Best Egg Recipes

A collection of our best egg recipes, including baked eggs, scrambled eggs, egg sandwiches, easy egg recipes, and more.

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If there is one thing that I always keep around, it’s eggs. Not only are they inexpensive and easy to cook, but there are so many ways to enjoy them. Scrambled, fried, poached, hard or soft-boiled, on their own, packed with veggies, loaded with melty cheese, or served with meat…the possibilities really are just about endless for eggs, and that’s why they’re one of my favorite refrigerator staples.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy microwave egg scramble, a breakfast burrito or quesadilla, or eggs for dinner, this list of all of the Best Egg Recipes has something for everyone!

Scrambled Egg Recipes

Let’s start with the classic: scrambled eggs. I love scrambling eggs because it’s just so easy. You just crack a few eggs into a skillet, push them around for a few minutes, and they’re good to go. The most difficult part is deciding what to serve them with because there are so many options! 

Well, hopefully, these five recipes will help you narrow down your scrambled egg options. Try them in burritos, scrambles, bowls, tacos, you name it. 

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Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are a savory breakfast lover’s dream. Fast, flavorful, full of healthy vegetables, and fully customizable. 
5 from 5 votes
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Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles – When I can’t decide what to put in my eggs, I just add it all! This Vegetable Breakfast Scramble is a great way to use up leftovers and an easy way to pack some vegetables into your day. Scrambled eggs loaded with pepper, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and more. Bonus: it’s ready in a total of 10 minutes.

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Freezer Friendly 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
4.86 from 14 votes
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Freezer Breakfast BurritosThese Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos are both delicious and easy to make. They make the perfect reheat, grab, and go breakfast or easy weeknight dinner. Plus, they’re also super customizable. Load them up with your favorite meat, veggies, and cheeses. 

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Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta

These tasty scrambled eggs with spinach and feta are fast and easy enough to prepare on a weekday, and are perfect for using up spinach!
5 from 6 votes
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Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and FetaIt might sound fancy, but it’s actually so unbelievably easy to make. You just need four ingredients, a few simple seasonings, and the best breakfast or bunch is served. Enjoy these eggs as-is, with a side of toast, wrap them in a tortilla, stuff them into a pita, or sandwich them onto a toasted bagel.

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Hummus Breakfast Tacos

Hummus Breakfast Tacos are a quick and easy, protein and fiber packed breakfast that will keep you fueled all morning. Customize the toppings as desired! 
4.58 from 7 votes
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Hummus Breakfast Tacos – If you know anything about me, you know that eggs and hummus are one of my favorite combinations. Not only do the two taste delicious together, but they pack a serious punch of nutrition. These Hummus Breakfast Tacos are a great 15-minute breakfast that is packed with flavor.

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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!
4.89 from 60 votes
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Country Breakfast Bowls –  These Country Breakfast Bowls are one of the first meal prep breakfast recipes I made ever—and still one of my all-time favorites. They’re loaded with potatoes, eggs, cheese, and salsa for a super flavorful AND filling make-ahead breakfast. I love to prep these bowls on Sunday so breakfast is ready to go all week long.

Baked Egg Recipes

Baked eggs are an easy, hands-off way to enjoy your morning eggs. There’s no standing over a skillet babysitting your eggs, just pop them in the oven until they’re rich, creamy, and oh so delicious. These four recipes are a few of my all-time favorite ways to serve baked eggs. They’re creamy, savory, cheesy, perfectly seasoned, and oh-so-good.

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Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche

This easy, tasty Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche is low on carbs and big on flavor. This veggie-filled breakfast will keep you full and happy.
4.85 from 203 votes
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Spinach and Mushroom Feta Crustless Quiche – This Spinach and Mushroom Quiche is the perfect addition to breakfast or brunch. It’s loaded with protein and veggies and packed with flavor. While it looks, tastes, and sounds fancy, this crustless quiche is surprisingly simple, made mostly of pantry staples and takes just 15 minutes to prep.

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Southwest Tortilla Baked Eggs

These southwest inspired tortilla baked eggs make an easy and delicious weekend breakfast with plenty of room for customization!
5 from 5 votes
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Southwest Tortilla Baked EggsThis Southwest Tortilla Baked Eggs Recipe is a delicious mashup of a breakfast quesadilla and a breakfast pizza. This recipe is made up of a tortilla crust that’s topped with eggs, cheese, veggies, and more. It takes just 10 minutes to prep and can be easily customized to your liking.

Make these fast and easy Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs using items you probably have in your pantry. A little feta on top takes it to the next level! BudgetBytes.com

Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs

Make these fast and easy Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs using items you probably have in your pantry. A little feta on top takes it to the next level!
4.62 from 21 votes
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Creamed Spinach Baked EggsI love any recipe that I can whip up with ingredients I already have laying around. And these Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs are one of those recipes. This delicious breakfast is quick to prep and is packed with eggs, frozen spinach, two types of cheese, and the perfect blend of seasonings.

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Frittata

Use leftover ingredients to make a frittata, like this Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Frittata. Great for breakfast, brunch or even dinner! 
4.77 from 17 votes
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Roasted Red Pepper and Feta FrittataFrittatas are one of my favorite ways to cook eggs because they are so customizable. Pretty much any veggies or cheeses or meats you have laying around can be tossed into a frittata. This Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Frittata is creamy, salty, slightly spicy, and oh so good.

Egg Recipes for Dinner

While eggs are a classic for breakfast, no one said you can’t enjoy them all day long. And who doesn’t love a good breakfast for dinner option? These five recipes are just a few of my favorite ways to eat eggs for dinner.

Keep it classic with a Chorizo Breakfast Hash or think outside the box with Ratatouille Frittata or Smoky White Bean Shakshuka. There really is something for everyone! 

Ratatouille Frittata combines the rich and complex flavors of ratatouille with the ease of an egg frittata. Great for low carb dieters or using up that summer bumper crop! BudgetBytes.com

Ratatouille Frittata

Ratatouille Frittata combines the rich and complex flavors of ratatouille with the ease of an egg frittata. Great for low carb dieters or using up that summer bumper crop! 
5 from 4 votes
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Ratatouille FrittataThis colorful blend of roasted veggies baked into a creamy blend of eggs, milk, and seasonings is simple elegance at its best. A medley of roasted vegetables bring tons of color, flavor, and texture to this simple baked egg dish.

Keep all the ingredients for this Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche on hand for an easy low-carb breakfast (or dinner!) BudgetBytes.com

Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, this Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche is an easy, filling, and customizable low-carb meal.
4.92 from 23 votes
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Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless QuicheBroccoli and cheddar is a combination we all know and love. Pair that combo with bacon and bake it into a creamy quiche and I’m not sure you will ever come across anything more perfect. This recipe is made up of basic refrigerator staples and uses frozen spinach for extra easy prep.

Green Chile Migas is a fast and inexpensive egg dish that is flavorful and filling any time of day, not just for breakfast! BudgetBytes.com

Green Chile Migas

Green Chile Migas is a fast and inexpensive egg dish that is flavorful and filling any time of day, not just for breakfast! 
5 from 8 votes
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Green Chile MigasTake your scrambled eggs to a whole new level of deliciousness with this Green Chile Migas Recipe. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep, is super inexpensive to make, and is absolutely loaded with delicious Tex-Mex flavor. This easy breakfast is creamy, cheesy, perfectly spicy, and will definitely be your new favorite way to enjoy scrambled eggs!

Smoky White Bean Shakshuka makes the BEST breakfast for dinner! BudgetBytes.com

Smoky White Bean Shakshuka

Eggs poached in a rich and smoky tomato sauce speckled with white beans, this Smoky White Bean Shakshuka is a filling and inexpensive breakfast or dinner! BudgetBytes.com
4.84 from 60 votes
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Smoky White Bean ShakshukaThis Smoky White Bean Shakshuka recipe is the ultimate breakfast for dinner recipe. Just five minutes to prep and 25 minutes to make, and dinner is ready to go! This recipe is made up of poached eggs, beans, fresh herbs, and feta simmered in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce. 

This simple but tasty Chorizo Breakfast Hash is a breakfast classic. Perfect for your lazy weekend brunch, or even "breakfast for dinner". BudgetBytes.com

Chorizo Breakfast Hash

This simple but tasty Chorizo Breakfast Hash is a breakfast classic. Perfect for your lazy weekend brunch, or even “breakfast for dinner”.
4.75 from 16 votes
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Chorizo Breakfast HashJust because it has “breakfast” in the name doesn’t mean that it’s not also perfect for dinner. ;) It’s loaded with tender potatoes, veggies, spicy chorizo, and perfectly fried eggs. This tasty plate is hearty enough for even the biggest dinner appetites.

Egg Sandwich Recipes

I lived off of egg sandwiches pretty much all through college, and I still love them. If that’s not a testament to how awesome egg sandwiches are, I don’t know what is. But if you want to explore beyond the basic egg sandwich, these five egg sandwich recipes will take you to the next level. 

We’ve got a spicy twist on classic egg salad, egg breakfast sandwiches, and even cheesy egg breakfast quesadillas. These recipes keep egg sandwiches simple in preparation but make them so much more interesting in flavor.

Brown Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo

Brown Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo are the perfect mix of salty, sweet, and spicy for your weekend brunch.
4.69 from 16 votes
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Brown Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches – These Brown Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches take sweet and spicy to another level. These sandwiches pack a serious flavor punch with smoky and sweet brown sugar bacon, spicy homemade chipotle mayo, fried egg, lettuce, and tomato all layered on a buttery brioche bun. They make the best sweet and savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner option!

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!
4.81 from 42 votes
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Veggie-Packed Freezer-Ready Breakfast SandwichesI love these Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches because I can prep them ahead of time and for quick weekday breakfasts. Plus, I can pack them with tons of veggies. I opted for roasted red peppers and frozen spinach, but you can load these up with whatever veggies you like. So easy, so customizable, and so delicious.

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Quesadillas

Sausage and egg breakfast quesadillas are an easy and filling breakfast option that is also freezer-friendly, so you can stock up for later!
5 from 7 votes
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Sausage and Egg Breakfast QuesadillasLet’s just set aside the argument about whether a quesadilla is a type of sandwich and agree that they’re the best thing ever. Especially when stuffed with egg and cheese. These Sausage and Egg Breakfast Quesadillas are loaded up with flavorful country sausage, perfectly cooked eggs, melty cheddar, salt, and pepper.

Sriracha Egg Salad is a simple yet satisfying dish that boasts a creamy, tangy, and spicy sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Sriracha Egg Salad

Sriracha Egg Salad is a simple yet satisfying quick dish that boasts a creamy, tangy, and spicy sauce.
4.91 from 21 votes
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Sriracha Egg SaladI am a major egg salad fan. I am also a major Sriracha fan. And this Sriracha Egg Salad is exactly what I want packed between two slices of hearty, toasted bread. Or you can spread onto some salty crackers, or maybe just loaded up onto the biggest spoon I own. This recipe is loaded with flavor, requires just 7 ingredients, and takes a quick 10 minutes to prep.

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Chili Garlic Breakfast Quesadilla

These quick and easy Chili Garlic Breakfast Quesadillas are the perfect fast, filling, and comforting breakfast for busy mornings.
5 from 4 votes
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Chili Garlic Breakfast QuesadillasThese Chili Garlic Breakfast Quesadillas are the epitome of Budget Bytes (and not just because I was eating them every day when I started the blog). They’re super inexpensive to make but still incredibly delicious. You’ve got rich eggs egg, melty cheddar cheese, spicy chili garlic sauce, and good-for-you spinach sandwiched between a toasty tortilla, making one of the best breakfast combos ever. Bonus: this meal is ready in a total of 10 minutes!

Easy Egg Recipes

Most egg recipes aren’t overly complicated in general, but these five egg recipes are the easiest of easy. I’m talking 5-10 minutes, made in the microwave, and consisting of refrigerator and pantry staples. Make these recipes as easy weekday breakfasts or anytime when you just don’t feel like cooking!

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Easy Egg Salad

This quick and easy egg salad is perfect for busy days or whenever you need a fast, inexpensive, delicious, and filling meal!
5 from 4 votes
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Easy Egg Salad – It really doesn’t get any easier than this super basic egg salad that only requires a few simple ingredients. When you’re hungry and need something cheap, egg salad is always there to save the day! Serve it as a sandwich or wrap, scoop it up with crackers, or even pile it onto a big green salad.

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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! 
4.69 from 16 votes
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Make-Ahead Microwave Breakfast ScramblesWhat if I told you that you could meal prep a protein and veggie-packed breakfast in the microwave in just 10 minutes? These Make-Ahead Microwave Breakfast Scrambles are a super quick, easy, and nutritious breakfast that take only 10 minutes to prep and 1 minute to warm in the microwave! 

Use the leftovers in your fridge to make this delicious and filling 5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug. Fast and easy! BudgetBytes.com

5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug

Use the leftovers in your fridge to make this delicious and filling 5 Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug. Fast and easy!
4.79 from 14 votes
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5-Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast MugThis 5-Minute Savory Microwave Breakfast Mug is the perfect way to use up leftover bread, meat, and veggies…and yes, it really does take just 5 minutes to make! This breakfast is packed with eggs, bread, sausage, cheese, and your choice of veggies. Follow the recipe as-is or customize it to your liking.

Sesame Noodles with Wilted Greens

These Easy Sesame Noodles with Wilted Greens are a simple vegetarian meal with big flavor and plenty of options for customization.
4.92 from 25 votes
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Sesame Noodles with Wilted GreensThis dish really is all about the egg. The noodles and greens are just the supporting actors. It’s that deliciously creamy yolk that should get all the glory as it drenches the noodles like a creamy sauce. You won’t need a lot of ingredients for this one, just a few pantry staples and 10 quick minutes to prep, and you’ll have a satisfying and easy lunch or dinner.

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How to Make Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

Perfect soft boiled eggs with firm whites and liquid gold centers are only six minutes away. Use this easy step by step guide for perfect eggs every time. 
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Soft-Boiled EggsWant to learn how to make the silkiest, creamiest soft-boiled eggs of all time? You’re in the right place. This Soft-Boiled Eggs recipe is a super simple, 10-minute method for the perfect boiled egg. Serve these soft-boiled eggs on their own, on toast, added to breakfast bowls, in soup, as a salad topping, you name it. 

Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls

Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls are an easy but indulgent breakfast or brunch treat that you can whip up in no time.
4.83 from 17 votes
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Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls – These Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls make the perfect cozy weekend-at-home-brunch. They’re loaded up with the best ingredients like yellow grits, cheddar cheese, eggs, salsa, and more. They’re also super customizable. Pack these bowls with your favorite veggies, swap out the seasonings to change the flavor, or top them off with a sprinkle of crispy bacon.

So what about you? What is your favorite way to eat eggs? Tell me about your favorite meal with eggs in the comments below. 👇

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Best Recipes of 2021

Here are my picks for the best recipes of 2021. Don’t miss out on the delicious, easy, and budget-friendly recipes!

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It’s that time of year again! Time for me to round up the 20 best recipes of 2021, recipes that you don’t want to miss! Since I’m (probably) the only one who has cooked every single recipe on this site, I hope you take my word when I say that these 20 recipes are the best of the best. Bookmark this page so the next time you can’t think of something to make for dinner, you can scroll through this list and pick something you haven’t tried yet. They’re all winners!

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Without further ado, here are my top 20 favorite recipes from 2021, in order from newest to oldest!

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

This incredibly creamy and cheesy homemade mac and cheese is great on its own or as a jumping off point for your own creation.
5 from 3 votes
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Extra Cheesy Homemade Mac and Cheese – I was not expecting this “basic” recipe to be this good, but somehow it just is. It’s extra cheesy, extra gooey, and will give you all the good cheesy ASMR vibes when you stir.

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Mushroom Rice

This simple mushroom rice combines earthy mushrooms, savory garlic, rich butter, and flavorful vegetable broth for a simple yet flavorful side dish.
5 from 5 votes
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Mushroom Rice – This is another simple recipe that ended up blowing my mind. Just a few simple ingredients transform a pot of white rice from boring to, “can I eat this as my main dish?”

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Chicken Stew

This chicken stew is a rich and hearty mix of tender chicken thighs, vegetables, and a light but flavorful herb-infused gravy.
4.98 from 49 votes
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Chicken Stew – This tasty stew probably gets my vote for my absolute favorite recipe of the entire year, and that’s saying a lot. It’s so rich and hearty, and the flavor is absolutely off the charts. DON’T MISS IT.

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Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Juicy bratwurst simmering in tangy sauerkraut, sweet apples, onions, and broth is an easy and flavorful way to enjoy this German sausage.
5 from 7 votes
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Bratwurst and Sauerkraut – It’s no secret that I’m in love with bratwurst and since I’ve also recently fallen in love with sauerkraut, it’s only natural that I am in love with this recipe. It’s super easy to prepare and the leftovers are deeeelish!

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Classic Meatloaf

This classic meatloaf recipe is just like the traditional meatloaf grandma used to make. Tender and juicy with the perfect tomato glaze!
4.92 from 12 votes
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Classic Homemade Meatloaf – I don’t know why meatloaf is always the butt of jokes on tv and cartoons because this stuff is SO GOOD. Total comfort food and definitely the type of leftovers that I look forward to the rest of the week.

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Savory Oatmeal

Savory oatmeal is a delicious, hearty, and inexpensive meal that can be customized to use ingredients you have on hand.
5 from 10 votes
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Savory Oatmeal – Oats are a staple in my kitchen because they’re cheap, good for you, and they can be used for a lot more than just a sweet breakfast bowl. These savory oats are great for breakfast, lunch, or a quick dinner!

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BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits

BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits is the perfect cozy meal for crisp fall evenings, football games, and afternoons spent raking leaves.
4.75 from 16 votes
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BBQ Meatballs with Cheese Grits – I had this recipe sitting in my drafts for almost two months because I honestly didn’t think anyone else would like it. Well, to my surprise, you guys liked it every bit as much as I did! This dish was one of the most viral recipes of the year.

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Honey Sriracha Tofu

This sweet, spicy, and sticky honey sriracha tofu is addictively delicious! Add it to salads, bowl meals, wraps, and more.
4.83 from 17 votes
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Honey Sriracha Tofu – Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious, and this honey sriracha tofu is the perfect example. The sauce is basically three ingredients, sriracha, honey, and soy sauce, and yet it’s so finger-licking good!

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Mediterranean Coleslaw

This bright and fresh Mediterranean Coleslaw has a light lemony dressing (no mayo!) and a medley of crunchy and colorful vegetables.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Mediterranean Coleslaw – I still have food dreams about this coleslaw. It’s so light, refreshing, crunchy, colorful, and flavorful. If you’re looking to switch up your usual side dishes for sandwiches or grilled meat, this salad is a fun new option.

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Easy Lemon Cream Pie

This sweet and creamy cloud-like lemon cream pie is an easy summer dessert that can be made completely no-bake, if needed.
5 from 12 votes
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Easy Lemon Cream Pie – Delicious simplicity at its best. This no-bake pie is crazy good, but you only need a few ingredients.

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Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

This Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie is a dessert-worthy treat and a sneaky way to add an extra dose of vegetables to your day.
4.78 from 18 votes
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Chocolate Coffee Breakfast Smoothie – This surprising smoothie tastes just like a Wendy’s frosty, but has way less sugar and a secret ingredient that packs in some extra fiber. ;)

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One Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice

You only need one pot and 8 ingredients to make this easy and flavorful Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice. Fast, easy, and delicious!
4.8 from 15 votes
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One Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice – I love this easy, light, and refreshing dish for summer. Add a green salad or some steamed veggies on the side, and dinner is done!

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Classic Three Bean Salad

Simple ingredients come together in this Classic Three Bean Salad to make a simple summer side dish, perfect for BBQs and potlucks!
4.5 from 6 votes
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Classic Three Bean Salad – Months later, I’m still trying to figure out why this is so good. It’s just some canned beans and a super simple vinaigrette, but I still want to sit down with the bowl and eat the entire batch myself. Oh, and it’s one of those magical recipes that get better with time in the fridge.

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BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken

Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate.
5 from 7 votes
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BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken – This chicken didn’t get a lot of attention when I first posted it, but hopefully this will convince a few more of you to give it a try. It’s a super simple mix of BBQ sauce, cheddar, fresh red onion, and cilantro, but the flavors are perfect together and this chicken couldn’t be easier to make.

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No Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake pretzel peanut butter bars are a ridiculously simple homemade version of your favorite peanut butter cups!
4.87 from 15 votes
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No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars – You guys loved this no-bake dessert as much as I did! It’s like homemade peanut butter cups with a crunchy pretzel topping. Who wouldn’t love that?

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Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken

These Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts are so tender and juicy, and you'll want to spoon that delicious pan sauce over EVERYTHING. 
5 from 19 votes
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Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken – Lemon pepper is such a great all-purpose seasoning. It adds acidity, salt, and a peppery bite all in one sprinkle, which makes this lemon pepper chicken a fast, easy, and tasty option for busy weeknights.

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Cheddar Drop Biscuits

These rich, fluffy, and cheesy Cheddar Drop Biscuits are as easy as it gets when it comes to homemade biscuits.
4.93 from 13 votes
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Cheddar Drop Biscuits – I would eat these biscuits every day if I could. They’re rich, cheesy, soft, and fluffy. And bonus, they freeze great so you can take just a few out of the freezer to serve with dinner whenever needed!

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Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs

These Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs are easy, colorful, and delicious. Plus the leftovers hold up great, so they're meal prep friendly!
4.96 from 23 votes
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Sheet Pan BBQ Meatballs – We all love sheet pan meals, and this one has tasty bbq meatballs, sweet pineapple rings, and caramelized peppers and onions. The perfect combo!

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Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

Adding peanut butter to your instant ramen is an easy way to upgrade this inexpensive comfort food with more flavor and protein.
4.94 from 44 votes
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Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen – I love easy ramen hacks, and this spicy peanut butter ramen is one of the best of the best. A super simple spicy peanut butter sauce makes these noodles absolutely irresistable.

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Tortilla Baked Eggs

Tortilla Baked Eggs are a fun and flexible way to use leftover ingredients from the week in a delicious homemade breakfast.
5 from 12 votes
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Tortilla Baked Eggs – I couldn’t end this roundup without an egg recipe. These tortilla baked eggs became my favorite way to eat eggs this year. The flour tortilla is used as a sort of shell or bowl, holding in your eggs, cheese, and whatever other fillings you like. It’s fun, crispy, and tasty!

What new recipes did you try this year that ended up being winners (from here or anywhere else)? I’d love to hear about what you’ve been cooking!

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30 Best Homemade Soup Recipes

30 of the best soup recipes from Budget Bytes! Easy soup recipes, chicken soup recipes, vegetarian soup recipes and more.

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I’m a soup lover, through and through. I eat soup when it’s cold outside, when it’s hot outside, and anytime between. So you may have noticed that we have a million soup recipes on Budget Bytes. So I wanted to filter out the best of the best, so you can make sure not to miss out on the best homemade soups that we have to offer. These delicious soup recipes will keep you coming back for more, and they’re always great for leftovers, which will save you time and money. So without further ado, here are 30 of our best soup recipes!

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Chicken Soup Recipes

If you’re in need of some light, warm comfort food for a cold day, try one of these chicken soup recipes. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill soups; they’re hearty and healthy and sure to keep you toasty warm on those dreary fall and winter days.

  • The Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – There’s nothing quite like the aroma of homemade chicken noodle soup simmering away on the stove top. This simple, classic soup is soothing to the mind, body, and soul!
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – When you want a piping hot bowl of spicy chicken tortilla soup, but you’ve got your hands full with other chores, let your slow cooker save the day!
  • Matzo Ball Soup – It’s the soup that cures all ailments. Chicken, vegetables, tender dumplings, and all of that classic chicken soup flavor, but with a fast and easy method that anyone can do.
  • Chicken Stew – Chicken stew is like chicken soups older, more rugged cousin. It’s rich, hearty, and leaves no man hungry! The cold of winter is no match for a pot of chicken stew.
  • Chicken and Lime Soup – This light and zesty chicken soup is a unique twist on a classic. With southwest flavors like green chiles, lime, and cilantro, this soup is light and refreshing enough to eat year round.

Vegetable Soup Recipes

Vegetable soup is incredibly versatile. You can use just about any vegetable, add some herbs and spices, maybe a grain or noodle, and PRESTO! You’ve got an easy and delicious vegetable soup. If you have leftover veggies lying around, it’s an excellent way to use them up. Here are our favorite vegetable soup recipes.

  • Roasted Salsa Black Bean Soup – This incredibly flavorful and colorful soup combines roasted vegetables, hearty black beans, and the bright flavors of cilantro and lime. It’s bold, delicious, and completely vegan!
  • Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup – This thick and rich broccoli cheddar soup is chock full of vegetables in a cheesy, creamy, broth. It’s comfort food and your daily dose of vegetables in one bowl!
  • Vegetable Barley Soup – If you’re craving something a little more light, this vegetable barley soup will fill you up without weighing you down. It has a medley of colorful vegetables, plus a handful of hearty barley to make sure one bowl fills you all the way up!
  • Creamy Mushroom Soup – Creamy and earthy with all those cozy fall flavors in one bowl. Make sure to serve this with some crusty bread for dipping because you won’t want to waste one drop of that delicious broth.
  • Smoky Tomato Soup – If you love tomato soup you’ll love this smoky tomato soup made with fire roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika, and a little garlic. It’s a chunkier, smokier, more rustic version of your favorite classic tomato soup.

Easy Soup Recipes

With these easy soup recipes, you’ll never have to wonder what to make for dinner again. These simple soups are quick to prepare, but pack lots of flavor—and they’re even better on cold winter nights. Try one of these satisfying soups for a family dinner or an easy weeknight meal.

  • Tomato Herb Soup – This easy homemade tomato soup is made with simple pantry staples, but it packs a big flavor punch! You’ll never go back to canned tomato soup again.
  • Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen – When time and money are short, there’s nothing like instant ramen to save the day. With a few simple add-ins, this instant ramen is transformed into a gourmet bowl that you’ll want to make over and over again.
  • Easy Pumpkin Soup – With just a simple can of puréed pumpkin, vegetable broth, and a few spices, you can create a truly delicious bowl of soup! Keep it simple or get fun with your toppings, either way, you’ll slurp up every last drop.
  • Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup – This deliciously simple egg drop soup comes together in under 30 minutes and is so warm and soothing when you’re feeling under the weather. And it’s easy enough to prepare even when you’re not feeling your best!
  • Swamp Soup – Don’t let the name scare you, this rich and hearty tomato based soup is full of vegetables and is super easy to prepare! Plus it freezes great so you can always have some ready to reheat and enjoy on a moment’s notice.

Vegetarian Soup Recipes

To be honest, I love all soups, but some of my favorite soups are veggie-based. They’re great for meatless Mondays or any night of the week. Here are our top five vegetarian soup recipes to get you started. And don’t be fooled, they’re so filling and flavorful that they’re loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

  • Vegan Peanut Stew – If you think a vegetarian soup won’t be filling, think again! This Vegan Peanut Stew is incredibly filling and flavorful. It has a rich peanut based sauce, hearty collard greens, and tender sweet potatoes all in one true meal in a bowl.
  • Smoky Potato and Chickpea Stew – This rich vegetarian stew is full of color and flavor. It will fill you up without weighing you down with its chickpeas, tomatoes, potatoes, and kale.
  • Vegan Winter Lentil Stew – You won’t believe the flavor in this totally vegan winter stew. It’s rich and hearty, just like a beef stew, but made with vegetables like potatoes, peas, carrots, and celery, plus a healthy dose of lentils.
  • Easy Vegetarian Minestrone – This classic vegetarian minestone is a colorful medley of vegetables and beans. This nutrient filled powerhouse is comforting and filling without being too heavy. It’s perfect with saltine crackers, or even a grilled cheese on the side.
  • Summer Gazpacho – When the weather’s hot, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy soup! This vegetable soup is served cold and is extra refreshing thanks to fresh cucumber, parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice.

Bean Soup Recipes

Beans are a great source of protein, which makes them a staple in any diet. If you’re looking for a simple and affordable dish that is quick to prepare, give one of these bean soup recipes a try. You can create soups from dried beans or use canned beans if time is an issue. No matter which recipe you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy hearty and flavorful soups that fill your belly without emptying your wallet.

  • Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup – This simple white bean soup is one of my favorite quickie recipes. It comes together in minutes, is devilishly delicious, and can be customized with a ton of fun toppings.
  • Smoky Black Bean Soup – If you’ve got a few cans of black beans, you can make this black bean soup in minutes! Pair it with some homemade cornbread and you’ve got a meal made in heaven.
  • Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup – If you appreciate the slow food movement and cooking from scratch, I think you’ll love this 15 bean soup! It starts with dry beans soaked overnight, then simmered with fresh vegetables and plenty of herbs and spices. It’s real food at its best!
  • Chunky Ham and Bean Soup – If you’re looking for something a little more fast an easy, this chunky ham and bean soup takes advantage of canned beans and pre-cooked ham. It’s hearty, filling, and WAY better than canned soup.
  • Lentil and Sausage Stew – Lentils are awesome for soup becauase they don’t require soaking or long simmer times. This stew is full of TONS of vegetables, lentils, and flavorful spices. Plus it freezes great, so you can always have something healthy and delicious on hand.

Healthy Soup Recipes

For those looking to eat healthier, soup is a wonderful solution. They’re such an easy and convenient way to pack your diet with vegetables and whole grains. From hearty stews to light broths to veggie-packed chowders, these healthy recipes are perfect for vegetarians and meat lovers alike! Check out these healthy recipes for soups that’ll warm your soul!

  • Beef and Cabbage Soup – this simple soup is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor. It will definitely fill you up without making you feel overly full or sluggish. Serve as-is or add even more vegetables to meet your daily goals.
  • Moroccan Vegetable and Lentil Stew – Not only is this delicious pot of soup full of several vegetables, but it has a powerhouse of flavorful and anti-inflammatory spices, like turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  • All You Can Eat Cabbage Soup – This is my version of the classic “cabbage soup diet” soup. Except we like it because it tastes good, not because it makes lofty weight loss promises. This soup is too good for that shtick.
  • Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup – Lentils, black beans, vegetables. It sounds like it could be boring, but I promise, this soup is anything but! This is the soup that made me fall in love with soup as a meal. It’s so flavorful, and so filling. Plus, look at all those colors and textures! It’s as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach.
  • Tomato Lentil Soup – Did I mention that lentils make good soup? Haha. This lentil soup has a rich tomato-based broth, hearty vegetables like potatoes and carrots, and a little bit of soy sauce for an extra umami-kick!

What soup recipes do you live by? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Make these easy scaled-down recipes for turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more to make a classic Thanksgiving dinner for two.

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Huge Thanksgiving dinners with tons of family and loved ones are awesome, but not everyone has the option to travel or the family to get together with. If for one reason or another you find yourself alone or celebrating Thanksgiving with just one other person, you can still enjoy a classic Thanksgiving dinner on a smaller scale. I’ve crafted this smaller-sized meal that can be prepared in about two hours, so you can enjoy all those delicious thanksgiving recipes without a huge production. :)

Thanksgiving for two spread as seen from above

What’s Included in This Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

This smaller Thanksgiving dinner menu includes the following scaled-down classic Thanksgiving recipes:

  • Roasted Turkey Breast and Stuffing
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean “Casserole” (stove top version)
  • Mushroom Herb Gravy

Each recipe makes about 2-4 servings, so you’ll still have a few leftovers, but not as much as if you had cooked regular-sized Thanksgiving dinner (we’re all about reducing food waste here at Budget Bytes).

Three recipes will be prepared in the oven (at the same time and same temperature) and three will be prepared on the stove top while the other recipes are doing their thing in the oven.

In addition to the recipes listed above, here are a couple optional extras you can add, either homemade or store-bought. You can make homemade cranberry sauce or mini pumpkin pies the day before. You might want to prepare a quick Thanksgiving grazing board to snack on earlier in the day, or maybe some cranberry cream cheese dip with crackers. And don’t forget to make a couple of Apple Cider Mimosas!

How Long Does it Take to Prepare?

I was able to make this meal in about two hours. The turkey and stuffing takes approximately 1.5 hours to roast, and I was able to prepare the rest of the sides while they were in the oven. I’m probably a bit faster than the average home cook and very well accustomed to multi-tasking in the kitchen, but I also paused to take all of my photographs in that time, so I think 2-3 hours is reasonable for most people. Beginners may wan to allow for extra time.

NOTE: The most important part of being able to prepare this meal in a decent amount of time is to read through the plan thoroughly before beginning. You need to understand how to execute each recipe and in which order before you begin so you don’t get lost. Making a Thanksgiving dinner, any Thanksgiving dinner, takes coordination and multi-tasking skills.

What You Need

For this entire meal you’ll need the following equipment:

  • 8×8″ casserole dish
  • Large baking sheet (about 16″x13″)
  • Medium saucepot (2.5 qt.)
  • 3 qt. covered sauté pan or pot
  • 10″ skillet
  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Colander
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Parchment paper

In addition to the equipment listed above, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs. bone-in, skin-on turkey breast
  • ½ lb. Brussels sprouts
  • ¾ lb. sweet potato
  • 1 lb. russet potato
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 12 oz. frozen cut green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 6oz. box stuffing mix
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 ½ Tbsps all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup French fried onions (packaged)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 11 Tbsp butter
  • 1 ¼ tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 ⅛ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • Salt, pepper, and olive oil
Thanksgiving dinner for two on a plate with a fork

How to Make Thanksgiving for Two – Step by Step Instructions

Okay, let’s get into it! I have the process divided into steps below. Each recipe is its own step so you can skip recipes you don’t like or even scale up recipes that you may want more of. You’ll be cooking most of these simultaneously, but they are listed in order of execution. Keep in mind that the cooking times will overlap. Make sure to read through the instructions thoroughly before beginning. Understanding the process for each recipe and the sequence is critical to executing a Thanksgiving dinner!

NOTE: Before beginning, adjust the racks in your oven so the top rack is slightly above the middle position and the lower rack is just below the middle position (not on the lowest position). The bottom rack only needs enough vertical room for a sheet pan, while the top rack needs enough height for the casserole dish and turkey breast.

1. Turkey and Stuffing

Sliced roasted turkey and stuffing on a plate

This turkey turns out so incredibly juicy and so so much easier than roasting a whole bird. The stuffing absorbs the juices and fat from the turkey as it roasts, making it even more flavorful!

The turkey and stuffing take the longest to cook (about 1.5 hours), so you’ll want to begin this first. The rest of the sides can be prepared while the turkey and stuffing are in the oven.

Sliced roasted turkey and stuffing on a plate

Roasted Turkey Breast with Stuffing

Herb roasted turkey breast and stuffing cook together for one easy and flavorful main dish in this Thanksgiving for two.
Total Cost $13.85 recipe / $4.62 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Calories 552kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 6oz. box stuffing mix $0.89
  • 1.5 cups water $0.00
  • 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature $0.40
  • 1 tsp dried sage $0.10
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary $0.10
  • 1 tsp dried thyme $0.10
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.05
  • 2.5 lb. bone-in, skin on turkey breast $12.21

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add the box of stuffing mix to a bowl, then pour in 1.5 cups warm water. Stir and let the stuffing sit to absorb the water as you prepare the turkey.
  • Combine the room temperature butter, sage, rosemary, thyme, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Pat the turkey breast dry, then spread the herb butter mixture all over the surface.
  • Transfer the stuffing to the bottom of an 8×8-inch casserole dish and place the turkey breast on top. The turkey should cover nearly all of the stuffing. If there is a lot of stuffing exposed, use foil to cover the stuffing mix to prevent it from browning too much during the hour and a half in the oven.
  • Transfer the turkey and stuffing to the oven (upper rack) and roast for about 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature of the turkey breast reaches 165ºF.
  • After roasting, let the turkey and stuffing rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving. The stuffing under the turkey will have absorbed quite a bit of moisture from the turkey, while the stuffing on the edges will be quite crunchy. Simply stir the stuffing together and let it sit for about five minutes to rehydrate the drier pieces before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1722mg | Fiber: 1g

Turkey and Stuffing Step by Step Photos

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the contents of one 6oz. box of stuffing mix in a bowl and add 1.5 cups of warm water. Stir to combine, then set it aside to soak as you prepare the turkey.
  2. Combine 4 Tbsp room temperature butter with 1 tsp dried sage, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp dried thyme, and ¾ tsp salt. Pat a 2.5 lb. bone-in, skin-on turkey breast dry, then smear the herb butter over the surface (if the turkey breast is wet, the butter won’t stick, so dry it well).
  3. Place the hydrated stuffing mix in the bottom of an 8×8-inch casserole dish and place the turkey breast on top. The turkey should cover most of the stuffing. If there are any large portions of stuffing exposed, you may want to cover the exposed portions with foil to prevent them from browning too much as the dish is in the oven. Do not cover the turkey with foil.
  4. Roast the turkey and stuffing in the preheated 350ºF oven for about 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165ºF. Let the turkey rest for about 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  5. The stuffing under the turkey will have absorbed a lot of moisture from the turkey as it roasts while the stuffing on the outer edges will be quite crunchy. Simply stir the stuffing together and let it sit for about five minutes for the moisture levels to equalize.

Once the turkey and stuffing are in the oven, move on to recipe #2, Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

2. Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts on a plate

While the turkey and stuffing are roasting, begin the candied sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. These will cook together on one sheet pan in the oven at the same time as the turkey and stuffing. The sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts take about 40 minutes to cook, so you can prepare them on the sheet pan and then wait to put them into the oven until the turkey has about 40 minutes to go.

These candied sweet potatoes were so delicious it was all I could do to keep from eating them ALL myself. :o

Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts on a plate

Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Candied sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts cook together on one sheet pan for a 2-in-1 easy Thanksgiving side dish.
Total Cost $3.19 recipe / $1.60 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 356kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • 3/4 lb. sweet potato $0.75
  • 1.5 Tbsp butter $0.15
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.04
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.02

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • 1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts $2.00
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper $0.03

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into ½-inch thick rounds. Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  • Melt the butter and then stir in the cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Pour the sweet butter over the sliced sweet potatoes and stir to combine.
  • Cut off any dry ends from the Brussels sprouts, then slice them in half. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss to coat.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay the butter-coated sweet potatoes out over half of the baking sheet. Try to get as much of the butter mixture out of the bowl onto the sweet potatoes as possible. Spread the Brussels sprouts over the other half of the baking sheet.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the oven, placing it on the rack below the turkey. Roast the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until browned and tender, flipping once halfway through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 490mg | Fiber: 10g

Candied Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts Step by Step Photos

  1. Peel and slice one ¾ lb. sweet potato into ½-inch thick rounds. Melt 1.5 Tbsp butter, then stir in 1 Tbsp brown sugar, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp ground cloves, and ⅛ tsp salt. Pour the butter mixture over the sweet potatoes and stir until they’re coated.
  2. Cut off the dry stem end of ½ lb. Brussels sprouts, then slice them in half. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and ⅛ tsp each of salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Place the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined sweet pan. Make sure to get as much of that butter mixture from the bowl onto the sweet potatoes.
  3. The vegetables only take about 40 minutes to roast, so you may want to leave them prepped on the sheet pan until the last 40 minutes or so of the turkey’s baking time so they’re not done too early. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven (lower rack) and roast the vegetables for about 40 minutes, or until browned and tender, flipping them once halfway through.

Once the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are on the sheet pan and prepared to go into the oven, you can move on to preparing the next recipe, mashed potatoes. When the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are in the oven you can prepare the last two recipes, green bean “casserole” and mushroom herb gravy.

3. Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes in a bowl with melted butter on top

You can prepare the mashed potatoes while you’re waiting to put the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts in the oven. They’re pretty quick to prepare, then they can sit on the stovetop with a lid on to stay warm while you finish the rest of the side dishes.

This recipe is also pretty flexible, so if there are other ingredients that you like to add to your mashed potatoes, like sour cream, cheese, or herbs, feel free to stir them in at the end!

Small-Batch Mashed Potatoes

This smaller batch of mashed potatoes is perfect for a Thanksgiving for Two or any quick weeknight dinner when you don't want leftovers.
Total Cost $1.25 recipe / $0.42 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 ¾ cup each
Calories 133kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Medium Saucepot

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. russet potato $0.99
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided $0.02
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.11
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.20
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp pepper $0.01

Instructions

  • Peel the potato then dice into ½-inch cubes. Rinse the diced potatoes with cool water in a colander to remove excess starch.
  • Place the cubed potatoes in a medium pot and cover with one inch of water. Add ½ tsp salt. Place a lid on top and bring the water up to a boil over high heat. Boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until very tender.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander and then give them another brief rinse.
  • Add the butter, milk, garlic powder, and pepper to the pot used to boil the potatoes. Heat over low until the milk is hot and the butter is melted. Return the drained potatoes to the pot and mash. Taste the mashed potatoes and add salt, if needed (I added ¼ tsp).
  • Place a lid on the pot then move it to a back burner (not turned on) to stay warm while you prepare the rest of the sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 598mg | Fiber: 2g

Small Batch Mashed Potatoes Step by Step Photos

  1. Peel and dice a one pound russet potato into ½-inch pieces. Rinse the pieces briefly in a colander to remove excess starch. Place the cubed potato in a medium pot and cover with water. Add 1/2 tsp salt to the water. Place a lid on top and bring the water up to a boil over high heat. Boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until very tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and give them another brief rinse.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp butter, ¼ cup milk, and ¼ tsp garlic powder, and ⅛ tsp pepper to the pot used to boil the potatoes. Heat the milk and butter mixture over low until the milk is hot and butter is mostly melted. Add the drained potatoes back to the pot.
  3. Mash the potatoes until mostly smooth. Taste and add salt if needed (I added ¼ tsp). Place a lid on the pot and move the pot full of potatoes to an unused burner (heat turned off) to stay warm until the rest of the meal is finished.

4. Green Bean “Casserole”

A bowl of creamy green beans with fried onion topping

Once your potatoes are mashed and are resting on the back of the stove, begin the green bean “casserole”. This is essentially a quick stovetop version of the classic baked casserole. Tender green beans coated in a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with French fried onions. You can bake this in the oven after assembly if you prefer, but I was aiming for speed and simplicity with this recipe, so I skipped the baking step.

A bowl of creamy green beans with fried onion topping

Stove Top Green Bean “Casserole”

A quick stove top version of the classic baked green bean casserole. Tender green beans with a creamy mushroom sauce and French fried onions.
Total Cost $2.99 recipe / $1.00 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 ¾ cup each
Calories 242kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • 3 qt. Covered Sauté Pan

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. frozen cut green beans $1.00
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.20
  • 4 oz. mushrooms $0.75
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1 cup milk $0.44
  • 1 cup vegetable broth $0.13
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.03
  • 1/2 cup Fried Onions* $0.32

Instructions

  • Add the frozen green beans to a pot and cover with water. Place a lid on the pot, then bring the water up to a boil over high heat. Boil the green beans for about 5 minutes, or until tender, then drain in a colander.
  • While the green beans are boiling, slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic.
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic, and butter to the pot used to boil the green beans. Sauté over medium heat. Once the mushrooms have released all their water and all of it has evaporated off the bottom of the pot, add the flour and continue to stir and cook for about one minute more.
  • Whisk in the milk, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. Make sure to whisk until all of the flour has dissolved off the bottom of the pot. Allow the milk mixture to return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it reaches a boil, it will thicken into a sauce.
  • Return the drained green beans to the pot with the sauce and stir to combine. Turn the heat down to its lowest setting and allow the green beans to remain heating over low, stirring occasionally, as you make the final recipe (mushroom herb gravy). The sauce will continue to thicken as it heats over low.
  • When you're ready to serve the green beans, transfer them to a bowl and top with the fried onions.

Notes

*This is a store bought product, like French’s Crispy Fried Onions

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 695mg | Fiber: 4g

Stove Top Green Bean Casserole Step by Step Photos

  1. Add 12oz. frozen green beans to a pot and cover with water. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat on to high, and bring the water up to a boil. Boil the green beans until tender (about 5 minutes). Drain the green beans in a colander.
  2. While the beans are boiling, slice 4oz. mushrooms and mince one clove of garlic. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and 2 Tbsp butter to the pot that was used to boil the beans (after draining them). Sauté over medium heat until the mushrooms have released all of their water and it has completely evaporated off the bottom of the pot.
  3. Once there is no more water pooling on the bottom of the pot, add 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour and continue to stir and cook over medium heat for about a minute more.
  4. Whisk in one cup milk, one cup vegetable broth, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Make sure to keep whisking until all of the flour has dissolved off the bottom of the pot.
  5. Allow the liquid to return to a boil, stirring occasionally, at which point it will thicken to a sauce.
  6. Stir the drained green beans back into the sauce. Turn the heat down to low and let the green beans heat over low, stirring occasionally, as you make the final recipe (mushroom herb gravy). When ready to serve, top with ½ cup fried onions.

5. Mushroom Herb Gravy

mushroom herb gravy in a bowl with a spoon

This mushroom herb gravy only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s best to make it last just before you serve your Thanksgiving dinner. Gravies tend to gel up even more as they cool, so if you find your gravy becoming too thick after it begins to cool, simply stir in a tablespoon or two of warm water to loosen it back up.

mushroom herb gravy in a bowl with a spoon

Mushroom Herb Gravy

This small batch of mushroom herb gravy takes minutes to prepare and is full of delicious savory flavor!
Total Cost $1.23 recipe / $0.41 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 ½ cup each
Calories 78kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • 10" skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. mushrooms $0.75
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1.5 Tbsp butter $0.15
  • 1.5 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1 cup vegetable broth $0.13
  • 1/4 tsp rubbed sage $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme (or one sprig fresh) $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp pepper $0.02

Instructions

  • Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and butter to a small skillet and sauté over medium heat until the mushrooms have released all of their water and the water has completely evaporated off the bottom of the skillet.
  • When there is no more water pooling on the bottom of the skillet, add the flour and continue to stir and cook for about one minute more.
  • Add the vegetable broth and whisk well until all of the flour has dissolved off the bottom of the skillet. Also add the sage, thyme, and pepper. Allow the broth to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally, at which point it will thicken to a gravy.
  • Taste the gravy and add salt if needed. Serve immediately.

Notes

If the gravy becomes too thick as it cools down, simply whisk a tablespoon of water into the gravy until smooth to loosen it up.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g

Mushroom Herb Gravy Step by Step Photos

  1. The gravy starts out the same as the green bean casserole. Slice 4oz. mushrooms and mince one clove of garlic. Sauté the mushrooms and garlic in 1.5 Tbsp butter over medium heat until the mushrooms have released all their moisture and it has evaporated off the bottom of the skillet. Once no more water is left on the bottom of the skillet, add 1.5 Tbsp flour and continue to stir and cook for about a minute more.
  2. Whisk in 1 cup vegetable broth. Make sure to keep whisking until all of the flour has dissolved off the bottom of the skillet. Also add ¼ tsp rubbed sage, ⅛ tsp dried thyme, and ⅛ tsp pepper.
  3. Allow the broth to come up to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Once it begins to simmer it will thicken into a gravy. Taste and add salt if needed. Serve immediately.
Thanksgiving dinner for two all the dishes spread out in display

And there you have it! By the time you’re finished making the gravy, the rest of the dishes should be done and waiting to be served. This meal should provide two people with generous helpings, plus a little leftover for the next day. ;) If you make this meal make sure to take a photo and tag us on social media! I want to see your masterpiece!

Thanksgiving for two plated with a fork and bowl of gravy on the side

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Top 20 Recipes of 2020

It’s that time again! The time of year where I round up the top 20 recipes from the past year. Instead of picking the most viral or most visited recipes of the year (because algorithms can be deceiving), I’m rounding up the recipes that I found to be the most delicious. These are the recipes […]

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It’s that time again! The time of year where I round up the top 20 recipes from the past year. Instead of picking the most viral or most visited recipes of the year (because algorithms can be deceiving), I’m rounding up the recipes that I found to be the most delicious. These are the recipes that I don’t want you to miss! So if you haven’t tried one of these 20 recipes yet, make sure to put it on your list!

Let’s go!

Top 20 Recipes of 2020

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A bowl full of Roasted Broccoli Pasta with lemon and feta and a black fork on the left side

Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Lemon and Feta

Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Lemon and Feta is an incredibly simple pasta dish with big flavors. An easy, fast, and delicious weeknight dinner!
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Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Lemon and Feta – This dish is simplicity at its best. You only need a few ingredients to make this pasta, but the flavor totally pops. 


Three glass meal prep containers with rice and Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

These Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables are an easy sheet pan meal with a smoky homemade vinaigrette that gives an extra blast of flavor.
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Smoky Roasted Sausage with Vegetables – I was all about the sheet pan meals this year. This one boasts a super delish smoky vinaigrette to drizzle over top of the roasted vegetables and sausage, which totally takes it to the next level. Serve it over rice to soak up every last drop of that delicious drizzle.


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Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Ranch

These light and flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls have tons of color, flavor, and texture to keep you coming back for more! Great for meal prep!
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Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls – There’s something about super colorful meals that make them even more delicious, and these cauliflower taco bowls are a great example. So much color, texture, AND flavor in one bowl. 


Two bowls of chunky ham and bean soup with chunks of bread on the side

Chunky Ham and Bean Soup

This incredibly easy and deliciously chunky Ham and Bean Soup features a medley of colorful vegetables, browned ham, and plenty of hearty white beans.
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Chunky Ham and Bean Soup – Bean soups usually require hours of soaking and simmering, but this super hearty ham and bean soup gives you all the cozy-comfy vibes in way less time. Stock your freezer with this one so you can reheat a bowl of comfort any time! 


A plate full of Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, mashed potatoes, and green peas.

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak with a rich mushroom gravy is a quick, simple, and hearty weeknight dinner that will fill even the biggest of appetites!
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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy – Try not to think about TV dinners from the 80’s when you make this because I promise this Salisbury Steak is soooooo good! That gravy is everything.


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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

This simple recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs is an easy weeknight dinner win! Swap out any ground meat you have for a quick and delicious dinner.
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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – These actually made me like ground chicken. That says a lot. ;)


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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad

This chunky chopped Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad is a great fresh salad that can be eaten on its own or turned into several different easy lunch ideas!
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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad – This simple salad was the runaway hit from 2020. It’s like, “I can’t stop eating this” good and the best part is that it holds up well in the fridge so you can keep eating it for days. 


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Chocolate Depression Cake (No Eggs, Butter, or Milk)

This unique Chocolate Cake recipe, popularized during the great depression, is rich and chocolatey without the using any eggs, butter, or milk!
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Chocolate Depression Cake – This type of eggless, dairy-free cake has been around since the Great Depression and it proved to be just as useful in 2020, while we once again experienced grocery shortages. But honestly, it’s easy and delicious at any time!


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Yogurt Banana Bread

This super moist banana bread recipe uses plain yogurt to keep the bread soft and tender with less butter or oil. Add walnuts or even chocolate!
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Yogurt Banana Bread – Banana bread is great and all, but yogurt banana bread is like 💯. The rich and creamy yogurt really takes it to the next level. 


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Comeback Sauce

This creamy, tangy, sweet, and savory Comeback Sauce is great for dipping, drizzling, smearing, and smothering all of your favorite foods. 
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Comeback Sauce – I lost count of how many times I made this incredible sauce this year. It’s so good on EVERYTHING. Fries, roasted vegetables, sandwiches, chips, and more. 


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Blackened Salmon with Zucchini

Blackened salmon coated in Cajun spices, cooked to perfection in butter, and paired with simple sautéed zucchini makes a simple but delicious dinner!
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Blackened Salmon with Zucchini – Blackening seasoning is magic. That is all. 


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Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Colorful summer vegetables, creamy avocado, pasta shells, and a homemade lemon vinaigrette make this light and fresh Summer Sweet Corn Salad.
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Summer Sweet Corn Salad – This one is my new favorite way to eat fresh summer sweet corn! Those fresh little kernels give you a pop of sweetness in every bite. If we ever get back to having potlucks in 2021, make sure you have this salad bookmarked! 


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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This super easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup is chock full of colorful, chunky vegetables in a rich and cheesy broth for a totally meal-worthy soup.
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Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup – CHEESE LOVERS PAY ATTENTION. This soup is so thick, lush, and cheesy! And it has just enough vegetable action to balance that cheesy goodness. I’ve been making this one on repeat and I don’t get to do that with many because of how many new recipes I have to test and photograph. 


Side view of a skillet full of Cajun Sausage and Rice

Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

This easy Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet is the perfect easy and filling weeknight dinner, packed with plenty of smoky-spicy flavor!
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Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet – This recipe like a quickie jambalaya for people who don’t have time to do it the traditional way. Rice cooked with a whole heap of herbs and spices, plus smoked sausage to make everything super flavorful and rich. I just love everything about this recipe. <3


Sheet pan roasted kielbasa potatoes and green beans with a spatula

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans

Sheet pan meals don't get any easier or more delicious than this Sheet Pan Kielbasa Potatoes and Green Beans dinner.
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Sheet Pan Kielbasa Green Beans and Potatoes – As I mentioned above, I was very into sheet pan meals this year. This sheet pan meal is the EASIEST of all sheet pan meals. Even with just SIX simple ingredients, this meal has tons of flavor. LOVE IT.


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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup requires time and patience, but the incredible soul-warming flavor and low cost make it a meal that is worth the wait!
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French Onion Soup – While I love quick and easy recipes, some recipes really do require you to take your time and go slow. French Onion Soup is one of those, but it is so worth every minute. I would eat this soup on a weekly basis if I could. 


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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash makes a great vegetarian (or vegan) Thanksgiving main dish, or a delicious dinner for any chilly fall evening!
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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash – I originally developed this recipe to be a vegetarian main dish option for Thanksgiving, but it’s really so good that I would eat it any day of the week. Bonus: the filling for the squash is incredible on its own and would make a great side dish to any dinner.


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Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner

This Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner is an easy and flavorful weeknight dinner that requires very little prep and cleanup!
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Sheet Pan Cranberry Chicken Dinner – Sheet pans for the win again! The cranberry balsamic glaze is what makes this meal. It has only three ingredients but is so rich and vibrant. You might start making it to drizzle over all of your other meals!


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Marinated Cauliflower Salad

Marinated cauliflower salad is full of crunchy and colorful vegetables marinated in a homemade Italian dressing. Perfect for meal prep!
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Marinated Cauliflower Salad – Colorful, fresh, flavorful. I LOVE this crunchy vegetable salad. It’s another “refrigerator salad” that you can keep on hand for lunches or snacks throughout the week. 


A bowl of tomato lentil sup with bread on the side

Tomato Lentil Soup

This tomato lentil soup is full of vegetables and herbs for a simple, flavorful, and warming winter soup. Makes great leftovers!
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Tomato Lentil Soup – You can’t go wrong with a soup that is this tasty, this inexpensive, and is freezer-friendly. This is what Budget Bytes is all about!


So what do you think? Do you agree that these are the best 20 recipes from the year? Is there one that was a home run for you? Share your favorites in the comments below!

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

(all images below are also linked)

Close up overhead shot of a poor man's burrito bowl with melted cheese

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:

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

Recipe Ideas for Frozen Mixed Vegetables:

Dressing being poured onto Sweet Crunch Winter Salad

Recipe Ideas for Cabbage:

Close up image of Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries on a baking sheet, garnished with chopped parsley.

Recipe Ideas for Potatoes:

Side view of turkey chili smothered sweet potatoes in a baking dish, topped with green onion and cilantro

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:

Close up of roasted tomatoes on top of Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken DInner

Recipe Ideas for Chicken Breast:

Front view of a wooden spoon lifting a scoopful of Baked Ziti from the casserole dish

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.

For more information on how and where we get our nutritional data, please visit our nutrition disclaimer

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:

>>Click here to download the grocery list<<

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!

Close up overhead shot of a poor man's burrito bowl with melted cheese

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.

Close up of a fork twirling some Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli on a black plate

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. 

Overhead view of turkey taco skillet next to tortilla chips, a bowl of sour cream, and toasted tortillas

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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