Here are some of my most frequently asked questions… because checking here might be faster than waiting for an email response ;)

1. Do you have nutritional information for your recipes?

Unfortunately, I do not. I do not have a reliable source for this information and posting data that can not be verified would be careless and possibly even dangerous. There are several websites that will calculate recipe nutrition information for you after entering in the ingredients, but I’ll leave it to readers to decide which sources they trust.

A few websites that offer this are: recipes.sparkpeople.com, myfitnesspal.com, and nutritiondata.self.com.

2. Do you have a book?

Yes, why yes I do! Check out the page dedicated to my very first cookbook, Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half.

3. Can I write a guest post for you / Will you write a guest post for me?

I’ve decided against including guest posts on my blog for the sake of consistency. That was a tough decision because I get A LOT of great offers from great bloggers, but that’s the policy at this time. I’d love to write a guest post for other people, but with three jobs and a book in the works, there’s not a minute to be spared :(

4. My recipe didn’t turn out, what did I do wrong?

Even I make mistakes and flub up recipes from time to time. So, first and foremost, don’t let it get you down! Always try again.

The first thing I check when troubleshooting a recipe are the ingredients and instructions. Reread through everything once more because it’s very easy to forget an ingredient, get the quantity wrong, or use the wrong ingredient all together (baking soda instead of baking powder happens A LOT). Also, it’s very easy to accidentally skip a step or overlook an important sentence in the instructions. Most of the time, you’ll find your answer simply by reading through again.

If you still can’t find the problem, feel free to ask me. I’ll try my hardest to figure it out, but sometimes it’s just not possible without having watched your process. Be sure to provide me with a good description of your end product because that will give me the most clues!

5. What is the best way to get a hold of you to answer my question?

I’m always happy to help with any question that you might have and no question is stupid, so don’t be afraid to ask! I try to respond to questions in blog comments as soon as I see them because otherwise I may forget they’re there. I answer Facebook and Twitter inquiries fairly quickly (within a couple of days) and I check my email about once a week. Every now and then a comment or question may fall through the cracks, but I try to get to them all!

6. Are your recipes diet friendly?

Yes, no, maybe so? Everyone had different dietary needs and the word “healthy” is extremely subjective. I have a background in nutrition (bachelors in Nutritional Science, LSU 2007), so I try to eat a well rounded and balanced diet. That being said, I’m human and do like to indulge on occasion. So, you’ll probably find a little bit of everything here!

7. Didn’t you know that food/ingredient/item is unhealthy for you?!

Once again, the term “healthy” is very subjective. Everyone has different food convictions and I don’t intend to convince anyone to follow mine. I have a wide range of readers with very different dietary styles. I love it when people modify my recipes to meet their needs and I’m more than happy when they share their methods and experiences with everyone else. What I don’t welcome is unsolicited dietary criticism. I respect your food beliefs, so please respect everyone else’s in return.

8. Where did you get that sriracha t-shirt?

I got my super cool sriracha t-shirt from the shop iheartanalog on Etsy. They usually have at least one or two mens and womens styles available, although the selection changes.


  1. Aparna says:

    I start my sophomore year of college in a few days, and I really want to cook for myself this year. I’m a total beginner though, and also (like every college kid) have a limited budget. I was wondering if you could do a post on the essential ingredients I should stock in my kitchen? Things that are either absolutely necessary and can be used in a variety of different dishes/variations of dishes?

    Thanks so much! I love your blog <3

  2. I love the little doodles on your page! What program did you use to draw them?

  3. Jarlene says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you had a section or something that can show where after you cook a recipe you can refrigerate it. I know in some recipes you mention it, I thought it would be a good idea because I’m about to head off college and I’m only going to be feeding myself then, not feeding my family of 6.

    • I would say just about all of my recipes can be refrigerated and eaten as leftovers. I live by myself, so what you see on the blog is usually what I eat throughout the week (the leftovers). :) Sure, things change a bit as they’re refrigerated and reheated, but it’s still good to me. Everyone has a different tolerance for that sort of thing, though, so it’s a bit subjective.

      • Jarlene says:

        Oh sorry I mean to say freezer. I wanted to ask if there were any recipes that I can pop in the freezer. I know some of can like the garden lasagna (which is delicious by the way).

        • Ah! I see. The freezer issue is a little subjective as well, but I find that soups and stews work well, as do most casseroles. Pasta works great if it’s fairly saucy (that helps prevent it from drying out). I did compile a list of my ten favorite recipes to freeze a while back, although now there are probably many more! :)

          • Carol C says:

            For individuals going off to college, I would recommend a food saver machine for freezing leftovers. It’s wonderful. For messy items like soup or casseroles with lots of sauce, put in freezer, then use the machine, as you can suck the air out. You can reheat either in the microwave or the bag can also go into a pot of simmering water. It can seal bags of snacks without taking the air out as well.

  4. Andrew says:

    I suggest maybe having some system or tool available to save certain recipes online, otherwise it’s a fantastic website, 10/10

  5. Daleana says:

    I love your blog and recipes. Thanks for just being you and being awesome.

  6. Louie says:

    You just solved a problem I’ve been struggling with for years: finding healthy recipes that are inexpensive and easy to follow. Love that you break down each meal by cost. Keep it up!

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  8. Daniil U. says:

    This website is completely amazing! Whenever I am hungry, I just come here and browse through the sea of cheap and very satisfying meal ideas. Your recipes make cooking fun and exciting. The directions and pictures that go along with every recipe are straightforward, even a monkey could cook itself a meal if it could go buy its own groceries. Thanks for all your good efforts, keep it up ;)

  9. Maura says:

    Smoked paprika has change my life. Thanks for introducing us.

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad I took a chance on it that one day at the grocery store. It has certainly changed my life as well! :)

  10. Alexandre says:

    Hi! My partner and I have been on a tight budget for the longest time, and since we’ve discovered you and your recipes, we feel very blessed. Flavourful, creative and generous meals at minimal cost ; what else could two broke gourmets ask for? From the bottom of our hearts, we’d like to thank you for helping us out in times of need.

    Also, is there a way for us to donate some money (once we are more stable financially)?

    • Thank you so much, Alexandre! I’m so glad I’ve been able to help. :) I appreciate your desire to donate, but rest assured, simply visiting the site generates enough monetary support to keep the site operating. Thanks again! :D

  11. Whitney says:

    Hi Beth,
    Thanks so much for the blog and the recipes by email. I use your recipes a lot, and my family LOVES them! Just a quick question, is there a way to tag my favorite recipes? Am I missing a recipe box option somewhere? (Not that I don’t enjoy browsing your site, but as a time saver when I need it!)

    • There’s no way to tag a favorite right now, but that might be something that I can work into the next redesign. I’ll have to ask to see if it’s possible. :) The “save” button on the recipe cards will take you to Big Oven and I think you can save your favorites through their service.

    • Erin says:

      I use Budget Bytes in combination with a site called SayMMM.com. You can save recipes there and incorporate them into meal planners and grocery lists.

  12. Trudi says:

    Hi Beth,
    Every once in a while I return to your site to get inspired and that works! Thanks a lot.
    I just saw a great recipe with kale, in which you use a bunch of kale. As I live in Europe I have no clue how small or big these bunches are. From the picture it looks like 250 gram, based on the size of my colander. How can I find the size of the bunches?

    • Unfortunately our bunches aren’t labeledvwithbthe weight and tend to vary quite a bit in size. Most kale recipes are quite flexible, though, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I’d estimate most to be around 8 ounces.

  13. Trang says:

    I find your blog absolutely amazing! I recently started paying my student loan and started to freak out because I love food (most of my $$$ goes to food lol) and was sad that I would have to live on potatoes and beans haha.. but I found your blog and am absolutely ecstatic to try your recipes (and save $$$)! Thank you so much for sharing! :) :)

  14. Megan says:

    Dear Beth,

    I wanted to thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your amazing website. My husband and I live on a very tight budget. I came across your website via Pinterest searching for cheap vegetarian meals. If I had to eat another rice and beans meal I think I was going to go out of my mind. I found the Holy Grail of amazing-ness when I came across your website. Wonderful, flavorful recipes with actual step by step photos (which I am SO appreciative for). I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful website. Thank you for all of your hard work and creating such a wonderful website.

    One happy vegetarian on a budget,


  15. Jenn says:

    Thank you for sharing your great recipes. My 2015 resolution was to plan better dinners. Your site has been crucial in helping me keep that goal. No joking, I think I’ve made 20+ different recipes and I’ve never been let down. Crock pot recipes are my favorite because work and a toddler = crazy nights.

    I just got your cookbook in the mail last night and have a list I’m planning to cook ASAP, starting with cheddar beer bread to go with our chili dinner tonight.

    Have you considered posting pics of all the recipes on your site as a reference? I’m a sucker for food photos.

  16. Ebony says:

    Is there any Lamb recipes at all that don’t have their own section? Or is lamb too expensive to buy to be considered in a recipe of yours? I’d love to see what you could do with lamb.

  17. Susan says:

    Hello! I made your taco chicken bowl for my daughter, who doesn’t tolerate fat well, and she loved it. Are there any other lower fat recipes on your site you can think of off the top of your head? While there are lots of low fat recipes on the web, most don’t appeal to a young teen. Thank you.

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