Instead of digging into your stash of menus, whip up one of these healthy meals to satisfy your cravings for Chinese, Italian, and more
Roasted Garlic and Beef Vegetable Stir Fry
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With half the calories of what you would normally order for take-out, this Chinese stir-fry is bursting with flavor. Add whatever vegetables you'd like, and serve with rice for a meal that's way healthier than what you get in a carton. (Next time you know you'll be crunched for time, grab your Crock-Pot in the a.m. and whip up one of these 15 Savory Slow Cooker Recipes.)
Black Bean Tacos
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With a simple batch of ingredients, you can prepare these delicious black bean tacos faster than it would take any Mexican restaurant to deliver. Feel free to add chicken, beef, or other garnishes for a DIY taco bar.
Clean Vegan Pad Thai
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Pad Thai isn't normally a meal that's considered "healthy." But what makes this clean vegan pad thai recipe different from your standard take-out is that it's loaded with superfoods such as avocado and peanut butter. We think we'll take seconds!
Spinach Artichoke Ricotta Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
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Easy Veggie Ramen
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This veggie ramen recipe is as simple to make as the prepacked bags—only it's better for you. Pack it with veggies for an extra kick of flavor and nutrition.
California Maki Rolls
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The unique combination texture, design, and flavors make sushi a popular take-out dish. But by learning to make your own sushi rolls, you'll save money and extra calories. While the preparation looks intimidating, anyone can master this skill in 10 minutes. (Need a visual? Check out this step-by-step video on How to Make Homemade Sushi Maki Rolls.)
Photo: Hung Huynh
Veggie Chow Mein
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Chow mein is easily one of the most sodium-packed meals you could order. Make this healthy veggie chow mein version in 20 minutes by tossing together an assortment of fresh vegetables and the noodles of your choice.
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Craving pizza? Cook up this bold and flavorful one-dish skillet lasagna. The layers of meat and cheese will satisfy your appetite in 45 minutes or less.
Chicken Madras Curry with Apple
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What's more comforting than cozying up on the couch with a bowl of hot curry? This Indian dish is full of rich spices and flavor that will beat any take-out meal.
Photo: In My Red Kitchen
Spinach Turkey Meatball Pasta
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Your favorite childhood meal just got more grown-up with this savory spinach and turkey meatballs pasta dish. While this gourmet-looking spinach turkey meatball pasta looks time consuming, all it takes is 45 minutes to put together. (Also, check out these 12 Pasta Dishes Under 500 Calories.)
Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps
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Swap your overloaded take-out burrito for this light and healthy southwest chicken wrap recipe. Each wrap is packed with just the right blend of spices, cheese, chicken, and vegetables that will have you feeling full without feeling stuffed.
Photo: Mel's Kitchen Cafe