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baked sweet potato cornbread with butter on top

Sweet Potato Cornbread

OMG, y’all. Stop everything. This is important. I knew I loved cornbread, but I didn’t know I could love it this much. I decided to add some sweet potato mash to my Everyday Cornbread,...

meal prep containers full of autumn kale and sweet potato salad

Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

I don't know about you, but I need a good salad right about now. I've been kind of over doing the comfort foods lately and my body is like, "pleeeease, can I have some...

Overhead view of a casserole dish full of banana bread baked oatmeal, surrounded by ingredients

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

This dessert-like banana bread baked oatmeal is rich, sweet, hearty, and totally breakfast worthy, thanks to hearty oats and the natural sweetness of bananas. So if you’re tired of using your brown bananas for...

Close up of Cinnamon Pecan Sandies on a wooden plate with whole pecans

Cinnamon Pecan Sandies

I’m not a huge cookie person (I’d rather have a chunk of cheese 🧀), but I looooove pecan sandies! I think I love them because they’re not too sweet. They’re rich, buttery, and nutty,...

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes in a casserole dish with a wooden spoon on a blue background with leaves and pine cones on the side.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Whether you call them Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes or candied yams, these tender, sweet, and irresistible nuggets are the quintessential Thanksgiving side dish. They’re also super simple to prepare, which gives them a permanent...

Overhead view of a Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie with a slice cut out, on a plate on the side with whipped cream.

Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

There are a million pumpkin pie recipes on the web. There’s even a perfectly good recipe on the back of every single can of pumpkin purée on the store shelves. So I didn’t want...

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

Super Crunchy Oil Free Granola

With as many beans as I eat, it’s about time I started using putting the aquafaba to good use. I’ve been playing around with aquafaba for the past couple of months and I think...

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

Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake

Watch out mug cake lovers, this might just become your new go-to! This Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake is like a short cut cinnamon roll with no kneading, no rising, and no rolling required!...

A bowl of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad on a teal napkin.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

For week 2 of my Vegetarian Challenge, I knew that I wanted a “refrigerator salad.” By that I mean a salad that I can prepare in the beginning of the week and will hold...

Overhead view of a small wooden bowl with spices

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

The other day I decided to take a look at the “freshness” date on my pumpkin pie spice… Let’s just say that it probably hasn’t been fresh for quite some time. I swear I...

Earthy, slightly sweet, and full of aromatic spices, these Golden Milk Overnight Oats will be your new favorite make ahead summer breakfast!

Golden Milk Overnight Oats

Oats continue to be my #1 pick for budget breakfasts because they literally cost pennies, they’re a blank slate for flavors, and you can eat them either hot or cold. Every summer I trade...

This Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal is packed with good-for-you carrots, only a little sugar, and pops of sweetness from raisins and a cheesecake-inspired topping. BudgetBytes.com

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

I’ve tried making a Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal a few times in the past, but I’ve never gotten it quite right until today. It has been a long time in the making, so I’m...

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

Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potatoes

You guys know how I love sweet potatoes, right? They’re pretty much the perfect vegetable. They are inexpensive, shelf stable, and are sooo versatile. The fact that I can use them in both sweet...

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

Do you remember when the internet had a collective “Aha!” moment over smoothie packs? Maybe not if you’re not looking at food online 24/7 like me, but believe me when I say the world...

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples are an easy and versatile dessert that is perfect for using up your glut of autumn apples! BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples

What do you do when you’ve got a lot of apples on your hands and they’re looking like they might not have that much longer to live? Make Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples! 👏👏👏

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

I’m totally getting my autumn-vibes on this weekend with these Streuseled Sweet Potatoes. They’re a super simple dessert that is almost like a deconstructed sweet potato casserole. Because it’s so simple you can have...

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

Would you believe it if I told you that this recipe for Cinnamon Pita Crisps started out as a kale salad? 😂 Yeah, I’m serious. I made a kale salad the other day and...

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

Two weeks ago we had a cold spell and I was all like, “I’M READY FOR PUMPKIN!” I bought mini pumpkins to decorate my kitchen, I bought some fall scented candles, and watched pumpkin...

This Golden Chai is full of warm exotic spices, earthy turmeric, and just a hint of natural honey. It's warm, comforting, and perfect for fall! BudgetBytes.com

Golden Chai

Have you guys heard of golden milk or turmeric tea? It was the hottest food trend last year, picking up where chai left off years ago. It’s an earthy, slightly savory spiced milk drink full...

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

I’ve been making a lot of homemade bread lately, thanks to a new cookbook that I got, Bread Toast Crumbs, and even though homemade bread is super inexpensive, I hate seeing any of it...

Warm spices, fresh orange essence, and a low slow cook time makes this Slow Cooker Carnitas tender, juicy, and full of flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Okay, this might be the best thing I’ve ever made in my slow cooker. No joke. The combination of the subtle spices, orange essence, and richness of the slowly cooked pork is absolutely to die for....

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider is an easy and festive drink for all your holiday party guests. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

It’s party season! Between Thanksgiving and the New Year I feel like every weekend is booked up with parties, parties, PARTIES. So, I’d love to give you at least one idea for easy party...

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple way to add a little something extra special to your Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Let me introduce you to a little magic called brown butter. If you thought butter makes everything better, wait until you try the nutty, caramel-scented version of butter. It takes just a few minutes to make,...

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like condiment whose uses go far beyond the Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

My favorite thing about “holiday food” is cranberries. I love cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, cranberry everything. I think they’re incredibly beautiful and I love their super tart-tangy flavor. So, when I saw this...

Sweet Potato Casserole Baked Oatmeal is a great way to have your favorite Thanksgiving side as a nutrient packed breakfast. BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Casserole Baked Oatmeal

I freaking love sweet potatoes, so it was only natural for me to eventually make a Sweet Potato Casserole Baked Oatmeal. :) Sweet potatoes are fairly inexpensive because they’re very shelf stable, they’re packed with nutrients,...

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

A couple weeks ago I got an email from fellow cookbook author, Anne Byrn, who I had worked with a couple years back when she was passing through town promoting one of her cookbooks....

Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

I did a bad thing. I’m trying to be all good and healthy, but I accidentally made this Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake this morning. Oops. Sorry (not sorry).

No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats are the perfect healthy and delicious make-ahead breakfast for summer. BudgetBytes.com

No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats

So what’s the deal with Overnight Oats? They seem to be everywhere these days, right? Well, it’s for good reason—they’re AWESOME. Why are they awesome? They’re fast and easy to make, they’re healthy, and...

Gingersnap Granola - BudgetBytes.com

Gingersnap Granola

When I want to change up my morning oats routine, I like to make a batch of homemade granola. Instead of a warm bowl in the morning, I eat the crunchy granola atop a...

All-Edge Spiced Brownies - BudgetBytes.com

All-Edge Spicy Brownies

It’s gift season and I keep seeing those novelty “all-edge” brownie pans that have a zig zag divider snaking through the center that promises to make every brownie have that chewy exterior that usually...

Triple Berry Oat Muffins - BudgetBytes.com

Triple Berry Oatmeal Muffins

I don’t make muffins often, but when I do I want them to be big, fluffy, and totally epic like the ones you get at a bakery. And since these Triple Berry Oatmeal Muffins...

Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet - BudgetBytes.com

Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet

This Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet combines one of my favorite foods in the world, Yellow Jasmine Rice, with a couple of items that I found in the back of my freezer. I found some...

Melted Butter Banana Brown Sugar

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

Dessert during the September Challenge? Heck yeah! Especially if it’s a Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter “Quesadilla!” I’ve been buying bananas because they’re one of the cheapest produce items available to me, but sometimes...

"Oatmeal Cookie" Baked Oatmeal - BudgetBytes.com

Oatmeal Cookie Baked Oatmeal

  I get a lot of recipe requests and ideas from readers and, although I can’t try them all, I absolutely love hearing them. They’re so inspirational! Not too long ago, Sarah dropped me...

Apple Pie Scones - BudgetBytes.com

Apple Pie Scones

I love scones because they’re only ever so slightly sweet, go great with coffee, and they freeze really well. So, I can whip up a batch, then toss them in the freezer after they...

Apple Cherry Baked Oatmeal - BudgetBytes.com

Apple Cherry Baked Oatmeal

It’s been a long time since I’ve made baked oatmeal, but when I came down with a “summer cold” this weekend, the thought of a warm comforting baked oatmeal sounded perfect. And, to throw a new...

Carrot Cake for Two - BudgetBytes.com

Carrot Cake (for two)

I’m lovin’ these desserts for two! It’s such a life saver for anyone living by themselves or with just one other person. Just enough indulgence without going overboard. When a reader requested a carrot...

Banana Nut Granola - BudgetBytes.com

No Sugar Added Banana Nut Granola

I’m a sucker for crunchy homemade granola, but I always wish there was a way to make it without loading in the oil and sugar. Well, when I made a batch of Pumpkin Spice Granola last...

Snickerdoodles for Two - BudgetBytes.com

Snickerdoodles (for two)

Do you ever have that moment in the grocery store when you’re like, “I wonder if I should get some dessert…” and then you decide against it because you’re trying to be all good...

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

Last week my sister was like, “Hey, are you coming here next week for Thanksgiving or what?” and I was all like, “Next week?! What do you mean, there’s at least another month before...

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...

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

After a long egg breakfast phase (fueled by this simple technique for soft boiled eggs), I’ve begun craving my old standby, baked oatmeal. I had the intention of making a carrot cake-esque baked oatmeal,...

Heat and Eat Oatmeal

Heat and Eat Oatmeal

I’m always looking for ways to streamline my breakfast routine. While I am the type to get up an hour early just to give myself time to enjoy breakfast, I don’t want to spend any...

Cinnamon Date & Walnut Oatmeal

Cinnamon Date & Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Oh baked oatmeal, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… There’s Cranberry Apple, Banana Bread, Lemon Raspberry, Pumpkin Pie, and let us not forget Blueberry Banana. With each flavor I fall...

Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

One of the reasons I love this time of year is that I can find fresh cranberries in the grocery store! Those tart little berries are so much fun to cook with. They have...

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

I was craving some oatmeal raisin cookies the other day when it hit me that pumpkin would probably taste pretty freaking good in an oatmeal cookie. So, I went to buy the ingredients. Then...

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...

These Soft Oat and Nut Bars are a great grab and go breakfast. Not too sweet and full of whole wheat flour, nutritious oats, and protein packed nuts. BudgetBytes.com

Soft Oat and Nut Bars

The first thing I saw when I turned on the TV today was a commercial for some sort of breakfast-oat-cookie-thing. I wanted one. So, I made some. Except mine are more like soft oat and nut...

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...

Jerk Chicken Platter - Budget Bytes

slow cooker jerk chicken

The slow cooker wins again! This incredibly easy recipe boasts big flavor and very, very little work. Just mix up a fragrant spice rub in your blender, slather it over the chicken, and then...

Blueberry Mug Muffin

Blueberry Mug Muffin

The idea for this awesome little recipe came courtesy of Annie, who wrote to tell me that every since she tried The “One” Chocolate Mug Cake, she’s been trying all sorts of mug cakes!...

Nature's Candy

Nature’s Candy

I’m calling this one “Nature’s Candy” because my first thought upon tasting it was, “OMG, WHO NEEDS CANDY WHEN THIS EXISTS?!” … Yep, I thought it in all caps and everything. This recipe comes...

Chai Spiced Scones

Chai Spiced Scones

Last night I was hit with a sweet tooth. It doesn’t happen often, so I was completely unprepared. This morning I took action. I like to make things like scones to keep in the...

Apple Nut Quinoa

apple nut quinoa

As much as I love my myriad of baked oatmeal recipes, I’ve wanted to shake things up a bit lately and try something other than oats for breakfast. Enter quinoa. If you’ve never had...

Candied Almonds

Candied Almonds

Okay, new rule: These Candied Almonds are NOT allowed in my house. I’m bringing them with me to work tomorrow. Hopefully I can survive the night without eating them all. These are some dangerous...

Sweet Potato Grits

sweet potato grits

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. They’re inexpensive, packed full of nutrients, and, most importantly, DELICIOUS. So, when my coworker told me about seeing someone make sweet potato grits on a chef...

This spicy hot cocoa is rich and warm with a touch of earthy cinnamon and a slight kick from cayenne pepper to heat you up inside and out BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Hot Cocoa

I made an impulse buy the other day… one of those little packets of Mexican hot cocoa mix. I constantly crave hot cocoa this time of year so I thought I’d give this Mexican...

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

apple pie baked oatmeal

Seriously, who needs those autumn themed Glade plug-ins when you’ve got apple pie oatmeal baking in the oven? NO ONE. So this, the latest installment in my baked oatmeal series, is an absolute winner....

Raisin Spice Bread

raisin spice bread

Here’s a quickie for ya before I get started in the kitchen today… This was really just an experiment for myself, but it turned out quite tasty so I thought I’d post it! One...

Cinnamon Pecan Granola

cinnamon pecan granola

Ahhhh… vacation was GOOD! But I couldn’t wait to get back into the kitchen ;D I’ve been craving granola for weeks, so I decided to whip up a batch as soon as a I...

Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

gingerbread baked oatmeal

Ever since the magical experience of the pumpkin pie baked oatmeal, I’ve been experimenting with other flavors and varieties of baked oatmeal. I made this one last week and while it wasn’t quite as...

Jalapeno Cran-Raspberry Sauce

Jalapeño Cran-Raspberry Sauce

Fresh cranberry sauce is one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving foods. I love the tangy-sweetness and how it juxtaposes all of the other savory Thanksgiving dishes! I eat it on my turkey and on...

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...

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

You do know that everything made between October 1st and 31st has to be pumpkin flavored, right? Good, now that we’ve cleared that up… I’ve been loving smoothies lately. They fill me up, kill...

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bread

chocolate cinnamon swirl bread

“Oh no she didn’t…” Oh yes, yes I did. I’ve had so much fun over the past year playing with different variations of the no-knead bread that when I discovered a few left over...

Sriracha Peach Crisp

sriracha peach crisp

So, a couple of weeks ago my friend Jenni (of the vinaigrette slaw fame) sent me a message saying that the Creole Creamery had sriracha peach ice cream. I was all like, “What the...

Apple Flax Muffins

apple flax muffins

I’m really not one to use all sorts of fancy “health food” ingredients but strangely enough, I enjoy the flavor and texture of things like bran and flax meal. So, when I spotted a...

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...

Baked Oatmeal

Easy and Quick Homemade Baked Oatmeal

What is baked oatmeal and why is it different than regular old boiled oats? I had the exact same questions, my friends. Baked oatmeal is the thicker, almost custard-like cousin, to oatmeal. How can...

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...

Lemon Spice Cake

lemon spice cake

This recipe comes courtesy of one of my wonderful readers, Diana. I was intrigued by this recipe for multiple reasons. I remember when I was a teenager I had found a recipe similar to...

Morning Glory Muffins

morning glory muffins

Nom nom nom… (I’m eating one of these as I type this blog post) So, I’m usually not that into muffins because they really just seem like cupcakes in disguise. Morning glory muffins, on...

These Apple Spice Pork Chops are smothered with apples, onions, cinnamon, and butter which make a rich, flavorful, sweet, and savory main dish. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Spice Pork Chops

Are y’all ready for this? …No, no, I don’t think you are. Okay, if you insist. But if your head explodes upon contemplating the deliciousness of these Apple Spice Pork Chops, don’t say I...

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I saved the best for last this week, folks. As good as the black bean burgers were, this bread is simply indulgent (without the guilt). With the success of turning the regular no-knead bread...

Cinnamon Biscotti

Cinnamon Spice Biscotti

It’s gift giving season and there has been a lot of talk on Budget Bytes Facebook about making gifts to give. These Cinnamon Spice Biscotti make a great gift that can be wrapped up...

Chai Concentrate

Chai Concentrate

I was really really excited when I saw this post over on Judicial Peach the other day. Homemade chai is something that I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time. Never did I...

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Once again, I thought last year’s cranberry sauce couldn’t be topped and so I was just going to remake it again this year… until I remembered that I had some red wine stored in...

Autumn Fruit & Nut Oatmeal

Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Breakfast for me is usually one of two things: some sort of oatmeal if I’m feeling like a sweet breakfast or some sort of egg sandwich if I’m in a savory mood. Since discovering...

Pumpkin cream cheese spread is the perfect autumn spread for bagels, toast, graham crackers, or even dipping apples. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

There are a kajillion pumpkin recipes that I’d like to make and not nearly enough time or stomach room for them all. But this recipe has been in my queue since last year so...

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Prepare to be inundated by pumpkin recipes. I love pumpkin. Bread pudding is usually a super indulgent dessert-like “breakfast” item but since I don’t like eating 6,000 calories for breakfast, I lightened it up...

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

What happens when you’re craving something sweet while watching Anthony Bourdain travel around India? You start googling saffron rice pudding recipes. I found a few recipes that I liked (this one) but since I’m still...

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

I know it may seem like I’m a super woman who does everything herself (read: sarcastic) but I get busy and stressed out just like the rest. The other day I was SO tired...

Polvorones

Polvorones

To balance all of the spicy Mexican food I made this week (Fire Roasted Salsa & Chicken and Lime Soup), I needed something sweet. I did a quick google search for “Mexican desserts” and...

Peach Almond Crisp

Peach Almond Crisp

This time of year it’s hard not to take advantage of all of the fresh produce available at such low prices. One item that I get very excited about is peaches. They are in...

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Why haven’t I made these before? I have seriously been missing out on some extra enjoyable morning coffee time! I will, without a doubt, be making these on a regular basis.

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Is it breakfast or is it dessert? I don’t know, I suppose that’s up to you but bread pudding (for those of you who don’t know) is pretty much like french toast but in...

Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

This recipe was one of those wonderful happy accidents. Last week I decided to make another batch of my Indian Spiced Oats with Coconut Milk but got lazy when looking for the brown sugar...

Overhead view of a plate with three rice pancakes, a cup of coffee and orange on the side

Leftover Rice Pancakes

These fun little Rice Pancakes were something my mom used to make when we were growing up. If there was leftover rice from the night before, instead of letting it go to waste, it...

Indian Spiced Oats

Indian Spiced Oats w/ Coconut Milk

I’ve been off the steel-cut oats bandwagon for a while because I’ve been addicted to my little breakfast egg quesadillas (I’ll post that soon because they’re too good to keep to myself). But, this...