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Easy Pineapple Salsa

Okay, so this little gem really deserves a post of its own, rather than being hidden in the Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls recipe post. This easy pineapple salsa is SO good that I could...

Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls

Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls

Betcha didn’t think you could eat shrimp on a budget, did you? Well, if you use the basic Budget Byting principle of combining an expensive ingredient (like shrimp) with less expensive ingredients (like rice...

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas

Words. Cannot. Describe. …how insanely good these Black Bean Quesadillas are!! This is my new favorite recipe, hands down. Hands down. Last week I stopped by Whole Foods to stock up on grains and...

Thai Chicken Pizza

thai chicken pizza

Due to poor planning on my part, I only came out of this weekend with one recipe to post… but boy, oh boy, is it a GOOD one!! These little individual Thai chicken pizzas...

Cumin Lime Chickpeas

Cumin Lime Chickpeas

Every winter, after weeks of eating hearty soups and stews, I start craving something really light and fresh. I just get sick of all of the super cooked down hot food. I want bright,...

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...

Turkey Stuffing Casserole

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Alright, I’m going to tell you a secret… I hate, HATE, cooking whole birds. I’m not sure what part I hate the most, but I just don’t enjoy it… which kinda puts a damper...

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

Slow Cooker Marinara

I’ve made a few variations of red sauce for Budget Bytes, but this Slow Cooker Marinara is definitely the best of the best. I don’t like using my slow cooker for everything, but for...

Add big flavor to plain cauliflower with this simple yet delicious Curry Roasted Cauliflower recipe. BudgetBytes.com

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower was on sale! YAY! It’s a rare occasion when the price of cauliflower is what I consider to be reasonable, so when it happens, I take advantage. Roasting cauliflower is, IMHO, one of...

Chicken Rice Soup

creamy chicken & rice soup

Believe it or not, in the 2.5 year history of this blog, I have never made a basic chicken noodle soup. Well, I almost made it this weekend until I went perusing through my...

Moroccan Beef Stew

moroccan beef stew

Why am I making stews in the middle of summer? I don’t know. It just sounded tasty… and making hot food in the middle of summer never really bothered me much. So, if it’s...

Spicy Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots

So, back when I lived in Baton Rouge, there was a Mexican restaurant (Ninfa’s) that kept jars of pickled carrots and other vegetables on the tables as an appetizer. Practically every time I went...

Fresh summer vegetables and savory herbs are layered together then topped with cheese before baking to perfection in this Summer Vegetable Tian. BudgetBytes.com

Summer Vegetable Tian

Why can’t vegetables be plentiful and yummy all year long? I don’t know, but I intend to enjoy them while they’re around. This Summer Vegetable Tian is the perfect easy side to showcase the medley...

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…...

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

mediterranean tuna pasta

This dish is a little more fancy and expensive than the usual Budget Bytes fare, but when you compare it to the cost of a restaurant meal, it still can’t be beat. I get...

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...

Salsa Poached Eggs & Grits

Salsa Poached Eggs and Grits

Okay, so maybe it’s not salsa poached eggs, but it’s a really delicious homemade salsa-like sauce that cooks and infuses your eggs with flavor, all in one skillet. This breakfast is super easy, really filling...

Huevos Rancheros

huevos rancheros

I love a good breakfast and if you do too, then you’ve got to try huevos rancheros. This dish is hearty enough to settle your stomach after a night out drinking, pretty enough to...

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...

Dijon Lentil Salad

dijon lentil salad

Wow, I’ve had so many good recipe suggestions from readers lately! And I guess that’s a good thing because I’ve been so busy with school and other projects that I don’t even have time...

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...

Broccoli shells n' cheese is a classic American dish that goes well along side any meal, or as a hearty side dish. 100% real, 100% homemade. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Broccoli Shells n’ Cheese

I got a request from Nelson (a BB reader) last week to make some homemade mac n’ cheese and what a fantastic idea it was. I really need some mac n’ cheese in my...

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken

Sweet, tangy and spicy… What a powerful flavor combo. It’s strong sauces like this that allow you to take something that is otherwise boring or inexpensive and make it into an outstanding meal. So,...

Pineapple Mango Chutney

Mango Pineapple Chutney

I’ll admit, for a long time I didn’t know exactly what chutney was. All I knew is that it looked like little jars of jam when I saw it at the store… but why...

Quick Curried Chickpeas

Quick Curried Chickpeas

I used to be really intimidated by Indian food. The flavors are deep and complex and the recipes often call for ingredients that are foreign to even a foodie like me. Despite this, I’m...

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...

Hearty Meatball Soup

Hearty Meatball Soup

Today’s recipe is brought to you by the word mirepoix. Via wikipedia: Mirepoix (cuisine), a traditional French culinary combination of onions, carrots and celery aromatics. I felt it important to share this piece of...

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

One of the best recipes that I’ve made for Budget Bytes so far is the Italian Meatballs. They were unbelievably flavorful, they froze beautifully and were extremely versatile. I’ve wanted to make them again...

Beer Braised Collard Greens

Beer Braised Collard Greens

Oh boy, I love me some collard greens. Love ’em so much that I want to experience them ever way there is. During a recent not-so-coherent-after-gym run to the grocery store, I bought a...

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...

(not) butter chicken

(Not) Butter Chicken

Okay, I don’t really know what this recipe is but I DO know that I started with a recipe for butter chicken (which may not have been all that authentic to begin with) and...

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...

Black Bean & Roasted Salsa Soup

Black Bean and Roasted Salsa Soup

I’ve begun to rely more heavily on beans in my diet. They’re fiber-licious, super cheap and make my tummy full and happy. Black bean soup has to be one of the easiest and tastiest...

Falafel are an ultra flavorful Mediterranean bean patty packed with fresh herbs and spices. Enjoy as an appetizer, on a salad, or stuffed into a pita. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Homemade Falafel

I was so excited, so drawn in, so salivating when I saw this recipe for falafel from Living The Pie Life a few weeks ago. The only problem was that I didn’t have a food processor....

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 & 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...

Roasting the vegetables in the oven until blackened gives this homemade Fire Roasted Salsa a subtle sweetness and deliciously smoky flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Fire Roasted Salsa

What would life be like without salsa? I don’t know and I don’t care to imagine it that way. I’m a salsa lover through and through. I could eat it straight with spoon, I...

Coconut Rice Pilaf

Coconut Rice Pilaf

Why serve plain white rice with your meal when you can sneak in some veggies and a ton of flavor? I was originally going to make this dish a coconut (not) fried rice but...

Teriyaki Pork Sandwiches

Teriyaki Pork Sandwiches

Hindsight is 20/20. One of the main ingredients in this mouth-watering teriyaki pulled pork is the teriyaki sauce. The entire ten minutes that I stood in the Asian foods aisle trying to decide which...

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Peach season is finally here! If you follow Budget Bytes on facebook then you know that I’ve been looking for a new, spectacular peach recipe to top last year’s Balsamic Glazed Peache Sundae. A...

A bowl of Pasta Puttanesca with a fork twirled in the center. Garlic and parsley on the side.

Simple Pasta Puttanesca

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the first time I ever heard of Pasta Puttanesca was in the movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, over 15 years ago. In the movie,...

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...

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...

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...

Guacamole Salad

Guacamole Salad

DING! DING! DING! We have a WINNER! (that means I really really like this recipe) Avocados have a wonderfully unique flavor and texture and are for that reason one of my favorite fruits (it...

Mexican Red Lentil Stew - BudgetBytes.com

Mexican Red Lentil Stew

This was one of the first ever Budget Bytes recipe experiments. After browsing the internet looking for ideas, I saw this Spicy Red Lentil and Tomato Soup by Andrea Meyers and it piqued my...

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

I was really craving some red meat the other day and the first thing I wanted was meatballs. Of course, I didn’t have any meatballs so all I could do was sit there and...

Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

After being treated to a wonderful Italian dinner at a local restaurant last week, I was inspired to finally try to make my own marinara sauce. I’ll admit, usually I’m too lazy and I’d...