We love Friday-night pizza or lazy-Sunday Thai delivery as much as the next guys -- but we can't say the same for our waistlines. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves. By remaking your favorite take-out foods at home, you can get all the pleasure...with none of the guilt. All it takes is a few switch-ups.
Check out our top secrets to making just-as-delicious Take-Out Fake-Outs:
Buffalo Wings w/ Bleu Cheese Dip The secret: Bake instead of fry, double up on the veg, and cut the fat with a yogurt dip
Instead of deep-frying, place chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with foil and coat with cooking spray. Bake them at 400 degrees, turning once, until browned and crisp on both sides, about 45 to 60 minutes. Next, toss them with hot sauce and a splash of Worcestershire (skip the butter) and broil them for another few minutes to crisp.
Pile the up alongside veggies like carrots, celery, and cherry tomatoes and serve with a light yogurt-based blue cheese dip like, this one from Food Network.
Cheesesteak Subs The secret: Lean flank steak, vitamin-rich veggies, and whole grain rolls
Instead of fatty rib-eye, switch to a leaner, thinly sliced rib-eye. Season it lightly with salt and pepper and saute it in a bit of oil alongside slices of sweet onion, colorful bell peppers, and portobello mushrooms. If you still need the cheese, try this cheese sauce recipe made with skim milk, provolone and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Round out the sub by serving it on a hearty whole-grain roll.
Stuffed Burritos The secret: Choose your fat and turn it into a salad.
Do yourself a favor and skip the calorie-bomb that is a giant, burrito-sized tortilla. Instead, fill a bowl with shredded greens, healthful black beans, peppers, fresh pico de gallo, and a spiced lean meat (rub chicken breast, lean beef or pork with cumin, cayenne, and chili powder).
Choose either low-fat cheese, light sour cream, or heart-healthy guacamole instead of loading on all three.
Shrimp Fried Rice The secret: Go brown!
Swap out lackluster white rice for healthful, fiber-rich brown rice -- with nearly four times the fiber, you'll need less of it to feel full. Choose low sodium soy sauce and go light on the oil. Do a quick saute of a few plump shrimp along with tons of veggies like broccoli, snap peas, mushrooms, cabbage, peppers, carrots, and onions before mixing in the rice.
For extra flavor without the fat, add in chopped fresh ginger and garlic.
Mocha Frappuccino The secret: Fat-free chocolate milk and sugar-free syrup
A grande cup of this chocolate drink at Starbucks won't only cost you a small fortune; It'll also cost you 400 calories and and 15 grams of fat.
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You can drastically cut that by using low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk, cool whip lite, and sugar-free chocolate syrup. Check out an easy and delicious recipe here.
What take-out foods would you like to see lightened up?