Wednesday, December 4, 2019
When You Are Craving Arby's But Can't Go
Jeff and I love Arby's roast beef sandwiches but, for us, they can be quite spendy when you consider that we have to drive about 28 miles to even get to the restaurant. When you factor that in, along with the time it takes to drive there, eat, and drive back home and that we rarely get out of there for under $20, we had to come up with a different way to do things. I decided that I could make them at home for a fraction of the price and it would be healthier too.
I had bought hamburger buns on sale and a package of roast beef that was marked down at the Walmart deli. I had both cheddar and swiss cheese at home, along with all the condiments needed. In addition to this, there were sweet potatoes in the pantry that needed to be used along with an abundance of apples since we had recently stocked up on them when they were on sale.
A large sweet potato was washed and sliced into thin rounds and then I used some salt and chipotle seasoning on them after praying them with some oil. These were baked at 425F for 25 minutes. About 10 minutes before they were finished baking, I got to work on the sandwiches. I made Jeff's sandwiches with Miracle Whip, honey mustard, 2 slices of the roast beef for each sandwich and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese per sandwich. Mine were made with honey mustard, 2 slices of roast beef per sandwich and some shredded swiss cheese. I cooked them in the microwave, covered, for 1 minute so that they would be warmed up and the cheese would be melted. I also cut up an apple into slices and Jeff and I shared that.
When I broke down how much our meal cost. I came up with the figure of about $4.50 for everything. We got better quality meat and cheese, the potato rounds were not deep fried and we had some healthy fruit to go with it all. Our meal also tasted much better than anything we could have gotten at Arby's. I know that some may question why I had 2 sandwiches also but that was the first meal I had eaten all day and I later had some cottage cheese around 10:30 at night. I usually only eat 2 meals a day.
Meals like this are easy for me to make and satisfy those cravings for "fast foods" that we love. Considering that I never know how my health will be from day to day and that I don't have to get myself ready and dressed, in and out of the car, etc., and then come home exhausted, it is also an energy saver for me. I was able to be in my jammies and rest between getting the sweet potatoes ready and in the oven for about 10 minutes before I needed to get started on the sandwiches and cut up the apple. It may not seem like much, but for me, that can be the difference between me being able to get dinner made or having to have Jeff do it. I do enjoy cooking and seeing how happy my hubby is to have some of his favorite meals, so this is a win-win all the way around. 🍔
Labels: cooking, fibromyalgia, recipes
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I have done the same thing before. It is just so pricey to buy fast food, and if we use our noggins a bit, we can come up with a homemade version.ReplyDelete
:) Cheryl, what are some of your favorite "copy cat" versions of your favorite fast foods? I'd love to hear about them. :) Be blessed!Delete
Yum with horsey sauce.ReplyDelete
Dang it, I knew I forgot something and I have some horseradish sauce in the pantry. I may have to make another one for lunch today. ;)Delete
Wow I haven't had Arby's in years! There used to be one right down the block from me when I lived in NYC....I used to hop on the city bus to go to school, and the bus stop was right outside the Arbys...sometimes I would treat myself to Arby's, you just reminded me of that memory!ReplyDelete
I'm glad that I was able to remind you of a happy memory. :)Delete
I'm glad you were able to make your own version of what you were craving with items you had on hand. Less cost and not as tiring! It has been a long time since I had any Arby's - there's one not too far from me, but, for some reason, it's a Big Mac that I crave when it comes to hamburgers and sandwiches! :oReplyDelete
By the way...I've been wanting to ask you this for a long time - those owls your grandsons are holding in the header picture on your blog - did you make them? Did someone you know make them? I need to come up with a Christmas gift for two little boys I just found out will be visiting from New York (my cousin's grandsons) and I am wondering if it would be OK if I try to make something like that. Thanks, Debbie.
My mother made them. I think there is a pattern on the internet for them. :)Delete
Thanks Debbie. :)Delete
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