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 […]

Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

$7.57 recipe / $1.26 serving
Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

I’m loving these one skillet meals not only because they’re so easy to make, but because they’re so easy to eat. Instead of filling my plate with a main dish and a couple of sides, I’ve got everything I need in one bowl. Carbs, fiber, protein, vegetables, and CHEESE. Ha, jk (not jk). Anyway. Since making […]

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. […]

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

$5.57 recipe / $1.39 serving
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

I’ve gotten a little lax with my grocery spending lately, so during the month of June I’m making it my mission to use up as many things in my pantry and freezer as possible. First up: chicken thighs! I fell in love with chicken thighs when I made the Maple Dijon Chicken because they are just […]

Kung Pao Chicken (and vegetables)

$7.26 recipe / $1.82 serving
Kung Pao Chicken (and vegetables)

This past week caught up with a good friend of mine over lunch at a national chain Pan Asian restaurant (can you guess which one? Ha!). I had never been there before, so I was really curious to see what people love (or hate) about the place. I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken and quickly gobbled […]

One Pot Sausage & Mushroom Pasta

$9.23 recipe / $1.15 serving
One Pot Sausage Mushroom Pasta

I’m really digging these one pot pastas lately. It’s so nice to just cook everything in one pot and have less to wash (especially when you don’t have a dishwasher, like me!). Not to mention they’re super quick and cooking the pasta in the sauce/broth just adds so much flavor. This one pot pasta is […]

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

$6.54 recipe / $1.64 serving
Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Say what?! Yes, beef and pineapple. A little savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Those three things are all you need to make something seriously WOW-worthy. These super simple enchiladas are stuffed full of beef, black beans, pineapple, and jalapeños, which makes for a completely mouth watering flavor combination. Even though the filling […]

Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake

$9.09 recipe / $1.13 serving
Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake

Okay, so it’s not really alfredo because it doesn’t even have any cream, but it’s close enough that I’m going to call it that. This fake-out alfredo is a little lighter and doesn’t hit your belly like a ton of bricks. That’s a little more my speed. This dish reminds me of the white vegetable lasagna […]

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 […]

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

$6.27 recipe / $1.05 serving
Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Can I talk about anchovies for a second without you running away screaming? K, good. Anchovies have a reputation in the United States as being this stinky pizza topping that nobody really likes, but the rest of the world knows that anchovies are the ultimate secret ingredient. You see, when anchovies are used in just […]

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! […]

One Pot Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff

$6.21 recipe / $1.55 serving
Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff

Guess what time it is? Comfort-food-o’clock! This is yet another “better than the box” meal. It’s like hamburger helper stroganoff, but homemade. And guess what? It’s still super fast, easy, and requires only one pot. I used half ground beef and half mushrooms just for fun (the beef was actually less expensive per pound than the […]

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 […]

Chicken Arrabbiata

$7.82 recipe / $1.30 serving
Chicken Arrabbiata - Budget Bytes

(a.k.a. ANGRY BIRDS) I got an email a while back from a reader who wanted to know how to make arrabbiata sauce, so I set out to find out how to do so. I found that it’s actually pretty much the same as the red sauce in my Spicy Tomato & Shrimp Pasta, which is […]

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 […]

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

$10.71 recipe / $1.79 serving
Green Chile Turkey Burgeres - Budget Bytes

Every once in a while I get a very specific craving for a burger. Not just the patty itself, but the bun, tomato, and the whole deal. I wanted to do something a little different this time, so came up with these super yum turkey burgers infused with green chiles, cumin, and pepper jack cheese.

Artichoke Chicken Skillet

$9.84 recipe / $1.64 serving
Artichoke Chicken Skillet - Budget Bytes

Some people are into sweets, some people are into salt, some people are into acid. What do I mean by that? Sour flavors, like anything with vinegar or lemon juice. Foods like pickles, olives, sauerkraut, and capers. I’m a sucker for that salty/tart combo and if you are too, you’ll love this Artichoke Chicken Skillet. I made a […]

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 […]

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

$7.29 recipe / $1.22 serving
Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

The reign of sriracha is not over yet. The price for a bottle of this magic sauce remains stable at my local grocery store, so panic is averted for now. I fell in love with chicken thighs a while back when I made the Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs. They’re super easy to cook, usually quite […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chicken (or Turkey) Green Chile Enchiladas

$9.72 recipe / $1.94 serving
Chicken Green Chile Enchiladas

Thanksgiving has come and gone and hopefully you all had a wonderfully relaxing day with friends and family. You probably had a huge feast and if you’re fortunate enough, you may have enough leftovers to last you all week. But there’s no rule saying that you have to eat the same leftovers all week. It’s time […]

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

$5.01 recipe / $1.25 serving
Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

I’m all about the quick skillet meals this week because, let’s face it, when you’re in the home stretch towards Thanksgiving, you don’t really want to cook anything… but you still gotta eat. This quick skillet combines the vibrant flavors of basil pesto with tangy cream cheese to make a rich sauce that smothers the pasta, […]

Oven Roasted Greek Stuffed Pitas

$10.95 recipe / $1.37 serving
Greek Stuffed Pitas

One of my all-time favorite recipes is Oven Fajitas. It’s easy, flavorful, and healthy. So, I decided to try the same concept with different flavors. For this version, I chose Greek inspired vegetables (bell pepper, eggplant, tomato, and red onion), drenched them in a lemon-garlic marinade, then topped the whole thing with feta and fresh parsley […]

Turkey & Spinach Pasta Bake

$8.63 recipe / $1.44 serving
Turkey Spinach Pasta

Okay, so I almost didn’t post this one because it’s so simple that it’s almost a non-recipe. It’s really just another way to eat pasta and sauce. BUT then I got to thinking about it and decided to post for two reasons: 1. There are all skill levels of cooks out there. Although this might […]

Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

$6.65 recipe / $1.11 serving
Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

How fitting that just days after I make these scrumptious sriracha glazed turkey meatballs, the Huy Fong Foods factory is in danger of temporary shutdown. So, you know what that means? You better make these meatballs, pronto! There’s about to be a sriracha shortage! Panic in the streets! Okay. Temporary freakout finished. Back to the meatballs… […]

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

$8.63 recipe / $1.44 serving
Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

So, it finally got cold here. Like, I actually had to wear a sweater when I left the house the other day! :o  That made me crave chili. Warm, hearty chili… But of course, I needed to try something new. Ever since I discovered how awesome spicy Mexican chorizo and sweet potatoes are together (remember these […]

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. […]

Spinach & Artichoke Wonderpot

$8.05 recipe / $1.34 serving
Mushroom Artichoke Wonderpot

If you’re a fan of the original wonderpot recipe, you’re gonna love this one! I think I even like this combination of mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and spinach even better. It has a rich, earthy flavor that made me want to eat it straight from the pot! If you’ve never experienced the wonderpot, it’s a simple […]

Chili Cornbread Skillet

$8.19 recipe / $1.02 serving
Chili Cornbread Skillet

As I headed into another week long stretch at work, I knew I needed to cook something super delicious and comforting so that I wouldn’t break down by day four and order a pizza. This hearty Chili Cornbread Skillet fit the bill perfectly. I whipped up a quick vegetarian bean chili in my cast iron skillet […]

Oven Roasted Autumn Medley

$7.04 recipe / $1.76 serving
Oven Roasted Autumn Medley

Remember Nature’s Candy and how awesome that was? Well, in the spirit of fall, I decided take that awesome flavor combo and make it into a meal. I added some red onions to make things a little more on the savory side, added a few more herbs, and then nestled a couple of sausage links […]

Cajun Chicken Pasta

$7.25 recipe / $1.21 serving
Cajun Chicken Pasta

Holy Smokes Batman! I found another lonely chicken breast in the back of my freezer! Yesss! I stock up on chicken breast when they go on sale for $1.99/lb. then wrap them individually in fold-top sandwich bags, pack them into a heavy duty freezer bag, and then freeze them for later use. That way I […]

Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

$7.28 recipe / $0.91 serving
Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas

My love for quesadillas is right up there with pizza. They’re like brothers from a different mother. Both combine melty cheese, crispy bread, and whatever other creative combination of ingredients you can think of. Delicious flexibility! These quesadillas combine hearty chicken with sweet pineapple, spicy red pepper flakes (although you could use jalapeño instead, if […]

Beef Taco Pasta

$10.33 recipe / $1.72 serving
Beef Taco Pasta

I’ve been a little under the weather this weekend, so you know what that means? COMFORT FOOD! Fast and easy comfort food… Because I’d really like to crawl back under my blanket and get back to my “sick day” activities (you know, watching too many Law & Order reruns and browsing OKCupid). This recipe is […]

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 […]

Easy Sesame Chicken

$5.15 recipe / $1.29 serving
Easy Sesame Chicken

I didn’t know sesame chicken was so easy to make. Did you know sesame chicken was so easy to make? Well, now we both know, and have no excuse not to make it on the regular. I mean, seriously, this is plate lickin’ good stuff here and you can probably make it in about the same […]

Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta

$3.72 recipe / $0.93 serving
Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

Easy wins again! I’m on day 6 of an 8 day work week, so that means two things: I’m tired and I’m hungry. Quick skillet pasta dishes like this Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta are perfect for such an occasion. They require only a few ingredients, cook up super fast, and leave me feeling full and […]

Spicy Tomato & Shrimp Pasta

$6.24 recipe / $1.56 serving
Spicy Shrimp & Tomato Pasta

oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I’m not a person that goes crazy over anything that has shrimp in it, but this shrimp pasta might be a game changer. It’s basically a scaled back Shrimp Fra Diavolo. It’s so simple and delicious. Did you hear me? SIMPLE. *dramatic pause* What we have here is a really […]

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

$10.75 recipe / $1.34 serving
Sausage & Pepper Pasta

I caught a few minutes of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn the other night and was reminded of how much I love stories like that and The Grapes of Wrath. They really make me thankful for every little thing I have and remind me that even if I feel like times are hard, I really […]

Teriyaki Noodle Bowls

$6.41 recipe / $1.60 serving
Teriyaki Noodle Bowl

I got an email from Megan last week asking if I could recreate her favorite frozen noodle bowls from Costco. There isn’t a Costco in New Orleans (yet), so I wasn’t familiar with that particular item, but I’ve been in the mood for a noodle bowl anyway. So, I decided to give it a shot. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roasted Poblano Grits with Chorizo

$4.27 recipe / $1.07 serving
Roasted Poblano Grits with Chorizo

Okay, so I’m not quite done with the roasted poblanos. What got me on the roasted poblano kick to begin with was the this awesome restaurant that I visited a couple weeks ago. I ordered their roasted poblano grits and was all like, “Oh yeah, I’m totally making these at home…” I’m sure half the reason […]

Italian Wonderpot

$6.52 recipe / $1.09 serving
Italian Wonderpot

Last weekend I got an email from Robyn with a link to this really cool recipe over at Apron Strings. I always love cooking pasta and rice in liquids other than water, so this idea for a one pot pasta dish (which is originally from Martha Stewart Living Magazine) was right up my alley! This […]

Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs

$5.53 recipe / $0.92 serving
Maple Dijon Chicken

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, any time at all, you’ve surely seen a pin for maple Dijon chicken. Pretty much every blogger out there has made it and it has been pinned to the moon and back. So, I thought I’d play a little game of pintester and try it out myself, because unless […]

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 […]

Roasted Vegetable French Bread Pizza

$11.71 recipe / $1.95 serving
R+Veg+FB+Pizza+flat

Ecstasy. Pure ecstasy. This recipe turned out even better than I had imagined. You know, when you take that first bite and you’re not even done chewing before you have to let out a muffled “Woah…” This roasted vegetable french bread pizza with pesto and ricotta made me do that. The pesto sinks into the […]

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. […]

beef ragout with mashed cauliflower

$13.11 recipe / $2.19 serving
Beef+Ragout+close

This is the last installment in the shredded beef series. Although this recipe ended up being something quite different than I intended (thanks to my chronic absent mindedness), it still ended up super delicious! I intended on making a classic ragout with lots of vegetables stewed into the sauce… but… somehow I forgot all of […]

Black Bean & Avocado Enchiladas

$5.85 recipe / $1.46 serving
Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas

Okay, I have to take a little break in the Shredded Beef programming to bring you this absolutely scrumptious vegan delight! I’ve been eating this for lunch all week and the fact that I only have one serving left almost makes me want to cry… I might have to make a second batch PRONTO. Yes, […]

Hoisin Beef Tacos with Sweet & Sour Slaw

$9.15 recipe / $1.14 each
Hoisin Beef Tacos with Asian Slaw

One of the most important aspects of street food is that it has to be easy. Fast and easy. This idea came from some of my friends who were gushing about a local food truck. I’ve never eaten at said food truck, but apparently they have a hoisin pork taco topped with an Asian slaw. […]

BBQ Beef Stuffed Potatoes

$4.77 recipe / $2.39 each
BBQ Beef Stuffed Potatoes

I’m crazy about BBQ sauce, so the first thing I wanted to make with my Multi-Purpose Shredded Beef was something drenched in that sweet, tangy sauce. Sure, I could have just piled the BBQ shredded meat on a bun and called it a day, but these stuffed potatoes are WAY better. Once you’ve got the […]

Simple Portabella Pasta

$4.94 recipe / $1.24 serving
Easy Portabella Pasta

My favorite recipes are those that feature just a few ingredients so that the subtle and intricate flavors are not lost. …not to mention, they’re just easier to make! ;) Nearly every time I go to the grocery store I look at the portabella mushrooms longingly. They’re so good, but so expensive. This time I […]

Banh Mi Bowls

$8.18 recipe / $1.36 serving
Banh Mi Bowls

Oh the mighty banh mi. It’s one of my favorite foods in the entire world. It’s truly the perfect sandwich. If you’re unfamiliar with banh mi (Vietnamese submarine sandwich), check out this excellent little write up Viet World Kitchen for a little history and explanation as to why they’re so freaking amazing. This is (obviously) […]

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 […]

Navy Bean Soup with Sausage & Spinach

$7.11 recipe / $0.89 serving
Navy Bean Soup with Sausage & Spinach

I think we’re experiencing one of the last cold spells of the year here in Louisiana, so I wanted to make one last hearty, soul-warming soup. This soup was incredibly easy, but boasts huge flavor and major filling power. In short, it’s AWESOME. Lately I’ve been trying to ween myself off of my bouillon crutch. […]

slow cooker jerk chicken

$8.74 recipe / $2.19 serving
Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

The slow cooker wins again! This incredibly easy recipe boasts big flavor and very, very little work. Just mix up a fragrant spice rub in your blender, slather it over the chicken, and then let the slow cooker do the rest. You will want to pop the chicken in the oven under the broiler for […]

tuna noodle casserole with olives & spinach

$11.07 recipe / $1.23 serving
Tuna Casserole close

I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t sure I was going to post this recipe because it ended up being a lot more “involved” than I expected. But, after eating it for lunch and then wanting more once I got home from work, I figured all of the work and dirty dishes were worth it! This […]

Easy Oven Fajitas

$7.78 recipe / $1.95 serving
Oven Fajitas

Ooo, these are my new favorite thing!! I love fajitas, but have had a hard time replicating their smoky goodness at home. I don’t have a grill or a cast iron griddle, so it’s been difficult to achieve that authentic fajita flavor. I’ve seen this oven method around the interent a lot lately, so I […]

Taco Pizza

$6.74 recipe / $1.69 serving
Taco Pizza

I was sitting at work last weekend all bored and hungry when I was hit with two super strong cravings at once – tacos and pizza. I knew a taco pizza had to be in my near future. So, here it is. My version of the grade school lunchroom classic! I decided to make this […]

Salsa Chicken Casserole

$8.58 recipe / $1.43 serving
Salsa Chicken Casserole

I’m still all about these easy, one dish dinners. This one is very similar to the ultra popular Taco Chicken Bowls, but it’s made in the oven and takes about an hour, as opposed to eight in a slow cooker. The directions go something like this: dump, stir, cover, cook, eat, be happy. One little […]

Chunky Beef Stew

$10.38 recipe / $1.73 serving
Chunky Beef Stew

As I was sitting at work last night all hungry and tired, I read an email from Ashlee, a reader who had recently had some out of this world beef stew. She was writing to ask if I had a recipe, which I didn’t, but her description of the beef stew that she had tasted […]

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta

$5.91 recipe / $1.48 serving
Creamy Sausage & Pasta

I saw this recipe over at Kevin & Amanda the other day and immediately knew that I wanted to make it. Of course, I made some changes to fit the ingredients I had on hand and my personal preferences. The bones of the recipe, though, are perfect. It’s a one skillet meal, it cooks in […]

vegetable pot pie

$6.50 recipe / $0.72 serving
Vegetable Pot Pie

I’ve wanted to make this for a LONG time and in this cold, bleak weather it was just calling my name! I deviated slightly from a traditional pot pie recipe in that I topped the pie with a big biscuit rather than using a pie crust. I liked the idea of having a fluffy biscuit […]

quinoa black bean tacos

$7.71 recipe / $0.96 serving
Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

Shhhhhh…. They’re VEGAN! I decided to experiment a little more with vegan food in 2013. Now, before you get your panties all in a bundle, hear me out. I’m an omnivore and probably always will be. I eat everything, animal and non-animal, but that doesn’t mean that every meal has to include both. I see […]

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 […]

sausage & kale cassoulet

$5.81 recipe / $1.45 serving
Sausage & Kale Cassoulet

I know I’ve done the whole sausage-bean-kale thing numerous times, but that’s because it’s so good. This might not be a traditional cassoulet, but that’s the closest word I could find to describe what’s going on here. It’s beans slowly cooked with meat so that the rendered fat has time to soak in and give […]

soy dijon pork tenderloin

$7.82 recipe / $1.96 serving
Soy Dijon Pork Tenderoil

This is kind of an accidental fancy pants recipe, but sometimes you need to pull out your fancy pants and show them off. So, here’s a good reason to. I usually opt for pork loin rather than pork tenderloin because it’s bigger and about half the cost per pound. This time, though, the store only […]

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom White Pizza

$5.58 recipe / $1.40 serving
Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Pizza

This recipe was a true labor of love. Sometimes food just taste better when you know you’ve put a lot of time into it. It’s not that this recipe was at all difficult, it just takes time. Between the fermenting dough and caramelized onions, you need to plan ahead for this one. But most of […]

ranch chops

$6.73 recipe / $1.68 serving
Ranch Chops

Are you team “fry” or team “bake”? I’m team “it’s all good.” Sometimes I go for the fry because it creates unparalleled texture, but sometimes I go for the bake because I’m just not in the mood for oiliness and the smell of fried food kinda makes my stomach turn. I tried these chops both […]

chicken enchilada pasta

$5.45 recipe / $0.91 serving
Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This is a super easy, quick fix for dinner. I made the basic version with just chicken, pasta, sauce, and cheese, but you could get really creative with the add-ins. Try black beans, corn, green chiles, or anything else that usually goes good in enchiladas. I’m sure you could even make this into a delicious […]

joe’s special (my way)

$9.18 recipe / $1.53 serving
Joe's Special

This recipe comes courtesy of my dear friend, Ashley. She was looking for something to cook for dinner one night and decided to type the ingredients she had on hand into google (I think it was google) and Joe’s Special popped up. Joe’s Special is a recipe created and made famous by a San Francisco […]

chipotle chicken chili or “C3″

$9.51 recipe / $1.19 serving
Chipotle Chicken Chile

I know, I know, I just made a chicken soup-type dish. Well, sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got. I have a ton of chicken in the freezer, I had some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce left over from another test recipe, and it’s getting all fall-like outside. What does that add up to? […]

curry beef with peas

$6.99 recipe / $1.17 serving
Curry Beef with Peas

This recipe was born out of a craving for my mom’s meat pies, which I haven’t had in YEARS (like, 15 at least?). I don’t have the recipe, I just remember that it was some sort of ground beef mixture seasoned with curry and stuffed inside of fluffy bread. They were so good that I […]

baked spaghetti with sausage

$9.20 recipe / $1.15 serving
Baked Spaghetti with Sausage

I never really understood the point of baking spaghetti… it just seemed like an extra step that stood between me and eating it. But, there’s something about a hot, cheesy casserole straight out of the oven that is extra comforting. Now that I’ve baked my spaghetti, I totally get it. Baking it in the oven […]

roasted vegetable burritos

$14.18 recipe / $1.42 each
Roasted Vegetable Burritos

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better. I just finished tallying my cost for this recipe and I have to say, I’m sure I could have done much […]

Spinach Pie

$7.29 recipe / $0.91 serving
spinach pie

Mmmmm… I LOVE spinach pie. Whenever I eat at Greek restaurants, I always make sure to order some spanikopita. I love the flakey crust and the rich, warm, spinach filled interior. Popeye totally knew what was up. This spinach pie isn’t really Greek flavored, but I love it all the same. There are many, many […]

slow cooker chicken

$7.16 / 5 lb. chicken
Slow Cooker Chicken

Cooking a whole bird is probably my least favorite task in the kitchen. Something about it just makes me want to moan and groan and … well, just find someone else to do it! Until I found this method. It’s SO EASY. I first saw this on Slow Cooker From Scratch, and have since been […]

taco stuffed shells

$14.65 recipe / $1.47 serving
Taco Stuffed Shells

But Mom! Everyone else is doing it! I don’t know who the first person was to stuff pasta shells with taco fillings, but it’s definitely a good idea. I kept seeing taco shells around the internet, so I had to make some, Budget Bytes style. I made this recipe affordable by using homemade enchilada sauce […]

vegetable tamale pie

$8.05 recipe / $1.00 serving
Vegetable Tamale Pie

Do you want evidence that this recipe is good? How about the fact that I’ve been eating it for lunch AND dinner for the past three days straight, and I still wanted a piece for breakfast this morning. Seriously. There are a million and two ways to make tamale pie, some being more like actual […]

Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders

$4.99 recipe / $1.25 serving
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders

Funny story – I was going to make this recipe with chicken thighs, but they were $3.49/lb. and the boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale (again) for $1.99/lb… so… yeah. Chicken tenders it was! Obviously not everyone will catch this $1.99/lb. chicken sale as often as I do, so go with whatever cut is […]

root beer pulled pork

$13.54 recipe / $1.35 serving
Root Beef BBQ Pork

It’s highly unusual for me to cook with an ingredient like root beer, but I have to admit, I’ve been extremely curious about this recipe for quite some time. I love slow cooked pork and I couldn’t wrap my head around what type of interesting flavor root beer would add to it, so I had […]

thai turkey meatloaf

$7.83 recipe / $0.98 serving
Thai Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf isn’t pretty. Let’s just get that out on the table. It’s so ugly, in fact, that I couldn’t stop giggling while taking these pictures. All I could think about were those silly post cards with retro pictures of jello molds and other hideous foods from the 1950s. But you know what? After one bite […]

tandoori chicken bites

$7.48 recipe / $1.50 serving
Tandoori Chicken Bites

A week or so ago, I got a wonderful email from a fellow New Orleanian (is that a word?) who said she had seen some yummy looking tandoori chicken nuggets at Whole Foods and she wondered if I could try my hand at making some. Well, I ran right out to that very same Whole […]

Chili Cheese Beef n’ Mac

$7.81 receipe / $1.30 serving
Chili Cheese Beef n Mac

WARNING: Comfort food ahead! This dish contains pasta, beef, and cheese. It’s hearty and delicious. Proceed at your own risk! ;) Say you grew up on Hamburger Helper (no shame), but now that you’re an adult and all classy and stuff, you just can’t bring yourself to buy one of those cardboard boxes with the […]

balsamic beef kebabs

$16.95 recipe / $2.82 serving
Balsamic Beef Kebabs

I love kebabs. They’re fresh, filling, and super easy. …and to me they say “SUMMER!” The cost per serving for this recipe is almost double than most my recipes, but when I stop to think about how much this would cost in a restaurant, I’m very, very happy. It might not be an every night […]

orange molasses pork chops

$7.39 recipe / $1.23 serving
Orange Molasses Pork Chops

These might be the easiest pork chops I’ve ever made. …and the most tender. …and maybe they might be tied with the Glazed Pork Chops for best tasting. This orange molasses marinade was a total experiment and it turned out pretty good. I can tell that it’s a recipe that I’m going to keep tweaking […]

spinach artichoke lasagna

$14.17 recipe / $1.18 serving
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

I love lasagna, but I rarely, rarely ever make it. Why? Because it just seems like so much work. You’ve got to cook the ingredients, put them together, and then cook them again! Nah, that’s too much work. But then I threw together this really super simple spinach lasagna last weekend and I’ve changed my […]

Honey Spice Chicken Thighs

$5.13 recipe / $0.64 serving
Honey Spice Chicken Thighs

So, I got a really excellent deal on chicken thighs this week – $0.99 / lb. Ironically, the regular 2 lb. package was the same price as the large, 5 lb. “value pack.” No sale or anything! Sometimes you just need to look a little closer! Obviously not every store will have this fantastic deal […]

Herb Roasted Pork Loin

$6.09 recipe / $1.52 serving
Herb Roasted Pork Loin

Okay, if you haven’t quite honed your kitchen skills yet but you still need a recipe to impress, this is the recipe for you! This recipe is super easy and pretty much fool proof. Just mix up some herbs and oil, smear it on the pork, and throw it in the oven. The end. You […]

spicy sausage & broccoli pasta

$8.37 recipe / $1.05 serving
Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

Here’s to quick & delicious dinners! This is another one that can be whipped up in practically the same amount of time that it takes to boil the pasta. You gotta love that! I wanted to buy some spicy Italian sausage for this recipe, by my local grocery store only had sweet Italian sausage. Guess […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

$9.10 recipe / $1.14 serving
Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s been incredibly warm and summery here all winter, but today was cold, dark, and rainy. Which is perfect because I had planned to make a big ‘ol pot of chicken noodle soup to soothe my tired, achy body. I hadn’t made chicken noodle soup from scratch in probably 6 or 7 years, but I […]

broccoli fettuccine alfredo

$5.48 recipe / $0.69 serving
Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

So, this isn’t really alfredo, it’s more of a (not) alfredo recipe… I’ve made too many alterations for it to truly be alfredo, but it’s still creamy and delicious! I mean, I love alfredo with all of its buttery, creamy, parmesan-y goodness, but I also know that I can’t afford to eat a 2,000 calorie […]

Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

$7.89 recipe / $1.32 serving
Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

I don’t know what it is with me and meatballs lately… but here we go again! These are ridiculously easy and when you serve them over a bowl of hot jasmine rice, they’re pure heaven. The ingredient list might look long, but don’t let that scare you. They’re EASY. Many of the ingredients are just […]

chicken piccatta

$7.16 recipe / $1.19 serving
Chicken Piccatta

Need a main dish that’s full of flavor but only requires a few ingredients? I’ve got you covered. This dish is simple, flavorful, yet elegant enough to impress a date or your in-laws. When garlic and lemon come together with a little butter and fresh parsley, you just can’t lose. Chicken piccatta is traditionally made […]

(not) meatballs & marinara

$6.38 recipe / $1.06 serving
(not) Meatballs & Marinara

I didn’t set out to make (not) meatballs, in fact, I just wanted to make one of my favorite recipes again with a slightly different twist. What is this favorite recipe of mine? FALAFEL! Say it with me now – FALAFEL! yum. Anyway, since I wanted to pair the falafel with a marinara sauce, I […]