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November 19, 2013 - 10:16am

What are you in the mood for tonight—Italian? Mexican? Chinese? Hold the phone! Takeout is tempting, but instead of ordering out (again) you can make a tastier, healthier dinner that will satisfy your craving and be ready in the same amount of time it would take to find the restaurant menu, decide what everyone wants, dial, order and wait.

You may be skeptical that it can really be faster to cook than call. Believe it: our Test Kitchen has developed recipes for five takeout favorites that are ready in 45 minutes—some deliver in under 30. For a night when you’re craving Indian food, there’s a spice-happy Vegetarian Tikka Masala, warming and satisfying, to serve with rice. (Takeout Tikka has as much as 17 grams of saturated fat per serving; ours has 3 grams.) Or make your own General Tso’s Chicken. All it takes is 30 minutes and a wok to reproduce this...

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November 18, 2013 - 12:41pm

In the mood for Chinese tonight? Hold the phone! Takeout is tempting, but you can make a tastier, healthier dinner that will satisfy your craving and be ready as fast as it would take to find the restaurant menu, decide what everyone wants, order and wait.

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To make your own General Tso’s Chicken—a takeout favorite—all it takes is a wok and a handful of basic ingredients to reproduce this must-order dish of saucy chicken and crisp snow peas—with less fat and half as much sodium as the #16 from your neighborhood joint.

And yes, it really can be faster to cook than call. Our Test Kitchen has developed a recipe that is ready in 30...

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November 18, 2013 - 12:19pm

When it comes to food, “creamy” is such an enticing word, isn’t it? It promises deliciousness and conjures up satisfying comfort food. It also usually conjures up a heap of calories and fat—but not this recipe for Creamy Mustard Chicken developed by the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Without using any heavy cream, this recipe delivers on velvety goodness while being kind to your waistline. In fact, it’s even heart-healthy!

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In just 35 minutes you can boil angel hair pasta, sauté the...

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November 7, 2013 - 9:11am

A bowl of “loaded” baked potato soup on a restaurant menu is a load of temptation—you know you want it, but you also know where that “load” of cheese, bacon and sour cream topping is going to end up: on your hips. The cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen kept the tempting name when they created this Loaded Baked Potato Soup, but included just enough of the signature ingredients to give it the flavor you love without all the fat. At just 304 calories for a generous serving, this recipe gives you something you wouldn’t get at that restaurant: room for dessert.

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November 1, 2013 - 11:33am

My husband (lovingly) mocks me sometimes for being a wuss about spicy foods—no extra hot sauce for me, thanks. But these South Texas Steak Fajitas from EatingWell magazine are a hit for both of us. The marinade has all kinds of deliciously fresh ingredients, such as jalapeño peppers, onion, cilantro, beer and lime juice that give the steak layers of taste-bud-popping flavor. And this recipe is so convenient: you can marinate the meat the night before or in the morning. When you’re ready to cook, everything goes on the grill for a few minutes, so by the time the tortillas are heated, the fajita fixin’s are ready. Everyone can assemble their own dinner to their own taste, with just as much heat as makes them happy.


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