Harvest Succotash

Harvest Succotash is abundant with fresh summer veggies & simple, clean flavors.  A delicious healthy side dish to pair with your choice of protein for a healthy delicious meal. Vegan and Gluten-free. A real sign of progress is when we no longer pu…

Harvest Succotash is abundant with fresh summer veggies & simple, clean flavors.  A delicious healthy side dish to pair with your choice of protein for a healthy delicious meal. Vegan and Gluten-free.
Harvest Succotash is abundant with fresh summer veggies & simple, clean flavors.  A delicious healthy side dish to pair with your choice of protein for a healthy delicious meal. Vegan and Gluten-free. A real sign of progress is when we no longer punish ourselves for our imperfections. ~ Yung Pueblo Succotash is the perfect end-of-summer...

Rajas Tacos

  Rajas Tacos are made with strips of poblano peppers, onions and corn, with a hint of Mexican Crema served with cilantro and lime. Vegan-adaptable. We first discovered Rajas Tacos down in Santa Barbara at the iconic La Super Rica (Julia Child’s …

Rajas Tacos are made with strips of poblano peppers, onions and corn, with a hint of Mexican Crema served with cilantro and lime. Vegan-adaptable
  Rajas Tacos are made with strips of poblano peppers, onions and corn, with a hint of Mexican Crema served with cilantro and lime. Vegan-adaptable. We first discovered Rajas Tacos down in Santa Barbara at the iconic La Super Rica (Julia Child’s favorite haunt) during one of our winter stays a few years back, but it...

Avocado and Tomato Salad

This simple avocado and tomato salad is a chunky mix of all of summer’s fresh flavors, like tomato, avocado, lime, and cilantro.

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Guacamole is one of my most favorite foods ever, but avocados can get really pricey. So when I’ve got that guac craving I mix up a batch of this simple avocado and tomato salad. It has all the same amazing flavors as guacamole, but with a slightly different ratio of ingredients to make it a bit more budget-friendly. This salad is so good that I love to spoon it over everything–eggs, chicken, fish, green salads, tortilla chips, and sometimes I just scoop it up right out of the bowl with a spoon. 😅

Originally posted 3/31/2010, updated 8/31/2022.

A chip dipping into a bowl of avocado and tomato salad on a yellow background.

Keeping it Budget-Friendly

Avocados are definitely one of the higher-priced items in the produce aisle, so we’re using Budget Bytes principle #2, Use Ingredients Wisely, to help keep the price of this recipe in check. Whenever you use a higher-priced ingredient make sure to bulk up the recipe with plenty of lower-priced ingredients to help stretch the cost over more servings. For this recipe, I’ve bulked it up with plenty of Roma tomatoes to make those avocados go twice as far.

What Else Can I Add?

I love this salad because it’s not only great as-is, but you can take it in so many other directions. If you want to bulk it up even more by adding some more inexpensive ingredients, try adding some rinsed and drained black beans or thawed frozen corn kernels. You can also make it similar to ceviche by adding some boiled shrimp (whole or chopped).

How to Serve Avocado and Tomato Salad

Whenever I make this salad, I literally put it on everything. It’s good on chicken and fish, I pile it onto scrambled or fried eggs, I scoop it up with tortilla chips, and I also use it as a topper for a big bowl of salad. And sometimes I just serve it on my plate with dinner as its own stand-alone side dish!

How Long Does it Last?

To be honest, I’ve always eaten this entire batch within about 2-3 days, so I’m not sure how it holds up past that point. The lime juice in the salad helps keep the avocados from turning too brown, although their color does become less vibrant as it sits in the refrigerator and everything does soften a bit. That being said, the flavors in the salad begin to blend as it refrigerates and I think it’s absolutely wonderful the next day! So, if I were making this for company I’d definitely assemble it just before serving. If I was making it for myself I’d happily gobble up the leftovers over the next couple of days.

close up side view of a bowl full of avocado and tomato salad.

Overhead view of a bowl full of avocado and tomato salad.

Avocado and Tomato Salad

This simple avocado and tomato salad is a chunky mix of all of summer's fresh flavors, like tomato, avocado, lime, and cilantro.
Course Appetizer, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Southwest
Total Cost $6.13 recipe / $1.02 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 ½ cup each
Calories 194kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados $3.75
  • 3 small tomatoes $1.08
  • 1/4 red onion $0.11
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1 jalapeño $0.18
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro $0.23
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.08
  • 1 lime $0.59
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.03

Instructions

  • Dice the avocados and tomatoes. Finely dice the red onion and jalapeño (seeds removed). Mince the garlic, and roughly chop the cilantro.
  • Add the avocados, tomatoes, jalapeño, red onion, garlic, and cilantro to a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over top. Juice the lime and add about 1 Tbsp to the salad to start, along with ¼ tsp salt.
  • Give the salad a brief stir, then taste and add more lime juice and salt to your liking. I ended up using 2 Tbsp lime juice total and ½ tsp salt. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 204mg | Fiber: 7g

How to Make Avocado and Tomato Salad – Step by Step Photos

Avocado and tomato salad ingredients on a cutting board.

For this recipe, you’ll need 3 avocados, 3 small tomatoes, ¼ of a red onion, 1 clove of garlic, ¼ bunch of cilantro, 1 lime, and one jalapeño (oops, forgot to add that one to the pic!). 

Prepped salad ingredients in the bowl, oil being drizzled over top.

Dice the avocado and tomatoes. Finely dice the red onion and jalapeño (seeds removed). Mince the garlic, and roughly chop the cilantro. Add the avocado, tomato, jalapeño, onion, and garlic to a large bowl. Juice the lime and add 1 Tbsp of the juice to the bowl along with 1 Tbsp olive oil, and ¼ tsp salt.

Stirred avocado tomato salad in the bowl.

Give everything a brief stir to combine, then taste and add more salt or lime if desired. I ended up using ½ tsp salt and 2 Tbsp lime juice total.

A chip dipping into a bowl of avocado and tomato salad.

Serve the salad with your favorite meal or just enjoy it straight out of the bowl (with or without chips)!

 

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20 Healthy Eggplant Recipes

Here are 20 Healthy Eggplant Recipes that are deeply flavorful with the most succulent perfectly cooked eggplant! Whether you are looking for grilled eggplant recipes, vegetarian eggplant recipes, eggplant curries and stirfries, baked eggplant, or sala…

Here are 20 Healthy Eggplant Recipes that are deeply flavorful with the most succulent perfectly cooked eggplant! Whether you are looking for grilled eggplant recipes, vegetarian eggplant recipes, eggplant curries and stirfries, baked eggplant, or salads and sandwiches with eggplant, you'll find delicious inspiration here!
Here are 20 Healthy Eggplant Recipes that are deeply flavorful with the most succulent perfectly cooked eggplant! Whether you are looking for grilled eggplant recipes, vegetarian eggplant recipes, eggplant curries and stirfries, baked eggplant, or salads and sandwiches with eggplant, you’ll find delicious inspiration here! Eggplant Appetizers These tasty eggplant appetizers are full of flavor, fun...

Sage Oxymel (a respiratory tonic)

Made with just 3 ingredients, this Sage Oxymel is an easy home remedy full of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to heal and soothe sore throats, coughs, and colds.   Perfect to make when sage is in abundance and a lifesaver to have on hand. A si…

Made with just 3 ingredients, this Sage Oxymel is an easy home remedy full of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to heal and soothe sore throats, coughs, and colds.   Perfect to make when sage is in abundance and a lifesaver to have on hand. A simple, clean recipe made with common ingredients.
Made with just 3 ingredients, this Sage Oxymel is an easy home remedy full of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to heal and soothe sore throats, coughs, and colds.   Perfect to make when sage is in abundance and a lifesaver to have on hand. A simple, clean recipe made with common ingredients. What if the world...

Simple Peach Cobbler

This delicious recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our “go-to” summer desserts. Vegan-ada…

This recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our "go-to" summer desserts.
This delicious recipe for Peach Cobbler is simple and easy, and allows the glorious flavor of summer peaches to shine through. With just 30 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven, this is easily one of our "go-to" summer desserts. Vegan-adaptable.

Perfect Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon is very simple, quick and easy and can be done in several different ways. Here’s a simple guide to help you grill salmon, depending on the type, cut, marinade or seasonings. See recipe for Grilled Miso Salmon below.    This week I …

Perfect Grilled Salmon: Grilled Salmon is very simple, quick and easy and can be done in several different ways. Here's a simple guide to help you grill salmon, depending on the type, cut, marinade or seasonings.
Grilled Salmon is very simple, quick and easy and can be done in several different ways. Here’s a simple guide to help you grill salmon, depending on the type, cut, marinade or seasonings. See recipe for Grilled Miso Salmon below.    This week I received a surprising number of emails asking about the best way...

Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries make a delicious snack or side dish and are the perfect way to use up that extra bumper crop of summer zucchini.

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Zucchini is one of my favorite summer vegetables. It’s cheap (especially if you have a friend or neighbor who is growing it), versatile, and totally delicious. So if you’re looking for extra ways to use up your summer zucchini, you’ve got to give these Baked Zucchini Fries a try. They’re crispy on the outside but creamy and delicious on the inside! Eat them plain or dip them into your favorite pizza sauce or marinara sauce.

Originally posted 7-28-2012, updated 8-12-2022.

Close up of a baked zucchini fry being dipped into a cup of pizza sauce.

Are Zucchini Fries Crispy?

Zucchini is a high water content vegetable, so it tends to get very soft when cooked. To counteract that, we’ve cut the zucchini into smaller pieces to allow for more evaporation and coated the fries in a crispy combination of panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan. The result is a zucchini fry that is crispy and tasty on the outside, but soft and creamy on the inside.

Do I Have to Use Panko?

I highly suggest sticking with panko breadcrumbs here instead of regular breadcrumbs because their light texture and larger pieces help make the zucchini fries extra crispy. Regular breadcrumbs tend to be smaller pieces and a bit more dense, which will produce a harder shell rather than a light, crispy coating.

Make Them Gluten-Free

To make these zucchini fries gluten-free you’ll need to make two swaps. Use a 1:1 gluten-free flour, potato flour, or arrowroot flour to dredge the zucchini before the eggwash, then use gluten-free panko crumbs for the final coating. I do not suggest using almond flour or coconut flour in place of the all-purpose flour because they will not absorb moisture as well as the all-purpose flour.

How Are the Leftovers?

The one caveat with these Baked Zucchini Fries is that they’re definitely best right when they come out of the oven. After they’re stored in the refrigerator the breading will absorb moisture and become soft. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t still totally gobble them up after reheating, but you definitely won’t get the same texture experience.

Baked Zucchini Fries on a piece of parchment with a dish of pizza sauce.

One Zucchini Fry dipped into a dish of pizza sauce.

Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries make a delicious snack or side dish and are the perfect way to use up that extra bumper crop of summer zucchini.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.81 recipe / $0.76 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 165kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. zucchini $1.69
  • 2 large eggs $0.39
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs $0.50
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.36
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided $0.03
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.04
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (for serving) $0.50

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Slice the zucchini into matchsticks that are ½-inch wide and 3-inches long. Set the zucchini aside.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the panko, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and ¼ tsp salt.
  • Add the sliced zucchini to a large bowl. Sprinkle the all-purpose flour and remaining ¼ tsp salt over the zucchini. Toss the zucchini until they are evenly coated in flour.
  • Place wire cooling racks over a large baking sheet to lift the zucchini pieces and allow airflow underneath. Bread the zucchini slices by briefly dipping them in the whisked egg, letting the excess run off, then coating them in the panko-Parmesan mixture.
  • Place the breaded zucchini on the wire racks with a small amount of space between each piece to allow for airflow.
  • Bake the breaded zucchini fries for 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve immediately with pizza sauce for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 700mg | Fiber: 3g

Close up of a zucchini fry dipped in pizza sauce.

How to Make Zucchini Fries – Step By Step Photos

Zucchini being sliced into matchsticks.

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Slice about one pound of zucchini into ½-inch thick matchsticks (about 3-inches long).

Eggwash and Panko mix in bowls.

Whisk two eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, and ¼ tsp salt.

Zucchini dusted with flour.

Place the sliced zucchini in a large bowl and sprinkle with ¼ tsp salt and 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour. Toss the zucchini until they are evenly coated in flour.

Zucchini being breaded and placed on a baking sheet.

Place two wire cooling racks over a large baking sheet. Begin to bread the zucchini fries by first briefly dipping them in whisked egg, allowing the excess to drip off, then coating them in the panko-Parmesan mixture. To make this process faster, I usually dip 2-3 at a time into the eggwash. 

Zucchini fries on the baking sheet ready to bake.

Place the breaded zucchini on the wire racks with a little space between each piece.

Baked Zucchini Fries on the baking sheet.

Bake the zucchini fries for about 20 minutes in the fully preheated 425ºF oven or until they are golden brown and crispy. Allow the fries to cool for a couple of minutes before wiggling them loose from the rack. If any of the fries are stuck, use a fork to scoop under the fry and lift it up off the rack.

Baked zucchini fries on parchment with a dish of pizza sauce in the back.

Serve the zucchini fries with pizza sauce or marinara for dipping!

These baked zucchini fries have a buttery flavor and are a fun way to get your vegetables. BudgetBytes.com

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Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad

This flavorful Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad is simple, light, and refreshing with a tangy, umami dressing made from fresh lime juice and fish sauce. Healthy and tasty, this Thai Salad comes together in 35 minutes! (Vegan-adaptable) Serve it with jasmine…

This flavorful Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad is simple, light, and refreshing with a tangy, umami dressing made from fresh lime juice and fish sauce. Healthy and tasty, this Thai Salad comes together in 35 minutes! (Vegan-adaptable) Serve it with jasmine rice and make it a meal.
This flavorful Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad is simple, light, and refreshing with a tangy, umami dressing made from fresh lime juice and fish sauce. Healthy and tasty, this Thai Salad comes together in 35 minutes! (Vegan-adaptable) Serve it with jasmine rice and make it a meal.

Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas

Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas are an easy and flavorful vegetarian dinner idea that all cooks on one pan for easy cleanup!

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I got that craving for fajitas the other day and just had to have ’em. I decided to switch things up a bit from my usual sheet pan fajitas and use portobello caps in place of the chicken. I also added a little smoky chipotle powder to the spice mix to keep things interesting. These Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas are a new and welcome twist on the classic. A little squeeze of lime on top and a slice or two of creamy avocado, and you have a really tasty veggie-filled dinner.

Originally posted 6/11/2016, updated 8/8/2022.

Three Portobello Fajitas on a plate.

Portobello Mushrooms on a Budget

Portobello mushrooms aren’t the cheapest item in the produce aisle, so it’s important to use some of our budget byting principles here. First, make sure you compare prices both between available grocery stores and even within the store. If your grocery store sells them both packaged together and loose, be careful to compare the per-pound price because it might be cheaper to buy them loose! 

Second, we’re going to combine the portobello mushrooms with other ingredients that are much less expensive, like onions, bell peppers, and tortillas to balance out the total price and keep the price per serving on the low side. 

Make it Spicy or Mild

The recipe, as written below, is a little smoky and spicy thanks to the chipotle powder in the fajita spice mix. If you prefer a mild fajita, skip the chipotle powder and make sure to use a chili powder blend that is mild. If you want your fajitas to be smoky but not spicy, replace the chipotle powder with smoked paprika. 

Meal Prep It!

The filling for the fajitas works great as a meal prep. Just pack up the roasted mushroom, pepper, and onion mix in a lunch container with a slice of lime and a couple of tortillas. When it’s time for lunch, remove the tortillas and lime, reheat, then fill the tortillas, squeeze your lime, and enjoy!

For the avocado, I suggest slicing a few slices off the whole avocado each day. Only the exposed surface will darken, and it only darkens slightly (it doesn’t turn completely black like mashed avocado). The darkening of the avocado does not mean it is spoiled, it just means that it has been exposed to oxygen (like a brown apple), and is still perfectly safe to eat.

What to Serve with Portobello Fajitas

Sweet Corn Salsa or Summer Sweet Corn Salad would be a wonderfully light and fresh contrast to these portobello fajitas. And if you want to dress them up a little bit more you could whip up a quick batch of Guacamole or Pico de Gallo

Roasted portobello and vegetables on a sheet pan.

Three portobello fajitas on a plate.

Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas

Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas are an easy and flavorful vegetarian dinner idea that all cooks on one pan for easy cleanup!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Southwest
Total Cost $10.81 recipe / $2.70 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 (two fajitas each)
Calories 423kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

FAJITA SPICE MIX

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder* $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.05
  • 1 tsp cumin $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1 tsp sugar** $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.03

FAJITAS

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps $3.99
  • 2 bell peppers (any color) $2.29
  • 2 yellow onions $0.64
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil $0.38
  • 8 small flour tortillas (6-inch) $1.00
  • 1 avocado $1.09
  • handful cilantro (optional) $0.25
  • 1 fresh lime $0.59

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the fajita spice mix
  • Slice the portobellos, bell peppers, and onions into 1/4 inch wide strips. Place the sliced vegetables on a large sheet pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables then sprinkle the fajita spice mix over top. Use your hands to toss the vegetables until everything is well coated in oil and spices.
  • Roast the vegetables in the fully preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly wilted and the edges have a nice brown color. Stir the vegetables half way through the roasting time to make sure everything gets even exposure to the hot air.
  • After removing the vegetables from the oven, squeeze fresh lime juice over top. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over the vegetables. To serve the fajitas, scoop a small amount of the roasted vegetables into each tortilla and add a slice of avocado.

Notes

*The chili powder I use is a mild blend made by McCormick. It is not spicy at all and contains barely any salt. If using a different brand, make sure to adjust the salt and/or chipotle accordingly.
**The small amount of sugar in this recipe helps caramelize the vegetables and give everything that grilled or charred flavor that is characteristic of fajitas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 782mg | Fiber: 9g

side view of three portobello fajitas on a plate.

How to Make Sheet Pan Portobello Fajitas – Step by Step Photos

Fajita spices in a wooden bowl.

Begin by preheating the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, stir together 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp chipotle powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt. 

Whole vegetables on a cutting board.

I used 8 oz. portobello caps (2-3 depending on their size), two bell peppers (any color), and two yellow onions for my fajitas.

Sliced vegetables on a baking sheet.

Slice the vegetables into strips about ¼-inch wide. I also cut the portobello strips in half, so the pieces aren’t quite so large. Place the sliced vegetables on a large sheet pan.

Spices being sprinkled over the sliced vegetables.

Drizzle 3 Tbsp olive oil over the vegetables, then sprinkle the prepared fajita seasoning over top.

Seasoned vegetables ready to roast.

Use your hands to toss the vegetables in the oil and spices until everything is evenly coated, then make sure the vegetables are spread out over the baking sheet in an even layer.

Roasted vegetables on the sheet pan.

Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until they are slightly wilted and have browned on the edges. Stir the vegetables halfway through the roasting time to make sure everything gets even exposure to the hot air. 

Finished fajita vegetables on the baking sheet with lime and cilantro.

After roasting, squeeze lime juice over the vegetables and top with chopped cilantro.

Three portobello fajitas on a plate.

To serve, scoop a small amount of the fajita vegetables into each small tortilla and add a slice of fresh avocado.

Overhead view of the fajita vegetables on a sheet pan.

Seriously, these Chipotle Portobello Oven Fajitas are probably one of my favorite vegan recipes!

Chipotle Portobello Oven Fajitas are an easy and flavor packed dinner perfect for summer. BudgetBytes.com

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