|August 11, 2021

12 Takeout-Inspired Recipes for Fast, Delicious Meals at Home

By Rebecca Paredes
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

12 Takeout-Inspired Recipes for Fast, Delicious Meals at Home

If you’re missing the flavors of your favorite takeout meals, take matters into your own hands and whip up a version at home. These fresh and nourishing takeout-food-inspired recipes are packed with Bulletproof favorites like nutrient-dense vegetables, quality fats and protein. They’re also easy to riff on with what you have at home, no grocery trip required. Don’t miss our recs for healthy pantry staples.

12 takeout-inspired Bulletproof recipes

Low-Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice

Plate with cauliflower fried rice

One of the best parts of fried rice is that you can throw in whatever odds and ends you have in your fridge. Use fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. Try peas, green beans or sliced asparagus instead of carrots and celery. Garnish with cilantro instead of parsley, or skip the garnish altogether.

Low-Carb Beef Stir Fry

Low-carb beef stir fry with noodles and broccoli

With just seven ingredients, this stir fry recipe comes together quickly. No zucchini? No problem. Use your favorite noodle instead, such as rice noodles or shirataki noodles. Try broccoli instead of bok choy. If you don’t have steak, swap in ground beef or thinly sliced chicken.

Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl

Keto egg roll in a bowl on white plate

This umami-rich stir fry is another delicious way to make sure you’re getting enough vegetables in your diet. Use a coleslaw mix or standard green cabbage instead of red, and broccoli or radish instead of kohlrabi. This recipe only calls for 5 ounces of ground beef, so you can stretch what you have available. The sauce complements any ground meat you have on hand — try it with ground pork.

Cassava Egg Rolls

Cassava egg rolls on blue plate

This egg roll dish will satisfy your tastebuds and takeout food cravings. Cassava is a starchy tuber. Cassava flour is available online, or you can experiment with substituting tapioca flour or arrowroot starch instead. Heads up that this recipe hasn’t been tested with other flours, so your results may vary.

Keto Thai Red Beef Curry

Bowl of Thai beef curry

Transform budget-friendly chuck steak into tender, fall-apart bites of deliciousness with this Thai-inspired curry recipe. It’s cooked low and slow in the oven, so it’s mostly hands-off. Pair it with zoodles, cauliflower rice or whatever steamed veg you have handy for a complete meal.

Low-Carb Vegetarian Ramen

Vegetable ramen with egg

This deceptively simple ramen recipe is loaded with nourishing veggies and satisfying fats. Consider this recipe a template to turn fresh or frozen vegetables into a tasty soup, topped with soft-boiled eggs for a well-balanced meal. Try coleslaw mix, green cabbage or sturdy greens instead of red cabbage, and use frozen broccoli or brussels sprouts instead of fresh.

Spinach Empanadas

Three spinach empanadas

This empanada recipe uses almond flour and tapioca starch to create a delicious, grain-free pastry dough. If you’re not feeling spinach, fill your empanadas with ground beef or diced and sauteed vegetables.

Keto BLT Sandwich

Open-faced keto sandwich with bacon, avocado and tomatoes

Use your favorite keto-friendly bread to make this delicious sandwich, and sub in your favorite sandwich fillings. It may be a BLT, but if you don’t have bacon, it’d taste just as good with quality deli meat like turkey instead. Throw an egg on it and you have a next-level breakfast (or anytime meal).

Gluten-Free Avocado Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Gluten free avocado pizza

Have pizza night any night with this gluten-free pizza recipe. It uses just five ingredients to make a crispy crust, including almond flour and riced cauliflower. Use it as a blank canvas for build-your-own pizza night — the recipe calls for cashew basil cheese and roasted veggies, but the crust works just as well with tomato sauce.

Gluten-Free “Cheesy” Butternut Squash Quesadilla

Sliced quesadilla

You won’t believe this indulgent recipe is vegan, gluten-free and full of fiber. Use hardy butternut squash to make a cheese-like filling, and whip up pliable, tasty tortillas with cassava flour.

Korean Beef Bowl with Kimchi

Sliced steak in bowl with cauliflower rice

This satisfying bowl pairs steak with riced vegetables and probiotic-rich kimchi. If kimchi isn’t available, load up on gut-friendly vegetables instead like broccoli, asparagus or tomatoes. These foods are sources of prebiotic fiber, a type of fiber that feeds your good gut bacteria.

Purple Sweet Potato Salmon Sushi Roll

Purple sweet potato sushi rolls

Sushi night just got more vibrant. This show-stopping recipe uses purple sweet potato, but you can use any variety of sweet potato instead. It calls for sashimi-grade salmon, but if that’s hard to come by, use your favorite protein instead — or leave it out and make them vegan rolls.

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