A Beginner’s Guide to Oats

Beginner's Guide to Oats

I eat a LOT of oats. They're cheap, filling, nutritious, and can be prepared a variety of ways. What's not to love? Sure, a lot of people have not-so-fond memories of gluey, tasteless oats that were fed to them as a child, but I'm here to tell you that not all oats are created equal! Depending on what type of oats you buy and how you ... [Read More]

Sopa de Fideo

$4.11 recipe / $0.69 serving
Sopa de Fideo

Hola friends! Late last night I flew back home from my vacation in Mexico and I couldn't wait to get into the kitchen today. One of my wonderful readers suggested Sopa de Fideo to me a couple weeks ago and I thought this would be an appropriate time to give it a try (kind of like a final celebration of all the wonderful things I saw and ... [Read More]

Orange Balsamic Cilantro Salad

$4.15 recipe / $1.04 serving
Orange Balsamic Cilantro Salad

The other day at lunch, my coworker said, "Beth, you have to try this salad. It's my favorite salad." I tried a little bite and I have to say I was really impressed! The salad she had made was from Padma Lakshmi's book, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day. It was a rather intoxicating mix of fresh cilantro, tangy ... [Read More]

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 ... [Read More]

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 my Chorizo & Sweet Potato ... [Read More]

Hot Weather Recipe Roundup

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Guuuurrrl, it's hot outside! The temperature is starting to climb, you're hungry, and you don't feel like heating up the kitchen. What do you do? Order take out? Noooooooo! This is a particularly difficult situation for me because most of my favorite recipes involve oven roasting vegetables or meat, and that just doesn't work in a ... [Read More]

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

$5.04 recipe / $1.26 serving
Buffalo Chicken Pizza sliced

I can't even pretend this one is healthy, so I won't. It's just straight up delicious, and that's all. A one trick pony. So, you know, eat it with a salad or something. I do like to indulge on occasion and when I do, I prefer to make it myself. That way I don't get hit in the stomach AND the wallet at the same time, you know? Why pay ... [Read More]

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet

$2.93 recipe / $0.37 serving
Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet

I've been craving dessert for a while now, so when I saw this recipe for Raspberry Polenta Cake over at Love and Lemons, I knew that was the one I wanted. I don't make dessert often, and when I do, I tend to make things that are not too sweet. Things that could easily double as a breakfast. This cornmeal based cake is just that. So, using ... [Read More]

Marinated Kale, White Bean, and Tomato Salad

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

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

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. Then it hit me. When in doubt, add ... [Read More]

Sautéed Corn and Tomatoes

$2.27 recipe / $0.57 serving
Sautéed Corn and Tomatoes

I used to really dislike corn, but I think that's because I never had it prepared in a decent way. Ever since learning to roast corn in my oven, I've kind of fallen in love. I don't always have time to roast it, but frozen corn makes a great quick fix alternative. It still has all the sweetness and juicy snap of fresh corn, but with only ... [Read More]

Roasted Eggplant with Lemon Tahini Dressing

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

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