Takeaways can be a useful way of eating due to the convenience and wide variety of food types. However, when trying to feed a family it can be an expensive way to eat. Thankfully, there are many home recipes that can replace takeaways.
Pizza is always a firm favourite with teenagers and you can create your own Italian meal easily. To make a sauce, simply cook onion and garlic in oil until softened then add tomatoes and tomato purée. You can also add other items to taste, such as herbs, olives and peppers. To cook the pizza base, heat the oven to 240°C and place the pre-made bases on a shelf with the tomato sauce spooned on top along with mozzarella and basil.
Add some spice to your evening with this Mexican classic! Make salsa by cooking onion in oil with garlic and adding canned tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, chilli powder and coriander. Make the fajitas by frying onion and peppers in oil, adding beef strips and sprinkling over fajita seasoning mix. Make guacamole by mashing avocados and adding onion, garlic, chilli, tomatoes, coriander and lime juice. To serve, assemble the fajitas by putting the spicy beef mix into a tortilla with the salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
For those that love Indian takeaways, nothing is better than a creamy chicken korma. Simply heat some oil in a pan and fry onions and garlic. Stir in green chilli and ginger, and add garam masala, turmeric and chilli powder. You also need tomatoes, chutney, tomato purée, coconut milk and of course the chicken! Serve this meal with basmati rice and coriander leaves and naan bread. You can find many other tasty chicken online recipes at food expert websites such as http://food-tales.com/food-recipes/chicken/. Plus, you can check out the BBC’s ‘good food guide’ for more korma alternatives.
It is hard to beat good old spaghetti bolognese. For a quick and tasty version, cook onion, carrot and celery in oil. Add minced beef and pork and mix well along with red wine and plum tomatoes. Bring to the boil and add herbs, simmering for at least two hours until the meat is soft. Cook the spaghetti for 10 minutes then drain and return it to the pan with the bolognese sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese.