Make yourself a Friday night Fakeaway

With many restaurants and takeaways still closed at the moment, are you craving your favourite takeaway? Do you long to eat fish and chips, a curry or a lovely Chinese meal? Did you know that you can create your own takeaway at home? It’s known as a fakeaway – a homemade meal that you have made that is just like your favourite takeaway – a fake takeaway! It is also much cheaper and more nutritious so here are some tips for recreating your favourite takeaways at home:

Fish and chips

You can’t beat that favourite British classic – fish and chips, but you can make a healthier version of it.

  • It is healthier to cook breadcrumbed fish, or oven bake/grill plain fish.
  • When making the chips, the thicker the chips are cut, the better. This is because thicker chips absorb less fat when cooking.
  • Always have your fish and chips with plenty of vegetables such as cooked frozen peas or baked beans.
  • Remember that if you want to add salt to your food, taste it first and then add only a small amount.

Try this recipe for homemade Fish and Chips from the Change4Life website


When making your own Indian fakeaway food, there are a great variety of dishes to choose from so here are some tips to help you choose the healthier options:

  • Try to stick to recipes that are tandoori-cooked, vegetable or tomato-based to limit the fat content of the dishes.
  • Limit the amount of creamy and deep-fried foods.
  • Only use a little oil to cook.
  • Serve dishes with plain, boiled white or brown rice, chapatti or lentils (dhal).
  • To make your dishes go further, add butternut squash or other vegetables to bulk out the meal.

Let’s Get Cooking have a recipe for Chicken Rogan Josh which is simple to make but delicious. Give it a try!


It can still be difficult to get hold of flour at the moment, but you can make pizzas with tortillas. Here’s an easy recipe for you to try from the World Cancer Research Fund.

  • If you haven’t got mozzarella, you can use cheddar cheese but try not to use too much or it could increase your daily intake of saturated fat and calories.
  • You can use any lower fat toppings like ham, fish, prawns or any vegetables.
  • Add to your 5 a day by serving the pizza with a simple salad.


  • Try making yourself a Chinese stir-fry with lots of vegetables.
  • Use lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, fish, prawns or tofu.
  • Only use a little oil to cook.

Serve with plain, boiled white or brown rice or noodles. Give this recipe for Turkey Stir-fry a go from the Change4Life website.

If you would like to try out some other recipes, there are many more great recipes for healthier takeaways on the BBC Good Food website, Change4Life have lots of healthier dinner recipes to try including fakeaways and the BBC Food website have lots of low-calorie fakeaway recipes.

Author: Zoe Griffiths, RNutr

Photo source: Shutterstock royalty free, Chinese takeaway box


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