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Five Takeout Classics Made Healthy

Get quick, healthy recipes that make it easy to skip the drive-thru.


Even trimmed down, pizza can still taste like a splurge--and it's surprisingly quick to prepare. Use a whole wheat pizza crust recipe for more nutrients (including fiber and calcium), then go easy on the cheese, and sprinkle pizza with healthier toppings:

  • Chicken
  • Canadian bacon
  • Turkey sausage
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Basil 
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Fried Chicken

Get that delicious crunch of fried chicken without all the fat by coating with tasty combinations of herbs, bread crumbs, and parmesan--then, bake to crispy perfection for an easy dinner!


Choosing lean meats like ground turkey reduce the fat in your burger by 65%, and opting for a chicken or veggie burger will knock the fat down even more. Gotta have fries? Try these baked french fries that contain a fraction of the fat found in deep fried versions. 


Mexican Food

As long as you don't get too crazy with the cheese, and make sure to choose low-fat options for sour cream (light sour cream or plain yogurt), it's easy to make healthy Mexican dinners. Even a little guacamole is okay--dip with these baked tortilla chips

Asian Food

Sticking to chicken recipes, leaner cuts of beef (e.g. beef rounds or flank steak), and veggie-filled stir fries will make for healthy dinners--as will choosing healthier ingredient options whenever possible (e.g. light coconut milk, low-sodium soy sauce, etc.).

Jan. 10, 2012 9:03 pm
Jan. 11, 2012 2:44 am
WOW!!!! These pics make me want cook everyday.
Jan. 11, 2012 9:58 am
The Pizzas look great so does the burgers.
Jan. 11, 2012 2:41 pm
LOVE the sandwich recipes !
Jan. 12, 2012 8:39 am
these all look tasty
Jan. 14, 2012 11:25 pm
I am new here . so i will be happy to try lots of those recpes. Can;t wait. Mmm
Feb. 12, 2012 12:24 am
Feb. 25, 2012 7:04 pm
I love this site
Mar. 14, 2012 5:47 pm
just found out my daughter has pullmonary hypertension and i need some low sodium recepies i will try some of these recepies.
Apr. 16, 2012 8:34 am
This was a great article to reinforce the "Fast Food" unit I'm teaching to my 7th graders. Simple to incorporate tips and I like having the linked recipes in the article.
Jan. 8, 2013 8:07 pm
These recipes sound delicious, and I'm looking forward to trying many of them. I've been a registered member for many years now, and thoroughly enjoy your website. For some reason there seems to be something new on the bottom of this page and it interferes with enjoying the site. How do I remove it from the page? It says something about going pro, and has the words Menu Planner Just $1 a Month. There doesn't appear to be an X or "Close" area to remove it. Would you please make it so it can be moved out of the way. Thank you. Ann
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