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Close up of garlic butter shrimp in the skillet

Quick Garlic Butter Shrimp

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been experimenting a with shrimp a little more lately. Why? It’s super fast and easy to cook, and you can add it to so many different things! So...

Close up of a bowl of Summer Sweet Corn Salad with a wooden spoon in the middle

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite things about summer. It’s so sweet and juicy when it’s fresh, and the smell of the husks as you peel them back from the cob brings...

A bowl full of Roasted Broccoli Pasta with lemon and feta and a black fork on the left side

Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Lemon and Feta

Keep it stupid simple. That saying applies to so much in life, including food. One of my favorite “stupid simple” meals is buttered pasta with a vegetable and a healthy does of salt and...

Overhead view of Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs in the baking dish, one being scooped out with a serving spoon.

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Thighs

Is there any food that isn’t good when drenched in garlic butter? It’s the easiest, most fool-proof way to make something insanely delish. So, because it’s the week after Thanksgiving and I don’t feel like...

Side view of a spoonful of kale pesto being lifted from the bowl.

Homemade Kale Pesto

I’ve made kale pesto before (Kale Pesto Pasta), but I felt like the pesto needed a post itself. I often find myself with leftover fresh kale (why does it come in such HUGE qantities?),...

Lemon garlic dressing being poured over the salad bowl

Lemony Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

I’m living off refrigerator salads all summer, what about you? Oh, you don’t know what a refrigerator salad is? It’s a salad that holds up well to refrigeration (doesn’t go limp and soggy like...

Homemade ranch dressing being poured onto a romaine salad with tomatoes and red onion

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’ve never really been a ranch dressing person. And definitely not one of those “ranch dressing on everything” people. But then, last January while I was doing my Vegetarian Challenge, I got hooked. I...

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread served on a plate next to the skillet and two mugs of coffee.

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet

I don’t make dessert often, and when I do, I tend to make things that are not too-too sweet. Things that could easily double as a breakfast, like this Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet. Using...

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Peas in a white bowl with a black fork in the side.

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Peas

SPRING IS HEEERRRRREE! (Read that in Oprah’s excited yelling voice). As soon as that sun starts to shine and the days get a little longer I feel every cell in my body wake up...

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables being scooped off the sheet pan with a spatula.

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables

I’m all about the simple meat and vegetable dinners. By changing up the seasonings, the mix of vegetables, and cut of meat, you can have an endless number of simple go-to meals. This week...

Light, but filling, this Beef and Cabbage Soup will fill you up without weighing you down, and will keep you warm from the inside out. BudgetBytes.com

Beef and Cabbage Soup

Yesterday may have technically been the first day of Spring, but when I took my dog out last night before we went to bed, I looked up to see that it was SNOWING. Yeah,...

Almost Eggs Benedict is the easy and approachable version of the brunch classic, scaled back and scaled down to feed just to on a lazy weekend morning. BudgetBytes.com

Almost Eggs Benedict

True story: every time my boyfriend and I go out to eat he will order Eggs Benedict if it’s on the menu. Every time. But I’ve never made it for him at home! I...

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta is a fast, easy, and fresh weeknight dinner that you'll come back to again and again and have memorized in no time. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta

This recipe is totally out of season, but when I see asparagus on sale I have to just go for it. It’s usually so expensive that it stays on my “no” list, but I...

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...

Kale makes a great inexpensive and earthy pesto! Dress up this Kale Pesto pasta with add-ins to make it a meal, or keep it simple for the perfect summer side. BudgetBytes.com

Kale Pesto Pasta

You guys, I can’t stop with cold pasta dishes this summer! It’s all I want to eat! I had a half bunch of kale leftover from another recipe this week, so I decided to...

This Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette is a simple and rustic dessert that can be made with frozen or fresh berries. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette

Every year about this time I start to see beautiful photos of rustic galettes pop up across the digital food world. Their simple, unassuming yet elegant form is the perfect way to highlight the...

Everything cooks together in one pot for this fast and easy Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet, creating big flavor without a lot of fuss. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Turkey and Rice Skillet

OMG yum yum yum! This recipe is an instant new favorite! I’ve been all about the skillet and one-pot meals lately because I’m super busy, so today I made this Greek Turkey and Rice...

These cute little lemon poppy seed two-bite scones are soft and sweet with a deliciously tart lemon glaze. You won't be able to have just one! BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Poppy Seed Two-Bite Scones

My boyfriend brought home a container of those super soft and tiny two-bite scones from the grocery store the other day (yeah, he’s an enabler) and as I was enjoying one I noted just...

This low and slow cooking method makes this Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful! BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

Split chicken breasts were on sale at Whole Foods this past week, so I couldn’t resist the chance to make some more low and slow roasted chicken (because that Herb Roasted Chicken Breast that...

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...

Marinated Lentil Salad is bright and flavorful, and infused with bold flavors like garlic and lemon. BudgetBytes.com

Marinated Lentil Salad

I’m trying to stock my fridge with some healthy options for the week ahead because I didn’t do so well last week. So, this morning I threw together some of my favorite flavors (garlic,...

Creamy Lemon Dill Greek Pasta Salad is packed with bold flavors and fresh vegetables, making it a delicious light lunch. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Lemon Dill Greek Pasta Salad

A few weeks ago my friend Jenni sent me a link to this recipe for Tzatziki Pasta Salad with the comment that, “it isn’t too Budget Bytes friendly (too many splurgy ingredients), but it’s really...

Lemon Butter Green Beans are the perfect go-to all-purpose side dish with a fresh and vibrant flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Butter Green Beans

I happened across some incredibly fresh and beautiful green beans yesterday that were also ON SALE, so I just had to have them. The lemon butter treatment is my absolute favorite way to prepare...

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfectly refreshing and filling summer meal. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

I guess we’ve hit that time of the year where just I want to eat cold salads every day (Hi, summer!). So I decided to take one of my favorite pasta salads, Lemony Cucumber...

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Berry Cobbler

Forget pies, y’all. Cobblers are where it’s at. This Lemon Berry Cobbler is probably one of the easiest, most satisfying desserts you can make. The bottom fruit layer only takes about a minute to...

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,...

Quick Garlic Parmesan Broccoli - BudgetBytes.com

Quick Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Broccoli is a great all-purpose side dish, but when it’s not seasoned properly it can be kind of boring. When it comes to vegetables, broccoli included, you can never go wrong with a healthy...

Skillet full of Spinach and Chickpea Rice Pilaf next to a cut lemon and small dish of feta, on a blue background

Spinach and Chickpea Rice Pilaf

I love all things “one pot”. Cooking everything in one pot or skillet just makes my life so much easier, and when everything cooks together, all the flavor stays in the pot! This simple...

Vibrant green parsley pesto pasta pairs perfectly with sweet blistered cherry tomatoes and a the creamy yolk of a fried egg. Take your pasta up a notch. BudgetBytes.com

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes

Okay, this one is a bit of a splurge, especially considering my tight September Challenge budget, but after last week’s meat heavy menu I was craving bright fresh flavors. This Parsley Pesto Pasta is...

Plum Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing - BudgetBytes.com

Plum Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing

#FancyFriday Okay, so this Plum Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing is a little fancy for me, but after overdosing on pasta and pizza over the past week or so, I needed a salad BAD....

Spanish Chickpeas and Rice - BudgetBytes.com

Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

I’ll openly admit that I’ve tried to make paella on more than one occasion and failed miserably. It’s probably a combination of not having the right paella pan or not using the correct method,...

Minty Pea Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Minty Pea Salad

Ooooh we’re gettin’ fancy over here! This week I splurged on a fresh herb other than my usual parsley or cilantro (the cheap ones) so I could make this fabulous Minty Pea Salad. I paid a hefty...

Lemony Kale and Quinoa Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Lemony Kale and Quinoa Salad

Have you ever checked out Food52.com? They have really simple, elegant recipes and I love browsing through their beautiful photographs. The other day while perusing through their stuff I saw this recipe for One Pot...

Parsley Pesto Potatoes

Parsley Pesto Potatoes

I don’t want to rub it in your faces, but here in New Orleans SPRING IS HERE! That means that I want a lot of bright, vibrant flavors. These roasted potatoes with parsley pesto...

A tangy lemon and garlic marinade makes this Greek Marinated Chicken super fast and flavorful. Cook it in the oven or on a grill. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Marinated Chicken

Need something easy and flavorful to throw on the grill this weekend? This Greek Marinated Chicken is it. The marinade for this chicken (similar to what I used for this Chicken Shawarma ) takes...

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...

Lemon Pudding Cake

lemon pudding cakes for two

I usually like to make my own version of recipes, but every now and then I come across a recipe that just looks too perfect to change. This recipe for Lemon Pudding Cakes that...

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!...

Lemon Raspberry Baked Oatmeal

lemon raspberry baked oatmeal

During the hot summer months all I ever want to eat is lemon raspberry slushies. There’s something about that sweet tart flavor that I find ultra refreshing. Lemon raspberry muffins are also pretty tasty,...

Fresh and vibrantly flavored, this Quinoa Tabbouleh has all the familiar flavors of traditional tabbouleh, but with easy to cook and nutrient rich quinoa instead of bulgur. Budgetbytes.com

Quinoa Tabbouleh

That’s “keen-wah tab-ooh-lay.” Don’t let the name scare you away from this incredibly simple and refreshing salad! I’ve been obsessed with tabbouleh since I first tried it as a child. It’s full of texture...

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

I wanted to make some green goddess dressing but couldn’t find the herbs that I needed… so I ended up with this instead. I couldn’t be more happy with the result. This delightfully creamy...

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...

Greek Turkey Burgers are a healthy mix of ground turkey and Mediterranean flavors. BudgetBytes.com

Greek Turkey Burgers

I had never really cooked with ground turkey before (okay, maybe once and it wasn’t good) but I think I discovered the key. You have to season it up really really good. I added so...

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

I was SO HAPPY to see asparagus selling for $2.49 per bunch at the store last weekend. Yeah, that’s still pretty expensive but as far as asparagus go, that’s about as low as they...

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...

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...

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones

It is time, once again, for me to give in to my cravings… I’ve been craving something cakey, something flakey, something sweet but not too sweet… I’ve been craving a scone! After doing my...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

I love the summer. The sun is warm and the vegetables are fresh (and cheap!). I’ve been waiting for the produce market to be flooded with all of the summer goods so that I...

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...

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

I’m going to admit right now that I have never made Baba Ganoush before today so if you have any suggestions or recipe variations, please share! If you have never heard of Baba Ganoush,...

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I saw these Ricotta Cookies yesterday morning on Tastespotting.com and they looked so scrumptious that I bumped one of my planned recipes in favor of this one. The cookies are great because they are...

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...

Lemon Parsley Pasta - BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Parsley Pasta

I found this recipe on Recipe Zaar and it looked like the perfect side dish to the pesto chicken I wanted to make. Actually, it looked like it would be the perfect side dish...