Vegetarian Mustard Greens

$4.21 recipe / $0.70 serving
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Let’s talk about greens for a minute. Hearty greens, like mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, and sure, kale too. These are some of the few vegetables that actually benefit from what would normally be considered over cooking. Simmering these vegetables low and slow makes them become soft, drab green, and honestly pretty ugly. But guess what? They […]

Creole White Beans with Chicken

$11.75 recipe / $0.98 per cup
Creole White Beans with Chicken above

Hello! I just got back from an extremely restful, yet indulgent, beach vacation. The sea was beautiful, but the food and drinks were even better. I have to admit, my friends are far better cooks than I am, and they went all out on our vacation. After a week of eating and drinking with abandon, I […]

Simple Tomato Cucumber Salad

$3.05 recipe / $0.76 serving
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I’m a firm believer that side dishes should be kept simple. I like my main dish to be the star of the show, and who wants to make dinner more any more complicated? Keep it simple. So, when I was contemplating a side for my Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo this week, I knew I […]

Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

$3.36 recipe / $0.84 serving
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You know you’re on to something good when you’re cooking vegetables, but it smells like there’s a pizza in the oven. I guess it was something about the garlic, oregano, and Parmesan that made this Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower smell so much like pizza, but I don’t care why. After smelling that for 30+ minutes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apple Cabbage Slaw

$3.80 recipe / $0.76 serving
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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 […]

Tomato and Corn Relish

$3.46 recipe / $0.58 serving
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I needed a light and fresh, summery side dish to go with my Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja this week. It’s summer, so light and fresh is always good, but when you’re serving a hot, cooked down main dish, you definitely need to off set that with something cold and fresh. This Tomato and Corn […]

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

$7.89 recipe / $1.32 serving
Chicken Ropa Vieja - BudgetBytes.com

It’s hot outside, y’all. Too hot to turn on the oven and make my AC work overtime. So, today I let my slow cooker do all the work. I had Chicken Ropa Vieja for the first time recently and loved how it was both extremely flavorful and very uncomplicated. This delicious dish is basically just chicken stewed down with tomatoes, peppers, […]

Spanish Chickpeas and Rice Meal

$9.37 meal / $2.34 serving
Spanish Chickpeas with Rice and Lemon Pepper Zucchini - BudgetBytes.com

Ahh, I loved this meal. It was light but filling, which is exactly what I need in this extreme summer (pre-summer?) heat. The Spanish Chickpeas and Rice were so flavorful that it was the type of dish I could eat for four days in a row and still want more. That’s what I aim for.

Lemon Pepper Zucchini

$1.98 recipe / $0.50 serving
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Today’s recipe isn’t anything amazingly creative, but that’s kind of the point. I think sometimes it’s easy to over think side dishes. Side dishes should be simple so they don’t compete with the carefully crafted main dish, and they certainly shouldn’t take more time or effort than the main. So, to go along with this […]

Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

$7.39 recipe / $1.84 serving
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I’ll openly admit that I’ve tried to make paella on more than one occasion and failed miserably. It’s probably a combination of not having the right paella pan or not using the correct method, but I can never get it to turn out quite right. That being said, I still love the concept of cooking […]

Chili Lime Cantaloupe

$1.35 recipe / $0.34 serving
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Shopping for produce can be a bit tricky in the United States. Some items are priced by the pound while others are priced per item, and if you happen to confuse the two, you can wind up paying an arm and a leg. So when I saw cantaloupe at the store with a big “$2″ sign, I […]

Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowls

$6.05 recipe / $1.51 serving
Sweet n Spicy Chicken Bowls - BudgetBytes.com

I’ve wanted to make a BBQ Chicken “bowl” meal for a couple weeks now. I love bowl meals because they are easy to prepare, hold up well in the fridge, and offer a great variety of flavors and textures. But I recently started doing Jacqueline Smith’s Go Sugar Free course (affiliate link) and traditional BBQ sauce, which is laden […]

Minty Pea Salad

$3.94 recipe / $0.99 serving
Minty Pea Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Ooooh we’re gettin’ fancy over here! This week I splurged on a fresh herb other than my usual parsley or cilantro (the cheap ones) so I could make this fabulous Minty Pea Salad. I paid a hefty $1.99 for a clamshell of mint, but I know it would be well used and very appreciated. While it’s common for […]

Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs

$5.39 recipe / $1.35 serving
Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs - BudgetBytes.com

Jet lag from my vacation has been hitting me hard, but I found the time in between naps yesterday to make it to the grocery and cook up a good meal to last me through the end of the week. I’ve had this idea for Curried Potatoes with Poached Eggs kicking around in the back […]

Smoky Tomato Soup

$4.12 recipe / $1.03 serving
Smoky Tomato Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Ahhh, tomato soup. It’s one of the few hot soups that’s light enough to eat during the summer months (it may only be April, but we’ve definitely hit summer weather here in New Orleans). I’m so obsessed with tomato soup. I could eat it every day and never get sick of it. Luckily, there are a […]

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 […]

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries

$2.84 recipe / $0.71 serving
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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 […]

Blackberry Sage Pork Chops

$6.30 recipe / $1.58 serving
Blackberry Sage Pork Chops - BudgetBytes.com

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 […]

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 […]

Curry Roasted Carrots

$1.62 recipe / $0.81 serving
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If you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, you may already know that I’m obsessed with roasted vegetables. Oven roasting vegetables makes their flavor sweeter and deeper, transforming them into something really quite special. If you (or a loved one) dislikes vegetables because of their slightly bitter flavor, roasting may be the secret key […]

Mujaddara

$3.45 recipe / $0.58 serving
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I discovered Mujaddara probably about ten years ago at this little Lebanese lunch spot in Baton Rouge, called Serop’s Express. I didn’t know what the brown crumbly mixture was, but I ordered on a whim and I was instantly in love. The soft grain-like mixture was earthy, flavorful, and had an intoxicating blend of seasoning. I […]

Weeknight Black Bean Chili

$7.19 recipe / $1.20 serving
Black Bean Chili - BudgetBytes.com

I’m so over the cold and dreary weather. How about you? With the arrival of this latest arctic blast, I felt myself craving a warm, rich bowl of chili, but I didn’t want to spend all day in the icy cold kitchen making it. So, I made this super fast and simple Weeknight Black Bean Chili and crawled back […]

Zuppa Toscana

$8.28 recipe / $1.04 serving
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Zuppa Toscana… it’s one of those recipes that EVERY food blogger has made. I see it on Pinterest at least once per day. At least. I try to avoid over-hyped recipes like this but… I had a friend staying at my house last week and he so graciously offered to cook dinner one night. He chose Zuppa Toscana. “Sure, […]

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage

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

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 […]

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

$3.04 recipe / $0.51 serving
Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes - BudgetBytes.com

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 […]

Lemony Kale and Quinoa Salad

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

Have you ever checked out Food52.com? 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 […]

Curried Lentils

$3.48 recipe / $0.87 serving
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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 […]

Zucchini and Corn Frittata

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

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 perfect easy […]

Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef

$15.22 recipe / $1.27 serving
Saucy Southwest Shredded Beef - BudgetBytes.com

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 […]

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

$4.60 recipe / $0.58 serving
Crunchy Cranberry Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

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 […]

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

$7.43 recipe / $0.93 serving
Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew - BudgetBytes.com

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 […]

How To: Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth Ingredients in Slow Cooker

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. For week 4 of the SNAP Challenge, I purchased a rotisserie chicken from which I planned to make a few different meals. Rotisserie chickens are probably one of the most awesome “convenience” […]

SNAP Challenge: Peanut Butter Hummus

$2.24 recipe / $0.45 serving
Peanut Butter Hummus - Budgetbytes.com

If you don’t know already, I’m a hummus fanatic. I eat it on and in everything. I make several different flavors and I basically just can’t get enough. For that reason, I thought it would be a good idea to use the second half of the chickpeas that I cooked in week one to make […]

SNAP Challenge: Spinach Rice Breakfast Bowls

$0.64 each
Spinach Rice Breakfast Bowl - Budgetbytes.com

This is one of my favorite quick, savory breakfasts and I’ve made about a hundred versions of it. It’s going to seem gross or weird to a lot of you, but I LOVE it. Plus, I got so many questions about it when I used a picture of a similar version for this soft boiled egg […]

SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

$1.36 recipe / $0.22 serving
Seasoned Rice

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. If there’s one thing I knew right away, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under $4.50 […]

African Peanut Stew (vegan)

$5.64 recipe / $0.94 serving
African Peanut Stew (vegan) - Budgetbytes.com

Let me just tell you how excited I am about this recipe… African Peanut Stew is something I’ve wanted to make for years and just never got around to it. I ran across yet another recipe for it the other day and decided to finally go for it. I was in the mood and I didn’t […]

Cajun Potato Salad

$5.36 recipe / $0.89 serving
Cajun Potato Salad - Budgetbytes.com

So I made this awesome Blackened Tilapia a while back, but didn’t use all the seasoning. The leftover seasoning had been sitting on my counter in a little Ziploc container staring at me ever since. I was afraid to put it in my pantry for fear that I’d forget about it and it would just […]

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

$4.81 recipe / $0.79 serving
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

I love black bean soup like I love chili. It’s great on its own, but it’s also fun to get creative with toppings and turn it into a bowl full of fun (okay, maybe I get too excited about food). This awesomely flavorful and easy version of black bean soup practically makes itself in the slow […]

Orange Balsamic Cilantro Salad

$4.15 recipe / $1.04 serving
Orange Balsamic Cilantro Salad

The other day at lunch, my coworker said, “Beth, you have to try this salad. It’s my favorite salad.” I tried a little bite and I have to say I was really impressed! The salad she had made was from Padma Lakshmi’s book, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day. […]

Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls

$7.45 recipe / $1.86 serving
Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowl

Continuing on the “light, fresh & cold” summer meal train, I made these AWESOME Spicy Tuna Guacamole Bowls last week. I love “bowl” meals because there is so much flavor, texture, and color in every bite, plus they’re highly customizable. This particular bowl combines the super fresh flavors of cucumber and cilantro with rich guacamole, spicy […]

Marinated Kale, White Bean, and Tomato Salad

$4.54 recipe / $0.76 serving
Marinated Kale White Bean and Tomato Salad close

Tomatoes might be one of my favorite parts of summer. Even just the smell of a tomato stem sends me into a summertime euphoria. So, now that it’s all gorgeous and summery out, I needed to make a tomato salad, pronto.

Blackened Tilapia

$4.19 recipe / $1.05 serving
Blackened Tilapia

I’m continuing my quest to use up items in my pantry and freezer, which led to this delicious Blacked Tilapia. A while back I bought a bag of 12 individually wrapped tilapia filets for $9.99. I’ve made a couple batches of Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes (YUM!), but wasn’t quite sure how to use the rest. […]

Roasted Eggplant with Lemon Tahini Dressing

$4.17 recipe / $1.04 serving
Roasted Eggplant with Lemon Tahini Dressing - Budgetbytes.com

Oh how I love summer! Produce prices finally come down and neighbors begin to share their bumper crops of tomato, zucchini, and eggplant. When I walked into the store the other day I saw that eggplant was on sale, so I took the opportunity to make an extra vegetable side for my meal. Eggplant with […]

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

$3.40 recipe / $0.85 serving
Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

Have you ever noticed that the fewer ingredients a recipe has, the more elegant it seems? Lucky for me, that also usually means it’s pretty easy and, depending on the ingredients you choose, very inexpensive. This super simple baked egg dish is just that. Simple, elegant, inexpensive, and delicious. This might seriously be the easiest “real” breakfast dish ever. All […]

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

$8.24 recipe / $2.06 serving
Oven Roasted Ratatouille

What happens when you take thinly sliced vegetables, layer them in a dish, and give them the “pizza treatment” (herbs + marinara + cheese)? You get this insanely delicious Oven Roasted Ratatouille, aka “the vegetable dish that vegetable haters won’t be able to get enough of.”

Southwest Chicken Skillet

$5.21 recipe / $1.30
Southwest Chicken Skillet

So, you remember how much you love those Taco Chicken Bowls? And how they’re so easy because you just pour everything into the slow cooker and press go? Well guess what… You can do it in a skillet, too! (and in about 30 minutes) As long as you have some precooked chicken, whether from a […]

How to Make Tahini

Homemade Tahini

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is something that has grown on me over the years. I first used it to make my own homemade hummus, then soon found myself sneaking a taste straight off the spoon while making the hummus. Finally, I graduated to spreading tahini over toast like peanut butter. Tahini has a uniquely nutty and almost bitter […]

Best Ever Avocado Dip

$4.98 recipe / $0.83 serving
Best Ever Avocado Dip

I’m a little avocado obsessed, so when I went to a little Latin American Restaurant last year (La Macarena Pupuseria) and the waiter claimed they had the best guacamole ever, I took the bait—hook, line, and sinker. I had to find out what was so special about this reportedly amazing guac… Well, let me just tell […]

Southwest Spiced Corn

$3.21 recipe / $0.80 serving
Southwest Spiced Corn

OMG you guys! My favorite holiday is almost here! Cinco de Mayo is just one week away, so I am officially giving myself permission to start celebrating with as many southwest inspired dishes as I can eat. It’s gonna be chips, salsa, and guac from here ’till next Tuesday! Oh, and corn. Roasted corn! I […]

Smores Macarons

$5.42 recipe / $0.27 each
Smores Macarons

I’m kind of breaking my own rules with this post, but let me explain. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I never do promotional, affiliated, or underwritten posts. I don’t like it when blogs are just one big commercial. BUT when I was invited to be a part of […]

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

$8.98 recipe / $1.12 serving
Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the easiest, filling, and inexpensive dishes you can make. Just ask anyone from Louisiana—we live off the stuff. Flavorful sausage, savory aromatic vegetables, and rice all cook together in one pot to make a super satisfying, one pot dish. I love cooking up a big pot of jambalay on the weekend […]

Coconut Vegetable Curry

$5.80 recipe / $1.45 serving
Coconut Vegetable Curry

I gotta give a big shout out to Neil, whose tweet inspired me to try again with a recipe that I completely failed with the first time around. Neil tweeted about an amazing vegetable and chickpea curry he had made with coconut milk and it just so happened to be exactly what I was craving, so […]

Portobello Polenta Bowls

$5.78 recipe / $1.45 serving
Portabello Polenta Bowls

I’ve had the ingredients for this dish in my refrigerator for about a week… I had intended to make it last week, but then Mardi Gras happened and there was food and drink everywhere. No need to cook anything, that’s for sure. These tasty little bowls turned out even better than I had expected. They come […]

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

$7.40 recipe / $1.23 serving
Vegan Red Beans and Rice

If you don’t live in Louisiana, you might not know that we’ve got a big carnival going on right now. Parades, marching bands, crazy costumes, and (of course) beads are daily sightings for the two weeks preceding Mardi Gras. It’s all gotten me in the mood for some classic New Orleans food—Red Beans and Rice! […]

Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes

$4.80 recipe /$1.20 serving
Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes

I’ve been really into simple tomato sauces lately. You really don’t have to add much to tomatoes to make a really mouth watering sauce. I bought a big pack of frozen tilapia filets a while ago and I really needed to start using them up, so I decided to give them the tomato sauce treatment. The […]

Sausage and Kale Skillet

$6.02 recipe / $1.51 serving
Kale & Sausage Skillet

Hooray for quick skillet dinners! This one is so fantastically easy that it kind of feels like cheating. Between the Italian sausage and marinara sauce, the dish has all of the seasoning built in, so you don’t even have to measure out any extra herbs or spices. You’re pretty much just heating it all together […]

“Everything” White Bean Dip

$3.28 recipe / $0.66 serving
Everything White Bean Dip

Watch out hummus. You officially have some competition, and the new dip in town doesn’t require tahini. White beans (navy or cannellini) are great for making dip because their flavor is so neutral. You can add just about anything and make it taste good. I kept the base of this dip simple with lemon, garlic, and smoked […]

Vegetable Polenta Casserole

$5.87 recipe / $0.98 serving
Vegetable Polenta Casserole

Someone asked me the other day if I ever cook anything that just doesn’t turn out well and the answer is YES. If I ever go more than a few days without posting a recipe, there’s a good chance that whatever I cooked just didn’t turn out well and I have to wait for my […]

Chili Roasted Potatoes

$2.90 recipe / $0.48 serving
Chili Roasted Potatoes

I’m having fun finding new ways to use my homemade chili seasoning and potatoes were the first item on my list. I mean, tender roasted potatoes coated with savory chili spices? YES PLEASE.

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

I made this basic chili a few weeks ago and in I used my homemade chili seasoning blend. I wanted to post the blend by itself to highlight the fact that it can be used for so much more than just chili! My favorite non-chili use for chili seasoning is roasting vegetables. Just toss some veggies […]

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

$5.24 recipe / $0.52 serving
Chunky Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Omgnesssss… This is my new all-time favorite soup! I’ve already eaten two bowls since I made it today at lunch and I don’t think I’ll even need to freeze any because it will be gone fast. This super flavorful and hearty soup is a vegetarian take on the old classic Lentil & Sausage Stew from way […]

Spinach and White Bean Salad

$3.95 recipe / $0.99 serving
Spinach and White Bean Salad

(PLUS how to hard boil eggs!) Did you over do it yesterday? Too many cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, biscuits, eggnog, candy canes, and Christmas cookies? Yeah, I think we all did. Today I need a salad. I don’t do a lot of salads on the blog because they don’t really feel like recipes, but I […]

Chili Basics

$10.06 recipe / $1.68 serving
Basic Chili

Has this not been the busiest December of all time? I know I’m looking forward to slowing down later this week and on into the new year! I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard to even get into the kitchen for a minute, but when someone emailed me asking for a basic, no-frills chili […]

Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos

$8.41 recipe / $1.40 serving
Roasted Corn & Zucchini Tacos

I’m working on a big side project right now and it has required me to buy a lot of extra groceries. You know how I hate to see food go to waste, so I took a look at the ingredients on hand and came up with these tasty little tacos to use up my leftovers. All […]

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

$5.40 recipe / $1.35 serving
Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

When I finished cooking this recipe I took a look at my notepad to make sure I had written down all the ingredients. I looked it over a good three or four times thinking that I had surely forgotten something. The list was just too short. How did I just make so much yum with […]

Date & Gorgonzola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

$5.57 recipe / $1.40 serving
Date & Gorgonzola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Are you ready to blow everybody’s mind at Thanksgiving this year? This insanely easy, but super posh side dish is the perfect way to say “Yeah, I own side dishes.” No more marshmallow sweet potatoes or canned cream of mushroom soup green beans. We’re stepping up Thanksgiving this year. These sweet potatoes are lesson numero uno. Baked […]

Split Pea, Bacon & Potato Soup

$6.49 recipe / $0.81 serving
Split Pea Bacon & Potato Soup

I had some split pea soup from the hospital cafeteria the other day and while it was satisfying, something about it just didn’t taste genuine. So, I thought it was time to make some of my own. Plus, it was >$2 per serving and I knew that I could do better than that! Right I was. […]

Spice Rubbed Roasted Squash

$3.75 recipe / $0.47 serving
Spice Rubbed Roasted Squash

I have to admit, I walk by the displays of brightly colored and oddly shaped winter squash in the grocery store and just assume that most people use them for decoration. Well, here’s one good reason to eat them! Do you remember those nom-a-licious Glazed Pork Chops from a long time ago? It hit me the […]

Tomato Herb Soup

$2.99 recipe / $0.50 serving
Tomato Herb Soup

I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I can just make it into a really tasty soup.” The answer is yes. Yes, you can make it into a delicious […]

Cashew Rice Pilaf

$3.72 recipe / $0.62 serving
Cashew Rice Pilaf

Want to make your house smell seriously good? Just make this rice pilaf.  The scent of jasmine rice alone makes my mouth water, but add a few spices and it’s absolutely intoxicating. This lightly flavored and vibrantly hued rice pilaf is based off of my favorite Yellow Jasmine Rice recipe, but with a slightly more […]

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

$4.78 recipe / $0.80 serving
Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Whoever discovered beans gets a big fat medal of appreciation from yours truly. They’re just incredible. Incredible and cheap. This soup is thick, warm, comforting, and flavorful… and was LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS FOR THE WHOLE POT. That’s the magic of beans. This awesome soup is also vegan. It uses fresh vegetables to make its own flavorful […]

3 Bean Salad

$3.96 recipe / $0.66 serving
3 Bean Salad

Because when you’re craving beans, you just gotta have beans. Oh, wait, am I the only one that craves beans? Well, I was craving them the other day, so here we are. This simple salad is actually a great trick to have tucked up your sleeve. It’s really fast to whip up and goes great […]

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

$6.55 recipe / $1.09 serving
Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken and pumpkin? Sounds weird, right? Well just wait until you taste it… I made this simple pumpkin soup ages ago and decided to make a newer, better, more powerful version today. I took it in a southwest direction by adding some smokey chipotle peppers in adobo, earthy cumin, and fresh cilantro. Black beans, corn, […]

Southwest Steak Bowls

$10.50 recipe / $2.63 serving
Southwest Steak Bowls

I came up with this recipe because I had half of a flank steak in my freezer that I needed to use up. As usual, I bulked up the meat with beans, rice, and other yummies, so that the one pound (or less, actually) covered four servings. I really had a hard time deciding what […]

Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad

$12.12 recipe / $2.02 serving
Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Salad

I’ve been craving vegetables like mad lately. Every day I just want a big ol’ veggie-licious salad. But sometimes that doesn’t fill me up enough, so that’s when I start adding in the beans… or chickpeas, to be more specific. This hearty salad combines two of my absolute favorite things – roasted vegetables and chickpeas. […]

Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls

$7.27 recipe / $1.21 serving
Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls

Remember how awesome those Taco Chicken Bowls were? If you’ve never tried them, they’re awesome because you literally just throw everything into the slow cooker and press go. A little while later you have awesome shredded chicken cooked right in a flavorful sauce that’s perfect for piling over rice. I decided to use that same […]

Hummus Breakfast Mug

$0.58 each
Hummus Breakfast Mug

Okay… some of you are going to think this is the grossest thing you’ve ever seen, while others will think it’s the best idea ever. I’m in the second camp. This quick microwave hummus breakfast mug is my new favorite quick fix for breakfast. I’m obsessed. The idea came the other day when I needed something […]

Greek Marinated Chicken

$8.97 recipe / $1.12 serving
Greek Marinated Chicken

Need something easy and flavorful to throw on the grill this weekend? This is it. The marinade (similar to what I used for this Chicken Shawarma ) takes just a few minutes to stir together and creates an absolute explosion of flavor. It’s incredible. I only marinated my chicken in this magical mix for 30 […]

Wilted Kale and Lentil Salad

$4.78 recipe / $0.80 serving
Wilted Kale and Lentil Salad

You know how I love kale. You know how I love lentils. You know how I love sweet potatoes. This salad has them all together in one bowl! Yes! It has everything you need – greens, beans, and vegetables. I love it. You can eat a big portion as a meal or just have a […]

Country Breakfast Bowls (freezable)

$7.76 recipe / $1.29 serving
Country Breakfast Bowls

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, then you know how I love “make ahead” breakfast dishes that I can keep in the fridge or freezer and then microwave really quickly in the morning (hello, baked oatmeal). Well, I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for some big brand […]

Green Gazpacho

$4.39 recipe / $1.10 serving
Green Gazpacho

If you’ve never had gazpacho before, it’s basically a soup for people who, like me, would like nothing more than to eat salsa with a spoon. Okay, maybe that’s just my definition of it, but you get the idea. Lots of yummy vegetables puréed into a deliciously fresh soup. There are red gazpachos and green […]

Roasted Poblano Hummus

$4.81 recipe / $0.52 serving
Roasted Poblano Hummus

I have a little confession to make… last week I impulse bought a tub of hummus at the grocery store. I almost never buy hummus pre-made because it’s so cheap and so easy to make at home. But, it was one of those days, I was roaming through Whole Foods while hungry (bad combo) and I […]

chana saag

$6.40 recipe / $1.07 serving
Chana Saag

Sometimes, when I’m suffering from a creativity block, all I need to do is take a stroll through Whole Foods… the freezer aisle in particular. Yesterday I did just that and saw a frozen dinner called Chana Saag. I didn’t look too closely, I just saw chickpeas and spinach and knew that’s what I wanted […]

Golden Rice Bowls

$7.40 recipe / $1.23 serving
Golden Rice Bowl

I was talking with a friend recently who was so excited to be finally getting stove in the house that he’s been remodeling and living in. So I asked, “What is the first thing you’re going to cook?” “Rice. Lots of rice.” he replied. Of course. It’s so easy to take simple food for granted. […]

Multi-Purpose Shredded Beef

18.21 recipe / $2.60 per cup
Multi-purpose Shredded Beef

Today I made a big batch of shredded beef as a “base recipe” for which I’ll provide various uses throughout the next week or two. This is a basic shredded beef with neutral, plain beef flavor, that will have other flavors added to it later on for each recipe. By keeping the flavor plain, I’ll […]

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

$5.04 recipe / $1.80 serving
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I had a really hard time deciding what to load these potatoes up with because there were just so many options. So, look forward to more versions of stuffed sweet potatoes in the future! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite produce items because they’re yummy, nutritious, don’t go bad quickly, relatively inexpensive, and can […]

Island Rice Pilaf

$5.52 recipe / $0.92 serving
Island Rice Pilaf

I really can’t imagine ever just eating plain rice again. Over the past few years I’ve discovered so many different things you can do with rice, especially cooking it with different liquids and seasonings. One of my all-time favorites is Savory Coconut Rice, which combines coconut milk, garlic, and jasmine rice. This recipe is kind […]

Sriracha Caramel Corn

$0.83 recipe
Sriracha Caramel Corn

Okay, this one was kind of a candy making FAIL, but I’m still posting it because even in its failed state it was so good that I couldn’t stop munching on it. Why was it a candy fail? Because my caramel re-crystalized. Instead of being a glossy, glass-like coating, it turned a little grainy and […]

Nature’s Candy

$2.93 recipe / $0.73 serving
Nature's Candy

I’m calling this one “Nature’s Candy” because my first thought upon tasting it was, “OMG, WHO NEEDS CANDY WHEN THIS EXISTS?!” … Yep, I thought it in all caps and everything. This recipe comes to you courtesy of Rachelle, who wrote to tell me that this has become her go-to side dish and even her […]

Chicken in Peanut Sauce

$6.70 recipe / $1.68 serving
Chicken in Peanut Sauce

2013 is going to be GREAT, I can feel it! This is the first recipe of the year and I already know that it’s going to go on next year’s “best of” list! It’s SO good and SO easy. Peanut and coconut combine to make an incredibly luxurious and creamy sauce for the chicken, which […]

apple nut quinoa

$4.54 recipe / $1.14 serving
Apple Nut Quinoa

As much as I love my myriad of baked oatmeal recipes, I’ve wanted to shake things up a bit lately and try something other than oats for breakfast. Enter quinoa. If you’ve never had quinoa (“keen-wah”) it’s a little seed that is packed with protein and fiber. It cooks up fast and is fun to […]

roasted root vegetables

$6.17 recipe / $1.03 serving
Roasted Root Vegetables

You may have heard me talk about how much I love roasting vegetables in the oven… if you haven’t, I’m sure you will in the future. Often. Because it’s the BEST. Roasting vegetables transforms bitter and boring veggies into sweet, rich morsels of goodness. They’re super delicious and super healthy, and we all want that, […]

sweet potato grits

$1.63 recipe / $0.27 serving
Sweet Potato Grits

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. They’re inexpensive, packed full of nutrients, and, most importantly, DELICIOUS. So, when my coworker told me about seeing someone make sweet potato grits on a chef reality TV show, I was all like, “Yes ma’am, I will be making those IMMEDIATELY.” I tasted these grits throughout the […]

Aztec Cocoa

$0.34 per cup
Aztec Cocoa

I made an impulse buy the other day… one of those little packets of Mexican hot cocoa mix. I constantly crave hot cocoa this time of year and I’ve always wanted to try Mexican hot cocoa. In the back of my mind I knew nothing good could come of this little packet of powder, but […]

Tuna & White Bean Salad

$1.88 recipe / $0.63 serving
Tuna & White Bean Salad

The hardest part about cooking and testing so many recipes (for the upcoming cookbook) is that I get full after a few bites, but my taste buds still scream for more! I wanted to eat this whole bowl… This recipe is as easy as 1,2,3… literally. Just mix it all together, adjust to your taste […]

shrimp & rice salad

$8.10 recipe / $1.35 serving
Shrimp & Rice Salad

Sometimes I get in the mood for something really light, fresh, and full of vegetables. I definitely felt like that today. It probably has something to do with that pizza I made yesterday that was piled high with all sorts of Italian salamis and pepperonis. Yummm. …but I digress. I decided on shrimp because it’s […]

how to: make chicken broth

Chicken Broth

I’m going to start this by admitting that this is the VERY first time that I’ve ever made my own chicken broth. I’ve been meaning to for years… and it’s almost hypocritical of me not to, but for some reason I never got around to trying it. So, don’t read this post as a “definitive […]