Saturday Night Take Out

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on January 30, 2011

Have you ever had one of those weekend days when you don’t really feel like doing anything productive? My weekends are normally PACKED with activities – either running errands, or catching up on stuff I slacked on during the week, or going to dance rehearsals, or going out / hanging out with friends. But yesterday (Saturday), I didn’t have any of those things to do! My husband was out of town for a conference during the week, so my only activity was to pick him up from the airport in the afternoon… which took a whole hour…. which left like 15 hours of free time in the day!

It was awesome. We watched TV, relaxed, read, and somehow ended up killing time without even realizing it. Soon, it was 8:45pm – we hadn’t eaten dinner and had no groceries (since neither of us went out to get groceries yesterday either). Which meant that eating out was our best bet if we wanted to have dinner anytime in the next few hours. But we were in our PJs, and not really in the mood to dress up and go “out,” so we decided to get takeout from a small Thai place that we had never tried before (with fingers crossed that it would be a good experience). And I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised! It was probably the best takeout I’ve had in a while – the food tasted like it had literally been made to order, and the restaurant was really open to all of my “healthier” customizations, which I’ll get to in a sec. But first – I have to show you what we ate!

I ordered the Veggie and Tofu Stir Fry with Garlic

The veggies were really fresh, cooked perfectly (so they were still a bit crispy), and I loved how the restaurant didn’t skimp on the amount and variety of the veggies! I also appreciated that they let me substitute soft tofu for fried tofu (a much healthier alternative with the same amount of protein but fewer fat & calories than fried tofu).

My husband’s dish was a Thai Staple: Veggie Pad Thai

So, yes, Pad Thai is not a healthy take out option at all. But this one happened to be very well made and they even added some veggies in with the noodles which I appreciated.

I managed to make my takeout healthier by following a few simple rules when ordering Thai food:

  1. Stick to stir fries that have light sauces (avoid cream sauces or curries if you can)
  2. Substitute soft tofu for fried tofu
  3. Ask for extra veggies if the restaurant will oblige
  4. Ask for less oil (I did that with my takeout dish and the sauce ended up being very flavorful but without those little oil beads you sometimes see floating on top of sauces that have tons of oil in them)

These four simple rules gave me a much lighter but still very flavorful and satisfying dish! All in all, it was a great meal, and we were both really satisfied with our decision to spend Saturday night at home with some good takeout πŸ™‚

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

zenobia January 31, 2011 at 12:41 am

Veggie Pad Thai! Not too many things better in the world than that! πŸ™‚

Cheers

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Zenobia January 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

Hey when does that olive oil and bread contest end? More time for others means less chance of winning for me πŸ˜‰

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Jill Colonna January 31, 2011 at 1:14 am

That sounded a brilliant weekend. We all need that from time to time to recharge!

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tiffany January 31, 2011 at 4:47 am

Cool! Those are great tips for maximizing healthy options when getting take out!

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Small Footprints January 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

What fun … and your take-out sounds delicious!! I also appreciate the tips you shared … I’m finding that restaurants are typically happy to oblige patrons. The biggest challenge for me, at times, is that not all restaurant personnel understand what “vegan” means so I usually have to ask several questions about the ingredients. I’ve also found that small, independently owned shops are very accommodating … the big chains, not so much.

A quiet evening at home is almost always the best!!

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Gina February 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I love this! I do really well cooking healthy but when it comes to those nights where I can’t / won’t cook, it all goes out the window. Your recipes all sound super yummy and I’m excited to try them! Thanks for the tips and inspiration – now I’m going to go back to scouring your blog for more posts like this!

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Annie Frances May 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

I love take out food, and I typically order Asian too. For some reason, I only enjoy eating veggies when it’s cooked in Asian food. I like your healthy take on the food by ordering light sauces. I’ll have to try that next time I have take out!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Thank you so much Annie!! Let me know how it goes the next time you have take out!

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