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Side view of a skillet full of Cajun Sausage and Rice

Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

Hello, new favorite! I think of this Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet kind of like “jambalaya light”. It has similar flavors and ingredients as jambalaya, but it’s a slightly scaled back, simplified version, perfect...

Slow cooker hamburger stew in a ladle over the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

Y’all. I am SO ready for sweater weather and cozy slow cooker stews! To kick the season off, I made this super simple Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew this week. It’s nothing fancy, it’s just...

Blackened salmon with zucchini on a plate with a black fork on the side

Blackened Salmon with Zucchini

Are you ready for a dinner that is seriously easy and is so good that it will make you go weak in the knees? Just wait until you try this Blackened Salmon with Zucchini....

Two bowls of chunky ham and bean soup with chunks of bread on the side

Chunky Ham and Bean Soup

Soup season is already on its way out, but I couldn’t resist one more warm and cozy pot of goodness. For this super easy and deliciously chunky Ham and Bean Soup I took cue...

A bowl full of red beans and rice with sausage, a spoon in the center of the bowl

Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice

Ahhh, red beans and rice. This classic dish has been filling hungry bellies on a dime for centuries. It’s rich, flavorful, has a TON of fiber and protein, makes a ton of freezer-friendly leftovers,...

Close up of chicken and rice being scooped out of the skillet with a wooden spoon.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Skillet

It’s almost Friday and it’s this part of the week when my cravings for comfort food really start kicking in. It doesn’t help that it’s been dark and rainy non-stop for like, the last...

Overhead view of a ladle lifting chicken noodle soup out of the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup from scratch is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods. Not only is it incredibly easy, but even just the smell of it simmering away is soothing and totally gives...

A shallow bowl full of Spinach and Artichoke One Pot Pasta with spinach and feta on the sides.

Spinach and Artichoke Wonderpot

What is a Wonderpot? It’s a pasta dish that cooks all in one pot (a.k.a. One Pot Pasta) with vegetables, aromatics (garlic, onion), and broth so that every bite is packed with flavor. The...

Overhead view of a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with lentils in a creamy mushroom gravy

Lentils with Creamy Mushroom Gravy

Ever since I added coconut milk to my ramen broth, I haven’t been able to stop adding coconut milk to all of my savory saucy and brothy dishes. The creaminess of the coconut milk...

Overhead view of a bowl of Creamy vegetable wild rice soup with bread and a napkin on the side.

Creamy Vegetable Wild Rice Soup (Vegan)

Soup is such a great food. So easy, so filling (if you do it right!), a great way to use up leftover ingredients, and the flavor possibilities are endless. I recently discovered how delicious...

Slices of Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin on a wooden cutting board.

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin

If you haven’t quite honed your kitchen skills, but still need a recipe to impress, this Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin is for you. It’s ridiculously simple and pretty much fool proof. Just mix up...

Close overhead view of Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

Pan sauces for the win! Making a quick sauce in the skillet after browning meat is one of the easiest ways to make a really spectacular meal. Those little browned bits on the skillet...

Five different bowls full of tomato soup with the soup pot and ladle at the top

Secret Ingredient Tomato Soup

I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I’m a little bit of a tomato soup fanatic. I’ve made several tomato soup recipes for Budget Bytes over the past ten years, but this week...

Three bowls of rosemary garlic white bean soup with different toppings (pesto, croutons, Parmesan).

Easy Rosemary Garlic White Bean Soup

This past week I was talking to a reporter from MarketWatch and as I told the story of Budget Bytes I joked about being a broke college graduate and not wanting to eat canned...

Close up of four Maple Sage Breakfast Sausages in a cast iron skillet

Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage

Making breakfast an event on Sunday is one of my favorite things. I’d much rather make something from scratch at home (in my PJ’s) than go wait in line for 45 minutes at a...

A hand lifting a forkful of Cajun Cabbage and Noodles from a large bowl.

Cajun Cabbage and Noodles

Cabbage and noodles is one of those super simple, no-frills comfort foods. The flavors aren’t complex or even particularly special, it’s just straight up satisfying and comforting. A lot of people add a little...

Overhead view of a wooden spoon scooping out a portion of Cheesy Cottage Pie from the casserole dish

Cheesy Cottage Pie

Okay, I’m going to squeeze in one more wintry comfort food dish before the weather really starts warming up! This Cheesy Cottage Pie is chock-full of vegetables in a rich beef gravy, and topped...

Cajun Salmon Burgers topped with guacamole and the top half of a bun

Cajun Salmon Burgers

My interest in canned salmon has recently been reignited, so I decided to start playing around with it again. I figured a good salmon burger would be a great place to start, but I...

Basing Cider Roasted Turkey Breast with Apples and Onions

Cider Roasted Turkey Breast

Okay guys, I’m going a little out of my price comfort zone for this one because it’s so good that I have to share. And you may very well be able to make this for...

Homemade Cajun Seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Basic spice blends can be super helpful when trying to pull together a quick weeknight dinner. They can transform boring meat or vegetables into something new and crave-worthy, and pull you out of your...

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta in the pan.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s been a while since I’ve made a one-pot pasta! But this weekend I got a craving for a creamy, smoky, spicy, easy one pot dish, so I set to work! This One Pot...

A rich and hearty medley of vegetables, lentils, and herbs makes this freezer-friendly Vegan Winter Lentil Stew the perfect cold-weather comfort food. Budgetbytes.com

Vegan Winter Lentil Stew

I’m already declaring THIS my favorite recipe of the winter of 2018/2019, and we haven’t even gotten to winter yet! That’s just how excited I am about this Vegan Winter Lentil Stew. I’ve made...

You'll want to eat your weight in this Cabbage Soup because it tastes so good, but you won't have to feel guilty about it! BudgetBytes.com

“All You Can Eat” Cabbage Soup

Do you remember the cabbage soup diet? It was one of those crazy fad diets where you were supposed to eat as much as you want of just one thing (in this case cabbage soup) and...

Plenty of vegetables, a hearty wild rice blend, and a super creamy sauce make this Wild Rice and Vegetable Casserole a warm comforting dish for winter! BudgetBytes.com

Wild Rice and Vegetable Casserole

I’ve been making a lot of soups lately and not being very diligent about chopping and freezing my leftover vegetables, so I found myself this week with a refrigerator full of vegetables and wondering...

Smoky and spicy shrimp, sweet and tangy slaw, and a zesty garlic lime sauce make these Blackened Shrimp Tacos seriously delicious! BudgetBytes.com

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

I had half a pound of frozen shrimp (30/40 count) in my freezer leftover from making Blackened Shrimp Pasta, so I decided to try Blackened Shrimp a new way—Blacked Shrimp Tacos! Because tacos are always...

Pressure Cooker Red Beans are a fast, inexpensive, filling, and flavorful staple meal. It's a Louisiana tradition, but FASTER! BudgetBytes.com

Pressure Cooker Red Beans

I had a very “Louisiana” day yesterday. I made a big pot of red beans during the day and then went to a crawfish boil at night. :P  I was craving red beans, so I...

This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is full of chunky vegetables and all that “from scratch” flavor, just like Grandma used to make. Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

When my body is tired and achey, or I’m feeling a bit under the weather, I always throw together a pot of this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. The aroma that fills my house as...

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is incredibly fast and easy, but is packed with slow-cooked flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Instant Pot Beef Stew

While checking the sale flyers for my grocery stores last week I noticed that Whole Foods had beef stew meat on sale for $3.99/lb. and I was ALL OVER that. I was finally able to...

This juicy and tender Herb Roasted Chicken Breast is a breeze to make and is a great substitute for store bought rotisserie chicken. BudgetBytes.com

Herb Roasted Chicken Breasts

I really like having pre-cooked chicken in the fridge that I can use to quickly whip up a sandwich or wrap, or add protein to a bowl of pasta, salad, or one of my...

These Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches are fast, easy, and feature a salty-sweet herb infused vegetarian au jus for dipping. BudgetBytes.com

Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches

Last week I saw an amazing photo for some Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches from Carlsbadcravings.com and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted those sandwiches and I wanted them bad. But then...

This Savory Vegetable Stuffing is full of so much color, texture, and flavor that it will be loved by meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. BudgetBytes.com

Savory Vegetable Stuffing

Okay, one last Thanksgiving post before the big day! I couldn’t let this year get away from me without making some stuffing (yeah, my yankee blood still calls it “stuffing” and not “dressing” like...

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup is a an easy, inexpensive, and comforting soup for fall, full of nutrients and flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

What happens when an unusually cool Autumn breeze blows by and I get a sudden craving for split pea soup, but am waaay too tired to do any actual cooking? I grab a bag...

This rich and Creamy Mushroom Herb Pasta is a surprisingly fast and simple to way to have a gourmet meal at home. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Mushroom Herb Pasta

The other day I was updating my blog post for Mushroom Herb Gravy in anticipation of the Thanksgiving season, and while I sat there trying not to drink the gravy straight from the skillet, I thought,...

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread combines a rich and tangy tomato sauce, savory Parmesan, and fresh bread dough for an irresistible appetizer loaf. BudgetBytes.com

Tomato Herb Pull Apart Bread

It’s been a long time since I made bread and I the other day I got that itch! This time I decided to whip up a batch of my (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce...

Slow Cooker Jambalaya has all the big flavor of the classic Louisiana dish with half the effort. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

I really wanted to have this recipe ready for y’all yesterday, because it really is one of those “weekend day-cooking” sort of recipes, but I have been glued to social media since late last week,...

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....

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...

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,...

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....

Celebrate like you're in Louisiana with this easy, filling, and inexpensive one pot favorite, Pastalaya. It's the shortcut pasta version of Jambalaya! BudgetBytes.com

Pastalaya

Happy Mardi Gras!! It was an icy cold and grey morning here in New Orleans, so instead of going out and enjoying the parades, I decided to take it easy, stay warm, and cook up a...

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...

Seasoned Rice

SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

If there’s one thing I knew right away starting the SNAP Challenge, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under...

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...

Blackened Tilapia

Blackened Tilapia

I’m continuing my quest to use up items in my pantry and freezer, which led to this delicious Blacked Tilapia. A while back I bought a bag of 12 individually wrapped tilapia filets for...

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...

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...

Tomato Herb Soup

Tomato Herb Soup

I’m constantly looking for new ways to use my favorite (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce in recipes because it’s just SO good. So, the other day I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if I...

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,...

Baked Barley with Mushrooms

Baked Barley with Mushrooms

Is it autumn yet? I mean, pumpkin flavored stuff is already everywhere, so I’m just gonna go ahead and start making some more fall-like recipes. This is a recipe that my mom used to make,...

Easy Portabella Pasta

Simple Portobella Pasta

My favorite recipes are those that feature just a few ingredients so that the subtle and intricate flavors are not lost. …not to mention, they’re just easier to make! ;) Nearly every time I...

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...

Tangy Tomato Pasta

Tangy Tomato Pasta

If you’re in the need of a super quick and easy side dish, this might be the one for you. I wanted something really fast and easy tonight so I turned to my pantry....

Not Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is a simple, inexpensive, all-purpose sauce with bold flavor. BudgetBytes.com

(not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

You know those little jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in delicious herb infused olive oil that cost about $5 a pop? This (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is just like those yummy tomatoes. …Except...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Olive Herb Bread

olive herb bread

It’s time for another installment of delicious no-knead bread! One of my favorite breads to buy fresh from the bakery is olive bread. I’m crazy about olives to begin with so when they’re baked...

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...

This one quick, easy, and insanely flavorful Mushroom Herb Gravy will satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Step by step photos. BudgetBytes.com

Mushroom Herb Gravy

What makes a gravy? Well, its basically a liquid thickened by roux (flour particles coated with fat). You can use any liquid (broth, milk, cream) and you can use any fat (meat drippings, butter,...

Holiday Wild Rice Dressing

Holiday Wild Rice Dressing

Last year for Thanksgiving I made an apple walnut stuffing that was *out of this world* good, despite using a boxed mix. I was so happy with that recipe that I really didn’t plan...

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...