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three bowls of quick tofu stir fry

Quick Tofu Stir Fry

Here's a little quickie for you this weekend! This super simple tofu stir fry is a riff off of my favorite Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry. It's super fast, super easy, and endlessly customizable....

A wooden bowl filled with sesame ginger dressing next to a knob of fresh ginger

Sesame Ginger Dressing

This Sesame Ginger Dressing is probably one of the most addictive homemade dressings I’ve ever made. It’s sweet, salty, tangy, and has a super “zingy” fresh ginger bite. It’s one of those dressings that...

Side view of a bowl of sesame cucumber salad, chopsticks picking up one slice of cucumber

Sesame Cucumber Salad

This salad is one of the very first recipes I ever posted on Budget Bytes. Like, way back when I was still taking photos with my pre-smart-phone era phone. Yikes! Because this Sesame Cucumber...

Close up of a fork twirling some Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli on a black plate

Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli

Have you ever tried Garlic Noodles? They’re a super rich, buttery, salty-sweet, umami filled dream. I usually serve them as a side dish, but this week I decided to just go ahead and turn...

Close up of One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice in the skillet.

One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “one pot” recipe, but I’m really excited about this one. This One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice is incredibly easy, requires very little chopping, and is one...

Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Quick & Easy Ground Turkey Stir Fry

I seriously never get tired of super easy stir fry dinners! I mean, what’s not to love? Only a few ingredients, you can work in a TON of vegetables, and they’re super fast! Using...

Sesame Tempeh Bowls being eaten with chopsticks

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

It’s only been two days since the Vegetarian Challenge ended, but my stomach is already like, “Whoa girl, take it easy. I thought I told you before not to change things up so suddenly!”...

Eating a large plate of Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

15-Minute Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

Are you ready for the easiest of easy stir fry dinners? This Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein is the perfect no-brainer dinner for when you can’t be bothered to even think about cooking, or...

This incredibly Easy Sesame Chicken is faster and tastier than take out. You control the ingredients, you control the flavor. Budgetbytes.com

Easy Sesame Chicken

It’s been almost five years to the day since I first posted this Easy Sesame Chicken, and I felt it was about time for me to pay it a visit. I’ve learned a lot...

This Kimchi Fried rice is tangy, spicy, and the perfect way to use up all the leftover ingredients and scraps in your kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Kimchi Fried Rice

It’s time for another “sweep the kitchen” recipe! You know how I love these recipes. Food is not only expensive, but it’s also the number one contributor to landfills, so I always try to...

This simple Sesame Slaw makes a great side dish, or a bed for other items like gyoza, fried tofu, or grilled chicken. BudgetBytes.com

Sesame Slaw

While red cabbage is still on sale for $0.50/lb., I’m just going to keep going with it! This super simple Sesame Slaw is fast, fresh, and a nice break from the heavy, cooked down...

This tender, rich, and flavorful Slow Cooker Sesame Beef is extremely versatile and only requires a few ingredients that can be found at most grocery stores. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef

Y’all know how much I love slow cooked meat, right? It’s always so tender and full of flavor, yet nearly effortless. While I usually opt for a southwest blend of spices, a couple of...

With just a few ingredients you can make these easy and delicious Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles for a fast weeknight dinner. BudgetBytes.com

Simple Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles

Sometimes you just need things ASAP—that is, as SIMPLE as possible. ;) That’s when I pull out recipes like these Simple Mushroom Broccoli Stir Fry Noodles. The sauce is incredible simple, but hits all...

Bibimbap is the ultimate bowl meal with plenty of color, flavor, and texture to keep your taste buds happy and your stomach full. BudgetBytes.com

Bibimbap – The Ultimate Bowl Meal

You guys know that I love my bowl meals, right?? They have everything you need in one bowl, with more flavor, texture, and color than you can shake a stick at. But the more...

These Singapore Noodles with Crispy Tofu have a bold flavor and vibrant colors thanks to shredded vegetables and a bright curry sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Singapore Noodles with Crispy Tofu

I was craving a stir fry with those delicate little rice noodles and a salty, spicy, curry based sauce this week, so I revisited my original recipe for Singapore Noodles, increased the curry powder (because...

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls are a fiber and flavor filled healthy lunch that you can pre-pack for your week ahead. BudgetBytes.com

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m just coming back from vacation and am totally craving “healthy” homemade food. So, I prepared these Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls to eat for lunch the rest of the week. They’re...

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

Sesame Kale

After a week of vacation I’m so ready to get back to business, back to a good routine, and back to healthy eating. I made some awesome “bowl meals” yesterday to eat for the...

Savory Cabbage Pancakes are a fun and filling way to use up pantry leftovers. Fill them and top them with whatever your heart desires! BudgetBytes.com

Savory Cabbage Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)

I know, I know, two cabbage recipes in a row? While I’m sure some of you are delighted, some might be totally “over” cabbage. But I’m all about reducing waste over here, so I...

This fast and easy Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry is a filling low carb dinner with big flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

If you’re one that struggles to work vegetables into your diet (isn’t that pretty much all of us?) you’re going to love this Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry. It’s full of vegetables and absolutely addictive. And...

Sesame Noodles with Wilted Greens

…And a fried egg. The fried egg is really an important part of this Sesame Noodles with Wilted Greens dish, but it just seemed like including it in the title would make it excessively...

Instant Pot Congee is a warm and comforting porridge with endless possibilities for fun toppings - BudgetBytes.com

Instant Pot Congee (Jook)

Congee (or jook, depending on the language) is a rice porridge that I’ve wanted to make for quite some time. It’s a warm, comforting porridge made with rice, chicken, ginger, and sometimes other fun...

Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli - BudgetBytes.com

Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

I had a huge triumph today. I finally successfully made tofu. I’ve tried cooking with tofu in the past and could never really get it to be the right flavor or texture. When I cooked...

Pork Gyoza - BudgetBytes.com

Pork Gyoza (Potstickers)

I needed a “fun” food project this week, so I decided to make some homemade pork gyoza, which are actually an updated version of a recipe I made almost six years ago (whoa!), Pork...

Stir Fry Beef Noodles - BudgetBytes.com

Beef Stir Fry Noodles

Okay, so technically I didn’t “stir fry” anything here, but this is what you make at home to mimmic stir fry when you don’t have the proper equipment. This was really more of a...

Pineapple Sriracha Breakfast Bowls - BudgetBytes.com

Pineapple Sriracha Breakfast Bowls

More often than not, I scrounge around in the fridge putting leftover ingredients together in a bowl to make random meals. I’ve discovered some of my favorite flavor combinations that way! This week I...

Sesame Glazed Salmon and Green Beans - BudgetBytes.com

Sesame Glazed Salmon and Green Beans

This Sesame Glazed Salmon with Green Beans is another one of those “faster than take-out” dishes. It’s incredibly simple, plus OMG it looks spectacular. Right? Look how fancy! If you’re looking for a “date night” dish,...

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad - BudgetBytes.com

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad

The “cold and crunchy” summer food cravings continue for me. So, this week I reached into my vault (text files that I created 15 years ago when I first moved out on own) and...

Thai Peanut Chicken - BudgetBytes.com

Thai Peanut Chicken

While I was scrolling through Pinterest last week I saw a photo of Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and my mouth started to water. I knew that’s what I had to cook next. But when...

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...

Teriyaki Noodle Bowl

Teriyaki Noodle Bowls

I got an email from Megan last week asking if I could recreate her favorite frozen noodle bowls from Costco. There isn’t a Costco in New Orleans (yet), so I wasn’t familiar with that...

Thai Turkey Meatloaf

thai turkey meatloaf

Meatloaf isn’t pretty. Let’s just get that out on the table. It’s so ugly, in fact, that I couldn’t stop giggling while taking these pictures. All I could think about were those silly post...

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...

Vegetable Egg Rolls

vegetable egg rolls

Okay, I might just have to make egg rolls all the time. They were so much easier than expected! And, because I decided to bake mine, they’re pretty freakin’ healthy. And, wow, super inexepensive!...

Teriyaki Sriracha Salmon

teriyaki salmon with sriracha mayo

One of my wonderful readers recently asked for more fish recipes. I fully intended on doing cod or some other type of fish that I had never cooked before, but when I got to...

Broccoli Sambal

broccoli sambal

Sambal might be my new favorite sauce. There are a million different kinds, some sweet, some salty, some vinegary, but almost all are spicy. I recently bought a small jar of sambal oelek made...

Kung Pao Chicken

kung pao chicken

I’m really not sure how authentic this recipe is but I’m calling it kung pao chicken because it’s spicy and it has peanuts. That’s good enough for me. Ha! Okay, aside from that, it’s...

Ginger Salmon

ginger salmon

I’ve shied away from making salmon in the past because of the price. At over $8/lb., it’s twice as expensive as ground beef and almost three times as expensive as chicken or pork. After...

Singapore Noodles Singapore Noodles, Rice Vermicelli in black bowl with chop sticks and a bottle of Sriracha on the side

Singapore Noodles

Singapore noodles. They didn’t originate in Singapore (theory is they’re Cantonese) and they were popularized by Chinese restaurants in Europe. How is that for a hodgepodge history? Well, I’m going to blame this one...

Asian Sticky Wings

Asian Sticky Wings

Wow. Just, WOW. I’m usually not a fan of eating chicken off the bone because of all of the connective tissue and other weird bits but this sticky Asian sauce makes all wrongs RIGHT....

Vegetable NOT Fried Rice is a fast, easy, and lighter alternative to take out. Makes a great lunch or base to build on for dinner. BudgetBytes.com

Vegetable NOT Fried Rice

I’m calling this one Vegetable NOT Fried Rice because it’s like fried rice but not (in case that wasn’t obvious). I love fried rice but it is usually so insanely oily and I’m just not...

Pork & Ginger Potstickers

Pork & Ginger Pot Stickers

I wanted to make something to eat along side my sushi bowls this week so I decided to make some Pork and Ginger Pot Stickers. I remember attempting to make pot stickers a long...

Garlic Noodles

These sweet, salty, and rich Garlic Noodles are an absolutely addictive dish that you’ll want to make again and again. Serve them as the bed for glazed meat, like my Sticky Soy Ginger Glazed...