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Overhead view of a Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl with a black fork in the side

Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl

A stack of no knead focaccia slices viewed from the side

No-Knead Focaccia

A hand dipping a fresh strawberry into the fruit dip on a fruit platter

Honey Vanilla Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

Piece of pepperoni pizza being pulled out the side of the pizza

No-Yeast Pizza Dough

One slice of chocolate depression cake or "crazy cake" viewed from the side, a glass of milk in the background

Chocolate Depression Cake

A bowl of Sesame Tuna Salad surrounded by crackers and cucumber slices

Sesame Tuna Salad

A pot full of sesame rice with a bowl of sesame rice on the side, both garnished with green onion

Simple Sesame Rice

A cracker being dipped into the whipped cottage cheese dip, the platter of vegetables and crackers in the background

Garlic Herb Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip

A platter full of roasted breakfast potatoes with eggs, coffee, oranges, and bacon on the side

Smoky Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Side view of a bowl of creamy coleslaw with a fork lifting a bite

Simple Creamy Coleslaw

Close up side view of one bowl full of spicy sweet potato fries

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Super close up side view of a bowl of olive oil mashed potatoes garnished with rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Homemade whipped cream being spooned onto a mug of hot cocoa, a second mug in the background

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Five different bowls full of tomato soup with the soup pot and ladle at the top

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

Three bowls of Easy Pumpkin Soup garnished with sour cream and pepitas, a small bowl of pepitas on the side.

Easy Pumpkin Soup

Overhead view of a bowl full of candied walnuts

Small Batch Crunchy Candied Walnuts

A spoon lifting some homemade balsamic vinaigrette out of a small bowl

Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Close up overhead view of a bowl full of vegan creamy mushroom ramen with chopsticks lifting some noodles

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen

Front view of a large salad in a bowl topped with homemade croutons

Homemade Baked Croutons

Two hands pulling the pesto grilled cheese sandwich in half, with the cheese pulling between and sun dried tomato pieces exposed.

Pesto Grilled Cheese with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Three bowls of rosemary garlic white bean soup with different toppings (pesto, croutons, Parmesan).

Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup

A sheet pan full of Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola with a large wooden spoon scooping it up.

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

Close up of a dumpling being dipped into a bowl of Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce

Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce

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

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

A bowl of Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad surrounded by crackers and vegetables.

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad

Close up of a bowl of cucumber mango salad with chopsticks picking up a piece of mango

Cucumber Mango Salad

Two grilled chicken breasts coated in homemade bbq sauce in a dish, one sliced into strips, and a fork dipping a piece of chicken into a bowl of sauce.

Homemade BBQ Sauce (no ketchup)

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

Peanut Lime Dressing

A half stirred Lemon Berry Yogurt Breakfast Bowl with a cut lemon and some strawberries near by.

Lemon Berry Yogurt Breakfast Bowls

Overhead view of homemade lemon curd in a jar with a small silver butter knife stuck inside, lemon slices on the side.

Luscious Homemade Lemon Curd

A pineapple protein smoothie in a tall glass with a paper straw, next to a whole pineapple and a small bowl of pineapple chunks

Pineapple Protein Smoothie

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

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Honey Mustard Sauce dripping off a spoon into a bowl

Honey Mustard Sauce

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread served on a plate next to the skillet and two mugs of coffee.

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet

Overhead view of a spoon dug into a Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake

Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake

Close up of a Quick Fix Broccoli Pesto Pizza on a plate with crushed red pepper sprinkled on top.

“Quick Fix” Broccoli Pesto Pizza

A hand grabbing a stack of two halves of a Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad sandwich on wheat bread.

Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad

Close up shot of Banana Flax Muffins in paper liners

Banana Flax Muffins

A big white bowl of Sriracha Nooch Popcorn next to dice and other game pieces

Sriracha Nooch Popcorn

A large bowl of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles about to be eaten with a fork.

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

Close up of jam being spread on ricotta inside a baked Almond Dutch Baby

Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam

A hand taking one Cranberry Orange Cream Scone from the batch on a cooling rack.

Cranberry Orange Cream Scones

Homemade Cajun Seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Close up of caramelized Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Fluffy as a cloud and with a rich buttery finish, these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes will be the star of any weeknight dinner or holiday meal! Budgetbytes.com

Fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Herb Seasoning Ingredients with vegetables pasta and butter

All-Purpose Garlic Herb Seasoning

Easy Sweet Chili Sauce close up on a spoon

Easy Sweet Chili Sauce

Rich and Creamy Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese in a Bowl

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

Make your own homemade freezer garlic bread slices, ready to bake on demand. Bake two or ten frozen slices at a time, ready in minutes! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

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

Lime Crema

This Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (or marinade) takes only a few minutes and five simple ingredients that can be kept on hand at all times. Perfect for last minute weeknight dinners! Budgetbytes.com

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade

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

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

This homemade taco seasoning is quick, easy, inexpensive, full of flavor, and can be made with just a few basic spice cabinet staples. Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This simple homemade chili seasoning is made with a few basic pantry staple spices and can be used for so much more than a pot of traditional chili! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Chili Seasoning

A pot of quick seasoned black beans, with a wooden spoon, jalapeños and green onion on the side

Quick Seasoned Black Beans

Front view of baked Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits on the baking sheet.

Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits

Peanut Butter Fluff Cups are the easiest and most decadent dessert you’ve ever made. They come together in minutes with no baking required! BudgetBytes.com

Peanut Butter Fluff Cups

This tangy, herb-infused Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread is perfect for sandwiches, wraps, or even snacking on fresh vegetables. BudgetBytes.com

Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread

This Tomato Basil No Knead Bread is the perfect partner for your winter soups and stews, and is half the cost of a store bought artisan loaf. BudgetBytes.com

Tomato Basil No Knead Bread

Spicy, aromatic, and earthy, these Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potatoes will add an adventurous flavor to any dinner! BudgetBytes.com

Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potatoes

These Maple Miso Roasted Carrots are sweet, savory, and rich, and make a great side dish to any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

Maple Miso Roasted Carrots

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

This simple Seeded No-Knead Bread is packed with seeds for extra texture, flavor, and nutrients! BudgetBytes.com

Seeded No-Knead Bread

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

Braised Red Cabbage

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes are an easy, deconstructed version of the classic sweet potato casserole that is manageable enough for weeknight dessert. BudgetBytes.com

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes

The earthy flavor and subtle sweetness of molasses makes these Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls the perfect addition to your fall holiday table. BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls

These Cinnamon Pita Crisps are a tasty little snack that's perfect for fall. Dip them into your favorite sweet treat or eat them on their own. BudgetBytes.com

Cinnamon Pita Crisps

This Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a super light and fluffy dessert packed with fall spices and just enough sweetness to balance the pumpkiny flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

This flavorful Taco Rice is packed full of herbs and spices, but is neutral enough to serve as the base for several different recipes, like bowl meals, burritos, and more! BudgetBytes.com

Easy Taco Rice

This Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread is the real deal with homemade dough, fresh garlic, real butter, and your favorite cheese. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread

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

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

5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug

These incredible light and delicate Buttermilk Pull-Apart Rolls couldn't be easier thanks to a simple no-knead dough. BudgetBytes.com

Buttermilk Pull-Apart Rolls from Bread Toast Crumbs

This incredible roux-less mac and cheese is rich, creamy, and only requires seven ingredients. Perfect for last minute weeknight dinners! BudgetBytes.com

Will It Skillet? Mac and Cheese

Blackened Cabbage is a fast and simple side dish that pairs beautifully with any grilled or BBQ meat. Add a creamy chipotle mayo for extra punch. BudgetBytes.com

Blackened Cabbage with Chipotle Mayo

These cute little lemon poppy seed two-bite scones are soft and sweet with a deliciously tart lemon glaze. You won't be able to have just one! BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Poppy Seed Two-Bite Scones

Hummus Breakfast Bowls are a medley of colors, flavors, and textures, and a great way to work vegetables into the most important meal of the day. BudgetBytes.com

Hummus Breakfast Bowls

Homemade hummus is quick, easy, and inexpensive, and can be made with several different flavor add-ins. Here are four delicious flavors to try. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Hummus – Four flavors

Bright lime juice and earthy cumin pair perfectly with the subtle creamy sweetness of sweet potatoes in these Cumin Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes. BudgetBytes.com

Cumin Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This simple cranberry sauce only requires three ingredients but has enough flavor to add excitement to your holiday meal. BudgetBytes.com

Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cumin rice is an earthy and slightly peppery dish that can be used as the base for many meals. BudgetBytes.com

Cumin Rice

The 1917 Applesauce Cake from Anne Byrn's new book American Cake is light, sweet, and full of warm spices. BudgetBytes.com

Anne Byrn’s 1917 Applesauce Cake

Close up of fried cabbage and noodles in a large pot, from the side

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

Sesame Kale

When you need a tropical escape this homemade Pineapple Orange Julius is the perfect sweet and creamy frozen drink to take you away. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Pineapple Orange Julius

Use your slow cooker to make these low fat and incredibly flavorful (not) refried beans and barely lift a finger. BudgetBytes.com

(Not) Refried Beans

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread combines a rich and tangy tomato sauce, savory Parmesan, and fresh bread dough for an irresistible appetizer loaf. BudgetBytes.com

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread

A black ceramic bowl of chimichurri with a spoon, sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Chimichurri Sauce: Good on Anything and Everything

Lemon Butter Green Beans are the perfect go-to all-purpose side dish with a fresh and vibrant flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Butter Green Beans

How to Make Crispy Hash Browns at home - BudgetBytes.com

How to Make Crispy Hash Browns

Thai Cucumber Salad is a light and fresh summer salad with bold Thai flavors - BudgetBytes.com

Thai Cucumber Salad

Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls - BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Chili Tofu Bowls

Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes - BudgetBytes.com

Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries - BudgetBytes.com

Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries

Banana Nut Breakfast Farro - BudgetBytes.com

Banana Nut Breakfast Farro

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce

Oven Roasted Frozen Broccoli - BudgetBytes.com

Oven Roasted Frozen Broccoli

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Soft, pillowy, homemade naan is easier to make than you think and it's great for sandwiches, pizza, dipping, and more. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Naan Bread

All-Edge Spiced Brownies - BudgetBytes.com

All-Edge Spicy Brownies