Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

$4.60 recipe / $0.58 serving
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 Thanksgiving…”

So, if you’re wondering why I haven’t posted any Thanksgiving goodies, that’s why. I’m off in la-la-land. But, while perusing the web recently I did come across this fantastic recipe for Healthy Cranberry Relish on and immediately wanted to make it. Cranberry sauce and relish are my favorite part of Thanksgiving, so since I’m a little late to the party this year, I’m at least going to squeeze this one in. … [Read More]

Stock Your Kitchen: Pantry Staples

Herbs and Spices

It's been a busy week and I haven't had time to cook (thank goodness for frozen portions of Chicken Noodle Soup and Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew!), so I thought it was a good time to update the Budget Bytes list of Pantry Staples. I made a list five years ago when I first started the blog, but I've learned so much since then that ... [Read More]

Spicy Italian Flat Bread

$3.82 recipe / $0.96 serving
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 that I got had an incredible looking artichoke pizza on the cover and it's been sitting on my coffee table staring me down night and day ever since. So, I ... [Read More]

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

$7.43 recipe / $0.93 serving
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 comes through with a recipe that happens to be exactly what I'm in the mood for eating that week. That's what happened when I got an email from Rachel with a link to ... [Read More]

Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples

$4.56 recipe / $0.91 per apple
Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples -

I just made a dessert the other day, but when I saw fresh apples on sale, I couldn't resist. I've wanted to make slow cooker baked apples for quite some time, so I finally went for it. SO glad I did. These amazing slow cooker stuffed apples are a great alternative to apple pie because you don't have to bother making a crust. Plus, ... [Read More]

Monterrey Chicken Skillet

$8.11 recipe / $2.03 serving
Monterrey Chicken Skillet -

It used to really irk me when recipes called for "pre-cooked chicken." I was like, "What the hail, who has pre-cooked chicken laying around?" Then I realized that it's actually pretty easy to just roast chicken breasts at home and keep that pre-cooked chicken in your freezer, which is a total life saver when you need to whip up a quick ... [Read More]

Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites

$1.71 recipe / $0.11 serving
Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites -

So many of you asked about the pretzels pictured in my How To Start a Food Blog post, that I decided to do a spin off for you (the original pretzel tutorial is for a different website and I'll be sure to post the link just as soon as it's live). It's the same dough, but cut into cute little pillows and tossed in butter, parmesan, and ... [Read More]

Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew

$14.08 recipe / $1.41 per cup
Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew -

Woah. Just, WOAH. I've never smelled anything as lovely and drool inducing as the scent in my house the day I made this stew. It was absolutely incredible. It had me checking the clock every 15 minutes to see if it had been four hours yet. I couldn't wait to lift the lid and take a quick taste. ... [Read More]

How to Start a Food Blog

Start a Food Blog -

Five years ago a simple question floated into my head. "Should I start a blog?" That one question changed everything. Food blogging has become the most enriching and fulfilling experience of my life. I get a lot of emails about blogging and whether or not someone should start a blog, but I wanted to make this post for all of you who are ... [Read More]

Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan

$4.65 recipe / $1.16 serving
Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan -

Ever since I discovered how delicious pasta is when cooked in broth instead of water, I've been experimenting with all sorts of different ways to play up this simple trick. By simply changing up the add-ins, you can have an endless number of quick one pot or one skillet dinners for busy week nights. This Bacon Spinach Pasta with Parmesan ... [Read More]

Slow Cooker Apple Pumpkin Pudding

$8.03 recipe / $1.00 serving
Slow Cooker Apple Pumpkin Pudding -

I was sitting at the laundromat this morning (my washer and dryer are on back order for a whole month) and started browsing "easy fall desserts". That's a dangerous thing to Google, BTW. I came across this recipe for Nutty Pumpkin-Pie Pudding from Better Homes and Gardens and loved the simplicity of it. I stopped at the grocery store on ... [Read More]

Parsley Salad with Almonds and Apricots

$4.28 recipe / $1.07 per cup
Parsley Salad with Almonds and Apricots -

I made some delicious chicken and rice for this week's meal, but I definitely needed something green to balance it all out. So, I crafted up this amazing Parsley Salad with Almonds and Apricots. I love using parsley as a salad green because it's inexpensive, flavorful, and quite healthy. It might take a minute to get past that garnish ... [Read More]