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Leftover Stuffin Muffins - BudgetBytes.com

Leftover Stuffin’ Muffins

Soooo, are you sick of turkey and stuffing yet? I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, but I also hope that none of those tasty leftovers end up in the trash. Don’t forget...

Got leftover rice? Make sure it doesn't go to waste by using one of these 7 ways to use leftover rice. BudgetBytes.com

7 Ways to Use Leftover Rice

Y’all know how I am about leftovers. I try to use them whenever and wherever I can because food waste is one the the biggest areas where you can recapture some of your food budget. While...

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...

20 Recipes for Leftover Cabbage - BudgetBytes.com

20 Recipes for Leftover Cabbage

I’ve been a little cabbage obsessed since discovering Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry and I always seem to have either a half or whole head of leftover cabbage in my fridge waiting to be used. Cabbage is...

Fresh spinach is a nutritious and versatile ingredient, but it can be difficult to use before it goes bad. Here are 34 ways to make sure all of your leftover spinach gets used! BudgetBytes.com

34 Ways to Use Leftover Spinach

Spinach is one of my favorite ingredients because not only is it nutritious, but it is extremely versatile. In fact, I keep frozen spinach on hand at all times. That being said, I do like...

Use your leftover party dips to make a delicious lunch the next day, like these super creamy Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas. BudgetBytes.com

Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas

It’s time to play the leftovers game! I’m all about “sweeping my fridge” and coming up with new dishes using my leftovers, especially after big food events. Did you know that The Big Game...

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...

This Kimchi Fried rice is tangy, spicy, and the perfect way to use up all the leftover ingredients and scraps in your kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Kimchi Fried Rice

It’s time for another “sweep the kitchen” recipe! You know how I love these recipes. Food is not only expensive, but it’s also the number one contributor to landfills, so I always try to...

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...

30 Minute Posole - BudgetBytes.com

30 minute Posole

During my “off” week just after Thanksgiving, I picked up a pork loin and gave it the Chili Rubbed Pork treatment in my slow cooker. It made a TON of pulled pork, so I...

These fast and easy 5-Minute French Toast Mugs are a great single serving breakfast treat plus a way to use leftovers and reduce food waste. BudgetBytes.com

5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug

I’ve been making a lot of homemade bread lately, thanks to a new cookbook that I got, Bread Toast Crumbs, and even though homemade bread is super inexpensive, I hate seeing any of it...

Pepperoni Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a great way to use leftover ingredients and a gluten-free way to get your pizza fix! BudgetBytes.com

Pepperoni Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Today’s post is kind of a “fun with food” recipe. I had half a jar of generic pizza sauce left over from an impromptu pizza night a few days ago that I wanted to use up,...

What I bought, cooked, ate, and how I felt throughout week 3 of the Vegetarian Challenge. Using up leftovers, battling stress cravings, and more! Budgetbytes.com

Vegetarian Challenge Week 3 Recap

January is flying by! I honestly can’t believe I’ve been doing this Vegetarian Challenge for almost a month already. Week three went by quickly, as my attention was focused on chaos elsewhere, but I feel like...

These Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips are fast, easy, super crunchy, a great way to use up leftover tortillas, and a great alternative to store bought chips. Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Am I the only one who always ends up with leftover corn tortillas hanging out in the back of their fridge? I never seem to use a full package when making tacos. Luckily, it...

Chicken Green Chile Enchiladas

Chicken (or Turkey) Green Chile Enchiladas

Thanksgiving has come and gone and hopefully you all had a wonderfully relaxing day with friends and family. You probably had a huge feast and if you’re fortunate enough, you may have enough leftovers...

Mediterranean Hummus Bowl being eaten

Mediterranean Hummus Bowls

Y’all know I’m all about the bowl meals, right? It’s pretty routine for me to just go into my fridge, grab whatever odds and ends I have, and throw them into a bowl for...

These cool and refreshing Spiced Chickpea Tostadas are the perfect almost no cook dinner for summer. Customize the toppings based on what you have on hand to make the most of leftovers! Budgetbytes.com

Spiced Chickpea Tostadas (or tacos)

Are you ready for another almost-no-cook summer dinner? Yeah, me too. I love these Spiced Chickpea Tostadas not only because they are they light, cool, and refreshing, but they are the perfect “sweep the...

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Cowboy Caviar

This super fresh and vibrant Cowboy Caviar combines two types of beans, colorful summer vegetables, and a sweet and tangy lime dressing for a bold and versatile dish that you’ll find yourself making over and...

Pickled Red Onions are a great way to use leftover red onion and are a great topping for tacos, sandwiches, pizza, and more. BudgetBytes.com

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

I often run into the “red onion dilema” when making a recipe. You see, a few slivers of fresh red onion can truly transform a recipe (see Thai Curry Vegetable Soup and Slow Cooker...

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs

Scramble eggs make a great last minute, sweep-the-kitchen weekend brunch or dinner. As I was looking through my pantry and fridge taking note of what needed to be used up today, I noticed I...

Weekly Recap 12/2 to 12/9 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 12/2 – 12/9

Bet you thought I forgot to do my weekly recap, didn’t you? Nahhh, I’ve just been busy battling the most horrific cold of the century. But now I’m on the upswing, I can think...

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...

Vegetarian Challenge Week 2 Recap

Vegetarian Challenge Week 2 Recap

Week 2 of the Vegetarian Challenge is complete! I can’t believe we’re already half way done! I had a completely different experience in week 2 than week one, so let’s jump right into that...

This Beef Burrito Casserole is totally customizable and can include all your favorite burrito or nacho toppings. Leftovers reheat great for lunch! Budgetbytes.com

Beef Burrito Casserole

I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing when I make a recipe that is so good that I want to keep eating past the point of full. On one hand, if...

Savory Cabbage Pancakes are a fun and filling way to use up pantry leftovers. Fill them and top them with whatever your heart desires! BudgetBytes.com

Savory Cabbage Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)

I know, I know, two cabbage recipes in a row? While I’m sure some of you are delighted, some might be totally “over” cabbage. But I’m all about reducing waste over here, so I...

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...

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...

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,...

Vegetarian Challenge Week 1 Recap

Vegetarian Challenge Week 1 Recap

Welcome to the first Vegetarian Challenge Weekly Recap! Buckle up because it’s going to be a looooong post! TL;DR: This week was full of the unexpected, but I rolled with the punches and made...

Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs dipped in cranberry sauce and gravy.

Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs

Raise your hand if you have multiple Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving gatherings to attend this year. 👋 Well you can’t make a turkey for all of them, so how about bringing these fun Turkey and Stuffing...

This Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili makes a huge batch, is packed with flavor and nutrients, and can be made for only about 5 dollars! Budgetbytes.com

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Chili

Yeah, I know, it’s 90 degrees outside and most people don’t want to be eating chili right now, but I’m a year ’round chili eater. Especially back in the day when I worked in...

BBQ Tofu Sliders are an easy and inexpensive alternative to pulled meat sandwiches. With a simple and uncomplicated ingredient list, this is a tofu dish anyone can master! Budgetbytes.com

BBQ Tofu Sliders

I’ve been experimenting with tofu a lot lately because it’s an incredibly inexpensive, and now quite readily available source of protein (okay, and also because it also happens to be the #1 searched word...

This smoky chipotle portobello fajita meal prep features mixed fajita vegetables, sweet potato cornbread, and cowboy caviar for a filling vegetarian meal! BudgetBytes.com

Portobello Fajita Meal Prep

OMG you guys, I think I may have just cooked for the last time in my kitchen. 😢 If you haven’t heard, we’re about to move from New Orleans to Nashville and later this week...

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is a great alternative to tomato based sauces for pasta, pizzas, or just for dipping your favorite crusty bread. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Okay, so this recipe is pretty expensive. I’ll admit that up front. BUT I had almost an entire jar of roasted red peppers leftover from my hummus making extravaganza last week, and due to...

Weekly Recap 2/26-3/3

Weekly Recap 2/26-3/3

Whats up, friends! Friday again. Already. How?? Today’s recap will be brief because I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking this week. Why? I cut my hand open really badly on Tuesday morning, leaving me...

Weekly Recap 1-27

Weekly Recap 1/21-1/27

Happy Friday, Y’all! I hope you have great plans for the weekend. I’ll be cooking up some good stuff, but before that it’s time to check in with my weekly recap for last week...

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....

Dilly Vegetable Dip - BudgetBytes.com

Dilly Vegetable Dip

It’s kind of silly how excited I get when I come up with ways to use my leftover ingredients. This week when I peeked into my fridge I noticed that I still had a lot...