$9.10 recipe / $1.14 serving
Pastalaya -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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]

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

$3.04 recipe / $0.51 serving
Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes -

I 've been making so many "one pot" or "skillet" meals lately that I've barely made any traditional side dishes. I get a lot of questions about side dishes, though, so I've decided to challenge myself to come up with some more vegetable based sides. These Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes are just one idea that I've had up my sleeve... I ... [Read More]

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

$7.66 recipe / $1.92 serving
Honey Mustard Pork Chops -

I was craving some pork chops hard yesterday, so I decided to give in. I've been pretty good with my vegetables lately, so I don't feel bad about these slightly rich and indulgent pork chops. It's all about balance and moderation, my friends... Anyway, I decided to make some super simple pork chops smothered in a creamy honey mustard ... [Read More]