Takeaway food has become linked to fast food – but there is a difference. After all, if you have just paid $15 for a special tandoori chicken dish from your local Indian restaurant, you expect it to have better nutritional value than a burger with the lot plus chips. Not all take out food is equal in nutrition, and the more fibre and vitamins, and the less fat and sugar you find in yours, the healthier it is for you.
You could try ringing around all the takeaway restaurants in your area to find out if they deliver to you, but a better way is to check out the details online first, either through the takeaway restaurant's dedicated web page or through a site that brings together all the takeaway food places in one convenient location for you to browse.
Two points are important to remember when it comes to leftover takeaway: keep it really cool, then really heat it up! Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator, but you must be sure to eat them within that time. If you don't think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately. That’s because after the food is cooked and allowed to cool is the time when you run the risk of bacterial contamination. The worst thing you can do is leave it out in the kitchen uncovered for a day or two, then warm it up just a little bit before you eat it – it’s a sure way to make yourself ill. But if you follow some simple guidelines, and have an understanding of why fast food goes off, you’ll be able to "waste not, want not" when it comes to your favourite take away cuisine.
No one can be expected to know everything about their locality, especially when it comes to take away food places, which can be hidden away in areas you may not often go to. There could be a wonderful Indian restaurant just opened behind the shopping centre and you may never learn about it because you always park at the front. The answer is to get online and find out where these hidden restaurants are by doing a search from the comfort of your home.