apple walnut steel-cut oats

$2.64 recipe / $0.66 serving

Continuing on with my adventures in steel-cut oats, I decided to use up some of the left over apple juice from my Spiced Apple Cocktails. I also learned a couple of lessons since making my first batch of steel-cut oats (pumpkin spice oatmeal). Most importantly, a little bit of salt and a little bit of vanilla extract go a LONG way, ... [Read More]

savory coconut rice

$2.42 recipe / $0.61 serving

I'm not really sure how I ever lived before coconut rice nor do I think I could ever settle for plain old rice again. My first introduction to coconut rice was a sweet version with mangoes (recipe coming soon!) but when I searched the web for the recipe, I saw far more recipes for savory coconut rice. The ingredients were simple and cheap ... [Read More]

teriyaki chicken kabobs with grilled pineapple

$12.00 recipe / $3.00 serving

This summer I moved into a new rental house that was full of lots of little goodies left behind by the last tenants. Among the treasures was a small grill on the back patio. Of course the grill was abandoned, full of rust and spider webs (and a random crumpled up walmart bag), but I was determined to put it to use! I absolutely LOVE the ... [Read More]

spiced apple cocktail

$27.97 recipe / $1.12 serving

As previously mentioned, I had a wonderful pumpkin carving party last weekend to start October off the right way. Last October I happened upon an apple flavored liquor called Washington Apple Burst Made by DeKuyper and fashioned this cocktail around it. It was a big hit at the last pumpkin carving party so I bought the supplies again this ... [Read More]

pumpkin spice oatmeal

$27.97 recipe / $1.12 serving

In honor of October (my favorite month), I'm kicking it off with a warm, ooey-gooey, pumpkin-spicy recipe: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. Over the past month or so I've seen multiple recipes for pumpkin flavored oatmeal so I just had to give it a shot. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods although I usually stick to "old-fashioned" or ... [Read More]

cherry almond danishes

$27.97 recipe / $1.12 serving

After receiving last month's Bon Appetit magazine, I experimented with puff pastry for the first time. I made some bite sized apple cheddar turnovers for a party I went to. Unfortunately, I never snapped a picture and I was on the fence about their taste so they never made their way into the blog. BUT, the puff pastry was fun and I ... [Read More]

mom’s mostaccioli

$13.25 recipe / $1.33 serving

Spicy Italian sausage, peppers, onions, pasta, red sauce and cheese... you can't go wrong. This is one of my all-time favorite dishes from when I was growing up. I'm calling this one "Mom's Mostaccioli" as a tribute to my mother who taught me the value of a nutritious meal. My mother cooked delicious meals for our family of seven almost ... [Read More]

buffalo chicken salad sandwich

$8.60 recipe / $1.43 each

So I was in the mood for a really hearty sandwich and I wanted something kinda spicy... after rummaging around in my kitchen and seeing that I had some frozen chicken breasts (buy 'em in bulk to save $$$ and freeze the rest) I thought, "hmmmm... buffalo chicken salad! (sandwich)." It was a total experiment but I think it turned out pretty ... [Read More]

melon, mint & feta salad

$6.73 recipe / $0.84 serving

I have been waiting all summer long to make this salad and never got around to it until now. Melons are selling at a great price and summer is almost over so now is the perfect time! The combination of sweet melon, salty feta and refreshing mint is just to die for! Total Recipe cost: $6.73 Servings Per Recipe: 8 Cost per ... [Read More]

lemon butter green beans

$2.02 recipe / $0.34 serving

It always amazes me how a recipe so simple can be so bursting with flavor. The fresh, lively flavor of these beans along with their quick preparation makes this a "go to" side dish for week night meals. Try this once and you'll never eat the canned kind again! I served these beans with my Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops. Total ... [Read More]

balsamic pork chops

$8.91 recipe / $1.78 serving

I was craving pork chops and after tooling around the web I decided to try out this recipe from Epicurious. The recipe is simple, fairly quick and looks pretty fancy! Because this is Budget Bytes, I chose to substitute red onions for the shallots... either way, when you caramelize them down in balsamic vinegar, they are to die ... [Read More]

italian eggplant bake

$4.98 recipe / $0.62 serving

If you've ever had eggplant cooked correctly, you know that it is incredibly creamy and satisfying (not to mention full of fiber!). IMHO, you can't go wrong anytime you cook *anything* with tomatoes, onions, garlic and Italian herbs. So, when I realized that I needed to add more vegetables to my diet, this was an obvious choice (why is it ... [Read More]