Budget Bytes

Cost Per Serving

Falafel are an ultra flavorful Mediterranean bean patty packed with fresh herbs and spices. Enjoy as an appetizer, on a salad, or stuffed into a pita. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Homemade Falafel

I was so excited, so drawn in, so salivating when I saw this recipe for falafel from Living The Pie Life a few weeks ago. The only problem was that I didn’t have a food processor....

Pita

Homemade Pita Bread

Oh the fascinating world of flat breads… Although the ingredients for this Homemade Pita Bread are different from my Homemade Naan, the execution is almost exactly the same. The only difference here is that you...

Cinnamon Biscotti

Cinnamon Spice Biscotti

It’s gift giving season and there has been a lot of talk on Budget Bytes Facebook about making gifts to give. These Cinnamon Spice Biscotti make a great gift that can be wrapped up...

No-Knead Ciabatta - BudgetBytes.com

No-Knead Ciabatta

I know, man can not live on bread alone. So I’m a little obsessed with baking bread lately… humor me. There will be more “real food” soon, promise. You may remember this video that...

Tartar Sauce

Tartar-Like Sauce

I’m calling this “tartar-like sauce” because I don’t really know what it is. Well, it’s the sauce listed with this recipe but changed a whole bunch to fit what I have in my refrigerator...

Tilapia Fish Sticks

Tilapia Fish Sticks

Is anyone else as freaked out by fish sticks as I am? I mean, they’re greasy, sometimes slimy and smell fishy. Yet for some strange reason, every now and then, I get a MAJOR...

Chai Concentrate

Chai Concentrate

I was really really excited when I saw this post over on Judicial Peach the other day. Homemade chai is something that I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time. Never did I...

This one quick, easy, and insanely flavorful Mushroom Herb Gravy will satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Step by step photos. BudgetBytes.com

Mushroom Herb Gravy

What makes a gravy? Well, its basically a liquid thickened by roux (flour particles coated with fat). You can use any liquid (broth, milk, cream) and you can use any fat (meat drippings, butter,...

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Once again, I thought last year’s cranberry sauce couldn’t be topped and so I was just going to remake it again this year… until I remembered that I had some red wine stored in...

Holiday Wild Rice Dressing

Holiday Wild Rice Dressing

Last year for Thanksgiving I made an apple walnut stuffing that was *out of this world* good, despite using a boxed mix. I was so happy with that recipe that I really didn’t plan...

Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread

Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread

After making the Honey Wheat Pizza Dough the other day and getting such great results, I was determined to make some honey wheat sandwich bread as well. As I searched for recipes, I found...

Autumn Fruit & Nut Oatmeal

Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Breakfast for me is usually one of two things: some sort of oatmeal if I’m feeling like a sweet breakfast or some sort of egg sandwich if I’m in a savory mood. Since discovering...

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...

Honey Wheat Pizza Dough

Honey Wheat Pizza Dough

October is national pizza month! I don’t remember where I read that or if it is even legit but who cares, it’s a good enough excuse to make some pizza! After finding that I...

Freezer Burritos

Freezer Burritos

Are y’all ready for a Budget Bytes first?! Here it is… a recipe that actually costs MORE than the store bought version! Yes, you read it right. I made these frozen burritos to replace...

Pumpkin cream cheese spread is the perfect autumn spread for bagels, toast, graham crackers, or even dipping apples. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

There are a kajillion pumpkin recipes that I’d like to make and not nearly enough time or stomach room for them all. But this recipe has been in my queue since last year so...

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Prepare to be inundated by pumpkin recipes. I love pumpkin. Bread pudding is usually a super indulgent dessert-like “breakfast” item but since I don’t like eating 6,000 calories for breakfast, I lightened it up...

It's like having your favorite restaurant appetizer for dinner! Spinach artichoke pasta is filling, flavorful, and creamy! BudgetBytes.com

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

You know how spinach artichoke dip is so good that sometimes you want to just order the appetizer as your meal and not share it with anybody? I hereby give you permission to. Well,...

Nutty Caramel Corn

Nutty Caramel Corn

Ahhh, I love Fall! Pumpkins, gourds, costumes and lots and lots of goodies! I found this recipe the other day and knew that it would be perfect for getting me in the mood for...

Singapore Noodles Singapore Noodles, Rice Vermicelli in black bowl with chop sticks and a bottle of Sriracha on the side

Singapore Noodles

Singapore noodles. They didn’t originate in Singapore (theory is they’re Cantonese) and they were popularized by Chinese restaurants in Europe. How is that for a hodgepodge history? Well, I’m going to blame this one...

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

What happens when you’re craving something sweet while watching Anthony Bourdain travel around India? You start googling saffron rice pudding recipes. I found a few recipes that I liked (this one) but since I’m still...

Just five minutes of measuring and mixing is all it takes to make this extraordinary no-knead bread dough. Follow these techniques for the best bread ever. BudgetBytes.com

No-Knead Bread

I’ve been making No-Knead Bread for over six years since first blogging about it here in 2010. Since then, I feel like I’ve really refined the process and found the techniques that develop the...

Chunky Split Pea Soup

Chunky Split Pea Soup

In effort to use up some of the things stored in my freezer and pantry, I took a quick survey of what I had available. I had a left over ham hock from making...

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...

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

I know it may seem like I’m a super woman who does everything herself (read: sarcastic) but I get busy and stressed out just like the rest. The other day I was SO tired...

Asian Sticky Wings

Asian Sticky Wings

Wow. Just, WOW. I’m usually not a fan of eating chicken off the bone because of all of the connective tissue and other weird bits but this sticky Asian sauce makes all wrongs RIGHT....

Polvorones

Polvorones

To balance all of the spicy Mexican food I made this week (Fire Roasted Salsa & Chicken and Lime Soup), I needed something sweet. I did a quick google search for “Mexican desserts” and...

Roasting the vegetables in the oven until blackened gives this homemade Fire Roasted Salsa a subtle sweetness and deliciously smoky flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Fire Roasted Salsa

What would life be like without salsa? I don’t know and I don’t care to imagine it that way. I’m a salsa lover through and through. I could eat it straight with spoon, I...

Grits n Greens

Grits ‘n Greens

If you’ve made a batch of Collard Greens and you just can’t get enough, here’s just one more way you can eat them. Plus, nothing makes you feel like a nutritional super star more...

Glazed Pork Chops are the easiest, juiciest, and most flavorful chops you'll ever make! BudgetBytes.com

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pork Chops

Pork chops get a bad rap because most pork chop recipes result in dry, tough, hockey-puck-like pieces of meat that no one gets excited about. But these Glazed Pork Chops are different. They’re tender, juicy, and...

Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Today I learned to love the ham hock. They used to scare me. Well, scare me and fascinate me all at the same time. I remember seeing them in the grocery store as a...

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones

It is time, once again, for me to give in to my cravings… I’ve been craving something cakey, something flakey, something sweet but not too sweet… I’ve been craving a scone! After doing my...

Coconut Rice Pilaf

Coconut Rice Pilaf

Why serve plain white rice with your meal when you can sneak in some veggies and a ton of flavor? I was originally going to make this dish a coconut (not) fried rice but...

Teriyaki Pork Sandwiches

Teriyaki Pork Sandwiches

Hindsight is 20/20. One of the main ingredients in this mouth-watering teriyaki pulled pork is the teriyaki sauce. The entire ten minutes that I stood in the Asian foods aisle trying to decide which...

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Peach season is finally here! If you follow Budget Bytes on facebook then you know that I’ve been looking for a new, spectacular peach recipe to top last year’s Balsamic Glazed Peache Sundae. A...

Basic Biscuits

Basic Biscuits

I have this disorder, it’s called “Can’t Sleep In Past 7 AM.” It’s not such a bad disorder because it actually forces me to be pretty productive. This past weekend when I had company...

English Muffins Above

Homemade English Muffins

I’m an English Muffin fanatic. They’re complete breakfast heaven to me, especially when turned into a breakfast egg sandwich. I vaguely remember baking my first batch eight or nine years ago and as far...

A bowl of Pasta Puttanesca with a fork twirled in the center. Garlic and parsley on the side.

Simple Pasta Puttanesca

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the first time I ever heard of Pasta Puttanesca was in the movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, over 15 years ago. In the movie,...

Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

Spicy Hawaiian Pizza

After making a refrigerator full of pizzas last week, I almost forgot to post this one. It’s funny how your taste buds change as you get older. For the first, oh, 25 years of...

Garden Tomato Soup

Garden Tomato Soup

One of my goals this summer was to make tomato soup from scratch… and by scratch I mean whole tomatoes, not canned. Tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes is a completely different beast from...

Peach Almond Crisp

Peach Almond Crisp

This time of year it’s hard not to take advantage of all of the fresh produce available at such low prices. One item that I get very excited about is peaches. They are in...

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

I’ve been experimenting with sauce and dough this past week which means that I eventually had to make some actual pizzas. I decided on two recipes, breakfast pizza being the first. If you’ve never...

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

So, I’m about to pack up all of my things and move to a new apartment in a new city. I thought I’d just cook up something simple and classic this weekend to cut...

Lobster & Cream Cheese Wontons

Lobster & Cream Cheese Wontons

I’ve wanted to make these yummy little wontons since the success of my Pork & Ginger Potstickers. I saw a recipe on the inside of the wonton wraper package for cream cheese filled wontons...

Vegetable NOT Fried Rice is a fast, easy, and lighter alternative to take out. Makes a great lunch or base to build on for dinner. BudgetBytes.com

Vegetable NOT Fried Rice

I’m calling this one Vegetable NOT Fried Rice because it’s like fried rice but not (in case that wasn’t obvious). I love fried rice but it is usually so insanely oily and I’m just not...

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Why haven’t I made these before? I have seriously been missing out on some extra enjoyable morning coffee time! I will, without a doubt, be making these on a regular basis.

Raspberry Oat Bars

Raspberry Oat Bars

It’s time for a dessert again because I’m cravin’ some sweets! This recipe is one of those quick classics that you can throw together in under 15 minutes, let bake for 30 minutes and...

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach (take 2)

I had been looking for a reason to make creamed spinach again and this week’s Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew gave me the opportunity. Creamed spinach is the perfect side dish to the beef stew...

Dolmas

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

One of my favorite things to order when I go to Mediterranean restaurants is Stuffed Grape Leaves or Dolmas. I’ve always shied away from making them at home because they seemed like they would...

tzatziki

Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce)

I have a whole menu of Mediterranean food planned for this week so I decided to start with the Tzatziki, since it goes with just about everything. Tzatziki is a delicious sauce made with...

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Is it breakfast or is it dessert? I don’t know, I suppose that’s up to you but bread pudding (for those of you who don’t know) is pretty much like french toast but in...

Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

I love the summer. The sun is warm and the vegetables are fresh (and cheap!). I’ve been waiting for the produce market to be flooded with all of the summer goods so that I...

Pesto Cheese Toast

Pesto Cheese Toast

This is a quick little appetizer/snack/side dish that comes together in less than half an hour. You can eat it by its self or dip it in some marinara or a bowl of creamy...

Cilantro Lime Rice - BudgetBytes.com

Cilantro Lime Rice

I made this Cilantro Lime Rice as a side dish for the Shrimp Tacos that I made last weekend (my apologies for taking so long to post it). This rice is very simple and...

Sriracha Chicken Strips

Sriracha Chicken Strips

I saw this recipe for Sriracha Chicken Strips one day while stumbling around on the internet and, being the Sriracha lover that I am, I immediately bookmarked it for later use. Jenny’s Idea for...

Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas

Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas

The weather has been getting warmer and the days have been absolutely gorgeous. We’ve been doing a lot of grilling and cooking out lately which puts me in the mood for cold pasta salads...

Asparagus Breakfast Wrap

Asparagus Breakfast Wraps

IT’S ASPARAGUS SEASON! I’m not even joking when I say that I wait ALL year long for asparagus season to come around. I love their flavor and texture but because they cost around $4/lb....

Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon Coconut Bars

I saw this recipe that Gonna Want Seconds had posted to Tastespotting recently and I knew that I needed to make them soon. My mom used to make lemon bars for us growing up...

Guacamole Salad

Guacamole Salad

DING! DING! DING! We have a WINNER! (that means I really really like this recipe) Avocados have a wonderfully unique flavor and texture and are for that reason one of my favorite fruits (it...

Chili Cheese Cornbread

Chili Cheese Cornbread

A couple of weeks ago I challenged myself to make some corn muffins from scratch that were as good as or better than what I get from the Jiffy Cornbread Mix but unfortunately I...

Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

This recipe was one of those wonderful happy accidents. Last week I decided to make another batch of my Indian Spiced Oats with Coconut Milk but got lazy when looking for the brown sugar...

Pork & Ginger Potstickers

Pork & Ginger Pot Stickers

I wanted to make something to eat along side my sushi bowls this week so I decided to make some Pork and Ginger Pot Stickers. I remember attempting to make pot stickers a long...

This classic Southern Style Potato Salad uses both mustard and mayonnaise for a super flavorful dressing that is both tangy and creamy. BudgetBytes.com

Southern Style Potato Salad

People take their potato salad very seriously here in the south. I learned that quickly after moving to southern Louisiana from northern Michigan (I know, right?). I was never a fan of potato salad...

Quick Ramen Bowl

Quick Ramen Bowl

By noon today my throat had swollen up so big that I couldn’t swallow and my head was pounding. The sickness was upon me. So, as soon as I got home I started searching...

Homemade Garlic Bread is twice as nice for half the price of it's frozen store bought counterpart! Plus it only takes minute to make and can be stored, unbaked, in the freezer. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Garlic Bread

Eating anything with marinara sauce is just so much better when you have a garlicky, crispy piece of bread, with a soft center to sop up the extra sauce. So, while I was planning...

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Whew, what a week… after having out of town visitors for the past four days, I am finally getting back into my routine (school, blog, sleep… school, blog, sleep… school, blog… well, you get...

Mediterranean White Bean Salad

Mediterranean White Bean Salad

After eating the cooked down, well melded flavors and textures of my pot roast all week, my palate desperately needed something fresh and bright. I wanted green, I wanted tang, I wanted fresh. I...

Overhead view of a plate with three rice pancakes, a cup of coffee and orange on the side

Leftover Rice Pancakes

These fun little Rice Pancakes were something my mom used to make when we were growing up. If there was leftover rice from the night before, instead of letting it go to waste, it...

Chili Garlic Breakfast Quesadilla

Chili Garlic Breakfast Quesadilla

A while back I posted my delicious Egg Florentine Quesadillas and many of you seemed to enjoy them just as much as I did. Although they are wonderful, I don’t always have creamed spinach...

Indian Spiced Oats

Indian Spiced Oats w/ Coconut Milk

I’ve been off the steel-cut oats bandwagon for a while because I’ve been addicted to my little breakfast egg quesadillas (I’ll post that soon because they’re too good to keep to myself). But, this...

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

I’m going to admit right now that I have never made Baba Ganoush before today so if you have any suggestions or recipe variations, please share! If you have never heard of Baba Ganoush,...

Thai Peanut Sauce

Thai Peanut Sauce

I’ve been really digging Asian food lately. As I was deciding on my main entree and side dish for this week, I decided to give Thai peanut sauce a shot. I had never made...

Two sweet potato enchiladas on a plate

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

As I ate my Roasted Poblano and Sweet Potato Salad this week it dawned on me- this salad would make a KILLER enchilada filling! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make them until...

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I saw these Ricotta Cookies yesterday morning on Tastespotting.com and they looked so scrumptious that I bumped one of my planned recipes in favor of this one. The cookies are great because they are...

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

I had a hankering for some balsamic marinated mushrooms the other day but after searching for recipes, I decided to try a batch of regular marinated mushrooms before trying the balsamic variety. There were...

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

It’s true, I usually am not a fan of chicken. I find the flavor and texture to be rather boring. BUT doctor it up just right and it can be the perfect protein-packed vehicle...

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...

Egg Florentine Quesadillas

Egg Florentine Quesadillas

Ever since making the creamed spinach, this has been my favorite breakfast. Wait, no, not my favorite breakfast… my favorite meal (because I can’t pretend that I haven’t made this for lunch and dinner...

Meatball Sandwich

Meatball Sandwich

Have some frozen meatballs and marinara? Here is a quick (and very filling) snack or lunch whose components you can keep on hand in your freezer. I was lucky enough to find these little...

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

I was really craving some red meat the other day and the first thing I wanted was meatballs. Of course, I didn’t have any meatballs so all I could do was sit there and...

Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

After being treated to a wonderful Italian dinner at a local restaurant last week, I was inspired to finally try to make my own marinara sauce. I’ll admit, usually I’m too lazy and I’d...

Garlic Noodles

These sweet, salty, and rich Garlic Noodles are an absolutely addictive dish that you’ll want to make again and again. Serve them as the bed for glazed meat, like my Sticky Soy Ginger Glazed...

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes are the easiest and tastiest way to prepare potatoes, and they go great with breakfast OR dinner! BudgetBytes.com

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

It’s no secret that I don’t like seeing food go to waste. So, when I had a partial bag of potatoes left sitting on my countertop this week, I started looking for a way...

Lemon Parsley Pasta - BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Parsley Pasta

I found this recipe on Recipe Zaar and it looked like the perfect side dish to the pesto chicken I wanted to make. Actually, it looked like it would be the perfect side dish...

Picnic Potato Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Picnic Potato Salad

This recipe is a hybrid recipe from both Whole Foods Market and Epicurious. I like this version of potato salad because it tastes much lighter due to the use of sour cream in the...