In the worst of times, an occasional indulgence can help lift the spirits.
Souplantation (aka Sweet Tomatoes in some regions) is an excellent way to have a healthy meal out that won't bust your budget. It's all-you-can-eat for under $9 including tax. Kids get great discounts, from free for toddlers to a couple bucks for 5-year-olds and scaling higher up to age 12.
Sign up for their ClubVeg, and you'll get e-mailed coupons like this, which is good today through Sunday. Print it out and take a date for $14. And if you don't get any action for your efforts, well, that's the last time you'll call her.