The No Spend Challenge – Day 8: “Eat Out” at Home with Family or Friends

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

This is the Eighth day of The No Spend Challenge. To read all posts in order start with Day One. Read a summary of the challenge and view all 31 days in a list format here.

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Welcome to Day 8! Our assignment today is to “eat out” at home with our family or friends. Get creative and have fun!

 

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Browse and choose from one of these 20 recipes below or search for your own homemade version of your favorite restaurant meals. Prepare and cook the meal with family or friends. If you have them, use the fancy china and candles to make it an extra special night.

 

Note: If you can’t try one of the recipes or copycat a favorite restaurant meal simply have a meal with family, friends, spouse, and/or your significant other at home. The point is to make a memory. Be creative and make it special!

 

Starters:

1. Homemade Olive Garden Bread Sticks {via Full Bellies, Happy Kids}

2. Chili’s Southwest Eggrolls {via CopyKat Recipes}

3. TGI Friday’s Baked Potato Skins {via CopyKat Recipes}

4. P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps {via Iowa Girl Eats}

5. Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter {via Fly Through Our Window}

6. Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread {via Readable Eatables}

7. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits {via ABC News}

Main Courses:

8. Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken {via Fabulously Creative}

9. Panera Almost-Famous Broccoli-Cheddar Soup {via Food Network}

10. PF Changs Mongolian Beef {via Food.com}

11. Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak {via Food.com}

12. Bennigan’s Meatloaf {via Cajun Cooking Recipes}

13. Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce {via Budget Savvy Diva}

Sides

14. Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice {via Skinnytaste}

15. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole {via Restaurant Recipes Network}

Dessert:

16. Applebee’s Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce {via Get Off Your Butt and BAKE}

17. The Cheesecake Factory™ Cheesecake {via Chef Pablo’s Restaurant Recipes}

Other Treats:

18. Starbucks Frappucinos {via Savory Sweet Life}

19. Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls {via Balancing Beauty and Bedlam}

20. IHOP Cinnastack Pancakes {via Not So Homemade}

 

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Does your family eat out quite a bit? Do you order takeout a lot? Or do you mostly eat home cooked meals? Have you ever tried a restaurant copycat recipe? If so, which one is your favorite you’d like to share?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

11 Comments

  1. It’s always nice to just stay at home and eat home cooked meals. You get so much more than what you can get in restaurants, because you control the portions. And you know that you’re eating healthy food as well.

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