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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...

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...

German Potato Salad is coated in a tangy bacon vinaigrette and is the perfect side for all your summer grilling. BudgetBytes.com

German Potato Salad with Bacon

I love using just a small amount of bacon to add BIG flavor to a recipe. The tangy mustard vinaigrette in this German Potato Salad is the perfect example. The bacon fat adds body...

Warm Corn and Avocado Salad makes the perfect light and fresh side for enchiladas, grilled meats, or tacos. BudgetBytes.com

Warm Corn and Avocado Salad

Once I get started on the Cinco de Mayo train, I just can’t stop. I started with some Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños the other day, then ended up making a batch of enchiladas and...

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù - this freezer ready sauce features shredded beef in a deep savory tomato sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Sunday Slow Cooker Beef Ragù

My pasta situation is getting a little out of control. My pantry is starting to overflow with half-full packages of pasta and a girl can only eat Bowties and Broccoli so many times per week....

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta is a fast and easy "from scratch" version of the classic hamburger helper. BudgetBytes.com

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

Y’all know I love my global flavors, but every once in a while I get in the mood for straight up American food, like cheeseburgers. When that craving hit this week I decided to...

Smoky White Bean Shakshuka makes the BEST breakfast for dinner! BudgetBytes.com

Smoky White Bean Shakshuka

If there was ever a recipe worthy of “breakfast for dinner” it would be shakshuka. This rich, saucy dish is full of smoky spices, hearty beans, and rich eggs. Make sure to buy or...

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...

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup is a fast and rich weeknight comfort food perfect for dipping crusty bread or grilled cheese. - BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Quick tomato soups have always been one of my favorite comfort foods, and this time I upped the game with a jar of roasted red peppers and a butter-and-flour roux to give the soup...

Smoked Sausage Skillet with Peppers and Farro - BudgetBytes.com

Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Farro

There’s something about the smell of smoked sausage with peppers and onions that just makes my mouth water. That combination never really gets old. Luckily, there are a million ways to incorporate that delicious...

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup

Hooray for easy soups! This is the type of recipe that saves the day. Very few ingredients, fast, and really delicious. Not to mention the fact that it’s super healthy, just happens to be...

Kale Chicken and Gnocchi Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup with Kale

So I broke down the other day and bought a rotisserie chicken. I feel a little guilty because it was out of budget, but on the other hand I’m not so upset that rotisserie...

Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac - BudgetBytes.com

Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac

It’s been really cold here (well, cold for me) and that makes me want comfort food. One dish that I absolutely loved in the past but haven’t had a chance to remake is my One Pot...

Nam Sod Thai Pork Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad)

I don’t think I can accurately articulate how delicious and fresh this Nam Sod is. Imagine a fresh and zesty ginger and lime dressing that has a little bit of spicy heat, and a...

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

After making (and devouring) my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes last week, I was really craving some shepherd’s pie. But, because of the strict budget I’m working with, I decided to make a vegetarian shepherd’s Pie....

30 Minute Posole - BudgetBytes.com

30 minute Homemade 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...

Spaghetti with Vegetable and Meat Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Spaghetti with Vegetable and Meat Sauce

This week I had a killer craving for some classic spaghetti and meat sauce. But, as you may know, I like to add vegetables whenever and wherever I can to recipes, so I shredded...

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...

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers

I’m in love with this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers. I’m just going to lay it out there. It’s every bit as easy, delicious, and versatile as those Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls...

Bacon Bean and Potato Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Bacon Bean and Potato Soup

A few weeks ago, my friend Jenni sent me a link to this amazing looking Bean and Bacon Soup by Taste and Tell. I had actually run across the photo on Pinterest a couple days...

Matzo Ball Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Matzo Ball Soup

I kind of wore myself out this past weekend with long days and lots of exciting activity. So when I finally made it home to New Orleans, I was feeling tired, achy, and in...

Simmered Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

Skillet Meatballs and Marinara

I think I’ve hit the September Challenge jackpot with this one, folks. When I had my first bite of these Skillet Meatballs and Marinara I literally moaned and let out a quiet “Oh, hell yeah…”...

Vegetarian Mustard Greens - BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian Mustard Greens

Let’s talk about greens for a minute. Hearty greens, like mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, and sure, kale too. These are some of the few vegetables that actually benefit from what would normally...

Creole White Beans with Chicken

Hello! I just got back from an extremely restful, yet indulgent, beach vacation. The sea was beautiful and the food and drinks were even better. I have to admit, my friends are far better...

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...

Pineapple Pork Kebabs - BudgetBytes.com

Pineapple Pork Kebabs (no grill required)

I love absolutely love that “flame licked” flavor that grilled food has. Unfortunately, I don’t have a grill, so I’m left trying to recreate that flavor with my oven (I don’t really want to...

One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta - BudgetBytes.com

One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

This one goes out to all of you “one pot pasta” lovers out there. …And I know there are a lot of you! Allow me to introduce to you this amazing One Pot Roasted...

Chicken Ropa Vieja - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja

It’s hot outside, y’all. Too hot to turn on the oven and make my AC work overtime. So, today I let my slow cooker do all the work and it made me this wonderfully...

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,...

Smoky Tomato Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Tomato Soup

Ahhh, tomato soup. It’s one of the few hot soups that’s light enough to eat during the summer months (it may only be April, but we’ve definitely hit summer weather here in New Orleans). I’m...

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves - BudgetBytes.com

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves

For the past year or so I’ve been working on the side making step by step photo tutorials for Food.com. Ever since I made this basic meatloaf tutorial, I’ve wanted to make it again and...

Mujaddara - BudgetBytes.com

Mujaddara

I discovered Mujaddara probably about ten years ago at this little Lebanese lunch spot in Baton Rouge, called Serop’s Express. I didn’t know what the brown crumbly mixture was, but I ordered on a...

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole - BudgetBytes.com

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

I’ve been craving Broccoli Cheddar Casserole for quite some time, and I finally got around to making it for lunch today. Yay! This awesome homemade version contains NO “cream of” soups and, thanks to...

This warm and comforting black bean chili is fast enough to pull together on a busy weeknight and soothing enough to make the stress of the day melt away. BudgetBytes.com

Weeknight Black Bean Chili

I’m so over the cold and dreary weather. How about you? With the arrival of this latest arctic blast, I felt myself craving a warm, rich bowl of chili, but I didn’t want to spend...

Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flat Bread - BudgetBytes.com

Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flatbread

Y’all know I’m obsessed with pizza right? Well I’ve actually really been into flatbreads lately. They’re a little less heavy than pizza because they tend to have a thinner crust and they don’t have a lot...

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage - BudgetBytes.com

White Beans with Tomato and Sausage

Hooray for simple dishes! I came across this post for Tomato and White Bean Stew with Chicken Sausage on Domesticate Me the other day and thought, “What a wonderfully simple and delightful dish! I...

Curried Lentils - BudgetBytes.com

Curried Lentils

This recipe for Curried Lentils is a spin off of the ever popular Quick Curried Chickpeas. It always amazes me how a recipe with so few ingredients can have such big flavor! For this...

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup - BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Earlier this week I got an email from a reader, Katie, telling me about how she used my homemade red enchilada sauce in her favorite tortilla soup recipe and how amazing it was. That whole...

Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti - BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti

A couple days ago I was craving lasagna. Then I was crazing vegetable lasagna. Then I realized I was too lazy to deal with carefully layering lasagna noodles and all the other goodies to...

Spicy Italian Flat Bread - BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Italian Flat Bread

I’m calling this one “flat bread” just so I can pretend that I don’t eat pizza every other day. But really, who am I fooling? It’s a sauceless pizza. The last issue of Bon Appétit...

Warm intoxicating spices make this vegetable filled Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew perfect for cold Autumn nights. BudgetBytes.com

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew

I get a lot of emails from readers with recipe suggestions and I love them all, but don’t get the opportunity to make many of them. Every once in a while, though, an email...

Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew - BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew

Whoa. Just, WHOA. I’ve never smelled anything as lovely and drool-inducing as the scent in my house the day I made this Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew. It was absolutely incredible. It had...

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...

Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

Ooooh wow, my house smells like a spice market! While working on a freelance project this week, I came across this Five Spice Chicken cooked in a rice cooker, and it looked so good...

One Pot Chili Pasta is fast, easy, full of good-for-you beans and vegetables, and just enough cheese to feel like comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

SNAP Challenge: One Pot Chili Pasta

After going through a week of hunger in week one of the SNAP Challenge, I knew I had to rethink my strategy. Luckily, the hunger allowed me to pinpoint certain ingredients that really keep me...

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...

Unstuffed Peppers Bowl - Budget Bytes

Simple Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are awesome, but I always find them slightly awkward or difficult to eat. Can’t I just throw the ingredients in a bowl and eat it with a fork?! (I feel that...

Packed with vegetables, flavor, protein, and fiber, this ultra-flavorful and low-calorie Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup is an all around winner! BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

I love black bean soup like I love chili. It’s great on its own, but it’s also fun to get creative with toppings and turn it into a bowl full of fun (okay, maybe...

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...

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...

This unique blend of sweet pineapple, spicy sriracha, zesty red onion, creamy avocado, and rich hard boiled eggs makes this the Best Ever Avocado Dip. You'll never eat plain guacamole again. BudgetBytes.com

Best Ever Avocado Dip

I’m a little avocado obsessed, so when I went to a little Latin American Restaurant last year, La Macarena Pupuseria,  and the waiter claimed they had the best guacamole ever, I took the bait—hook, line,...

One Pot Sausage Mushroom Pasta

One Pot Sausage & Mushroom Pasta

I’m really digging these one pot pastas lately. It’s so nice to just cook everything in one pot and have less to wash (especially when you don’t have a dishwasher, like me!). Not to...

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...

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Can I talk about anchovies for a second without you running away screaming? K, good. Anchovies have a reputation in the United States as being this stinky pizza topping that nobody really likes, but...

Coconut Vegetable Curry

Coconut Vegetable Curry

I gotta give a big shout out to Neil, whose tweet inspired me to try again with a recipe that I completely failed with the first time around. Neil tweeted about an amazing vegetable...

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

If you don’t live in Louisiana, you might not know that we’ve got a big carnival going on right now. Parades, marching bands, crazy costumes, and (of course) beads are daily sightings for the...

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...

Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup

OMG… This Chunky Lentil and Vegetable Soup is my new all-time favorite soup! I’ve already eaten two bowls since I made it today at lunch and I don’t think I’ll even need to freeze...

These super fast Curried Chickpeas with spinach are packed with flavor and nutrients, vegan, gluten-free, and filling! Plus they freeze great! BudgetBytes.com

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach

When I finished cooking these Curried Chickpeas with Spinach I took a look at my notepad to make sure I had written down all the ingredients. I looked it over a good three or...

Greek Stuffed Pitas

Oven Roasted Greek Stuffed Pitas

One of my all-time favorite recipes is Oven Fajitas. It’s easy, flavorful, and healthy. So, I decided to try the same concept with different flavors. For this version, I chose Greek inspired vegetables (bell pepper,...

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

Chorizo Sweet Potato Chili

So, it finally got cold here. Like, I actually had to wear a sweater when I left the house the other day! :o  That made me crave chili. Warm, hearty chili… But of course, I...

Side view of a BBQ Bean Slider on a plate with some sweet potato fries

BBQ Bean Sliders

Hindsight is 20/20. As I sat there hungrily devouring one of these BBQ Bean Sliders, beans were falling out of the bun and BBQ sauce was getting all over my hands and face. That’s when...

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...

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

It’s time to stock my freezer with some portions of homemade chicken soup for the cold winter ahead. I’ve made a classic chicken noodle soup in the past, but I wanted to try a...

Two bowls of white bean soup on a white tray with torn baguette pieces on the side

Easy Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Whoever discovered beans gets a big fat medal of appreciation from yours truly. They’re just incredible. Incredible and cheap. And so is this Slow Cooker White Bean Soup. This soup is thick, warm, comforting,...

Beef Taco Pasta

Beef Taco Pasta

I’ve been a little under the weather this weekend, so you know what that means? COMFORT FOOD! Fast and easy comfort food… Because I’d really like to crawl back under my blanket and get...

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...

Overhead view of a bowl full of creamy tomato and spinach pasta, a black fork in the side

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Easy wins again! I’m on day 6 of an 8 day work week, so that means two things: I’m tired and I’m hungry. Quick skillet pasta dishes like this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta are perfect...

BBQ Black Bean Pizzas

BBQ Black Bean Pizzas

My love for pizza runs deep. I like pizza in any form. From gourmet to frozen and deep dish to thin & crispy, I love it ALL. I really enjoy making my own pizza...

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

I caught a few minutes of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn the other night and was reminded of how much I love stories like that and The Grapes of Wrath. They really make me...

Green Gazpacho

Green Gazpacho

If you’ve never had gazpacho before, it’s basically a soup for people who, like me, would like nothing more than to eat salsa with a spoon. Okay, maybe that’s just my definition of it,...

Italian Wonderpot Ingredients

Italian Wonderpot (One Pot Pasta)

Last weekend I got an email from Robyn with a link to this really cool recipe over at Apron Strings. I love cooking pasta and rice in liquids other than water, so this idea...

Two bowls of chana saag with rice, next to the skillet and a piece of torn naan

Chana Saag – Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Sometimes, when I’m suffering from a creativity block, all I need to do is take a stroll through the freezer aisle. Yesterday, as I was perusing the freezer goods, I saw a frozen dinner...

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...

Beef Ragout - Budget Bytes

beef ragout with mashed cauliflower

This is the last installment in the shredded beef series. Although this recipe ended up being something quite different than I intended (thanks to my chronic absent mindedness), it still ended up super delicious!...

Banh Mi Bowls

Banh Mi Bowls

Oh the mighty banh mi. It’s one of my favorite foods in the entire world. It’s truly the perfect sandwich. If you’re unfamiliar with banh mi (Vietnamese submarine sandwich), check out this excellent little...

Navy Bean Soup with Sausage & Spinach

Navy Bean Soup with Sausage and Spinach

I think we’re experiencing one of the last cold spells of the year here in Louisiana, so I wanted to make one last hearty, soul-warming soup. This Navy Bean Soup was incredibly easy, but...

Jerk Chicken Platter - Budget Bytes

slow cooker jerk chicken

The slow cooker wins again! This incredibly easy recipe boasts big flavor and very, very little work. Just mix up a fragrant spice rub in your blender, slather it over the chicken, and then...

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...

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This is a super easy, quick fix for dinner. I made the basic version with just chicken, pasta, sauce, and cheese, but you could get really creative with the add-ins. Try black beans, corn,...

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

Vegan Red Lentil Stew

It’s soooo cold here! (read: below 75 degrees) So, I’ve been really into soups lately, if you can’t tell. Earlier this week I got an email from Lindsay with a red lentil soup recipe...

Joe's Special

joe’s special (my way)

This recipe comes courtesy of my dear friend, Ashley. She was looking for something to cook for dinner one night and decided to type the ingredients she had on hand into google (I think...

Chipotle Chicken Chile

chipotle chicken chili or “C3”

I know, I know, I just made a chicken soup-type dish. Well, sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got. I have a ton of chicken in the freezer, I had some chipotle peppers...

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...

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

roasted vegetable burritos

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better....

spinach pie

Spinach Pie

Mmmmm… I LOVE spinach pie. Whenever I eat at Greek restaurants, I always make sure to order some spanikopita. I love the flakey crust and the rich, warm, spinach filled interior. Popeye totally knew...

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Aaaannnd WE’RE BACK! Yesss! I have electricity again! :D Life is good. For my first recipe after over a week of hiatus, I wanted to start with something super fast and easy. I had...

Taco Stuffed Shells

taco stuffed shells

But Mom! Everyone else is doing it! I don’t know who the first person was to stuff pasta shells with taco fillings, but it’s definitely a good idea. I kept seeing taco shells around...

Vegetable Tamale Pie

vegetable tamale pie

Do you want evidence that this recipe is good? How about the fact that I’ve been eating it for lunch AND dinner for the past three days straight, and I still wanted a piece...

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...

Chili Cheese Beef n Mac

Chili Cheese Beef n’ Mac

WARNING: Comfort food ahead! This dish contains pasta, beef, and cheese. It’s hearty and delicious. Proceed at your own risk! ;) Say you grew up on Hamburger Helper (no shame), but now that you’re...

Lentil Tacos

Lentil Tacos

Pink slime got you down? Maybe you’re already a vegetarian? Or maybe you just don’t like paying $4/lb. for ground beef? Well, if you don’t already know, lentils make a fantastic substitute (or extender)...

Skip take out and make these easy and addictive Chicken Yakisoba noodles that are full of chicken and vegetables, and drenched in a sweet and tangy sauce! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Chicken Yakisoba

Let me first say that I’m sure this is probably not authentic Chicken Yakisoba. I’ve never actually eaten this classic Japanese street food on the streets of Japan, but I have seen Mark Bittman...