asian salad with peanut dressing

$6.02 recipe / $1.00 serving
Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing

I gotta get my veggies and coming up with new ways to do so can be challenging. Since I made the Thai Peanut Sauce today, I thought I would throw together a salad and use the peanut sauce as a dressing. I encountered a couple hurdles when buying the veggies for the salad because it's winter, nothing is in season and everything was really ... [Read More]

thai peanut sauce

$1.75 recipe / $0.22 serving
Thai Peanut Sauce

I've been really digging Asian food lately. As I was deciding on my main entree and side dish for this week, I decided to give Thai peanut sauce a shot. I had never made it before so I looked at a good 20 recipes. Some recipes were simple and sweet with only about 4 ingredients, others were long and complex with 10-15 ingredients. I do ... [Read More]

sweet potato enchiladas

$3.83 recipe / $0.96 per enchilada
Sweet Potato Enchiladas

As I ate my Roasted Poblano and Sweet Potato Salad this week it dawned on me- this salad would make a KILLER enchilada filling! Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to make them until today... and I say unfortunately because this stuff is ten times better in enchilada form... something like a Latin carnival of flavor in my mouth! Next ... [Read More]

Broccoli Rice Casserole

$4.77 recipe / $0.80 serving
Broccoli Rice Casserole

Ahhhh, comfort food. Sometimes you're stressed out, sometimes you're tired, sometimes you're just plain hungry. All of those things make me want comfort food. Well, I must have been experiencing one of those (or all of them?) last week because I was craving some serious warm, melty, cheesiness. I like this recipe because (thanks to ... [Read More]

Roasted Poblano and Sweet Potato Salad

$5.96 recipe / $0.76 serving
Poblano Sweet Potato Salad

This recipe was inspired by a dish that I saw at Whole Foods Market. I don't have their recipe so I made this up based on what I thought theirs was. It turned out pretty tasty and it's super healthy which (in my opinion) is win-win! Also, this was my first time cooking with poblanos and I have decided that they are my new favorite ... [Read More]

lemon ricotta cookies

$3.53 recipe / $0.12 per cookie
Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I saw these Ricotta Cookies yesterday morning on and they looked so scrumptious that I bumped one of my planned recipes in favor of this one. The cookies are great because they are not too sweet, not too rich, they come together very quickly and they are a blank canvas as far as flavor is concerned. You can add lemon, ... [Read More]

Budget Byting Principles

Over the past few months I've been compiling a list of principles to shop and cook by. I have identified 6 practices that have really helped me take a big "byte" out of my monthly food budget. With a little planning, a little effort and a little compromise you can save a lot of money. BUDGET BYTING PRINCIPLES 1: PLAN YOUR ... [Read More]

Becker BBQ Shrimp

$7.98 recipe / $1.33 serving
Becker BBQ Shrimp

The last time shrimp was on sale, I found this fantastic recipe for Becker BBQ Shrimp in my Joy of Cooking cook book. Luckily, SHRIMP IS ON SALE AGAIN! This time, I got it for $5.99 per pound; headless, peeled and deveined. It was a little more expensive than the last time but, hey, it was already peeled and deveined so that saved me ... [Read More]

antipasto panini

$1.43 each
Antipasto Panini

Alright, this is my FAVORITE use for the antipasto mix. One bite of this sandwich (which occurred precisely a half second after the last photo was taken), and I was dumbfounded as to why something like this isn't on every sandwich shop menu across America. It is slightly reminiscent of a muffaletta (one of my favorite sandwiches) but ... [Read More]

antipasto pasta

$8.89 recipe / $1.11 serving
Antipasto Pasta

The first (and most obvious) thing that I made with my antipasto mix was a pasta salad. I ate this salad warm as a side with my pepperoni stuffed chicken and they were a perfect pair! Once you have the antipasto mix on hand, this dish take a quick 10 minutes to make and you can make a whole batch or just one bowl at a time. ... [Read More]

Antipasto Mix

$13.75 recipe / $0.98 serving
Antipasto Mix

If you're an avid reader of Budget Bytes you already know that I choose most of my recipes based on what I have "left over" in my fridge that I need to use up. Well, after making Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken last week, I had some left over pepperoni and mozzarella. The first thing that came to mind was antipasto. As my wheels started to ... [Read More]

marinated mushrooms

$4.50 recipe / $1.13 serving
Marinated Mushrooms

I had a hankering for some balsamic marinated mushrooms the other day but after searching for recipes, I decided to try a batch of regular marinated mushrooms before trying the balsamic variety. There were many recipes out there but I finally went with this one from Tyler Florence, found on the Food Network website. Of course, I don't ... [Read More]