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Four reasons why home cooked beats a takeaway

BOY, has the fun gone out of takeaways with news that a typical Chinese takeaway of vegetable spring rolls and sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice clocks up a whopping 2,184 calories.

As a study confirms what we all knew, that many chinese takeaways are full of calories and salt, Anna Coogan finds that you can still enjoy fast food that's tasty, cheap and Healthy. And the best thing about it? .... you can rustle it up in your own kitchen.

Women are advised to stick to 2,000 calories a day, so put a breakfast and lunch and a few glasses of wine on top of that, and you're looking at a monumental flab-inducing calorie overload.

Inspectors from Safefood, the healthy eating agency, also reported this week that food made outside the home contains considerably more salt and fat than is good for us -- and significantly more than food prepared by ourselves.

So to keep the thrill of the weekend pig-out, we asked some of our best-known chefs for quick and tasty recipes we can make at home instead of ordering a takeaway. Here are their yummy solutions ...