About Me

Photos by William & Sons Photography

What can I say?

I’m not a professional chef (although I’ve worked in several commercial kitchens).

I’m not a super-mommy homemaker (mad props to all of you out there, it’s hard enough just taking care of myself).

I’m not a financial expert (I just happen to be obsessed with numbers).

I like to cook because it’s the perfect combination of my two favorite subjects: art and science.

When I’m not cooking and blogging, I work as a microbiologist in a hospital laboratory.  Yes, deadly pathogens by day, delicious food by night.  They’re more similar than you might expect!

Contributing Writer

Parade.com (ongoing contributor)
Tame Your Grocery Bill: 6 Tips for Cooking on a Budget (HRBlock.com, October 2012)
Spice up Dessert with Sriracha Peach Crisp (Blogher.com, June 2012)


Huffington Post (June 2014)
Oprah.com (June 2014)
Edmonton Journal (May 2014)
RetailMeNot.com (April 2014)
Canada.com (April 2014)
MontrealGazette.com (April 2014)
Epicurious.com (February 2014)
The Times-Picayune / Nola.com (February 2014)
GoodHousekeeping.com (January 2014)
CBSNews.com (January 2014)
Moneyliving.com (January 2014)
TheKitchn.com (January 2014)
Lifestylemirror.com (August 2013)
Foodriot.com (July 2013)
Cukmi.com (May 2013)
Blogher.com (May 2013)
Blogher.com (December 2012)
Huffingtonpost.com – #5, #10 (October 2012)
IrishTimes.com (October 2012)
Buzzfeed.com – #9 (July 2012)
Food52.com (June 2012)
Blogher.com (June 2012)
Huffingtonpost.com (October 2011)
Takepart.com (May 2011)
Takepart.com (April 2011)
Glamour.com (February 2010)
Lifehacker.com (October 2009)
Consumerist.com (October 2009)

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  1. Ted Wham says:

    Hi Beth,

    Just found this website (it was included as an article in the curation app Zite). The Slow Cooker Apple Pumpkin Pudding caught my eye and drew me in — I’ll be making it tomorrow to surprise my wife who has been out of town for a week. The rest of the content caught my eye and I have proceeded to clip no fewer than 10 recipes to Paprika, my iOS recipe app. The cost information doesn’t draw me in, it’s the combination of flavors and creativity (OK, the detailed photos help, too!) An example would be the Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas which adds a new and fresh twist to an old standby.

    Kudos to you for having such a great outlet for your creative instincts. Many of us on the ‘net will be better off because of it!


  2. Evan C. says:

    Beth (which is also my mom’s name!),
    Your website has been revolutionary for me. I’m just starting graduate school, and your quick, inexpensive, and EASY recipes have been exactly what I’ve been looking for in a food blog! You’re descriptions are always to the point and fun (unlike some who like to give long accounts of the day they discovered garbanzo beans). I’m really glad someone recommended me to your blog. I tell all my friends (including my mom who is a soon-to-be fan).

    My boyfriend has Coupon Mom. I have Budget Bytes. And I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

  3. Taylor says:

    Hi Beth!

    I just stumbled upon your blog and made the Italian Wonderpot recipe. It was great! I’ve just moved to Barcelona and am slowly but surely detoxing from the stress of living and working in Los Angeles. Part of that detox includes learning how to cook and as I’m only just starting to make money out here, that means cooking on a budget! I love your spunky attitude and I will definitely be coming back to try more of your recipes. Thank you for spending the time you do on putting this blog together! Bon profit :)

  4. Sarah Elizabeth says:

    I switched to a combination of plant-based diet & anti-inflammatory diet just a week ago due to my chronic IBS. I am a FT art student & a FT store manager so I rarely have time to plan out my meals. I felt overwhelmed because I wasn’t sure I’d have the time or energy to devote to my new lifestyle. After looking at a lot of other sites for recipes, I stumbled upon yours and was SO THANKFUL! I quickly browsed through the vegetarian selections and grabbed 4 recipes that share some of the same ingredients, compiled a shopping list, and was out the door within 30 minutes! I look forward to cooking the meals and exploring your site more! I took the time to write this comment because I am so thankful!

  5. Betsy says:

    I want to thank you for the time and effort you spend on this blog! I just found your site thanks to pintrest, I saw and tried your italian wonderpot recipe today. It is GREAT!

    I’ve taken some time to look over your blog and I’ll be sending it to friends and family. I can’t wait to try more recipes.

    I grew up in a home where everything was homemade. It was always the same things, or something so out in left field I would not eat it (like cows tongue). My husband’s family would always try to pass off bad food (I’m speaking going bad as in rotten) as food. Needless to say my husband is very reluctant to try things. I do like to cook but sometimes it seems it is not “worth the effort.”


    We have a daughter who dances and needs good nutritious meals, that can go with her to class. Heathy eating is so importain for any athlete. She tried the italian wonderpot and thought it was wonderful! i look forward to going throught your blog with her, to pick out her top picks to try.

    Thank you once again!


  6. Stacy V. says:

    Learning so much on here especially the Slow cooker recipes. My Mom never tried to work with this appliance and was a stove top/oven home cook. Very skilled with following recipes.
    I’m the Rebel who owns 4 slow cookers and always trying to make these appliances work for me. The baked beans recipe is calling my name as us the split pea recipes but I have so many places to still explore on Budget Bytes.
    I’m single/divorced, no kids and a Travel Nurse so I’m working all over the Country and then home to make my fav recipes when I’m home and enjoy my home kitchen.
    This year I’ll be home for 3 months working in 3 Counties so I’ll want to cook and freeze lots of recipes you have. I’m really excited to try out old FAVS with a twist, cook it, freeze it and make life uncomplicated and better than ever!
    You have such a talent in writing down the recipe and then adding suggestions. Also I thank every one of your posters for their spin and suggestions because it can enhance a dish or caution you so you don’t make a meal and waste it because it scorched or was too salty or spicy.
    I’m from Miami,Florida originally. We don’t cook hot or real spicy and I can adjust a recipe to my own taste.

  7. Tidi says:

    I just wanted to pop in a little note to let you know that I’ve been using your site regularly for over a year now, and your recipes quite simply ROCK! As does your layout, pictures, printable recipes, ways to share/like, and all the rest–it’s just all so well put together. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    (I can’t even count how many times we’ve made your wilted kale & lentil salad. That sh*t is the BOMB! Freakin’ Yuummilicious!)

  8. Kirby says:

    Wow. This is the first time I’ve been inspired by a budget cooking blog, rather than depressed. I didn’t even know that soft boiling an egg was an option! Keep up the great work!

  9. Bietka says:

    Hey! I really love your blog<3 I'm in a similar situation as you were, when you were a student and couldn't spend much money on food. Thanks for creating this website:D

  10. Theresa H says:

    Love your posts and the pictures are so helpful! Thank you for sharing….keep it coming !

  11. Derrick says:

    Thank you so much for this blog!!! I’m in my second year of college and I have been looking all over the internet for good recipes to start making, and your website is a jackpot!
    Can’t wait to try all of these delicious looking recipes! :) Mad props to you!

  12. Mandi Gormas says:

    Thank you so much for this blog! Some of your recipes are now my regular go-to meals. The budget aspect is so helpful!

  13. Caitlin says:

    Just want to drop a note of thanks for your blog. I have had a couple of your recipes “pinned” for some time now but (after the shocking results of figuring out how much I spend on food monthy) I have been making a serious effort to cut back. I really appreciate you helping make it easier for me to maintain the meal quality I’ve become used to. Enjoying your culinary creations so far and looking forward to trying out more :-)

  14. Hi Beth!

    I work on the digital marketing and social platforms for Mahatma and Carolina Rice, and I was wondering if we could give you a free sample of Mahatma (or Carolina… depending on where you live) Rice and you could blog about our product? We recently promoted your Thai Peanut Rice Pilaf post and I loved the recipe you created with it… so delicious!

    Anyways, I just wanted to reach out and start the conversation. Thank you for your consideration!

  15. jotaro kujo says:

    Ur the hottest girl ever

  16. Tiffany Miller says:

    I was recently gifted a package of gnocchi and I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas/advice?

    • Just use it any way that you’d use pasta.:) I love it simple with some red sauce, but you can also sauté it in a skillet to get the edges a little crispy, then add butter, parmesan, and herbs.

    • Lore says:

      My kids love gnocchis!! I normally cook them in water after they are cooked I cover them with a meat sauce on a pirex. At the end I put parmesan and mozarella cheese on top and put it in oven until is gets golden brown.

      • Luna says:

        put them in boiling and salted water and take them out as soon as they reach the surface (they will take 2-3 minutes). then you can dress them however you like, but my absolute favorites are melted butter and sage leaves, or a sauce made with melted butter, blue cheese, parmisan, cream and a pinch of salt.

  17. Judy says:

    Thank you for share your recipes. They looked very yummy! I will try and let U know :)
    Regards !

  18. Justin W. says:

    I have to say, I recently stumbled upon your website, and I’m extremely impressed with all the work you’ve done here and can’t wait to try a few recipes out!

  19. Amber says:

    Just found your site a couple of weeks ago as I’m make a concerted effort to actually cook full meals at home every week. I just tried your spicy hoisin noodle salad, something I never would of tried before, and I loved it. I had to cut back on the Siracha (something I’ve never tried before either), but I loved it!

  20. Kate C. says:

    Thank you so much!! It is so great to be able to eat deliciously on a budget. Thanks for all your hard work, dedication and generosity, your creative recipes are phenomenal! Props to you, I am a Louisiana girl also, but live in Phoenix now. Its so great to have some creole vegetarian options. Thanks again!

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