BUDGET FOOD IDEAS

  • Zucchini Falafels
    August 1, 2021

  • BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken
    August 1, 2021

    Forget boring or bland baked chicken breasts, this BBQ Cheddar Baked Chicken is going to be the star of your dinner plate. FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/bbq-cheddar-baked-chicken/ INGREDIENTS 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 pounds total) ($7.58) 1 tsp smoked paprika ($0.10) 1/2 tsp garlic powder ($0.05) 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02) 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02) 1/4 cup BBQ sauce ($0.13) 1 cup shredded cheddar ($0.85) 1/4 cup diced red onion ($0.05) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro ($0.09) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. If your chicken breasts are very thick or uneven in thickness, use a mallet or rolling pin to first pound them out to a more even thickness. Slice the chicken breasts in half, so you have four pieces. 2. Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel, then sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of each piece of chicken. 3. Place the seasoned chicken pieces in a baking dish, then spoon 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce over top of each piece, spreading it from edge to edge to cover the chicken. 4. Bake the chicken in the preheated 400ºF oven for about 18 minutes (less for smaller or thinner pieces). 5. Remove the chicken from the oven and top each piece with shredded cheddar. Return the chicken to the oven and continue baking for five minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. 6. After baking the chicken, let the chicken rest for five minutes, then top with diced red onion and chopped cilantro just before serving. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:10 Pound and cut chicken 0:13 Season chicken 0:18 Add BBQ sauce 0:24 Bake chicken 0:29 Add cheddar 0:33 Bake again 0:37 Top with cilantro and onion 0:42 Serve and enjoy!

  • Antipasto Salad
    July 31, 2021

  • One Bowl Brownies
    July 29, 2021

  • Grilled Zucchini
    July 28, 2021

  • Spiced Carrot Bread
    July 28, 2021

  • Golden Milk
    July 27, 2021

  • Golden Chicken Pie
    July 25, 2021

  • Funfetti Mug Cake
    July 25, 2021

    This super cute Funfetti Mug Cake is the perfect single-serving dessert for when you need something sweet and fast! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/funfetti-mug-cake/ INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup all-purpose flour ($0.03) 1 Tbsp sugar ($0.02) 1/4 tsp baking powder ($0.02) 1 tsp rainbow sprinkles ($0.10) 3 Tbsp milk ($0.08) 1 Tbsp butter (melted) ($0.09) 1/4 tsp vanilla extract ($0.07) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and sprinkles to a microwave safe mug (8oz. or larger). Stir until everything is well combined. 2. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract to the mug. Stir until a soft batter forms, making sure to scrape all the flour out of the corners of the mug. 3. Microwave the mug cake for about 60 seconds, or until it has puffed to about 2-3 times the volume. Cook time will vary with the wattage of your microwave (I used a 1000 watt microwave and 60-70 seconds was perfect). 4. Allow the mug cake to cool for a few minutes and then top with your preferred frosting option, or enjoy unfrosted. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Combine dry ingredients 0:16 Add wet ingredients 0:20 Stir to combine 0:24 Microwave 0:27 Top with frosting or whipped cream 0:31 Enjoy!

  • Three Bean Salad
    July 23, 2021

  • Quick Veggie Pasta
    July 19, 2021

  • Easy Hollandaise Sauce
    July 18, 2021

    An easy, no-fail method for making homemade hollandaise sauce in just minutes. Anyone can make this rich and creamy lemon butter sauce! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/easy-hollandaise-sauce/ INGREDIENTS 1 large egg, separated ($0.23) 1 Tbsp water ($0.00) 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.02) 4 Tbsp butter* ($0.44) 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01) 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.02) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Separate the egg and place the egg yolk in a small saucepot. The whites can be saved for a different recipe. 2. Add the water and lemon juice to the pot with the yolk and whisk until smooth (no heat yet). 3. Cut the butter into small pieces (about ¼ Tbsp size) , then add them to the saucepot with the egg yolk, lemon, and water. 4. Place the pot over medium-low heat. Continuously whisk as the mixture heats. First the butter will melt, then the mixture will begin to get a bit frothy. Finally, as the egg yolk begins to cook, the sauce will thicken. Make sure you're whisking the entire time to achieve a light, smooth sauce. Once it thickens to the consistency of gravy, remove the pot from the heat. 5. Season the sauce with salt and cayenne, then drizzle the sauce over your favorite food! NOTES *I use salted butter, but if you have unsalted butter simply add a pinch more salt to your sauce. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Combine egg yolk, water, and lemon juice 0:16 Add butter 0:18 Turn on heat and whisk until thickened 0:33 Remove from heat and season 0:46 Serve and enjoy!

  • Sweet Corn Salsa
    July 17, 2021

  • Lemon Blueberry Scones
    July 11, 2021

    Lemon Blueberry Scones are the perfect brightly flavored baked good to go with a hot cup of coffee. They're super easy and freezer-friendly! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/lemon-blueberry-scones/ INGREDIENTS 1 lemon ($0.60) 2 cups all-purpose flour ($0.19) 2 Tbsp granulated sugar ($0.02) 2 tsp baking powder ($0.05) 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02) 6 Tbsp cold butter* ($0.66) 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh ($0.89) ¼ cup milk ($0.10) 2 large eggs ($0.47) 1 cup powdered sugar ($0.07) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You'll need about 1 tsp lemon zest for the dough and 2 Tbsp lemon juice for the glaze. 2. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until they are very well combined. 3. Grate the butter into the flour mixture and stir until the butter is well incorporated and no large lumps remain.* 4. Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and stir to combine (no need to thaw first, if frozen). 5. Whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour it into the bowl with the flour and bluberries. Stir everything together until it forms a cohesive ball of dough, with no dry flour remaining on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too dry to come together into a single ball of dough, add a splash more milk (1 Tbsp or so) until it comes together. 6. Press the dough out into a flat 8-inch diameter circle. Cut the circle into eight wedges. Place the cut scones on a parchment lined baking sheet. 7. Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool. 8. Allow the scones to cool completely, then combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then enjoy! See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:07 Zest and juice a lemon 0:12 Combine dry ingredients 0:24 Combine eggs and milk 0:34 Grate butter into dry ingredients 0:37 Add frozen blueberries 0:41 Stir in wet ingredients 0:47 Shape and cut scone dough 0:55 Bake then cool scones 1:02 Make lemon glaze 1:10 Glaze scones 1:13 Serve and enjoy!

  • Perfect Pulled Pork
    June 27, 2021

  • Broccoli Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette
    June 27, 2021

    Crunchy broccoli, a tangy homemade tomato vinaigrette, creamy feta, and nutty sunflower seeds come together in a pasta salad that you'll want to make over and over again all summer long! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/broccoli-pasta-salad-with-tomato-vinaigrette/ INGREDIENTS TOMATO BASIL VINAIGRETTE 1 Tbsp tomato paste ($0.05) 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar ($0.20) 1/2 tsp dried basil ($0.05) 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02) 1/4 tsp sugar ($0.02) 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02) 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02) 6 Tbsp olive oil ($0.96) SALAD 1/2 lb. rotini pasta ($0.38) 1 lb. broccoli ($0.89) 1/2 cup diced red onion ($0.16) 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds ($0.25) 4 oz. feta ($1.65) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Prepare the vinaigrette first. Whisk together the tomato paste, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl until smooth. Begin to whisk in the olive oil, one tablespooon at a time, until fully incorporated. Set the vinaigrette aside. 2. Cook the rotini pasta according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes, or until tender). Drain the pasta in a colander. Rinse briefly with cool water to cool off the pasta. Drain well. 3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the broccoli florets off the stems, then roughly chop the florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Finely dice the red onion. 4. Once the pasta has drained, transfer it to a large bowl. Add the chopped broccoli, red onion, and sunflower seeds. Crumble the feta over top. Drizzle the dressing into the bowl and then gently toss the ingredients until they are evenly combined and everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:06 Make Tomato Vinaigrette 0:23 Cook Pasta 0:30 Combine Pasta, Broccoli, Onion, Sunflower Seeds, and Feta 0:36 Add Tomato Vinaigrette 0:39 Toss to Coat in Dressing 0:48 Serve and Enjoy!

  • Crispy, Gooey, Cheesy Pizza Melts!
    June 20, 2021

    Pizza melts are like a cross between your two favorite comfort foods: pizza and grilled cheese. They're fast, easy, and the perfect quick meal! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/pizza-melts/ INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp butter, room temperature ($0.11) 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.11) 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning ($0.05) 2 slices hearty bread ($0.44) 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella ($0.19) 1 Tbsp pizza sauce ($0.06) 6 slices pepperoni ($0.15) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Stir together the room temperature butter, grated parmesan, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl until evenly combined. Spread the Parmesan butter over one side of each slice of bread. 2. Flip the bread over so the un-buttered side is facing up. Place half of the shredded mozzarella on one slice of bread. Next, add small dollops of the sauce over top of the cheese, followed by the sliced pepperoni. Finally, add the remaining cheese. Place the second slice of bread on top to close the sandwich, butter side facing out. 3. Place the sandwich in a skillet and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown on each side and the cheese is melted on the inside. Cut the sandwich in half and serve! See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:07 Make Parmesan Herb Butter 0:11 Coat Bread with Parmesan Herb Butter 0:18 Flip Bread and Add Pizza Toppings 0:29 Close Sandwich 0:31 Cook in Skillet Until Golden Brown 0:36 Slice and Serve!

  • Pesto Chickpea Salad
    June 13, 2021

    This creamy and tangy Pesto Chickpea Salad is a quick and easy lunch. Enjoy with crackers, on a sandwich, or on top of a bed of greens. FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/pesto-chickpea-salad/ INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0.40) 1/4 cup basil pesto ($1.30) 1 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.06) 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper ($0.01) 2 15oz. cans chickpeas ($1.10) 1/4 cup red onion ($0.10) 1/4 cup fresh parsley ($0.17) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Stir together the mayonnaise, pesto, lemon juice, and pepper in a bowl. 2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Roughly chop the parsley. Finely dice the red onions (soak the red onions in cold water for 5 minutes for a milder onion flavor). Add the chickpeas, parsley, and onion to a large bowl. 3. Pour the dressing over the chickpeas, parsley, and onion. Stir to combine. Serve as is or slightly mash the chickpeas for a thicker consistency. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:08 Make creamy pesto dressing 0:20 Combine chickpeas, onion, and parsley 0:24 Add creamy pesto dressing 0:29 Mash chickpeas 0:31 Enjoy with crackers 0:35 Or make a sandwich

  • Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars
    June 6, 2021

    These no-bake pretzel peanut butter bars are a ridiculously simple homemade version of your favorite peanut butter cups! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/no-bake-pretzel-peanut-butter-bars/ INGREDIENTS 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 sheets) ($0.38) 1/2 cup butter ($0.82) 1 cup peanut butter (+ 2 Tbsp) ($1.38) 1 cup powdered sugar ($0.07) 1.5 cups chocolate chips ($1.19) 25 mini pretzels ($0.10) INSTRUCTIONS 1. If your graham crackers aren't already in crumb form, use a food processor to blitz them into a fine crumb. 2. Place the butter and 1 cup of peanut butter in a bowl. Microwave and stir in 30-second intervals, just until they're warm enough to melt together. Stir until evenly combined. (Reserve the last 2 Tbsp peanut butter for later.) 3. Add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs to the melted peanut butter mixture and stir until evenly combined. 4. Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper making sure some of the paper overhangs on the sides so you can lift the bars out of the dish later. Press the peanut butter mixture into the bottom in an even layer. 5. Add the chocolate chips and the last 2 Tbsp peanut butter to a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue to microwave and stir in 15 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. 6. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base in the baking dish and spread it smooth. Add the mini pretzels on top in even rows (I did five rows of five across). 7. Refrigerate the peanut butter bars for two hours, or until completely set. Once set, lift the bars out of the dish using the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares between the pretzels. Enjoy immediately, refrigerate for later, or freeze for long term storage. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:07 Make graham cracker crumbs 0:11 Melt butter and peanut butter together 0:16 Stir in graham crackers and powdered sugar 0:21 Press mixture into baking dish 0:24 Melt chocolate and peanut butter together 0:36 Pour chocolate onto base 0:42 Press pretzels into chocolate 0:48 Refrigerate until solid 0:51 Slice into squares 0:55 Enjoy!

  • Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet
    May 30, 2021

    Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet is a fast and easy homemade version of hamburger helper that cooks all in one pot for easy cleanup! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/skillet-cheeseburger-pasta/ INGREDIENTS 1 yellow onion ($0.25) 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16) 1/2 lb. ground beef ($2.50) 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour ($0.02) 1 8oz. can tomato sauce ($0.29) 2 cups beef broth ($0.26) 1/2 lb. pasta shells, uncooked ($0.50) 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded ($0.75) 2 Tbsp hot dog relish ($0.16) 2 green onions, sliced (optional) ($0.20) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Finely dice the onion. Add the onion, olive oil, and ground beef to a large deep skillet and sauté over medium heat until the beef is fully browned and the onion is soft and translucent. Drain off any excess fat, if needed. 2. Add the flour to the skillet and continue to stir and cook for one minute more. The flour will begin to coat the bottom of the skillet. Be careful not to let the flour burn. 3. Add the tomato sauce and beef broth to the skillet and stir to dissolve the flour off the bottom of the skillet. 4. Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine. The liquid in the skillet may not fully cover the pasta, but that is okay. 5. Place a lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the liquid come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, give it a quick stir to loosen any pasta from the bottom of the skillet, replace the lid, and turn the heat down to low. Let the pasta simmer, stirring occasionally (always replacing the lid), for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened. Turn the heat off. 6. Add the shredded cheddar to the skillet and stir until it has melted into the sauce. Stir the hot dog relish into the sauce and then top with sliced green onions. Serve hot. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Sauté ground beef & onion 0:15 Add flour to beef 0:18 Add pasta, tomato sauce, and broth 0:25 Bring pot to a boil 0:27 Simmer and stir 0:34 Stir in cheddar 0:39 Add relish 0:43 Top with green onion 0:47 Serve and enjoy!

  • Amazing Avo Sauce
    May 23, 2021

  • Pesto Chicken and Vegetables
    May 23, 2021

    This Easy Pesto Chicken and Vegetables meal prep is super fast and easy, and holds up well in the fridge for tasty lunches all week! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/easy-pesto-chicken-and-vegetables/ INGREDIENTS 1 red bell pepper ($1.50) 1 zucchini ($0.60) 1 yellow squash ($0.50) 1/2 red onion ($0.19) 1.3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast ($6.67) 2 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.08) 1 cup frozen green beans ($0.67) 1/3 cup pesto* ($0.73) 1/8 tsp salt* ($0.01) 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper* ($0.01) 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan* ($0.11) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Chop the bell pepper, yellow squash, and zucchini, and slice the red onion. I like to make different shapes for each vegetable, but aim to make the pieces all around the same size. 2. Cube the chicken breasts into ½-inch pieces. 3. Add the cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high. Once the skillet and oil are very hot, add the chicken and sauté until the chicken pieces are opaque (3-5 minutes – the chicken will continue to cook as you add vegetables). 4. Add the green beans to the skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes more, or just until thawed. 5. Add the bell pepper and red onion to the skillet. Sauté for 1-2 minutes more. If water is beginning to pool in the skillet, turn the heat up slightly. It should be hot enough that the water released from the vegetables evaporates quickly. 6. Add the yellow squash and zucchini to the skillet and continue to sauté 2-3 minutes more, or just until the squash softens slightly. 7. Turn the heat off, add the pesto to the skillet, and stir until everything is coated. Give the vegetables a taste and add salt, pepper, or more pesto if desired. Top with a light sprinkle of Parmesan just before serving. NOTES *You may need more or less pesto, salt, pepper, or Parmesan depending on the volume of your vegetables and your personal taste. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:06 Chop vegetables 0:13 Cube chicken 0:15 Sauté chicken 0:22 Add green beans 0:25 Add bell pepper and onion 0:30 Add zucchini and squash 0:32 Stir in pesto 0:39 Season with salt, parsley, and Parmesan 0:47 Pack for meal prep

  • Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas
    May 16, 2021

    These Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas are an easy vegetarian snack or light meal that are filling, flavorful, and freezer-friendly! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/hearty-black-bean-quesadillas/ INGREDIENTS 1 15oz.can black beans ($0.49) 1 cup frozen corn ($0.20) 1/2 cup red onion ($0.22) 1 clove garlic ($0.08) 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro (about ½ cup chopped) ($0.20) 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ($1.69) 1 batch taco seasoning* ($0.67) 10 flour tortillas (7-inch diameter) ($2.00) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Drain the black beans and add them to a bowl along with the frozen corn (no need to thaw) 2. Finely dice the onion, mince the garlic, and roughly chop the cilantro. 3. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro, shredded cheddar, and taco seasoning to the bowl with the beans and corn. Stir until everything is evenly combined and coated in seasoning. 4. Place a half cup of the filling on one side of each tortilla and fold over. Cook the quesadillas in a skillet over medium heat on each side until brown and crispy and the cheesy filling has melted. Slice into triangles then serve. 5. To freeze the quesadillas, stack the filled and uncooked quesadillas with a piece of parchment paper between each quesadilla. Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. To reheat either microwave (for a soft quesadilla) or cook in a skillet on low heat (make sure to use low heat so that the filling has time to thaw and melt before the outside burns). NOTES * I used my homemade taco seasoning here, but you can use a store-bought packet of taco seasoning if needed. https://www.budgetbytes.com/taco-seasoning/ See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Combine beans and vegetables 0:13 Add cheese and seasoning 0:16 Stir to combine 0:21 Fill tortilla and fold closed 0:28 Toast quesadilla in skillet 0:37 Slice quesadillas 0:41 Serve and enjoy!

  • Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
    May 9, 2021

    Spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and a dilly yogurt sauce make these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers full of flavor and color. FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/greek-turkey-burgers/ Shown with Super Fresh Cucumber Salad: https://www.budgetbytes.com/super-fresh-cucmber-salad/ INGREDIENTS LEMON DILL YOGURT SAUCE 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt ($0.50) 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.03) 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02) 1/8 tsp dried dill ($0.02) 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02) TURKEY BURGERS 19 oz. ground turkey* ($3.89) 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes ($0.83) 1/4 cup minced red onion ($0.08) 2 oz. frozen spinach (1 cup when frozen) ($0.25) 1/4 cup crumbled feta ($0.57) 1 tsp dried oregano ($0.10) 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02) 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02) 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04) FOR SERVING 5 hamburger buns ($3.04) 1/2 cucumber, sliced ($0.75) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make the lemon dill yogurt sauce first. Stir together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried dill, and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use. 2. Prepare the add-ins for the turkey burgers. Finely chop the sun dried tomatoes, mince or finely dice the red onion, crumble the feta, and then thaw and squeeze all the moisture out of the frozen spinach (2 oz. will be about 1 cup when frozen, ¼ cup when thawed and squeezed dry). 3. Add the ground turkey, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, spinach, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt to a bowl. Mix the ingredients together until evenly combined. 4. Divide and shape the turkey mixture into five burger patties. Make them flatter and wider than usual because they will shrink up and in as they cook. 5. Heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a skillet over medium. Once hot, add three of the turkey burgers and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining cooking oil and the rest of the burger patties. 6. To serve, smear some of the lemon dill yogurt sauce on a bun. Add a turkey burger, some sliced cucumber, and sliced red onion, then enjoy. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Make yogurt dill sauce 0:20 Season ground turkey 0:28 Mix and shape burgers 0:34 Cook turkey burgers 0:46 Dress burgers 0:53 Serve and enjoy!

  • Classic Baked Ziti
    May 2, 2021

    Like a free-form lasagna, this Baked Ziti has layers of pasta, homemade red sauce with Italian sausage, and three types of melty cheese! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/classic-baked-ziti/ INGREDIENTS 1 lb. Italian sausage (sweet, mild, or hot) ($3.49) 1 yellow onion ($0.27) 3 oz. tomato paste ($0.27) 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes ($1.00) 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend ($0.30) 1/2 cup water ($0.00) 1 lb. ziti ($1.67) 1/2 Tbsp salt (for pasta water) ($0.05) 15 oz. ricotta ($1.69) 1 cup Italian cheese blend* ($1.15) freshly cracked black pepper ($0.05) 2 cups shredded mozzarella ($2.29) 1 handful chopped parsley (optional, for garnish) ($0.20) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Brown the sausage in a large skillet or pot over medium heat, until it's brown and crispy on the edges (pork sausage contains a lot of fat, so I didn't add any extra to the skillet). 2. While the sausage is browning, finely dice the onion. Add the onion to the skillet once the sausage has browned, and continue to sauté over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent. 3. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and ½ cup water to the skillet with the sausage and stir to combine. Place a lid on the skillet and allow it to come up to a simmer. Once simmering, turn the heat down and allow it to continue to simmer while you cook the ziti. Stir the sauce occasionally as it simmers. 4. After getting the sauce started, begin the ziti. Bring a large pot of water with ½ Tbsp salt to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add the ziti, and let it continue to boil until the ziti is tender (about 7-8 minutes). Drain the ziti in a colander. Shake the colander a bit to shake excess water out of the pasta. 5. While the pasta and sauce are cooking, prepare the cheese filling. Add the ricotta, Italian cheese blend, and some freshly cracked black pepper (about 10 cranks of a pepper mill) to a bowl and stir to combine. Begin to preheat the oven to 350ºF. 6. After draining the ziti, return it to the pot and add 1 cup of the red sauce. Stir to coat the cooked pasta in sauce. 7. Pour half of the ziti to a 9x13" baking dish. Add half of the ricotta mixture on top of the ziti in small dollops. Finally, spoon half of the red sauce and sausage over the pasta and ricotta. It's okay if the ingredients don't cover in a solid layer. Repeat these layers with the second half of the pasta, ricotta mixture, and sauce. Finally, top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella. 8. Cover the baking dish with foil, making sure it's slightly tented so that it doesn't touch or stick to the melted cheese. Transfer the covered casserole to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. 9. After baking for 20 minutes, remove the foil, and turn the oven on to broil (keep the casserole on the middle rack, about 10-12 inches from the broiler). Broil for 5 minutes, or just until the cheese is slightly browned. Keep a close eye on the baked ziti as it broils, because broilers can vary in intensity. Top with chopped parsley, if desired, then serve. NOTES *In place of Italian cheese blend you can use a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:08 Brown sausage 0:10 Add onion 0:14 Add seasoning, tomatoes, and water 0:25 Simmer sauce 0:27 Make cheese mixture 0:35 Boil ziti 0:42 Combine ziti and a little sauce 0:45 Layer ziti, cheese, and sauce 0:59 Top with mozzarella 1:02 Cover and bake 1:08 Uncover and broil 1:15 Top with parsley 1:17 Serve and enjoy!

  • Creamy Pesto Mac with Spinach
    April 26, 2021

    A simple creamy sauce infused with basil pesto makes this Creamy Pesto Mac and Cheese with spinach the ultimate comfort food WITH a dose of vegetables! FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/creamy-pesto-mac-spinach/ INGREDIENTS 2 cups uncooked macaroni ($0.50) 2 Tbsp butter ($0.22) 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour ($0.02) 2 cups whole milk ($0.60) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan ($0.53) 1/4 cup basil pesto ($1.33) 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02) Freshly cracked pepper ($0.03) 1/2 lb. frozen spinach ($0.80) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Thaw the spinach at room temperature or in the microwave. Squeeze out the excess water. Set the spinach aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the macaroni. Boil for 7-10 minutes, or until tender. Drain the macaroni in a colander. 2. While the pasta is boiling, prepare the sauce. Add the butter and flour to a small sauce pot. Heat and stir the butter and flour over medium heat until it forms a creamy paste and begins to bubble. Continue to stir and cook for about one minute more. 3. Whisk the milk into the butter and flour, then allow it to come up to a simmer, while whisking. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Remove the sauce from the heat. 4. Whisk the Parmesan and pesto into the sauce until smooth. This will further thicken the sauce. Season the sauce with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Make sure the sauce is well seasoned as the flavors will be less concentrated once the pasta and spinach are stirred in. 5. Return the cooked and drained pasta to the large pot (heat turned off) and add the thawed spinach. Pour the sauce over top, then stir until everything is combined and coated in sauce. Serve immediately. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Cook butter and flour 0:15 Whisk in milk 0:21 Whisk in Parmesan 0:25 Whisk in pesto 0:31 Season creamy pesto sauce 0:37 Cook macaroni 0:44 Combine macaroni, spinach, and sauce 0:55 Eat and enjoy!

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    Lemon Parsley Pasta is bright, garlicky, and full of rich Parmesan flavor. It makes a great side dish or bed for chicken or fish. FULL RECIPE BELOW 👇 Get recipe FAQs and a printable version here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/lemon-parsley-pasta/ INGREDIENTS 8 oz. thin spaghetti ($0.50) 1 fresh lemon ($0.89) 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16) 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley ($0.70) 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02) 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16) 2 Tbsp butter ($0.14) 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan ($0.22) 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and boil until tender (about 7-8 minutes). Drain the pasta in a colander. 2. While the pasta is cooking, zest the lemon (you'll need about 1 Tbsp). Chop the parsley and combine it with the Parmesan, lemon zest, and pepper in a bowl. Set the bowl aside. 3. While the pasta is draining, add the olive oil and minced garlic to the pot used to cook the pasta. Sauté the garlic in the oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until it becomes fragrant. 4. Remove the pot from the heat and add the drained pasta and butter to the pot with the garlic. Toss the pasta until the residual heat has melted the butter and the pasta is coated in garlic and butter. 5. Add the parsley Parmesan mixture to the pot and toss to coat again. Squeeze about 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice over the pasta and season with salt (about ¼ tsp). Toss to combine, then taste, and adjust the salt, pepper, or Parmesan to your liking. Serve warm. See how we calculate recipe costs here: https://www.budgetbytes.com/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ Instagram: budgetbytes Facebook: budgetbytes1 Pinterest: budgetbytes Twitter: budget_bytes TIMESTAMPS 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Zest lemon 0:11 Chop parsley 0:14 Combine parsley, lemon, Parmesan, and pepper 0:22 Cook pasta 0:31 Sauté garlic 0:34 Add pasta and butter 0:40 Add parsley mixture 0:42 Toss to combine and season with salt 0:46 Serve and enjoy

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