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.
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?
Try EatingWell's Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti
430 calories; 10 g fat; 708 mg sodium
Try EatingWell's Cantonese Chicken & Bok Choy Fried Rice
378 calories; 18 g fat; 619 mg sodium
Try EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
359 calories; 7 g fat; 713 mg sodium
Try EatingWell's Chicken Taco Bowls
401 calories; 21 g fat; 707 mg sodium