer Asian cuisine normally aren’t Celiac friendly. This has really made me expand my cooking skills so we could still get awesome Asian cuisine but also make it Celiac safe.
We love orange chicken and there are so many different variations but we really love Epicure’s Orange Rosemary Garlic Chicken. It’s definitely a cleaner version than what you would find for takeout since the chicken isn’t breaded, but it is still super tasty.
I always add more garlic, I mean like enough to fend off a vampire, lol. But that is just how our family likes it, lol. I also add crushed red pepper because we like spicy even if the dish doesn’t normally call for the added heat.
I remember going to fairs and getting Gyros, they were so good! We even had friends that lived in Chicago who would bring us some when they came to visit us because you couldn’t get anything like it where I grew up (super tiny town of 1200 people in the middle of Wisconsin, lol).
I even had to get some when we went to Greece because in all seriousness, Mediterranean food is so good. So many fresh flavors!!!
When I heard that Epicure called their seasoning Donair, I had to do a little research. I’m sure the flavors aren’t exactly the same as it is the Turkish equivalent, but its still reminds me of walking around the fair or grabbing a quick lunch when we were in Greece so I am all about the Donair (or Gyro if you prefer).
It’s seriously so easy to make and takes virtually no time at all to make! I love serving it with a nice Greek salad on the side and use Epicure’s Greek Dressing Mix as our salad dressing. Oh, you have to make your own Tzatziki with Epicure’s Lemon Dilly seasoning as well!
Simple Veggie Noodle Bowl
I love, love, love a good noodle bowl. I love how versatile they are. Just change up your protein, veggies, and type of noodles and it changes everything! It’s also a great way to use up leftover protein and veggies that are starting to turn.
I also find that when I get a noodle bowl from a restaurant, it is super salty and I can’t always find the flavor combos that I want, lol.
This is why I love making my own. I don’t mind ginger, but it has to be mild and a lot of times that isn’t the case in restaurant ones. I also got to have some spice in there, lol!! Oh, I like to be extra and get shrimp – which of course costs more. See my issue, LOL. My daughter is the same way and she definitely can’t order from most places so alas, we make our own.
I like to change it up by using different spices and dressings as well. I also like to use Epicure’s Broth Powders to add another layer of flavor along with some awesome nutritional benefits! I use Epicure’s Simple Veggie Noodle Bowl as a guide for quantity and totally play around with all the ingredients, lol.
Easy DIY Takeout Wrap Up
I hope you found some quick and easy DIY Takeout for you to make at home and save you some money! I love trying new recipes and re-creating meals I have tried on our travels.
If you have any questions or need some other easy takeout options, I would be happy to help! Just contact me here.