Introducing The Budget Bytes App, from cookbook author and winner of Saveur's Best How-To Food Blog in 2016, Beth Moncel. Beth has built a loyal following of millions of fans by delivering delicious recipes designed for small budgets on her blog www.budgetbytes.com. Now, she's put 500 of her most popular recipes into the Budget Bytes App, complete with step-by-step photography and voice guidance from Beth herself. She'll personally walk you through every recipe, right in your kitchen. Cooking on a budget shouldn't mean canned beans and ramen noodles night after night. Welcome to the world of delicious recipes designed for small budgets. Beth adds, “I’ve partnered with the tech-savvy team at SideChef to bring you an easy to use app packed with more features than I could have imagined. It’s like an interactive and customizable cookbook with my voice coaching you through each recipe! Cool, right?? We’ve pre-loaded the app with the 500 best recipes from years past and also loaded 300 credits into your account to jump start your access to additional new recipes in the marketplace. All new recipes from the blog will be uploaded into the marketplace where you can choose which recipes you want to load into your app. You can continue to earn free credits by simply visiting marketplace once per day, commenting on recipes, or uploading a photo of your creation. Why am I so excited about this app? Well, let me just list a few of the super cool things it can do… -Deliver the recipes you love faster and easier without waiting for a website (or annoying ads) to load. Plus, save recipes to personal “cookbooks” to access your favorites even faster. -Filter recipes by price to get recipes that are the best fit for your budget. -Adjustable serving sizes let you cook the amount that you want and reduce food waste. -Access how-to technique videos right in the instructions so you can cook with extra confidence. -Cook with me, in real time! We wanted to make this app extra personal, so you’ll have my voice giving you step-by-step instructions as you cook.”
I have a select few apps that I open everyday and this is quickly entering my top 5. BudgetBytes helps me with all things food... whether I’m cooking at the fire station, for my family of 6, or meal prepping for me and my wife, this app me with everything! I love the quick math it does when you change the number of servings! Several features here I’ve never seen before on any other cooking platform! Thanks!
I love the website, but the app is a worse experience, not better. I can’t search for and find recipes I’ve already found online to save them to my cookbook. I have to pay to access recipes I have access to for free on the website. The credits system just makes me want to never use this app. A flat price up front? Fine. A subscription? Fine? Your users’ first experience with this app is paying for it, then being asked to pay more to cook any of these ‘budget’ recipes. I wish I could like the app associated with such a good website.
Great blog, been following since the beginning, bought the book too. This app however, I’ve really tried to use it over the years, but it’s consistently terrible. I usually give up and just google the recipe I’m looking for. It’s faster and more accurate.
I paid for the app and for the recipes. Why do I have to earn additional credits to access all of the recipes? I thought that was the point of buying the app. Am I using it wrong? Beth’s recipes are the best, but I am not buying the app to hang out on it and play a game. This is a reference for me. I’d pay more to make that nonsense go away and just get access to all of the recipes from the start.
I just asked a question in the comments and discovered that once I typed it in I was unable to edit it at all before hitting send. I couldn’t correct it, delete a word, nothing. No chance to fix a typo. No chance to word the question better. I apparently got to the maximum number of characters so I couldn’t complete the last word. When I tried to delete a word and change it I found I was unable to do anything at all - except being forced to hit send. That is enough to discourage me from ever leaving a comment or asking a question. Very annoying aspect of the otherwise nice app. I have the paid version.
The app has a great flow with unique cooking functions allowing you to set timers for each step along with videos that integrate correct cooking techniques! As a college student I love knowing how much roughly the meal will cost before I decide to actually go to gather ingredients.
Wow. I have cooked several of the recipes and they all come out perfect every time, from a novice cook! I use mainly organic ingredients so my cost is higher, but the straightforwardness of the ingredients and instructions is exactly what I needed! Delicious staple flavors!
The app only has a fraction of the recipes online, and its search feature and filters are a bit useless. I love supporting what I appreciate via pay walls / apps / patreons, but this was a waste of money. The ‘filter’ let’s you choose between four or five primary ingredients, which isn’t that helpful since ‘Chicken’ is usually in the name and could be searched for. The filter should let you search for things with multiple ingredient criteria, and have many more options accordingly. Your recipes are great btw, I’ll continue reading the blog!
I use this app daily. I love the credit system and that you are encouraged to be interactive with the recipes. Keep up the great work!
I love the Budget Bytes blog and love the recipes. I just wish I could love the app more. I’m even okay with the credit system for new recipes. My problem is when I take the time to scroll through all the recipes and create cookbooks, I can never seem to load more than the first 15 or so recipes in a cookbook I created. Every time I pull down for more it just takes me to the top of the same recipes and never loads the rest that I have saved in that cookbook. It’s a shame because I love this app, but I am tired of constantly recreating cookbooks or searching for recipes that don’t load in the cookbooks I have saved them in.