If you fancy ditching the takeaway and trying something new, swap your Friday night or Saturday night feast for the homemade version instead. We're all about homemade food, not just from the healthy point of view but the thought of trying something new and experimenting in the kitchen too...
If you fancy ditching the takeaway and trying something new, swap your Friday night or Saturday night feast for the homemade version instead.
We know that having a takeaway can sometimes go from being a treat to being a bad habit, some of the food is just so delicious. But when you’re having a takeaway craving, you don’t need to always to reach for the menu and the phone.
We’re all about homemade food and we’re not just from the healthy point of view (although if you are making your food yourself you know exactly what’s going in it). Homemade food just tastes so much better than shop bought – and you can have loads of fun in the kitchen celebrating new and different ways of cooking.
You can make all of these recipes with a little help from the kids and hubby too. It’s the perfect family activity to get the family working together as a team.
Click through to see our homemade takeaways…
It’s really simple to make a classic Indian takeaway in the comfort of your own kitchen, not only is it a great way to try making something new, it’s also much healthier than a takeaway (and you can sneak some extra veggies into the mix!)
Indian starters are easier to make than you may think. A few sheets of pastry, a handful of freshly chopped onions and you can make a whole heap of classics with our easy recipes:
Curry is top of the menu when it comes to an Indian takeaway. Whatever the heat or whatever the flavour, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you just like these:
Classic sidesDon’t forget the sides! One of the most important parts of Indian cuisine are the side dishes. From simple pilau rice to juicy mushroom bhaji:
Pizza is another one of our favourites. It’s just so easy to pick up the phone and then sit back and wait for it to arrive but it can sometimes be quicker to make the pizza yourself and much, much cheaper too!
From pepperoni to mushroom, we’ve got lots of delicious pizza recipes to get the whole family making this month:
- Ham and mushroom pizza recipe (pictured)
- Pepperoni pizza recipe
- Chicken and mushroom pizza recipe
- Red onion, artichoke and tomato pizza recipe
Complete your pizza with some classic takeaway sides including potatoes wedges and chicken wings, mmm…
Nothing beats a classic fish and chips on a Friday night. If you fancy making your own, we’ve got plenty of variations to try. You could try cooking them in the oven or even spicing your fish up a bit.
Classic fish and chips
Try these healthier alternatives which take under an hour to rustle up, much quicker than driving to the chippie and hanging around in the queue!
- Classic fish and chips recipe
- Slimming World’s fish and chips recipe
- Oven baked fish and chips recipe
- Masala fish and chips recipe
Classic fish and chips sides:
Swap the takeaway kebab for the homemade version instead. You can control portion sizes, put whatever sauce you like on it and it won’t go soggy either!
Your favourite meat, some herbs or spices for flavour and a skewer to cook it all on, what could be simpler?
- Pork kebabs Tandoori-style recipe (pictured)
- Lamb kebabs recipe
- Veggie kebabs recipe
- Lemon chicken kebabs recipe
Bulk your feast up with some of these classic sides you often order with your kebab. We’ve got homemade chips and plenty of salads to choose from too:
We just love Chinese food. From chicken chow mein to sweet and sour pork, it’s the perfect treat on a Saturday night. Make your takeaway from scratch – it’ll be much healthier, cheaper and you’ll know exactly what goes into every dish too.
Start your Chinese feast off with some simple classics. These treats are quick and easy to make once you know how:
Feed the whole family with these classics. They’ll be clean plates all round:
Complete your meal with the most classic side dish of them all:
There are a few obvious restaurants that are very tempting when it comes to a fast food burger but it’s actually cheaper to make burgers yourself.
Ditch the fast food for your own version. Burgers are really easy to make and can be made in advance too and then just popped in the oven or on a griddle pan to cook.
- Beef burger recipe
- Chicken burger recipe
- Melting cheese burgers recipe (pictured)
- Bean burger recipe
Don’t forget the sides! Chips, salad and homemade burger buns – yes please!
The tempting arouma from a fried chicken shop will break even the strongest of dieters but you don’t have to give in completley. Homemade ‘fried’ chicken can be baked and still retain lots of lovely flavour – for less calories!
Classic sides from a takeaway chicken shop:
Baked beans recipe Coleslaw
With more and more Thai ingredients becoming available on supermarket shelves, Thai dishes are getting easier to make. Try making your own from starters to side dishes.
Start your meal off with a classic soup or some simple pancakes – the choice is yours!
Classic mainsCurry and noodles make up the bulk of Thai mains. You can try using different meats and different variations of these recipes below, whatever suits your family’s taste buds really:
These sides are just as easy to whip up as the rest: