We all know that excessive consumption of takeaways and fast foods is bad for us. In fact, a diet high in saturated animal fat (often found in fast food), coupled with low levels of exercise can cause similar liver damage to long-term alcohol consumption.

But it is not just fat that causes concern these days. The level of salt and monosodium glutamate in most fast food is immeasurable, let alone other chemicals added to make it taste nice. Add to that the lack of visibility on provenance (yes a nod to the horse saga), and you have got a recipe for a health disaster.

Avoiding fast foods can be testing, particularly when we are all so busy working and spending time with family and friends. But the trick that many people are missing is that you can recreate your favourite takeaway meals in as little as 30 minutes at home.

Here are our top tips for cooking fast food, the right way:

  1. Get everything ready before you start cooking, this helps you to stay organised and reduces the overall cooking time
  2. Steaming and stir-frying are quick and nutritious cooking methods and a great way to replicate Chinese takeaways
  3. Get your timings right – this is one of the main reasons that cooking can take a long time. If you are cooking a stir-fry with rice, get the rice on before you make the stir-fry, don’t make the stir-fry go soggy and cold while you wait for the rice.
  4. Be adventurous with ingredients – dishes like beef in black bean sauce and pad Thai can be whipped up easily with the right ingredients. Find your nearest Chinese supermarket and look out for things like fermented black beans, chilli bean sauce and other delicious ingredients that can help you recreate takeaway favourites at home
  5. Go veggie – not all the time, but a vegetable curry is much quicker to make than a meat version and just as delicious.

If you would like to learn how to cook some takeaway favourites at home and ensure that you know exactly what is in there, come and join us for our Fast food the right way class on 13th March.