Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Friday, April 28, 2017

Everything Cookies + Cookbook Giveaway

These Everything Cookies will become your new favorite!
Loaded with oats, pecans, raisins, chocolate and peanut butter it really doesn't get better.
Plus I'm giving away a beautiful cookbook, scroll to the bottom to see!

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Who wants to join me for a spot of tea?  And a cookie?  A really good, can't-just-eat-one cookie?  I knew you'd say YES.  I mean, an invitation with a food blogger for tea, cookies and some lovely chit chat is hard to pass up.

These cookies have a bit of a back story so hang with me here.

I've always been a T.V. lover.  Now, I've had periods in my life where not much was watched {hello, three babies in five years}, but I do try and sit down to one of my favorite shows at least once a day. Call it laziness or call it dedication.  Whatever you prefer.

I'm currently binge watching Friday Night Lights.  I'm loving this show.  Because, hello football. Life drama. Passionate cast members.  And let's be honest Tim Riggins is pretty nice to look at.  A few months back it was Parenthood.  I'm not sure what is next, but send me some options!

I also will dabble in many HGTV home makeover shows and the occasional BRAVO reality series. Many of them make me cringe but I did start watching Ladies of London last year.  I spent three days in London back in high school and would love to go back.  Two of the cast members on this show are from the States so naturally it was fun watching them live in another country.

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Marissa Hermer is one of those Californian Expats.  Hailing from the world of avocados, granola and all things healthy eating, she until recently called London home with her husband and three kiddos {they have since moved back to CA}.

This story continues as one day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that Marissa, herself, had started following my account!  God bless her.  Then upon scrolling through her account it was easy to see that she was writing a cookbook.  God bless her again.

I casually watched the process {many say it is like birthing another child} and when I received an email from her PR firm asking to review her cookbook and test a recipe I was sold!

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Reading cookbooks is fun for me.  Hell, reading is my second past time!  One day when it was gorgeous outside, I brewed a cup of tea from the amazing batch they sent me, plopped myself on a deck chair and read this straight through in just over an hour.

I marked about 15 recipes that I wanted to make then narrowed it down to about five {all of which I had everything on hand for}.  Then finally decided to showcase her Everything Cookies for you guys. Because....cookies!  I knew if I tackled a batch of these they'd be gobbled up before I had a chance to even turn round.

I'm not kidding when I say these just might be my favorite NEW go to cookie.  It is virtually impossible to just eat one.  In fact the husband randomly came home for lunch the day I made these and ATE FIVE.

Five.  

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I made these fairly large as they do spread a bit and it gave me a healthy three dozen.  I debated handing out some to the other moms at ball practice that night...but then quickly realized that would be silly.

Why give these away?  

I'd rather hoard them for myself.

To keep in my purse for emergencies.

I do think these cookies are a perfect combination of the U.K. and the U.S.  Hearty, studded with milk chocolate, oats, raisins and nuts.  Ideal with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Everything Cookies

Print this Recipe!
*from An American Girl in London cookbook

3 c. old-fashioned oats
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. pecans, chopped {original recipe uses walnuts}
1 c. chocolate chips

1.  In a bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, flour, baking soda and salt.
2.  In a stand mixer beat together the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.
3.  On low speed add in the dry ingredients.
4.  Fold in the raisins, pecans and chocolate chips.
5.  Chill the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
6.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drop by heaping spoonfuls, rolling into balls on the sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now here's the fun part!

I am giving away a copy of Marissa's new cookbook, An American Girl in London to one of YOU!  I have no doubt you will love this cookbook.  It showcases everything from hearty dishes like spaghetti and turkey meatballs and truffle oil mac and cheese to lighter dishes like Mum's Chicken Soup and Iceburge Wedge salads.

And let's not forget Sticky Toffee Pudding!  That stuff is incredible.

To enter the giveaway, I'm keeping it simple.  Because these cookies are simple. And I'm simple. Simply leave a comment telling me what countries you've traveled to.

Here's my list: England, France, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Dominican Republic.

I will choose one random winner at 9 p.m. CST on Monday, May 1st.  Enter today, good luck!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Want to impress your family over the weekend?
Ready in an hour!

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls scream springtime to me.  What is it about pink?  It floods me with thoughts of baby showers, wedding showers, picnics, birthday parties and warm weather. It is nearing the end of April, flowers are blooming, gardens are being prepped and I'm loving all things strawberry.

These sweet rolls only require your favorite jam {here my strawberry freezer jam is pictured}, but it is only about a matter of a month give or take a week or two and strawberries will be in full season around here!

I painstakingly transferred about a third of my strawberry plants to their CORRECT beds a couple of weeks ago.  Those darn plants get a mind of their own and take off everywhere! I'm hoping I now have them controlled, they aren't mad at me and we have a stellar crop.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Strawberries are by far one of my favorite fruits.  My mom used to cut them up and give me a side bowl of SUGAR to dip them in.  I still cannot believe I used to eat them that way. They are so sweet already!  Really mom, what were you thinking?

Teeth rot obviously.

Now that I'm grown up and completely mature {ahem} I skip the side bowl of sugar and eat them fresh.  And when I pick way too many at the strawberry farm {every.single.year} I make tons of jam and shove it at all my friends and family.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I based these rolls off my One Hour Cinnamon Roll recipe, which for so many reasons you should already know.....I love.  Cinnamon Rolls done in an hour?  Yes, it can be done.  They are perfect for any mom who likes to bake for their kids.  You can show off these delicious rolls and pretend you've been slaving, punching down dough since 6 a.m.

Please.

Bless the mothers who do that.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And let's be honest.  These Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls are nothing without the frosting. Nothing. Compare it to pizza without cheese.  Or spaghetti without sauce.  Prehaps chips without salsa.  Or could you imagine tailgating without beer?

Some things just have to go together and cinnamon rolls, of any kind, need frosting, or they are just a bland, dry spiced roll.

This makes a nice batch, I ended up with three 8x8 pans.  One for us and two to give away. They stay fresh for a couple days, just nuke them in the microwave for about 10 seconds the next day to soften up!

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls


Dough:
1 c. warm water
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. melted unsalted butter
2 T. regular yeast
pinch of salt
2 eggs
5 1/2 c. flour

Filling:
4 T. melted unsalted butter
1 c. strawberry jam

Frosting:
3 c. powdered sugar
2 t. almond extract
1/4 c. milk, plus more to thin out if needed

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease three 8x8 baking pans.
2.  In a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer combine the warm water, milk, sugar, butter and yeast.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
3.  Add in the eggs, salt and flour and mix for 10 minutes.  Then let rest for another 10 minutes.
4.  Roll the dough out over a floured large surface to 1/4 of an inch thickness into a large rectangle. Spread on the melted butter, then the jam.
5.  Carefully roll up and using a serrated knife cut into 27 slices, placing the rolls in the greased dishes.
6.  Bake for 20 minutes.
7.  In a bowl combine the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk.  If the frosting is too thick {I prefer mine a bit thinner}, add more milk one tablespoon at a time.
8.  Spread the frosting over the warm rolls.  Serve warm or cover and heat up again later.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've dabbled in a just a couple other cinnamon roll varieties.  Give these a try!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders

These cheesy sliders are FULL of flavor!
Salty ham, a touch of cayenne pepper and pimentos...YUM.

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders...a sandwich you will not be able to walk away from!  Salty ham, spicy pimento cheese all on a buttery bun.  Delicious! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I have an unofficial rule in my head that it isn't Spring around here until golf courses open back up for the season {or you are at least able to play with just a light jacket...some crazies will play in the snow}.

I was raised playing golf and continued throughout high school where my school's team was exceptionally good for many, many years.  My junior year we won the State Championship. It was a blast and is certainly a memory I will carry with me forever.

Two weekends ago it was gorgeous out and the Masters was on T.V.  If you are not a golf fan this is the tournament of all tournaments for professional players held in Augusta, Georgia every April.  It kicks off the season and I love watching it.  I know 95% of the world's population finds watching golf on T.V. extremely boring, but I'm not one of them.

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders...a sandwich you will not be able to walk away from!  Salty ham, spicy pimento cheese all on a buttery bun.  Delicious! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The Masters tournament is known for keeping it's quaint small town charm over this four day weekend and people flock from all around the world to watch.  My parents and my sister and her husband have been there in previous years and one of the very first things I asked them when they got back was if they tried their famous "Pimento Cheese sandwich".

Of course they did...we are a food family!

This iconic sandwich only costs $1.50 at the tournament, such a bargain!  No one really knows how this became the signature taste of the tournament, but no one really argues about it either.

So as I was watching the tourney that weekend this sandwich came to mind.  Then sliders came to mind.  Then salty ham.  Then putting it all together and baking it in the oven came to mind.  A genius idea.

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders...a sandwich you will not be able to walk away from!  Salty ham, spicy pimento cheese all on a buttery bun.  Delicious! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now you can make the pimento cheese spread and eat it as a dip {which is fabulous} and trust me you will have leftovers to do that, but spreading it on a base of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls before layering it with ham, really just does take it over the top.

The melted cheese, the spice from the cayenne and hot sauce and the crunch from the pimento peppers makes this baked sandwich competely different than any other baked ham and cheese in your recipe box.

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders...a sandwich you will not be able to walk away from!  Salty ham, spicy pimento cheese all on a buttery bun.  Delicious! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Do you see these sandwiches just SITTING in that pool of cheese?  It's incredible.  If anyone emails me complaining about the swimming pool of cheese they are sitting in I will immediately delete and block them.

I do not have time for cheese haters.

Or sandwich haters for that matter {you know those people who claim to never eat bread}.

I enjoy both carby foods and it's my job to tell you about them.

So make these for your next party!

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders

Print this Recipe!

8 oz. shredded Colby Jack cheese
2/3 c. mayo
4 oz. pimento peppers, drained
1 T. dried minced onion
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
2 t. hot sauce
8 slices of deli ham
1 pkg. King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder

1.  In a bowl combine the shredded cheese, mayo, peppers, dried minced onion, cayenne and hot sauce.  Stir to combine.
2.  Grease an 8x8 baking dish.  Remove the rolls from the package and using a serrated knife cut the entire block of rolls in half horizontally.  Place the bottom half of the buns in the greased dish.
3.  Spread the pimento cheese {you will not use all of it} on the rolls, then layer with the slices of ham.  Top with the other top half of the buns.
4.  In a microwavable dish melt the butter.  Stir in the garlic and onion powder.  Brush this mixture over the tops of the buns.
5.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.  Serve warm.

Ham and Pimento Cheese Sliders...a sandwich you will not be able to walk away from!  Salty ham, spicy pimento cheese all on a buttery bun.  Delicious! (sweetandsavoryfood.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola

Making your own granola is really very simple.
This peanut butter version is over the top!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I am thoroughly enjoying my last month and a half with the two older kids in school.  Yep, I said it.  I am that mom who enjoys sending the little cherubs off each morning and not seeing them again till 3:30.

I miss them, they miss me, but it does us all some good for a little time apart.  Major props to all homeschooling mamas out there, I'm not sure how you do it.  Just thinking of putting my kid's schooling in MY HANDS gives me heart palpitations.  What would I teach them? How to bake cookies?  How to swing a golf club?  I mean I have a college degree, but common core math is over my head and I'd just rather leave it to the professionals.

With this being said, I'm thankful I still have around 30 days left of them in the classroom.  I mean, if all else fails it gives me time to make homemade granola.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Also, around this time of year I start to panic just a bit.  What activities do I have planned for every hour on the hour all summer long for a 7, 6 and 3 year old?

A frantic run to Target usually solves about 50% of my problems.  I stock up on new sidewalk chalk, markers, summer journals, pads of drawing paper, bubbles, little games and other random stuff.  I stuff it all in a big box and shove it on a shelf in my laundry room.

Enter a day when it's raining or they are killing each other, and I grab out a "new to them" activity and we get to work.  Like I said this works 50% of the time.  The other 50% of the time they are swimming in the pool, attending camps, having play dates with friends, going on walks, reading lots of books and the like.

And eating me out of house and home.

Did I fail to mention that?

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This big batch recipe of granola is one I haven't made in ages, but I love to have on hand for that very reason of my kids eating me out of my house.

We love eating it as cereal, on yogurt {my favorite}, sprinkled into muffin batter, over crunchy waffles, with fresh summer fruit or just by the handful.  While they are still in school I often put it in their lunchbox as well.  A super addicting snack!  But one I don't mind them eating as I know every single ingredient that is going in their mouth.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I had an almost 3 year old helper yesterday while making this...see those chubby little fingers?  She couldn't keep her hands out of it.  I want those chubby little fingers to stay that way forever.  They are the cutest, don't you think?

Between snacking bites out of my test shots and wanting to snag my blueberries, photography for this shot was a bit challenging but we made it through.  See?  How am I going to handle three of them? 

Please send me all of your summer advice. 

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Until then I'll be face first in this peanut butter filled granola and loving every minute of it. Make a batch today!  It really is so, very easy.  It only requires a bit of stirring time over the course of an hour.  You can make time for that!

Keep this in an airtight sealed bag for a few weeks {if it lasts that long} or give away smaller bags to friends like I am later today.  Whatever works!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola


8 c. old fashioned oats
2 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. cashews, chopped
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
3/4 c. peanut butter
2 t. vanilla

1.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Grease a high-rimmed baking sheet.  I prefer using my roasting pan.
2.  In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients; oats, pecans, cashews, brown sugar, salt and cinnmon.  Stir to combine.
3.  In a large glass measuring bowl or cup place the wet ingredients; coconut oil, honey, peanut butter nd vanilla.  Microwave until fully melted.  Pour this wet mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat.
4.  Pour the granola into your roasting pan.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before bagging up.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola...hey peanut butter lovers this one is for you!  Chopped pecans and cashews plus melted peanut butter make this granola incredible! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've made two other great granolas in my day, be sure to check these out as well.  My Almond Butter Granola is similar but a bit different and my Naturally Sweetened Maple Pecan Granola has a whole different taste all together.

But remember, make it your own!  Don't have pecans on hand?  Add in peanuts.  Want it more sweet? Add in your favorite dried fruit.  There are endless combinations to try.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Hey friends, you know my passion for ALDI.  Every two weeks I load up the toddler, my reusable bags, a quarter and often my sanity {have you grocery shopped with a 2 year old?} and travel the 10 miles to my local store.

Each trip I am buying the same products.  Ones we've come to love, so I figured why not share my favorites with you?  If we love them, them I'm guessing you'll love them too.  I traveled to the ALDI headquarters back in 2015 on a whirlwind trip with the company.  I learned how they do things and why they do things.  Since then I've discovered why they are so popular!  Their products are great.  In no particular order, here are my favorites.

Oh, and one more thing.  No special photography here.  Again, I was shopping with a two year old.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Unsweetened Applesauce for the win!  With kids, most of this gets eaten up with just a spoon, but I do also use it in my Harvest Muffins and my Silver Dollar Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.  

It is perfect for bulking and sweetening up baked goods instead of using oil.  And at just $1.89 for 46 oz?  Heck of a deal.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Lunches for me when I am home are often quick and fairly uncomplicated.  These thin, vegetable wraps {spinach or sun dried tomato} have become a favorite.  I usually stuff them with some sort of greenery {spinach or romaine} and then layer on some lunchmeat and a drizzle of ranch or hummus.

Eight wraps for just under $2 is perfect for us.  I will sometimes use these in the kids lunches as well. They prefer the cheese/ham/ranch combo and that works for me!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Okay, salsa is like water to me.  I could drink this stuff.  Call me weird but my favorite way to eat this up is to dump the whole jar in the blender and get it really smooth.  It makes the perfect taco sauce, taco topper, chip dipper and scrambled egg add-in just to name a few.

I usually buy 4 jars at a time {sometimes more}, as Taco Tuesdays happen a lot more often around here than most households.  In fact tonight is Burrito Bowl night!  This version is a bit smoky and a bit sweet.  Perfect for under $2 a jar.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The organic selection at ALDI is a bit incredible.  You have never seen prices on organics until you've set foot in their door.  A bag of organic baby carrots for 89 cents?  I actually did a double take and contimplated doing a price check to see if it had been marked wrong.

Carrots are a mainstay here at our house.  They get thrown in lunchboxes and used as dippers in my Fiesta Party Dip and Garlicky Dill Dip.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Oh Caesar Salad, how I love thee.  I'm not really sure at which point I became obsessed with Caesar Salads, but it's here and it's strong.  I buy two bags of this kit {it seriously has the BEST dressing included, a bit spicy and a bit tangy} and we eat one each week.

Sometimes with burgers on the grill, sometimes with my Sausage Penne Alla Vodka and sometimes just along next to a grilled cheese.  The perfect side for just $1.99!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Y'all I never used to like yogurt.  It made my tongue curl up.  Too tangy?  I wasn't sure, but I knew I wasn't a fan.  Thankfully my taste buds have changed and now I'm digging it.  I have no idea how or why that happened but I'm thankful.

The kids?  They've always loved it.  I buy this big 64 oz tub and we often go through a tub a week. For breakfast I put it in smoothies, or my Healthy Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes or just throw some in a bowl and top it with my homemade granola.  The $3.49 pricetag is a much better deal than buying individual serving tubs, just saying!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Lunch meat is every mother's stand by meal.  Don't know what to make for dinner?  How about a sandwich!  Weekend lunches when we are on the go?  How about a sandwich!

I buy ALDI's Never Any! version that is free of antibotics, horomones and other junk.  I stock up on their ham and turkey and it keeps us happy for the two weeks.  Meat can be expensive, we all know that, but I'm willing to pay the $3.29 price for half a pound.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Let's all take a moment and pretend our kids don't NEED macaroni and cheese like their lives depend on it.  I've stopped fighting tht fight because frankly I enjoy the darn stuff too.  Our favorite is this Simply Nature Shells and White Cheddar version.  I can easily make two boxes as a side with dinner {often my Iowa Ham Balls or Crock Pot Maid-rites} and it gets devoured.

I have no problem paying $1.15 box for a box that contains no preservatives and tastes fabulous.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Frozen berries are pretty much a godsend.  They are picked fresh and frozen even faster, pretty much giving you the best pick of the crop.  Just this morning I threw a handful in the kid's breakfast smoothies {vanilla yogurt, milk, strawberries and a drizzle of honey}.

There are also KILLER in my Strawberry Upside Down Cake.  Which I can say is the perfect summer dessert {this means you should save this recipe for later}.  At just $2.89 a bag, it's a no-brainer.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Remember those wraps I was talking to you about that I have for lunch?  Yeah, this spinach often goes inside them.  And as a sneaky mom, I will usually put a good handful in my Spicy Egg Bake. The kids never know the difference.  But honestly, my favorite way to eat it?  In my Creamy Garlic Spinach Ricotta Pizza or my Chicken and Spinch Stuffed Shells.

The husband takes a handful and makes himself a salad to take to work each day {spinach, carrots, peppers, cottage cheese, dressing and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds}.  Between all of this it gets eaten up!  At $2.49 a container it's cheap.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Right behind salsa, or prehaps right in front, marinara sauce is my fave.  I'd take a bath in it people! This brand is truly MY FAVORITE sauce of all time.  It's a bit thin, has a deep robust tomato flavor and basically goes with every Italian dish you can imagine.

We love it on easy-peasy spaghetti, in my Creamy Baked Ziti and even just as a topper on pizza crust. I've been known to buy a whole case.  I'm serious.  But why not at just $1.99 a jar?

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Up until about two years ago I rarely ate hummus, nor was a huge fan of it.  I'm not sure if it was a required taste that I needed to get used to or if I hadn't found the right brand.  What I do now is that I'm a fan!  And I cannot walk buy this aisle without buy a container of my favorite Roasted Red Pepper or Classic version.

This $1.99 10oz version lasts us about a week.  I love dipping carrots, pita chips or crackers in it. Thankfully the kids haven't caught on to it's greatness, so more for me!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Nuts are a great snack to have on hand throughout the day.  Cashews are my ultimate favorite {did you know they are also great for helping cure a bad mood?}, albeit a bit expensive at $4.89, buying by the bag is worth it.

I'll eat them by the handful or even treat myself by topping them on vanilla ice cream.  Don't let your kids get ahold of them!  They'll be gone.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Any coffee lovers out there?  This Friendly Farms brand is made with real milk and cream, none of that junk filler stuff and tastes great!  I am just getting on the coffee bandwagon.  I definitely prefer cappuccino, but I have been getting braver drinking half coffee, half cappuccino {don't laugh, k?}. This $1.79 bottle lasts me a long time.

And because I'm a food blogger, one day when I was out of milk and heavy cream, I used this as the replacement in my Maple Glazed Pecan Scones.  It worked!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you know me, you know I love a good burger.  These buns?  {I can't believe I just said these buns}. They are fabulous!  I save them for just the husband and I because they feel so darn special.

Just when your burgers are almost done, lay these beauties on the grill {$1.99 for a pack of 4} and toast them just a bit, it makes all the difference!

Try my Smoky B-B-Q Burgers or my Mom's Meatloaf Burgers.  Perfect for summer!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Unless you've been living under a rock, I hope you've already heard of all the various things you can do with coconut oil, whether it be fore cooking or skin/hair care.  I've been on the coconut oil bandwagon for quite some time.  When the babes were little I kept a jar at their changing table and used it as a diaper cream {really works!}.

For cooking, I use it as a replacement for any recipe that calls for use a bit of oil, manily baked goods, but it's also great in a stir-fry.  Just last week when making a batch of my Overnight Freezer Waffles, this jar was put to work.  At just $4.49 a jar it lasts us quite awhile.

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I wouldn't be American if I didn't mention ketchup on this list.  In a close tie with ranch dressing, this is a popular condiment in our house.  It is such a steal to find a bottle of organic ketchup for only $1.69.

Of course we dunk our french fries and burgers in this stuff, but I also use it as a glaze on my Healthy Hidden Veggie Meatloaf.  

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love cheese and cheese loves me.  I have been buying this freshly shredded Parmesan cheese since I knew it existed {seriously, so much better than that sawdust stuff you find in the pantry section}.  

This 5 oz. container for just $1.99 lasts us a long time.  I sprinkle it on eggs and pasta, but we really love it in my Honey Balsamic Angel Hair Pasta and my 3-Cheese Italian Flatbread. This stuff freezes well too, so stock up and fill the freezer!

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I really hoped these 18 favorite items of mine help you when you are shopping at ALDI!  I know when I first entered their store so many years ago it was a bit overwhelming.  

Which products taste good?  Which ones are the best for their buck?  Which ones compare to the national brands?

Do me a favor, share this post with your friends.  ALDI lovers or not.  Let's see if we can turn a few heads!

18 Great Budget Friendly Foods Found at ALDI...yogurt, spaghetti sauce, cashews, lunchmeat, coconut oil and more! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

*Please note this post is NOT sponsored by ALDI.  While I do have a wonderful relationship with the company, all opinions are my own.