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Everyone loves a cheeky chicken tikka, Saturday-night burger or fish and chips on a Friday once in a while. But indulging in a takeaway a little too often can rack up the extra calories – not to mention the expense. Did you know that Britons spend on average £1,000 per year on takeaways— around £80 per month? *

But it’s easy to recreate your favourite takeaways at home for a fraction of the cost. And these recipes are better for you too! So skip the takeaway and give our healthier versions of fish and chips, spring rolls, chicken chow mein and more a go with these 10 top fakeaway recipes.

  1. Mushroom, halloumi and rocket burgers

Swap the red meat for griddled mushrooms, halloumi and tzatziki in these veggie-friendly burgers. Serve with a side of sweet potato fries to help you on your way to five-a-day.

2. Turkey pizza melts

Pizza is the ultimate crowd-pleasing takeaway but one of its key components – cheese – can make it high in saturated fat. These mini turkey pizza melts are high in protein, much lower in fat and are great fun to make with the kids.

3. Chicken chow mein

Use your noodle and make this low-cal Chinese favourite. It’s filled with veggies and topped with toasted cashew nuts for extra satisfying crunch!

4. Healthier fish and chips

It’s no secret that battered fish and chips isn’t exactly waistline friendly. So we’ve created a healthier version using a deliciously crispy breadcrumb coating and baking the fish instead. Serve with the homemade tartare sauce and chips for an even tastier (we think) Friday night feast.

5.  Anjum Anand’s grilled chickpea kebab wraps 

Anjum Anand has swapped traditionally used lamb mince for chickpeas to make these kebabs suitable for vegetarians while being much lower in fat.

6.Chicken tikka masala

Fancy a cheeky chicken tikka? Ours sees marinated chicken cooked in a creamy tomato sauce and served with fluffy basmati rice and a sweet tamarind slaw. It’s a knockout dish that beats a takeaway any day.

7. Healthier southern fried chicken

Didn’t think it was possible to enjoy finger-licking good Southern fried chicken as part of a healthy diet? Think again.

8. Phil Vickery’s sweet and sour chicken

The sweet and sour dishes you get from Chinese takeaway shops tend  to be laden with sugar and come swimming in a neon orange sauce. Needless to say it’s not the most nourishing of dishes! But Phil Vickery has created all of the same sweet and sour flavours in a low-sugar dish that includes 2 of your 5-a-day.

9.  Healthier chicken korma

A chicken korma is the ‘uniter’ when it comes to an Indian takeaway, although is traditionally made with lots of cream and ghee. Ours uses Greek yoghurt to achieve that wonderful creaminess but with far fewer calories. Kids will love this dish too!

10. Lighter vegetable spring rolls 

You can still enjoy your favourite Chinese nibble without going overboard on calories and fat. Serve with a side salad of carrots and cucumber to get an extra serving of veggies too.

*Source – The Mirror