Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

This cozy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad features roasted vegetables, toasted pecans, creamy goat cheese, and a tangy maple dijon dressing.

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Every year I like to work something new and unique into my Thanksgiving meal, and this year it’s going to be this Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad. Whether you’re planning a big family gathering this year, or something more cozy and intimate, this Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad will steal the show. This gorgeous mix of roasted Brussels Sprouts, sweet potatoes, pecans, goat cheese, and a tangy-sweet maple Dijon dressing is as gorgeous as it is delicious. And not only is it easy to make, but it was also super budget-friendly because I got all of the ingredients at ALDI—my favorite one-stop-shop for Thanksgiving. 🙌

Overhead view of a wooden bowl full of roasted Brussels sprouts salad with ingredients on the sides.

Keep Your Thanksgiving Budget In Check

Putting together a Thanksgiving meal takes a lot of planning and, if you’re working with a tight budget, you’ve got to be extra careful to keep those costs in check. Thankfully, ALDI is coming through for us again this year! ALDI has hit the rewind button on over 50 classic Thanksgiving ingredients, reducing their prices to the lowest level since 2019. SCORE! So if you’re nostalgic for the grocery prices from a few years ago, get to your local ALDI store pronto! (P.S. You can also do delivery or curb-side pick-up, which is super handy during the busy holiday season!)

What’s in Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

This salad is super simple, but totally elegant. It has a very short list of ingredients (all of which I got at ALDI), including the homemade maple dijon vinaigrette. Here’s what you’ll need for this salad:

  • Fresh Brussels sprouts*
  • Fresh sweet potatoes*
  • Southern Grove Chopped Pecans*
  • Emporium Selection Original Goat Cheese Log
  • Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

*2019 Thanksgiving Price Rewind on select ALDI products based on average retail at ALDI from November 2–29, 2019. Available in store and online from November 2-19, 2022. Taxes and online and delivery fees not included. Products with reduced prices are marked with the Thanksgiving Price Rewind icon. Prices for other Thanksgiving-related products may be higher than 2019 prices at ALDI. Wine and beer are available at select ALDI stores.

And then the homemade vinaigrette is made with: Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Simply Nature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Burman’s Dijon Mustard, Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stonemill Garlic Powder, salt, and pepper. BOOM. So easy.

Ingredients for Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad laid out on a surface.

How Much Does THis Make?

This recipe makes about 5 cups of salad or about 4-6 regular dinner-sized servings. If you want to make a bigger batch for a larger Thanksgiving, simply double the recipe and roast the Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes on two baking sheets (one for each).

What Else Can I Add?

If you want to take this salad up a notch, you have a few great options. Try browning some bacon in a skillet and using the bacon grease to oil up the Brussels and sweet potatoes before roasting, then crumble the bacon over the salad at the end. You can also add dried cranberries for a little extra sweetness.

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Close up view of roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad in a wooden bowl.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

This cozy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad features roasted vegetables, toasted pecans, creamy goat cheese, and a tangy maple Dijon dressing.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $7.20 recipe / $1.44 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 1 cup each
Calories 366kcal

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts* $2.89
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes* $0.86
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil $0.26
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1/8 tsp pepper $0.01
  • 1/3 cup Southern Grove Chopped Pecans* $0.78
  • 2 oz. goat cheese $1.00

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup $0.64
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.15
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard $0.02
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil $0.52
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wash the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into ¾-inch cubes.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment, then add the Brussels sprouts to one side and the sweet potatoes to the other side. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss until the vegetables are coated in oil.
  • Transfer the vegetables to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Give the vegetables a good stir, keeping them each on their own side, then roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are browned and the sweet potatoes are tender.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, make the maple Dijon vinaigrette. Whisk together the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the chopped pecans to a skillet and place over medium heat. Stir and cook the pecans for 2-3 minutes, or just until they begin to smell toasty, then remove them from the heat.
  • Once the vegetables have finished roasting, transfer them to a large bowl and add the toasted nuts. Drizzle with half of the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Add more dressing to your liking.
  • Crumble the goat cheese over the salad just before serving. Enjoy!

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Notes

*Get special rewind prices on these ingredients at ALDI this Thanksgiving season, featuring the lowest prices since 2019! Prices listed are what I paid. The prices and ingredient availability may vary by location. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 301mg | Fiber: 7g
Close up view of roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad in a wooden bowl.

How to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad – Step by Step Photos

Prepped Brussels sprouts on a cutting board.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Wash one pound of Brussels Sprouts and slice them in half.

Diced sweet potatoes on a cutting board.

Peel and dice one pound of sweet potatoes into ¾-inch cubes.

Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes being seasoned on a sheet pan.

Place the prepared Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss each vegetable until well coated in oil, keeping the two vegetables separated on the sheet pan.

Vegetables on the sheet pan ready to roast.

Make sure the vegetables are spread out in a single layer on the sheet pan. Transfer the sheet pan to the preheated 400ºF oven and roast for 20 minutes, then stir, and roast for an additional 10 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are nicely browned and the sweet potatoes are tender. If one vegetable reaches doneness before the other, simply scoop it off the sheet pan and continue roasting the other until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

Maple Dijon vinaigrette in a small bowl with a fork.

While the vegetables are in the oven, prepare the maple Dijon vinaigrette. Whisk together 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Set the dressing aside.

Chopped pecans being toasted in a skillet.

Add ⅓ cup chopped pecans to a skillet and heat over medium, stirring often, for about 2-3 minutes or until the pecans begin to smell toasty. Remove them from the heat as soon as you begin to smell the nutty aroma.

Roasted vegetables on the sheet pan.

Once the sweet potatoes are tender and the Brussels sprouts are browned, remove them from the oven.

Dressing being poured over the bowl of vegetables with pecans.

Add the roasted vegetables to a large bowl, then add the toasted pecans. Drizzle half of the dressing over top, then gently toss until everything is combined. Add more dressing to your liking.

Overhead view of a bowl of Roasted Brussels Sprouts salad with ingredients on the sides.

Crumble about 2 oz. goat cheese over the salad just before serving. Enjoy!

Side view of a bowl of Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with ingredients in the back.

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15-Minute “Fire Cider”

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15-Minute “Fire Cider”

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Baked Beans

These baked beans combine the simplicity of canned beans with bacon and a sweet, smoky, and tangy homemade BBQ sauce.

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If you’ve only had canned baked beans in the past then you’ve GOT to try these homemade baked beans. They’re seriously delicious and make really incredible leftovers. I used canned beans to keep these baked beans super easy, but then combined them with bacon (bacon makes everything better!) and a super simple homemade BBQ sauce to take the beans to the next level. The beans are then slowly baked to rich, sweet, smoky perfection. You’re going to LOVE them!

Close up overhead view of baked beans in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

What Kind of Beans to Use for Baked Beans

Navy beans or Great Northern beans are my top picks for baked beans. The small shape, creamy texture, and neutral flavor of both navy and Great Northern beans make them the perfect complement to the rich and tangy sauce. Great Northern beans will hold their shape better, whereas navy beans may break down a bit if stirred too much.

What’s in the Sauce?

I used my homemade BBQ sauce for these baked beans. It’s really simple to prepare, just stir all the ingredients together and let it bake along with the beans and bacon for maximum flavor! The sauce includes tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and spices, like smoked paprika and garlic powder. It’s sweet, savory, tangy, and smoky!

Baked beans on a spoon held close to the camera.

How to Serve Baked Beans

Baked beans are so good that they may become the focal point of your plate, even when served as a side! I love to serve them with southern classics like pulled pork, burgers, coleslaw, potato salad, and mac and cheese. But you could also use them as a bowl meal! Add them to some mashed potatoes, top with cheese and green onion, and you’ve got a cozy and filling bowl of comfort.

What Cookware to Use

I used a well-seasoned cast iron skillet for my baked beans, but any heavy-duty ceramic or cast iron baking dish or Dutch oven will do well. Thinner materials like metal or glass may cause the sauce to overcook or burn around the edges. You’ll want a dish that can hold about two quarts in volume.

What Else Can I Add?

A lot of baked beans recipes will also include bell pepper and onion. When I originally tested this recipe I included finely diced bell pepper and onion that I sautéed until soft in the bacon fat after the bacon had browned, but I wanted to simplify the recipe this time around (less chopping and fewer ingredients!) I found the version without to be every bit as delicious!

Overhead view of baked beans in the skillet with a wooden spoon.
Overhead view of baked beans in the skillet with a wooden spoon.

Baked Beans

These baked beans combine the simplicity of canned beans with bacon and a sweet, smoky, and tangy homemade BBQ sauce.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $7.56 recipe / $0.76 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 ½ cup each
Calories 307kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. bacon $2.40
  • 3 15oz. cans Great Northern Beans $2.37
  • 1 15oz. can tomato sauce $0.89
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste $0.32
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar $0.17
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.16
  • 1/4 cup molasses $0.77
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.05
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce $0.03
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika $0.20
  • 1 tsp garlic powder $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crispy. Drain off all but 1-2 Tbsp of the bacon fat.
  • Drain the canned beans well, then add them to the skillet and stir to combine with the bacon.
  • Add the remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne and black pepper. Stir until everything is very well combined.
  • Bake the beans for 60-75 minutes, stirring once at 30 minutes and again at 60 minutes. If the sauce is thick at 60 minutes, it's done. If it's still a bit runny, bake 10-15 minutes longer.
  • Serve hot with your other favorite comfort foods!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 446mg | Fiber: 7g
Close up side view of baked beans in the skillet.

How to Make Baked Beans – Step by Step Photos

Bacon cooking in a cast iron skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cut 8 oz. bacon into 1-inch pieces. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is brown and crispy. Drain off all but 1-2 Tbsp of the bacon grease. If you’ll be baking your beans in a different vessel, go ahead and transfer the cooked bacon and remaining fat to your baking dish.

Beans added to skillet with cooked bacon.

Drain 3 cans of Great Northern or navy beans well. Add them to the skillet and stir to combine with the bacon.

BBQ sauce ingredients added to the skillet.

Add the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to the skillet: 15 oz. tomato sauce, ¼ cup tomato paste, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper.

Baked beans in a skillet before going into the oven.

Stir the ingredients until everything is evenly combined. Transfer the beans to the preheated 350ºF oven.

Baked beans after baking, a spoon stirring them slightly.

Bake the beans for 60-75 minutes (uncovered), stirring once after 30 minutes of baking, and again at 60 minutes. If the sauce is nice and thick at 60 seconds, they’re done. If it’s still a bit liquidy, bake until the sauce is thick.

Finished baked beans stirred in the cast iron skillet.

Serve your homemade baked beans hot with other classic comfort foods like mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac and cheese!

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Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

Looking for a protein-packed, freezer-friendly main the whole family will enjoy? These cashew-crusted tofu nuggets are IT! They’re crispy, savory, kid (and adult) approved, and oh so dip-able! We can’t wait for you to try them.
Pair them with matchstic…

Crispy Baked Tofu Nuggets

Looking for a protein-packed, freezer-friendly main the whole family will enjoy? These cashew-crusted tofu nuggets are IT! They’re crispy, savory, kid (and adult) approved, and oh so dip-able! We can’t wait for you to try them.

Pair them with matchstick fries for a plant-based comfort meal, or freeze a batch and reheat a few any time you (or your kids) are craving a quick snack or protein-packed main.

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Sloppy Joes

Ground beef in a tangy sauce piled onto a soft bun, homemade Sloppy Joes are an easy, classic American weeknight dinner.

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Sloppy Joes were a mainstay weeknight dinner in our house when I was growing up in the 80s, but we always made it with a canned sauce (Manwich, or the generic equivalent). Once I started cooking for myself, I realized how easy it was to quickly whip up sauces like that from ingredients I already had in my pantry, and I never looked back. These Homemade Sloppy Joes are quick, easy, full of flavor, AND freezer friendly. 🙌 Plus, I’ve got some tips for you below to make them even more budget-friendly, since the price of ground beef isn’t getting lower anytime soon.

Side view of a sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

What is Sloppy Joe Sauce?

Sloppy Joes are a loose meat sandwich made with ground beef, peppers, and onions in a special red sauce, and the sauce is totally what makes a sloppy joe sandwich. It’s a savory, tangy, and slightly sweet tomato-based sauce. While some recipes simply use heavily seasoned ketchup for the sauce, our recipe is a bit more rich in flavor with tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire, vinegar, sugar, Dijon, and chili powder.

How to Serve Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are traditionally served on a hamburger bun, sometimes with cheese, sometimes without. But you can totally get creative. Pile it into a tortilla and turn it into a sloppy joe taco, spoon it over a baked potato, eat it as a bowl meal over rice, or go for the ultimate budget option and just eat it on white bread (if you know, you know).

And don’t forget some chips or steak fries to serve on the side! …Or maybe some roasted broccoli. ;)

Budget Options

Ground beef is pretty expensive these days, so there are a few things you can do to make your sloppy joes a little lighter on the wallet. Here are some ideas:

  • Buy your ground beef in bulk, then divide and freeze the other portions (or make a double-batch of sloppy joes and freeze half).
  • Replace half of the ground beef with lentils or black beans.
  • Shred and sauté any extra vegetables you have before browning the beef to help bulk up and extend the ground beef.
  • Don’t forget to freeze your leftover tomato paste for the next time you make sloppy joes (or any other recipe that uses tomato paste)!
Sloppy joe meat in a skillet.
A sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

Sloppy Joes

Ground beef in a tangy sauce piled onto a soft bun, homemade Sloppy Joes are an easy, classic American weeknight dinner.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $10.20 recipe / $2.04 each
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 ¾ cup meat sauce each
Calories 440kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 1 green bell pepper $0.79
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1 lb. ground beef* $5.49
  • 1 15oz. can tomato sauce $0.79
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste $0.21
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.12
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.08
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard $0.06
  • 1 tsp chili powder $0.10
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce $0.02
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.03
  • 5 hamburger buns $1.87

Instructions

  • Finely dice the onion and bell pepper, and mince the garlic.
  • Add the olive oil and beef to a skillet and cook over medium heat until the beef is cooked through. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the skillet with the beef. Continue to sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Finally, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar Dijon, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce,and salt to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  • Allow the meat and sauce to simmer over medium-low for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve over toasted buns.

Notes

*You can use any fat percentage ground beef. If using a higher fat content beef, like 80/20, you’ll want to drain the excess fat after browning. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 1138mg | Fiber: 3g
An open-faced sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

How to Make Sloppy Joes – Step by Step Photos

Chopped vegetables on a cutting board.

Chop the vegetables first, so they’re ready to go. Finely dice one yellow onion and one green bell pepper, and mince 2 cloves of garlic.

Browned ground beef in a skillet.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 lb. ground beef to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until the ground beef has browned. If you’re using a higher fat content ground beef, you’ll want to drain off the excess fat after it has browned.

Vegetables added to ground beef in the skillet.

Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet and continue to sauté until the vegetables have softened.

Sauce ingredients added to the ground beef.

Finally, add the ingredients for the sauce: one 15oz. can tomato sauce, 3 Tbsp tomato paste, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and ¾ tsp salt.

Finished sloppy joes mix in the skillet.

Stir everything to combine and heat through. Let the meat and sauce simmer over medium-low for 5-10 minutes, or until it has thickened to your liking.

Sloppy joe meat being spooned onto a toasted bun.

Toast your buns in a skillet or in the oven, then pile the saucy meat mixture on top.

Open-faced sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

Enjoy your sloppy joes with some chips and plenty of napkins because they’re as messy as they are delicious!

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Wilted Spinach Salad

Wilted spinach salad with bacon, white beans, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette is a quick, easy, and light summer meal.

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If you’re looking for a quick, filling, and light summer meal, I’ve got you! This Wilted Spinach Salad can be a light main dish or a side to go with your summer grilling. And, as always, this classic salad has plenty of things you can add in or sub to make it your own. Pair it with a crisp glass of white wine and you’ll have the perfect meal for enjoying outdoors on a balmy summer day!

overhead view of wilted spinach salad in the skillet.

What’s in a Wilted Spinach Salad?

The classic wilted spinach salad is made by cooking bacon, then using the bacon fat to make a warm vinaigrette which is then poured over fresh spinach to slightly wilt the spinach. Hard boiled eggs and red onions are also often added to the salad.

My version of a wilted spinach salad is a little bit different. I’ve really been digging the convenience of canned beans lately, so I swapped the usual hard boiled egg for some cannellini beans. I also used a bit of garlic instead of fresh red onion, and I made my vinaigrette right in the skillet instead of trying to pour off the bacon grease into another container. The result is a quick, super filling yet light, and delicious meal.

What Else Can I Add?

You probably already know by now that I love recipes where you can add all sorts of ingredients and make your own customized creation. This salad definitely fits that category! Here are a few other ingredients you can add to the salad below:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Red onion
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Blue cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Boiled baby potatoes (this would almost be like a mix between German potato salad and spinach salad)
  • Apples (instead of white beans)
  • Walnuts (instead of white beans)
  • Thinly sliced radish
  • Chicken

How Are the Leftovers?

This salad is definitely best when made fresh, as you want the spinach to be just lightly wilted. If you reheat the salad, the spinach will wilt further and become quite flat. It will likely still taste great, but the texture will not be as good as the first day.

Close up overhead view of a bowl of wilted spinach salad.
Close up overhead view of a bowl of wilted spinach salad.

Wilted Spinach Salad

Wilted spinach salad with bacon, white beans, and a tangy Dijon vinaigrette is a quick, easy, and light summer meal.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $6.33 recipe / $1.58 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 443kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. bacon $2.06
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 2 15oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained $1.78
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.18
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard $0.12
  • 1 tsp sugar $0.01
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach $1.99

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté over medium heat for about one minute.
  • Add the rinsed and drained beans, vinegar, Dijon, sugar, pepper, and salt to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat until the beans are heated through and a sauce has formed.
  • Add the fresh spinach to the skillet, carefully stirring it into the hot beans until it is partially wilted. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Crumble the bacon over top and fold to combine. Taste and add salt or pepper to your liking. Serve warm!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 438mg | Fiber: 12g
close up side view of wilted spinach salad in the skillet.

How to Make Wilted Spinach Salad – Step by Step Photos

Cooked bacon in a skillet.

Cook 6oz. bacon in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crispy. Remove the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and leave the bacon grease in the skillet.

Garlic being sautéed in bacon fat in the skillet.

Add two minced cloves of garlic to the skillet and sauté in the bacon fat for about one minute.

Beans and vinaigrette ingredients added to the skillet.

Add two rinsed and drained 15oz. cans of cannellini beans to the skillet along with 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp sugar, ¼ tsp pepper, and ⅛ tsp salt.

Heated beans and vinaigrette in the skillet with a spoon.

Heat and stir the ingredients until everything is heated through and the vinaigrette ingredients have combined.

half-wilted spinach mixed into the beans in the skillet.

Add 8oz. fresh spinach and carefully stir until the heat partially wilts the spinach. Remove the skillet from the heat.

spinach and white beans topped with crumbled bacon.

Crumble the cooked bacon over the skillet and fold to combine. Taste the salad and add salt and pepper to your liking. Serve warm!

Finished wilted spinach salad in the skillet.

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15-Minute BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

We wanted to make the Easy Vegan BBQ Sauce from our cookbook even better, but the truth is, friends, it’s already magical. It’s perfectly sweet and tangy, just a little spicy, and FULL of flavor. This slightly modified version has all that flavor, and …

15-Minute BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

We wanted to make the Easy Vegan BBQ Sauce from our cookbook even better, but the truth is, friends, it’s already magical. It’s perfectly sweet and tangy, just a little spicy, and FULL of flavor. This slightly modified version has all that flavor, and we simplified it even more. 

It’s made in 1 pot in just 15 minutes and happens to be gluten-free and vegan — and can be naturally sweetened, too.

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This fresh strawberry spinach salad recipe is tossed with creamy avocado, toasted almonds, your choice of cheese and a honey-sweetened poppyseed dressing. Forever and always one of my favorite salads to make this time of year. ♡ I first shared this strawberry spinach salad recipe here on Gimme Some Oven nearly a decade ago, but […]

This fresh strawberry spinach salad recipe is tossed with creamy avocado, toasted almonds, your choice of cheese and a honey-sweetened poppyseed dressing.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Forever and always one of my favorite salads to make this time of year. ♡

I first shared this strawberry spinach salad recipe here on Gimme Some Oven nearly a decade ago, but it’s one of those classics that I’m certain I will be making for decades and decades to come. Made with loads of fresh strawberries, tender baby spinach, creamy avocado, toasted almonds, paper-thin red onions, crumbled blue cheese (or goat or feta), and my favorite lightly-sweetened honey poppyseed dressing, this salad is always the first recipe I want to make each spring when juicy ripe red strawberries come back in season. And it always tastes like such a treat.

Feel free, of course, to sub in your preferred kind of greens, nuts (or seeds), and cheese. And if you want to add in some protein, grilled chicken, shrimp or bacon are always delicious options.

So grab a pint of the ripe strawberries while they’re in season, and let’s make this gorgeous salad together! (more…)

Italian Herb Tofu Wraps with Garlicky Hummus Sauce

Friends, is this the perfect plant-based lunch? We’ll let you be the judges, but we definitely cast our votes (heck YES) after the first bite. These wraps are bursting with fresh, savory, satisfying flavors, and they’re so quick and easy. 
They’re…

Italian Herb Tofu Wraps with Garlicky Hummus Sauce

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Glazed Ham Steaks

Glazed ham steaks are a quick and easy dinner idea that only takes a few ingredients and about 15 minutes to prepare.

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I don’t know about you, but it feels like Thanksgiving was just yesterday and I’m not ready to make another big dinner yet. So for Christmas, I’m making these super simple ham steaks instead of a full glazed ham. They’re so incredibly quick, I get my ham fix, and I can spend Christmas day relaxing. 😎 These glazed ham steaks are so good and so easy that they’ll probably be making their way into my normal dinner rotation, too.

Two glazed ham steaks on a plate with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato

Shown with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a baked sweet potato.

What Kind of Ham to Use

I like a thick-cut (½-inch thick) sliced ham steak for this recipe because it gives it more of a main-dish type feel. There are many options for sliced ham or sliced ham quarters in the grocery store (near the refrigerated cured meats) and you can use just about any of them. If you end up with ham that is sliced more thinly, you’ll just cook for a shorter amount of time during the browning step below. And you may need to make more glaze if you’re trying to cover more pieces.

Other Glaze Options

The glaze I used here is a sweet and slightly tangy mix that reduces to a nice sticky glaze. You can’t really taste the Dijon mustard in the end, but if you don’t like Dijon or simply don’t have any on hand, you can also use a sweet-spicy-smoky rub like I used in my Glazed Pork Chops recipe.

How are the Leftovers?

I love, love, loved eating the leftovers of this ham. So much so that I think I might meal prep this on a regular basis! Glazes like this don’t stay clear and glossy after refrigeration, but they still taste great!

What to Serve with Glazed Ham Steaks

I served my glazed ham with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a baked sweet potato, but it would also go great with classics like Homemade Mac and Cheese, Potato Salad, Three Bean Salad, Roasted Broccoli, or a Broccoli Cheese Casserole.

For something like a mini Christmas Dinner, I’d probably pair it with Potatoes Au Gratin, Balsamic Glazed Carrots, Roasted Brussels, and Apple Walnut Stuffing.

Side view of glazed ham steaks on the plate with sides
Side view of glazed ham steaks on the plate with sides

Glazed Ham Steaks

Glazed ham steaks are a quick and easy dinner idea that only takes a few ingredients and about 15 minutes to prepare.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $5.48 recipe / $1.37 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 4oz. each
Calories 220kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.12
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.18
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce $0.02
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves $0.02
  • 2 8oz. ham steaks $5.00
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.10

Instructions

  • Combine the brown sugar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and cloves in a small bowl.
  • Cut the ham steaks in half to create four 4oz. portions.
  • Add the butter to a skillet and heat over medium. When the butter is melted, swirl the skillet to coat the surface. Add the ham steaks and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  • Spoon half of the glaze mixture over the ham steaks, flip, then add the second half of the glaze. Cook for 1-2 minutes more on each side, or until the glaze becomes thick and sticky. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1525mg | Fiber: 1g
Glazed Ham Steaks in the skillet close up

How to Make Glazed Ham Steaks – Step by Step Photos

Ham glaze ingredients in a bowl

Make the glaze first. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, and ⅛ tsp ground cloves.

ham steak packages

These are the ham steaks I used. You can use any type of ham steak available, but if they are thinner than ½-inch, you’ll need to reduce the cooking time from the estimates I have given.

Ham steaks cut in half

Each of the ham steaks were 8oz., so I cut them in half to create four 4oz. portions. Portion your ham as you see fit.

Browned ham steaks in the skillet

Add 1 Tbsp butter to a large skillet and heat over medium. When the butter is melted, give the skillet a swirl to coat the surface. Add the ham and cook for a few minutes on each side, or until browned.

Glaze being spooned over the ham steaks in the skillet

Spoon half of the glaze mixture over the ham steaks, then flip them over and add the rest.

Finished glazed ham in the skillet

Cook the ham for a minute or two more on each side, or until the glaze has reduced.

Overhead view of glazed ham on a plate with sides

Serve hot with your favorite sides!

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