Going out to your fave restaurants each week not in your current monthly budget?
I totally get you.
Not only is it not particularly in our budget either, but also:
:: we like to cook from scratch
:: we have a 14-month old, necessitating that we eat a lot at home
Good news for people like you and I: we live in the information age.
Not only are there cool Copycat Recipe books out there you can purchase or check out from your local library − my favorites are Todd Wilbur’s series of Top Secret Recipes 1, 2, and 3 − but you can find many of these recipes on the internet as well.
There are literally entire websites dedicated to Copycat Recipes, where ambitious home chefs take a stab at recreating their favorite restaurant and fast food recipes.
Let me rundown a few of my favorites to see if you can find any that catch your eye.
Starbucks Copycat Recipes
Lots of people have cloned the Starbucks menu, both drinks as well as pastries.
Here’s a cinnamon-sprinkling of options:
You can find links to over 50 Copycat Starbucks Recipes here.
Chipotle Copycat Recipes
Clone Chipotle’s salsas (including the corn salsa!), sauces, cilantro rice, and guacamole at home and use them as complementary to the following recipes:
Amanda’s Note: Oh my goodness…researching for this article is making me mega-hungry.
Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipes
Growing up, we got to get off the farm and go to the city (Washington D.C.) to visit our aunt about once every other year or so. And right down the street from her house − accessible by rollerblading through alleyways − was The Cheesecake Factory.
So you can imagine how this place soared to rock star-status in our minds. Oddly enough, I still only go to one about once a year (even though it’s just 20 minutes away from us).
Making a Special Night Out of It
Instead of going out for the night, create your own menu from copycat recipes. Since you are making them yourself, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire. For example, you might choose to make Cheesecake Factory’s Avocado Rolls with some Chipotle Carnitas bowls + Cheesecake Factory’s Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert.Frugal date night idea: instead of going out for the night, create your own menu from copycat… Click To Tweet
And if you’re cooking for someone else(s), have them salivating while you cook by writing out a menu on chalkboard (a roll of chalkboard paper for your table is super fun as well because everyone can draw during dinnertime).
You can pair the dinner with any of these 7 At-home Date Night ideas as well!
A final idea? Why don’t you have a cook-off with your teenager or partner and see who can get one recipe to taste the most identical to a restaurants’. You both win anyway, since you get to gobble it down afterwards.
What are your favorite restaurant recipes? Link up a Copycat recipe for them below.