Mini Garden Turkey Loaf Meal

$14.23 meal / $2.37 serving
Potatoes and Turkey Loaves - BudgetBytes.com

When I first started this blog I used to cook in “complete meal” mode (a main dish + sides) and post each recipe individually, as well as a “complete meal” summary. Somewhere along the line I got away from that format and I think the blog lost a little of its effectiveness because of it. When I took part in the SNAP Challenge last September I had to once again think about the big picture and it seemed to be very helpful to both me and you. … [Read More]

Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

$4.79 recipe / $0.80 serving
Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

So I've been really into potatoes lately. They're just so cheap and you can do so many different things with them! Mashed potatoes in particular are great because they go with just about any meal and you have the sky as your limit when it comes to add-ins. This week I happened to have some leftover fresh spinach that I bought for my ... [Read More]

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves

$9.44 recipe / $1.57 serving
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For the past year or so I've been working on the side making step by step photo tutorials for Food.com. Ever since I made this basic meatloaf tutorial, I've wanted to make it again and again. I always feel bad for meatloaf because I don't think its reputation lives up to just how comforting, filling, and delicious it is. Meatloaf may not ... [Read More]

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries

$2.84 recipe / $0.71 serving
Smoky Garlic Oven Fries - BudgetBytes.com

I really  wanted to call these "OMG! They're Crunchy!" Fries, but that doesn't work very well for SEO purposes. My point is, I'm happy to have finally made some oven fries that are crispy and crunchy. Are they like deep fried fries? Well, no. Fries made in the oven will never be like real fries because the science behind the cooking is ... [Read More]

How to: Shop for Cookware

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If you follow me on social media (especially Instagram or Twitter) then you'll know that I recently purchased my first set of cookware in about 15 years. It was a major purchase and I put a lot of thought and research into the decision, so I wanted to share the process with all of you. As I've learned over the years, the quality of your ... [Read More]

Blackberry Sage Pork Chops

$6.30 recipe / $1.58 serving
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Pork chops, meet blackberry sage pan sauce. Pan sauce, meet pork chops. I just know you two will get along beautifully. Pan sauces are the easiest way to turn a boring cut of meat (pork chop, chicken breast, etc.) into a restaurant quality, fancy-pants meal. They're fast, easy, and help clean off that brown stuff that's stuck to the ... [Read More]

Toasted Coconut Oat Bran

$2.00 recipe / $0.50 serving
Toasted Coconut Oat Bran - BudgetBytes.com

Discovering that you can cook grains in other liquids besides water was one of my favorite "ah-ha" moments in cooking. Using broths, juices, or other flavorful liquids to cook dry grains adds more flavor than you could ever impart with herbs and spices alone. So, when I was cleaning out my cabinets the other day and found an old can of ... [Read More]

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

$1.56 recipe / $0.26 serving
Sriracha Deviled Eggs - BudgetBytes.com

I have this sneaking suspicion that a week from now a lot of people will have a ton of hard boiled eggs on their hands and no idea what to do with them. While I do love a good old fashioned hard boiled egg, why not do something a little more fun with them? A reader recently suggested that I try making Sriracha deviled Eggs and I've ... [Read More]

Fish Tacos with Cumin Lime Slaw

$5.44 recipe / $1.36 serving
Fish Tacos with Cumin Lime Slaw - BudgetBytes.com

Earlier this week I made a big batch of sunny and fresh Cumin Lime Coleslaw, but I didn't intend to just eat coleslaw all week. So, I used the coleslaw to top these super simple fish tacos. I'm an absolute taco fiend because they're so easy, fresh, delicious, and just plain fun. And while it can be tempting to pile ten different ... [Read More]

Cumin Lime Coleslaw

$3.00 recipe / $0.50 serving
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I can feel it, y'all! I can feel the summer coming! And in its honor, I wanted to make something refreshing, crisp, and crunchy. Hello, Cumin Lime Coleslaw! Seriously, though. Ever since the weather warmed up all I've wanted is salads and other crunchy, cold vegetables. This slaw has a bright and sunny dressing made with fresh lime ... [Read More]

Balsamic Chicken Thighs

$4.17 recipe / $1.04 serving
Balsamic Chicken Thighs - BudgetBytes.com

Chicken thighs are a favorite of mine because they're inexpensive, easy to prepare, tender, juicy, and quite versatile. So I was really excited when they went on sale last week. I'm always looking for new ways to season them up or infuse flavor (see Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs, Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs, and Soy Dijon Chicken Thighs), ... [Read More]

Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans

$3.36 recipe / $0.84 serving
Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans - BudgetBytes.com

It's been far too long since I've had fresh green beans. Like, maybe since last summer and that, my friends, is a tragedy. I love a fresh, still slightly crunchy green bean. The flavor is just so "green", for lack of a better word. The freshness reminds me of summer, which I desperately need right now. This minimalist side dish makes ... [Read More]