How to Elevate Your Takeout Favorites

If you’re like us, when January rolls around you love thinking up fun yet challenging New Year’s resolutions. But come February, it can be a struggle to keep up with vows like traveling more, getting organized, exercising, and eating healthier. If maintaining the healthy diet is the one that’s the hardest for you, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s actually a singular day on which most people give up this New Year’s resolution for good. According to the app Foursquare, the second Thursday in February sees the highest number of fast food restaurant visits of the first quarter. Yup, by the middle of February, our lack of willpower takes over and we just need to have that greasy burger and a hefty helping of salty fries—which is why they dub today Fatty Solstice Day.

If you’ve fallen victim to your cravings (we won’t judge if it was well before Fatty Solstice Day!), fear not. We’ve got a few Plated recipes that are so delicious, it’ll feel like you’re devouring your favorite takeout guilty pleasures. Get all that feel-good flavor while keeping your resolutions on track!

Peanut Chicken Curry

A perennial comfort food, curry is a mainstay of Thai takeout. With this simple recipe, you can make your own at home with ease. Learn how to create spicy peanut curry that’s then simmered with chicken, bean sprouts, and spinach for a bright pop of green. Sticky rice serves as an ideal side to sop up all the flavor of this rich, ever-satisfying dish.

Steak Fajitas

Craving those salty, spicy Mexican flavors lately? Fajitas may be a staple on your takeout menu, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them at home. Check out this simple but super satisfying steak fajita recipe made with flour tortillas, sliced steak, and charred veggies.

Chicken Caesar Gyro

If you’re craving one of those street-side gyros, this Greek-American mashup will do the trick. Laced with plenty of grated and shaved Parmesan, once you pile our creamy chicken Caesar salad on toasty, thick naan bread, you’ll never look at takeout the same. This meal makes for an unbelievably delicious spin on the gyro sandwich.

Beef Lo Mein

The ultimate takeout meal has got to be Chinese, and we put our usual Beef Lo Mein order to the test. This recipe finds that perfect balance of slurp-worthy, sticky sauce, minus the greasy feeling that follows. Snow peas and bean sprouts add just the right amount of color and crunch to offset the richness of seared steak in a soy ginger glaze.

in Nourish

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