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Bring some of the best restaurant-inspired dinner ideas to the table for you and your partner to enjoy whenever you want. Ready to skip the restaurant bill and start saving a couple bucks on dinner? These copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants are just the thing to get you started. Whether you're craving something fancy or something a bit more casual, we have just the recipe for you. Cheap dinner ideas have never been so delicious!

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Love all these recipes!!!

I'd love to try the Restaurant Style Nuggets with Homemade Honey Mustard because I've been craving nuggets so bad lately.

KFC Fried Chicken Copycat looks like a winner to me.

Every one of these look wonderful! Besides saving money (always a challenge!) I just love to cook...and love restaurant food )

Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it.

Lemon tuna olive oil pasta...looks and sounds amazing

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