5 Restaurant Recipes You Can Make Healthier at Home

By: Carolyn Malcoun  |  Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Restaurants, particularly fast casual restaurant chains like Ruby Tuesday and On the Border, are not typically known for their healthy recipes. A single meal can easily bust your daily calorie allotment.

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I took a look at some favorite dishes at popular chain restaurants to see how they stacked up against similar recipes we've created at EatingWell. I discovered that there are a few restaurant recipes-or "copycats," if you could call these healthy impersonators that-you can make at home. Bonus: they all come together in 45 minutes or less.

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Now, you may think that getting takeout is faster, but let's be real. Once you call to order takeout (and inevitably spend time on hold), drive to the restaurant, go in and wait in line to pay, drive home and unpack all the food, it's been about 45 minutes, hasn't it?

 
Instead of Fazoli's Baked Ziti
660 calories; 27 g fat; 1,420 mg sodium

Try EatingWell's Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti
430 calories; 10 g fat; 708 mg sodium

 
Instead of Ruby Tuesday's Ruby's Classic Burger & Fries
1,304 calories; 76 g fat; 2,578 mg sodium

Try EatingWell's Classic Hamburger and Oven Fries
477 calories; 21 g fat; 827 mg sodium

 
Instead of P.F. Chang's Fried Rice with Chicken
1,240 calories; 25 g fat; 2,050 mg sodium

Try EatingWell's Cantonese Chicken & Bok Choy Fried Rice
378 calories; 18 g fat; 619 mg sodium

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Instead of Uno's Farmers Market Deep Dish Pizza
790 calories; 51 g fat; 1,120 mg sodium (for 1/4 pizza)

Try EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
359 calories; 7 g fat; 713 mg sodium

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Instead of Border's Grande Taco Salad with Chicken Tinga
780 calories; 45 g fat; 1,950 mg sodium (without dressing)

Try EatingWell's Chicken Taco Bowls
401 calories; 21 g fat; 707 mg sodium

 

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