Three takeaway foods you can make at home

I had a pretty heavy post planned for today, but have decided to put it off for now. Enjoy the sweetness and light…

It’s easy to succumb to fast food when you’re busy, stressed and pressed for time. But seriously. Here are three takeaway foods you can just as easily make at home; it’ll taste better – and be better for you.


You’ll need:

  • Flour
    Olive oil
    Tomato paste/puree/sauce – or BBQ sauce – or whatever you prefer
    Toppings of choice (suggestions: mushrooms/tomatoes/pineapple/capsicum/salami/ham/cheese

I think everyone makes their dough slightly differently. A friend uses self-raising flour and milk in hers (???!!!). But you can’t go wrong with a basic dough of flour, yeast, salt, water and olive oil. Don’t forget the oil! It gives it a nice smooth texture and will make it easier to knead and roll out.

Start with the dough, and once you’ve got your bases ready, smear them with tomato paste. Arrange your cut-up toppings over the top, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes or until cooked – when bases crisp up and toppings are bubbling.

Tip: shake things up by mixing a couple different kinds of cheeses, or new vegetable combinations – I’m a big fan of eggplant on pizza.



You’ll need:

  • Burger patties (or if you’ve got minced meat on hand, mix with an egg and a little flour and make your own)
    Burger buns
    Sauce of choice (tomato, BBQ, aioli, mayonnaise…)
    Vegetables of choice (lettuce, tomato, beetroot…)

There are really only two steps. Cook patty, then assemble.

To make it a little more interesting, try adding a fried egg, hash brown, bacon strips, or some caramelised onions.


You’ll need:

  • Corn chips
    Canned tomatoes
    Beans (red kidney, black, or a mix of types)
    Minced meat

Brown the mince. Add in the tomatoes and beans, bring to a boil, then simmer until the mixture thickens. I like to add a few squirts of pure ketchup into the mix, and sometimes a dash of paprika, cayenne or chili powder.

Take it to the next level with toppings: sour cream, cheese, spring onions, fresh herbs. You win.

What fast foods do you recreate at home?

10 thoughts on “Three takeaway foods you can make at home

  • Reply anna April 24, 2013 at 07:43

    Those look so yummy! I’m a fan of making burritos and tacos at home 🙂

  • Reply Erin @ Red Debted Stepchild April 24, 2013 at 08:02

    Yum, we make pizza and burgers at home! To be honest, we prefer pizza out just because we haven’t mastered it yet but we keep trying. We also do tacos and fried rice at home.

  • Reply Michelle April 24, 2013 at 08:56

    YUMMMMMAY! I am starving now.

  • Reply Kylee April 24, 2013 at 11:07

    Yum! We make indian food at home. Way cheaper than takeout 🙂

    Butter chicken is a popular one at our place!

  • Reply Kara April 24, 2013 at 17:13

    Pizza and burgers are big ones on my list of “at-home” fast food. Dough is so easy to make and burgers are easy to put together and toss on the barbeque. We also make our own chicken caesar wraps.

  • Reply Holly@ClubThrifty April 24, 2013 at 23:20


  • Reply Mike@WeOnlyDoThisOnce April 25, 2013 at 02:26

    For the pizza, I find that adding sauteed and crushed cherry tomatoes gives it great texture and more flavor. Great recipes!

  • Reply Mo' Money Mo' Houses April 25, 2013 at 07:10

    I want all of those right now!

  • Reply Justin April 25, 2013 at 12:30

    Wow those are some loaded nachos. They look great. You’d pay a small fortune for nachos like that here.

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