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Nutrition Showdown:
Homemade vs. Restaurant Lunch

We crunched the numbers to learn the real cost of eating out. See what lunches from leftovers can save your waist (and your wallet). By Katherine Brooking, MS, RD

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Steak, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Lunch Option 3: Steak Salad with Cheese

Restaurant Meal: Outback Classic Roasted Filet Salad―$11.95
Homemade Alternative: Steak, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Mozzarella Couscous Salad―$3.45

It's tough to find a restaurant-style steak salad with so much good nutrition in so few calories. But this couscous-based salad, which could be served over greens, delivers fresh veggies, fiber, calcium, protein, and healthy carbs―all for about $3.50 and just 332 calories. Compare that to the restaurant version: 562.5 calories, 29.7 grams of fat (10.2 grams saturated), and you'll feel great about this recipe.

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