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Take your Marghertia pizza up a level with a drizzle of zesty parsley pesto. This white pizza is anything but boring. BudgetBytes.com

White Pizza with Parsley Pesto Drizzle

Summer calls for a lighter, fresher, more vibrant pizza. Earlier this week I splurged on some fresh mozzarella for my Kale Pesto Pasta and I wanted to make sure the rest of that delicious...

Smoky and spicy shrimp, sweet and tangy slaw, and a zesty garlic lime sauce make these Blackened Shrimp Tacos seriously delicious! BudgetBytes.com

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

I had half a pound of frozen shrimp (30/40 count) in my freezer leftover from making Blackened Shrimp Pasta, so I decided to try Blackened Shrimp a new way—Blacked Shrimp Tacos! Because tacos are always...

For the perfect Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos, layer your chips and toppings for the perfect chip-to-topping ratio. BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos

It’s Monday and I’m throwing caution to the wind. Sometimes you have to start the week out with a bang to make the weight of the long week ahead a little more bearable, you...

Blackened Cabbage is a fast and simple side dish that pairs beautifully with any grilled or BBQ meat. Add a creamy chipotle mayo for extra punch. BudgetBytes.com

Blackened Cabbage with Chipotle Mayo

Yes, this cabbage is burned. But we’ll just call it “blackened cabbage” because it sounds nicer, good? No matter what you call it, I promise it is deeeeeeelicious. Let me just give you a...

This oven baked Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken is a little more forgiving than a fast moving, high heat stir fry, making it great for beginners! BudgetBytes.com

Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken

The other day I got a message on Facebook from Tiffany exclaiming how much she liked my Easy Oven Fajitas and Oven Roasted Greek Stuffed Pitas and she asked if I could create a similar...

These Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches are fast, easy, and feature a salty-sweet herb infused vegetarian au jus for dipping. BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches

Last week I saw an amazing photo for some Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches from Carlsbadcravings.com and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted those sandwiches and I wanted them bad. But then...

Beef & Mushroom Country Casserole is a filling and flavorful hot meal that the whole family will love, and with NO cream of soups! BudgetBytes.com

Beef and Mushroom Country Casserole

The other day on Facebook I asked your opinion on “classic casseroles.” The response was almost unanimous—you love them, but would like to see versions made without as many canned ingredients or “cream of”...

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is a fast, easy, and flavorful dinner full of southwest flavors. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Bowls

This week I played around with the concept for my classic Taco Chicken Bowls and made a “green” salsa version, or Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Bowls. Salsa is kind of a secret weapon when...

Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta is a fast and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta

Remember that Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta that we all love because it’s so easy and delicious? Well, the other day when I was craving a creamy-pasta-comfort-food dinner, I decided to morph that recipe with another...

A fork digging into a broccoli cheddar stuffed potato

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes

These Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes might not be the prettiest things in the world, but who cares? We’re talking about CHEESE AND POTATOES. Plus a healthy dose of broccoli, because life is all about...

Chipotle Portobello Oven Fajitas are an easy and flavor packed dinner perfect for summer. BudgetBytes.com

Chipotle Portobello Oven Fajitas

I got that craving for fajitas the other day and just had to have ’em. I decided to switch things up a bit from my usual oven fajitas and use portobello caps in place...

Blackened Shrimp Pasta - A 30 minute Pasta Dinner with Fresh Shrimp, Homemade Blackening Seasoning, Tomatoes, and Fresh Herbs. - BudgetBytes.com

Blackened Shrimp Pasta

I have such a weird relationship with shrimp. Most of the time I don’t like it, then suddenly, out of the blue, I get this really intense craving for it and I’m all like,...

Pesto Hummus - BudgetBytes.com

Pesto Hummus

I love hummus for so many reasons, but one reason is that it can be flavored with so many different things. Adding a dollop of pesto to your hummus is an easy way to change...

Weeknight Enchiladas - BudgetBytes.com

Weeknight Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Why am I calling these enchiladas Weeknight Bean and Cheese Enchiladas? Because they’re basic. Nothing frilly or fancy, just simple, basic enchiladas. But there are three things that, IMHO, turned these very basic enchiladas...

30 Minute Posole - BudgetBytes.com

30 minute Posole

During my “off” week just after Thanksgiving, I picked up a pork loin and gave it the Chili Rubbed Pork treatment in my slow cooker. It made a TON of pulled pork, so I...

Eggs Florentine Breakfast Pizza - BudgetBytes.com

Eggs Florentine Breakfast Pizza

One of the reasons I love pizza so much is because you can literally put just about anything on a pizza. Case in point, this Eggs Florentine Breakfast Pizza. This pizza masterpiece is the...

Garlic Parmesan Polenta - BudgetBytes.com

Garlic Parmesan Polenta

This Garlic Parmesan Polenta was actually going to be part of a separate recipe, until I realized just how versatile it is on its own. Once I realized how many different ways the fried...

Dilly Vegetable Dip - BudgetBytes.com

Dilly Vegetable Dip

It’s kind of silly how excited I get when I come up with ways to use my leftover ingredients. This week when I peeked into my fridge I noticed that I still had a lot...

Close up overhead shot of a poor man's burrito bowl with melted cheese

Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls

One of my favorite dinners from my childhood was a big bowl of rice, black beans, salsa, and cheese, or what I call “Poor Man’s Burrito Bowls.” Looking back I don’t know if that...

Turkey Burger Patties

Mini Black Bean Turkey Burgers

One of my favorite techniques for stretching my food budget is substituting half of the meat in my meals with beans. So, when I got an email from one of my readers, Lori, with...

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Wrap

Today I had this insane craving for cold and crunchy vegetables all wrapped up inside a fluffy pita (it’s weird how specific my cravings are sometimes). So I threw together this super simple Roasted...

Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

You know you’re on to something good when you’re cooking vegetables, but it smells like there’s a pizza in the oven. And for some reason, this Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower smelled exactly like pizza. I guess...

Taco Salad Skillet - BudgetBytes.com

Taco Salad Skillet

Oops, do I make too many taco dishes? NOT POSSIBLE. Okay really, I’m sorry if you’re not as into tacos as I am, but I just can’t help it. Today I was craving the...

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...

Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

So I’ve been really into potatoes lately. They’re just so cheap and you can do so many different things with them! Mashed potatoes in particular are great because they go with just about any meal...

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries

I really  wanted to call these “OMG! They’re Crunchy!” Fries, but that doesn’t work very well for SEO purposes. My point is, I’m happy to have finally made some oven fries that are crispy and crunchy....

Sriracha Deviled Eggs - BudgetBytes.com

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

I have this sneaking suspicion that a week from now a lot of people will have a ton of hard boiled eggs on their hands and no idea what to do with them. While...

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I ‘ve been making so many “one pot” or “skillet” meals lately that I’ve barely made any traditional side dishes. I get a lot of questions about side dishes, though, so I’ve decided to...

Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites - BudgetBytes.com

Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites

So many of you asked about the pretzels pictured in my How To Start a Food Blog post, that I decided to do a spin off for you (the original pretzel tutorial is for...

Seasoned rice on a plate with vegetables and chicken

SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

If there’s one thing I knew right away starting the SNAP Challenge, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under...

Cajun Potato Salad - Budgetbytes.com

Cajun Potato Salad

So I made this awesome Blackened Tilapia a while back, but didn’t use all the seasoning. The leftover seasoning had been sitting on my counter in a little Ziploc container staring at me ever...

Blackened Tilapia

Blackened Tilapia

I’m continuing my quest to use up items in my pantry and freezer, which led to this delicious Blacked Tilapia. A while back I bought a bag of 12 individually wrapped tilapia filets for...

These soft, flakey Cheddar Scallion Scones are a breeze to prepare and make a great side for soups, stews, and chili! BudgetBytes.com

Cheddar Scallion Scones

I love scones. They’re super fast to make, can be flavored with either sweet or savory ingredients, and make a quick “bread” option for dinner (they go especially well with soup, stew, or chili). I’ll never...

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes

Have you ever noticed that the fewer ingredients a recipe has, the more elegant it seems? Lucky for me, that also usually means it’s pretty easy and, depending on the ingredients you choose, very inexpensive. This super...

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Beef & Pineapple Enchiladas

Say what?! Yes, beef and pineapple. A little savory, a little sweet, and a little spicy. Those three things are all you need to make something seriously WOW-worthy. These super simple enchiladas are stuffed...

Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake

Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake

Okay, so it’s not really alfredo because it doesn’t even have any cream, but it’s close enough that I’m going to call it that. This fake-out alfredo is a little lighter and doesn’t hit your...

These Green Chile Turkey Burgers can't be beat for a fast, flavorful weeknight dinner. Ready in about 30 minutes and full of southwest flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Every once in a while I get a very specific craving for a burger. Not just the patty itself, but the bun, tomato, and the whole deal. I wanted to do something a little...

Chili Roasted Potatoes

Chili Roasted Potatoes

I’m having fun finding new ways to use my homemade chili seasoning and potatoes were the first item on my list. I mean, tender roasted potatoes coated with savory chili spices? YES PLEASE.

Easy White Spinach Pizza

Easy White Spinach Pizza

Oh man, this pizza didn’t stand a chance in my house. It was gone in a flash… almost as fast as it was to make it. This super easy pizza has all the creamy...

Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad is a light, fresh, and vibrant pasta salad perfect for any summer meal. BudgetBytes.com

Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad

THIS is the salad of the summer. This Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad is so fast, so easy, and SO refreshing! I just love it. Bring it to a potluck, eat it as a cold refreshing...

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers

STOP. THE. PRESSES. I’m sure I was getting some pretty weird looks in the lunchroom today because I was audibly moaning between every bite of my Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger and staring at it...

These Easy Oven Fajitas are a simple "set it and forget it" way to get that smoky sweet flavor of traditional griddle fajitas. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Oven Fajitas

Oooh, these Easy Oven Fajitas are my new favorite thing!! I love fajitas, but have had a hard time replicating their smoky goodness at home. I don’t have a grill or a cast iron...

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

I was really craving some chicken salad this week, so I set out to find a new twist on the old classic. I knew I wanted cranberries, so I took quick inventory of my...

Thick Enchilada Sauce

Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce is one of my very favorite things, ever. I love when it soaks into tortillas while baking and makes everything all tangy, spicy, and good. Mmmmm. 🤤 But when the selection of...

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...

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...

Honey Spice Chicken Thighs

Honey Spice Chicken Thighs

So, I got a really excellent deal on chicken thighs this week – $0.99 / lb. Ironically, the regular 2 lb. package was the same price as the large, 5 lb. “value pack.” No...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...