Recipes

**Here you will find a delicious variety of recipes that are budget friendly, healthy and made with simple and easy ingredients. Healthy cooking and living doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! We also have plenty of budget friendly crafts, holiday ideas, and cooking tips**

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APPETIZER

Barbeque Chicken Quesadillas

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Boudin Bakery Garlic Asiago Sourdough Crackers

Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

Chipotle Chicken Nachos

Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

Crispy Southwest Chicken Bites

Five Can Queso 

Blueberry Salsa (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Macaroni and Cheese Balls (Baked)

Microwave Barbeque Potato Chips (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Restaurant Style Salsa  (Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

Sausage & Cheese Crescent Roll Ups

Smoked Almonds 

Southwest Deviled Eggs (Gluten Free)

Spicy Ranch BBQ Wings (Gluten Free)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas (Vegetarian)

Theater Style Nacho Cheese Sauce (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

Ultimate Beef Nachos (Gluten Free)

Veggie Quesadillas

White Bean Dip with Parmesan Crisps

Wingers Sticky Fingers

Winter Squash Cheese Flatbread

BABY

Applesauce for One (Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free)

Baby’s Healthy First Birthday Cake

Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

Strawberry Banana Muffins for Baby

What Baby Foods Will/Won’t Freeze

BEEF

Arby’s Beef and Cheddar Recipe

Balsamic Flank Steak

Cheesy Beef and Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Chinese Green Bean Beef 

Chipped Beef (Gluten Free)

Hamburger Helper (Gluten Free)

One Bowl Taco Salad (Gluten Free)

Simple Steak Sandwich

Steak Tacos with Lime Mayo Dressing (Gluten Free)

Swedish Meatballs

Taco Soup (Freezer Meal) (Gluten Free)

Ultimate Beef Nachos (Gluten Free)

BIRTHDAY

25+ Lego Movie Party Ideas

25 Minecraft Party Ideas

Avengers Chocolate Birthday Cake With Carvel Crunchie Center

Baby’s Healthy First Birthday Cake

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake and Decorations

Pirate Birthday Cake with Hidden Treasures Inside

White Chocolate Ballerina Cake

BREADS (QUICK)

Baked Churros

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Hawaiian Banana Bread

Honey Bran Banana Bread

Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Moistest Lemon Poppyseed Bread Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Quinoa Banana Bread

Rosemary Topped Cornbread

Skillet Cornbread

White Chocolate Pomegranate Bread

Whole Grain “Sour Cream” Coffee Cake Bread

BREADS (YEAST)

30 Minute Apple Pie Pretzels

Boudin Bakery Garlic Asiago Sourdough Crackers

Bread in a Can

Challah Bread

Crusty Hard Rolls

French Style Rolls

Game Time Bread

Personal Pan Pizza (Gluten Free)

Under an Hour Cinnamon Rolls

Under an Hour Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Under an Hour White Bread Recipe

Winter Squash Bread

Winter Squash Cheese Flatbread

BREAKFAST

Apple Cinnamon High Protein Muffins

Apple Cinnamon High Protein Waffles 

Apple Pecan Pancakes (Vegan)

Apple Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Maple Syrup (Vegan)

Asparagus Quinoa Red Pepper Frittata (Gluten Free)

Biscoff Overnight French Toast Casserole (Gluten Free)

Blueberry Coconut Muffin Tops

Chocolate Strawberry Crepes

Coconut Pumpkin Pancakes (Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)

Cranberry Granola (Gluten Free)

Cranberry Pecan Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Diabetes)

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole (Gluten Free)

Crockpot Creme Brulee French Toast

Fresh Berry Focaccia

Fruit Filled Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Green Smoothie Pancakes

Ham and Cornmeal Pancakes

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

High Protein Waffle Egg Breakfast (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

Honey Bran Banana Bread

Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Multigrain Cinnamon Crunch Breakfast Bites

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites (Naturally Sweetened)

Pancake Dippers

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

Pear Walnut Waffles

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole (+ Gluten Free Version)

Pumpkin Swirl Breakfast Cake

Quinoa Breakfast Rainbow in a Jar (Gluten Free)

Quinoa Multigrain Waffles

Skillet Granola (Naturally Sweetened)

Spiced Squash Muffins

Starbucks Turkey Bacon Sandwich (Under 350 Calories)

Strawberry and Cinnamon Flax Steel Cut Oats (Vegetarian)

Strawberries and Cream Quinoa Pancakes (Vegan)

Three Ingredient Power Protein Pancakes (Vegetarian, Grain Free, Gluten Free)

Under an Hour Cinnamon Rolls

White Chocolate Peach Crumb Cake

Whole Grain Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

CAKE

Bobby Flay’s German Chocolate Cake

Buttercream Frosting Recipe (Gluten Free)

Cake in a Can (+ Gluten Free Version)

Chocolate Cake with Carvel Crunchie Center

Dye Free Red Velvet Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Mexican Hot Chocolate Wedding Cake

Mod Monkey Cake

Peach Upside Down Cake (Naturally Sweetened)

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Cake (William’s Sonoma)

Pillsbury Funfetti Cake from Scratch

Pumpkin Swirl Breakfast Cake (Naturally Sweetened)

Salted Caramel Poke Cake with Chocolate Salted Caramel Frosting

Skinny Double Chocolate Cake with Ghiradelli Mini Chocolate Chips

White Chocolate Ballerina Cake

White Chocolate Peach Crumb Cake

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon White Chocolate Glaze

CHICKEN

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Goat Cheese and Basil (Gluten Free)

Barbeque Chicken Quesadillas

Basil Garlic Parmesan Pesto Stuffed Chicken with Crescent Roll Wrap

Chicken Fajita Tin Foil Dinner (Gluten Free)

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken and Wild Rice Pie

Chicken Fajita Pizza (Gluten Free)

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chipotle Chicken Nachos

Chipotle Chicken Sourdough Grilled Cheese

Creamy Crockpot Chicken Quesadillas (+ Gluten Free Version)

Crispy Southwest Chicken Bites

Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken (Gluten Free)

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Crockpot Ranch Chicken (+ Gluten Free Version)

Grilled BBQ Chicked Pizza (+ Gluten Free Version)

Honey Lime Chicken  (Gluten Free)

KFC Healthy Fried Chicken Dinner

Open Faced Chicken Hoagies

Open Faced Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing (Gluten Free)

Poppyseed Chicken Casserole

Rosemary Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes (Gluten Free)

Southwest Chicken Burritos

Spicy Ranch BBQ Wings

Winger’s Sticky Finger Salad

Wingers Sticky Fingers

Zupas Chicken Enchilada Chili Soup (+ Gluten Free Version)

COOKIES

Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cookie (Naturally Sweetened)

Apple Molasses Ginger Cookies (Vegan)

Biscoff Marshmallow No Bakes

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Butterscotch Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter and Graham Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (aka Nutella) Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Orange Cookies

Chocolate Toffee No Bakes

Christmas Cookie Roundup (2013)

Dark Chocolate Thin Mints (Gluten Free, Naturally Sweetened)

Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

Funfetti Cookie Recipe

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Greek Yogurt Cookies with Greek Yogurt Buttercream

Greek Yogurt Lemon Drop Cookies

Lemon Coconut Cookies (Gluten Free)

Lower Fat Lofthouse Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (Naturally Sweetened)

Neiman Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Naturally Sweetened)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)

Peanut Butter Finger Cookies –Tastes Just Like the Bars!

Peeps Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies (Easter)

Pink Grapefruit Sugar Cookies with Pink Grapefruit Buttercream

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies (Halloween, Thanksgiving)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies

Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookie Brittle

Squash Lemon Drop Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Unicorn Poop Cookies

COOKING TIPS

Almond Butter Chips

Chocolate Glaze That Hardens

Crockpot Recipes for Summer

How to Bake Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Cook Quinoa

Peanut Butter Chips

CRAFTS

Bread Maker Play Dough

Chocolate Gold Coin

Chocolate Gold Medal

Choose my Plate Healthy Eating Activity

Chocolate Sugar Scrub (Gluten Free)

DIY Photo Booth–Uses a Baby Gate!

Fall Fireplace Mantle

Flour Seed Paper Bouquet

Flower Paper Bouquet

Glow in the Dark Traffic Light Sign

Halloween Decoration–Under Five Minutes and $5

Holding a Book Swap

Homemade Peppermint Extract Gift (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Hot Cocoa Bar (Gluten Free)

Ice Cream Gift Basket (Gluten Free)

New Year’s Tree

No Bake Playdoh Recipe

Peppermint Sugar Scrub (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Secret Spy Activity

Summer/Fall Outdoor Party

Soup Gift Basket (Gluten Free, Vegan)

CUPCAKES

Buttercream Frosting Recipe (Gluten Free)

Butterfly Cupcakes

Golden Oreo Cupcakes

Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes (Naturally Sweetened)

Rainbow Cupcakes

Snickers Caramel Apple Cupcakes

DESSERTS

25 Favorite Biscoff Recipes

Apricot Coconut No Bakes (Vegan)

Baked Churros

Biscoff Butterscotch Bars

Blended Root Beer Float

Blueberry Salsa Dessert (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Cake in a Can (+ Gluten Free Version)

Chocolate Gold Coin

Chocolate Gold Medal

Cinnamon Pie

Creamies Chocolate Pudding Pops (Gluten Free)

Double Chocolate Brownies (Naturally Sweetened)

Dye Free Red Velvet Cake

Fresh Berry Focaccia

Frosted Flake Rice Krispie Treats

Frozen Raspberry Lemonade Bars

German Chocolate Cake Cookies (Gluten Free)

Grain Free Chocolate Donuts (Grain Free, Gluten free)

Grilled Citrus Fruit Dessert (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Grilled Coconut Pineapple and Lime Dessert (Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free)

Grilled Donuts with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Healthy Chocolate Bark <300 Calorie Dessert!!

Healthy Pixie Sticks (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Homemade Choco Tacos

Homemade Gumdrops

Hot Cocoa Stirring Sticks (Gluten Free)

Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Lemon Cookie Bars

Martha Stewart’s Apple Strudel 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Wedding Cake

Oreo Dessert Pie (With Gluten Free Version)

Peanut Butter Cups (Naturally Sweetened)

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Cake (William’s Sonoma)

Peppermint Ice Cream (Gluten Free)

Pineapple Coconut Lime Ice Cream (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Naturally Sweetened)

Pumpkin Cake Pops

Roasted Strawberries (Gluten Free, Vegan, Naturally Sweetened)

Salt Water Taffy–Naturally Flavored (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Slow Cooker Butterscotch Pears

Squash Brownies

Sweet and Sour Summer Dessert

Sweet n’ Salty Rice Krispies Treat with Salted Caramel

Taco Bell Caramel Apple Empanadas

Tin Foil S’Mores Desserts

Turkish Milk Pudding

Two Ingredient Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt

Unicorn Poop Cookies

Vanilla Ice Cream (Gluten Free)

William’s Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter (Gluten Free, Vegan)

DOG

Apple Pumpkin Dog Treats

DIY Heartbeat Pillow for Puppies

Gourmet Frosted Dog Treats

DONUTS

Baked Biscoff Donuts

Baked Double Chocolate Donut

Baked Funfetti Donuts

Baked Pumpkin Spice Glazed Donut Holes

Funfetti Donut (With From Scratch Mix)

Grain Free Chocolate Donuts (Grain Free, Gluten Free)

Grilled Donuts with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats –Just Like Frosty Paws!

Peppermint Chocolate Baked Donuts

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

DRESSINGS

Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Dressing

Italian Dressing (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

DRINK

Blended Root Beer Float (Gluten Free)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (Gluten Free)

Dirty Root Beer (Gluten Free)

Halloween Healthy Drink (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Harvest Smoothies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Homemade Horchata Recipe (Gluten Free + Dairy Free Version Included)

Mango Pineapple Green Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Peach Lemonbalm Flavored Water + 50 Other Fruit Flavored Water Options

Pomegranate Cranberry Lime Spritzer (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Watermelon Lemonade (Vegan, Gluten Free, Naturally Sweetened)

Watermelon Lime Spritzer (Vegan, Gluten Free, Naturally Sweetened)

FISH

Mediterranean Baked Trout (Great for Salmon and Halibut Too)

FREEZER MEALS

Chicken Fajita Pizza (Gluten Free)

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Homemade Frozen Pizza (Gluten Free)

FROSTING

Anti Royal Icing Frosting for Cookies (Gluten Free)

Buttercream Frosting Recipe (Gluten Free)

Chocolate Glaze That Hardens (Gluten Free)

KID FRIENDLY

Bread Maker Play Dough

Caramel Apple Trail Mix

Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies (Just Like Barbara’s Snackimals)

Chocolate Gold Coin

Chocolate Gold Medal

Choose my Plate.Gov Healthy Eating Activity

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Activity–Cooking & Reading 

Healthy Pixie Sticks (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Homemade Frozen Pizza (Gluten Free)

Homemade Fruit Snacks (Gluten Free)

Homemade Jello Recipe (Gluten Free)

Homemade Jello Jigglers Recipe (Gluten Free)

Homemade Spaghettio’s (+Gluten Free Option)

Lego Movie Birthday Party Ideas

Monster Eye Tacos

No Bake Playdoh Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Unicorn Poop Cookies

Uncrustables (+ Gluten Free and Peanut Free Options)

Vegan Cheese Crackers–Just Like Goldfish Crackers (Vegan)

LUNCH

Caramel Apple Trail Mix

Egg Salad Wrap (+ Gluten Free Version)

Fruit Filled Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Popchips P90X Chicken Salad (Gluten Free)

Tuna Salad Salad and Chips

MAIN DISH

Bacon Cheddar Hot Dog {Makeover}

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Goat Cheese and Basil (Freezer Meal, Gluten Free)

Balsamic Flank Steak

Basil Garlic Parmesan Pesto Stuffed Chicken with Crescent Roll Wrap

Breaded Applesauce Dijon Pork Chops

Buttered Noodles with Parmesan Ham (+Gluten Free Version)

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese (+Gluten Free Version)

Cheesy Beef and Fries Tin Foil Dinner

Chicken Fajita Pizza (+ Gluten Free Version)

Chicken Fajita Tin Foil Dinner (Gluten Free)

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Healthy Ham Fried Rice  (Gluten Free)

Open Faced Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Sandwich

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing (Gluten Free)

Personal Pan Pizza (Gluten Free)

Pheasant and Wild Rice Pie

Pork Chop with Apple Garnish Sauce (Gluten Free)

Spanish Rice and Quinoa Dinner (Gluten Free)

Spaghetti with Chickpeas

Steak Tacos with Lime Mayo Dressing

Southwest Chicken Burritos

Teriyaki Pineapple Swiss Turkey Burger

Turkey Sausage Meatball Hero Subs

Turkey Sausage Pasta

MIXES

Pillsbury Funfetti Mix (Homemade)

PASTA

Lemon Pasta Salad with Peas and Bacon

Sausage, Eggplant and Feta Penne

Spaghetti with Chickpeas

RICE

Healthy Ham Fried Rice  (Gluten Free)

Spanish Rice and Quinoa Dinner (Gluten Free)

SALADS

Almond, Apple and Basil Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Grilled Citrus and Kale Walnut Salad (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Grilled Pear Salad with Sweet Honey Pear Vinegarette (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Honey Lime Chicken Salad (Gluten Free)

One Bowl Taco Salad

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing  (Gluten Free)

Pomegranate Orange Walnut Salad (Gluten Free)

Winger’s Grilled Sticky Finger Salad

SANDWICHES

Chipotle Chicken Sourdough Grilled Cheese

Fruit Filled Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Apple and Pepperjack Cheese Sandwich

Open Faced Chicken Hoagies

Open Faced Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

Turkey Sausage Meatball Hero Subs

Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Vegetarian)

SAUCES

Homemade BBQ Sauce–Corn Syrup Free (Gluten Free, Vegan)

No Thermometer Salted Caramel Sauce (Gluten Free)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Strawberry Sauce (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Vegan Chocolate Ganache (Vegan)

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk (Vegan, Dairy Free)

William’s Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter (Vegan, Gluten Free)

SIDE DISHES

Applesauce for One (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Balsamic Marinated Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Cranberry Rosemary Squash (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Grilled Coconut Pineapple Lime (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables (Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Grain Free)

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Roasted Strawberries (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce (Gluten Free, Vegan)

SLOW COOKER

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Creamy Crockpot Chicken Quesadillas

Crockpot Hot Cocoa (Gluten Free)

Two Ingredient Crockpot Pork Chops

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole (Gluten Free)

Crockpot Creme Brulee French Toast

Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken (Gluten Free)

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Crockpot Ranch Chicken (Gluten Free)

Open Faced Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Sandwich

Slow Cooker Butterscotch Pears (Gluten Free)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce (Gluten Free)

Taco Soup (Freezer Meal)

SNACK

Baked Tortilla Strips (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Blueberry Salsa (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Caramel Apple Trail Mix

Chocolate Chip Graham Crackers (Just like Barbara’s Snackimals)

Homemade Fruit Snacks (Gluten Free)

Homemade Jello Jigglers (Gluten Free)

Microwave Barbeque Potato Chips (Gluten Free, vEgan, Vegetarian)

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites (Naturally Sweetened)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

Restaurant Style Salsa (Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

Smoked Almonds

Sourdough Bread and Alfredo Snack

Theater Style Nacho Cheese Sauce (Gluten Free, Vegetaraian)

Vegan Cheese Crackers–Just Like Goldfish (Vegan)

SOUP

Campbell’s Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons (Gluten Free Version Too)

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Freezer Meal Taco Soup

Homemade Spaghettio’s (+Gluten Free Option)

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Zupas Caribbean Pumpkin Coconut Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Zupas Chicken Enchilada Chili Soup (+ Gluten Free Version)

DIABETES

A Panic Attack, A Bug and A Hospital

Airport Low Blood Sugar

Burnt Out

Carbohydrate Counting for Restaurant Eating

Cutting Insulin In Half

Diabetes Month Photo a Day (Fall Leaves), 2013

Eight Insulin Sites in Four Days

Never Underestimate the Power of the Legacy you Leave Behind

The Big “D”

Traveling with Diabetes

“We’d Expect to See This” Diabetes Complications are Knocking

When We Finally Win The Lottery, I’m Hiring…

FAVORITES

Baking with Coconut Sugar

Top 10 Favorite Man Foods + 50 Recipes to Go With Them 

TIPS/ROUNDUPS

$35 Couch Fix (Puppy Got Hungry)

50 Fresh Garden Desserts

2014 Easter Basket Stuffers

25 Healthy Back To School Recipes

25 Healthy Ham Recipes (2014)

101 Kids Summer Activities Plus Links to 2000+ more!

2,000 Back to School Ideas–Crafts, Food, Printables and MORE!

Best and Worst Restaurant Mexican Food Choices

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Free Fart Zones

How to Iron Your Clothes with a Straight Iron

Memorial Day Grilling Recipes

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Top 10 Health Trends for 2014

TRAVEL

Boating With Toddlers

A Hawaiian Vacation

REVIEWS

Batkid Begins

Wildly Affordable Organic–Linda Watson

PARENTING

I Tried to Let My Son Sluff School

Just How Common Are Kids Food Allergies? (Psst: Not Everyone Has One, It Just Feels That Way!)

Next Time You Run Into “That” Mom–How $34 Turned into a Million

Two Year Old Time Out

FITNESS

My Workout Schedule–2014