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Recipes under $3

Stacked rice krispie treats

Homemade Rice Krispie Treats

Sweet and fluffy marshmallows, creamy butter, and crispy rice cereal make these homemade rice krispie treats melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Coconut Curry Ramen

You only need 5 simple ingredients and about 10 minutes to make this Coconut Curry Ramen, a vibrant bowl full of bold colors and flavors.

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Easy Buffalo Sauce

This incredibly easy buffalo sauce only takes a few minutes to make and is perfect for dipping or drizzling all over your favorite foods.

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Snickerdoodles for Two

This Snickerdoodles for two recipe makes two large cafe-style cookies, perfect for when you want just a little bit of dessert and no more.

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One Pot Veggie Rice Bowl

This simple veggie rice bowl can be made with just one pot and a hot plate, or a rice cooker. It's a simple meal when resources are limited! BudgetBytes.com

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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.

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Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

This gingerbread coffee creamer will make your morning cup of joe a little extra cozy. It's creamy, lightly sweet, and full of warm spices!

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Wild Rice Pilaf

This wild rice pilaf is full of color, texture, and fall flavors. It's the perfect side dish for dinner during the cooler months.

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Pumpkin Smoothie

This pumpkin smoothie was one of my first experiments with pumpkin purée TEN years ago. I had a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe and thought, “Hey, can I put this in...

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Ranch Drop Biscuits

Add ranch seasoning to your biscuit dough for an extra punch of flavor! These Ranch Drop Biscuits are the perfect side for a bowl of soup.

Apple crisp in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp

This Easy Apple Crisp is a simple dessert that is warm, cozy, and sweet. It's the perfect dessert for chilly fall evenings.

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Homemade Balsamic Glaze

A simple homemade balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction is super easy to make and tastes great drizzled over vegetables, meat, and more!

Two bowls of autumn fruit and nut oatmeal surrounded by apples, leaves, and pinecones

Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been one of my favorite budget ingredients since day one. It’s super inexpensive, shelf-stable, and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Not to mention, a warm bowl of oatmeal...

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Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries

What doesn’t taste better when covered in garlic and Parmesan?? This classic flavor combo gives these oven-baked fries a one-two punch of savory umami flavor that makes you just want more and more… And don’t...

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Savory Oatmeal

It’s funny how oats have been pigeonholed for use in mostly sweet dishes in the U.S. We tend to eat oats sweetened at breakfast, or as part of delicious crumbly desserts, but oats do...

Close up of honey sriracha tofu in the skillet

Honey Sriracha Tofu

This sweet, spicy, and sticky honey sriracha tofu is addictively delicious! Add it to salads, bowl meals, noodles, wraps, and more.

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Pesto Cheese Toast

Pesto has been a champion ingredient in my kitchen for a while. Although it is a slightly more expensive item, a little bit goes a long way toward adding flavor to a meal. This...

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Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

I don’t do desserts too often, and when I do they’re usually made with simple pantry staples that I know I’m already going to have on hand. These super easy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are...