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Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half Paperback – February 4, 2014
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""Budget Bytes" demystifies how to eat home-cooked meals without sacrificing taste or your wallet."
--Rebecca Lando, author of "The Working Class Foodies Cookbook "
"Affordable ingredients and fabulous, easy recipes all in one delicious, healthy cookbook."
--Holly Clegg, author of the "Trim&TERRIFIC" cookbook series
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Top Customer Reviews
I've known about the Budget Bytes blog for a while and have enjoyed Beth's recipes so much that I ordered this book the day it came out. Now that I have it and am looking through it, I'm excited to find that not only are there a bunch of recipes that aren't already on the blog, but so many of them sound tasty, easy, and generally healthy (though there are some not-so-healthy recipes for when you feel like being not-so-healthy) - while also being reasonably priced, as per the theme of the book and blog. I already picked out three recipes I'm going to try over the next few days: lemon-parmesan pasta with peas, hearty vegetable & barley soup, and one-skillet lasagna. And it isn't just recipes; there is a lot of other helpful info included.
While some of these recipes dip into Asian/Mediterranean/Mexican-style flavors, there isn't anything in here you can't pick up at the average American supermarket. And while a lot of the recipes are simple, they often use ingredients in ways I hadn't considered. There are also some more time-consuming recipes for when you're in the mood to chop a lot of vegetables and so on. But I appreciate that they didn't include "prep time" in the book, because in my experience the prep time listed is never accurate!
I think it's safe to say that if you like the blog, you'll like this book.Read more ›
Budget Bytes completely changed how I shop and cook. I never come home anymore and wonder what we're going to have for dinner. I don't buy pre-packaged anything - it's all made from scratch, for a fraction of the cost.
It has a ton of recipes that AREN'T on the website, and gives shopping or cooking tips appropriate for each one. The only thing I don't like about the cookbook is that the prep/cooking time isn't listed for each recipe. If you think you don't have time to cook, or if you don't know HOW to cook, this cookbook is for you. I'll be buying a dozen or so copies to give as birthday and Xmas gifts this year.
Okay, I've now read this book from cover to cover, and here are a few additional comments: The book is divided into sections including Kitchen Basics; Breakfast; Bread;, Dressings, Dips and Sauces; Salads; Pasta; Soups; Meat, Poultry & Seafood; Rice, Beans & Lentils; Vegetables; and Desserts. There are sample menus and a separate appendix with vegetarian and vegan recipes. Another appendix for volume conversions is very handy. There are Budget Bytes (money saving ideas) and Chef's Tips (general cooking knowledge) at the end of many recipes.
Quite a few of the recipes are Asian or Southwest inspired, and some call for specialty spices. I like that most of her recipes use dried spices which are readily available and on hand in most kitchens, as opposed to special fresh herbs.Read more ›
*Kitchen tools selection (knives, measuring cups, etc.)
*Selection of pantry staples
*How to freeze foods and how to safely defrost them. I do disagree with her statement "The microwave is a suitable option for vegetables or other non-meat items..." You can safely defrost meats using a microwave oven and most microwave ovens do include a meat defrost feature. The USDA offers guidelines on how to safely defrost meat in the microwave oven and says to immediately cook the defrosted meat for food safety.
Some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook include:
Huevos Rancheros Bowls
Soft 'n' Sweet Dinner Rolls
Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Lentil & Feta Salad
Southwest Chicken Salad
Pasta with Tuna & Olive
Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
Spicy Beef 'n' Noodles
Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps
Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken & Potatoes
Savory Coconut Rice
Emerald Rice Salad
Apple Pie Bites
There is both an interactive table of contents and index making navigation easy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great easy recipes but I was hoping for photo illustration to help guide you through like her website.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Her website is better. Not very many recipes I was dying to make out of this book.Published 16 days ago by B. Laubacher
I love this book. Every recipe I have made, my family has enjoyed. Simple and delicious food and super easy to make.Published 29 days ago by vickie85206
One of my most used recipe books. I stumbled across this at the library while searching for "paleo" cook books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jodi L. Vaden
Love her book and her website (budgetbytes.com)
Easy to make recipes, with ingredients I likely already have, that taste great!
I purchased this book after receiving the weekly emails from the author. I could have printed the recipes and put them in my own book, but having them in one place is handy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michele D. Cain
I love every recipe I have tried from her blog and now bought the book and it is just as good. It is full of basic but flavorful recipes that are cheap and healthy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Lowry