Renee Varney tells why eating at a Chinese restaurant will be good for you in more than one way.
If you are short on both time and cash, there is no need to worry if you have a Chinese restaurant nearby. Chinese food is some of the most affordable fare around, and the portions are typically oversized and hearty. Best of all, many restaurants allow their guests to order online, so doing so is quick and easy to do.
Chinese takeout food can be healthy, if you know what to order. Most dishes contain plenty of leafy green vegetables, which are thought to help keep your heart healthy. As long as you avoid sweet ‘n’ sour dishes that are deep-fried and drenched in sauce, you can usually be sure the meat is prepared without loads of extra oil. Choosing steamed rice over fried rice can also allow you to save yourself a few extra calories on the main course.
Most Chinese restaurants have two menu options: a lunch special and an a la carte menu. When considering Chinese takeout food, the best time to do so is normally during lunch hours. Complete meals can often be ordered for a fraction of the price, and you can add soup or an eggroll for an extra dollar or two. If you need a light but filling lunch, you can order one of the specials and will often have enough left over for your evening meal.
If you would like to feed a larger group, ordering from the main menu might be a better idea. That way, you can order a few different items in smaller sizes so that everyone can sample a little of each one. Chinese takeout food tastes delicious when eaten as leftovers, and it freezes well. That means you do not have to worry about food going to waste if you do happen to order too much.
Fast and Fresh
Chinese food is normally cooked to order, but even though this is the case, it is normally prepared very quickly. The result is fresh, hot food without waiting a long time to get it. If you call ahead for your takeout order, it will be waiting when you get there so the process will be even faster.
Exploring a Buffet
If you have a favorite Chinese buffet nearby, this can also be a source of a quick and inexpensive meal. Most buffets allow their customers to make carryout trays for a designated price per pound. This can be cost effective, because you can choose just the amount of food you need to stay within your budget. There may also be coupons available in local newspapers or on the Internet for even more savings.
There are plenty of reasons to consider Chinese takeout when you are in a hurry and do not wish to spend a lot of money for food. Why not consider this option the next time you are looking for a hearty meal while on the go?
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