5 Templates for Easy Vegan Dinners

The older I get the more I love meals where I can just throw whatever I have into one pot, bowl, or skillet. I’ve noticed that these “easy dinners” usually fall into five distinct categories: stir fries, bowl meals, curries, soups and stews, or salads. It doesn’t matter what ingredients you have on hand or […]

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The older I get the more I love meals where I can just throw whatever I have into one pot, bowl, or skillet. I’ve noticed that these “easy dinners” usually fall into five distinct categories: stir fries, bowl meals, curries, soups and stews, or salads. It doesn’t matter what ingredients you have on hand or what you happened to get at the farmer’s market or in your CSA that week, you can usually toss just about anything into one of these easy vegan dinners.

And guess what? If you have some family members who are vegan and some that aren’t, it’s super easy to cook a meat on the side and add it to individual portions of any of these meals!

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Stir Fry

Stir fry is the ultimate use-whatever-you-have meal. All you need is a hot pan, a few handfuls of vegetables or proteins, a simple sauce, and some noodles or rice to spoon to soak up all that delciousness. Ultimately, the stir fry is all about the stir fry sauce. Check out these simple vegan stir fry recipes to explore some different simple stir fry sauces: 

A bowl of Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry ready to be eaten.

Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry

This rich and spicy coconut vegetable stir fry is adaptable to whatever vegetables are lingering in your fridge, making it a great sweep the kitchen recipe!
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Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry

Eating a large plate of Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

When you need dinner to be fast, easy, and satisfying, this Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein is your answer. It's as simple and satisfying as it gets!
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Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

With just a few ingredients you can make these easy and delicious Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles for a fast weeknight dinner. BudgetBytes.com

Simple Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles

With just a few ingredients you can make these easy and delicious Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles for a fast weeknight dinner.
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Simple Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles

Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

This Pan Fried Sesame Tofu is seriously crispy and drenched in a tangy sesame sauce. Broccoli florets and cooked rice make it a meal.
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Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

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SNAP Challenge: Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

This colorful vegetable stir fry with noodles is packed with vegetables and drenched in a salty sweet sauce. Fast, easy, and customizable.
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Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

 

Bowl Meals

The “bowl meal” formula is easy. Base (grain or greens) + protein + vegetable(s) + sauce. Every bowl is a complete meal, no need to plan side dishes. And an added bonus: bowl meals are great for meal prepping, so tomorrow’s lunch is covered! Here are some of my favorite vegan bowl meals:

Sweet Chili Stir Fried Tofu Bowls

Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls are an easy, fresh, and flavorful vegan weeknight dinner, packed with vibrant colors and flavors. Perfect for meal prep!
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Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls

These rich and spicy Coconut Jerk Peas are super simple to make and pair brilliantly with a sweet and vibrant pineapple salsa. BudgetBytes.com

Coconut Jerk Peas with Pineapple Salsa

These rich and spicy Coconut Jerk Peas are super simple to make and pair brilliantly with a sweet and vibrant pineapple salsa. 
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Coconut Jerk Peas with Pineapple Salsa

Sesame Tempeh Bowls being eaten with chopsticks

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

These Sesame Tempeh Bowls are a great vegan alternative to sesame chicken and only take about 20 minutes to make. An easy fast vegan meal prep! 
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Sesame Tempeh Bowls

Broiled Balsamic Vegetables with Lemon Parsley Rice

Broiled balsamic vegetables top a vibrant and fresh lemon parsley rice to make this light and healthy dish. Works great as a side or a light meal. 
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Broiled Balsamic Vegetables with Lemon Parsley Rice

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. 
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Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls are a fiber and flavor filled healthy lunch that you can pre-pack for your week ahead
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Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

These Sweet Potato Grain Bowls with Green Tahini Sauce are prefect for meal prep and bursting with color, texture, and flavor! BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Grain Bowls with Green Tahini Sauce

These Sweet Potato Grain Bowls with Green Tahini Sauce are prefect for meal prep and bursting with color, texture, and flavor!
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Sweet Potato Grain Bowls with Green Tahini Sauce

 

Curry

Curries are another “it’s all about the sauce” meal. As long as you have a delicious curry sauce, you can pour it over any vegetable or protein and your meal is going to be awesome. I like to make my curries with either a tomato based sauce or a creamy coconut based sauce. Both varieties are super easy, flavorful, and versatile! Try these simple vegan curries:

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Creamy Coconut Curry Lentils with Spinach

These rich, creamy, and earthy Coconut Curry Lentils are an easy and delicious vegan option for dinner or weekly meal prep!
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Creamy Coconut Curry Lentils with Spinach

These super fast Curried Chickpeas with spinach are packed with flavor and nutrients, vegan, gluten-free, and filling! Plus they freeze great! BudgetBytes.com

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

These super fast Curried Chickpeas with spinach are packed with flavor and nutrients, vegan, gluten-free, and filling! Plus they freeze great!
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Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

Two bowls of chana saag with rice, next to the skillet and a piece of torn naan

Chana Saag

Chana saag is a creamy chickpea and spinach curry that comes together quickly, is full of warm spices, filling, and vegan! Perfect for meal prep!
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Chana Saag – Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are an easy, hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. 
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Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

 

Salad

Salads aren’t just for side dishes! Pile ’em high with lots of vegetables and whatever protein you prefer, and you’ve got a filling meal with more color, flavor, and texture than most people get in one day. Get creative with your salad greens, too. In addition to the traditional mixed greens, spinach, or Romaine, you can also build a great salad on kale, cabbage, or parsley. Beef up your salad by adding a grain or a handful of nuts for extra filling power. Try these meal-worthy vegan salads: 

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Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep

These Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep boxes are an easy, no-reheat, plan-ahead lunch option that will help you get your daily vegetables!
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Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep

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Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

This Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad is a light and refreshing summer salad that holds up well in the refrigerator and is perfect for meal prep!
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Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

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Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

This Cold Peanut Noodle Salad with homemade peanut lime dressing is the perfect meal prep for summer! No reheating necessary.
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Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

This Roasted Cauliflower Salad combines sweet roasted red onions, spiced chickpeas, tender cauliflower, and a tangy lemon tahini dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This Roasted Cauliflower Salad combines sweet roasted red onions, spiced chickpeas, tender cauliflower, and a tangy lemon tahini dressing.
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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Dijon Kale Salad

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.
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Apple Dijon Kale Salad

A bowl of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad on a teal napkin.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

This Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad holds up well in the refrigerator for days, making it perfect for meal prep or brown bagging your lunch. 
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Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

 

Soup & Stew

Soups and stews are the cold-weather counterpart to my big ol’ summer salads. They’re always very quick and easy to make, they don’t require any difficult cooking skills, and they are so flexible. Plus, because they’re usually large-batch recipes, they’re great for busy people. Soups and stews make great leftovers and often freeze well. So if you’re a busy bee but want to still eat meals full of flavor and texture, check out some of these vegan soups and stews:

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Vegetable Barley Soup

Loaded with colorful vegetables and filling pearled barley, this Vegetable Barley Soup is a healthy, freezer-friendly staple recipe for winter!
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Vegetable Barley Soup 

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Vegan Peanut Stew

With a rich peanut and tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and crunchy peanuts, this Vegan Peanut Stew is comfort in a bowl! 
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Vean Peanut Stew

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Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

This super thick, warm, and comforting tomato soup has two secret ingredients that make it rich and delicious without any dairy. 100% vegan!
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Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

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Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen

This incredibly simple Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen is a rich and flavorful 15 minute meal that only requires a handful of ingredients! 
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Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen

A bowl of Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup with two pieces of toasted bread and a black spoon in the middle.

Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup

This incredibly easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup takes only eight simple ingredients to deliver a bowl full of rich, bold flavor.
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Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup

A rich and hearty medley of vegetables, lentils, and herbs makes this freezer-friendly Vegan Winter Lentil Stew the perfect cold-weather comfort food. Budgetbytes.com

Vegan Winter Lentil Stew

A rich and hearty medley of vegetables, lentils, and herbs makes this freezer-friendly Vegan Winter Lentil Stew the perfect cold-weather comfort food. 
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Vegan Winter Lentil Stew

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili makes a huge batch, is packed with flavor and nutrients, and can be made for only about 5 dollars! Budgetbytes.com

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili makes a huge batch, is packed with flavor and nutrients, and can be made for only about 5 dollars! 
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Slow Cooker Lentil Vegetarian Chili

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

This Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup is packed with hearty flavor, texture, and good-for-you vegetables! 
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Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Whether you call it a “make-ahead breakfast” or “breakfast meal prep,” having breakfast already made and ready to be eaten on busy mornings is a lifesaver. Start your week off right by taking a few moments to prepare one of these make-ahead breakfast recipes on Sunday night, so you can have a fast, satisfying breakfast […]

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Whether you call it a “make-ahead breakfast” or “breakfast meal prep,” having breakfast already made and ready to be eaten on busy mornings is a lifesaver. Start your week off right by taking a few moments to prepare one of these make-ahead breakfast recipes on Sunday night, so you can have a fast, satisfying breakfast all week long! 

Bonus: some of these recipes are freezer-friendly, so you can prep more than just 4-5 days worth at a time!

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Grab and go breakfast ideas for busy mornings:


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Country Breakfast Bowls

Country breakfast bowls combine roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, salsa, and cheese for an easy freezer-friendly make ahead breakfast meal prep!
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1. Country Breakfast Bowls

These hearty bowls are freezer-friendly and are the perfect BIG breakfast for when you have a BIG day ahead and no time! Just pop one in the microwave or take it with you to reheat at work.


"Oatmeal Cookie" Baked Oatmeal

This freezable Oatmeal Cookie Baked Oatmeal tastes like an oatmeal cookie's older, more healthful sibling. Perfect for breakfast meal prep. 
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2. “Oatmeal Cookie” Baked Oatmeal

Tastes like you’re eating a cookie for breakfast, but really it’s hearty oats with a lot less sugar than a cookie. You can freeze or refrigerate your portions of baked oatmeal, and it can be eaten reheated or cold!


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Make Ahead Microwave Breakfast Scrambles

Make Ahead Microwave Breakfast Scrambles make a fast, easy, and healthy breakfast when you’re short on time! 
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3. Make-Ahead Microwave Breakfast Scrambles

These are basically the homemade version of those little “just add an egg” cups that you can find at the grocery store. Make them with your favorite meat and vegetables, then just add a fresh egg, stir, and microwave each morning!


Cottage cheese, blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey in a glass meal prep container

Blueberry Almond Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Creamy cottage cheese, juicy blueberries, crunchy almonds, and a little drizzle of honey make a breakfast bowl that tastes surprisingly like blueberry cheesecake!
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4. Blueberry Almond Cottage Cheese Bowls

When you want something sweet, but you also want a lot of protein, these Blueberry Almond Cottage Cheese Bowls are it. They taste like a cheese danish, but without the sugar crash later.


Preparing individual oat packs with seeds, seasoning, and other add-ins, like these Make Ahead Seeded Oats, makes having a healthy breakfast fast and easy. BudgetBytes.com

Make Ahead Seeded Oats

Preparing individual oat packs with seeds, seasoning, and other add-ins, like these Make Ahead Seeded Oats, makes having a healthy breakfast fast and easy. 
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5. Make Ahead Seeded Oats

If you like your oatmeal full of lots of nuts, seeds, and other add-ins, you’ll love these make-ahead seeded oats. Just add water and microwave every morning for a hot bowl of oaty goodness.


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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Make ahead breakfast burritos are an easy reheatable and portable breakfast meal prep idea. Including options for vegetarian or other add-ins! BudgetBytes.com
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6. Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito?? A totally customizable, super filling, no-utensils-need breakfast big enough to fill up even the most active individuals.


These Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats are naturally sweet without any added sugar, and provide plenty of flavor and texture to keep you happy and full all morning. BudgetBytes.com

No Sugar Added Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

These Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats are naturally sweet without any added sugar, and provide plenty of flavor and texture to keep you happy and full all morning. 
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7. No Sugar Added Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats

Naturally sweet applesauce and frozen blueberries provide all the sweetness you need in these cold and refreshing overnight oats. Just add your favorite milk and refrigerate overnight or up to four days!


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Savory Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Creamy cottage cheese, fresh crunchy vegetables, an extra shot of protein from a hard boiled egg, and a little black pepper to kick things up make this easy, protein-filled breakfast!
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8. Savory Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

If you’re looking for a lower carb make-ahead breakfast, these savory cottage cheese bowls fit the bill. Loaded with vegetables, creamy cottage cheese, and an optional hard boiled egg. 


Stir Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

These Mango Coconut Chia Pudding cups are a fast and easy make-ahead breakfast with tons of fiber and protein.
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9. Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

This creamy vegan breakfast is packed with fiber from chia seeds and tropical mango-coconut flavor! This is a great breakfast to get you through those hot mornings of summer.


Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Meal prep six days of breakfast at once with these Veggie Packed Freezer Ready Breakfast Sandwiches to stay on track on those busy mornings!
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10. Veggie Packed Freezer-Ready Breakfast Sandwiches

It’s like an Egg McMuffin, but with a lot more vegetables! This is another great handheld breakfast option for those who never stop moving in the morning!


No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats

No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats are an easy, healthy, and delicious make-ahead breakfast that you can eat either hot or cold.
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11. No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats

If you’ve ever wanted to eat apple pie for breakfast, you’ve got to try these overnight oats. They seriously taste like apple pie, but they have no added sugar whatsoever. And you can eat them hot or cold, your choice!


Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Fresh fruit and rich, custardy oats make this baked oatmeal a filling and flavorful "fix ahead" breakfast. Just heat and eat each morning!
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12. Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Another great, basic baked oatmeal recipe full of bananas and dotted with blueberries. After baking just divide and refrigerate or freeze your portions for later! 


Tropical Yogurt Parfaits

Tropical Yogurt Parfaits are the perfect healthy summer breakfast when you're short on time. Prepare them on the weekend and eat good all week. 
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13. Tropical Yogurt Parfaits

Cold and refreshing layers of creamy yogurt, soft soaked oats, juicy tropical fruit, and a light sprinkle of coconut. Grab a spoon and a jar as you pass through the kitchen on your way to work, and you’re good to go!


What are your favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes? Share yours in the comments below!

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19 Easy & Absolutely Delicious Desserts for Memorial Day

19 Easy & Absolutely Delicious Desserts for Memorial Day
A collection of desserts perfect for celebrating Memorial Day – easy, delicious, and includes many red, white and blue patriotic desserts.
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19 Easy & Absolutely Delicious Desserts for Memorial Day

A collection of desserts perfect for celebrating Memorial Day - easy, delicious, and includes many red, white and blue patriotic desserts.

READ: 19 Easy & Absolutely Delicious Desserts for Memorial Day

15 Recipes Readers Are Relying On Right Now

A quick recap of the recipes readers have been making the most over the last month while everyone is spending more time at home with limited access to regular groceries. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month now since most of us have been self-quarantining, self-isolating, sheltering place, and whatever else you […]

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A quick recap of the recipes readers have been making the most over the last month while everyone is spending more time at home with limited access to regular groceries.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month now since most of us have been self-quarantining, self-isolating, sheltering place, and whatever else you want to call it. How is everyone doing food-wise?

I’ve gathered up all of the recipes on the site that have been getting an enormous amount of usage over the last month. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of BREAD BAKING going on! There are other types of recipes on this list, and perhaps you’ll find a new one that you’ll want to tackle while spending time at home.

Don’t forget to share some of your favorite recipes in the comments below!

1. My Favorite White Bread Recipe – Hundreds of thousands of you have made this bread over the last month, confirming how unbelievably easy it is and how perfectly it turns out each and every time.

2. Ciabatta Bread – Lots of folks are experimenting with this delicious Italian bread, as well.

3. Classic Burger Sauce – The absolute best burger sauce, which goes magnificently with my cast iron skillet cheeseburgers.

4. Italian Bread – If you’re looking for a classic, bakery-style Italian bread with a crusty exterior and soft and chewy crumb, this recipe is absolute perfection.

5. Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread – If you overbought on bananas and want to whip up a classic, old-fashioned banana bread, you’ll love this. If you want to kick things up a notch, try my peanut butter-banana bread with chocolate chips.

6. Fluffy and Crisp Buttermilk Waffles – We just made them last week and now that every day feels like a weekend, no excuses to put these off another day!

7. Garlic-Herb & Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes – My all-time favorite roasted potato recipe; they’re loaded with flavor and are buttery crisp.

8. Homemade Soft Pretzels – The boys and I made a batch of these during our first week of quarantine and it looks like many of you have tackled them, as well. They’re so good!

9. The Best Meat Sauce – My father-in-law’s legendary meat sauce is a must for keeping in the freezer, quarantine or no quarantine. Sub out the meat mixture with whatever is available or you can omit it totally.

10. Wacky Cake – This recipe hails from World War II and was popular because it requires no eggs, milk, or butter… and here we are. Crazy times! This is a delicious chocolate cake and I top it with a simple vanilla buttercream.

11. Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Another great baking bucket list item to cross off the list. If you can’t get to your usual doughnut spot, whip up a batch at home!

12. Authentic Beef Enchiladas – If you’re craving Mexican comfort food, look no further than this recipe. So many robust flavors.

13. The Best Old-Fashioned Sticky Buns Recipe – Yesss make it a weekend morning any day of the week; these are so caramel-y and sticky and delicious.

14. Apple Turnovers From Scratch – Easier than you’d think to make, so grab a few extra apples and get baking!

15. Better Than “Anything” Cake – Hands down, my all-time favorite dessert to make with a box cake mix. If you have one in your pantry, treat yourself to this delicious cake.

A quick request! >> I would LOVE if you would share the recipes you’ve been making and enjoying during these crazy times in the comments below, xo

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200+ Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staple Ingredients

A couple weeks ago I polled my Instagram followers to see what pantry staples they bought to sustain them through this period of social distancing. I wrote down the most popular answers and every day since I’ve picked one of those ingredients and posted recipe ideas for that ingredient in my Instagram stories. But, I […]

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A couple weeks ago I polled my Instagram followers to see what pantry staples they bought to sustain them through this period of social distancing. I wrote down the most popular answers and every day since I’ve picked one of those ingredients and posted recipe ideas for that ingredient in my Instagram stories. But, I didn’t want anyone else to miss out on this ultimate compilation of recipe ideas for pantry staples, so I’m also posting them all here in one spot. Now you can bookmark the list and refer back whenever you want!

The Ultimate List of Recipe Ideas for Pantry Staples

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Below you’ll see the list of pantry ingredient staples that were requested most often in the Instagram poll. Tap on any ingredient below to be taken to that ingredient in the list of recipe ideas. This is similar to our website’s ingredient index, where our recipes are organized by ingredient, but this is a much shorter, curated list focused on pantry staple ingredients. 

If you’re looking for a list of recipes that only use pantry staples, check out my 15 Pantry Staples Recipes blog post (includes a grocery list!).

Pantry Staple Ingredients:

Beans & Grains

Canned Goods

Vegetables

Bread & Pasta

Meat

Pantry Staple Recipe Ideas by Ingredient

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Recipe Ideas for Black Beans:

A bowl of jalapeño cilantro hummus with fresh jalapeño on the side

Recipe Ideas for Chickpeas:

A bowl of Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup with two pieces of toasted bread and a black spoon in the middle.

Recipe Ideas for White Beans:

Creamy Coconut Curry Lentils with spinach on a plate with rice, naan, and curry roasted carrots.

Recipe Ideas for Lentils:

These Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats are naturally sweet without any added sugar, and provide plenty of flavor and texture to keep you happy and full all morning. BudgetBytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Oats:

A hearty bowl of Rice Cooker Spanish Chickpeas and Rice with fresh lemon and parsley

Recipe Ideas for Rice:

Lemon garlic dressing being poured over the salad bowl

Recipe Ideas for Quinoa:

A simple jar of salsa is the key to making dinner fast and easy. Just try this Creamy Salsa Chicken Skillet and see for yourself. Budgetbytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Salsa:

A quick pan sauce drenches tender chicken thighs and thick pineapple slices in this easy Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken. BudgetBytes.com

Recipes for BBQ Sauce:

Pour Pasta Sauce Over Pesto Stuffed Shells

Recipe Ideas for Pasta Sauce:

Two bowls of Swamp Soup with a bowl of Swiss cheese on the side, plus a few oyster crackers

Recipe Ideas for Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, etc.):

A bowl of sesame tuna surrounded by cucumber and crackers

Recipe Ideas for Canned Tuna:

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Recipe Ideas for Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

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Recipe Ideas for Cabbage:

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Recipe Ideas for Potatoes:

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Recipe Ideas for Sweet Potatoes:

You only need a few ingredients to make this light and satisfying Thai Coconut Curry Carrot Soup. It’s a creamy, a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of delicious. BudgetBytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Carrots:

Sweet, salty, rich, and crunchy, these Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles hit all the bases. It’s fast, easy comfort food for busy nights! BudgetBytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Noodles:

These Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips are fast, easy, super crunchy, a great way to use up leftover tortillas, and a great alternative to store bought chips. Budgetbytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Tortillas:

These fast and easy 5-Minute French Toast Mugs are a great single serving breakfast treat plus a way to use leftovers and reduce food waste. BudgetBytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Bread:

Two slices of Cheddar Cheeseburger Meatloaf on a dinner plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Recipe Ideas for Ground Beef:

Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Recipe Ideas for Ground Turkey:

Close up of Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken in the skillet, garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

Recipe Ideas for Chicken Thighs:

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Recipe Ideas for Chicken Breast:

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Recipe Ideas for Sausage:

Spinach and Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche is a great low carb breakfast or brunch tread packed with vegetables and protein. BudgetBytes.com

Recipe Ideas for Eggs:

 

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Long Lasting Produce to Stock Up On During Isolation

One of my main goals when I started Budget Bytes 11 years ago was to be able to maintain a well rounded diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, despite working with a very limited budget. Today we’re facing a new challenge—limited grocery access. The world-wide pandemic is making it difficult to stay stocked with […]

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One of my main goals when I started Budget Bytes 11 years ago was to be able to maintain a well rounded diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, despite working with a very limited budget. Today we’re facing a new challenge—limited grocery access. The world-wide pandemic is making it difficult to stay stocked with perishable grocery items, like fresh produce, and once again I’m focusing on creative ways to keep vegetables in my diet, despite the current challenges.

So today I’m rounding up some fruits and vegetables that you can buy and keep on hand for weeks (or even months) to make sure your diet isn’t void of vegetation. Below you’ll see some of my favorite long lasting produce options, along with links for ways to use them. I hope this round up inspires you to make the most of what’s available, and enables you to make many delicious and inexpensive meals in the weeks ahead!

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Stock Your Pantry and Freezer with These Fruit and Vegetables 

This list is divided into three sections: fresh, frozen, and canned. Each section will include my favorite items, storage tips, and links to recipes where the ingredient can be used. The list is not all-inclusive, so if you have some favorites that aren’t listed below, feel free to share with the rest of us in the comments below!

Fresh Vegetables:

Braised Red Cabbage is an easy, cost efficient, and healthful side for your comforting winter meals. BudgetBytes.com

Fresh Fruit:

Slice Apples

Frozen Vegetables:

I lean heavily on frozen vegetables all year long. Not only are they convenient (usually pre-washed and pre-chopped), but I don’t have to worry about using them before they go limp. I can use any amount that I need, and stash the leftovers in the freezer for later. Here are my favorite picks: 

Thawed Bacon for Crustless Quiche

Frozen Fruit:

  • Pineapple – Chopping fresh pineapple can be quite a task, so I like to buy it frozen (pre-chopped, yay!). Frozen pineapple can be added to stir fries (Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls), Smoothies (Pineapple Protein Smoothie), or even used to make salsa (Easy Pineapple Salsa).
  • Melon – I like to eat frozen melon just as a snack (it’s like natural popsicle bites!), but it’s also great to thaw and add to a bowl of cottage cheese, or mix with feta and mint for a quick refreshing salad.
  • Blueberries – Frozen blueberries are my favorite way to get a little dose of antioxidants. I add them to my oatmeal and yogurt on a regular basis (Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats), but they’re also great for baking (Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake).
  • Strawberries – Strawberries are great for adding to your homemade smoothie packs, adding to yogurt or oatmeal, or making a homemade frozen cocktail (Strawberry Rosé Slush). ;)
  • Avocado – I’m seeing peeled and cubed frozen avocados more and more in the stores these days. While I haven’t tried them yet, I think they would make a great alternative when fresh are out of season and prices are sky high. Frozen avocado would be great for adding to smoothies, topping tacos, adding to salads, making guacamole, or filling enchiladas (Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas).
  • Mango – Mango is another fruit that can be kind of a pain to peel and chop, so frozen mangoes are super convenient. Frozen mangoes are great for smoothies, adding to stir fry (Mango Coconut Tofu Stir Fry Bowls), puréeing into sauces, or making mango salsas. 

These Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats are naturally sweet without any added sugar, and provide plenty of flavor and texture to keep you happy and full all morning. BudgetBytes.com

Canned Fruit and Vegetables:

While canned fruit and vegetables are my last resort option, I still consider them to be far better than no fruit or vegetables at all. Canned fruit and vegetables do sacrifice a little on the flavor and texture side in exchange for a nearly indefinite shelf life, which can be extremely valuable, especially in times like these. 

For those worried about the nutritional content of canned fruits and vegetables, I’ve asked our consulting Registered Dietitian, Tori Watters, to weigh in on the subject. This is what Tori has to say:

Although canned produce has a bad reputation, it can be an affordable, accessible, and convenient option. When shopping for canned vegetables, look for “no salt added” varieties. When shopping for canned fruits, look for those packed in 100% juice or water. Most canned goods can be drained and rinsed to further remove excess salt or sugar. When preparing meals for those with particular tastes and texture preferences, all servings of vegetables count in meeting micronutrient needs. Finally, as with any type of food, preparation is key; therefore, the fats, seasonings, and sugars you add to your produce can be even more important than how it is purchased!” – Tori Watters, RD

Here is a quick nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen, and canned items so you can see how they generally compare:

Comparison chart of green beans and peaches in their fresh, frozen, and canned forms.

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Here are some of my favorite items to buy canned, even when supplies of other forms are not limited:

  • Tomatoes (diced, crushed, paste, sauce)
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Beets
  • Olives
  • Pineapple

What about you? What are your favorite long lasting fruits and vegetables, and your favorite ways to use them? Share yours in the comments below!

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15 Pantry Recipes for Emergency Preparedness

I’ve had an increase in requests for pantry staple recipes over the past week, mostly due to fears over coronavirus and COVID-19 quarantines, or possible shortages in the food supply. Whether this situation gets to that level or not, I figured it was a good idea to round up some pantry recipes because they are […]

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I’ve had an increase in requests for pantry staple recipes over the past week, mostly due to fears over coronavirus and COVID-19 quarantines, or possible shortages in the food supply. Whether this situation gets to that level or not, I figured it was a good idea to round up some pantry recipes because they are also useful for people who aren’t able to get to the grocery store often, or those who just prefer to shop less often. Use the printable grocery list below to keep the ingredients stocked for these 15 recipes, and you’ll always have something ready to cook no matter the situation!

Stock Up with Staple Ingredients for These 15 Pantry Recipes – Grocery List Included!

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What is a Pantry Recipe?

There are a lot of different opinions about what counts as a “pantry recipe” so I’m going to quickly define my criteria here. I’ve chosen to include recipes that call for both room temperature stable ingredients and frozen or freezable foods. This allows more variety of ingredients (and vegetables!) while keeping a long storage life for the ingredients. Because of that, this recipe list is most useful for situations where electricity is still running, but fresh ingredients may not be easily accessible.

What Ingredients are Included in This Emergency Plan:

The recipes in this round up include ingredients in these three categories:

  • Shelf stable at room temperature: oils, vinegars, flour, sugar, spices, herbs, rice, pasta, beans, and canned goods
  • Frozen goods: frozen vegetables
  • Fresh items that can be stored frozen: meat, cheese, butter, onions, ginger, jalapeños, and garlic

Freezing Fresh Ingredient Staples

Here are some general tips for freezing fresh items to extend their storage life:

Onions: dice the onions, separate them into 1 cup portions (about one onion-worth), and freeze in quart-sized freezer bags. Frozen onions can be added to most recipes straight from the freezer. For green onions, simply slice and place in a freezer bag, or empty jar, then stash in the freezer.

Jalapeños: Slice, freeze flat on a baking sheet covered in parchment, then transfer to a freezer bag once solid.

Garlic: peel and freeze in freezer bags. The garlic’s appearance will change slightly after thawing, but the flavor will still be great.

Ginger: Wash the ginger well, then freeze in a freezer bag. The frozen ginger can be easily grated into your recipe using a small-holed cheese grater, while still frozen, no need to peel. If you prefer to peel your ginger, simply peel before freezing.

Cheese: Cheese can be frozen either in block form or shredded. Make sure to wrap tightly to reduce air exposure. 

Meat: I prefer to divide meat into ½ lb. portions before freezing, since most of my recipes use about ½ pound of meat per recipe. Again, make sure to wrap tightly to prevent air exposure, which leads to freezer burn.

And always, always label and date everything you put into the freezer! :)

How Long Will The Ingredients and Recipes Last?

Because these recipes include some frozen goods, the minimum amount of time the ingredients can be stored before using is about 3 months. After that amount of time frozen ingredients slowly dry out, but may remain usable. For a more detailed list of the recommended freezer storage time is for different foods, check out this Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart from the FDA.

This pantry recipe list includes 15 recipes, so depending on how often you cook and how many people you’re feeding, purchasing all the ingredients in the list can last you for two weeks or more. For a single person who may only need to cook once every few days, stocking these ingredients can feed you for a month or more.

Notes About the Recipes

Next to each recipe, I’ll include notes about what ingredients, if any, to substitute in order to make this a “pantry recipe”. I’ll also indicate recipes that make freezer-friendly leftovers with an asterisk, so you can further stock your freezer and delay your next shopping trip. 

Red meat sauce in a skillet with a wooden spatula

 

Pantry Recipes:

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One Pot Chili Pasta

This super hearty One Pot Chili Pasta is bursting with southwest chili flavor, protein, and fiber. It's a meal in a bowl that the whole family will love.
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One Pot Chili Pasta* or Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac* – These two recipes are essentially the same, one containing beef, the other containing extra beans. They meal prep well and freeze well for later!

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Poor Man's Burrito Bowls

These easy no-frills burrito bowls are super fast and affordable. They're the perfect satisfying weeknight meal for times when money is tight!
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Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls* – Rice, beans, salsa, and cheese is one of my favorite pantry meals. It’s so incredibly simple, yet it never gets old. There is a lot of room for customization here, as well. So check the post for a list of other ingredients you can add, if you have them on hand.

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup

This super fast and easy Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup is soul warming and flavorful. Customize with your favorite toppings!
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Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup* – This incredibly simple soup only requires a few ingredients, yet it still has big flavor. Serve with crackers or homemade bread (recipe below). 

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta is a fast and easy "from scratch" version of the classic hamburger helper boxed dinner, and everything cooks in one pot!
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Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta* – Stretch a half pound of ground beef over four servings of this classic American comfort food.

A quick pan sauce drenches tender chicken thighs and thick pineapple slices in this easy Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken. BudgetBytes.com

Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken

A quick pan sauce drenches tender chicken thighs and thick pineapple slices in this easy Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken. 
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Skillet Pineapple BBQ Chicken – Serve over a bed of rice for an easy and quick meal. If you want more green, you can also serve it up with a size of oven roasted frozen broccoli.

This rich and subtle pasta sauce is incredibly easy, which has earned it the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce in my house! BudgetBytes.com

The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce

This rich and subtle pasta sauce is incredibly easy, which has earned it the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce in my house!
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Weeknight Pasta Sauce* + Spaghetti – Nothing is more comforting than a big plate of pasta, and this simple sauce is incredibly easy. If you’re looking for a vegetarian version, check out my 5-Ingredient Butter Tomato Sauce.

Basic Chili in a bowl being eaten

Simple Homemade Chili Recipe

This no-frills basic chili recipe is ready for your personal touch. Learn how to make classic chili and what you can add to make it your own! 
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Simple Homemade Chili* – A lot of options for variations listed in the blog post. You can either make your own homemade chili seasoning (included in this recipe) or use a packet of store-bought seasoning if you don’t have a well stocked spiced cabinet.

Plate of Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls

Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls use my favorite "formula" for keeping weeknight dinners simple and effortless. Customize the formula to make your own! 
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Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls – Use frozen broccoli florets in place of fresh. You can use regular white rice in place of jasmine, if you prefer. Use either a store-bought sweet chili sauce, or make a homemade sweet chili sauce.

A bowl of creamy Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala being eaten with a spoon and two pieces of naan on the side.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

This super easy, ultra creamy, and heavily spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala will be your new favorite weeknight dinner! So much flavor, so little effort. 
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Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala – Substitute the heavy cream with full-fat canned coconut milk, and serve over rice.

Close up of One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice in the skillet.

One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

This One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice is an easy and satisfying meal that the whole family will love. It also meal preps well for lunches all week! 
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One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice* – Frozen stir fry vegetables make this recipe not only easy, but totally pantry ready! 

A bowl of Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup with two pieces of toasted bread and a black spoon in the middle.

Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup

This incredibly easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup takes only eight simple ingredients to deliver a bowl full of rich, bold flavor.
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Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup* – Canned beans for the win! Serve with homemade focaccia rolls listed below.

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Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli

Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli is a quick and easy all-in-one bowl dinner recipe with a rich, buttery, salty, and sweet sauce.
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Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli – If you can’t get out to pick up your favorite take out, make it at home! This easy and indulgent noodle stir fry will give you your fix.

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Easy Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

The slow cooker does all the work with this easy, flavorful, and healthy white chicken chili. This "dump and go" dinner will become a family favorite!
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili* – If you don’t have a slow cooker, let the chili simmer over low heat for one hour on the stove top, or until the chicken is shreddable. 

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Turkey Taco Skillet

This easy and versatile Turkey Taco Skillet takes about 20 minutes to make, is freezer friendly, and can be served several different ways.
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Turkey Taco Skillet* – Serve witch corn tortillas (freezable) and shredded cheese.

And in case you want some bread to serve with your soups or chilis:

Focaccia Rolls

No-Knead Focaccia Rolls

No kneading required for these focaccia rolls! The long, overnight fermentation develops the gluten with no effort from you! 
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No Knead Focaccia Rolls – the overnight fermentation means you don’t have to spend a lot of time or effort kneading this dough by hand!

If you enjoyed this list of recipes with the pre-made grocery list, make sure to check out the Budget Bytes Meal Plans!
 
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20 St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

Get ready for your Irish-themed party with these green and Irish-inspired drinks, desserts, dinner and more for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Are you planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, or just want some ideas for festive drinks, dinners or desserts for a special meal at home? Whatever the case, I’ve got you covered on the St. Patrick’s Day food front! Tons of Irish-inspired recipes (like Guinness stew!) and green-tinted drinks and desserts (like grasshopper pie and shamrock shakes), plus classics like Irish soda bread.

A photo collage of recipes for celebrating St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! The day to revel in all things Irish and green: corned beef and cabbage, corned beef hash, Irish soda bread, green beer, cupcakes, Irish stew, and anything and everything that can be colored green with food coloring…

The list is long and there are loads of recipes out there if you want to whip up some traditional Irish fare. To help you narrow down the list a bit, below you’ll find 20 of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day food options. Happy celebrating!

Grasshopper Pie

A grasshopper pie with a slice removed and another cut away from the whole pie.

This no-bake pie recipe is festive, quick to make and requires just a few ingredients. It features a silky smooth filling spiked with crème de menthe and crème de cacao, nestled into an Oreo cookie crust.

Get the recipe here!

The Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Two plates with shepherd's pie and the casserole dish in the background.

This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is an Irish classic! You can use ground lamb or beef, and the whole casserole is topped with beautifully browned mashed potatoes. Absolute comfort food at its finest.

Get the recipe here!

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Three milkshake glasses filled with green shamrock shakes.

This shamrock shake recipe is a homemade spin on the famous St. Patrick’s Day-inspired minty green milkshake from McDonald’s.

Get the recipe here!

Guinness, Whiskey, and Irish Cream Cupcakes

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes :: Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson whiskey ganache filling, and Baileys buttercream frosting.

The classic cocktail shot transformed into cupcakes – Guinness chocolate cake, Jameson whiskey ganache filling, and Baileys buttercream frosting.

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Guinness Beef Stew

This Guinness Beef Stew recipe is rich and hearty, with a robust gravy-like sauce that is flavored by Guinness. A must for St. Patrick’s Day!

Get the recipe here!

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark :: It combines the chocolate and mint flavors from the popular cocktail, minus the alcohol. Make it for your St. Patrick's Day party!

This Grasshopper Chocolate Bark combines the chocolate and mint flavors from the famous cocktail without the alcohol – perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party!

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Classic Irish Soda Bread

Classic Irish Soda Bread - Takes less than 10 minutes to mix together! Grab a slice warm from the oven and slather it in butter for St. Patrick's Day breakfast!

This Irish Soda Bread takes less than 10 minutes to mix together and comes out of the oven with a wonderfully crisp crust. Grab a slice warm from the oven and slather it in butter!

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Baileys White Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Baileys White Chocolate Mousse - Spiked white chocolate mousse layered into a trifle dish with crushed mint Oreos. An easy dessert for your St. Patrick's Day celebration!

This incredibly easy Baileys White Chocolate Mousse in layered into a trifle dish with crushed mint Oreos… an easy dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Get the recipe here!

No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

A slice of mint chocolate chip pie on a plate.

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie – This no-bake pie comes together quickly and is perfect for chocolate and mint lovers. Make it for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Get the recipe here!

Guinness Chocolate Brownies

Guinness Brownies - An easy dessert for your St. Patrick's Day festivities! | browneyedbaker.com

Chocolate brownies infused with Guinness stout – a perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

Get the recipe here!

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Cereal Treats for St. Patrick's Day! | browneyedbaker.com

Huge, bakery-style marshmallow cereal treats made with Lucky Charms.

Get the recipe here!

Grasshopper Brownies

Grasshopper Brownies | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #StPatricksDay

Chocolate brownies topped with a creme de menthe filling and a creme de cacao ganache, fashioned after the popular grasshopper cocktail.

Get the recipe here!

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes | 25 St. Patrick's Day Recipes | browneyedbaker.com

Green-tinted vanilla-mint cupcakes with whipped cream frosting, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Get the recipe here!

Rye Irish Soda Bread

Rye Soda Bread | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #StPatricksDay

Traditional Irish soda bread with a rye twist.

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

An incredibly easy recipe for making your own Baileys Irish Cream at home!

Get the recipe here!

Irish Beer and Cheese Bread

A cheesy bread with a touch of Irish Beer.

Get the recipe here!

Guinness Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Cheese Frosting

A two-layer chocolate cake infused with Guinness filled and frosted with a cream cheese frosting loaded with Baileys Irish Cream.

Get the recipe here!

Irish Whiskey Soda Bread with Irish Whiskey Butter

A delicious soda bread spiked with Irish whiskey and served with a whiskey-infused compound butter.

Get the recipe here!

Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

A custard-based chocolate ice cream recipe infused with Guinness stout.

Get the recipe here!

Irish Brown Bread

A brown bread version of Irish soda bread using whole wheat flour, wheat bran, and molasses. Absolutely delicious!

Get the recipe here!

TELL ME! What is your hands-down, all-time favorite St. Patrick’s Day food?

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10 Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question. Whether you want to make your own homemade salad dressing because it’s more delicious, cost effective, or because you have control over the ingredients, having an arsenal of homemade dressing recipes at your fingertips will help. While I don’t always make my dressings homemade (more […]

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To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question. Whether you want to make your own homemade salad dressing because it’s more delicious, cost effective, or because you have control over the ingredients, having an arsenal of homemade dressing recipes at your fingertips will help. While I don’t always make my dressings homemade (more on that later), knowing how at leasts gives you the option and therefore control. So, that being said, here are 10 homemade salad dressing recipe to keep tucked away in your back pocket (or your browser’s bookmarks) to use when you see fit!

Homemade ranch dressing being poured from a jar onto a salad

Why Make Homemade Salad Dressing from Scratch?

Spoiler alert: I don’t always make my own salad dressing from scratch. Sometimes it makes sense to make it yourself, sometimes it it doesn’t. I’ll quickly run through the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide when and why it will be beneficial to make your own homemade salad dressing, and when to buy store bought.

Advantages of Homemade Salad Dressing:

  • You control the ingredients – you can avoid preservatives, stabilizers, allergens, and control other ingredients like sugar, fat, or salt.
  • It can be cost effective – if you already have the ingredients on hand, you can avoid making an additional purchase. 
  • Fresh flavors – because you’re mixing up the fresh ingredients, you can often times get a bigger flavor punch.
  • Small batches with fewer leftovers – reduce the amount of half used bottles in your fridge by mixing up small batches of dressing as needed.

Disadvantages of Homemade Salad Dressings:

  • Shorter shelf life – because homemade salad dressings don’t contain preservatives, you generally want to keep them no longer than 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • It can be more expensive – if you don’t already have the ingredients on hand, you buy really high quality ingredients, or the dressing requires an ingredient you don’t normally use, it can become costly.
  • You can’t make one serving at a time – if you are cooking for one and tend to eat only one or two salads a week, you may have a hard time using even a small batch of homemade salad dressing before it goes bad.

What do You Need to Make Homemade Salad Dressing?

You don’t need a whole lot! Oil, vinegar, herbs and spices, and sometimes other ingredients like Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, citrus, or avocado. A basic salad dressing consists of these components: fat, acid, flavor, and an emulsifier (ingredients that bond to both fat and water to keep the dressing from separating). Here are some examples of each of those components:

  • Fat: olive oil, neutral oils (safflower, avocado, peanut, canola, grapeseed), tahini, peanut butter, avocado, sour cream, mayonnaise
  • Acid: vinegar (apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, champagne vinegar), lemon juice, lime juice
  • Flavor: garlic, herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro, chives), spices (cayenne, cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper), ginger, green onion, shallots, sugar, salt, pepper
  • Emulsifiers: mustard (Dijon, yellow mustard, coarse deli mustard), mayonnaise, egg yolk, honey

So, as you can see, many of those ingredients are shelf-stable pantry staples that you can keep on hand to whip up your own dressings on demand! If you don’t have a well stocked pantry right now, just concentrate on buying one or two items per week and you’ll be there in no time!

Working on that basic formula, here are 11 homemade salad dressings that you can start experimenting with!
Dressing being poured onto Sweet Crunch Winter Salad(pictured above: Sweet Crunch Winter Salad)

 

10 Easy DIY Salad Dressing Recipes:

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Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

This super simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for all your green salads and pasta salads and has several options for customizing!
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Easy Homemade Balsamic Viniagrette – This is probably the first dressing recipe that everyone should learn. It’s simple, good on everything, and has plenty of room for customization!

Homemade ranch dressing being poured onto a romaine salad with tomatoes and red onion

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing is creamy, tangy, and fully of savory herbs and spices. Drizzle on your favorite salad, or use as a dip for vegetables and chips!
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Homemade Ranch Dressing – Because who doesn’t love ranch dressing? This is America, right? 😅I like making this homemade version because it’s not as sugar laden as bottled versions, and I feel like bottled ranch tends to have the most questionable ingredients out of all store bought dressings.

A spoon lifting some peanut lime dressing out of a bow, squeezed lime and cilantro on the side.

Peanut Lime Dressing

This Peanut Lime Salad dressing is sweet, savory, tangy, and creamy all in one! Drizzle over salad, grilled chicken, shrimp, or vegetables.
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Peanut Lime Dressing – This dressing is positively addictive!! Try it on my Cold Peanut Noodle Salad, or just drizzle it over some roasted sweet potatoes and you won’t be disappointed!

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing dripping off a spoon into a white bowl.

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

Pour this tangy Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing over roasted vegetables, grilled salmon or chicken, potato salad, or your favorite green salad.
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Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing – Tahini is a powerhouse ingredient for homemade salad dressings if you’re vegan or trying to avoid dairy. It offers a nice creaminess to salad dressing without having to use dairy! Plus it lasts just about forever in your fridge.

Honey Mustard Sauce dripping off a spoon into a bowl

Honey Mustard Sauce

This sweet, tangy, and creamy homemade honey mustard sauce only takes a few minutes to make and is great for sandwiches, salads, dipping, and more!
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Honey Mustard Sauce – This one is both a sauce AND a dressing. I love it on my Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad, but you can also use it as a dressing for chicken salad.

This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level. Budgetbytes.com

Lime Crema

This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level. 
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Lime Crema – This dressing has earned a cult following. Just a few simple ingredients and it’s so freaking amazing drizzled on just about anything. Use it on a taco salad, tacos themselves, or even a roasted vegetable salad like my Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad.

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Kale Pesto

Making a small batch of kale pesto is a great way to use leftover kale. This flavorful pesto is great on sandwiches, in soups, dips, and more!
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Homemade Kale Pesto – Pesto makes a great dressing, especially for pasta salads. And with this cheaper kale version, you’ll also be adding a healthy dose of greens to your meal. 

Sesame Ginger Dressing

Soy sauce, honey, fresh ginger, and sesame oil provide big flavor in this homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing.
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Sesame Ginger Dressing – Zingy fresh ginger and nutty toasted sesame oil come together for a flavorful dressing that will go with any Southeast Asian inspired salad. It goes really great with finely shredded cabbage, chicken, or shrimp!

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Chimichurri Sauce: Good on Anything and Everything

Chimichurri sauce is a tangy, fresh, and garlicky sauce that delivers big flavor to any meal. Use as a marinade, dipping sauce, or condiment.
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Chimichurri Sauce – Sauces can often times double as a dressing. I love using a chimichurri sauce as a dressing for pasta salad, or as a dressing to drizzle over kebabs!

Creamy Avocado Dressing

This super fresh creamy avocado dressing is light, fresh, and great for dipping vegetables or pouring over a nice, crunchy salad.
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Creamy Avocado Dressing – If you love “green” flavors, this one is for you. It’s creamy, but light and herby, which makes it perfect for your big bowl garden vegetables type salads! This one also makes a great dip for fresh vegetables. 

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40+ of the Best Valentine’s Day Desserts

A collection of the best desserts for celebrating Valentine’s Day – everything from easy treats for work parties to elaborate desserts for home.

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This collection of the best desserts for celebrating Valentine’s Day runs the gamut – everything from easy treats for work parties to elaborate desserts for home celebrations. Whether you just want to whip up some epic Rice Krispie treats with some red and pink sprinkles mixed in for the kids or to take to work, need an awesome red velvet-inspired recipe, or you want a good old-fashioned decadent chocolate dessert like flourless chocolate cake, you’ll find everything and more in the list below!

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Is it just me, or do you feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up on you every year – coming not too long after the Christmas holidays and immediately following the Super Bowl, sometimes it feels like the holiday that jumps out of the dark closet and yells, “Boo!”

This year, however, I got my ducks in a row and am giving you plenty of time to plan your Valentine’s Day desserts and sweet treats. Whether it’s a work party, a girl’s night in, a school party for your kids, or celebrating with your significant other, I’ve got you covered. There is a wide variety of desserts and sweet snacks appropriate for pretty much any Valentine’s-related occasion you can think of and they run the gamut from easy to more elaborate desserts.

This roundup will get you off to a great start, and I’ll be sharing more Valentine’s recipes with you over the next week, so keep an eye out! Enjoy!

Celebration-Worthy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Enjoy browsing the list and I can’t wait to hear what you’re planning to make. Leave a comment below and let me know!

  1. Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
  2. Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars (use pink frosting and/or decorate with Valentine’s-themed sprinkles!)
  3. Chocolate Babka (for breakfast or dessert!)
  4. Sweet and Salty Brownies
  5. Flourless Chocolate Cake
  6. German Chocolate Cake
  7. Classic Chocolate Cake
  8. Tiramisu
  9. Easy Strawberry Shortcake
  10. Traditional Devil’s Food Cake
  11. Chocolate Pound Cake
  12. Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake
  13. Red Velvet Roll Cake with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Filling
  14. Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
  15. Snickers Cake
  16. Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Roll
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
  18. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
  19. Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake
  20. Oreo Cheesecake
  21. Chocolate Lover’s Cheesecake
  22. Black Forest Cheesecake
  23. New York-Style Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Topping
  24. Red Velvet Cheesecake
  25. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
  26. Salted Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies
  27. Chocolate Sugar Cookies
  28. The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  29. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
  30. Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes
  31. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  32. Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream
  33. Chocolate Souffle
  34. The Best Creme Brulee Recipe
  35. Chocolate Bread Pudding
  36. Chocolate Pots de Creme
  37. Homemade Chocolate Pudding
  38. Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone and Raspberries
  39. Dark Chocolate Mousse
  40. Strawberry Pie
  41. Chocolate Cream Pie
  42. Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart
  43. French Silk Chocolate Pie
  44. No-Bake Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
  45. The Best Rice Krispie Treats (stir in some Valentine’s sprinkles for a festive look!)

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day tradition or sweet?

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