When the weather’s cold and the evenings are long, takeout is your go-to. But what if we told you that you could easily make some of your usual orders at home (and save a few bucks along the way)? Put down the phone: Here are seven dinners to make this week inspired by your favorite takeout dishes.
Here’s What to Cook Every Night This Week (February 22 – 28)
Four 1-inch pieces ginger
6 ounces mustard greens
5 ounces broccoli
3 ounces kale
9 garlic cloves
1 large European cucumber
1 red onion
8 ounces shredded red cabbage
8 ounces shredded green cabbage
1 white onion
3 bunches scallions
1 bunch basil
4 bunches cilantro
2 pounds ground pork
2½ pounds chicken drumsticks or thighs
1 pound spicy sausage
1¾ pounds tilapia
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 ounces burrata
8 ounces sour cream
9 ounces plain yogurt
1 half-pint heavy cream
1 pound wide rice noodles
1 large, round flatbread or pre-baked pizza crust (12 inches wide)
12 taco-sized tortillas
Canned or Packaged Goods
4 ounces chicken broth
16 ounces potato chips
One 28-ounce can tomato purée
Sweet chile sauce
Pantry Ingredients: vegetable oil, peanut oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, all-purpose flour, salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne, extra-virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, nonstick spray, sesame oil, cumin, coriander
Monday: 15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai
This lightning-fast dish is just the match for the longest day of the week. It stars ground pork, grated ginger, crispy bean sprouts, mustard greens and chopped peanuts.
Tuesday: Potato-chip ‘fried’ Chicken
Tell the Colonel to sit this one out. This seven-ingredient recipe calls for coating drumsticks in potato chips and baking them to crispy perfection—no frying necessary.
Wednesday: Cheater’s Spicy Sausage Pizza With Burrata
The secret to making homemade pizza in 35 minutes? Start with a pre-baked crust or round flatbread.
Thursday: Vegetarian Sushi Cups
Filling a muffin tin > rolling maki by hand. Feel free to spruce these up with sushi-grade tuna or salmon.
Friday: Crispy Baked Fish Tacos With Cabbage Slaw
Nothing says TGIF like tacos. (Especially when they only cost about $1.60 a pop.)
Saturday: Slow-cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Just combine the wet ingredients and spices to make the sauce and pour it over the chicken. Your Crock-Pot will handle the rest.
Sunday: Pork Dumplings
Don’t sweat the pretty pleats if you don’t feel like it. Sealing the dumplings is as easy as wetting the wrapper, folding it to form a triangular pouch and pressing the edges together.