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Side view of a skillet full of Cajun Sausage and Rice

Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

Hello, new favorite! I think of this Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet kind of like “jambalaya light”. It has similar flavors and ingredients as jambalaya, but it’s a slightly scaled back, simplified version, perfect...

jerk seasoned collard greens on a plate with mac and cheese and bbq chicken

Jerk Seasoned Collard Greens

When lockdown started a few months ago I focused on buying vegetables that would last a long time in my fridge or pantry so I could continue to eat a well rounded plate without...

Two bowls of chunky ham and bean soup with chunks of bread on the side

Chunky Ham and Bean Soup

Soup season is already on its way out, but I couldn’t resist one more warm and cozy pot of goodness. For this super easy and deliciously chunky Ham and Bean Soup I took cue...

Close up of chicken and rice being scooped out of the skillet with a wooden spoon.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Skillet

It’s almost Friday and it’s this part of the week when my cravings for comfort food really start kicking in. It doesn’t help that it’s been dark and rainy non-stop for like, the last...

Close up overhead view of a bowl full of slow cooker white chicken chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is the perfect example of why people love slow cookers so much. You literally just dump everything in the slow cooker, give it a quick stir, then turn...

Close up of One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta in the skillet with a wooden spoon.

One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

This One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta was inspired by those little packets of powdered pasta sauce mix I always see in the grocery store. While those little packets are probably great for camping,...

Three bowls of Easy Pumpkin Soup garnished with sour cream and pepitas, a small bowl of pepitas on the side.

Easy Pumpkin Soup

 Y’all, I’m reaching waaaaay down into the Budget Bytes archives with this one. I first posted this Easy Pumpkin Soup in 2009, just a few months into my blogging journey. When October 1st hit...

Finished bowl of Chicken and Lime Soup with sliced avocado and a couple of lime wedges

Chicken and Lime Soup

I’m a soup-all-year-long type of person. Soup is tasty. Soup is filling. Soup freezes well. And this Chicken and Lime Soup is where it’s at. The clear broth is light enough for summer, and...

The casserole dish next to a plate with a serving of King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

What am I doing over here cooking a casserole on one of the hottest days of the summer? Crazy, perhaps, but the stomach wants what the stomach wants, and mine wants King Ranch Chicken...

A piece of Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken being lifted out of the skillet with a spatula

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken

It’s no secret that I love spinach artichoke dip and I’m always looking for ways to make it into a legit dinner, instead of just an appetizer that I accidentally over-indulged in. For this...

Three Salsa Chicken Meal Prep Containers in a row

Salsa Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

I went down the rabbit hole of looking at diet or macro-friendly meal delivery services online the other day. It’s a booming business these days and I was really curious about what kind of...

Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup being eaten with rice and cilantro

Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup

It’s self care Saturday over here at the Budget Bytes house and I’m eating this super cozy Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup. With chilly temps outside I knew I wanted to make a pot of...

Skillet full of smoky, spicy, and creamy Chipotle Pumpkin Pasta.

Chipotle Pumpkin Pasta

Today is the most fall day of all fall days. The fall colors are at their peak here in Nashville, the air smells like wet leaves, it’s a little overcast and spooky looking, and...

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta in the pan.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s been a while since I’ve made a one-pot pasta! But this weekend I got a craving for a creamy, smoky, spicy, easy one pot dish, so I set to work! This One Pot...

A spoonful of homemade Zuppa Toscana ready to be eaten.

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana… it’s one of those recipes that every food blogger has made. I see it on Pinterest at least once per day. At least. I usually try to avoid over-hyped recipes like this but, this one...

This sweet and tangy 20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken will be your new family favorite weeknight dinner. Only a few pantry staples needed! Budgetbytes.com

20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken

If I’ve said it before, I’ll still say it 100 times more, simple pan sauces are life! 🙌They’re the fastest, easiest way to create a flavorful meal from a simple cut of meat. This...

This quick and easy egg drop soup is warm and southing on cold days or when you're feeling under the weather. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup

There’s nothing quite like a hot soothing soup when you’re feeling under the weather. This fast and easy homemade egg drop soup comes together in just a few minutes and has a ginger infused...

Smoky BBQ sauce, salty bacon, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese come together in this quick, one-dish Monterey Chicken Skillet.

Monterey Chicken Skillet

It used to really irk me when recipes called for “pre-cooked chicken.” I was like, “What the huh, who has pre-cooked chicken laying around?” But then I kind of warmed up to the idea of...

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup offers a deep, comforting, smoky flavor with simple ingredients and minimal effort. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spring is kind of a strange time of year to be making soup, but I know at least some of you are still experiencing freakish January-style winter blizzards. Plus, this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla...

This pot of Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables is a classic comfort food packed with enough vegetables to count as a well rounded meal. BudgetBytes.com

Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables

Chicken and Dumplings. What does that mean to you? There are about a million (okay, maybe more like 900,000) different interpretations of this comfort food. When I was growing up it was basically chicken...

A quick and buttery herb pan sauce transforms these simple chicken thighs into decadent Herb Butter Chicken Thighs. BudgetBytes.com

Herb Butter Chicken Thighs

When I need a fast no-brainer meal, it’s all about a quick skillet-cooked chicken and an easy pan sauce. Those rich flavorful pan sauces are absolute heaven and can be spooned over rice, tossed...

A little bit of Spanish chorizo is all it takes to turn a simple pot of pinto beans into a rich and flavorful meal! BudgetBytes.com

Instant Pot Pinto Beans With Chorizo

I’ve been waiting for months to share this new book with you, you guys! My friend, Daniel Shumski (author of Will it Waffle? and Will it Skillet?) just came out with his third book,...

This rich and tangy Chicken Piccata is a fast, easy, and elegant answer to dinner. With just a few ingredients and a lot of flavor! BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Chicken Piccata

Need a main dish that’s full of flavor but only requires a few ingredients? I’ve got you covered. This Chicken Piccata is simple and flavorful, yet elegant enough to impress a date or your...

Pressure Cooker Red Beans are a fast, inexpensive, filling, and flavorful staple meal. It's a Louisiana tradition, but FASTER! BudgetBytes.com

Pressure Cooker Red Beans

I had a very “Louisiana” day yesterday. I made a big pot of red beans during the day and then went to a crawfish boil at night. :P  I was craving red beans, so I...

This One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta cooks quickly and in one skillet so that no flavor is lost! Make dinner fast, easy, and delicious. BudgetBytes.com

One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Stop everything and listen closely. I’ve been making new recipes every week for over seven years and can honestly say this One Pot Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta is one of the best things...

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...

Colcannon is a simple Irish recipe that combines two hearty but inexpensive ingredients to make a delicious and filling side dish. BudgetBytes.com

Colcannon

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m a bit obsessed with cabbage lately. It’s inexpensive, healthy, and lasts a long time in the fridge. Because I always seem to have some in my...

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...

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,...

Thai Coconut Curry Braised Chicken Thighs are rich and bold in flavor, but fast and easy to prepare. BudgetBytes.com

Braised Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs

Remember that Thai Curry Vegetable Soup that I made a while back that was like, “GAH! THIS IS SO GOOD!”? Well, yesterday I had a craving for those flavors again, but decided to do...

Quickie Faux Phở - The next best to the real thing when you're short on time. BudgetBytes.com

Quickie Faux Phở

Let me start by saying, this is not authentic phở. This is “I need something that tastes good, is fast, has noodles, and kind of tastes like phở.” AKA Quickie Faux Phở. It does the...

Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Olives - BudgetBytes.com

Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Olives

I’ve been craving the salty, briny flavor of kalamata olives lately, so I bought a handful of olives off the olive/salad bar at the grocery store, combined them with a can of diced tomatoes,...

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

I don’t know if you know this, but I avoid mashed potatoes like the plague. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat them, but I just hate to make them. Part of that reason is...

Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet - BudgetBytes.com

Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet

This Yellow Rice Chicken Skillet combines one of my favorite foods in the world, Yellow Jasmine Rice, with a couple of items that I found in the back of my freezer. I found some...

Overhead view of lemon pepper chicken with orzo in the skillet with a wooden spoon

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo

Welcome to another episode of “How can so few ingredients make such a delicious meal?!” Skillet meals are a miracle, my friends. And this Lemon Pepper Chicken with Orzo is the perfect example. They’re...

Sweet n Spicy Chicken Bowls - BudgetBytes.com

Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowls

I’ve wanted to make a BBQ Chicken “bowl” meal for a couple weeks now. I love bowl meals because they are easy to prepare, hold up well in the fridge, and offer a great variety...

Celebrate like you're in Louisiana with this easy, filling, and inexpensive one pot favorite, Pastalaya. It's the shortcut pasta version of Jambalaya! BudgetBytes.com

Pastalaya

Happy Mardi Gras!! It was an icy cold and grey morning here in New Orleans, so instead of going out and enjoying the parades, I decided to take it easy, stay warm, and cook up a...

Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Do you ever get tired of plain old red sauce? …Yeah, no, I don’t either. But if for some reason you did want to try something new, this quick and creamy pumpkin sauce is a great...

This super simple and flavorful Parmesan Portobello Orzo will become your next go-to side dish. Ready in 30 minutes, it pairs with chicken, beef, or pork. BudgetBytes.com

Parmesan Portobello Orzo

I’ve been making so many “one pot” recipes lately that I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve made a good ol’ side dish. Well, I had a bag of orzo sitting in my...

Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan is a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner that only requires a few ingredients. BudgetBytes.com

Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan

Ever since I discovered how delicious pasta is when cooked in broth instead of water, I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of different ways to play up this simple trick. By simply changing up the...

Sopa de Fideo

Sopa de Fideo

Hola friends! Late last night I flew back home from my vacation in Mexico and I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen today. One of my wonderful readers suggested Sopa de Fideo to me a...

It only takes one skillet and a few ingredients to make this incredibly flavorful and filling Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet. BudgetBytes.com

Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet

I’m loving these one skillet meals not only because they’re so easy to make, but because they’re so easy to eat. Instead of filling my plate with a main dish and a couple of sides,...

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Southwest Chicken Skillet is it! Precooked chicken makes this dinner possible in about 30 minutes. BudgetBytes.com

Southwest Chicken Skillet

So, you remember how much you love those Taco Chicken Bowls? And how they’re so easy because you just pour everything into the slow cooker and press go? Well guess what… You can do...

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the easiest, filling, and inexpensive dishes you can make. Just ask anyone from Louisiana—we live off the stuff. Flavorful sausage, savory aromatic vegetables, and rice all cook together in one...

Chicken Arrabbiata - Budget Bytes

Chicken Arrabbiata

(a.k.a. ANGRY BIRDS) I got an email a while back from a reader who wanted to know how to make arrabbiata sauce, so I set out to find out how to do so. I...

Split Pea Bacon & Potato Soup

Split Pea, Bacon & Potato Soup

I had some split pea soup from the hospital cafeteria the other day and while it was satisfying, something about it just didn’t taste genuine. So, I thought it was time to make some...

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

Chicken and pumpkin? Sounds weird, right? Well just wait until you taste it… I made this simple pumpkin soup ages ago and decided to make a newer, better, more powerful version today. I took...

Southwest Steak Bowls

Southwest Steak Bowls

I came up with this recipe because I had half of a flank steak in my freezer that I needed to use up. As usual, I bulked up the meat with beans, rice, and...

Golden Rice Bowl

Golden Rice Bowls

I was talking with a friend recently who was so excited to be finally getting stove in the house that he’s been remodeling and living in. So I asked, “What is the first thing...

Salsa Chicken Casserole

Salsa Chicken Casserole

I’m still all about these easy, one dish dinners. This one is very similar to the ultra popular Taco Chicken Bowls, but it’s made in the oven and takes about an hour, as opposed...

Creamy Sausage & Pasta

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta

I saw this recipe over at Kevin & Amanda the other day and immediately knew that I wanted to make it. Of course, I made some changes to fit the ingredients I had on...

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

slow cooker potato soup

I’ve hesitated to make potato soup for quite some time because all I could think about is how creamy and carby it must be. Surely it’s not good for me to eat that every...

This savory Yellow Jasmine Rice combines warm and fragrant Indian spices and chicken broth to make the most flavorful rice you've ever tasted! BudgetBytes.com

Yellow Jasmine Rice

Okay, this is a pretty big statement to make, but… This Yellow Jasmine Rice is the best rice I’ve ever had. Yep. The flavor is simply out of this world. The aroma as it...

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...

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...

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...

These Apple Spice Pork Chops are smothered with apples, onions, cinnamon, and butter which make a rich, flavorful, sweet, and savory main dish. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Spice Pork Chops

Are y’all ready for this? …No, no, I don’t think you are. Okay, if you insist. But if your head explodes upon contemplating the deliciousness of these Apple Spice Pork Chops, don’t say I...

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...

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...

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 and 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...