Cent-Saving Saturday: Making Restaurant Faves @ Home!

Cent Saving Saturday

Josh and I have been desperately trying to eat out less.  First of all, it’s very not wallet-friendly.  Second, Muffin at a restaurant is usually very unpredictable.  Third, I’m a homebody.  And it gives me a sense of accomplishment to have made something that the restaurants can…but better.

So far, I have made and posted a few restaurant recipes, usually from Chick-Fil-A or Chipotle.  I have plans in the upcoming months to make recipes from Olive Garden, Wendys, Subway, and more.

One great restaurant recipes source is Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes (both the books and the site).  Just keep in mind that he charges $$$ for some of the recipes on the site.  If you subscribe to his e-mail, he unlocks a recipe a newsletter for free for a week or so.  Another excellent source is CopyKat.  She has a ton of restaurant recipes.

I sniff the aroma of a new challenge (possibly) in the wings…

Here are some of the recipes from restaurants (either copycats or clones) that I’ve tried:

Chipotle’s Pork Carnitas

Chick-Fil-A Lemonade

Chipotle’s Barbacoa

Chipotle’s Cilantro-Lime Rice

Chipotle’s Corn Salsa

Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzel Bites/Nuggets

Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

What recipe would you most like to copy from a restaurant?

Even though I won’t be taking advantage of many of this week’s deals, here are the Kroger and Albertson’s finds for the week.

Kroger

Strawberries, 1 pound package, $1.28

Big K 2 Liter Soft Drinks 67 cents (buy 3, get one free)

Kroger Mustard, 20 ounce, $10/10

Albertson’s

Boneless chuck shoulder roast, $1.98/lb.

Essential Everyday canned veg. 49 cents (wyb 6)

Best Choice sugar, 4 lbs., $1.79 (wyb 6)

Dreyer’s Ice Cream, $1.99 (wyb 5)

So, that’s the roundup of sales.  Not too many items that I would consider purchasing, but those that are available are at a pretty good price.

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