I love going out to dinner. Before we had children, my hubby and I would not think twice about driving an hour (each way) to try some new, out-of-the-way restaurant. Now when we go out, we calculate how much it is going to cost us to pay the babysitter, before we even think about dinner. So, spending time driving is just not always worth it. We could take the kids with us, but have you been to a restaurant with a 15-month old? It’s not for the faint of heart.
Thanks to the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, we have plenty of copycat recipes from restaurants that are just as good, if not better than, the real thing. One of my favorite go-to’s is Fast Chicken Fajitas. I just make a package of yellow rice on the side and dinner is served – and we didn’t have to wait for a table.
We also love Asian restaurants, so two of my faves for those flavors are Kung Pao Beef and Asian Sesame Tuna. They are both so quick and easy; it’s almost silly not to make them at home. And let’s be honest, how much money are we saving by cooking at home?
My son’s favorite restaurant dish has to be Caesar Salad. What I typically do with this recipe is toss some grilled chicken on top and make a complete meal out of it.
Last, but not least, we can’t forget about dessert. The one my family asks for over and over again is Key Lime Pie. If this is a dessert you enjoy, you must try this recipe.
Restaurant recipes at home will save you time and money. Just make sure you don’t forget to tip your chef! What is your favorite copycat recipe to make at home?