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Lentil & Sausage Stew is a fast and easy soup bursting with flavor and chock full of good-for-you vegetables! Plus it freezes well for later. BudgetBytes.com

Lentil & Sausage Stew

Okay, you’re really going to have to try not to judge a book by it’s cover here. I know this Lentil & Sausage Stew isn’t the prettiest thing to look at but, OMG, it...

Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos

Pink slime got you down? Maybe you’re already a vegetarian? Or maybe you just don’t like paying $4/lb. for ground beef? Well, if you don’t already know, lentils make a fantastic substitute (or extender)...

Curried Lentils - BudgetBytes.com

Curried Lentils

This recipe for Curried Lentils is a spin off of the ever popular Quick Curried Chickpeas. It always amazes me how a recipe with so few ingredients can have such big flavor! For this...

Marinated Lentil Salad is bright and flavorful, and infused with bold flavors like garlic and lemon. BudgetBytes.com

Marinated Lentil Salad

I’m trying to stock my fridge with some healthy options for the week ahead because I didn’t do so well last week (I made a BBQ chicken pizza this weekend, OOPS). So, this morning...

Mexican Red Lentil Stew - BudgetBytes.com

Mexican Red Lentil Stew

This was one of the first ever Budget Bytes recipe experiments. After browsing the internet looking for ideas, I saw this Spicy Red Lentil and Tomato Soup by Andrea Meyers and it piqued my...

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

OMG… This Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup is my new all-time favorite soup! I’ve already eaten two bowls since I made it today at lunch and I don’t think I’ll even need to freeze...

A rich and hearty medley of vegetables, lentils, and herbs makes this freezer-friendly Vegan Winter Lentil Stew the perfect cold-weather comfort food. Budgetbytes.com

Vegan Winter Lentil Stew

I’m already declaring THIS my favorite recipe of the winter of 2018/2019, and we haven’t even gotten to winter yet! That’s just how excited I am about this Vegan Winter Lentil Stew. I’ve made...

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

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils

It’s HOT 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...

Wilted Kale and Lentil Salad

Wilted Kale and Lentil Salad

You know how I love kale. You know how I love lentils. You know how I love sweet potatoes. This salad has them all together in one bowl! Yes! It has everything you need...

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...

Golden Coconut Lentil Soup is a light and fresh bowl with vibrant turmeric and a handful of fun toppings. BudgetBytes.com

Golden Coconut Lentil Soup

Have you ever gotten flavor overload? Like if you eat too much and the next day all you want to eat is something really simple? Okay, maybe that’s just me or because I work...

Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights. BudgetBytes.com

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

I get a lot of emails from readers with recipe suggestions and I love them all, but don’t get the opportunity to make many of them. Every once in a while, though, an email...

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup

Hooray for easy soups! This is the type of recipe that saves the day. Very few ingredients, fast, and really delicious. Not to mention the fact that it’s super healthy and ripe for fun, customized...

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

It’s soooo cold here! (read: below 75 degrees) So, I’ve been really into soups lately, if you can’t tell. Earlier this week I got an email from Lindsay with a red lentil soup recipe...

Coconut Lentils

Coconut Lentils

One of my all-time favorite, easy side dishes is coconut jasmine rice. So, I started thinking that if cooking rice in coconut milk was so good, maybe cooking lentils in coconut milk would be...

Dijon Lentil Salad

dijon lentil salad

Wow, I’ve had so many good recipe suggestions from readers lately! And I guess that’s a good thing because I’ve been so busy with school and other projects that I don’t even have time...

The plus in Sloppy Joes Plus is lentils! Tender lentils make the perfect addition to ground beef and increase the texture, flavor, and nutrients! BudgetBytes.com

Sloppy Joes Plus

“Plus? What is this ‘plus’ business?” … I can hear it now. Well, the “plus” is LENTILS! *crowd cheers* Yes, these easy Homemade Sloppy Joes Plus have lentils for added fiber and to bulk them...

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

After making (and devouring) my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes last week, I was really craving some shepherd’s pie. But, because of the strict budget I’m working with, I decided to make a vegetarian shepherd’s Pie....

Dal Nirvana

Dal Nirvana

Things are a little tight this month so I made a resolution to use up all (or a lot) of the food that I have in my pantry and freezer. Sure, I should always...

Mujaddara - BudgetBytes.com

Mujaddara

I discovered Mujaddara probably about ten years ago at this little Lebanese lunch spot in Baton Rouge, called Serop’s Express. I didn’t know what the brown crumbly mixture was, but I ordered on a...

A big pot of colorful beans with title overlay

5 Easy Sources of Plant-Based Protein

One of the biggest hurdles most people encounter when contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle, or even just practicing a “meatless Monday” is the question, “Where would I get my protein?” So I wanted to write...

Chunky Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Best of Budget Bytes 2014

  I know, I’m about a month late on this post, but so many good things happened in 2014 that I wanted to make this roundup, even if a bit late! 2014 was a...

Best of Budget Bytes 2018 with close up of food in background

Best of Budget Bytes 2018

Whoa. Did you just see that?? That bright flash was 2018, gone just as quickly as it came. 2018 was kind of a wild ride, but it left me with a lot to be...

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...

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...

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...

The Top 25 Recipes of 2016 from BudgetBytes.com

Top 25 Recipes of 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I decided to take advantage of this “holiday hangover” day to compile my very favorite recipes of 2016. I’ve been making these year-end recipe round ups since...

Weekly Recap 12/17 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 12/17-12/23

Merry Christmas! I thought I’d slip this short weekly recap in before I take a day or so off to bake cookies, listen to Christmas music, and lounge around in my PJs. :)

Discover the best recipes of 2017 from Budget Bytes. Budget-frienly, super tasty, and guaranteed to keep your belly full.

Best Recipes of 2017

I can’t believe it’s that time already! Another year full of awesome food, gone in the blink of an eye. At the end of each year I like to put together a not-so-short list...

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...

This Smoky Potato and Chickpea Stew is a hearty and filling plant-based dish that will keep you full and warm this winter! BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I pretty much ate my weight in cheese over the holiday. Now that I feel sufficiently icky, I’m trying to focus on some more plant-based recipes...

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...

Weekly Groceries 10-7

Weekly Recap 10/7-10/13 plus VIDEO!

Alright, exciting news first… In case you missed it on social media, I started a Youtube channel! After learning that I didn’t need a bunch of fancy video and sound equipment to make decent...

Toss that boxed mix and make this fast and Easy Homemade Cornbread, which makes a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Budgetbytes.com

Easy Homemade Cornbread

Cornbread is a highly underrated side dish. You can whip up this deliciously sweet and moist homemade cornbread with just a few pantry staples, and it makes a perfect side dish for breakfast, lunch,...

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves - BudgetBytes.com

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves

For the past year or so I’ve been working on the side making step by step photo tutorials for Food.com. Ever since I made this basic meatloaf tutorial, I’ve wanted to make it again and...

Overhead view of a wooden spoon scooping out a portion of Cheesy Cottage Pie from the casserole dish

Cheesy Cottage Pie

Okay, I’m going to squeeze in one more wintry comfort food dish before the weather really starts warming up! This Cheesy Cottage Pie is chock-full of vegetables in a rich beef gravy, and topped...

Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup being eaten with rice and cilantro

Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup

It’s self care Saturday over here at the Budget Bytes house and I’m eating this super cozy Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup. With chilly temps outside I knew I wanted to make a pot of...

Vegetarian Challenge Final Thoughts

Vegetarian Challenge Final Thoughts

Every time I do a challenge I learn so much about myself. I set out on this 31 Day Vegetarian Challenge intending to increase my vegetable intake, reduce my dependency on pasta and cheese,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This homemade taco seasoning is quick, easy, inexpensive, full of flavor, and can be made with just a few basic spice cabinet staples. Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I used to be a “packet seasoning” junkie. It just seemed so easy. But really, if you have a decently stocked spice cabinet, making your own homemade taco seasoning takes five minutes, max. So,...