Skip the drive through and make a few of these 20 copycat restaurant recipes for easy take out at home!

With the beginning of the school year comes that dreaded time of day for many parents – dinner time. After a full day of school and work, extra curricular activities and homework, deciding what's for dinner often leads to restaurant take out.

This year, make a goal to eat out less and cook at home now. But that doesn't mean you have to miss your favorite restaurant take out meals! Just make them out home and save money.

20 Copycat Restaurant Recipes for Take Out at Home

Chinese take out is always a favorite but it's quick and easy to make at Chinese take out recipes at home. Try  Panda Express Chow Mein, Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken or P.F. Changs Mongolian Beef.

Love seafood? Pair Red Lobster Nantucket Baked Cod or Red Lobster Stuffed Lobster Tail with  Red Lobster Biscuits  and a tossed salad and dinner is done!

Panera Bread Mac and Cheese and Panera Bread French Onion Soup and Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup make an easy, inexpensive dinner when paired with a salad.

Chilis Chicken Enchilada Soup and  Chilis Spicy Slow Cooker Queso are great for a little Mexican fiesta at home. Or make Chilis Monterey Chicken.

Make a big batch of Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice and freeze to have ready for easy dinners.  Use the rice on Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad copycat for a filling and healthy dinner.

Salads make great dinners especially when it's  Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad  served with Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread.

Olive Garden is best know for it's pasta, but this  Olive Garden Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup is easy to make in your slow cooker. Dish up  Olive Garden Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo for meat lovers.  Top it all off with Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake.

And for the kids, make a few batches of copycat Chick Fil A Nuggets.

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