Creamy Tortellini with Vegetables

$8.35 recipe / $1.39 serving
Creamy Tortellini with Vegetables -

I’m on a mission and that mission is to increase my vegetable intake. I was really craving pasta the other day, so I set out to create some sort of pasta and vegetable dish. I took a note from the freezer aisle and tried to create a homemade version of some of those creamy style pasta and vegetable skillet meals. I used mostly fresh vegetables, which accounts for most of the “hard work” in this recipe, but I made up for that by using my favorite quick substitute for cream sauce. I simply melted some cream cheese into the hot liquid already in the pot. This is the same technique used to make the deliciously Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta. It’s not a fancy alfredo sauce, but it gives me that creamy goodness that I’m after with no fuss. … [Read More]

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage

$6.07 recipe / $1.52 serving
White Beans with Tomato and Sausage -

Hooray for simple dishes! I came across this post for Tomato and White Bean Stew with Chicken Sausage on Domesticate Me the other day and thought, "What a wonderfully simple and delightful dish! I must make that immediately." It reminded me of my favorite Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens, but with beans replacing the pasta. I never ... [Read More]

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

$3.04 recipe / $0.51 serving
Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes -

I 've been making so many "one pot" or "skillet" meals lately that I've barely made any traditional side dishes. I get a lot of questions about side dishes, though, so I've decided to challenge myself to come up with some more vegetable based sides. These Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes are just one idea that I've had up my sleeve... I ... [Read More]

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

$7.66 recipe / $1.92 serving
Honey Mustard Pork Chops -

I was craving some pork chops hard yesterday, so I decided to give in. I've been pretty good with my vegetables lately, so I don't feel bad about these slightly rich and indulgent pork chops. It's all about balance and moderation, my friends... Anyway, I decided to make some super simple pork chops smothered in a creamy honey mustard ... [Read More]

Lemony Kale and Quinoa Salad

$4.97 recipe / $1.24 per cup
Lemony Kale and Quinoa Salad -

Have you ever checked out They have really simple, elegant recipes and I love browsing through their beautiful photographs. The other day while perusing through their stuff I saw this recipe for One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf and thought it looked like the perfect recipe to help me out with my focus on vegetables for the new ... [Read More]

Curried Lentils

$3.48 recipe / $0.87 serving
Curried Lentils -

This recipe is a spin off of the ever popular Quick Curried Chickpeas. It always amazes me how a recipe with so few ingredients can have such big flavor! For this version I subbed out chickpeas for lentils, added some diced carrot for color and sweetness (and because my New Year's resolution is VEGETABLES!), and increased the curry ... [Read More]

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

$11.59 recipe / $2.89 serving
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili -

Can you believe it? It's already 2015! After a holiday season full of decadent goodies and drinking probably a tad too much, I'm ready to kick my health into high gear. So, when Albertsons supermarkets asked me to develop a healthy, fresh recipe using their private label products, I thought the timing couldn't be more perfect. I whipped ... [Read More]

Zucchini and Corn Frittata

$4.75 recipe / $0.79 per slice
Zucchini and Corn Frittata -

I love frittatas because they're simple, filling, and have a bazillion different ingredient possibilities. They're one of those great "sweep the kitchen" recipes that you can add just about any leftover to. And, although they're traditionally thought of as a breakfast or brunch dish, I think this Zucchini & Corn Frittata would make a ... [Read More]

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef

$15.22 recipe / $1.27 serving
Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef -

Slow cooked shredded meat is one of my all-time favorite things. I was craving beef this week, so I decided to make a new version of shredded beef that could be used in burritos, tacos, "burrito bowls" and other similar dishes (I can never seem to get enough of Southwest flavors). My main goal for this new version? Create a rich, thick ... [Read More]

Parmesan Portobello Orzo

$5.22 recipe / $0.87 serving
Parmesan Portobello Orzo -

I've been making so many "one pot" recipes lately that I feel like it's been ages since I've made a good ol' side dish. Well, I had a bag of orzo sitting in my pantry and baby portobellos were on sale this week, so I whipped up this winner. The flavors of this dish are simple. Mushrooms, garlic, chicken broth, and parmesan. Oh, and a ... [Read More]

Pineapple Black Bean Salad

$6.97 recipe / $1.16 serving
Pineapple Black Bean Salad -

It's been sooo dark and dreary here lately. I've been putting off cooking because there just isn't enough light to get pretty pictures, but at some point I've got to eat! So, I threw together this salad after work one day, despite the dark skies. Something happens to me every winter about this time. I get tired of the super cooked down ... [Read More]

Budget Bytes Gift Guide 2014

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This is kind of like Oprah's "Favorite Things", but the Budget Bytes edition. These are all things that I have and love or things that I wish I had and am sure I would love. Some of these gifts were chosen because they'd be great for people who love to cook on a budget (oh, hai!) and some of these items are just plain cool or fun. They ... [Read More]