egg florentine quesadillas

$0.63 each
Egg Florentine Quesadillas

Ever since making the creamed spinach, this has been my favorite breakfast. Wait, no, not my favorite breakfast... my favorite meal (because I can't pretend that I haven't made this for lunch and dinner too). I keep tortillas in my refrigerator at all times because quesadillas are one of those magically versatile dishes that you can make ... [Read More]

Meatball Sandwich

$1.62 each
Meatball Sandwich

Have some frozen meatballs and marinara? Here is a quick (and very filling) snack or lunch whose components you can keep on hand in your freezer. I was lucky enough to find these little football shaped rolls at the store selling for $2.50 for a pack of ten. On first glance the rolls look small but really, who needs a 12 inch sub? ... [Read More]

cinnamon nut palmiers

$4.76 recipe / $0.14 cookie
Cinnamon Nut Palmiers

Puff pastry is so incredible. All you have to do is thaw it, fill it up with stuff, throw it in the oven and it comes out looking (and tasting) so amazingly gourmet that you won't believe it came out of YOUR oven. I've been seeing recipes all over the internet for all sorts of palmiers made with puff pastry so I had to give it a shot too. ... [Read More]

creamed spinach

$3.34 recipe / $0.56 serving
Creamed Spinach

I made creamed spinach a couple weeks ago and then again this week to fine tune the recipe before posting. Between the two batches of creamed spinach, I found out how versatile the stuff is! I began putting it in everything from casseroles (I mixed it into my Bacon Pesto Pasta Bake) to sandwiches, quesadillas or straight up on crackers. ... [Read More]

spaghetti and meatballs

$9.02 recipe / $1.50 serving
Spaghetti and Meatballs

It's true, cooking from scratch can take more time than opening up a box, can or jar. So is it worth it? Honestly, that's going to vary from person to person and from situation to situation. I've openly admitted that most of the time I like to just quickly boil some pasta, brown some beef, pour in a jar of sauce, add a little of this and ... [Read More]

Italian Meatballs

$9.37 recipe / $0.89 serving / $0.22 meatball
Italian Meatballs

I was really craving some red meat the other day and the first thing I wanted was meatballs. Of course, I didn't have any meatballs so all I could do was sit there and think about meatballs. Well, while contemplating the meatball, I thought of at least 4 or 5 different ways to eat meatballs (spaghetti and meatballs, meatball sandwiches). ... [Read More]

homemade marinara

$3.79 recipe / $0.29 serving
Homemade Marinara

After being treated to a wonderful Italian dinner at a local restaurant last week, I was inspired to finally try to make my own marinara sauce. I'll admit, usually I'm too lazy and I'd much rather just buy a jar (which isn't that expensive to begin with, about $2 or $0.40 per serving), doctor it up and go with it. I've also been skeptical ... [Read More]

sweet chili shrimp

$7.17 recipe / $1.79 serving
Sweet Chili Shrimp

SHRIMP IS ON SALE! Bet you never thought that you could eat shrimp on a budget, did you? Well, this week I found shrimp on sale for $4.99 per pound. Not bad and according to my Budget Byte principles, you CAN use expensive ingredients as long as you bulk them up with other inexpensive ingredients (like pasta or rice... or pineapple) to ... [Read More]

Garlic Noodles

$1.68 recipe / $0.42 serving
garlic noodles 2

Today I made my first visit to our local Vietnamese grocery store where I picked up a couple basic sauces to add to my well stocked kitchen. One of the sauces I bought was an oyster sauce ($1.99 for 18 oz.) which is an excellent condiment for anything from noodles or rice to fish and meat. Oyster sauce gives these garlic noodles a little ... [Read More]

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins

$1.58 recipe / $0.26 each
Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins

If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know that I like to use up leftovers. Wasted food is wasted money, right? These jalapeno cheddar corn muffins are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to use up some leftovers that you might have laying around. I had an extra jalapeno from my Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Potatoes (and I made ... [Read More]

Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Potatoes

$4.82 recipe / $0.80 serving
Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Potatoes

A few months ago I had made some Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes, most of which ended up in the freezer. I can't even tell you how awesome it is to be able to reach into your freezer, grab a scrumptious stuffed potato, throw it in the microwave and be done with it. These little spuds are a meal in and of themselves and could not be more ... [Read More]

Bacon Pesto Pasta Bake

$8.54 recipe / $1.07 serving
Bacon Pesto Pasta

I know today is Thanksgiving but I cooked all of my Thanksgiving food last week and after eating turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce all week I needed something new. After perusing my "to cook" list, I decided to make something quick, easy and super scrumptious: pasta with bacon, pesto, cheese and tomatoes. YUM. I just ate a bowl of this ... [Read More]