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A Vegan's Guide to Takeout Kit

Are you a vegan? Or transitioning to become a vegan? The new year is always the best time to set new goals and try something new. Did you know that veganism is expected to be the biggest food trend this 2018? In fact, there was a 987% increase in demand vegan and vegetarian food last year. If you are opting for healthier, vegan food this year, check out our delicious international vegan kits below!

A vegan diet doesn't have to be blande. We keep staying on track easy, tasty, and interesting with our international kits. We recommend keeping a few kits in your pantry to make your life easier.


Vegan Chana Masala & Spiced Basmati Rice

This dish uses vegan coconut oil and coconut milk in place of cream, and both contain beneficial and healthy fats like lauric acid that could help lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) provide essential proteins (14g of protein in each serving!).

Moroccan Shakshuka (Does not include eggs!)

Shakshuka has become a popular brunch dish but makes an equally satisfying dinner. Worried about not getting enough protein? This dish includes freekeh, a cereal grain made from green durum wheat that is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Enjoy with a hot cup of mint tea, play some Moroccan music, and slip away to Casablanca. Add garbanzo beans for extra protein, although the dish contains 12g of protein in each serving and 14g of fiber. The dish is also rich in iron and potassium.

Ethiopian Spiced Lentils & Teff Flatbread (Misr Wat)

Ethiopian misr wat is a richly spiced lentil dish usually served with injera, a nutritious teff flatbread. Authentic injera requires a 48-hour fermentation process similar to sourdough bread-making. For this kit, we created a quick injera mix to satisfy your Ethiopian cravings faster. The teff flour, a gluten-free ancient grain, mixed with lentils provides a great amount of protein. Lentils are not only high in protein, but also other essential nutrients like folate, iron, and potassium. Each serving in this dish contains 17g of plant-based protein and contributes 35% of your daily value of iron and calcium!

Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup (Omit Fish Sauce for Vegan)

Vietnamese cooking aims to balance five taste elements: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. According to tradition, each taste corresponds with a health of a different organ in the body.

Our pho is includes tofu and is made with a vegetable stock infused with toasted spices. The meal kit includes fish sauce, but you can omit for a vegan version of the dish. Add your own fresh herbs and mung bean sprouts to bring this dish to the next level. 16g of protein in each serving.

Sichuan Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu is an elegant tofu dish from the Sichuan province in China. There are three taste dimensions which makes it the ultimate “experience” dish

When you first taste mapo tofu, you are welcomed with a spicy chili kick which is then softened by a numbing sensation from the Sichuan peppercorn. Finally, you feel the soft and creamy texture of the silken tofu and the aromatics of the steamed jasmine rice. It’s an authentic dish not to be missed! 20g of protein in each serving!

Recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Tikka Masala

Recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Tikka Masala

Happy Thanksgiving from Takeout Kit!

While we don't have a Thanksgiving meal kit to send you this year, we DO have a solid plan for using those turkey leftovers! Because as great as those leftovers are the first few days, we're guessing that you'll eventually need to switch it up.

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey or Rotisserie Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

With this recipe you can turn the last of your picked turkey (or frozen leftovers) into a creamy Indian curry sauce with basmati rice. You can also use this recipe with leftover rotisserie chicken any day of the year. Want to make it even easier? Have the complete meal kit delivered to you with our Indian Tikka Masala Dinner Kit. This kit includes everything you need to cook this dish, except for the leftover turkey!

Our Turkey Tikka Masala recipe features:

  • #takeoutfakeout - simple way to use leftover turkey or chicken to create your favorite takeout dish at home
  • The Indian spices and basmati rice ensure that your turkey doesn’t taste like Thanksgiving leftovers
  • 25-35 minutes total cook time

Takeout Kit - Make Indian Takeout at Home - Leftover Turkey Indian Tikka Masala

How to Make Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Spiced Basmati Rice RecipeStart with making the basmati rice. Add spices like cinnamon, cloves, Himalayan pink salt, and ghee to enhance the flavor of the rice. Optional: soak rice in water for 20 minuted before cooking to elongate the grains of rice.

Add the rice, spices, and salt to a saucepan or rice cooker. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Remove spices and fluff rice with a fork to release excess moisture.

The Tikka Masala comes together fast, so continue with the recipe while the rice is cooking.

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala RecipeSauté chopped onion and garlic in butter, ghee, or your favorite cooking oil.

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala RecipeAdd in Tikka Masala spice blend, chili powder (optional). Stir, turning down heat, until a paste forms.

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala RecipeAdd crushed tomatoes, leftover turkey or chicken, and coconut milk or cream. Add sugar and salt to taste.


Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey Tikka Masala RecipeSimmer for 10 minutes to incorporate the flavors.






Serve with spiced basmati rice.

Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - How to Cook Leftover Turkey or Rotisserie Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe


Prefer to Take the Easy Route?

Head on over to takeoutkit.com and choose the "add your own protein" version of our Chicken Tikka Masala Kit here. Includes a simple recipe cards and all the ingredients needed to make a complete meal for 4.

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Gift Guide: For All Foodies on Your List

Gift Guide: For All Foodies on Your List

It happens to us every year; we want to give them a thoughtful gift that's focused around a fun experience but we don’t want to add additional stress to their life. A meal kit delivery service that requires them to cook 2-3 meals per week? Forget it! Never fear, the Takeout Kit blog is here :)

Do you have someone on your list who enjoys cooking but may not always have the time? Or someone who likes to try new international flavors and techniques? We’d love to recommend some gifts that will make cooking a little more fun and enjoyable.

Here are our top picks for best gifts for foodies 2017...

 Goodies for Your Kitchen

Gift Ideas for the Adventurous Foodie:

Stainless Steel Masala Dabba Spice Box - $79.97

    A luxury staple for anyone looking to get serious about cooking Indian cuisine at home. Customize your own spice blends; add a little of this and a little of that until you create the perfect taste. We love how the glass tops make it easy to see inside and the engraved spice names guide our Indian market shopping list. They'll be an Indian cuisine master chef in no time! A little too advanced? They can still experience Indian cuisine deliciousness with either a Chana Masala or Chicken Tikka Masala meal kit.

    Korean Dolsot Stone Bowl (for Bibimbap or Sundubu Jjigae) - $19.90 each

      If you've ever created French onion soup in a crock, you know how the right soup bowl can elevate the experience. The Korean Dolsot is no exception to the rule - it's perfect for creating sizzling bibimbaps and serving stews or soups hot and delicious. Pair a few of these with our Korean Kimchi Tofu Stew Meal Kit for the perfect Korean food lovers gift!

      Takeout Kit Adventure Sampler - $90.00

        Takeout Kit - International Meal Kits - Adventure-Seekers Sampler

        Show your giftee that you "get" them by sending them this sampler. The Takeout Kit Adventure Sampler includes: Burmese Curry Noodles (Khao Soi), Ethiopian Spiced Lentils & Quick Injera Flatbread, and Sichuan Mapo Tofu. They will learn how to cook dishes that are lesser known in the U.S. but very popular in their respective countries. Customize an eCard by clicking on "Send as a Gift", ship now or schedule to send at a later date. Cross it off your list today - DONE!


        Gift Ideas for Students/New Chefs:

        Learning how to cook healthy and tasty meals for yourself can be a daunting goal, especially when you're on a budget. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there to help you...you just have to find the right ones. I was in these shoes once. I loved to EAT but I had a limited budget and didn't know how to cook. If I wanted to EAT well, I had to figure out how to COOK well. My first cooking set was a hand-me-down from my parents and that was all I needed to get started. We didn't have meal kits back then but I'm guessing that they would have been out of my budget for sure. If you're gifting to a college student or new chef on a budget, these gift ideas can legitimately launch their cooking skills and improve their everyday life (I'm serious!).

        Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker - $79.99

        If you're gifting one of these, can you send one our way too? In all seriousness, this is top of our list and #1 in Amazon's Home Gift Guide for a reason. It acts as a combination rice cooker, steamer, slow cooker, and pressure cooker. There are a lot of other features included in a Vitamix-style one appliance does all format. Perfect for converting any techie into an unstoppable culinary genius.

        Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware Set - $119.99

        We have been thoroughly impressed with this starter collection from Circulon. From the outside it looks like the much pricier Calphalon but boasts a low maintenance nonstick coating to make cooking super easy. The glass top is also helpful when you need to check on rice but want to avoid lifting the lid. The best part is that you can just pop them in the dishwasher and avoid having to hand wash. Our founder has been using them for 2 year and they have held up very well. You might recognize them in some of our cooking videos!

        Takeout Kit 3 Month Subscription - $93.00

        Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - 3 Month Subscription

        Who doesn't want to learn how to make Pho, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Italian Truffle Risotto at home? A 3 Month Subscription is a great option for someone who wants to learn how to cook without committing to too much up front. Takeout Kit will deliver their choice of meal kit once a month for 3 months and they have up to 2 months to cook their kit. You can cross holiday shopping off your list today. Customize an eCard, ship now or schedule to send at a later date.


        Best Gifts for Couples Who Travel

        Not to sound too self-serving, but Takeout Kit was MADE for people with busy schedules who still like to cook. Our founder created the company for busy global-minded travelers like herself. Plus, our focus on global dishes makes any subscription or individual kit perfect for the international traveler. Treat your favorite couple to an international meal kit once a month for 3, 6, or 12 months. The best part is that our dinner kits don't contain any perishable ingredients, so your giftees can continue traveling to their heart's content and still come home to a delicious and easy dinner kit whenever they please. You would basically be introducing them to their new favorite way to cook. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back, best gift-giver ever!

        AirBnB Gift Card - Starting at $25

        AirBnB Gift Card

        Treat your favorite jet-setter to a getaway stay where they can truly feel like a local. If they are into the foodie scene, recommend booking a place with a kitchen so that they can explore local markets and try their hand at some authentic cuisines (we wish there was a ClassPass for cooking classes...we found TryMyKitchen in the UK if travels take them there!). Who knows, they may even share their recipes with you as a thank you!

        Takeout Kit 6 Month Subscription - $180.00

        Takeout Kit - International Meal Kits - 6 Month Subscription

        A 6 Month Subscription is a great option for someone who travels a lot. Takeout Kit will deliver their choice of meal kit once a month and they have up to 2 months to cook their kit. We currently have 12 meal kits available with new launches every 1-2 months. Subscriptions can be skipped at any time - just let us know! You can cross holiday shopping off your list today. Customize an eCard, ship now or schedule to send at a later date.

        Takeout Kit Gift Card - Starting at $35

        Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kit - Gift Card

        If you're looking for gifts for the couple that has everything, a gift card to pick out their own food gift is a great call (go you!). Our gift cards start at $35 which covers the cost of 1 meal kit. Customize an eCard, ship now or schedule to send at a later date, and cross holiday shopping off your to-do list!


        Corporate Gifts

        The best part about giving a Takeout Kit is the unique international experience and the flexibility. Your clients, employees, or colleagues will enjoy an gourmet international cooking experience complete with step-by-step instructions, the history of the dish, cooking tips, optional fresh add-ins and recommended drink pairings all for under $50. Our longer shelf life is a huge bonus during the holiday season too! Giving fresh meal kits can be both a blessing and a curse. Your recipient would be happy to receive the gift, but during the busy holiday season who knows if they will have time to cook within 3-5 days - or if they will even be home to receive their meal kit! With Takeout Kit, if they receive their kit on December 15th, they would have until February 15th to cook their meal.

        We recommend our holiday edition Italian Black Truffle Risotto Kit, Chicken Tikka Masala or Chana Masala, Spanish Paella, or Moroccan Shakshuka which are some of our most popular kits and family-friendly. We would be happy to include your signed holiday cards or include a simple gift tag. Premium gift wrapping service is also available. No subscriptions are required and we offer one easy transaction with white glove service. Please reach out to info@takeoutkit.com for a quote.



        Bonus story, just for fun :)

        Takeout Kit's Holiday Season "Choose Your Own Adventure" Story

        Choose your own ending - which Friday night will you choose?

        1. The Scene: Friday Night It’s Friday night after a long week. You leave the office holiday party looking forward to some much needed me time. Perhaps unwinding with a glass of wine in the kitchen while catching up on shows. But making that happen requires a trip to the grocery store. With all your holiday gift shopping, parties, and working late to take holiday time off, planning ahead just doesn’t happen. So you settle for ordering [pizza, Thai, Chinese] like so many other Fridays and call it a night.
        2. Friday Night with a Takeout Kit: It’s Friday night after a long week. You come home from your office holiday party to find a Takeout Kit waiting at your door. Yes! It's Burmese Curry Noodles, something that you've never tried (or cooked!) before and you're so hungry. You happen to have a bottle of wine and a few of your sig o's favorite microbrews. Suddenly, a date night is in the works – how did that happen? An hour later you've pulled off cooking a new dish and had fun in the kitchen. All for less than take out. Best night ever!
        3. Friday Night with a Takeout Kit [Alternative Ending]: It's Friday night after a long week. You come home from your office holiday party to find a Takeout Kit waiting at your door. You think about cooking, but then decide you'd rather chill and order [pizza, Thai, Chinese]. It’s okay! You can save your Takeout Kit for another day (or week) - fully taking advantage of that 2 month shelf life. Still the best night ever!Takeout Kit - Global Meal Kits - Better than Takeout





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