Weeknight Black Bean Chili

$7.19 recipe / $1.20 serving
Black Bean Chili - BudgetBytes.com

I'm so over the cold and dreary weather. How about you? With the arrival of this latest arctic blast, I felt myself craving a warm, rich bowl of chili, but I didn't want to spend all day in the icy cold kitchen making it. So, I made this super fast and simple Weeknight Black Bean Chili and crawled back under the cozy blankets as fast as ... [Read More]

No Knead English Muffin Bread

$0.71 recipe / $0.06 per slice
English Muffin Bread - BudgetBytes.com

I haven't baked any bread in a long time, mostly because I don't eat bread very often lately. I do love to bake, though, so when I came across this recipe for No Knead English Muffin Bread on KitchenParade.com, I knew I had to make it, even if just for fun. If you're a bread person and eat it often, making your own bread can be a huge ... [Read More]


$9.10 recipe / $1.14 serving
Pastalaya - BudgetBytes.com

Happy Mardi Gras!! It was an icy cold and grey morning here in New Orleans, so instead of going out and enjoying the parades, I decided to take it easy, stay warm, and cook up a big pot of Pastalaya. What is pastalaya? It's like jambalaya, but made with pasta instead of rice! You'll find this easy and filling dish at large gatherings, ... [Read More]

Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flatbread

$4.95 recipe / $1.65 serving
Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flat Bread - BudgetBytes.com

Y'all know I'm obsessed with pizza right? Well I've actually really been into flatbreads lately. They're a little less heavy than pizza because they tend to have a thinner crust and they don't have a lot of sauce or cheese. But they are piled high with tons of flavorful toppings. For this flatbread I combined sweet caramelized onions with ... [Read More]

Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

$2.20 recipe / $1.10 serving
Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Do you ever get tired of plain old red sauce? ...Yeah, no, I don't either. But if for some reason you did want to try something new, this quick and creamy pumpkin sauce is a great way to switch up your pasta routine. I had a partial can of pumpkin purée left over from another recipe this week, so I borrowed the flavors from this old ... [Read More]

Nacho Taters

$6.84 recipe / $1.71 each
Nacho Taters - BudgetBytes.com

I've been craving nachos ever since the Super Bowl. Seeing every single blog and food website feature nachos during the weeks leading up to the big game made them impossible to resist, so I'm finally giving in... But I'm not giving in without a fight. I'm switching up my nachos to make them at least a little bit healthier. Instead of ... [Read More]

Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas

$4.20 recipe / $1.05 each
Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas - BudgetBytes.com

Tortilla + Cheese + *Wild Card* = recipe for deliciousness. I've had a couple cans of green chiles in my pantry that need to be used up, so I decided to toss them into my favorite breakfast—a tortilla, egg, and cheese quesadilla. I also had some leftover cilantro in the fridge, so I thought, "Why the heck not?" and tossed it in there ... [Read More]

Zuppa Toscana

$8.28 recipe / $1.04 serving
Zuppa Toscana - BudgetBytes.com

Zuppa Toscana... it's one of those recipes that EVERY food blogger has made. I see it on Pinterest at least once per day. At least. I try to avoid over-hyped recipes like this but... I had a friend staying at my house last week and he so graciously offered to cook dinner one night. He chose Zuppa Toscana. "Sure, why not?" I thought, ... [Read More]

Snickerdoodles (for two)

$0.84 recipe / $0.42 serving
Snickerdoodles for Two - BudgetBytes.com

Do you ever have that moment in the grocery store when you're like, "I wonder if I should get some dessert..." and then you decide against it because you're trying to be all good and healthy? Then after dinner you fully regret that decision. Sound familiar? I swear that happened to me at least three times last week. Sure, I could ... [Read More]

Best of Budget Bytes 2014

Chunky Lentil & Vegetable Soup

  I know, I'm about a month late on this post, but so many good things happened in 2014 that I wanted to make this roundup, even if a bit late! 2014 was a busy year, with the launch of my first book, the purchase of my first home, and the adoption of my first dog (yay!). Despite all these firsts, I had time to crank out a few ... [Read More]

Creamy Tortellini with Vegetables

$8.35 recipe / $1.39 serving
Creamy Tortellini with Vegetables - BudgetBytes.com

I'm on a mission and that mission is to increase my vegetable intake. I was really craving pasta the other day, so I set out to create some sort of pasta and vegetable dish. I took a note from the freezer aisle and tried to create a homemade version of some of those creamy style pasta and vegetable skillet meals. I used mostly fresh ... [Read More]

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage

$6.07 recipe / $1.52 serving
White Beans with Tomato and Sausage - BudgetBytes.com

Hooray for simple dishes! I came across this post for Tomato and White Bean Stew with Chicken Sausage on Domesticate Me the other day and thought, "What a wonderfully simple and delightful dish! I must make that immediately." It reminded me of my favorite Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens, but with beans replacing the pasta. I never ... [Read More]