Dr Oz: Shrimp Fried Rice & Meatball Parm: Take-Out Fake Out Recipes


Dr Oz: Take Out Fake Out Recipes

What is your favorite takeout or fast food meal? Dr. Oz challenged viewers to send in some of their recipes for making healthier versions of their fast food favorites. He invited two of the chefs behind his favorite recipes to share their ideas with the audience.

Read about Dangers of Re-Using Takeout Containers.


Dr Oz: Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe

Audience member Lisa is a huge fan of Shrimp Fried Rice. In her healthier version, she used Quinoa instead of White Rice. You can even find frozen Quinoa and thaw it in the microwave.

Her dish also included Ponzu Sauce, which is low in calories and has a citrus flavor, in addition to having lower sodium than traditional soy sauce.

Lisa’s approach cuts more than half the calories out of Fried Rice, without losing the delicious flavors.



  • 2 tbsp. Canola Oil

    Dr Oz: Take Out Fake Out Shrimp Fried Rice

    Dr Oz: Take Out Fake Out Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe

  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • ¾ lb. Shrimp, defrosted from frozen
  • 1 cup Asparagus, chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. Ponzu Sauce
  • ½ cup Edamame, shelled or frozen
  • 1 Egg, whisked with 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • Sriracha Sauce


  1. Cook the Quinoa in two cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a saute pan, adding Shrimp, Garlic, Edamame, Asparagus, and Red Pepper.
  3. Once veggies begin to wilt, add sauce and cook for 10 more minutes, until they are tender.
  4. Add Eggs to the pan, scrambling them alongside the veggie mix.
  5. Finally, add Quinoa and mix everything together. Finish with Sriracha and extra Ponzu Sauce.

Dr. Oz: Meatball Parmesan Recipe

Natasha loves meatballs, and her recipe for Doctor Oz featured Meatball Parmesan. But she used ground chicken instead of beef and added healthy ingredients like Spinach and Whole Wheat Pasta.

Ingredients (Pasta)

  • Whole Wheat Pasta

    Dr Oz: Take Out Fake Out Meatballs

    Dr Oz fans shared their calorie cutting recipes for Shrimp Fried Rice and Meatball Parmesan.

  • 2 Boxes Frozen Spinach
  • Basil
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic
  • 2 cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil

Directions (Pasta)

  1. Cook pasta until done, about eight to 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, adding spinach. Cook until all water evaporates.
  3. Add Garlic and cook for two to three additional minutes.
  4. Add Tomato Sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Ingredients (Meatballs)

  • 1 lb. Ground Chicken
  • 1 tsp. Garlic
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • ¼ cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions (Meatballs)

  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl, mixing with your clean hands.
  2. Form mixture into balls, placing them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake the meatballs for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Leave the oven on after the meatballs are finished.


  1. Combine pasta and spinach in a baking dish.
  2. Add meatballs and cheese on top.
  3. Bake for another 10 minutes or until bubbling.

Natasha’s dish saved about 500 calories from the traditional recipe. But since Lisa’s recipe cut more calories, Dr. Oz declared her the winner.

I think they are both winners if these recipes taste as good as they sound.


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