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Takeout Fake-Out: Recipes for Healthy Alternatives to Takeout

Instead of calling delivery, why not try a little DIY? Here are seven healthy twists on restaurant favorites that serve up flavors you and your family crave without the calories and fat.

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Peter Ardito
Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Lemon Orzo
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito
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Healthy Mexican Food

Instead of: Bean Burrito

Try: Black Bean Pizza

Why it's healthier: We ditched the tortilla (which can add 300 calories) and cut back on cheese.

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Healthy Thai Food

Instead of: Chicken Pad Thai

Try: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Why it's healthier: Made with fewer noodles, this soup packs lots of vegetables, creating a low-cal dish that's supersatisfying.

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Healthy Greek Food

Instead of: Spanakopita

Try: Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Lemon Orzo

Why it's healthier: Buttery phyllo crust is high in fat. We skipped it and added chicken to the spinach and feta for a tasty lighter combo.

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Healthy Cuban Food

Instead of: Cuban Sandwich

Try: Cuban Chef's Salad

Why it's healthier: We nixed the grilled bread and served the fixings over greens to heighten the flavors of the meat and cheese.

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Healthy Japanese Food

Instead of: Spicy Tuna Rolls

Try: Panko-Crusted Tuna with Orange-Ginger-Glazed Snap Peas

Why it's healthier: We got rid of the white rice and used low-fat mayo for the creamy, spicy sauce.

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Healthy Italian Food

Instead of: Eggplant Parmesan

Try: Dinner Bruschetta with Eggplant Ragu

Why it's healthier: The traditional dish is heavy on oil and bread. Here the eggplant is roasted to bring out its flavor without adding extra fat.

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Healthy Chinese Food

Instead of: Pork Dumplings

Try: Chinese Noodles

Why it's healthier: To boost the flavor without adding fat, we sauteed the vegetables and lean ground turkey with ginger and garlic.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2011.

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