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]

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]