One of my favorite lines in Friends is when Chandler is moving in with Monica and he and Joey are enjoying their last night together. Not knowing what the other was doing, Joey ordered pizza and Chandler ordered Chinese; Joey (who is of Italian descent) told Chandler (who is really obviously not of Chinese descent) something like, “It’s kind of nice…me bringing the food of my ancestors and you bringing the food of yours.” What made it so hilarious was Chandler’s reaction. (Gosh, I miss that show!)
Anyway, if given the choice between pizza or Chinese take-out, it is a tough call.
It’s kind-of a moot point in our house though; we try (for the most part) to avoid both because neither is particularly healthy. I don’t like the way I feel after eating them, particularly Chinese food, which is frequently high in salt, sugar, fat, and often MSG.
But the great thing is that these dishes are pretty easy to re-make at home. When you make them at home, not only can you add more veggies to the dish, but you can decrease the salt and sugar, and also choose healthier cooking methods to reduce the fat (for example, roasting instead of deep frying). You still get to enjoy your favorites, but in a way that won’t cause to you regret having done so.
Along those lines, Cooking Light has a great version of Sweet and Sour Chicken. It’s flavorful, healthier, and comes together in less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight meal when Chinese take-out sounds pretty good and you’re contemplating eyeing the menu.