Time for Takeout

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I’ve tried to ‘quit’ takeout so many times. I don’t even know why I bother.  No matter how diligent I am about eating in and planning ahead, we inevitably slip back into our takeout ways.  Work is just too crazy, and takeout is too convenient.  If occasional takeout is wrong, I’ve decided that I don’t want to be right!  Takeout FO-EV-ER!


Takeout in one hand and a jacket-wearing dachshund in the other?  Sexy!


When we first moved to Charlotte, we immediately went on a hunt for great takeout restaurants.  When it comes down to it, we really just need two types of takeout:  a yummy sandwich/salad deli and a tasty Thai place.  There are far too many places that serve up soggy salads!  Thankfully, we’ve got a great lunch place that does really crisp and fresh salads.  And when we pick up Thai, as we did tonight, we get the sauce on the side, swap white rice for brown rice, and request extra veggies to make it a bit healthier.  I usually get my tofu steamed, not fried. 


What’s your favorite takeaway order?  How do you modify it to make a bit healthier?



  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 12, 2011, 9:14 pm

    I have to admit my favorite take-out is pizza and I don’t usually healthify it. 🙂 If we had take-out more often, though, I’d look for ways to make it healthier.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews December 12, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I love Maggie’s jacket. Does she like wearing clothes? My one dachshund likes to but the other one hates it and is naked within a minute of dressing her!

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood December 12, 2011, 9:19 pm

    i loveeee thai, it is my favorite. however there are NO thai take out places around our house any more!! it is so sad. and i love fried tofu. guilty.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 12, 2011, 9:20 pm

    With all of our food allergies and intolerances we never do take out. I’m jealous because I would really like the ease of picking up dinner! Enjoy yours tonight Caitlin!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) December 12, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Mmmm! YUM! We live in a very rural town with 1 Asian option…your typical Chinese buffet. Oddly enough, the best salad in town is from a pizza place!

  • Jen December 12, 2011, 9:24 pm

    Maggie is too cute in that jacket! Our favourite takeout (order in is more like it) is from Swiss Chalet, which I believe is a chain only available in Canada. They make the most delicious rotisserie chicken with a kick ass dipping sauce. It’s reasonably healthy for takeout and they have a lot to pick from – salads, sandwiches, all kinds of chicken dishes, obviously, and the yummiest chicken soup….ugh, now I’m craving it!

  • Ingunn December 12, 2011, 9:28 pm

    We live within walking distance of the best vegan phở in the universe, so we pick some up at least twice a week…in fact, we’re going to have some tonight! Mmmm.

  • Carin December 12, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I’m a serial takeaway-quitter too (does the Hub still say takeaway or is he Americanised to takout now?) – usually after eating my bodyweight in pizza! My choice is usually thai as I’m partial to a nice tofu and mushroom green curry – I don’t get the coconut-milk sauce on the side but I try not to have all of it, in order to feel I’m being healthier! The local thai place introduced “Lucky Tofu” last week, so obviously I HAD to try it…. apparently you’re lucky if you’re smothered in chilli sauce, chopped peanuts and slivered cucumber… or maybe just kinky.

  • Army Amy* December 12, 2011, 9:41 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with takeout every once in a while!*

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 12, 2011, 9:52 pm

    i’m guilty of too much takeout as well. my current favorite is chipotle… had it tonight in fact!

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets December 12, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Lo mein with only broccoli, thats my healthy take on it.

  • alyssa December 12, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I live in New York, and Nussbaum & Wu salads with a chocolate brownie on the side is my fav!

  • Stellina December 12, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I love takeout too! Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking, but you don’t feel like going out either! That’s where takeout comes in!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 12, 2011, 10:10 pm

    My favorite take out is Pei Wei. I get the kids meal (very reasonable portions!) teriyaki shrimp with brown rice but ask for the shrimp steamed, not fried. I usually pair it with a side of steamed veggies to get a healthy dose of vitamins. 🙂 Ordering a kids meal also saves a few bucks.

  • Krystina December 12, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Sometimes when I get take out, I just like to get whatever I’m in the mood for and enjoy it. But, in an instance like today where I was in a mall and wanted lunch, I looked at every restaurant in the food court to see which had the healthiest options and settled upon Nature’s Table Cafe. It was awesome! I had a turkey pesto panini and a pomegranate acai smoothie. 🙂

  • Kris December 12, 2011, 10:15 pm

    We never do takeout. Nothing against it, maybe I’m just too thrifty. I always find it’s more of a hassle to go out and get it, than put something quick and healthy together in my kitchen.

  • CheezyK December 12, 2011, 10:17 pm

    I think the key word in all of that is ‘occasional’ isn’t it? It’s not like you’re eating fatty, salt laden fast food for every meal. Indian is definitely our ‘go to’, we mix up our main meal selection though as we like just about all of it – it’s probably better for us than whatever quick and easy vegemite on toast type concoction I would make instead on the ‘I’m too tired’ occasions. Plus I think it’s nice to be able to reward yourself after a hard day at work 🙂

    • Eliza December 13, 2011, 12:09 am

      @CheezyK: although, I am partial to vegemite on toast sometimes.. yummy

  • katie @ KatieDid December 12, 2011, 10:19 pm

    I almost never do takeout because I can only afford to spend money on groceries, and am usually dissapointed by the takeout food options around me. You’d think being a college student I would praise take out but its just not for me!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 12, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Take out is always a good option, no is perfect! Plus it’s fun to treat yourself! I’m in the middle of finals and am getting take out way more than usual, it’s just so much less time consuming!

  • AmandaonMaui December 12, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Since I’ve been gluten free we don’t do really do takeout. The only place that I trust here is Jamba Juice for fast food. When we were in Seattle I trusted and had good results with Chipotle (I also like that they use happier meats and quality veg) and Five Guys (the meat may not be as happy).

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011, 10:41 pm

    I haven’t gotten takeout in over a decade. I know this because my husband and I were still living in Chicago at the time. 1999.

    I just…don’t do it.

    If that’s your worst ‘vice’, I say..enjoy it!

  • Steph December 12, 2011, 10:49 pm

    It’s not like you guys are having burgers and fries – Thai food is pretty healthy! We try and cook during the week but have takeout on the weekend as a rest and reward for all of our hard work during the week!

  • Jamima @ Sweat Style December 12, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Take out is a necessity occasionally in our household with two kids under three. I need a break sometimes! 🙂 Our favorite is either Thai or a local fresh mex place.

    You deserve a break once in a while!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy December 12, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I love pad thai with extra broccoli or gourmet pizza from one of the pizza joints in town. Normally, I’d prefer to make my own pizza, but theirs is stellar.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011, 11:19 pm

    I would give an appendage for a Thai takeout place close by. We have to drive 20 minutes for the nearest one. So, so sad.

  • Khushboo December 12, 2011, 11:35 pm

    I used to be so against take-out but I’m okay with it now…my favorite is Dominoes (so sue me ;))! I make it healthier by going with a whole-wheat base, asking for less/no cheese and extra veggies!

  • Amy H. December 13, 2011, 3:12 am

    We are seriously spoiled here in SF, as most places that do takeout also deliver! My favorite delivery foods are Vietnamese and Thai. Thai — chicken with yellow curry and green beans and jasmine rice (less healthy) or tom yum soup with tofu and veggies (more healthy). Vietnamese — either pho ga or a grilled pork rice place with tons of extra pickled carrots and daikon on the side. Yum.

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live December 13, 2011, 3:19 am

    The only thing my little town offers is 5 fast-food places (think burgers/fries/tacos)- or pizza. So it’s usually a salad for me.

  • Sue @ Sue In Training December 13, 2011, 4:20 am

    I haven’t had take-out in years! That’s simply because the options in our little village are so terrible. Everything is greasy, salty, and full of additives. Yuck!
    So I’d rather make myself a sandwich or raid the freezer for leftovers if I don’t want to cook, which doesn’t happen that often anyway.

  • Jennifer December 13, 2011, 6:29 am

    We only have a handful of fast food options – no take-out, per se. I do the standard “cook ahead and freeze in batches” when I’m feeling especially responsible. On other nights, it’s a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

  • Joy December 13, 2011, 6:39 am

    Okay this is admittedly lame, but for both hubster and I the favorite takeout is soup! There is a place not too far from us that has 16 soups daily and my homemade soup can NOT compare to the amazing ness that there soup is. Plus hubster = meat and potato guy (he usually gets the steak bomb soup) and I am veg (I always get the tomato) so its easy yummy and cheap!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas December 13, 2011, 7:25 am

    We really just order out to Chinese. Well,I get sushi.. so it has to have some great sushi! My fiance isn’t too picky when it comes to his General Tsos..

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 13, 2011, 7:31 am

    We order Indian quite a bit because Indian food is so hard to cook with all the spices!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 13, 2011, 7:59 am

    I almost never get takeout, but when I do, I get sushi!

  • Prairie Simple December 13, 2011, 8:13 am

    I know exactly what you mean! The takeout craving is especially bad when I’m busy and don’t want to actually spend time cooking my food.

    When my husband and I get takeout, we do some of the same things you mentioned. Especially swapping the rice… much to my chagrin since I really love fried rice!

    So glad I found your blog 🙂 Can’t wait to read more about your life and how you make healthy decisions. I’m trying to get healthier in preparation for pregnancy and it’s been hard since I genuinely LOVE food. I mean, I mostly even blog about food, haha. Also, I gained 15 pounds for no reason that I can tell and my clothes all fit the same. It’s just on the scale! Anyway, I was wondering what you do about the scale. It’s really frustrating to see my healthy changes reflected by an increasing number even if I’m not actually getting bigger, and I was thinking about getting rid of it completely. But I need advice!

  • Molly @ RDexposed December 13, 2011, 8:24 am

    AH! That doggie coat is tooooo cute! I can’t even take it!

  • Carolina John December 13, 2011, 8:57 am

    Pei Wei. It’s beautiful.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011, 8:58 am

    I don’t do takeout….I guess it is the way I grew up? But I could see how convenient it would be! If I did it would be Thai for sure!

  • Anna December 13, 2011, 9:07 am

    Still looking for a place around here that serves brown rice instead of white but I like the steamed veggies and shrimp and then add my own sauce to it!

  • Jenn December 13, 2011, 9:30 am

    Love takeout, helps keep the sanity in life. I love how you practice moderation and “allow” life to happen, hence enjoying takeout after a crazy day. You speak and practice “health”. Thank you : )

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel December 13, 2011, 9:33 am

    I love to order Indian food, Sag Paneer to be exact! My mind was blown when I found out most Indian places do take out. I haven’t exactly tried to make it any healthier though…I could skip the naan I guess, but who doesn’t love nann? I guess my compromise when I do order it, is that I don’t do it very often.

  • Colleen December 13, 2011, 10:48 am

    I see takeout as a special treat and don’t make it healthy at all. Give me loaded nachos and I am a very happy girl.

  • Sarah December 13, 2011, 11:14 am

    There’s a great restaurant outside my building that’s a lunch favorite. They have salads, wraps and soup/noodle bowls. You pick your base (lettuce/spinach, rice, noodles, broth or a tortilla) then layer on the toppings – a MASSIVE salad is around $7-$9 depending on if I add avocado and kalamatas (which of course I do) and the staff is so friendly. It’s 100% customizable, so it’s great for vegetarian/vegan fare as well as carnivores! At home we love Costa Vida – the vegetarian salad is like crack to me. And who can forget pizza….oh pizza 🙂

  • Jen December 13, 2011, 11:19 am

    This is somewhat off-topic, but there is a guy who looks exactly like Kristien who is at my subway stop in NYC each morning around the same time. I swear I do a double-take every time!

    He might have a doppelganger in the borough of Queens!

  • Mari Schwartzer December 13, 2011, 12:12 pm

    My husband and I almost never get takeout. Not for any healthiness reasons, but actually out of convenience. Sounds opposite, doesn’t it? We just always find that in the amount of time it takes to get to a takeout place, order, and wait for our food (even if we actually called the order in ahead of time), we could have made food at home. And it’s just so rare that takeout tastes as good or better than our homemade meals, so it just ends up being a waste of money and time (and I *hate* sitting around waiting for food to be made at the takeout place or waiting for delivery. That waiting is such misery for me because the only days we consider takeout are the busiest days when I’m starving!).

    I know it sounds so backwards, but on nights that we’re tempted to get takeout, we usually just give up and made a quick simple home meal. Maybe if we had faster/cheaper takeout places, we’d be more tempted? But darn, your takeout always sounds so good!

  • Mary @ food and fun on the run December 13, 2011, 1:31 pm

    I love Thai takeout! There is a restaurant right up the street from where I live, and any excuse is a good one to get something from there. And the best thing about it is that the food is big enough for 2 meals! Big Win!!

  • Amber K December 13, 2011, 1:55 pm

    No place near me does takeout that I know of. Nothing that would have gluten-free options at that. I did get a gluten-free pizza a few days ago, but I think they must have contaminated it somehow because I’m still suffering the ill effects, ugh.

  • Meg December 13, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I am so not into takeout! I blame my mom for always having a homecooked meal for us when I was growing up, but my sister likes it, so I guess there goes that theory. I have a grubhub gift certificate that I am having to force myself to use because I just don’t think takeout that often!

  • Cristina December 13, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I’m not sure if this counts, but I love take-out sushi from the Japanese market. Or pizza delivery. Other that that, I will usually just go to the restaurant instead of getting take-out.

  • MelanieF December 13, 2011, 7:08 pm

    We rarely do it. We usually eat out once a week or every two weeks. We love to cook and we always plan ahead what we will eat. And, also, the fact that there’s no good takeout places near where we live except for pizza and fries, so we try not to do that often.

  • Charise December 14, 2011, 9:02 am

    My favorite takeout is Chipotle. I get a burrito bowl, lots of veggies, brown rice now that they have it, and skip the cheese (although I do like a little sour cream) to make it a little healthier (the tortilla itself is almost 300 calories!). Can’t give up the carnitas though. It is more caloric/higher in fat and sodium than I’d usually have for lunch, but not awful like many fast food places. Or we get pizza and I throw together a salad for the side.

    I’d say we do takeout maybe once a week, usually for a weekend lunch or Sunday night dinner if we’ve been traveling (or partying too hard hah). I try to cook 5 nights a week, always w/ leftovers for lunch. Then we eat out at better restaurants for date nights and fun with friends the the other 2 nights.

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