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Freezer Ready Mini Pizzas are an easy and inexpensive snack to keep on hand in your freezer. BudgetBytes.com

Freezer Ready Mini Pizzas

It’s a dark dreary day here in New Orleans, so I won’t be doing any cooking today. Instead, I’m going to share this fun little freezer ready snack that I made this week. I...

5 Ingredient Freezer Biscuits are the fastest and easiest way to have fresh, warm, and fluffy biscuits for breakfast any day of the week. BudgetBytes.com

5 Ingredient Freezer Biscuits

I looove fresh biscuits in the morning and even though making Basic Biscuits from scratch is super easy, I think the whole “cutting in butter” step tends to deter people from making them. But...

Make your own homemade freezer garlic bread slices, ready to bake on demand. Bake two or ten frozen slices at a time, ready in minutes! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

I’ve made my own garlic bread in the past and it’s to die for, but when do I ever need a whole loaf at once? While I probably could eat a whole loaf, I...

Top Ten Freezer Meals

Top 10 Freezer Meals

So, I was sitting on my porch yesterday when my neighbor wandered up looking rather forlorn and wistful. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I’m hungry and too tired to go pick up food or make...

Breakfast Burritos

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Remember a while back when I made freezer burritos? Well, if you don’t, the long and the short of it is that they were awesome but not necessarily less expensive than the frozen burritos...

Freezer Burritos

Freezer Burritos

Are y’all ready for a Budget Bytes first?! Here it is… a recipe that actually costs MORE than the store bought version! Yes, you read it right. I made these frozen burritos to replace...

How To Freeze Leftovers - BudgetBytes.com

How to Freeze Leftovers

If you’re a long time follower of Budget Bytes, you know that my freezer is my best friend. I use it to freeze leftover ingredients, leftover portions of cooked meals, and to stock up...

Portioned Tomato Paste

How to Freeze Tomato Paste

Happy Friday! I’m sure you’re busy getting your big Friday night plans together, so I wanted to leave you with this quick how-to (new recipe tomorrow). If you’ve followed Budget Bytes for a while,...

You'll want to eat your weight in this Cabbage Soup because it tastes so good, but you won't have to feel guilty about it! BudgetBytes.com

“All You Can Eat” Cabbage Soup

Do you remember the cabbage soup diet? It was one of those crazy fad diets where you were supposed to eat as much as you want of just one thing (in this case cabbage soup) and...

Homemade Chocolate Crescent Rolls are the perfect slightly sweet treat to stash in your freezer for days when you need just a little dessert. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Chocolate Crescent Rolls

I don’t eat a lot of sweets, so when I do I make sure it’s something that A) is not too-too sweet and B) it’s something I can keep in the freezer and eat...

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù - this freezer ready sauce features shredded beef in a deep savory tomato sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù

My pasta situation is getting a little out of control. My pantry is starting to overflow with half-full packages of pasta and a girl can only eat Bowties and Broccoli so many times per week....

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How to: Divide and Freeze Chicken

There is one thing I really, really hate and that’s touching raw chicken. I won’t go into details, but I’ll just say that I try to do it as little as possible. If you’re a...

Keep all the ingredients for this Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche on hand for an easy low-carb breakfast (or dinner!) BudgetBytes.com

Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche

My freezer is way too full right now, you guys. So, the other day I set out to use up some of my frozen goods, and ended up making this Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Crustless...

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils are a hands-off, fiber filled, freezer friendly vegan dinner. Budgetbytes.com

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

It’s hoooot outside, so I’m experimenting a lot with my slow cooker this week. Slow cookers are awesome not only because they’re mostly hands-off, but also because they contain their heat well and don’t...

Multi-purpose Shredded Beef

Multi-Purpose Shredded Beef

Today I made a big batch of shredded beef as a “base recipe” for which I’ll provide various uses throughout the next week or two. This is a basic shredded beef with neutral, plain...

Citrus fruit medley - How to Freeze Whole Citrus

How to Freeze Whole Citrus

Okay, I’ve got a quick tip for you today that I hope will as life changing for you as it was for me. Here it is: you can freeze whole citrus. Say whaaaaa? If you’re...

Pour Pasta Sauce Over Pesto Stuffed Shells

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Who doesn’t love cute little pasta bundles?? These Pesto Stuffed Shells remind me of little baby lasagnas that have yet to grow into their adultform. They have all the same goodies as a spinach...

How to make breadcrumbs (and Italian breadcrumbs) from bread scraps for use in meatballs, meatloaf, breading fried food, or topping casseroles. Budgetbytes.com

How to Make Breadcrumbs

You might wonder why you would go through the trouble to make your own breadcrumbs when they’re already insanely inexpensive to buy in the store. Well, there are two really good reasons, if not...

Perfect for stashing in the freezer, these Make Ahead Bean and Cheese Burritos will save you on busy weeknights!

Make Ahead Bean and Cheese Burritos

I can’t lie, guys. Sometimes I crave those cheap freezer burritos. They’re just so easy to buy and stash in your freezer for days when you don’t feel like cooking. But guess what? It...

Fresh homemade Almond Apricot Biscotti are pennies a piece and can be stored in the freezer, ready for dunking at any time. BudgetBytes.com

Almond Apricot Biscotti

At the local coffee shop that my boyfriend frequents there’s a large case full of homemade biscotti near the cash register. Every time I’m in there with him my eyes are drawn to the big apricot...

Weekly Recap 2-6

Weekly Recap 1/28-2/3

Hello friends! It’s time for another weekly recap. I had a pretty low-key week as far as grocery shopping and cooking is concerned. I knew I wanted to take time to post about freezing leftovers...

Loaded French Bread Pizzas - BudgetBytes.com

Loaded French Bread Pizza

Week four of the September Challenge is officially complete, but I’m going to wait until the last few days of the month are over before posting my week four (plus two days) summary. In...

These smoky Roasted Corn Quesadillas are a fast and filling lunch that can be kept in the freezer for fast meals. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Whew, life has been hectic lately, y’all! But it’s a good hectic. In addition to launching the new Budget Bytes app (p.s. the Android app is officially coming!), I’m in the process of selling my...

Weekly Recap 10-28 BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 10/28-11/3

Hey, it’s that time again! And boy was this a fun week. I was pretty much like a kid in a candy store while doing my grocery shopping for this week. Why? Because for...

Week 4 Groceries

September Challenge: Week 4 and Month Summary

What-what? The September Challenge is over already? It’s so funny how quickly I went from completely dreading beginning the challenge to, “Hey! I’m going to keep doing this!” But I guess that’s why it’s important to...

Heat and Eat Oatmeal

Heat and Eat Oatmeal

I’m always looking for ways to streamline my breakfast routine. While I am the type to get up an hour early just to give myself time to enjoy breakfast, I don’t want to spend any...

Homemade Garlic Bread is twice as nice for half the price of it's frozen store bought counterpart! Plus it only takes minute to make and can be stored, unbaked, in the freezer. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Garlic Bread

Eating anything with marinara sauce is just so much better when you have a garlicky, crispy piece of bread, with a soft center to sop up the extra sauce. So, while I was planning...

Italian Meatballs

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...

Welcome to Budget Bytes!

Welcome to Budget Bytes!

Next to rent or your mortgage, food is probably one of your largest bills. Fortunately, it is also the most flexible category in your budget! If you shop, cook, and eat smart, you can...

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

roasted vegetable burritos

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better....

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Words. Cannot. Describe. …how insanely good these Black Bean Quesadillas are!! This is my new favorite recipe, hands down. Hands down. So, most people go to Whole Foods to explore their beautiful produce, organic...

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Here is another super easy dinner idea with endless possibilities for variation. I can’t exactly say that Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups are a “quick” recipe because it does have to bake a while but the...

French Bread Pizza is the perfect budget-friendly fast and easy weeknight dinner. Customize the toppings to fit your taste buds or what you have on hand! Budgetbytes.com

French Bread Pizza

French bread pizzas are a classic Budget Byte because they are super fast, ridiculously easy, customizable, and inexpensive! But one of my favorite reasons for making French Bread Pizza is because it’s a great...

These Ham and Cheese Biscuits are a super indulgent, yet super easy treat for your weekend breakfast or to serve guests. BudgetBytes.com

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

Last weekend my mind drifted to my 5-Ingredient Freezer Biscuits, as it often does on lazy Sunday mornings, and that got me thinking about breakfast sandwiches. From there it was only a matter of...

These Baked Broccoli Cheddar Tots are a fun, easy, and delicious way to turn leftover mashed potatoes into a new meal. BudgetBytes.com

Baked Broccoli Cheddar Tots

Got Thanksgiving leftovers? Ha! Of course you do. Silly question. I have to admit that one of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is coming up with new ways to use all the leftovers. Because...

Weekly Recap 2-18

Weekly Recap 2/12-2/18

Happy Friday! This is my first week back on weekly budget after having my freebie-fun week. I decided to do a series on farro this week that kind of messed with my weekly menu plan,...

Weekly Recap 12/31 to 1/6 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 12/31-1/6

Hellooooo and happy Friday! I skipped the weekly recap for the week between Christmas and the New Year because it was just crazy crackers. There was so much going on between parties, holidays, and...

Weekly Recap 11-11

Weekly Recap 11/11-11/17

It was SO hard to wait all week to share this with you. Why? Because in addition to my regular weekly budget, this week I had guests over for dinner for the first time!...

Weekly Recap 11-4 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 11/4-11/10

I’m really  having fun sharing these weekly recaps with you! There are so many subtle decisions that are made throughout the week that really impact how I navigate my food intake and grocery budget....

Weekly Recap 10-21 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 10/21-10/26

Have I mentioned yet just how much I love shopping only one time per week? It really is a game changer. I love knowing exactly what I’m going to buy (even though there’s a...

Chicken Broth Ingredients in Slow Cooker

How To: Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. For week 4 of the SNAP Challenge, I purchased a rotisserie...