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Chicken adobo is a classic Filipino dish made with chicken marinated in soy sauce and spices, then cooked till tender. BudgetBytes.com

Chicken Adobo

I first became interested in chicken adobo when I saw a recipe for it using a slow cooker. It looked delicious but completely different than the adobo that I was familiar with. I thought...

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls are the ultimate "set it and forget it" easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls

This taco chicken bowls recipe is definitely “slow-cooker 101”. It’s probably one of the first recipes that most people learn to make in their slow-cooker. In fact, some version of Slow Cooker Taco Chicken...

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

mediterranean tuna pasta

This dish is a little more fancy and expensive than the usual Budget Bytes fare, but when you compare it to the cost of a restaurant meal, it still can’t be beat. I get...

Broccoli Sambal

broccoli sambal

Sambal might be my new favorite sauce. There are a million different kinds, some sweet, some salty, some vinegary, but almost all are spicy. I recently bought a small jar of sambal oelek made...

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...

Marinated White Beans are a fast, easy, and versatile side dish that comes together in minutes. BudgetBytes.com

Marinated White Beans

I’m always trying to work beans into my diet because they’re just so good for you, and I happen to think they’re delicious. These quick marinated white beans are one of my favorite side dishes because they’re so...

Apricot Dijon Pork Chops

Apricot Dijon Pork Chops

This one is definitely going on my favorites list! These pork chops can be whipped up in just a matter of minutes (about 30) and require only a few simple ingredients. What you end...

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...

Tuna & Red Pepper Pasta

Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta

I love Italian cooking because the pasta recipes are just so simple. Throw together some cooked pasta, olive oil, garlic, and maybe one or two other tasty ingredients and you’ve got yourself a meal....

Ham & Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Have you ever seen those bags of 16 bean soup mix in the dry bean aisle at the grocery store? Well, they’re kinda like the ramen of the bean world. They come with their...

Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

creamy mushroom pasta w/ chicken

This post is dedicated to all of you who are still going out to eat at the Olive Garden. ;D This is a super simple, very flavorful pasta dish that will cost about the...

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...

Dijon Lentil Salad

dijon lentil salad

Wow, I’ve had so many good recipe suggestions from readers lately! And I guess that’s a good thing because I’ve been so busy with school and other projects that I don’t even have time...

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...

Lemon Spice Cake

lemon spice cake

This recipe comes courtesy of one of my wonderful readers, Diana. I was intrigued by this recipe for multiple reasons. I remember when I was a teenager I had found a recipe similar to...

Olive Herb Bread

olive herb bread

It’s time for another installment of delicious no-knead bread! One of my favorite breads to buy fresh from the bakery is olive bread. I’m crazy about olives to begin with so when they’re baked...

Morning Glory Muffins

morning glory muffins

Nom nom nom… (I’m eating one of these as I type this blog post) So, I’m usually not that into muffins because they really just seem like cupcakes in disguise. Morning glory muffins, on...

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...

Spring Rolls

spring rolls & quick peanut sauce

Spring rolls are all about texture. The rice paper wrapper is so unique, almost skin like; a little sticky, quite stretchy and just really cool. Inside the stretchy wrapper you’ve got rice vermicelli, lettuce,...

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Alright, here is a recipe for those nights when you just need something quick, easy and light. With just a few ingredients, no chopping and barely any cooking, this is a no brainer. The...

Muesli

muesli (cold oats)

Oh, the controversy! The recent roll out of McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal has sparked quite a debate all over the internet. Is it healthy? Is it the devil? Does it really have as...

Broccoli shells n' cheese is a classic American dish that goes well along side any meal, or as a hearty side dish. 100% real, 100% homemade. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Broccoli Shells n’ Cheese

I got a request from Nelson (a BB reader) last week to make some homemade mac n’ cheese and what a fantastic idea it was. I really need some mac n’ cheese in my...

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,...

Pineapple Mango Chutney

Mango Pineapple Chutney

I’ll admit, for a long time I didn’t know exactly what chutney was. All I knew is that it looked like little jars of jam when I saw it at the store… but why...

Quick Curried Chickpeas

Quick Curried Chickpeas

I used to be really intimidated by Indian food. The flavors are deep and complex and the recipes often call for ingredients that are foreign to even a foodie like me. Despite this, I’m...

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake for Two (or one)

I’m all about making a special meal at home for Valentines Day rather than fighting the crowds at the restaurants. Cooking together is more intimate, special and is some of the best “quality time”...

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...

Hearty Meatball Soup

Hearty Meatball Soup

Today’s recipe is brought to you by the word mirepoix. Via wikipedia: Mirepoix (cuisine), a traditional French culinary combination of onions, carrots and celery aromatics. I felt it important to share this piece of...

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

One of the best recipes that I’ve made for Budget Bytes so far is the Italian Meatballs. They were unbelievably flavorful, they froze beautifully and were extremely versatile. I’ve wanted to make them again...

Beer Braised Collard Greens

Beer Braised Collard Greens

Oh boy, I love me some collard greens. Love ’em so much that I want to experience them ever way there is. During a recent not-so-coherent-after-gym run to the grocery store, I bought a...

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I saved the best for last this week, folks. As good as the black bean burgers were, this bread is simply indulgent (without the guilt). With the success of turning the regular no-knead bread...

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

Last week, when I made my Lasagna Roll Ups, I had a tough time deciding what sides to go with them. A salad is classic, but I also needed something with more substance. I definitely...

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 it was inspired by a recipe for butter chicken (which may not have been all that authentic to begin with),...

Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Here’s another quickie (but a goodie) for ya. I know chipotle is a super food trend right now but can you blame it? I mean, it’s smokey and spicy and just GOOD! I came...

Flour Tortillas

Flour Tortillas v.2.0 (low fat)

After making my first batch of tortillas the other day, I decided to try another recipe. I chose a recipe that uses vegetable oil (and very little of it) instead of lard because, lets...

Tortillas

Flour Tortillas

Tortillas are one of my favorite bread items and I use them for just about everything. Luckily, there is a fairly large Hispanic population in Louisiana so I am able to find tortillas fairly...

Black Eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

In hope of good luck and prosperity in the new year, I cooked up a pot of black-eyed peas yesterday. Eating black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread on the first day of the new...

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

I was at the grocery store the other day and almost got sucked into buying a small boule of cranberry walnut bread for $1.99. It just looked soooo good. My hand was literally on...

Black Bean & Roasted Salsa Soup

Black Bean and Roasted Salsa Soup

I’ve begun to rely more heavily on beans in my diet. They’re fiber-licious, super cheap and make my tummy full and happy. Black bean soup has to be one of the easiest and tastiest...

Slow Cooker Beans

How To Kick the Can (of Beans)

I know many of you Budget Byters already cook your own beans but I wanted to make this post for all of the newbies out there. Beans are one of the most economical and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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. This cool, creamy sauce is great for...

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...

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...

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...

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...