SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

$1.36 recipe / $0.22 serving
Seasoned Rice

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here.

If there’s one thing I knew right away, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under $4.50 per day. Instead of using plain old rice, I made a big batch of seasoned rice the first day, which will be used as a base for multiple meals throughout the week (and maybe the whole month).  … [Read More]

Feeding America SNAP Challenge

Feeding America

I can't believe it's September already! I've been planning to take the SNAP Challenge for months now, and today, September 1st, is day one. What is the SNAP Challenge? The SNAP Challenge is a yearly event hosted by Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in America. Participants are challenged to eat on no ... [Read More]

African Peanut Stew (vegan)

$5.64 recipe / $0.94 serving
African Peanut Stew (vegan) - Budgetbytes.com

Let me just tell you how excited I am about this recipe... African Peanut Stew is something I've wanted to make for years and just never got around to it. I ran across yet another recipe for it the other day and decided to finally go for it. I was in the mood and I didn't have plans to cook anything else, so why not? As I was cooking ... [Read More]

Top 10 Recipes for College Students

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

It's that time again! Time to settle in for the semester and really hit the books... But don't let food take the back burner. You need to keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through those classes, study sessions, and probably a part-time job, too. I know it's easier to just stop and grab some fast food, or how when ... [Read More]

Creamy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta

$6.68 recipe / $1.67 serving
Creamy Vegetarian Enchilada Pasta - BudgetBytes.com

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, I didn't have any chicken on hand and meat has been really expensive lately, so I decided to try to make a vegetarian version... and I ended up ... [Read More]

Cajun Potato Salad

$5.36 recipe / $0.89 serving
Cajun Potato Salad - Budgetbytes.com

So I made this awesome Blackened Tilapia a while back, but didn't use all the seasoning. The leftover seasoning had been sitting on my counter in a little Ziploc container staring at me ever since. I was afraid to put it in my pantry for fear that I'd forget about it and it would just be forgotten forever. Well, the strategy worked! I ... [Read More]

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

$8.29 recipe / $1.38 serving
Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are awesome, but I always find them slightly awkward or difficult to eat. Can't I just throw the ingredients in a bowl and eat it with a fork?! (I feel the same way about hard shell tacos, BTW). So anyway, that's what I did! I used the same formula as my Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet to cook up this awesome ... [Read More]

Spicy Hoisin Noodle Salad

$5.46 recipe / $1.37 serving
Spicy Hoisin Noodle Salad

After all that heavy (but insanely delicious) Pan Pizza, I desperately needed something light and fresh. I crafted this cold, Spicy Hoisin Noodle Salad with just a few items from the produce department, some leftover whole wheat spaghetti, and a simple sauce made with hoisin and sriracha. Hoisin is kind of like a Chinese BBQ sauce. ... [Read More]

No Knead Pan Pizza

$2.92 recipe / $0.97 serving
No Knead Pan Pizza

I'm pretty much a pizza addict. I want it all the time. Thin pizza, thick pizza, frozen pizza, artisan pizza, I want it all. I love exploring the pizza frontier, which is why I decided to test out this No Knead Pan Pizza technique. I've seen the technique quite a few places around the web, but this post from Serious Eats has a really ... [Read More]

Spinach Tomato Quesadillas

$5.14 recipe / $1.29 serving
Spinach Tomato Quesadillas

Sometimes I get food overload and all I want to eat is something really, really simple... like bread and cheese. My favorite form of "bread and cheese" is a quesadilla. I was all set to happily melt some cheese in a tortilla for lunch today when I decided that I might as well add some spinach (gotta get those greens!). And then it snow ... [Read More]

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

$4.81 recipe / $0.79 serving
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 I get too excited about food). This awesomely flavorful and easy version of black bean soup practically makes itself in the slow cooker, which is awesome on hot summer days like ... [Read More]

Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad

$6.19 recipe / $1.55 serving
Crunchy Kale and Chicken Salad

If you think a salad can't fill you up, think again. This awesomely crunchy and flavorful salad has chicken, almonds, and lots of fiberlicious kale and celery to keep your belly full. And flavor? Oh don't worry, I haven't forgotten about flavor. A tangy, sweet, and creamy honey mustard dressing drenches the salad in tongue-tickling ... [Read More]