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]

Sausage Po Boys

$9.34 recipe / $3.11 each
Sausage Po Boy

Sometimes I just want a good, hearty sandwich but whenever I'm at the grocery store, I'm always deterred by the price of sandwich meat. Sandwich meat isn't that fantastic to begin with then they want to charge $3 or more for a small 9 oz. tub. So, I've begun to expand my sandwich meat horizons. This week I explored sausage. In a moment ... [Read More]

Pimm’s Cup

$0.91 each
Pimm's Cup

It's no secret that most people blow their budget on drinks, whether it be at a bar on the weekend or a glass of wine or two with dinner. Well, I'm just too poor for all of that so when I need to have a sip, I usually do it at home. Some of my friends are coming to visit me in New Orleans this weekend and I plan to welcome them into my ... [Read More]

english muffins

$0.68 recipe / $0.08 each
English Muffins

I'm an English Muffin fanatic. They're complete breakfast heaven to me, especially when turned into a breakfast egg sandwich. I vaguely remember baking a batch eight or nine years ago and as far as I remember, they turned out pretty good. So, now that I have time and space to do some baking again, English Muffins were on the top of my ... [Read More]

Pasta Puttanesca

$7.14 recipe / $0.84 serving
Pasta Puttanesca

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the first time I ever heard of Pasta Puttanesca was in the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. I'm pretty sure that outs me as a food amateur and not a real foodie but, oh well. Anyway, in the movie, the orphan kids make a batch of Pasta Puttanesca out of random things they find in ... [Read More]

Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

$3.76 recipe / $0.94 serving
Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

After making a refrigerator full of pizzas last week, I almost forgot to post this one. It's funny how your taste buds change as you get older. For the first, oh, 25 years of my life the thought of pineapple on a pizza made me gag (and not many foods do). Then, somehow, the tables turned. Without notice I suddenly craved pineapple on ... [Read More]

garden tomato soup

$5.95 recipe / $0.74 serving
Garden Tomato Soup

One of my goals this summer was to make tomato soup from scratch... and by scratch I mean whole tomatoes, not canned. Tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes is a completely different beast from soup made from canned tomatoes, neither being inferior to the other. I love each for their own attributes but had never made one from scratch and ... [Read More]

peach almond crisp

$3.37 recipe / $0.42 serving
Peach Almond Crisp

This time of year it's hard not to take advantage of all of the fresh produce available at such low prices. One item that I get very excited about is peaches. They are in season for such a short amount of time and they might as well be a completely different fruit than out of season peaches because their flavor doesn't even compare. I ... [Read More]

Spicy Sweet Carrot Salad

$3.86 recipe / $0.64 serving
Spicy Sweet Carrot Salad

Whew, with all of this pizza I've been eating, my body is just begging for some veggies. You know your diet is a little out of whack when you'd rather have a salad than a slice of pizza. I saw this Carrot Salad on Kalyn's Kitchen a couple of weeks ago and just knew that I had to make it. Of course, I made a few changes based on what I ... [Read More]

breakfast pizza

$3.24 recipe / $0.81 serving
Breakfast Pizza

I've been experimenting with sauce and dough this past week which means that I eventually had to make some actual pizzas. I decided on two recipes, breakfast pizza being the first. If you've never heard of breakfast pizza, you may be thinking to yourself "ewww, egg on pizza?" but don't knock it 'till you try it, folks. When I worked in ... [Read More]

Pizza Sauce

$1.81 recipe / $0.60 per pizza
Pizza Sauce

I can't very well go on an obsessive pizza spree if I don't make my own sauce, right? Right. Well, not only is pizza sauce super easy to make but it's also less expensive than the store brand (what, you're not surprised?). I like slightly chunky pizza sauce so I used diced tomatoes in mine but if you like a smoother sauce, pick up some ... [Read More]

pizza dough

$0.37 recipe / $0.09 serving
Pizza Dough

After much contemplating, I decided to make pizza as the first Budget Bytes meal in my new home. I know it sounds cheesy, but pizza really is my favorite food. It has endless possibilities and usually includes my favorite things: bread, tomatoes and cheese. I've made a few pizzas for Budget Bytes already but I used pre-made pizza dough ... [Read More]