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]

Pear Ginger Steel Cut Oats

$2.89 recipe / $0.58 serving
Pear Ginger Oats

Pears are the fruit of the season and you know what that means... deliciously ripe and on sale! This week I picked up some Comice Pears for $0.99 per pound and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. I swung by the bulk department and picked up a handful of crystalized ginger and headed home to make a new delicious flavor of ... [Read More]

Cranberry Sauce

$2.77 recipe / $0.46 serving
Cranberry Sauce

I guess I take pleasure in the little things because I was most excited about this cranberry sauce out of everything that I cooked today. The simplicity of this sauce is unreal especially for the amount of flavor bursting forth from it. Fresh cranberries provide a strong refreshing tartness that is only kept in check by the sweet orange ... [Read More]

roasted turkey

$11.92 recipe / $1.99 serving

I'll admit it, I was a little bit intimidated by the turkey. I have never cooked a turkey before in my life. I had watched my mother do it every Thanksgiving and Christmas while growing up but had always refused to participate (raw poultry isn't my favorite). After a few years working in the food service arena, raw poultry no longer make ... [Read More]

Indian Pudding

$3.88 recipe / $0.69 serving

One day last week, while taking my break at work, I caught a few minutes of Sandra Lee's Thanksgiving episode of Semi-Homemade (yes, we have a big screen TV and sofa in our break room). For her Thanksgiving dessert she made Indian Pudding. I had never heard of this dish before but I knew from the ingredients that I needed to try it... ... [Read More]