Peanut Butter S’mores Pots

$1.22 recipe / $0.61 each
Peanut Butter S'mores Pots - BudgetBytes.com

There’s nothing that says “summer” like ooey-gooey s’mores cooked over an open campfire. But for city and apartment dwellers, that summer treat might just be an ancient childhood memory…

Until now. Say hello to the S’mores Pot. A crumbly graham cracker crust, a melty middle layer of peanut butter and chocolate chips, and a gooey, golden brown marshmallow top. Holy wow. Yes.  … [Read More]

Spicy Cashew Crunch Stir Fry

$9.10 recipe / $2.28 serving
Spicy Cashew Crunch Stir Fry - BudgetBytes.com

Stir fry is my bes fran. It's a great way to use the leftover vegetables in your fridge. Just toss them into a hot skillet, add a scrumptious sauce, and you're done. Plus, stir fry sauce can be tweaked in a 100 different ways so you always have a new flavor to keep your taste buds on their toes (eww, imagining taste buds with toes just ... [Read More]

Taco Salad Skillet

$7.86 recipe / $1.97 serving
Taco Salad Skillet - BudgetBytes.com

Oops, do I make too many taco dishes? NOT POSSIBLE. Okay really, I'm sorry if you're not as into tacos as I am, but I just can't help it. Today I was craving the classic American style taco with seasoned ground beef, cheese, iceberg lettuce, and a crunchy corn shell. I changed up the presentation by layering all of the ingredients ... [Read More]

Tropical Yogurt Parfaits

$3.96 recipe / $0.99 each
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If you're not on the "overnight oats" train, it might be time to hop on. Overnight oats are an amazing way to eat oats cold, which is perfect for the summer. Instead of boiling oats in water, you let them soak overnight in the fridge, which gives them a fabulously soft and chewy texture. But letting them soak in water would be just ... [Read More]

Sweet Potato Tacos with Lime Crema

$6.86 recipe / $1.72 serving
Sweet Potato Tacos with Lime Crema - BudgetBytes.com

Tacos are one of my favorite summer quick fixes. They don't have to be complicated and they're not too heavy. Fresh toppings keep the meal light and summery, and allow for personalization. For these tacos I made a quick sweet potato and black bean hash, then topped the tacos with an insanely good lime crema. Okay, so it's not actually ... [Read More]

Chicken Kale Caesar Wraps

$8.56 recipe / $2.14 wrap
Chicken Kale Caesar Wraps - BudgetBytes.com

I still had a few carrots in my fridge and half of a rotisserie chicken, so I decided to mix them up into a delicious Caesar-ish chicken salad and stuff them into a wrap. The perfect no-cook, cold lunch or light dinner for this hot weather. No, wait, "hot" is an extreme understatement. Scorching? Steam bath? Let's just say it's so hot ... [Read More]

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad

$9.62 recipe / $1.20 per cup
Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad - BudgetBytes.com

The "cold and crunchy" summer food cravings continue for me. So, this week I reached into my vault (text files that I created 15 years ago when I first moved out on own) and pulled out a seven layer chicken salad recipe that my mom used to make. It's one of those really easy but delicious recipes that shows up at potlucks and has probably ... [Read More]

Zucchini Sausage Ravioli

$11.32 recipe / $2.83 serving
Zucchini Sausage Ravioli - BudgetBytes.com

I love cooking from scratch because it usually offers both cost and nutritional benefits, but there are always nights when you just need something fast. Recipes like this Zucchini Sausage Ravioli are for those days. Days when you just want to take some basic store bought items and jazz them up just enough to make them feel like a homemade ... [Read More]

Mushroom Spinach and Swiss French Bread Pizzas

$5.76 recipe / $1.44 serving
Spinach Mushroom and Swiss French Bread Pizza - BudgetBytes.com

The other day I needed something really fast and easy for lunch and I was craving Swiss cheese (weird, right?). Well, my solution to that problem was this: sauté up some mushrooms and garlic, add some frozen spinach, pile it onto bread, cover with swiss, and broil until melted. Super fast, easy, and delicious. And, I got my pizza fix ... [Read More]

Pineapple Pork Kebab Meal

$12.08 meal / $2.01 serving
Pineapple Pork Kebab Meal - BudgetBytes.com

This, to me, is a "perfect" meal. Beans and rice topped with grilled meat and vegetables. There are a lot of flavors, colors, textures, fiber, and other nutrients packed into this very simple meal. I would eat this type of meal every day if I could. This week's complete meal idea is a little different because I used two old recipes as ... [Read More]

Pineapple Pork Kebabs (no grill required)

$6.80 recipe / $0.68 kebab
Pineapple Pork Kebabs - BudgetBytes.com

I love absolutely love that "licked by the flame" flavor that grilled food has. Unfortunately, I don't have a grill, so I'm left trying to recreate that flavor with my oven (that's okay, I don't really want to stand next to an open flame outside in the middle of a sweltering Louisiana summer anyway). That's where a broiler comes in ... [Read More]

Apple Cabbage Slaw

$3.80 recipe / $0.76 serving
Apple Cabbage Slaw - BudgetBytes.com

I'm still on a vegetable binge, wanting to eat every vegetable in sight. More specifically, I want cold, crunchy, crispy vegetables. A light summer slaw sounded like the perfect fix. This awesome slaw plays with sweet-tart flavors like granny smith apple, raisins, and a simple Greek yogurt dressing. It's easy, fresh, and would be a great ... [Read More]