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FAKEAWAYS. MAKING A HEALTHY TAKEAWAY AT HOME

FAKEAWAYS. MAKING A HEALTHY TAKEAWAY AT HOME

Takeaways. A quick and easy option for the end of a busy day. What’s not to like? Well, a lot. Let's be honest. Calories, cost, plastic, unknown ingredients.

There is a better way to get that takeaway taste.

Not much time? Not much kitchen? No problem. Try these ideas.

INDIAN

Buy a few spice jars: cumin, coriander, turmeric are the bases of most Indian dishes. Add jarred garlic and ginger – they keep forever in the fridge and need no preparation.

Start by stir-frying the spices and garlic for a minute or two. Add the meat or vegetables and keep stirring until cooked through. Top with your sauce base – a jar of chutney or even some yogurt for creamier dishes. Simmer gently while the rice cooks. Job done.

CHINESE

Five minute Chinese-style cooking is perfect when you're in a rush. Keep a couple of bottled sauces and some rice or noodles in the cupboard. Then all you need is whatever vegetables are to hand, one pan, some cooking oil and perhaps a chicken breast or pack of prawns.

Cut it all the same size, stir fry it hot and quickly, add the sauces and serve up.

FISH AND CHIPS

Got an oven? You can have a healthier home chippie! Here’s how.

Peel a few potatoes and cut into thick chips. Beat an egg into a bowl. Dust a couple of white fish fillets (defrosted if frozen) with flour, then dip in the egg and coat with breadcrumbs. (These are either from toast crumbled in a food processor, or you can buy them in a pack). Toss the chips in olive oil and then put in a baking tray with the fish. Roast at 180C for 20 minutes.

For extra authenticity, cook some frozen peas, then drain and mash with crème fraiche for healthy mushy peas. Yum.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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