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Globally Inspired Recipes

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

Many cultures around the globe are experts at cooking on a budget, often relying on whole grains, fresh vegetables, and less meat. These global inspired recipes will add spice to your weekly rotation and give you an easy (and inexpensive) alternative to your favorite take-out dishes! (pictured: Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles)

Celebrate like you're in Louisiana with this easy, filling, and inexpensive one pot favorite, Pastalaya. It's the shortcut pasta version of Jambalaya! BudgetBytes.com

Pastalaya

Happy Mardi Gras!! It was an icy cold and grey morning here in New Orleans, so instead of going out and enjoying the parades, I decided to take it easy, stay warm, and cook up a...

Nacho Taters - BudgetBytes.com

Nacho Taters

I’ve been craving nachos ever since the Super Bowl. Seeing every single blog and food website feature nachos during the weeks leading up to the big game made them impossible to resist, so I finally gave in...

Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas - BudgetBytes.com

Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas

I’ve had a couple cans of green chiles in my pantry that need to be used up, so I decided to toss them into my favorite breakfast—a tortilla, egg, and cheese quesadilla. I also...

Curried Lentils - BudgetBytes.com

Curried Lentils

This recipe for Curried Lentils is a spin off of the ever popular Quick Curried Chickpeas. It always amazes me how a recipe with so few ingredients can have such big flavor! For this...

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef - BudgetBytes.com

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef

Slow cooked shredded meat is one of my all-time favorite things. I was craving beef this week, so I decided to make a new version of shredded beef that could be used in burritos,...

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Earlier this week I got an email from a reader, Katie, telling me about how she used my homemade red enchilada sauce in her favorite tortilla soup recipe and how amazing it was. That whole...

Spicy Italian Flat Bread - BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Italian Flat Bread

I’m calling this one “flat bread” just so I can pretend that I don’t eat pizza every other day. But really, who am I fooling? It’s a sauceless pizza. The last issue of Bon Appétit...

Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights. BudgetBytes.com

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

I get a lot of emails from readers with recipe suggestions and I love them all, but don’t get the opportunity to make many of them. Every once in a while, though, an email...

Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

Ooooh wow, my house smells like a spice market! While working on a freelance project this week, I came across this Five Spice Chicken cooked in a rice cooker, and it looked so good...

Creamy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta - BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta

PASTA. When I get stressed, I crave pasta. Cheesy or creamy pasta. So, when I saw this recipe for Sour Cream and Jalapeño Chicken Enchilada Pasta, my stomach was all like, “FEED ME, NOW.” But,...

Packed with vegetables, flavor, protein, and fiber, this ultra-flavorful and low-calorie Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup is an all around winner! BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

I love black bean soup like I love chili. It’s great on its own, but it’s also fun to get creative with toppings and turn it into a bowl full of fun (okay, maybe...

Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de Fideo

Hola friends! Late last night I flew back home from my vacation in Mexico and I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen today. One of my wonderful readers suggested Sopa de Fideo to me a...

It only takes one skillet and a few ingredients to make this incredibly flavorful and filling Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet. BudgetBytes.com

Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

I’m loving these one skillet meals not only because they’re so easy to make, but because they’re so easy to eat. Instead of filling my plate with a main dish and a couple of sides,...

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

I’ve gotten a little lax with my grocery spending lately, so during the month of June I’m making it my mission to use up as many things in my pantry and freezer as possible....

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes. BudgetBytes.com

Southwest Chicken Skillet

So, you remember how much you love those Taco Chicken Bowls? And how they’re so easy because you just pour everything into the slow cooker and press go? Well guess what… You can do...

Falafel Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Falafel Salad

You may be looking at that picture and thinking, “But where is the falafel?” Well, it’s not a salad with falafel, it’s a salad made out of falafel ingredients. Falafel Salad, get it? You see, I was...

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Say what?! Yes, beef and pineapple. A little savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Those three things are all you need to make something seriously WOW-worthy. These super simple enchiladas are stuffed...

Coconut Vegetable Curry

Coconut Vegetable Curry

I gotta give a big shout out to Neil, whose tweet inspired me to try again with a recipe that I completely failed with the first time around. Neil tweeted about an amazing vegetable...

Chili Roasted Potatoes

Chili Roasted Potatoes

I’m having fun finding new ways to use my homemade chili seasoning and potatoes were the first item on my list. I mean, tender roasted potatoes coated with savory chili spices? YES PLEASE.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

The reign of sriracha is not over yet. The price for a bottle of this magic sauce remains stable at my local grocery store, so panic is averted for now. I fell in love...

Roasted Corn & Zucchini Tacos

Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos

I’m working on a big side project right now and it has required me to buy a lot of extra groceries. You know how I hate to see food go to waste, so I took...

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

When I finished cooking these Curried Chickpeas with Spinach I took a look at my notepad to make sure I had written down all the ingredients. I looked it over a good three or...

Greek Stuffed Pitas

Oven Roasted Greek Stuffed Pitas

One of my all-time favorite recipes is Oven Fajitas. It’s easy, flavorful, and healthy. So, I decided to try the same concept with different flavors. For this version, I chose Greek inspired vegetables (bell pepper,...

Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

How fitting that just days after I make these scrumptious sriracha glazed turkey meatballs, the Huy Fong Foods factory is in danger of temporary shutdown. So, you know what that means? You better make these...

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

So, it finally got cold here. Like, I actually had to wear a sweater when I left the house the other day! :o  That made me crave chili. Warm, hearty chili… But of course, I...

Cashew Rice Pilaf

Cashew Rice Pilaf

Want to make your house smell seriously good? Just make this rice pilaf.  The scent of jasmine rice alone makes my mouth water, but add a few spices and it’s absolutely intoxicating. This lightly...

Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

My love for quesadillas is right up there with pizza. They’re like brothers from a different mother. Both combine melty cheese, crispy bread, and whatever other creative combination of ingredients you can think of....

Beef Taco Pasta

Beef Taco Pasta

I’ve been a little under the weather this weekend, so you know what that means? COMFORT FOOD! Fast and easy comfort food… Because I’d really like to crawl back under my blanket and get...

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken and pumpkin? Sounds weird, right? Well just wait until you taste it… I made this simple pumpkin soup ages ago and decided to make a newer, better, more powerful version today. I took...

Southwest Steak Bowls

Southwest Steak Bowls

I came up with this recipe because I had half of a flank steak in my freezer that I needed to use up. As usual, I bulked up the meat with beans, rice, and...

Spicy Shrimp & Tomato Pasta

Spicy Shrimp Tomato Pasta

oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This Spicy Shrimp Tomato Pasta has me excited. I’m not a person that goes crazy over anything that has shrimp in it, but this Spicy Shrimp Tomato Pasta...

Teriyaki Noodle Bowl

Teriyaki Noodle Bowls

I got an email from Megan last week asking if I could recreate her favorite frozen noodle bowls from Costco. There isn’t a Costco in New Orleans (yet), so I wasn’t familiar with that...

A tangy lemon and garlic marinade makes this Greek Marinated Chicken super fast and flavorful. Cook it in the oven or on a grill. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Marinated Chicken

Need something easy and flavorful to throw on the grill this weekend? This Greek Marinated Chicken is it. The marinade for this chicken (similar to what I used for this Chicken Shawarma ) takes...

Italian Wonderpot Ingredients

Italian Wonderpot (One Pot Pasta)

Last weekend I got an email from Robyn with a link to this really cool recipe over at Apron Strings. I love cooking pasta and rice in liquids other than water, so this idea...

Southwest Scramble Skillet - Budget Bytes

Southwest Breakfast Scramble

Ahhh, it’s everything I love in one place: eggs, salsa, cheese, chips, and cilantro. Oh, and black beans, too! Just feed me this every day for the rest of my life and I’ll be...

Golden Rice Bowl

Golden Rice Bowls

I was talking with a friend recently who was so excited to be finally getting stove in the house that he’s been remodeling and living in. So I asked, “What is the first thing...

These hearty vegan Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas are stuffed with fresh ingredients and drenched in a homemade sauce for big flavor in every bite. BudgetBytes.com

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

I’ve been eating these Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas for lunch all week and the fact that I only have one serving left almost makes me want to cry… I might have to make...

Banh Mi Bowls

Banh Mi Bowls

Oh the mighty banh mi. It’s one of my favorite foods in the entire world. It’s truly the perfect sandwich. If you’re unfamiliar with banh mi (Vietnamese submarine sandwich), check out this excellent little...

These Easy Oven Fajitas are a simple "set it and forget it" way to get that smoky sweet flavor of traditional griddle fajitas. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Oven Fajitas

Oooh, these Easy Oven Fajitas are my new favorite thing!! I love fajitas, but have had a hard time replicating their smoky goodness at home. I don’t have a grill or a cast iron...

Salsa Chicken Casserole

Salsa Chicken Casserole

I’m still all about these easy, one dish dinners. This one is very similar to the ultra popular Taco Chicken Bowls, but it’s made in the oven and takes about an hour, as opposed...

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

Shhhhhh…. They’re VEGAN! I decided to experiment a little more with vegan food in 2013. Now, before you get your panties all in a bundle, hear me out. I’m an omnivore and probably always...

Chicken in Peanut Sauce

Chicken in Peanut Sauce

2013 is going to be GREAT, I can feel it! This is the first recipe of the year and I already know that it’s going to go on next year’s “best of” list! It’s...

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This is a super easy, quick fix for dinner. I made the basic version with just chicken, pasta, sauce, and cheese, but you could get really creative with the add-ins. Try black beans, corn,...

Chipotle Chicken Chile

chipotle chicken chili or “C3”

I know, I know, I just made a chicken soup-type dish. Well, sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got. I have a ton of chicken in the freezer, I had some chipotle peppers...

Curry Beef with Peas

curry beef with peas

This recipe was born out of a craving for my mom’s meat pies, which I haven’t had in YEARS (like, 15 at least?). I don’t have the recipe, I just remember that it was...

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

roasted vegetable burritos

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better....

spinach pie

Spinach Pie

Mmmmm… I LOVE spinach pie. Whenever I eat at Greek restaurants, I always make sure to order some spanikopita. I love the flakey crust and the rich, warm, spinach filled interior. Popeye totally knew...

Taco Stuffed Shells

taco stuffed shells

But Mom! Everyone else is doing it! I don’t know who the first person was to stuff pasta shells with taco fillings, but it’s definitely a good idea. I kept seeing taco shells around...

Dragon Noodles

Spicy Dragon Noodles

Oh WOW. These Dragon Noodles are my new favorite quick fix! They only take about 15 minutes to make, they’re totally rich, flavorful, and SUPER SPICY. Like, “burn a hole through your stomach” spicy. Call...

Thick Enchilada Sauce

Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce is one of my very favorite things, ever. I love when it soaks into tortillas while baking and makes everything all tangy, spicy, and good. Mmmmm. 🤤 But when the selection of...

Vegetable Tamale Pie

vegetable tamale pie

Do you want evidence that this recipe is good? How about the fact that I’ve been eating it for lunch AND dinner for the past three days straight, and I still wanted a piece...

Curry Chicken Salad is a quick and tasty alternative to your traditional chicken salad with exotic curry spices, sweet raisins, and crunchy almonds. BudgetBytes.com

Curry Chicken Salad

I was definitely slow to get on the curry bandwagon. In fact, I distinctly remember not liking curry spices for the first 20 years of my life. Luckily, people grow and change over time...

Thai Turkey Meatloaf

thai turkey meatloaf

Meatloaf isn’t pretty. Let’s just get that out on the table. It’s so ugly, in fact, that I couldn’t stop giggling while taking these pictures. All I could think about were those silly post...

Raita

Cucumber Raita

I had an email from a reader (sorry, can’t find the email to fetch your name!) a while back requesting that I try to make a raita similar to the one she had at...

Tandoori Chicken Bites Bowl - Budget Bytes

tandoori chicken bites

A week or so ago, I got a wonderful email from a fellow New Orleanian (is that a word?) who said she had seen some yummy looking tandoori chicken nuggets at Whole Foods and...

Mango Coconut Rice

mango coconut jasmine rice

I love all things tropical. I love the weather, I love the music, I love the FOOD. I often day dream of a prince charming who owns a jet and insists on flying me...

Mediterranean Quesadillas

Mediterranean Quesadillas

I LOVE quesadillas. Crispy on the outside, all warm and melty on the inside… Oh so good. While I don’t think I can top my favorite black bean quesadillas, these mediterranean quesadillas are an...

Pineapple Ginger Lassi

Pineapple Ginger Lassi

I may have stumbled upon the most refreshing drink on the planet. …well, one of the most refreshing drinks, anyway. If you’ve never heard of a lassi, it’s a drink made with yogurt, spices,...

Fresh and vibrantly flavored, this Quinoa Tabbouleh has all the familiar flavors of traditional tabbouleh, but with easy to cook and nutrient rich quinoa instead of bulgur. Budgetbytes.com

Quinoa Tabbouleh

That’s “keen-wah tab-ooh-lay.” Don’t let the name scare you away from this incredibly simple and refreshing salad! I’ve been obsessed with tabbouleh since I first tried it as a child. It’s full of texture...

Southwest Salad with Taco Ranch

southwest salad with taco ranch dressing

It’s crisp, it’s crunchy, it has an amazing, tangy, homemade dressing, and it goes perfectly along side your lentil tacos ;D Honestly, this recipe started out with me craving a crunchy salad, but it...

Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos

Pink slime got you down? Maybe you’re already a vegetarian? Or maybe you just don’t like paying $4/lb. for ground beef? Well, if you don’t already know, lentils make a fantastic substitute (or extender)...

Skip take out and make these easy and addictive Chicken Yakisoba noodles that are full of chicken and vegetables, and drenched in a sweet and tangy sauce! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Chicken Yakisoba

Let me first say that I’m sure this is probably not authentic Chicken Yakisoba. I’ve never actually eaten this classic Japanese street food on the streets of Japan, but I have seen Mark Bittman...

Coconut Lentils

Coconut Lentils

One of my all-time favorite, easy side dishes is coconut jasmine rice. So, I started thinking that if cooking rice in coconut milk was so good, maybe cooking lentils in coconut milk would be...

Sriracha Hummus

Sriracha Hummus

I never really understood why people say that chocolate is better than sex. Chocolate? Chocolate?! No ma’am. If any food is even going to come close, it’s gonna be this sriracha hummus. Okay, so...

Easy Pineapple Salsa

Okay, so this little gem really deserves a post of its own, rather than being hidden in the Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls recipe post. This easy pineapple salsa is SO good that I could...

Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls

Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls

Betcha didn’t think you could eat shrimp on a budget, did you? Well, if you use the basic Budget Byting principle of combining an expensive ingredient (like shrimp) with less expensive ingredients (like rice...

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Words. Cannot. Describe. …how insanely good these Black Bean Quesadillas are!! This is my new favorite recipe, hands down. Hands down. Last week I stopped by Whole Foods to stock up on grains and...

Thai Chicken Pizza

thai chicken pizza

Due to poor planning on my part, I only came out of this weekend with one recipe to post… but boy, oh boy, is it a GOOD one!! These little individual Thai chicken pizzas...

Coconut Rice

Savory Coconut Rice

Okay, I’ll admit, this recipe is a re-post. Savory coconut rice is one of the first recipes I made for the blog and it has been a staple in my house ever since. I...

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

pineapple teriyaki chicken thighs

Ever since making the Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Thighs, I’ve kind of fallen in love with baked chicken thighs. They’re super easy, the flavor possibilities are endless, they’re juicy and tender, and they’re usually...

Shredded Taco Beef

Shredded Taco Beef

So, my appetite has been pretty wonky lately and all I’ve wanted to eat is burritos. I love a good burrito. I mean I LOVE them… and it’s all to easy to waltz right...

Cumin Lime Chickpeas

Cumin Lime Chickpeas

Every winter, after weeks of eating hearty soups and stews, I start craving something really light and fresh. I just get sick of all of the super cooked down hot food. I want bright,...

Vegetable Egg Rolls

vegetable egg rolls

Okay, I might just have to make egg rolls all the time. They were so much easier than expected! And, because I decided to bake mine, they’re pretty freakin’ healthy. And, wow, super inexepensive!...

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Slow Cooker Marinara

I’ve made a few variations of red sauce for Budget Bytes, but this Slow Cooker Marinara is definitely the best of the best. I don’t like using my slow cooker for everything, but for...

Turmeric Chicken

turmeric chicken

I fell in love with Indian food last year and have craved it ever since. I’ve experimented here and there but it’s still completely uncharted territory to me. I recently discovered the show Spice...

Add big flavor to plain cauliflower with this simple yet delicious Curry Roasted Cauliflower recipe. BudgetBytes.com

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower was on sale! YAY! It’s a rare occasion when the price of cauliflower is what I consider to be reasonable, so when it happens, I take advantage. Roasting cauliflower is, IMHO, one of...

Teriyaki Sriracha Salmon

teriyaki salmon with sriracha mayo

One of my wonderful readers recently asked for more fish recipes. I fully intended on doing cod or some other type of fish that I had never cooked before, but when I got to...

Moroccan Beef Stew

moroccan beef stew

Why am I making stews in the middle of summer? I don’t know. It just sounded tasty… and making hot food in the middle of summer never really bothered me much. So, if it’s...

Chili Lime Pork Loin

chili lime pork loin

This might be a new favorite. It was just SO easy and delicious. You can make this recipe with a pork tenderloin if desired but the pork loin filet that I bought was almost...

Ricotta Gnocchi

Easy Ricotta Gnocchi

So, have you had gnocchi yet? No? Well, you better get on that. Gnocchi are wonderful little chewy pasta pillows. They’re light, fluffy, slightly chewy, and completely satisfying. Totally nosh-tastic. And they go with...

Make your own Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce at home in minutes using pantry staples. Use the sauce fresh or freeze for later! BudgetBytes.com

Thick & Rich Pizza Sauce Recipe

I’ve made pizza sauce before but I wanted one that was even thicker and richer because I had some big plans to dip things in it (and by “things” I mean pizzadillas). Dipping sauces...

This savory Yellow Jasmine Rice combines warm and fragrant Indian spices and chicken broth to make the most flavorful rice you've ever tasted! BudgetBytes.com

Yellow Jasmine Rice

Okay, this is a pretty big statement to make, but… This Yellow Jasmine Rice is the best rice I’ve ever had. Yep. The flavor is simply out of this world. The aroma as it...

Chicken adobo is a classic Filipino dish made with chicken marinated in soy sauce and spices, then cooked till tender. BudgetBytes.com

Chicken Adobo

I first became interested in chicken adobo when I saw a recipe for it using a slow cooker. It looked delicious but completely different than the adobo that I was familiar with. I thought...

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls are the ultimate "set it and forget it" easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls

This taco chicken bowls recipe is definitely “slow-cooker 101”. It’s probably one of the first recipes that most people learn to make in their slow-cooker. In fact, some version of Slow Cooker Taco Chicken...

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

mediterranean tuna pasta

This dish is a little more fancy and expensive than the usual Budget Bytes fare, but when you compare it to the cost of a restaurant meal, it still can’t be beat. I get...

Broccoli Sambal

broccoli sambal

Sambal might be my new favorite sauce. There are a million different kinds, some sweet, some salty, some vinegary, but almost all are spicy. I recently bought a small jar of sambal oelek made...

Kung Pao Chicken

kung pao chicken

I’m really not sure how authentic this recipe is but I’m calling it kung pao chicken because it’s spicy and it has peanuts. That’s good enough for me. Ha! Okay, aside from that, it’s...

This Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup is perfectly balanced with creamy coconut milk, spicy red pepper flakes and pumpkin's natural subtle sweetness. BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup

This Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup is a keeper! It’s super quick to make and insanely delicious—my favorite combination. It’s light enough to act as a starter or side for your meal, or you can pair...

Marinated White Beans are a fast, easy, and versatile side dish that comes together in minutes. BudgetBytes.com

Marinated White Beans

I’m always trying to work beans into my diet because they’re just so good for you, and I happen to think they’re delicious. These quick marinated white beans are one of my favorite side dishes because they’re so...

Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Salsa Poached Eggs and Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa poached eggs, but it’s a really delicious homemade salsa-like sauce that cooks and infuses your eggs with flavor, all in one skillet. This breakfast is super easy, really filling...

Tuna & Red Pepper Pasta

Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta

I love Italian cooking because the pasta recipes are just so simple. Throw together some cooked pasta, olive oil, garlic, and maybe one or two other tasty ingredients and you’ve got yourself a meal....

Huevos Rancheros

huevos rancheros

I love a good breakfast and if you do too, then you’ve got to try huevos rancheros. This dish is hearty enough to settle your stomach after a night out drinking, pretty enough to...

Ginger Salmon

ginger salmon

I’ve shied away from making salmon in the past because of the price. At over $8/lb., it’s twice as expensive as ground beef and almost three times as expensive as chicken or pork. After...

Peanut Soba Stir Fry

Peanut Soba Stir Fry

I’m SO EXCITED about this one… this is one of those recipes that turned out so good that I couldn’t keep out of it while I was shooting photos. I kept stuffing in mouthfuls...

Greek Turkey Burgers are a healthy mix of ground turkey and Mediterranean flavors. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Turkey Burgers

I had never really cooked with ground turkey before (okay, maybe once and it wasn’t good) but I think I discovered the key. You have to season it up really really good. I added so...

Chicken Coconut Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup

Oh, I’ve been wanting to make this Coconut Chicken Soup for such a long long time! There are few things that I like more than coconut milk so I just knew this was going...