Luckily for people like us, there's a little internet trend called "copycat recipes." What this means is that there are whole online communities dedicated to knocking off popular restaurant recipes, making them easy to make at home. What this really means is that you don't have to spend $20 or more every time you want high-quality restaurant food.
If you happen to be a Pinterest user, you already know what I'm talking about — these Pinterest copycat favorites are being repinned like crazy.
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Yes, there is a god, and he wants to bless you with a delectable Cheesecake Factory cheesecake recipe you can make at home. The Domesticated Duchess simplifies this diner favorite by incorporating a box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix. Genius.
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Have you seen the line that wraps around Chick-fil-A every time they open a new one in a neighborhood? I rest my case. These copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets can save you the drive-thru headache with a total cook time of just 30 minutes.
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For all the times when you want to feed your Chili's addiction but don't want to admit you eat at a popular restaurant chain way more often than you should. Cake & Allie's ingenious Chili's hack yields 48 mini or 24 regular Southwestern egg rolls with a side of blended avocado ranch dip.
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Way back in high school, my husband and I both worked at trusty ole IHOP, and we still never figured out their fluffy pancake recipe. (Thank you, internet.) For being one of "America's Most Wanted Recipes," IHOP's signature pancakes are easy to re-create with just a few key ingredients.
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You may not be human if you don't inhale Olive Garden's salad. Keep this quickie copycat salad dressing recipe on hand to make your own bottomless salad at home when you don't feel like schlepping the entire family to the OG.
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While I cannot confirm or deny, I am fairly certain people have killed for Panera's broccoli cheese soup before — or at least thought about it. Save all that cheesy goodness for yourself with a perfect Panera copycat that takes only 45 minutes.
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P.F. Chang's is one of my all-time favorite restaurants, but dining there seven nights a week can get a wee bit pricy. Mouthwatering P.F. Chang's sesame chicken may require a little extra prep work at home, but as Rhiannon of Baked in the South says, it's more than worth it.
Just when I thought life couldn't get any better, I find out that Red Lobster's unreasonably delicious shrimp scampi recipe has been leaked online. For such a rich dish, the recipe is surprisingly simple — it requires only nine ingredients.
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Well, now I can die happy — or at least die caffeinated — drinking my lifelong Starbucks favorite. Master this Starbucks drink at home, made with espresso or strong coffee, and save yourself $5 a day on your latte habit.
Kitschy as it is, T.G.I. Friday's will always hold a special place in my heart because their food is so consistently delicious. Get down on one of Friday's most popular appetizers (without leaving the house) with just 10 minutes of prep time and six ingredients.
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Take a moment to collect yourself, because this is some next-level Frosty hacking right here. DIY blogger Kara's copycat recipe looks and tastes just like the Wendy's original, made by churning sweetened condensed milk, Cool Whip and chocolate milk in an ice cream maker.
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