Every year I make the same New Year resolutions: Spend less money and eat out less. Like most people, my resolutions tend to fall off as the year goes but I’ve found a website that will help me stick to it and I just had to share! Budget Bytes is a website created by woman named Beth in New Orleans that loves to cook. Her meals are simple to make, delicious and most are under $10! Most of the recipes work under the pre tense that you buy your meat in bulk in your freezer or are buying it on sale. You’ve also got to take each price with a grain of salt as grocery prices are typically lower in America. With that being said, I’ve made almost every one of these 10 meals under $10 and each one has been in budget so far! Check out all of my favourite recipes from Budget Bytes below and don’t forget to check out the website for yourself. There are hundreds of flavourful, frugal and even vegetarian friendly meals to satisfy all of your taste buds!
Prior to this recipe, I had never successfully made a pork tenderloin and to be honest, I’m usually not even a fan of pork! I made this at home for my boyfriend and I, and we were both really impressed! This is my favourite recipe on this list. It was simple to make, tasted like it had come straight from a restaurant and was super affordable as I already had most of the ingredients at home. Get the full recipe here.
Chicken thighs and drumsticks are usually quite cheap at my local grocery store and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them. This recipe is not too spicy and has just the right amount of kick! Get the full recipe here.
Again, I’m usually not a fan of pork but my local grocery store was having a sale on pork chops, so I decided to give this recipe a shot. This recipe is super quick to make (it only needs about 10-15 minutes of cook time) and you only need 6-spices! There’s a hint of heat from cayenne pepper, but it’s beautifully rounded out with brown sugar. Get the full recipe here.
This recipe goes a little over the $10 budget, but I had to include it! I made this on a -30 degree Celsius day with a side of bread and it made me feel so cozy and warm! The beef gets really tender and the stew is super hearty and flavourful. If you’ve got 2-hours to spare on a chilly day, I definitely recommend making this! Get the full recipe here.
This is a great way to satisfy a Chinese food craving! This recipe calls for fresh grated ginger, but if you’re looking to save a couple extra bucks – powdered ginger is much more frugal and lasts much longer! It’s super filling, flavourful and way healthier than the thick breaded chicken you’d get at a Chinese take-out place! Get the full recipe here.
If you’re a fan of Vietnamese subs, you’ll love this recipe! It looks much more difficult to make than it actually is and is really, really yummy. The pork is great, but you can sub in whatever meat is on sale at your grocery store to make this recipe even cheaper. You could also turn this into a noodle bowl by using Vietnamese rice noodles or vermicelli. Get the full recipe here.
Pizza is actually one of the most profitable fast foods because the mark-up is so high compared to the cost. Next time you’re craving some za, take some time to make your own! Budget Bytes has a simple recipe for homemade dough, but most grocers sell pizza dough pretty inexpensively in the baked goods section. Get the full recipe here.
This is a great way to upgrade a plain old can of tuna and mayonnaise. This recipe is also the cheapest recipe on our list! You could throw this mix between two slices of bread, a bun, a wrap or even on top of a salad. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to mayo, you could use half the suggested amount and half plain greek yogurt. Get the full recipe here.
These fajitas are a cinch to make. If you’re feeling lazy, you can use prepackaged fajita or taco seasoning in the international section of your local grocery store – but I would totally suggest using Budget Bytes recipe because it’s so, so good! If you’re feeling especially frugal and crafty, you cold make your own tortillas for only 66 cents! Get the full recipe here.
This isn’t a meal, but saving money doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert! I haven’t actually tried this recipe before but I am making them tonight and am super excited! This dessert isn’t super unhealthy, but you can make it healthier by subbing in pureed frozen fruit instead of the jam and butter for coconut oil. Get the full recipe here.