My stomach is full, and my wallet is too.
Just wanted to let you know that your website changed my life! I have scoured the internet for a cooking website for the lazy likes of me, and I finally found it. I have cooked two recipes of yours already and it just makes sense. Not overly complicated and really easy to do.
I still can not get over how great this site is. Thanks again for helping me to learn to love to cook again and on a budget.
Hi! I have followed your blog for quite a while and at the moment am working at a summer camp in Maine. This is my third summer doing so, but we will absolutely be using some of your recipes with kids :) Just wanted to reach out & let you know that you’re great and so is your new site! Cheers.
Thank you! That means a lot to me! :D
I saw that a facebook group/page called Healthy and Fit for Life has posted at least one of your recipes without giving you credit.
I don’t know if you’ll be able to see that link, but it’s your Italian Wonderpot recipe, complete with your photos, and no source link or credit given. Just a heads up.
Thank you! I hate it when people do that. I checked it out and that is the recipe and photo from the blog that I got the recipe from. I’ll be sure to let them know ASAP. Luckily Facebook has a really great copyright infringement policy and they usually take the content down within hours. :)
What a great blog! Thanks for all the great recipes. I discovered your site by accident the other day and I have already made 3 recipes. We have so many allergies in our family so I have to be very careful. Your recipes are so easy to tweak so that everyone can eat. I can’t wait for the next one.
*From the mom who strongly dislikes cooking! :)
That’s what I love to hear! Yay! :D
I found your blog months ago. It never gets old! I can trust every recipe to be full of flavor.
Thanks so much! Love your site!
I’ve read your blog for a couple of years now, and consider it my absolute go-to when it comes to meal planning. I don’t think I’ve ever had such good luck with any food blog or cook book in my entire life. The recipes are simple, but delicious, and the step-by-step pictures are complete life savers. You provide exactly what I look for when searching for new recipes to try, and the way you write and photograph your recipes makes the success rate high (which is a miracle for me ;) Thank you so much for all you do!
I just found your blog and as a college student who refuses to touch ramen, this has totally made my day! Everything looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try the Italian Wonderpot.
Beth, just wanted to say that although I’ve been cooking for many years, I learn something new every time I visit your site. Like, freezing wine for cooking. I never even thought of it, but what a great idea! There’s wine in my freezer right now, thanks to you :)
And recipes. Your goulash and the beef fajitas were huge hits–and so easy–and I’ve easily got a dozen more on my “try me!” list.
Thanks for all your efforts–great job!
I found your blog through Pinterest. I try hard every paycheck to make healthy an flavorful meals for my family while staying within our budget. I’m already planning on making 4 of your recipes in the next couple weeks!
I wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed every Budget Byte recipe I’ve tried so far, and so has my husband. We both work, but between student loans, the mortgage and aggressive payments toward debt, we don’t have a lot of money left over for food. So I finally decided I needed to learn to cook.
I’m a visual learner and I love the step by step picture directions. Seeing the costs of the ingredients has also been really helpful, and actually learning how to cook is really making a difference for our financial situation – I’ve cut the grocery bill nearly in half and have plenty of frozen leftovers for lunches at work. Thank you!
-Caity, a fan
I LOVE the new (or maybe old and I just noticed it) ‘recipe box’. I always browse your blog when I’m hungry but stuck at work and then can never figure out to eat when its actually time to cook. This is perfect for me! I just hope I don’t get carried away and ‘save’ every one of your recipes!
I just wanted to say thanks for putting this site together. I’m living on my own for the first time as a new graduate student so this is a godsend. Exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I LOVE this website! I am newly married and poor so I constantly turn to your recipes to find something for dinner :) keep up the awesomeness!
On another note, I recently followed a link to a recipe I knew was yours on pinterest and discovered that someone took your italian wonderpot recipe and posted it on their blog without giving you credit :( idk what you do with that but it drives me crazy when people do that so I just wanted to give you a heads up and the link
Thank you! And thanks for the heads up about that website… I’ve been trying to contact them because they have pirated a LOT of my content. Going to have to go to their hosting company next. :(
I’ve read your website for almost two years–I still remember the first recipe of yours I found on Pinterest, the pumpkin pie oatmeal–and I just wanted to tell you how much I freakin’ love it. Almost every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has turned out fantastic, and I love the mix of both simple and exotic foods you post. Keep up the great work.
I just wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate your website. My sister just introduced me to your site, and I am excited to try out your recipes. Cheap, fast, and healthy – these recipes seem perfect for me, as I’ve never cooked anything in my life other than steak.
I also like the way you introduce each recipe with a short description that “sells” it. It makes me excited to get started!
Just found your blog from a comment on another blog. Wow, these recipes look GREAT! And they are how I eat already… simple easy foods, lots of hearty vegetarian fare, with some meat dishes once or twice a week.
I have some health issues which make long prep / long cook meals impossible. Your pictures are wonderful as well. Thanks for your great blog!
I must tell you that my wife found one of your recipes on Pintrest a few weeks ago and showed me. I decided to make it (creamy tomato spinach pasta). It was fantastic. That led me to go find where that recipe came from and WHOLA! I found this wonderful site. I have to tell you that we absolutely love your recipes. So simple, yet so flavorful and delicious. Great job and thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes and helping me lower my grocery bill as well. Keep up the great work!!!
A friend introduced me to your site. I absolutely love it. Have needed a site like this, but the few I found had recipes that didn’t seem tasty. (I’m not a chef, but cook quite a bit). I have a suggestion…I like the way you include prices for everything but it would be cool to give a list of what should be staple pantry items and a list of fresh ingredients you would need. That would help me make a shopping list. Just an idea. GREAT site! Best of luck to you.
It definitely needs to be updated, but here is a small list I put together a long time ago: How to Stock Your Kitchen. I have an updated, comprehensive list my upcoming book, too. :)
I really enjoy your site! In fact, I’ve added it to the blogroll on my website. Have a great day!
what are you going to do ?! LOL
Great work! I’m really within your philosophie $)
Love this site! Real food, Real easy and for Real people. Thanks! Any chance the nutritional information can be added too?
No, I’m sorry. I’ve thought about adding the nutrition info many times, but I have chosen not to for many reasons. :)
Thank you so much!!!! I just found your site (via Pinterest) and it is about to save me a lot of money! We are a family of 5 who are trying to save money AND cut back on sugar and I am just pinning recipe after recipe to try out :)
I just came across your website while looking for chickpea salad recipes. I love it! Very nice job!
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WOW!!! As a recently divorced mother of 4, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your recipes, both for the taste and cost. I recommend your site to all of my friends, budged-minded or not and will certainly buy your cookbook. Thank you, thank you!
I tried to send a message but got a Method error of some sort. Please have your admin look into it.
Thanks, I’ll get it fixed. :)
I just found your site, you have information that shows portions size with the food you are cooking, thank you. Also, your ideas are easy on the pocket book, and with three growing boys and a big husband, I need this site! I also want to say that your recipes are quick so that since I have a back injury I’m not spending all my time in the kitchen cooking but I can be with my family. Thank you! You have no idea how much this helps me, I truly can’t thank you enough.
I came across your website, and so glad I did. I finally stepped out there and cooked your chicken noodle soup last week when it was in the teens here in Virginia. I also tried your Cajun Chicken Pasta and I must say that both turned out so good. I can’t wait until Tuesday so I can buy your book.
Keep up the great work and CONGRATS on your book!!
I read about your success in the food section of the Times Picayune this week!! Congratulations on your new book!! A quick question for you: why do I see recipes that suggest you drain & also sometimes rinse canned beans? One recipe advised that the bubbles in the bean liquids is what causes gas / flatulence in our systems. Is this true? Your thoughts on this if you please. Thank you! Aimee
I usually like to drain and rinse my canned beans simply to remove the extra goopy, sodium filled liquid. I think it provides a cleaner flavor. It’s the fiber in the beans that causes gas, not the bubbles in the liquid. :)
I just found your blog last week, and I’ve already made the Hoisin tacos and the baked banana bread oatmeal. We absolutely loved both of them, and there’s navy bean soup with sausage and spinach on the stove right now. I’ve pinned several other recipes to try soon. Thank you!
Hi Beth – as a college student, your website has been wonderful to my wallet and my taste buds. With all the coconut milk I’ve been going through in making various dishes (just tried the coconut jasmine rice – wonderful!), I looked up the process of making it at home and it seems like it could end up being cheaper than buying canned. Would you ever be interested in checking this out?
Honestly, I think I’d rather just buy it. Coconuts are difficult to come by around here and they seem like they’d be really hard (pun kind of intended) to work with. :) I just discovered that I can get it pretty cheap at Trader Joe’s, too!
I like that many of your recipes are one dish. Once I get that one thing made, I have a complete meal. Easy!
Here’s a recipe to try. It’s very easy and very good. When it says 3 T white rice that means 3 tablespoons of white, uncooked rice.
Baked Rice Pudding
• 4 C. Milk
• ½ t salt
• ½ t nutmeg
• 1/3 C sugar
• 3 T white rice
Preheat the oven to 300°. Put all the ingredients in a buttered 9 X 9” baking dish and stir. Bake for 3 ½ hours at 300°, stirring 3 times during the first hour of baking so the rice doesn’t settle.
Hi Beth, I am loving your recipe’s, as well as the cost information. I was wondering how hard would it be to include the calorie and fat content, along with fiber etc?
Just an FYI. Although the ZipList save button saves to ziplist, but no longer saves the photo of the recipe.
Love your recipes!
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Finding your website has inspired me to try proper cooking for the first time in my life! I’m recently recovering from 10 looong years of anorexia, and your easy to follow, healthy recipes, couldn’t have come at a better time. I just wanted to let you know that you’re helping people in ways you may not have imagined – I used to be scared and intimidated by food, now just reading your recipes is a calming, enjoyable experience for me! Revolutionary. Thank you.
Oh wow! That’s awesome! :D I’m so glad that I can be a help. :)
Hey there, I stumbled upon your website while trying to find a solution for one of my worst problems, lack of time. Your ideas are clearly on a time budged too, since I can manage to still enjoy a bit of my evening without sweating too much. Thanks for the wonderful and friendly way you share your knowledge! Keep up the good work!
Greetings from Belgium
Just wanted to thank you for all the great recipes. The six I’ve tried so far have been wonderful. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to your cookbook.