With the state of our economy, coming up with money saving meals for family dinner ideas has become essential to parents everywhere trying to make the most out of every paycheck. In attempts to save money on food, people are cutting corners at the grocery store, buying less name brand items, and most of all avoiding restaurants for meals. With these decisions comes the added pressure of continually coming up with new and unique family dinner ideas that everyone will love. What many people have not realized is amount of money you can be saving by using recipes from famous restaurants to make restaurant quality food from home!
Provided your family has the money, who does not enjoy taking everyone out to restaurants for a meal? A night off from cooking, a fun family experience, and your favorite restaurant meals are all part of the package. However people are looking for money saving meals and the first thing cut out from the budget are all the trips to the famous restaurants you love. Well you may not be aware that many of the recipes from famous restaurants are available in recipe books and make for fantastic family dinner ideas. Recipes from restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Chili’s, Applebee’s, PF Chang’s, Outback Steakhouse – even McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King – are available for you to make right from your own kitchen.
Imagine the money savings on meals, service tips, beverage, and gas. You will save money, impress your family, and find great joy in using some of these recipes for your family dinner ideas. These recipes from your favorite restaurants include everything from full entrees, appetizers, dips, and signature beverages. The following is the recipe from TGI Friday’s for their signature Jack Daniel marinade and dipping sauce. It goes perfect for chicken fingers, deep-fried chicken breast strips, steak, and anything else you love to dip. What a perfect way to spice up your typical family meal!
T.G.I. Friday’s Jack Daniel Marinade and Dipping Sauce
Ingredients: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup diced red onions, 1/2 teaspoon finely-diced garlic, 1/2 water, 1/3 cup white grape juice, 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s black label bourbon, 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1. Place ingredients in medium to large sauce pan
2. Mix and stir after each ingredient is added
3. Place on medium heat and stir until entire mixture is boiling
4. Turn temperature down to low until mixture is on a continuous slow simmer
5. Cook sauce for additional 35-45 minutes and remove from heat
6. Place in bowl or brush onto your food and enjoy!
This recipe is so easy and simple but you and your family will surely love it – and so will your bank account! Many recipes just like this one are available in restaurant recipe books. You can accurately copy the recipes to make them exactly as you know or improvise on them to come up with your own creations. Try one or more of these for your next family dinner and enjoy all the advantages of saving money with homemade, restaurant-quality food! Your taste buds and your wallet will not be disappointed.