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10 Budget Recipes That Taste Better than Takeout

10 Budget Recipes That Taste Better than Takeout

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Sheela Prakash
Oct 31, 2018
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(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

While ordering takeout is easy, it's not always the best choice for your wallet. A better option is to make your favorite takeout dish at home. That might seem more difficult, but these 10 recipes prove it's actually just as simple as calling in your order. Plus, it saves you money and, oftentimes, it's healthier too.

1. Takeout-Style Chicken Lo Mein

This takeout favorite comes together in under 30 minutes at home and is super adaptable. Feel free to swap in chicken thighs and frozen veggies to make it extra budget-friendly.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

2. Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza

The best part about this thin-crust pizza is that the homemade dough doesn't really need any time to rise. That means it can definitely be on your table faster than takeout.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

3. How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry in Any Pan

This classic Chinese takeout order requires so little of you that it's 100% worth making it yourself. Serve it as is or over rice, soba noodles, or even pasta.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

4. How To Make Slow Cooker Veggie Burrito Bowls

This burrito bowl recipe isn't just affordable because it calls for inexpensive things like canned beans and frozen corn — it's also affordable because it can easily be doubled to make leftovers for lunch.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

5. Easy Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

This lighter take on Bonefish Grill's well-loved dish swaps the mayo for Greek yogurt and skips the deep-frying. Instead, the shrimp is baked and finished with a sprinkle of crispy breadcrumbs.

(Image credit: Guy Ambrosino)

6. Vegan Slow Cooker Chickpea Tikka Masala

You don't have to be vegan to appreciate this budget-friendly take on an Indian takeout favorite. Chickpeas are not only good for you, but they're also super inexpensive.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

7. Potsticker Stir-Fry

Keep a bag or two of frozen potstickers — either filled with meat or meatless ones — in your freezer and this dinner can come together easily whenever you need it.

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8. "Low-Rent" Tuna Poke Bowls

Opting for regular canned tuna instead of fresh tuna makes these homemade poke bowls much more budget-friendly but no less delicious.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

9. How To Make Baked Boneless Chicken Wings

This easy, more wholesome take on crispy chicken wings can actually become dinner if you serve the wings with plenty of raw veggies on the side or even a simple salad.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

10. Vegan Sushi Rice Bowls

These sushi bowls are packed with vegetables, which definitely makes them filling enough for dinner, but if you're extra hungry and not vegan, you can bulk them up further by topping them with a fried or hard-boiled egg.

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