Thai Peanut Quinoa Bowls
Remember earlier I mentioned that 49% of the dollar spent on food is shared in the restaurant industry? That is a lot of dough that one can save! Money or the spending of it is actually how and why I began to take note of these restaurant imitation recipes. I have been reviewing our family spending habits and when looking at groceries vs. dining I was actually pretty shocked. Dining out has become a habit for us and while it is one that we do enjoy it is also one that has been adding up significantly. This is what started that flickering of the old light bulb for myself and my family. I consider myself to be in that DIY group of people on a number of things and while I have come to enjoy doing many things myself (Not all of the time mind you.) I realize the impact of learning how to do something yourself can and has saved me a good amount of money.
Some categories may become very large if this happens consider breaking them into subcategories. Main courses could be broken into Hot and Cold or Vegetarian and Meat. Alphabetize your recipes within each category once you have them sorted. While youre sorting have you been coming across recipes that no one liked you never made or are something youve found a better recipe for? Now is the time to purge your collection. Dont put back recipes you arent going to use again now that you have everything spread out. Recipes you didnt like can just go into the recycling. If it is a recipe you still want to try I would suggest one of two options.
There may be certain varieties to some degree and some times highly advertised as an edge to promote it however chicken is chicken beef is beef broccoli is broccoli and so on right? How these get prepared and put together to be served though is what truly makes the difference. Recipes for these foods have been handed down through the generations using the basic forms of preparation from the skillet ovens and grills to boiling pots and now microwaves. Keen thought and purpose to introduce new combinations of spices sauces and marinades to these basic methods help to enhance the flavors of these basic foods. This is has and will continue to be goal of many people and certainly with restaurants to help set their style and food apart from others.
With the exception of serve your self style of service restaurants basically copy each other on the overall operating format of how the customers are served and taken care of right down to including "similar" items being listed on the menus. They all keep a watchful eye on each other to see what is working well and may change a menu method of service cost or whatever the case may be to accommodate current customers and coax new paying customers to spend money in their establishments. It is a constant see saw battle. Regardless of these restaurants copying and competing with each other for our dollars they clearly are the bar to which we compare the taste of our favorite foods to.