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Meal Planning: Take Out Fake Out recipes

One of the biggest challenges I hear people have with sticking to Meal Planning is that they miss the their favourite Take Meals.  I can totally relate, I love all different kinds of Take Out, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Pizza…. cuisines and recipes we don’t always think to make at home.  Meal Planning Take Out Fake Out recipes is the answer and happily it’s not hard!

Over the years, I’ve developed many Family friendly favourites with a twist, adding in a flavour or preparation you might not expect.    Sloppy Joes for example, I have a Korean, a Thai, a Pizza and a Hawaiian version of this classic, and we love them all.

But, to satisfy my cravings of some of my favourite take out dishes, that’s a different challenge.  Ingredients in authentic versions might be hard to find, or super time consuming.  No one has time for that!   So the challenge was to make it taste as good, with ingredients I could easily find.  Bonus if I could use some basic meal prep techniques.

It’s actually been quite fun, and really exciting when you get it just right!  Just the way you like it….  Below are some of my hands down BEST Fake Out Take Out Dishes.   Some are from my Blog and some are from my favorite bloggers.

How to build an International Spice Pantry:

I recommend building one Style of Cuisine at a time.   Choose the cuisine you think you will use the most, and start there.

For example the Asian pantry has many ingredients that you will use in Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese recipes.

Asian Pantry Staples;

  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Chili sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Red curry paste
  • Garlic, fresh
  • Ginger, fresh
  • Palm Sugar

Mexican & Tex-Mex;

  • Cumin,
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parika
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon

Indian, Pakistani;

  • Garam Masala
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin Seed
  • Mustard Seed
  • Cardamom Seed
  • Red chilies

A selection of these will be a good start for these amazingly aromatic dishes.

Mediterranean; Greek, Spanish, Italian, Moroccan;

Turkey, Lebanon all have many ingredients that are common.  Greek, Spanish, Italian being one grouping and Moroccan, Turkey & Lebanon another.   Herbs and spices for these countries would include

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika
  • Tarragon

Tip: If you are just building your International Spice Collection, try going to a bulk food store so you can get smaller quantities until you are sure you will use them again. 

Now that we are all starving and craving our favorite Take Out, let’s get to the Fake Out recipes shall we?

Meal Planning Take Out Fake Out recipes

By on October 6th, 2019
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