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18 Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas

By: Arielle Matlin, editor of

Going out to eat at restaurants can really add up quickly, especially if you are feeding a whole family. Luckily, we have a plethora of copycat cheap meal ideas! Cover all your bases with cheap meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you find out how cheap it is to make these copycat recipes, you will never want to waste your time or money heading out to the restaurants. Most of these cheap meal ideas can be made with 5 ingredients or less. You probably even have the key ingredients in the house already. There is no excuse not to enjoy a restaurant-style meal at home tonight!

18 Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Breakfast

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Lunch

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Dinner

Knockoff Martha Stewart Mac and Cheese

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Breakfast

Whether you are trying to feed a house full of people or just trying to satisfy your fast food cravings, these copycat cheap meal ideas for breakfast are easy and delicious. Don't skip the best meal of the day anymore!

Homemade Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles  Copycat Cracker Barrel Ham and Egg Casserole

  1. McDonald's Copycat Steak Egg and Cheese Bagel
  2. Copycat Cracker Barrel Ham and Egg Casserole - pictured above right
  3. Homemade Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles - pictured above left
  4. Copycat Kneaders French Toast and Caramel Syrup
  5. Copycat Cheesecake Factory Huevos Rancheros
  6. Homemade McDonald's McGriddle

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Lunch

These copycat cheap meal ideas for lunch are perfect for bringing to work, packing for the kids to eat at school, or making on a Sunday afternoon. Sandwich recipes and salad recipes are ideal for lunch because you can make one serving easily. These lunch recipes can be enjoyed cold or in the case of the sandwich recipes, hot off the "line".

Copycat Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole  Cosi Signature Salad Knockoff

  1. Shrimp Po' Boy Knockoff
  2. Just Like Trader Joe's Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad - pictured above right
  3. Copycat Arby's Beef and Cheddar
  4. Cosi Signature Salad Knockoff
  5. Copycat Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole - pictured above left
  6. Copycat Zoe's Pasta Salad

Copycat Cheap Meal Ideas for Dinner

Instead of ordering in or heading out tonight, replicate one of your favorite restaurant recipes for a fraction of the price. These recipes can be enjoyed with pasta, rice, or a potato side dish and still be cheap!

Copycat Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta  Healthy Knockoff Sbarro Baked Ziti

  1. Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Alfredo Copycat
  2. Better Than Take-Out Pad Thai
  3. Copycat Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta - pictured above left
  4. Chicago-Style Italian Roast Beef
  5. Knockoff Martha Stewart Mac and Cheese - pictured at top
  6. Healthy Knockoff Sbarro Baked Ziti - pictured above right
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