Ordering takeout is an easy way to get dinner on the table, but it’s hardly the most nutritious. The sugary-sweet or way-too-salty sauces and battered and deep-fried options are surefire diet busters. In the time it takes to order and pick up takeout, you can make one of these healthy recipes, which cut calories, fat and sodium—and taste just as good (or better) than the original versions.
Lovers of fried fish get the taste without all the calories, and the salsa adds a fresh, clean note.
Tossing chicken tenders with cornmeal gives these chicken nuggets great crunch without deep-frying. Blackberries (or raspberries, if you prefer) combined with whole-grain mustard make for a sweet-and-savory dipping sauce.
Even though boneless Buffalo wings are made with healthy white-meat chicken, they're usually deep-fried and drenched in hot sauce laced with butter. The solution: chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce. With a fraction of the fat, calories and sodium, these boneless wings are reason enough to throw a party.