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A hand picking up a piece of spinach artichoke grilled cheese with cheese stretching from the slice

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

This Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is totally indulgent. It’s like your favorite restaurant appetizer turned into a meal (because you were going to eat that spinach artichoke dip as your meal anyway, right?). I’ve...

Close up of a serving bowl of pizza pasta salad, a wooden spoon in the side

Pizza Pasta Salad

This is kind of just like a basic Italian pasta salad, but I’m calling it “Pizza Pasta Salad” because this is how I use my leftover pizza toppings. Haha! When you buy a jar...

Close up view of a spoon scooping some white beans with mushrooms and marinara, garlic bread on the side.

White Beans with Mushrooms and Marinara

The other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and an image of some cheesy, tomatoey gnocchi made me stop in my tracks and drool a little. But the funny part is that at first...

Close up of a wooden spoon in the casserole dish full of baked ziti

Classic Baked Ziti

As soon as the weather turns cool, I grab the cozy sweaters and start cooking the comfort food, like this Classic Baked Ziti. It’s rich and gooey with its layers of pasta, homemade red...

A fork taking a piece of Baked Pizza Chicken from the plate with chicken, garlic bread, and salad.

Baked Pizza Chicken

One of the coolest things about having been blogging for over ten years is seeing how my cooking style and skills have changed through this experience. One of my first recipes to go viral...

Close up of a Quick Fix Broccoli Pesto Pizza on a plate with crushed red pepper sprinkled on top.

“Quick Fix” Broccoli Pesto Pizza

Welcome to another episode of Random Things Beth Makes with Leftovers in Her Fridge! This week it’s a super Quick Fix Broccoli Pesto Pizza that totally surpassed my expectations. I’m definitely going to be...

Close up of roasted tomatoes on top of Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken DInner

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Dinner

Baking is usually my least favorite way to cook boneless chicken breast because you don’t get any browning action like you do in a hot skillet, or that yummy flavor that goes along with...

French Bread Pizza is the perfect budget-friendly fast and easy weeknight dinner. Customize the toppings to fit your taste buds or what you have on hand! Budgetbytes.com

French Bread Pizza

Fast French bread pizzas are a classic Budget Byte because they are super fast, ridiculously easy, customizable, and inexpensive! But one of my favorite reasons for making French Bread Pizza is because it’s a...

Spinach and Mushroom Crustless Quiche is a great low carb breakfast or brunch tread packed with vegetables and protein. BudgetBytes.com

Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche

I’m a big fan of savory breakfast dishes and this Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche might be my new favorite! It’s very filling (without giving me a carb-hangover), and it’s chock-full of vegetables. There...

Garlicky greens and creamy ricotta pair perfectly on this light and fresh Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza. It’s the perfect pizza for summer! BudgetBytes.com

Garlicky Kale and Ricotta Pizza

It’s FRIDAY! And Fridays call for pizza. I haven’t had pizza in forever and I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to chew pizza with my new braces, but let’s be...

Pepperoni’s rich and peppery bite is the perfect contrast to mild spinach, mozzarella, and pasta in this Pepperoni Pasta Salad. BudgetBytes.com

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Where did last week go? I didn’t get to cook much as I’d have liked last week, so I found myself with a refrigerator full of miscellaneous ingredients that I wasn’t quite sure what...

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip is PACKED with spinach, three types of cheese, and just enough spice to tingle your taste buds. BudgetBytes.com

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yeah, Double Spinach Artichoke Dip because if I’m going to eat something this rich and creamy I’m going to make sure I eat a pound of spinach while I’m at it. 😂 Most people have...

This Tomato Basil No Knead Bread is the perfect partner for your winter soups and stews, and is half the cost of a store bought artisan loaf. BudgetBytes.com

Tomato Basil No Knead Bread

Alright, we’ve all been on our New Year’s diets for two weeks now, so it’s time for a little splurge, right? I mean, it’s all about balance. If you’re going to give yourself one...

Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Pizza Roll Ups are the perfect last minute appetizer or indulgent snack on busy days! BudgetBytes.com

Pizza Roll Ups

Hey you! Are you looking for a last minute NYE appetizer? Maybe you’re just looking for one last pizza splurge before you begin working on your new year’s resolutions. Or perhaps you’re like me...

Pour Pasta Sauce Over Pesto Stuffed Shells

Pesto Stuffed Shells

Who doesn’t love cute little pasta bundles?? These Pesto Stuffed Shells remind me of little baby lasagnas that have yet to grow into their adult form. They have all the same goodies as a...

These Pesto Pizza Rolls are a fun way to change up your pizza routine with swirls of cheese, pesto, and pepperoni, plus lots of crispy edges! BudgetBytes.com

Pesto Pizza Rolls

I was taking stock of my fridge the other day and noticed a half jar of pesto that I bought a couple weeks ago at Aldi. I didn’t want that pesto to go to...

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...

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...

Baked Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes is an easy last minute dinner you can make with pantry staples. BudgetBytes.com

Baked Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes

What’s for dinner?? It’s the question that never goes away. Well, here’s another easy answer for you. This Baked Chicken with Artichokes and Tomatoes is a simple recipe that you can whip up with pantry staples,...

A simple marinade adds big flavor to this fast and easy Balsamic Chicken Skillet with creamy mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. BudgetBytes.com

Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Sometimes I get really excited about recipes. Can you tell? This Balsamic Chicken Skillet is one of those recipes. It’s just so freaking easy, the flavor is big,...

Freezer Ready Mini Pizzas are an easy and inexpensive snack to keep on hand in your freezer. BudgetBytes.com

Freezer Ready Mini Pizzas

It’s a dark dreary day here in New Orleans, so I won’t be doing any cooking today. Instead, I’m going to share this fun little freezer ready snack that I made this week. I...

Ultimate Portobello Mushroom Pizza is a gourmet pie for a frozen pizza price - BudgetBytes.com

Ultimate Portobello Mushroom Pizza

I don’t know if I told you, but I used to make pizzas for a living. I didn’t earn a lot, but it was definitely one of my favorite jobs ever. I had tons...

Garden Vegetable Lasagna soup with a colorful vegetable medley and a melty three cheese ricotta blend in each bowl - BudgetBytes.com

Garden Vegetable Lasagna Soup

I was in the mood for lasagna this week, but it’s already in the 80’s here in New Orleans, so I decided to make a garden vegetable lasagna soup instead. Lasagna soup is great...

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet - BudgetBytes.com

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet

This is a busy time of year, maybe even the busiest. Between shopping, holiday parties, and visiting family, no one really wants to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Sooo, this week...

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...

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pizza - BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pizza

I’m starting a difficult challenge tomorrow where I’m going to attempt to eat only $4.50 worth of food per day. I remember how hungry I was last year during the SNAP challenge, so I...

Side view of the casserole dish full of vegetable lasagna roll ups

Garden Vegetable Lasagna Roll Ups

My freezer is lookin’ a little bare these days, so it’s time to start making some stuff that I can freeze portions of for nights when I just want to pop something in the...

A simple overnight no knead dough makes a perfectly crispy yet thick crust on this no knead pan pizza. Deep dish pan pizza has never been easier. BudgetBytes.com

No Knead Pan Pizza

I’m pretty much a pizza addict. I want it all the time. Thin pizza, thick pizza, frozen pizza, artisan pizza, I want it all. I love exploring the pizza frontier, which is why I...

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

Oven Roasted Ratatouille

What happens when you take thinly sliced vegetables, layer them in a dish, and give them the “pizza treatment” (herbs + marinara + cheese)? You get this insanely delicious Oven Roasted Ratatouille, aka “the vegetable dish...

Quick Fix Salad Bar Pizza

The Quick Fix Salad Bar Pizza

I was craving pizza this morning, HARD. So, I thought it was a good time to share my favorite quick fix for pizza cravings. This is what I make when I’m dying for pizza,...

Kale & Sausage Skillet

Sausage and Kale Skillet

Hooray for quick skillet dinners! This one is so fantastically easy that it kind of feels like cheating. Between the Italian sausage and marinara sauce, the dish has all of the seasoning built in,...

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...

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

Because I add spinach to everything. No, but really, spinach is a natural with a grilled cheese. Plus, thanks to all of those Popeye cartoons when you were a kid, it makes you feel...

baked spaghetti with sausage

I never really understood the point of baking spaghetti… it just seemed like an extra step that stood between me and eating it. But, there’s something about a hot, cheesy casserole straight out of...

Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Quesadillas might be one of my favorite foods. That and pizza. Why? Because you can put just about anything inside and the outer crispy tortilla shell somehow makes everything a million times better. For...

Mediterranean Quesadillas

Mediterranean Quesadillas

I LOVE quesadillas. Crispy on the outside, all warm and melty on the inside… Oh so good. While I don’t think I can top my favorite black bean quesadillas, these mediterranean quesadillas are an...

Kale & Chorizo Frittata

Kale & Chorizo Frittata

Inspired by this recipe that showed up in my mail box last week, I decided to pair two of my favorites, kale and chorizo, into one easy breakfast frittata! I also bought my first...

Pizzadillas

Pizzadillas

I’ve been so busy lately. So, when I finally got a day off, I wanted something quick, delicious, and satisfying. I had not been meeting my quesadilla quota lately, but I was kinda craving pizza…...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

Pepperoni Stuffed Chicken

It’s true, I usually am not a fan of chicken. I find the flavor and texture to be rather boring. BUT doctor it up just right and it can be the perfect protein-packed vehicle...