The search for cheap recipe ideas is becoming more and more necessary as tight food budgets become more and more prevalent in our country. But just because your family may have had to give up going out to restaurants for your dinners does not mean you have to give up your favorite restaurant meals. An actual recipe from your favorite restaurants can make for an easy family dinner – especially for those of us on a tight food budget.
If you are reading this article, you are probably one of the millions across the country who have sacrificed going out to eat simply because of the costs. Paying for the gas to drive to the restaurant, the tip for the waiter or waitress, and the “name” on the top of your menu has simply made eating out unaffordable to many of us. The quest for an easy family dinner often leaves us longing for the restaurant quality food we crave. In looking for cheap recipe ideas, many of us often overlook the fact that many of these same restaurant recipes we pay so much money for are available in restaurant recipe books so that we can enjoy them from the comforts – and savings – of our home!
Consider the following example for Red Lobster’s Shrimp Diablo (which serves four people). Whether you use it to feed your family of four or as an appetizer for a large party, everyone will be amazed by the creation you made from your kitchen!
Red Lobster Shrimp Diablo
ngredients: 3 pounds large uncooked shrimp in shells (no heads), 1 jar BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon freshly-ground pepper, 4 tablespoons liquid crab boil, 1/4 cup red hot sauce, 1/2 pound unsalted butter, 1/2-1 gallon milk
1. Wash shrimp in cold water
2. Soak shrimp in milk overnight
3. Mix all sauce ingredients in sauce pan and stir until boiling
4. Remove from heat and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours
5. Drain milk from shrimp and place in a baking pan
6. Cover shrimp evenly with the sauce
7. Let stand one hour
8. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
For the price of just one entree from these restaurants, an entire cookbook of secret recipes could be yours! Delicious meals (which would cost your family hundreds of dollars) can be made right from your own kitchen. Imagine the savings in your bank account. Better yet, imagine the looks on your family’s faces when you turn a restaurant quality dish into an easy family dinner!
Even if this particular recipe does not interest you, there are literally thousands of recipes available from the most well-known restaurants in the world. Cheap recipes from the Olive Garden, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, PF Chang’s – even McDonald’s and Starbucks – are available if you just make the investment in these recipe books.
Do not let a tight food budget interfere with your family dinners. Cheap recipe ideas can come from all sorts of places – and now you know that one of those can be your favorite restaurant!
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