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Giada De Laurentiis: Welcome to the 30-Day No Takeout Challenge!

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               Welcome to #notakeoutmonth. Are you ready?

We get it. After a full day of work, ordering takeout seems so much easier than prepping a dinner from scratch. But celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, host of Food Network’s Giada in Italy, knows that making your own meals can actually be faster than putting in a food order. That’s why we’ve partnered with Giada for the 30-Day No Takeout Challenge.

Here’s how the challenge works: We’ve come up with four weeks of weekday dinners built around four types of quick-cook themes. Saturdays and Sundays are built for shopping and meal prep. Monday through Friday—the days most people struggle to walk away from the takeout menu and back into the kitchen—you’ll use the recipe elements you’ve prepped over the weekend to make fast and delicious dinners. Then, since each recipe makes multiple servings, you can pack up your leftovers and eat them for lunch the following day.

In addition to the dishes being quick and flavorful (we promise!), many of the recipes feature inexpensive grains and vegetables. The best part of all? “You’ll know what’s in your food, so it will be healthier,” says Giada. “After 30 days, you’ll feel better.”

We’re ready. Are you? Share your progress and connect with others taking the Challenge on Instagram and Twitter with #notakeoutmonth!

Before you start…

Check your fridge and pantry. Do you have these items on hand? If not, add them to your grocery list, as you will be using them for the month.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sesame oil (or sub-Canola oil)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sherry vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Whole-grain mustard
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Cooking spray
  • Yellow cornmeal
  • All-purpose flour
  • Dried basil
  • Oregano
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves
  • Cumin seeds
  • Hot sauce
  • Cornstarch

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