Here are some of my most frequently asked questions… because checking here might be faster than waiting for an email response ;)
1. Do you have nutritional information for your recipes?
As of January 2020, we are beginning to add limited nutrition data to the recipes on BudgetBytes.com. This will be a long process and we are working from newest recipes to oldest, so please bear with us. To read more about how we calculate the nutrition data and its accuracy, please visit our Nutrition Discloser page.
2. Do you have a book?
Yes, why yes I do! Check out the page dedicated to my very first cookbook, Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half.
3. Can I write a guest post for you / Will you write a guest post for me?
I’ve decided against including guest posts on my blog for the sake of consistency. That was a tough decision because I get A LOT of great offers from great bloggers, but that’s the policy at this time. I’d love to write a guest post for other people, but with three jobs and a book in the works, there’s not a minute to be spared.
4. My recipe didn’t turn out, what did I do wrong?
Even I make mistakes and flub up recipes from time to time. So, first and foremost, don’t let it get you down! Always try again. Check out my blog post about 10 Tips for Recipe Success, which explains a lot of common error when following a recipe.
The first thing I check when troubleshooting a recipe are the ingredients and instructions. Reread through everything once more because it’s very easy to forget an ingredient, get the quantity wrong, or use the wrong ingredient all together (baking soda instead of baking powder happens A LOT). Also, it’s very easy to accidentally skip a step or overlook an important sentence in the instructions. Most of the time, you’ll find your answer simply by reading through again.
If you still can’t find the problem, feel free to ask. We’ll try our hardest to figure it out, but sometimes it’s just not possible without having watched your process. Be sure to provide me with a good description of your end product because that will give me the most clues!
5. What is the best way to get a hold of you to answer my question?
I’m always happy to help with any question that you might have and no question is stupid, so don’t be afraid to ask! For questions pertaining to a particular recipe, the best method is to ask the question within the comments section of that recipe page. We have a team that answers comments on the blog on a regular basis. I also try to answer questions and comments on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) about once per day. If you have non-recipe related questions, feel free to email our team at email@example.com.
6. Are your recipes diet friendly?
Yes, no, maybe so? Everyone had different dietary needs and the word “healthy” is extremely subjective. I have a background in nutrition (bachelors in Nutritional Science, LSU 2007), so I try to eat a well rounded and balanced diet. That being said, I’m human and do like to indulge on occasion. So, you’ll probably find a little bit of everything here!
7. Didn’t you know that food/ingredient/item is unhealthy for you?!
Once again, the term “healthy” is very subjective. Everyone has different food convictions and I don’t intend to convince anyone to follow mine. I have a wide range of readers with very different dietary styles. I love it when people modify my recipes to meet their needs and I’m more than happy when they share their methods and experiences with everyone else. What I don’t welcome is unsolicited dietary criticism. I respect your food beliefs, so please respect everyone else’s in return.
8. Can I use your recipe or photo?
Permission must be granted to use Budget Bytes recipes or photographs on other websites, social media accounts, or for print purposes. This is evaluated on a case by case basis, so please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (commercial use will require the purchase of a license).