When the holiday breakfast, lunch and dinner preparations are complete, the last thing you want to do is spend more time in the kitchen. The best thing to do when you want to skip the cooking is to get creative. Grab the phonebook and start looking! Find where to get take out when you are weary from holiday cooking; then order and pick up your food. Dress up a fun take out menu with holiday decorations to make your meal even more special. Ditch the holiday apron and grab the keys for some holiday kitchen relief.
Many Chinese restaurants stay open during the holidays simply because they may not celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving or our New Year’s Eve. This gives busy moms and dads some advantages. Let’s face it, you can only enjoy cranberry sauce and turkey so many times. Try some crab rangoon, chicken on a stick and mixed vegetable medleys. Leave your goodies in their take out boxes and pass out chopsticks. Your local Chinese restaurant often provides these little extras free as part of your order.
Another culture that often celebrates different holidays is the Middle Eastern culture. Get your favorite Israeli, Turkish and Lebanese dishes a la take out. Good choices to order are gyros with lamb or beef, shish-kabobs, pita bread and delicious hummus. Try tabouli salad, falafel and cous cous for a bit of spice and flavor. Brew a pot of Turkish coffee at home to serve with your Middle Eastern take out food.
Packed with flavor and good for your family, sushi makes a nice alternative to the standard holiday meal. Stay out of the kitchen and order sushi from your favorite Japanese restaurant. The California or Philadelphia Rolls are popular choices your family will love. Order some hibachi steak or tempura vegetables as a side order. Include wasabi, pickled ginger and plenty of soy sauce. Break out the sushi plates and skip heating up the oven.
Originally from Taiwan, Mongolian barbecue or grilling is a stir-fry method of cooking that uses iron griddles to cook meats and vegetables with Taiwanese seasonings. Order your choice of beef, pork, lamb or goat from your local Mongolian grill. Top off your take out order with some delicious grilled vegetables. This is a healthy take out option you will feel good about serving to your family.
Avoid experiencing a holiday disaster by giving the restaurant a test run before you make them your holiday back-up plan. You don’t want to end up in the kitchen anyway because your take out does not cut the mustard.