Before our son Ted was born, my husband Howard and I used to love nothing more than ordering a Chinese takeaway on a Saturday night. Occasionally if we had nothing else planned on a Saturday night we would stay in, watch TV and eat Chinese food. My husband loves a Chinese but since I gave up processed foods and sugar we have no longer been able to eat takeaways.
Instead I have made my own versions of a few classic meals. These are very quick and simple recipes. For me, Chinese is a very easy dinner to prepare and cook. So I will often make double the portions, freeze the leftovers and then we can eat it on a Friday or Saturday night. It makes it feel like we have bought it from the shops. Plus less washing up if the meal is from the freezer.
Sweet and Sour Pork – The first meal is the one my Dad used to make when I lived at home. Dad was a huge pork fan so he really enjoyed making a sweet and sour pork. I have stolen this recipe from him and it’s such a great meal to feed to the family.
Sweet and Sour Chicken – It’s another great meal and one I adapted from various recipes I had used in the past. My husband Howard like this one best. The meal is great cooked with chicken breast or you could use leftover roast chicken too. It’s definitely one the whole family will enjoy.
Sweet and Sour Prawns – The third and final meal is one my son really enjoys as a dinner. Prawns are one of his favourite foods and he loves eating them in this sticky, sweet but healthy sauce. Unfortunately, I can’t make double of this meal as the prawns have already been frozen by the supermarket. However, I do make double of the sauce and freeze it. That makes cooking this meal slightly easier on the day.
For me, these meals take minutes and they are so much more filling and healthy than the ones from the local takeaway. Again, the first two meals are freezable but the third meal only the sauce is freezable. So I tend to make the top two as I can make extra and freeze it for another occasion. Our Saturday night takeaway and TV night days are long gone but we now have a healthy new habit of making our own takeaways. Plus they are so yummy you will forget the takeaway for these dinners.
What’s your favourite Chinese meal from the takeaway and have you ever tried to make it yourself? Let me know in the comments below and please don’t forget to like and follow me. Thank you. xxx