Dietitian Susie Burrell and financial advisor Canna Campbell on making favorite takeaway meals at home
A dietitian and financial advisor revealed how to make your favorite takeout meals at home for under $10, and why it’s much cheaper and healthier for your family.
Sydney clinical dietitian Susie Burrell and Sydney financial advisor Canna Campbell shared a video revealing how being a little organized can mean there’s ‘no excuse to break your budget and order takeaway’.
“These ideas are great for a family, couple or single who is at home and looking for something more nutritious and less expensive,” Canna said.
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A dietitian and financial advisor revealed how you can make your favorite takeout food at home for under $10, and why it’s much cheaper and healthier for your family (both pictured)
The first thing you could try instead of ordering this weekend is making your own homemade pizza, which is much healthier and cheaper (stock image)
1. HOMEMADE PIZZAS
The first thing you could try instead of ordering this weekend is making your own homemade pizza.
“Everyone loves pizza, and the great thing is you can make it with minimal ingredients you probably already have,” Susie said in the interview. video.
“I like to use up all the leftover veggies we have, whether that’s half a Spanish onion, some avocado, or a little tomato.”
To make it healthier, the dietitian recommends including healthier pizza crust choices, such as whole-wheat Lebanese bread, which is high in fiber and retails for about $4 for six slices.
“This is either for your whole family or you can freeze the leftover bread for later,” she said.
Once you’ve got your base, Susie recommends adding some tomato passata, tomato paste, and whatever cheese you like, as well as leftover veggies and meat.
“What I find in my kids is that they don’t really care if the pizza is store-bought or in-house or homemade,” Susie said.
“This is a great way to make it healthy and cost-effective.”
2. DIY OVEN CHIPS
Hot chips are a staple takeaway for many households across Australia.
But they don’t have to be loaded with saturated fats and oils.
Instead, Susie said she makes homemade potato chips, sweet potato, pumpkin or zucchini.
“You don’t need a big, fancy humidifier,” she said.
“Peel, chop and pop them in the oven for 40-60 minutes with some olive oil and salt.”
The dietitian said homemade hot fries don’t have to be just a weekend treat; Susie said she makes them almost every night to accompany her kids’ dinners.
“A lot of people say you can’t cook with olive oil, but if you roast in the oven, you can,” she said.
If you have a little more time, say on a Saturday night, the dietitian said there’s no better meal than making your own DIY burger (stock image)
3. CITIZEN PARTY
If you have a little more time, say on a Saturday night, the dietitian said there is no better meal than making your own DIY burger.
“Use whatever ground beef you have, whether it’s lean beef, turkey, or pork,” Susie said.
“I like turkey because it’s only $5 or $6 for a large 500 or 600 gram package. It’s also healthy and can be low-carb if you pair it with lettuce instead of English muffins or hamburger buns.”
Add breadcrumbs and onions to your homemade burgers to make them even more delicious, and pair the dish with sweet potato fries for a nutritious, budget-friendly dish.
The couple (both pictured) said your love of takeaway food doesn’t have to set your budget goals back because you can easily make your own “fakeaway.”
4. HOMEMADE STIR FRY
Stir-fries and Asian food in general are incredibly popular, but Susie said the problem with Asian takeaway is that it’s usually deep-fried in vegetable oil and then paired with fatty meats and high-calorie sauces.
But making your own stir-fries and dishes at home can make them so much healthier and cheaper, plus they’re a great way to use up leftover veggies and get rid of everything you most need to eat.
Finally, the dietitian said popcorn is a big hit with her family.
But buying ready-made bags often means spending too much money and they end up eating the whole bag.
“If you buy packets of popcorn that have to be popped in the microwave, they are much cheaper, and there are 20 servings in this packet, so you can be more portion controlled,” she said.
“Love this one for a movie night at home.”