Katie's Healthy Bites: Homemade Take-Out Meals

All this month we are Brown Baggin’ it at Healthy Eats. For those of you who eat out on a regular basis here are some healthy DIY options for your favorite cuisines.

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All this month we are Brown Baggin’ it at Healthy Eats. For those of you who eat out on a regular basis here are some healthy DIY options for your favorite cuisines.


Caesar Salads are a lunch staple for many and you can enjoy it guilt-free. This version is made with shrimp which cook up in minutes. Remember to pack your dressing on the side so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy.

If you plan ahead and make lunch for dinner you save time. So feed the family this healthy version of pasta with meatballs, then save a few meatballs to pack for lunch with a crusty whole grain roll and some shredded parmesan for a satisfying meal the whole office will envy.


Try these Spinach and Ricotta Tacos. Pack the filling, salsa and tortillas separately then assemble when you are ready to eat. You can even add some leftover chicken. As the days start to get cooler I love chili for lunch. Make a big batch and portion it out then freeze it. Just grab and go in the morning for a no-fuss packed lunch.


Cook up this tangerine beef for dinner but make extra as it works as a tasty topper to put on your salad for lunch the next day. Mix romaine with cabbage, carrots, peppers and cucumber slices then add a light dressing to finish it off.

No in the mood for meat? Pack this tasty peanut noodle salad or this soba noodle salad for a fun vegetarian option. Add tofu for some extra protein.

Bar Food:

This Buffalo Chicken Salad fits the bill—I know my husband would love it. Pack a whole wheat tortilla with your salad and turn it into a wrap!

How do you remake your favorite take-out?

Katie Cavuto Boyle, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, personal chef and owner of HealthyBites, LLC. See Katie's full bio »

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