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Three glass containers filled with hummus lunch box ingredients

The Hummus Lunch Box

Are y’all ready for the next installment in the no-cook lunch box series? The Hummus Lunch Box is a classic, one that I’m sure many of you have made before, but it definitely deserves...

Three pizza roll up lunch boxes lined up in a row

The Pizza Roll Up Lunch Box

The heat is getting to me, y’all! So last week I sat down and brainstormed some no-cook lunch boxes, or meal preps that I can keep in the fridge for quick meals over the...

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

Whether you call it a “make-ahead breakfast” or “breakfast meal prep,” having breakfast already made and ready to be eaten on busy mornings is a lifesaver. Start your week off right by taking a...

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Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl

Every now and then I like to share things with you that aren’t exactly “recipes” but are just the random bowl meals that I make out of things found in my fridge. I’ve discovered...

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How To Calculate Recipe Cost

The recipe cost breakdowns are a big part of Budget Bytes. And while you’re not likely to have the exact same food costs as me (prices vary quite a bit from location to location,...

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How to Freeze Green Onions

I use green onions a lot in my cooking. I find they offer a great pop of freshness, flavor, and color to recipes, making them the perfect final touch to just about everything. The problem...

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

I’m a huge proponent of batch cooking and stocking your freezer with portioned meals that you can just grab-reheat-and-go! Not only are these make-ahead freezer breakfast burritos a great answer to the “I’m too...

Close up overhead view of a roasted cauliflower taco bowl topped with cilantro lime ranch and a black fork in the middle

Roasted Cauliflower Taco Bowls

Taco bowls, burrito bowls, whatever you want to call them! I went with taco bowls this time because of the homemade taco seasoning used on the roasted cauliflower, plus the fresh toppings like tomatoes...

Three strips of bacon on a plate with fried eggs and an English Muffin

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

As much as I love bacon, I used to avoid it because the though of sputtering hot bacon grease getting all over me and my kitchen was enough to make me stick to just eggs and...

A collage of six recipes that can use any leftover vegetable

6 Easy Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

Did your New Year’s resolution include eating more vegetables? It’s a fantastic goal and one I get behind anytime of year, but there’s definitely a learning curve! I’m sure we’ve all had this experience:...

Three glass meal prep containers with rice and Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

Smoky Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

Sheet pan meals are my savior. There’s really nothing easier than roasting vegetables in the oven, and it happens to make them taste really good, too. Add a little meat to the vegetables and...

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Top 20 Recipes of 2019

It’s that time of year again! Time to look back and reflect on everything that happened. I like to do an end of the year round up my favorite recipes so you can browse...

Chili cornbread skillet with some scooped out onto a white plate beside the skillet

Chili Cornbread Skillet

Some nights you just need something warm, comforting, and easy to help melt off the stresses of the day, like a big bowl of chili. And maybe some cornbread, too, for good measure. This...

Overhead view of a pot full of vegetable barley soup with bread on the side

Vegetable Barley Soup

Can’t stop, won’t stop with the yummy soups over here! Soup is easy, soup is filling, soup is an easy way to pack some more vegetables into your day, and soup (usually) freezes well....

Curried Cabbage in a red pot with wooden utensils on the side.

Curried Cabbage

There’s something super comforting to me about sautéed cabbage with butter and I eat it a lot in the winter months when cabbage is fresh and inexpensive. And because it’s just so cheap, delicious, and...

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Country Breakfast Bowls

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, then you know how I love to meal prep my breakfast. It’s just so much easier to spend a little time on the weekend to...

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Mix and Match Meal Prep

A couple weeks ago I shared my current “mix and match meal prep” system on my Instagram stories and so many people messaged me about it that I decided to make it into a...

Four glass containers with Roasted Vegetable Salad and three dressing containers

Roasted Vegetable Salad Meal Prep

Making sure I get vegetables into my diet takes daily effort. But one thing I know for sure is that if I have them prepped, I am 1000x more likely to eat them. So...

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Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

I’m living off refrigerator salads all summer, what about you? Oh, you don’t know what a refrigerator salad is? It’s a salad that holds up well to refrigeration (doesn’t go limp and soggy like...

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad divided between meal prep containers, dressing being poured.

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

This Cold Peanut Noodle Salad is the perfect meal prep for summer! No need to reheat, it’s light but filling, and the flavors are oh so fresh. It’s topped off with a homemade tangy,...

A bowl of fresh pineapple chunks next to a cutting board, chef's knife, and a pineapple top.

How to Cut and Freeze Pineapple

There’s nothing quite like fresh pineapple. It’s tangy, sweet, and goes equally as well with savory dishes as it does desserts. And while canned pineapple can work in a pinch for some recipes, fresh...

Four glass bowl veggie snack packs with ranch dressing, broccoli, and tomatoes.

Veggie Snack Packs

You know how some people carry around a gallon jug of water with them all day to remind themselves to drink water and so they can always see how close they are to hitting...

Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Quick & Easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry

I seriously never get tired of super easy stir fry dinners! I mean, what’s not to love? Only a few ingredients, you can work in a TON of vegetables, and they’re super fast! Using...

Three Salsa Chicken Meal Prep Containers in a row

Salsa Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

I went down the rabbit hole of looking at diet or macro-friendly meal delivery services online the other day. It’s a booming business these days and I was really curious about what kind of...

Creamy Dijon Dressing being Drizzled onto a Roasted Brussels Sprout Bowl

Roasted Brussels Sprout Bowls

One of the best parts about recipe testing is that when you stumble onto something good you have a great excuse to make it over and over again while you tweak the details. I’ve...

Sesame Tempeh Bowls being eaten with chopsticks

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

It’s only been two days since the Vegetarian Challenge ended, but my stomach is already like, “Whoa girl, take it easy. I thought I told you before not to change things up so suddenly!”...

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,...

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“Sweep the Kitchen” Pasta Salad

Despite having a website is full of recipes, in real life at least half of my meals are “sweep the kitchen” or “throw together whatever you have” type meals. Even though they’re not exactly...

Week 4 Recap

Vegetarian Challenge Week 4 Recap

Hey guys!! Four weeks down and just a few days to go! It’s so interesting to me how much my experience changes each week with this vegetarian challenge. With so much leftover food in...

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...

A plate full of Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet with garlic bread

Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

Sun dried tomatoes are a fairly expensive ingredient, but I think this Sun Dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Skillet perfectly demonstrates how higher priced ingredients, when properly combined with less expensive ingredients, can...

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...

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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...

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Lime Crema

These Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Lime Crema are the perfect meal prep item, since they’re already pre-portioned and ready to go. There are a lot of options for toppings and seasonings with this...

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...

Meal prepped Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls in round glass bowls

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls

Happy New Year! My 31 Day Vegetarian Challenge officially starts today and I have to say, the first recipe I made for the challenge, Sweet and Spicy Tempeh Bowls, is pretty killer. I chose...

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...

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...

15 travel-friendly, crowd pleasing Friendsgiving recipe ideas that everyone will love. Go potluck style with your friends this Thanksgiving! Budgetbytes.com

15 Friendsgiving Recipe Ideas

Raise your hand if you’ve got a “friendsgiving” gathering to attend this weekend! 👋 Friendsgivings are becoming more and more popular, which is awesome from a budget standpoint, since they’re often conducted more like...

This Cheeseburger Meatloaf Meal Prep is an easy American classic meal that you'll look forward to each day. Toss the TV dinners and make your own! Budgetbytes.com

Cheeseburger Meatloaf Meal Prep

I almost forgot to mention, I meal prepped my Cheddar Cheeseburger Meatloaf last week! I paired the meatloaf with some Fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and some simple green beans for a seriously satisfying...

Three bowls of Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls

If I could only say one thing to people who read my blog, it’s that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. These Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls are the perfect example. It’s really...

Line up of Orzo Salad Meal Prep Lunch Boxes

Orzo Salad Meal Prep

This week I’m bringing my own salad bar to lunch! I love a good salad bar and being able to mix and match vegetables, proteins, and other goodies, so that’s what has inspired my...

Take your meat and potatoes meal prep into the 21st century with this simple, yet elegant Glazed Chicken Meal Prep. Eating well has never been easier. Budgetbytes.com

Glazed Chicken Meal Prep

Okay guys, I’m putting it all together today with this Glazed Chicken Meal Prep! I went out of town for a couple of days for Labor Day weekend, and even after just a few...

Practical tips for cooking in a tiny kitchen without losing your mind. Plan, organize, and improvise! Budgetbytes.com

Tips for Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen

When I started Budget Bytes I lived in a tiny apartment with an equally tiny kitchen, that had only about 12-inches of counter space. The apartment was built in the 30’s and I always...

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...

Light, filling, full of texture and flavor, this no-reheat Curried Tofu Salad Meal Prep is the perfect make-ahead lunch for summer! Budgetbytes.com

Curried Tofu Salad Meal Prep

ICYMI, the Curried Tofu Salad that I made earlier this week is my new absolute favorite. It’s SO fast and easy, incredibly filling yet light, super flavorful, and best of all, very inexpensive. I...

Layer lettuce on top of Cobb Salad Meal Prep

Cobb Salad Meal Prep

It’s hot outside. Like molten hot, and that calls for some cold, no-heat meal prep ideas! I’m all about huge salads full of yummies that are filling and totally meal-worthy. Cobb salad is a...

Full of fresh summery flavor, without needing a lot of ingredients, this Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Black Bean Salsa will become your new go-to easy summer meal!

Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

Are you ready for another super easy meal prep (or weeknight dinner)? This Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Black Bean Salsa is incredible simple, but still big on summery flavor. The spicy jerk seasoning perfectly...

Pantry Staples and Essentials - Herbs and Spices

Stock Your Kitchen: Pantry Staples

Have you ever come home from work full of intention and motivation to cook dinner at home, only to find an empty pantry and nothing to work with? Sometimes cooking at home sounds totally...

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Make Ahead Microwave Breakfast Scrambles

One of my favorite things to do is replicate “convenience foods” at home, and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been seeing ads for these new breakfast cups where you just crack an...

The Easiest Burrito Bowl Meal Prep that you can put together in about 30 minutes with minimal cooking, chopping, and nothing to pack on the side. Lunch can be easy and tasty! BudgetBytes.com

Easiest Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

I have really been craving burrito bowls, so I decided to highlight them in the meal prep series this week. If you’re a meal prep pro, you’re probably very familiar with burrito bowls. They’re...

Stuffed bell peppers make the perfect meal prep item and are paired with Cowboy Caviar and chips for dipping in this Stuffed Bell Pepper Meal Prep. BudgetBytes.com

Stuffed Bell Pepper Meal Prep

High five to me for not accidentally erasing all the meal prep photos from my camera like I did last week! Ha! The Chorizo Stuffed Bell Peppers I made earlier this week are absolutely perfect...

This Herb Butter Chicken Meal Prep covers all the bases (meat, carb, vegetable, and FLAVOR) with just two easy recipes. BudgetBytes.com

Herb Butter Chicken Meal Prep

Oooh, I’ve got a great meal prep this week! Well, any time pasta is in my meal prep I’m a little happier. This week I revisited one of my oldest recipes, Tuscan White Bean...

This simple Sweet Potato Taco Meal Prep box is easy, vegetarian, and a full flavored make ahead lunch. BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Taco Meal Prep

It’s meal prep time! I’m sorry I didn’t get this post up on Sunday, but a day late is better than never! :) This week I remade and old recipe that I love, Sweet...

This Chicken Adobo Meal Prep combines overnight marinated chicken, rice cooked with warm spices, and simple sautéed kale for a well rounded and filling meal. BudgetBytes.com

Chicken Adobo Meal Prep

Hey guys! I know it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a meal prep, but something I’ve been focusing on lately is getting up and jumping right back on the horse when you...

This Black Eyed Peas Meal Prep is comfort food defined and will keep you full, warm, and cozy during these cold winter days. BudgetBytes.com

Black Eyed Peas Meal Prep

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I made a huge pot of Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens earlier this week, and of course I meal prepped it! I kept...

These 10 Tips for Recipe Success will help new cooks decode recipes, build intuition, and make new recipes their own. BudgetBytes.com

10 Tips for Recipe Success

Have you ever followed a recipe “to a T” only to have it end up a complete disaster? Yeah, you’re not alone. It’s happened to all of us… maybe even multiple times. ;) No...

This Maple Miso Roasted Carrot Meal prep is easy, healthy, has tons of flavor, and plenty of ways to customize! BudgetBytes.com

Maple Miso Roasted Carrot Meal Prep

I had a crew here shooting video all last week and they left me with a refrigerator full of vegetables (poor me, right?). Luckily, they were all vegetables that are pretty shelf stable, so...

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...

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad Meal Prep is full of texture and bright flavors, and is sure to keep you full for hours. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Dijon Kale Salad Meal Prep

What’s up everyone! I hope your weekend has been treating you well. I’ve been focusing on eating a little better lately, so I decided to do a salad based meal prep this week. I...

Preparing individual oat packs with seeds, seasoning, and other add-ins, like these Make Ahead Seeded Oats, makes having a healthy breakfast fast and easy. BudgetBytes.com

Make Ahead Seeded Oats

Do you remember when the internet had a collective “Aha!” moment over smoothie packs? Maybe not if you’re not looking at food online 24/7 like me, but believe me when I say the world...

This simple Spaghetti Meal Prep is hiding a ton of good-for-you vegetables in a classic comforting dish. BudgetBytes.com

Spaghetti Meal Prep

Hey guys! Long time no see! Okay, maybe it’s only been a week, but it feels like forever. I took last week off to celebrate the holiday and enjoy some time with an out...

Tuna and White Bean Meal Prep

Tuna & White Bean Salad Meal Prep

Hey guys! I hope your weekend is going great! I’ve got a quick, no-cook meal prep idea for you this week because sometimes you just don’t want to cook, ammiright? Yeah, that’s me today....

This Apple Spice Pork Chop meal prep is packed with tender and juicy pork chops, creamy mashed potatoes, and bright green beans. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Spice Pork Chop Meal Prep

We’re almost at peak autumn here in Nashville so I made a very autumn-inspired meal prep this week. I went deep into the Budget Bytes archives and pulled an awesome recipe that I haven’t...

Pesto Stuffed Shells and homemade garlic bread make a classic and comforting lunch that holds up well in the refrigerator. BudgetBytes.com

Pesto Stuffed Shells Meal Prep

Okay, I’m back to comfort food this week with these Pesto Stuffed Shells Meal Prep. It’s a classic pasta dish that I paired with Homemade Garlic Bread. I had planned on making it an...