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]

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

$5.57 recipe / $1.39 serving
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

I've gotten a little lax with my grocery spending lately, so during the month of June I'm making it my mission to use up as many things in my pantry and freezer as possible. First up: chicken thighs! I fell in love with chicken thighs when I made the Maple Dijon Chicken because they are just so easy to prepare and come out so wonderfully ... [Read More]

Cheddar Scallion Scones

$2.44 recipe / $0.31 each
Cheddar Scallion Scones

I love scones. They're super fast to make, can be flavored with either sweet or savory ingredients, and make a quick "bread" option for dinner (especially great with soup, stew, or chili). I'll never get tired of trying new flavors (check out Lemon Blueberry, Chai Spice, and Strawberry White Chocolate). The combination of cheddar scallion ... [Read More]

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

$3.40 recipe / $0.85 serving
Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

Have you ever noticed that the fewer ingredients a recipe has, the more elegant it seems? Lucky for me, that also usually means it's pretty easy and, depending on the ingredients you choose, very inexpensive. This super simple baked egg dish is just that. Simple, elegant, inexpensive, and delicious. This might seriously be the easiest ... [Read More]

Kitchen Basics

Kitchen Basics

I often get emails asking about what kitchen items people should put on their bridal registry or what tools and gadgets one would need to start a kitchen when moving out on their own for the first time. When I started this blog five years ago (!!!) I made a guide about How to Stock Your Kitchen, but it's sorely out of date and I've ... [Read More]

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

$8.24 recipe / $2.06 serving
Oven Roasted Ratatouille

What happens when you take thinly sliced vegetables, layer them in a dish, and give them the "pizza treatment" (herbs + marinara + cheese)? You get this insanely delicious Oven Roasted Ratatouille, aka "the vegetable dish that vegetable haters won't be able to get enough of." ... [Read More]

Southwest Chicken Skillet

$5.21 recipe / $1.30
Southwest Chicken Skillet

So, you remember how much you love those Taco Chicken Bowls? And how they're so easy because you just pour everything into the slow cooker and press go? Well guess what... You can do it in a skillet, too! (and in about 30 minutes) As long as you have some precooked chicken, whether from a store bought rotisserie or some ... [Read More]

Easy Shredded Chicken

Shredded Chicken

After having worked jobs where I had to pull meat from 5-10 rotisserie chickens per day, I have issues with chicken. I don't like working with it much. I always wish I could wave a magic wand and just have some precooked chicken ready to toss into a recipe. It would make life so much easier and it's just such a fast, easy way to add lean ... [Read More]

How to Make Tahini

Homemade Tahini

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is something that has grown on me over the years. I first used it to make my own homemade hummus, then soon found myself sneaking a taste straight off the spoon while making the hummus. Finally, I graduated to spreading tahini over toast like peanut butter. Tahini has a uniquely nutty and almost bitter flavor ... [Read More]

Falafel Salad

$6.28 recipe / $1.57 serving
Falafel Salad

You may be looking at that picture and thinking, "But where is the falafel?" Well, it's not a salad with falafel, it's a salad made out of falafel ingredients.  You see, I was really craving my falafel the other day, but I was too lazy to make the little patties or fry them. So, I wondered what all of the ingredients would taste like ... [Read More]