On busy days, the neon menu beckons. Cheap, convenient and (who are we kidding) downright delicious, fast food’s appeal makes it almost too easy to slip into a drive-thru dependence. But eating out adds up, both in calories and in dollars.Check out these ten recipes to see just how easily you can save both money and time at home.
McDonald’s French Fries
Who hasn’t craved McDonald’s crispy, golden french fries? Thanks to three simple ingredients, the world’s most famous fries can be at your fingertips in just a little more than an hour — and at only 380 calories a serving, you can indulge guilt-free.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte
This spicy, frothy latte has become a seasonal staple — but there’s no reason you can’t curl up with your favorite drink all year long. This easy recipe makes enough to share and even includes actual pumpkin.
Taco Bell’s Crunchwrap Supreme
This 30-minute recipe is an at-home take on a go-to item. This concoction, based on Taco Bell’s taco-burrito hybrid, serves six and gives you more bang for your buck.
Dairy Queen’s Dilly Bars
With a recipe demanding only three items, there’s no reason this summertime favorite can’t be enjoyed in the comfort of home.
What good is KFC’s chicken without its classic coleslaw on the side? This recipe lets us in on how one common household ingredient is all it takes to get your ‘slaw tasting just like theirs.
Panda Express’ Orange Chicken
The most popular item on Panda Express’ menu can easily become the most popular meal on your dinner table, thanks to this 35-minute recipe. And at eight servings, it’s the dish that keeps on giving.
Not quite milkshake and not quite soft serve, this quick creation is too easy not to try. Three ingredients and three steps produce three servings. Pretty simple.
Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza
This take on Pizza Hut’s claim to fame is any cheese-lover’s dream come true. Straight-forward pizza dough ingredients make this recipe easy to handle.
Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Roll
This recipe brings the taste and smell of Cinnabon’s gooey specialty straight to your oven. With four easy steps, the hardest part of making these is waiting for the bread to rise.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Why endure the hectic mall food court when a good soft pretzel’s just a few steps away? It takes just 25 minutes until this fantastic copycat recipe is ready to be served.
Now feel free to leave that drive-thru lane in the rearview mirror. Your fast food fix awaits at home.
Josie Gereszek is a senior multimedia journalism major who enjoys complaining, craft beer and ‘80s pop music. She is editor-in-chief of MSUM’s student newspaper, The Advocate, which you can check out here.