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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...

Curry Chicken Salad is paired with crunchy crackers for dipping and a tart apple to cleanse the palate in this simple cold lunch box. BudgetBytes.com

Curry Chicken Salad Meal Prep

Hey guys! Time for Sunday meal prep again! This week I wanted to prepare a lunch that didn’t need reheating, so I thought it was a great time to revisit one of my favorite...

It's comfort food in a box! You'll look forward to eating this veggie-packed Garden Vegetable Turkey Loaf Meal Prep for lunch every day. BudgetBytes.com

Garden Vegetable Turkey Loaf Meal Prep

Okay guys, I thought I’d do something a little more all-American, comfort food style for this week’s meal prep. This Garden Vegetable Turkey Loaf Meal prep contains my veggie-packed Mini Garden Vegetable Turkey Loaves,...

This White Chicken Chili Meal Prep includes a slow cooker chili with Cumin Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes and tortilla chips for dipping! BudgetBytes.com

White Chicken Chili Meal Prep

Hey guys! It’s Sunday and you know what that means—I’m sharing my meal prep combo for the week! That’s 2-3 Budget Bytes recipes that I’ve combined to create four pre-pack meals to eat over...

This week's Curried Chickpeas Meal Prep is a filling and flavorful vegetarian meal with a vegan option. BudgetBytes.com

Curried Chickpeas Meal Prep

Hi! Guys, I’m seriously so excited to be back in the kitchen. It feels sooooo good. I’m still trying to find the “good light” in my new house for food photos, but we’ll figure...

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...

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...

Stir Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Okay, I know this Mango Coconut Chia Pudding is a little out of the ordinary for me, since I don’t usually hop on to health food trends, but let me explain. I have this...

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Budget Bytes and Feeding America

Hey guys! I want to take a few minutes this Friday afternoon to share with you an organization that I’ve become more involved with lately. That organization is Feeding America. I first found out about...

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...

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...

Here are all of my picks for the 2016 holiday gift season! 2016 Gift Guide - BudgetBytes.com

2016 Gift Guide

I had so much fun curating gift guides the last two years, that I’ve been waiting all year to do it again! As with previous years, the 2016 gift guide is full of fun,...

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...

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls are a fiber and flavor filled healthy lunch that you can pre-pack for your week ahead. BudgetBytes.com

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m just coming back from vacation and am totally craving “healthy” homemade food. So, I prepared these Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls to eat for lunch the rest of the week. They’re...

Veggie Packed Freezer Ready Breakfast Sandwiches are a filling, delicious, and microwavable make ahead breakfast for busy mornings. BudgetBytes.com

Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches are one of my favorite meals in the whole world. Luckily, they also freeze quite well, so I can meal prep my favorite breakfast for busy days. With these...

No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats are the perfect healthy and delicious make-ahead breakfast for summer. BudgetBytes.com

No Sugar Added Apple Pie Overnight Oats

So what’s the deal with Overnight Oats? They seem to be everywhere these days, right? Well, it’s for good reason—they’re AWESOME. Why are they awesome? They’re fast and easy to make, they’re healthy, and...

22 Fast and Easy One Pot Skillet Meals to make dinner enjoyable again. Budgetbytes.com

22 Fast and Easy One Pot Meals

It’s a pretty busy week around the Budget Bytes household, so I’m just going to take a quick minute today to round up some really fast and easy ONE POT or ONE SKILLET meals for...

Build BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls are an easy, customizable lunch option that is great both hot or cold! BudgetBytes.com

BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

Y’all know I love my bowl meals! Everything you need in one easy to eat (and transport) bowl, no need to worry about what side dishes go with what. Plus, they’re easy for you...

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 1-25

Weekly Recap 2/19-2/25

It’s that time again. Oh how the week flies! It was a super busy week this week, and I mean SUPER busy. The kind of busy where you don’t even stop to think, “What...

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 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 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 1-20

Weekly Recap 1/14-1/20

You know how some people have an addiction to purchasing things when they’re on sale, whether they need them or not? Like, they see a wedding dress on sale for 70% off and can’t say...

Weekly Recap 1-13

Weekly Recap 1/7-1/13

Happy Friday! It’s finally time to recap all the things I bought, cooked, and ate last week (my week runs from Thursday through Wednesday, BTW). The week went pretty smoothly and we were very well...

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...

Top 20 Recipes of 2015 - BudgetBytes.com

Top 20 Recipes of 2015

As the year draws to a close, I naturally start to reflect. 2015 has, without a doubt, been the most fantastic year of my life. And before I launch into the top 20 recipes...

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. :)

Weekly Recap 12-9 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 12/9-12/16

What a crazy week, ammiright? Holiday insanity is in full swing and I was still getting over the tail end of a nasty cold last week. Both of those factors combined created a grocery...

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 11/19 - BudgetBytes.com

Weekly Recap 11/19-11/25

Alright, so I’m a little late on this one, but we had a holiday to contend with. The week before Thanksgiving I experimented with my grocery shopping a bit, and even though I’m late,...

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 10-28 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...

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...

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...

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...

Groceries Week 3

September Challenge 2015: Week 3 Summary

Okay, this whole September Challenge is going super quickly! I can’t believe I’m in my last week already. Week three went very smoothly, and I’m even contemplating continuing the challenge indefinitely. Week three’s menu felt...

Close up overhead shot of a poor man's burrito bowl with melted cheese

Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls

One of my favorite dinners from my childhood was a big bowl of rice, black beans, salsa, and cheese, or what I call “Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls.” Looking back I don’t know if that...

September Challenge 2015

September Challenge 2015

How did September get here so quickly?? For the past month I’ve been trying to decide if I was going to attempt last year’s SNAP Challenge again this year. It was a tough decision...

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Wrap

Today I had this insane craving for cold and crunchy vegetables all wrapped up inside a fluffy pita (it’s weird how specific my cravings are sometimes). So I threw together this super simple Roasted...

Tropical Yogurt Parfaits - BudgetBytes.com

Tropical Yogurt Overnight Oat Parfaits

If you’re not on the “overnight oats” train, it might be time to hop on. Overnight oats are an amazing way to eat oats cold, which is perfect for the summer. And the tropical...

Spices

5 Favorite Bulk Bin Buys

One of my favorite places to save a dollar on food is the bulk bin section of my grocery store. Not all stores offer bulk goods, but it’s a a great feature when they do....

Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Mother’s Day Recipe Roundup

Incase you need another reminder (who doesn’t?), Mother’s Day is swiftly approaching. May 10th will be here before you know it, so don’t be left rushing to the drug store on the day of...

Best of Budget Bytes 2014

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...

Sriracha 2 Go

Budget Bytes Gift Guide 2014

This is kind of like Oprah’s “Favorite Things”, but the Budget Bytes edition. These are all things that I have and love or things that I wish I had and am sure I would love....

SNAP

SNAP Challenge: Final Thoughts

I want to do a final wrap up of my experience with the SNAP Challenge to record my overall thoughts and impressions. I learned so much, not only from doing the challenge myself, but from...

SNAP Challenge Week 4 Receipts

SNAP Challenge: Week 4 Summary

Last week was one of the most chaotic/stressful/exciting/exhausting weeks of my life and it was also the final week of my SNAP challenge. Going into the week I really wasn’t sure I’d be able...

SNAP Challenge Week 3 Receipts

SNAP Challenge: Week 3 Summary

It’s funny how three days into this challenge I couldn’t wait for it to be over, but now that I’ve completed three weeks I feel totally in the groove and like I could possibly...

SNAP Challenge Week 2 Receipt

SNAP Challenge: Week 2 Summary

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. Oh what a difference a week can make! I can...

One Pot Chili Pasta is fast, easy, full of good-for-you beans and vegetables, and just enough cheese to feel like comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

SNAP Challenge: One Pot Chili Pasta

After going through a week of hunger in week one of the SNAP Challenge, I knew I had to rethink my strategy. Luckily, the hunger allowed me to pinpoint certain ingredients that really keep me...

SNAP Challenge Week 1 Receipts

SNAP Challenge: Week 1 Summary

Wow, one week of the SNAP Challenge is over and I can’t believe how many thoughts I’ve had so far. I could write a ten page paper on my feelings, experiences, and observations already…...

Seasoned Rice

SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

If there’s one thing I knew right away starting the SNAP Challenge, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under...

Feeding America

Feeding America SNAP Challenge

I can’t believe it’s September already! I’ve been planning to take the SNAP Challenge for months now, and today, September 1st, is day one. What is the SNAP Challenge? The SNAP Challenge is a...

Beginner's Guide to Oats

A Beginner’s Guide to Oats

I eat a LOT of oats. They’re cheap, filling, nutritious, and can be prepared a variety of ways. What’s not to love? Sure, a lot of people have not-so-fond memories of gluey, tasteless oats...

Turkey Stuffing Casserole

Thanksgiving Roundup 2013

It’s almost turkey day! I won’t be cooking a huge spread myself, but I wanted to compile a list of my favorite Thanksgiving options from years past. Hopefully this list will help you get...

Best of Brunch 2013

Have plans for a big Easter brunch this Sunday? I’ve gotcha covered! Here are some of my favorite brunch items to help you feed a bunch of hungry mouths (and help lure them away...

Teriyaki Meatballs

Top 20 Recipes From 2012

So many wonderful things have happened this past year and looking back makes me feel overwhelmingly grateful. I want to thank each and every one of you for enriching my life and giving me...

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin recipe roundup 2012

I freaking LOVE October. Pumpkins, costumes, cider, the smell of fallen leaves, MY BIRTHDAY, and lots and lots of candy… what’s not to love? In celebration of October and all things pumpkin, I’ve put...

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...

Teriyaki Salmon

Top 20 Recipes From 2011

Wow, so 2011 went by fast, right? As I was scrolling through the recipes from this year I couldn’t believe that I made some of these in 2011, they feel like ages ago! People...

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The Key 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...

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Prices and Portions

Not everyone will have the same prices or recipe cost as me—that would be impossible. Grocery prices vary quite a bit from region to region, store to store, and even day to day. The point...

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What is Budget Bytes?

There’s still a whole week until payday and you just blew the rest of your food budget on last night’s take-out, which has only left you feeling bloated and groggy in return (thanks, lo...