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Bean & Grain Recipes

Close up overhead view of cowboy caviar in a bowl with chips on the side.

Beans and grains are excellent staple ingredients because they are inexpensive, shelf stable, incredibly versatile, and full of fiber and other nutrients. Building your meals on a base of beans and whole grains will ensure you get the most bang for your grocery buck. Here are over 200 recipes featuring beans & grains to choose from. (pictured: Cowboy Caviar)

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...

Homemade hummus is quick, easy, and inexpensive, and can be made with several different flavor add-ins. Here are four delicious flavors to try. BudgetBytes.com

The Best Homemade Hummus (Plus Four flavors)

If you haven’t started making your own homemade hummus, you’re totally missing out. It only takes about five minutes, you can adjust the taste to be juuuuuust the way you like it, and you can...

Collage of rice recipes with title text in the center

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...

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...

This Cheesy Chicken Vegetable and Rice Casserole is everything your comfort food dreams are made of. BudgetBytes.com

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable and Rice Casserole

I’m alllll about the casseroles in winter. They’re warm, filling, and comforting. This week I took my favorite Broccoli Cheddar Casserole and beefed it up a bit. …Er, chickened it up a bit. I...

Creamy Black Bean Taquitos are an easy and tasty party treat for football games or just for fun! BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Black Bean Taquitos

So apparently the Super Bowl is coming up soon? I dunno. I don’t follow football, but I know a lot of you do, so I wanted to give you some budget-y options for football eats!...

Bibimbap is the ultimate bowl meal with plenty of color, flavor, and texture to keep your taste buds happy and your stomach full. BudgetBytes.com

Bibimbap – The Ultimate Bowl Meal

You guys know that I love my bowl meals, right?? They have everything you need in one bowl, with more flavor, texture, and color than you can shake a stick at. But the more...

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...

Seafood Rice Skillet is a nod to seafood paella using easy to find ingredients and equipment. Impress your dinner guests with this easy and impressive dish! BudgetBytes.com

Seafood Rice Skillet

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m having fun exploring the new Trader Joe’s in New Orleans. I asked everyone on Instagram to share their favorite products with me so I could sample...

Cumin rice is an earthy and slightly peppery dish that can be used as the base for many meals. BudgetBytes.com

Cumin Rice

You know how I love my rice. It’s the perfect, inexpensive, blank canvas for any meal. I’ve been stuck on my favorite yellow jasmine rice for years, but sometimes I want my rice to...

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup is a an easy, inexpensive, and comforting soup for fall, full of nutrients and flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

What happens when an unusually cool Autumn breeze blows by and I get a sudden craving for split pea soup, but am waaay too tired to do any actual cooking? I grab a bag...

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. So, this morning I threw together some of my favorite flavors (garlic,...

Garden Vegetable Quinoa Soup is a low calorie, high fiber, flavor packed meal perfect for your weekend meal prep. BudgetBytes.com

Garden Vegetable Quinoa Soup

I hate using the term “diet”, so let’s just say that ever since I got back from vacation I’ve been focusing on healthy lifestyle choices. I’m trying to focus (again) on increasing my vegetable...

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...

Use your slow cooker to make these low fat and incredibly flavorful (not) refried beans and barely lift a finger. BudgetBytes.com

(Not) Refried Beans

Have you ever had refried beans that were so good that you wanted to just eat them plain out of a bowl? If you’ve been getting your refried beans out of a can, I’m...

Slow Cooker Jambalaya has all the big flavor of the classic Louisiana dish with half the effort. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

I really wanted to have this recipe ready for y’all yesterday, because it really is one of those “weekend day-cooking” sort of recipes, but I have been glued to social media since late last week,...

Purple Power Bowls are a mélange of colorful grains, beans, and vegetables with more flavor and texture than imaginable. BudgetBytes.com

Purple Power Bowls

This post is a little different than my usual. Instead of a “recipe” this is more like an experiment. It’s no secret that I love salad bars, I even wrote a post about How...