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Easy Chinese Recipes You Can Make at Home

There's no need for takeout when you can create these tasty dishes in your own kitchen

Sweet and sour pork, easy Chinese recipes. (Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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At the end of a long day, it's tempting to call in a delivery order and have a carton of steaming moo shu pork or General Tso's chicken materialize on your doorstep.

But with a bit more effort, you can make delicious Chinese dishes like those in your own kitchen — and they'll probably be lower in fat, sodium and sugar. Try one of these simple recipes and you just might be tempted to toss out those order-in menus.

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1. Flaky Scallion Pancakes

by Nina Simonds

These homemade pancakes are likely to contain less oil and salt than their restaurant-made counterparts. The dough needs to rise, so schedule extra time when making these — but expect the results to be worth the wait!

Per serving: 135 calories, 1g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 2g protein, 98mg sodium

2. Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

by Martin Yan

You can make these cold noodles with sesame or peanut sauce; cilantro and scallions add a flash of green, while bean sprouts and red pepper provide crunch.

Per serving (not including Peanut Dressing or Chili Oil): 295 calories, 1g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 12g protein, 601mg sodium

3. Salmon with Tofu

by Katie and Leeann Chin

This protein-rich dish, flavored with Chinese condiments such as soy and hoisin sauce, is an inventive way to serve fish. The salmon and tofu are diced, stir-fried in a nonstick skillet with veggies, and served with rice.

Per serving: 350 calories, 4g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 31g protein, 446mg sodium

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