Have you ever had one of those weekend days when you don’t really feel like doing anything productive? My weekends are normally PACKED with activities – either running errands, or catching up on stuff I slacked on during the week, or going to dance rehearsals, or going out / hanging out with friends. But yesterday (Saturday), I didn’t have any of those things to do! My husband was out of town for a conference during the week, so my only activity was to pick him up from the airport in the afternoon… which took a whole hour…. which left like 15 hours of free time in the day!
It was awesome. We watched TV, relaxed, read, and somehow ended up killing time without even realizing it. Soon, it was 8:45pm – we hadn’t eaten dinner and had no groceries (since neither of us went out to get groceries yesterday either). Which meant that eating out was our best bet if we wanted to have dinner anytime in the next few hours. But we were in our PJs, and not really in the mood to dress up and go “out,” so we decided to get takeout from a small Thai place that we had never tried before (with fingers crossed that it would be a good experience). And I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised! It was probably the best takeout I’ve had in a while – the food tasted like it had literally been made to order, and the restaurant was really open to all of my “healthier” customizations, which I’ll get to in a sec. But first – I have to show you what we ate!
I ordered the Veggie and Tofu Stir Fry with Garlic
The veggies were really fresh, cooked perfectly (so they were still a bit crispy), and I loved how the restaurant didn’t skimp on the amount and variety of the veggies! I also appreciated that they let me substitute soft tofu for fried tofu (a much healthier alternative with the same amount of protein but fewer fat & calories than fried tofu).
My husband’s dish was a Thai Staple: Veggie Pad Thai
So, yes, Pad Thai is not a healthy take out option at all. But this one happened to be very well made and they even added some veggies in with the noodles which I appreciated.
I managed to make my takeout healthier by following a few simple rules when ordering Thai food:
- Stick to stir fries that have light sauces (avoid cream sauces or curries if you can)
- Substitute soft tofu for fried tofu
- Ask for extra veggies if the restaurant will oblige
- Ask for less oil (I did that with my takeout dish and the sauce ended up being very flavorful but without those little oil beads you sometimes see floating on top of sauces that have tons of oil in them)
These four simple rules gave me a much lighter but still very flavorful and satisfying dish! All in all, it was a great meal, and we were both really satisfied with our decision to spend Saturday night at home with some good takeout 🙂
Now – time for two quick reminders as a bit of a non sequitur:
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