caldo xochitl (mexican hot flower soup)

$7.24 recipe / $1.21 serving
Caldo Xochitl

Long ago, while going through one of those "watch what you eat" phases, I tried an unfamiliar dish at a local Mexican restaurant in attempt at being calorie conscious. I had no idea what it was, nor could I come even close to pronouncing its name (Caldo Xochitl). I did know that, being soup, it was probably healthiest option on the menu ... [Read More]

glazed pork chop dinner

$16.04 / serves 4+
Glazed Pork Chop Dinner

I was in the mood for some down home soul food last week so I cooked up some of my favorites. While the glazed pork chops aren't exactly a soul food classic, pork chops in general are definitely a staple. Both the Collard Greens and Potato Salad make huge batches that serve anywhere between 6-8 people. If you wanted to double the pork ... [Read More]

grits ‘n greens

$0.66 each
Grits n Greens

If you've made a batch of Collard Greens and you just can't get enough, here's just one more way you can eat them. Plus, nothing makes you feel like a nutritional super star more than eating greens for breakfast (just ignore the butter and egg and all that). Grits n' Greens grits 'n greens   Save Print Prep time 5 mins ... [Read More]

Glazed Pork Chops

$6.55 recipe / $1.63 serving
Glazed Pork Chops

I love getting my hair done. It's great to just chill for a couple of hours and cut up with the salon folks. Obviously, food is always a topic of conversation (because who doesn't like food) and my stylist, Amy, has given me some inspiration for recipes in the past. As always, she filled me in on what she had cooked that week and I got ... [Read More]

collard greens

$5.06 recipe / $0.84 serving
Collard Greens

Today I learned to love the ham hock. They used to scare me. Well, scare me and fascinate me all at the same time. I remember seeing them in the grocery store as a child and being in complete awe that people actually ate those nasty looking knuckle things. Then, throughout the years, I learned that they were used to flavor some of my ... [Read More]

Lemon Blueberry Scones

$2.16 recipe / $0.27
Blueberry Lemon Scones

It is time, once again, for me to give in to my cravings... I've been craving something cakey, something flakey, something sweet but not too sweet... I've been craving a scone! After doing my recipe research, I decided to use the basic bones of this recipe but I changed it to be lemon blueberry flavor and to have icing on top instead ... [Read More]

coconut rice pilaf

$7.22 recipe / $0.90 serving
Coconut Rice Pilaf

Why serve plain white rice with your meal when you can sneak in some veggies and a ton of flavor? I was originally going to make this dish a coconut (not) fried rice but then decided to make it a bit more simple and therefore more versatile. The only difference between it being a (not) fried rice and a pilaf is that I didn't add an egg or ... [Read More]

teriyaki pork sandwiches

$13.40 recipe / $1.68 each
Teriyaki Pork Sandwiches

Hindsight is 20/20. One of the main ingredients in this mouth-watering teriyaki pulled pork is the teriyaki sauce. The entire ten minutes that I stood in the Asian foods aisle trying to decide which teriyaki sauce to buy, not once did it occur to me that I had ALL of the ingredients to make teriyaki sauce at home, for pennies on the ... [Read More]

Peach Quesadillas

$0.55 each
Peach Quesadillas

I'm under the impression that just about anything is better when stuffed inside of a tortilla with some cheese and cooked to a crisp in a hot skillet (aka "quesadilla-ed"). So, just after I whipped up my Chipotle Peach Salsa, I quesadilla-ed it for lunch. It was PERFECT. A nice, light yet satisfying lunch. I only had small "fajita size" ... [Read More]

Chipotle Peach Salsa

$2.67 recipe / $0.45 serving
Chipotle Peach Salsa

Peach season is finally here! If you follow Budget Bytes on facebook then you know that I've been looking for a new, spectacular peach recipe to top last year's Balsamic Glazed Peache Sundae. A few days ago I found this AMAZING recipe for chipotle peach salsa on I made a few changes, including using fresh rather than ... [Read More]

basic biscuits

$1.12 recipe / $0.09 each
Basic Biscuits

I have this disease, it's called "Can't Sleep In Past 7 AM." It's not such a bad disease because it actually forces me to be pretty productive. This past weekend when I had company staying with me and they were all sleeping off the effects of the night before, I was up trolling the internet for recipes. It occurred to me that I've never ... [Read More]

spicy sweet potato stix

$2.81 recipe / $0.70 serving
Sweet Potato Stix

I would have called these Spicy Sweet Potato Fries except two things: they're not fried and they're not crispy like fries. What they ARE is good. They are also a perfect side dish to many lunches or dinners, including the Sausage Po Boy's that I made this weekend. Infact, the meal as a whole was so enticing and I was so eager to eat it up ... [Read More]