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22 Homemade Versions Of Your Favorite Take-Out Foods

Put down the delivery menu.

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Sometimes you just crave your favorite take-out food. But as it turns out, it's easy to cook a ton of these recipes — from General Tso's chicken to Pad Thai — in your own kitchen. So before you reach for the delivery menu, here are a bunch of take-out staples you can make at home.

1. 15-Minute Veggie Lo Mein

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Toss ramen noodles, soy sauce, and your favorite veggies into a stir-fry. If you want more protein, you can add anything from tofu to beef. Get the recipe.

2. Baked or Fried Shrimp and Veggie Egg Rolls

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Grab a package of egg roll wrappers and fill them with pre-cooked shrimp, broccoli slaw, garlic, and ginger. You can fry them to get them extra crispy, or bake them for a better-for-you egg roll that still tastes amazing. Get the recipe.

3. Chicken Enchiladas

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Start with boneless skinless chicken breasts or even shredded rotisserie chicken. Roll the chicken up in tortillas with shredded cheese and — to save time — canned enchilada sauce. Pop them in the oven and garnish with your favorite toppings. Get the recipe.

4. Korean Fried Chicken

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All you need are four ingredients — vegetable oil, soy sauce, and sugar — to make these sweet and spicy wings. Get the recipe.

5. Cauliflower Rice Salmon Poke Bowls

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Making poke at home doesn't have to be intimidating. Buy your go-to fish (make sure it's sushi grade) and serve it over your favorite grain with Japanese toppings like avocado, seaweed salad, cucumber, or mango. Get the recipe.

6. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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Make a big batch of the creamy peanut dipping sauce. You can freeze the leftovers and use it on anything from chicken skewers to noodle stir-fry. Get the recipe.

7. Quick Homemade Ramen

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This version takes instant ramen and jazzes it up with a bunch of veggies and spices. Get the recipe.

8. Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Just throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let these juicy carnitas simmer. After about four hours in the slow cooker, you'll have a drool-worthy meal. Get the recipe.

9. Kung Pao Shrimp

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This easy weeknight recipe features shrimp, veggies, and peanuts in a spicy sauce. Serve it over your favorite grain. Get the recipe.

10. 20-Minute Greek Gyros

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Make your favorite ground meat into patties, bake them, and pop them into pita bread with some Greek toppings like tzatziki, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Get the recipe.

11. Baked General Tso's Chicken

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A take on traditional General Tso's, this chicken is breaded in crispy cornflakes, baked from start to finish, and served in a tangy sauce made with hoisin, soy sauce, and Sriracha. Get the recipe.

12. Grilled Chicken Margarita Pizza

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Don't worry about making pizza dough from scratch. Just pick up some pre-made naan or flatbread and take it from there. Get the recipe.

13. Crock Pot Butter Chicken

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This lightened-up version of chicken tikka masala comes together in the slow cooker. That means you can make this fragrant, creamy, Indian-Inspired dish almost effortlessly. Get the recipe.

14. One-Pot Pad Thai

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You can use chicken, shrimp or pork instead of tofu. The best part of this recipe is you don't have to dirty too many dishes. Get the recipe.

15. 20-Minute Chicken Parmesan

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This chicken parm is coated in panko and whole wheat breadcrumbs, lightly fried, and finished in the oven. Get the recipe.

16. Teriyaki Chicken Noodle Bowls

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Homemade teriyaki sauce is simple to make and super tasty, but if you're trying to save time, a store bought version will do the trick. Get the recipe.

17. Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

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Sometimes, you just need a bowl of creamy, decadent noodles. When that craving strikes, put down the takeout menu and make this at home. Get the recipe.

18. Garlic Beef and Veggie Ramen

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Loaded with veggies and cooked in a flavorful sauce made with soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, and ginger, this ramen stir-fry is a weeknight game changer. Get the recipe.

19. 15-Minute Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

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Chicken broth, coconut milk, red curry paste, and fish sauce makes for a sweet and tangy broth that'll warm you right up. Get the recipe.

20. 30-Minute Saag Paneer

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If you've never had saag paneer, it's basically creamy cooked spinach with chunks of cheese — and it's amazing. Serve it with naan for dipping. Get the recipe.

21. Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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Ground turkey, water chestnuts, and mushrooms get sautéed with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce, then tossed into lettuce wraps. You can add rice or quinoa to the mix to make it even more filling. Get the recipe.

22. Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice

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Have leftover rice? Turn it into a satisfying meal that's cooked in the oven on a single sheet pan. Add your fave protein to make it even more filling. Get the recipe.