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  1. debi t says:

    I was wondering if you ever cook with Tofu? I would love to see your take!

    • I’m trying to learn! I’ve been experimenting with it lately, so maybe I’ll have something good soon. :)

  2. I’m very glad to see the na’an recipe :) I’ve been using na’an for pizza dough for about a year now, and people love it.

  3. Ashley Schendel says:

    Hey Beth! I just wanted to let you know that I love your site. Is the search website feature turned off? I don’t mean the main search at the top of the page. There used to be one on the side towards the bottom where I could put a specific item and it would load all of the pages that had those words in it. If it was taken down, I’d love to have it back. Maybe I’m just missing it somewhere.

    • Hmmm, I haven’t changed/removed anything related to search in quite some time (a year or more?). I don’t remember that search feature. :(

  4. Ariel says:

    Could we get some new desserts in time for mothersday? i have mothers day and 2 bdays on may 10th and 13th coming up and with 3 ppl to bake something for i’d love something to make like pies/cakes and i always love your recipes.

  5. kirsten eisenkraft says:

    Another way to save money is to take the time and cook beans from scratch. I then measure them in 2 cups and freeze them in in medium sized ziplock bags. This is equivalent to a 15 oz can roughly. Note that the beans taste much better and have no salt.

  6. I’ve made a few of your recipes and all have turned out really well. Just wanted to thank you for publishing this site. A lot of good stuff. Cheers!

  7. Jackie Arthur says:
    • Got you all set up, Jackie! Just make sure to click the link in the confirmation email that is sent to the new address!

  8. Marlene says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I absolutely love it!

    Have you ever tried to make bread dumplings/Semmelknödel? They are a great way to use up stale white bread, very filling and they go really well with lentils :)

  9. Karen says:

    Love this website!!! sharing with all my foodies with and without $.

  10. Absolutely adore your site. It’s pretty much my go to.

    Now, you’re in NoLa, yeah? And yet, no calas? They fit your standards (cheap as left over rice) and freaking delicious. Just something to look into.

  11. Just wanted to say that when I am in need of a quick recipe, I look on this website before I go to any others. And 99% of the time, I don’t end up having to go to any other sites. Thank you for all the awesome recipes.

  12. Olivia C says:

    Hi Beth! A friend recently introduced me to your blog and I’m so glad she did! She made portabella polenta bowls for my boyfriend and I recently – super tasty! I was wondering if you had any good recipes for French Onion soup? That’s on my list of recipes to make soon :) Thanks!

  13. Hello Beth,

    I hope you’re well – I work for Seven, an agency based in London and we are currently curating various blog posts from around the blogosphere to feature in online articles for a new food website.

    We found this image and loved it!

    We have used this image as a blog post within a short snappy article, your image has of course been credited to you and we have also linked back to your site.

    If you would rather we didn’t use your image, please do let us know.

    Or, if you would like to send us a higher res image then please do!

    If you have any further questions, please get in touch by email.

    Many thanks,


  14. Rachel G says:

    Hi Beth – My BF and I love pretty much everything we make off of your website. It has truly helped us get out of the scary monster that was eating out 3-4, sometimes 5 times a week. Our wallets are very grateful and our waistlines are too.

    One thing we are struggling with now is coffee. We are debating getting a French Press. I remember while you were doing the SNAP challenge, you referenced your cup of coffee as one of your “favorite parts of your day.” What do you use? How do you brew it to perfection? I am sick of feeling like I am getting an inadequate coffee with what I am using now. So, I figured why not ask a pro!


    • When money was really tight, I did use a French Press. I find that it makes a thick, rich cup of coffee without having to use a ton of grounds because they actually steep in the water instead of the water quickly dripping through. Now that I have a bit more of a disposable income, I use a moka pot, which brews an even stronger cup closer to espresso, and let myself indulge in more expensive beans. :)

  15. Sharon says:

    Hey Beth!

    I love your recipes and I usually love your site. But I like to read the titles of the recipes when I search by topic (as in beans), but now the share buttons pop up instantly before I can read the title and it’s honestly really really annoying. Can you turn that off? Or make it a little less intrusive. It wasn’t there a few weeks ago, so I know it’s a new change.

    • Yep, I just turned it off. :) I didn’t realize it was interfering so much, so I really appreciate the feedback!

      • Sharon says:

        Oh my, Thank you! I love your site by the way, it’s helped my bf and I eat much healthier, save money and make my coworkers jealous. :) (Who I then direct to your site)

  16. Nicole Miller says:

    LOVING your blog!! I’ve used several recipes so far & my family LOVES them all! I noticed your LOVE of Sriracha sauce…. I found this recipe to make it homemade… thought you might be interested. ;)

    Thanks for the awesome blog! Take care!

  17. Rachael Bair says:

    Hi Beth! I just wanted you to know that I tried your Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe, and it’s SO GOOD! I didn’t have any paprika or cayenne powder, so I subbed in 1/4 tsp. of ginger instead. It’s probably totally different from the original recipe, but it was great!! I also doubled the rest of the spices, which worked well for the 5 small, rather shriveled sweet potatoes I had. I covered the whole thing with tin foil for 40 minutes so the sweet potatoes would cook through instead of toast/shrivel more and it worked great! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  18. Clinton K. says:

    Hi Beth! I’m a college student living with 7 other guys, and you are my new favorite person. We budget $5 per person for dinner, and your dinners easily fit into that $40 budget! After trying one of your recipes last week to great delight, I return to try your chicken yakisoba to use up some leftover frozen chicken pieces. Thank you so much for the time and energy spent compiling this invaluable site!!

  19. Anna says:


    Would you consider doing a version of this recipe?

    Perhaps with less ingredients? It’s vegetarian. I’d love to see your take on it.

    • MMmm, it looks pretty good! I’m not sure if I could reduce the number of ingredients, though. It looks pretty bare bones. Maybe if I used curry powder instead of some of the spices. Great suggestion!

  20. hi beth, i’ve just recently found your site and am loving it! i’ve saved a bunch of your recipes and can’t wait to try them. in the meantime, hubby and i got a spaghetti squash at the grocery today; i was counting on finding something yummy here, but, alas, nothing yet. can we ask you to please come up with something inspired for us?

    thanks! :-)

  21. Hi Beth

    You have the most interesting twist on your blog I have seen in a long time. And I totally should of found your blog when I was a student and my budget was tighter.

    I have recently brought out a blog 33 ‘I want cauliflower NOT carbs’ recipes which is getting some good results. And I definitely want to add to it.

    So if you have any fantastic cauliflower recipes which you would like me to add, please give me a shout.

    Check out the blog on:


  22. Nick says:

    Hi Beth!
    I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your site! I just found it and have spent the last hour looking through your recipes. I’m a (super broke) grad student and I love to cook, but I’ve been in a funk since the holidays cooking the same three affordable recipes, so I am so excited to start trying some of these out this week. Thank you!

  23. Leigh Donovan says:

    Hi Beth,
    I’m a Holistic Health Coach & Foodie (and Freelance Writer).

    Is it okay with you if I reference you and your blog in my food article for an online lifestyle magazine–along with a couple of your recipes (Curry Lentils plus a slow cooker recipe)? I will not be including full recipe, but a link to full recipes. And if so, can I also use one photo per recipe?

    I’ve been reviewing food blogs all week as I work on my assignment and I love your no-fuss vibe and your simple, approachable recipes. Thank you!

    Leigh Donovan, HHC
    [email protected]
    t: @HolisticLeigh

  24. Ali Askinas says:


    Yashi has new video, mobile, and display campaigns available, and we are very interested in partnering with you on behalf of our clients. We work with 100% brand safe advertisers, pay on a per-impression basis, and have campaigns in every country.

    I would love to discuss this opportunity further with you – let me know when you have time to jump on a quick call. To poke around the Yashi user interface, visit
    . I look forward to hearing back from you.



  25. Hi Beth!

    My name is Caitlin, and I blog over at And Possibly Dinosaurs ( My boyfriend and I LOVE your recipes. Budget Bytes is the first place we go when we’re meal planning.

    I’d love to do a blog post where I share my favorite Budget Bytes recipes. Would that be okay with you? If possible, I’d like to share one photo from each of the recipes (there would be no more than 10 on the post) and link back to each one. I’d of course give you credit for each of the recipes and the photos. If you have any problem with this, please let me know and I won’t post it.

    I look forward to hearing back from you! And thanks for sharing awesome recipes.

    Caitlin Cheevers

  26. Cheryl Moyer says:

    !Dear Beth – Want you to know: Pinterest is posting WRONG measurements for your recipes. I posted your fantastic Honey Mustard Pork Chops, and it automatically posted the pinterest “recipe” format along with it. Says things like 3 cups mayonnaise, 8 teaspoons garlic powder, etc.

    Once I posted it, and saw how pinterest had mangled it, I deleted the post, went back in, added a little warning in my header so folks would come straight to your site for the real measurements instead, then re-posted it. I don’t know what’s going on with pinterest, but they need to fix their problem! grr (it can been seen on my page “Cheryl Cross” on the board Good Food – II)

    • Ugh, very frustrating. I contacted them once before to let them know that their automated system for pulling ingredients is often wrong, and they just sent back a form letter with links to FAQs that weren’t applicable. I might try to email them again. :(

  27. Sarah says:

    Hi Beth. I started reading your blog early last fall and I find I’m actually learning to enjoy cooking. The step by step photos are a wonderful help. I have a large supply of red wheat berries that I’ve been cooking in a rice cooker and using as a plain pilaf underneath your stews, skillets and other good things. Do you have any other ideas for wheat berries? Things that could be baked or blended perhaps?


    • I’ve only ever seen them used in cold salads (after cooking, of course) with things like nuts and dried fruit, maybe some celery. I actually never cooked with them myself! :)

  28. Alexander Thomson says:

    First off, let me just say I absolutely love your blog and all of your recipes. My fiancee and I have made almost all of our dinners from your site and not only has our grocery spending gone down, but we are really learning to love cooking. Anyway, I have some what of a challenge for you. Every year on January 25th Scotland celebrates Robert Burns Day, which celebrates the life of the famous Scottish poet who had a great influence on their culture in the 18th century. In addition to reading some of his poetry, this holiday is also celebrated with a traditional “Burns Supper” which typically includes “haggis, neeps, and tatties”. Having recently traveled to Scotland, and had this very dish, I would love to celebrate the holiday this year; however, I have been completely unable to find a suitable US version of the recipe that is easy to make and has ingredients that are easy to obtain. As evidenced by my trip to a Highlands festival last month, I know that this recipe is do-able, but I just need to find the solution. If you’re up to the challenge of making a traditional Burns Supper, please let me know what you find out. Thank you very much, and keep up the great work!

    wiki link to burns supper page:

    • Yikes! That’s a tall order… I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try haggis. ;)

      • Alexander Thomson says:

        It sounds crazy, but it really just tastes like ground beef. And I’m sure you’d like it with some Sriracha!

  29. Hi, Beth,
    I just wanted to write you a little note, I’ve felt the pull to for awhile. I’ve been following Budget Bytes for years and have always liked it and admired your down-to-earthness. Having lived for the past 10 years alone in a little apartment, cooking for one, coping with depression, and working out of patchy-stocked pantry didn’t always lend itself to cooking. I ate healthy, but didn’t cook “full-on meals” very often. I started to believe that a revolving door kitchen would never be a reality for me, not to mention the ideal I attached to that: a shared life with someone. And I’ll also say that I admired so much your “make something great for me because I’m worth it” attitude that comes through. I struggled with that. It didn’t always feel worth it. I was in a hard place.
    Well, I got married this summer and am now tackling this whole “domesticated lifestyle” thing. Now, I’m the first one to say cooking isn’t the woman’s job, and I’m also the first to say that I, myself, would love to have that skill: to throw together something wonderful and healthy and delicious and take care of my family. As we all know, there are lots of social pressures to “do it all” and make it look easy and your blog has helped me take the pressure off. Even though I know how to cook, I had psyched myself out about cooking and had a hard time LETTING it be easy.
    I have been cooking so much now and there is something about the way you offer your recipes that make me be able to breathe, get centered, and do my best. I can’t tell you how much I need that right now and how much you’ve empowered me even in this tiny way—it doesn’t feel tiny. My husband has been raving about the sweet potato tortilla soup that we made together last night and said it’s the best thing he’s eaten in a long time. And, he can be a real food snob!
    My point is, thank you. For being a resource and kind of an invisible friend that I can go to, that helps me without judgement, that gives me a leg up. Keep doing what you’re doing and know that you’re helping people in all kinds of meaningful ways.


    • Keely, that is so beautiful! Thank you!! You don’t know how much that means to me. :) I wish you all the best in the new year and thank you for letting me be part of your journey!

  30. Theo W says:

    Double check your link to Huff Po on Nov 14.

    When I clicked it, it took me to an awkward article on Jezebel…

  31. random says:

    FYI your email form seems to have an error :(

    I am just going to make a small suggestion, I am not sure about the backend of your site but if it is wordpress or similar, i’m hoping there will be an easy widget or add on for this suggestion.
    I’m just hoping you are able to incorporate metric measurements somehow into your website! Most countries around the world use this system and it would be great to see that supported.
    Thank you, don’t stop doing what you do!

  32. Jason says:

    I just want to say never stop blogging without this site I have no idea where i’d go for recipe ideas!

  33. Esther says:

    Would love to see calorie content included in your recipes.

  34. Cynthia says:

    I enjoy the recipes but don’t feel they are budget friendly. I have just bought all the ingredients for the Alfredo vegetable bake that were discounted/on sale which uncluded a membership discount. Still came out to over $50 to make one meal. I’ll be able to use the spices again but the core ingredients are still quite pricey. I’m broke and starving.

  35. Robert P says:

    I love your site. I sit in bed with ipad cruising thru these recipes. Pictures of the steps are great. A grown man sitting in bed going thru recipes … Me thinks I need therapy :)

  36. Derek says:

    I was wondering your opinion of using whole wheat grain instead of white/enriched for your recipes. I typically try to use whole grain to try to fill out a dish do you think it would follow with most of yours?

    • It really depends on the recipe. Most of the time whole grains require more water and a longer cooking time than white grains. :)

  37. Pam Ocampo says:

    I was looking for a lentil recipe and found this website. It was meant to be! My roomate is in grad school and Im working full time while trying to be gazelle intense and pay off my student loans. Needless to say, we are on a tight budget but dont want to sacrifice our food options. This looks like a great find and will keep checking it out for my meal options! Thank you!!

  38. Carley says:

    You should do a post about turkeys. You can get them real cheap at stores after Thanksgiving. I just got a 24 pound butterball turkey at Costco for $10 on Friday. Thats less than 50 cents a pound! Other grocery stores also have these kinds of deals. And you can freeze them and cook later. Or you can cook them and then freeze the cooked meat. And any dish you use chicken in you could substitute Turkey!

    • Chels says:

      I just did this too!! Roasting them is actually really easy. I got gallons of turkey stock and so much meat out of that bird. Then I made a ton of different dishes and froze them. Yum!

  39. Anjali Mc says:

    Do you have a tried and true paella recipe? I love your recipes and instructions which demystify how to cook delicious meals simply and affordably.

  40. Jenna Burns says:

    Thank you for this blog. I teach classes on “better eating” no one believes that I feed a family of 5 on about $150-200 a month and that is a high month. I just found your page and will use it as a new tool.

  41. Debbie says:

    Is the rice instant in Salsa Chicken Casserole?

  42. Kylee says:

    I have had bad luck with new dinner recipes and I just found your website last week so far I have made 2 recipes and the were DELISH! My husband loved it I cant wait to try more!

  43. Valerie says:

    Have you considered including some recipes for drinks? Not just cocktails, but things like lemonade, etc.

    • I’ve thought about it, but I don’t drink many drinks other than water, so I haven’t been very inspired to do so (yet)! :)

  44. Thank you so much for this site!!! This has inspired me to cook (and save money too!)!

  45. Amber says:

    I’m so grateful to have been introduced to your website! It’s so easy to let the anxiety of budgeting get me depressed when it comes to meal planning… But you have really awoken my spirit with these wonderful, CHEAP, delicious meals!

    Instead of the usual weekly battle-royal that is fueled by the simple question “what would you like to eat?”, and the panic that strikes when looking at my grocery bills, you have saved my money, and my marriage! Lol!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  46. Kathleen says:

    Hi Beth,

    I am cleaning out my parents’ house and I have a spice issue. There are tons of spices in little packets, many of them past the expiry date. It doesn’t feel right to throw them all away, especially since a lot of my cooking is kind of experimental anyways.

    What I am leaning towards is: keeping whole seeds even if they are out of date, keeping packs of spice that haven’t been open / no seal broken even if they are out of date, keeping seemingly rare and strange things even if they are out of date. I would hate to have to buy a spice just to try a new recipe.

    Does this make sense? What do you recommend?



    • Hi Kathleen, The expirations dates are usually just suggestions for best quality. Usually the flavor and potency diminishes over time with ground spices. Whole seeds keep their flavor longer. I would say that if you open a ground spice packet or jar and can’t smell it, you might as well buy fresh because it won’t flavor your food. :)

  47. Sarah says:

    Just wanted to say that I love using your website. I love that the food is budget-friendly, healthy (most of the time), and that you provide so many pictures. That is essential for me, a person who never liked to cook before this website. I didn’t like to cook because I would spend so much money and then I would do one thing wrong, and all my money/food would be wasted. In summation, thanks!

  48. I am actually happy to read this blog posts which includes tons of helpful data, thanks for providing these statistics.

  49. Lauren says:

    Your site is wonderful! The recipes all look so, so good and the photography and presentation of the methods are fantastic. I’m so excited about drawing up my next menu plan for the next few weeks. Thank you!

  50. Javier says:

    Your food ideas are great really great, made the Banh Mi bowls the other day best meal i have cooked in years thanks so much !!!!!!!

  51. Elizabeth B says:

    I stumbled upon your website after promising my children I would find new ideas for dinner. They were getting tired of the same thing each week. It’s really been a lifesaver in our house! It’s wonderful to see budget friendly recipes that are easy and delicious. Although simple, the recipes are still enough to satisfy my joy of cooking without consuming the whole evening. Everyone in the family is happy and satisfied. Thank you so much!!!

  52. Carolyn Gara says:

    The Summer Vegetable Tian was probably the least expensive, easiest, tastiest and most beautiful (as my Mom said, “Presentation is everything!”) side dish I’ve ever made. And I’ve made it again and again. Will enjoy it every summer from now until my demise. Thanks so much. Wonder Pot is on my agenda as well.

  53. I just discovered this website and wanted to let you know that I really like it! The recipes are great and so budget friendly! I’m cooking the Greek chicken today.

    On occasion, I cook a lot of meals at a time (freezer meals). Many of your recipes are perfect for this purpose. I plan on using your site for all my freezer meals going forward.

    Thank you!

  54. Alex Ung says:

    You are the reason why I have stayed up all night. I have went through almost all of your recipes and I am so excited to use all of them! I have been getting into cooking lately and as a college student saving money and finding easy recipes are really important to me and it’s really tough finding good sites like this one. Thank you so much!

  55. Kristin says:

    I just want to thank you for this website. I love, love, love it! It has helped our grocery budget so much, there is a lot of variety and an incredible amount of whole foods rather than highly processed. Easy to follow recipes and there isn’t one yet that I haven’t just loved. This is the best!!

  56. Anna says:

    Okay I realize this is a silly thing to comment on, but I use you’re website so much and always miss this feature: would you consider adding a scroll up to top button?? It would make scrolling through your fantastic recipes so much easier! Thanks for being one of my go-to websites!

  57. Lori says:

    Beth, I love your website! I have never enjoyed cooking. I have struggled with what to make for dinner for the past 18 years and dread it each and every day. I often find inspiration from on line recipes, but I swear your website has changed my life. It is exactly what I have needed all these years. I love your descriptions. I love the easy ingredients. I love the photos and best of all, everything I have tried so far has been delicious. For the first time in my life I have found myself actually excited to make dinner. It’s such a nice feeling. I have been telling everyone I know about it too. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate you and my family and I thank you.

  58. Carry says:

    I would love to have a bunch of sauce recipes available – for instance, I picked up some garam masala recently, but all the recipes I’ve found seem so fussy (and include at least 2 or 3 other spices or items I don’t have)… Wish I knew what I could do with it, because I’m pretty sure it would go well with tofu over rice. Any suggestions?

    • Yes, spice blends like garam masala and curry powder are great for roasting vegetables (or tofu). Toss the veggies with oil and the spices, then roast in the oven until golden and tender. OR, you could make a quick tomato based sauce like the one used in these Quick Curried Chickpeas (just use the garam masala instead of curry powder).

  59. Carol says:


    Just wanted to say that this site has been an AWESOME find! Good, economical food that doesn’t come out of a box or a drive thru window…sounds pretty perfect to me!

  60. Irene High says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!! Thank you for saving our budget with cost effective meals! Thank you for using your “adversity” to help others. I love your website!

  61. Erin says:

    Hi Beth, just wanted to say I got my copy of your cookbook in the mail today and I’m having so much fun checking it out.

    I found your blog a long time ago and have returned again and again to make your yummy recipes….the teriyaki meatball bowls being one of the first.

    I am so happy you someone decided to help you publish a cookbook. I am sure it feels like a real accomplishment, and it is.

    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your culinary creativity with us here on your blog!

    Keep up the good work!!

  62. Steph says:

    Just wanted to say – I love your website! I really appreciate the simplicity of the recipes, and they are so tasty too. Thanks!

  63. Jessica H says:

    Hey Beth,

    Just wanted to say thank you for all of the wonderful recipes you have gifted. I’ve tried several of the vegetarian recipes and all of them were awesome and delicious – I very much like those odds. I’ve found it can be a bit hit and miss trying new recipes online/in general, so it’s nice to know I can try your dishes and find satisfaction. Kudos!

  64. I LOVE your site – I love your taste in food – I love how simple you make it. …and the pricing has been so helpful! Thank you!!!!!!

  65. Sarah says:

    Hello! I love your website and was wondering if you have a recipe for huli huli chicken that doesn’t require a gas grill or bbq?

  66. Greg Bohn says:

    Hi Beth,
    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.
    Thanks again,

  67. maya says:

    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

  68. fiftyfoot q says:

    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.

  69. christian zanone says:

    Like your blog

  70. Carol says:

    Just an FYI. Although the ZipList save button saves to ziplist, but no longer saves the photo of the recipe.

    Love your recipes!

  71. 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?


  72. Bessie Malek says:

    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.

  73. Joseph says:

    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!

  74. Leanna says:

    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!

  75. Aimee says:

    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. :)

  76. Michelle says:

    Hi Beth,

    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!!

  77. Christy says:

    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.

  78. I tried to send a message but got a Method error of some sort. Please have your admin look into it.

  79. Laurie says:

    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!

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  81. Nicole says:

    I just came across your website while looking for chickpea salad recipes. I love it! Very nice job!

  82. 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 :)

  83. 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. :)

  84. Great work! I’m really within your philosophie $)

  85. Lisa says:
  86. I really enjoy your site! In fact, I’ve added it to the blogroll on my website. Have a great day!

  87. Timothy Swaim says:

    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.

  88. qthor242 says:

    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!!!

  89. Doctor_Tinycat says:

    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!

  90. 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!

  91. Chelsea says:

    Hey Beth!!

    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.

  92. Hannah Sims says:

    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. :(

  93. Justin says:

    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.

  94. Anna says:

    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!

  95. Caity says:

    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

  96. Marley says:

    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!

  97. Barbara says:

    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!

  98. 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.

  99. Rachel says:

    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!

  100. Carissa says:

    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!

  101. Marcie says:

    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! :)

  102. Dixie Griffin says:

    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. :)

  103. Alicia says:

    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.

  104. Jason Camillo says:

    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.

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