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]

my favorites from 2009

Garlic Noodles

This past year has been amazing thanks largely in part to my new blogging adventure. Through creating this blog I have saved money, broken free from my 15 (or so) recipe rut, and expanded my culinary skills. Constantly trying new recipes and cooking things that I have never made before has left me pleasantly surprised! I have attempted to ... [Read More]

pepperoni stuffed chicken

$3.66 recipe / $0.91 serving
Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

It's true, I usually am not a fan of chicken. I find the flavor and texture to be rather boring. BUT doctor it up just right and it can be the perfect protein-packed vehicle for lots of flavor! I stuffed these chicken breasts full of pepperoni and mozzarella, which can be a little heavy, so I went for a smaller serving size. I plan to ... [Read More]

pasta salad (literally)

$7.61 recipe / $1.27 serving
Pasta Salad literally

One day last week, after a long day at work, I felt a slight hunger in my belly. I was kinda craving pasta and kinda craving salad but one seemed like too much and the other not enough. Then it hit me, "Why not put a little salad and a little pasta together in a bowl?" Both go great with Italian dressing and who cares if the greens wilt a ... [Read More]

parmesan garlic twists

$4.11 recipe / $0.17 each
Parmesan Garlic Twists

The adventures in puff pastry continue! I had bought a second box of puff pastry to make another batch of Cinnamon Nut Palmiers for a party a week ago but never made them because... well... I got lazy. Yes, I do get lazy sometimes. Anyway, I had this box of puff pastry sitting in my refrigerator and I wasn't about to let $3.68 worth of ... [Read More]