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Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese

Can I single handedly undo all of the healthy things I accomplished with the Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos? Challenge accepted. (I know, it’s like I have split food personalities sometimes.) But how can...

Apple Nut Quinoa

apple nut quinoa

As much as I love my myriad of baked oatmeal recipes, I’ve wanted to shake things up a bit lately and try something other than oats for breakfast. Enter quinoa. If you’ve never had...

Chipotle Chicken Chile

chipotle chicken chili or “C3”

I know, I know, I just made a chicken soup-type dish. Well, sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got. I have a ton of chicken in the freezer, I had some chipotle peppers...

Curry Beef with Peas

curry beef with peas

This recipe was born out of a craving for my mom’s meat pies, which I haven’t had in YEARS (like, 15 at least?). I don’t have the recipe, I just remember that it was...

baked spaghetti with sausage

I never really understood the point of baking spaghetti… it just seemed like an extra step that stood between me and eating it. But, there’s something about a hot, cheesy casserole straight out of...

Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Quesadillas might be one of my favorite foods. That and pizza. Why? Because you can put just about anything inside and the outer crispy tortilla shell somehow makes everything a million times better. For...

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

roasted vegetable burritos

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better....

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Aaaannnd WE’RE BACK! Yesss! I have electricity again! :D Life is good. For my first recipe after over a week of hiatus, I wanted to start with something super fast and easy. I had...

Slow Cooker Chicken

slow cooker chicken

Cooking a whole bird is probably my least favorite task in the kitchen. Something about it just makes me want to moan and groan and … well, just find someone else to do it!...

Taco Stuffed Shells

taco stuffed shells

But Mom! Everyone else is doing it! I don’t know who the first person was to stuff pasta shells with taco fillings, but it’s definitely a good idea. I kept seeing taco shells around...

Dragon Noodles

Spicy Dragon Noodles

Oh WOW. These Dragon Noodles are my new favorite quick fix! They only take about 15 minutes to make, they’re totally rich, flavorful, and SUPER SPICY. Like, “burn a hole through your stomach” spicy. Call...

Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders

Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders

Funny story – I was going to make this honey balsamic chicken with chicken thighs, but they were $3.49/lb. and the boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale (again) for $1.99/lb… so… yeah. Chicken tenders...

Curry Chicken Salad is a quick and tasty alternative to your traditional chicken salad with exotic curry spices, sweet raisins, and crunchy almonds. BudgetBytes.com

Curry Chicken Salad

I was definitely slow to get on the curry bandwagon. In fact, I distinctly remember not liking curry spices for the first 20 years of my life. Luckily, people grow and change over time...

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Dijon Kale Salad

I’m in love. The dressing alone on this Apple Dijon Kale Salad was enough to make me swoon. It’s just a very simple Dijon vinaigrette, but it’s so good that I kept dipping my...

Tandoori Chicken Bites Bowl - Budget Bytes

tandoori chicken bites

A week or so ago, I got a wonderful email from a fellow New Orleanian (is that a word?) who said she had seen some yummy looking tandoori chicken nuggets at Whole Foods and...

Mediterranean Quesadillas

Mediterranean Quesadillas

I LOVE quesadillas. Crispy on the outside, all warm and melty on the inside… Oh so good. While I don’t think I can top my favorite black bean quesadillas, these mediterranean quesadillas are an...

Chili Cheese Beef n Mac

Chili Cheese Beef n’ Mac

WARNING: Comfort food ahead! This dish contains pasta, beef, and cheese. It’s hearty and delicious. Proceed at your own risk! ;) Say you grew up on Hamburger Helper (no shame), but now that you’re...

Orange Molasses Pork Chops

Orange Molasses Pork Chops

These might be the easiest pork chops I’ve ever made. …and the most tender. …and maybe they might be tied with the Glazed Pork Chops for best tasting. This orange molasses marinade was a...

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

spinach artichoke lasagna

I love lasagna, but I rarely, rarely ever make it. Why? Because it just seems like so much work. You’ve got to cook the ingredients, put them together, and then cook them again! Nah,...

Southwest Salad with Taco Ranch

southwest salad with taco ranch dressing

It’s crisp, it’s crunchy, it has an amazing, tangy, homemade dressing, and it goes perfectly along side your lentil tacos ;D Honestly, this recipe started out with me craving a crunchy salad, but it...

Kale & Chorizo Frittata

Kale & Chorizo Frittata

Inspired by this recipe that showed up in my mail box last week, I decided to pair two of my favorites, kale and chorizo, into one easy breakfast frittata! I also bought my first...

Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Here’s to quick & delicious dinners! This Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta is another dish that can be whipped up in practically the same amount of time that it takes to boil the pasta. You...

Thai Chicken Pizza

thai chicken pizza

Due to poor planning on my part, I only came out of this weekend with one recipe to post… but boy, oh boy, is it a GOOD one!! These little individual Thai chicken pizzas...

Avocado Breakfast Pita

avocado breakfast pita

I’ve got a quickie for y’all tonight. It’s not a super clever recipe, just my current favorite breakfast sandwich. You see, I pretty much only eat two things for breakfast: some sort of oatmeal,...

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

pineapple teriyaki chicken thighs

Ever since making the Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Thighs, I’ve kind of fallen in love with baked chicken thighs. They’re super easy, the flavor possibilities are endless, they’re juicy and tender, and they’re usually...

Shredded Taco Beef

Shredded Taco Beef

So, my appetite has been pretty wonky lately and all I’ve wanted to eat is burritos. I love a good burrito. I mean I LOVE them… and it’s all to easy to waltz right...

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

You do know that everything made between October 1st and 31st has to be pumpkin flavored, right? Good, now that we’ve cleared that up… I’ve been loving smoothies lately. They fill me up, kill...

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad

butternut squash pasta salad

Taking advantage of seasonal produce is definitely one of the most important principles of budget byting. I mean, anytime you can get produce for under $1 per lb, you’ve just gotta do it! Butternut...

Coffee Rubbed Pork

Coffee Rubbed Pork Roast

“Huh-wha? Coffee rubbed pork?” Yep, that’s what I said. I made a killer seasoning rub out of coffee (ground to a powder), brown sugar, cayenne, and the usual suspects (salt, pepper, garlic). Slow cooked...

Chili Lime Pork Loin

chili lime pork loin

This might be a new favorite. It was just SO easy and delicious. You can make this recipe with a pork tenderloin if desired but the pork loin filet that I bought was almost...

Kung Pao Chicken

kung pao chicken

I’m really not sure how authentic this recipe is but I’m calling it kung pao chicken because it’s spicy and it has peanuts. That’s good enough for me. Ha! Okay, aside from that, it’s...

This Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup is perfectly balanced with creamy coconut milk, spicy red pepper flakes and pumpkin's natural subtle sweetness. BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup

This Spicy Coconut and Pumpkin Soup is a keeper! It’s super quick to make and insanely delicious—my favorite combination. It’s light enough to act as a starter or side for your meal, or you can pair...

Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Salsa Poached Eggs and Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa poached eggs, but it’s a really delicious homemade salsa-like sauce that cooks and infuses your eggs with flavor, all in one skillet. This breakfast is super easy, really filling...

Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

I’m not gonna lie, anything breaded is better fried than baked but I felt like being good today so I baked these honey mustard chicken strips. If you give them a shallow fry in...

Roasted Vegetable Hummus Pizza

hummus & grilled vegetable pizza

I know it sounds weird, hummus on a pizza? Well, back in the day when I was slingin’ pizzas at Whole Foods, we made a special vegan pizza using hummus as a replacement for...

Huevos Rancheros

huevos rancheros

I love a good breakfast and if you do too, then you’ve got to try huevos rancheros. This dish is hearty enough to settle your stomach after a night out drinking, pretty enough to...

Peanut Soba Stir Fry

Peanut Soba Stir Fry

I’m SO EXCITED about this one… this is one of those recipes that turned out so good that I couldn’t keep out of it while I was shooting photos. I kept stuffing in mouthfuls...

Zucchini Pizza Boats

zucchini pizza boats

Stuffed zucchini are a popular dish in the Mediterranean region. I’ve wanted to make some for a while but this post on Green Light Bites really motivated me. Stuffed zucchini are usually filled with...

Chicken Coconut Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup

Oh, I’ve been wanting to make this Coconut Chicken Soup for such a long long time! There are few things that I like more than coconut milk so I just knew this was going...

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken

Sweet, tangy and spicy… What a powerful flavor combo. It’s strong sauces like this that allow you to take something that is otherwise boring or inexpensive and make it into an outstanding meal. So,...

Tandoori Chicken Kabobs

Tandoori Chicken Kebabs

Ahhh, I’m really excited about this one. This has to be one of the best chicken marinades I’ve ever made. The best part is, you could use this marinade for just about anything, you...

Lemon Garlic Fish

Quick Lemon Garlic Fish

I think I remember making a promise (or resolution) to make and post more quick, easy recipes for 2011. This one definitely fits the bill. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and if...

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Here is another super easy dinner idea with endless possibilities for variation. I can’t exactly say that Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups are a “quick” recipe because it does have to bake a while but the...

(not) butter chicken

(Not) Butter Chicken

Okay, I don’t really know what this recipe is but I DO know that I started with a recipe for butter chicken (which may not have been all that authentic to begin with) and...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...