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Sep 3rd

Episodes » Episode 42: Bar B Que Baked Beans!

Here we are - nearly labor day, the last day of the summer and the last summertime recipe of Economy Bites! We're sad that the scortching New York City summer days are at an end...but not really. Actually, it's pretty hard to do our show in the summer. No air conditioning in the kitchen = cranky, smelly E. Biters. Be glad that you're on THIS side of the camera!

Now that I've riled up your appetite, take a look at our final summer Economy Bites recipe: Bar B Que baked beans!



Tags: beans, bar b que recipe, southern recipe, cheap recipe, beans recipe, bacon, easy recipe, easy southern recipe

Sep 2nd

Recipes » Bar B Que Baked Beans


-3 medium yellow onions, diced

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-6 strips bacon

-1/2 cup molasses

-1/2 cup bar b que sauce

-1/2 cup ketchup

-1 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

-1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

-3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

-4 1/2 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar

-3 14.5oz cans Kidney beans, drained

-salt and pepper to taste


Tags: bar b que, summer recipe, beans, bar b que beans, easy recipe, cheap recipes, southern recipes, bar b que recipe

Apr 30th

Recipes » Chicken Chorizo Meatloaf


-1 sweet yellow onion, diced

-1 jalapeno, diced (stem removed)

-1 red pepper, diced (stem removed)

-2 cloves of garlic, diced

-4 small links of chorizo, diced

-1 Tbsp tomato paste

 -1 cup breadcrumbs

-1 Tbsp cumin

-1/2 Tbsp chile powder

-pinch cayenne pepper, paprika and salt

-2 eggs, whisked

-1 lb ground chicken



Tags: chorizo, meatloaf, texmex recipe, chicken, easy recipe, cheap recipe, easy cheap recipe, easy cheap texmex recipe

Mar 25th

Recipes » Penne a la Vodka


-1 24 oz. jar tomato sauce 

-1/2 cup vodka

-3/4 cup heavy cream

-1/2 cup parmesan plus more for topping

-1 box penne

-1 Tbsp oregano

-salt and pepper to taste


Tags: penne vodka, italian food, italian recipe, easy recipe, cheap italian recipe, cheap and easy italian recipe, penne vodka recipe, cheap penne vodka recipe, booze recipe, recipes with alcohol, heavy cream, vodka, parmesan, penne

Feb 25th

Episodes » Episode 20: Pot Roast Ala Connie Thomas

This episode is really special for 3 reasons:


  1. It's our 20th, which is a huge milestone for a little internet show that started with 2 people, 1 gchat conversation and a whole lotta gall.
  2. It co-stars our intern, Emily, who is super fabulous. We love her dearly, even though she left us to finish her senior year of college (ugh). I'm farely certain you guys will love her, too.
  3. The recipe itself is special to me because it came from a really wonderful lady, Leslie, whose mom used to make it. Leslie has been an E. Bites supporter since it's infancy, and we love her.

Now some important (no, serioulsy this time) notes...


Tags: pot roast, pot roast recipe, easy recipe, easy roast recipe, easy beef recipe, martha stewart, martha stewart cooking school

Jan 7th

Recipes » Allie's Tortilla Soup

** Note: recipe has been increased since filming. Also - the spice amounts are approximate. Spice to your desired taste.


-3/4 cup white or yellow onion, diced small

-1 jalepeno, diced and seeded

-3 garlic cloves, diced small

-1 1/2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes with chilis

-6 cups chicken broth

-1 1/2 Tbsp cumin

-1/2 Tbsp chili powder

-1/2 Tbsp onion powder

-1 tsp cayenne Pepper

-1/2 tsp Paprika

-pinch of salt, pepper, white pepper and crushed red pepper

-2 cups shredded cooked chicken

-10 corn tortillas

Optional (but encouraged) cilantro, cheddar cheese, lime juice and avocados for garnish.


Tags: tortilla soup, texmex recipe, tex mex recipe, tortilla soup recipe, easy recipe, easy soup recipe, cheap recipe, cheap soup recipe, easy cheap soup recipe

Dec 10th

Recipes » Thai Chicken Pasta


-4 thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-1 to 2 Tbsp grill seasoning

-1 box of thick spaghetti

-1 large seedless cucumber, pealed and sliced thin

-2 red peppers, chopped into strips

-4 or 5 large carrots, sliced thin

-1 bunch of scallions, chopped

-cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

-1 lime for juice


-1/3 cup peanut butter, microwaved for 30 seconds

-1 shallot, diced

-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar

-1/2 cup soy sauce

-1/2 cup honey

-1 Tbsp sesame oil

-2 Tbsp hot sauce

-2 tsp crushed red pepper



Tags: thai chicken pasta, allie schwartz, daniel schloss, thai recipe, chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, cheap thai recipe, easy thai recipe, thai chicken recipe, pasta, vegetables, peanut butter, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, chicken, thai at home, asian recipe

Nov 19th

Recipes » Arroz con Pollo y Frijoles


-4 chicken breasts with skin

-1 cup of long grain rice

-2 cups water

-1 chicken bullion cube

-1 packet Goya Sazon seasoning (can substitute any Mexican seasoning)

-1 tub of fresh pico de gallo (or 14.5 oz can of tomatoes, or jar of salsa)

-2 14 oz cans of black beans, juice drained

-1 14 oz can of water

-4 cloves garlic

-2 to 3 Tbsp cumin (for beans)

-1 to 2 Tbsp garlic powder (for beans)

-1 Tbsp chili powder (for beans)

-olive oil

-salt and pepper to taste



Tags: arroz con pollo, chicken recipe, mexican recipe, spanish rice, spicy rice recipe, spanish rice recipe, black beans, black bean recipe, easy recipe, spicy recipe, mexican meal, easy mexican meal

Oct 22nd

Episodes » Episode 4: Allie's Tuna Salad

Welcome back to Economy Bites. Guess what? It's our one month anniversary since launching our site back in olden time (10/2). Congratulations to us! We've made it a month! How are we celebrating? TUNA FOR EVERYONE!!


Tags: tuna salad, easy recipe, tuna recipe, tuna salad recipe, sweet tuna salad, tuna, episode 4, lunch recipe, dinner recipe, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
Recipes » Allie's Tuna Salad




-2 to 3 large cans of white Albacore tuna 

 -1 large red onion, diced  

-1 green apple, diced  

-3 to 4 stalks of celery, chopped  

-1 Tbsp dijon mustard, plus more to taste

-1 Tbsp mayonnaise, plus more to taste

-1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish, plus more to taste

-salt and pepper to taste




    Tags: tuna, tuna salad, easy recipe, episode 3, cheap recipe, apples, sweet tuna salad, dinner recipe, lunch recipe

    Oct 16th

    Episodes » Episode 3: Hoisin Veggie Stir Fry

    ***this episode originally aired in October 2009.

    Can you hear me, internet? I'm talkin to you! We are now 3 weeks into our Economy Bites internet-o experiment-o and I have to say that the response has been amazing! I'm overwhelmed by the positivity pouring out from every web-orafice: our fans are the best best BEST!


    Tags: asian recipe, mom, suzy schwartz, easy recipe, healthy recipe, yummy recipe, hoisin sauce, stir fry, pasta, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
    Recipes » Hoisin Veggie Stir Fry

    -1 Tbsp peanut oil 
    -5 carrots thinly sliced on the diagonal 
    -1/2 lb snow peas, tips and strings removed 
    -12 oz mushrooms, sliced 
    -1 to 2 Tbsp ginger 
    -1 cup cashews 
    -1 6 to 8 oz can bamboo shoots
    -1 6 to 8 oz can water chestnuts
    -1 to 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    -3 Tbsp water
    -1 lb Linguini or Spaghetti



    -2/3 cup Hoisin sauce

    -3 Tbsp Soy Sauce

    -3 Tbsp Chinese Rice Wine 

    -sirache or red pepper flakes at your discretion


    Tags: Hoisin sauce, episode 3, cheap recipe, easy recipe, stir fry, Asian recipe, vegetarian recipe,

    Oct 8th

    Episodes » Episode 2: Ground Turkey Penne Bake

    Welcome back everybody! Thanks for returning for Episode Two: Ground Turkey Penne Bake. This recipe originates with my Grandma Bernice, and she is not Italian. She's a Jew, and she's from Cuero, TX, a place I'm basically sure you've never heard of. That said, she is a fabulous cook, as are many Jewish grandmothers from small towns.

    Grandma Bernice's basic baked pasta recipe consisted of shells, marinara sauce and the delicious kicker: a Parmesan cheese crust. It is fabulous in its simplicity. When I started dabbling in cookery, it was one of the first recipes I attempted because it's so easy and yummy. As I've gotten more adventurous, I've tried adding a ton of different things to this dish in hopes of finding a great combination: mushrooms, ground beef, ricotta cheese, etc. etc. etc. Some of the stuff worked and some of it reallllllllllllly didn't. But that's OK, I'm not ashamed! It takes a lot of tries before you land on a winner. And I definitely have found a winner in this pasta combo!

    The final dish you'll see on the video involves wheat pasta, mushrooms, onions and, of course, the pièce de résistance, the Parmesan crust. Oh man, I'm tasting that crust in my mouth right now, and it tastes GOOD. That sentence was gross, but trust me, this pasta dish isn't.


    Tags: ground turkey, penne, episode 2, ground turkey penne bake, Italian recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, Penne Pasta, Pasta, mushrooms, marinara sauce, daniel schloss, allie schwartz
    Recipes » Ground Turkey Penne Bake

    -1 lb ground turkey (93/7 lean)  
    -1/2 medium white onion, diced  
    -1 package of raw mushrooms, chopped  
    -3 cloves garlic, diced  
    -1 lb whole wheat penne
    -1 24 oz jar tomato sauce
    -1 16 oz bottle parmesan cheese
    -1 to 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
    -1/2 Tbsp rosemary, fresh or dried 
      -Olive oil
    -Salt and pepper


    Tags: Episode 2, ground turkey, ground turkey penne bake, pasta, penne, penne pasta, baked pasta, mushrooms, marinara sauce, cheap recipe, easy recipe, Italian recipe

    Oct 6th

    Recipes » My Fried Ian's Chicken Caesar Salad w/ Cheesy Garlic Croutons

    So, I love me some Caesar salad, but I can't imagine myself cooking with a can of anchovies. Maybe I'm closed minded, but I don't like fish that comes in a tin... oh, except for Tuna, which I actually like a lot.


    My friend Ian gave me this recipe and I like it because it fulfills my need for an anchovy-less Caesar dressing, and it's a great recipe for my leftover roasted chicken. I think y'all will all enjoy it.


    Tags: Roasted chicken, salad, salad with chicken, caesar salad, garlic croutons, leftovers chicken, leftover chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe,

    Oct 4th

    Recipes » Allie's Staple Mish-Mosh Salad

    Here's a great little salad idea for when you're ready to re-purpose your roasted chicken. This is my staple mish-mosh lunch. it's healthy, hearty and filling, which is a lot to say for a salad. Enjoy!


    · 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped

    · 1/4 - 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved

    · 1/4 cup cucumber, sliced thin

    · 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas

    · 1/4 cup hearts of palm

    · 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin

    · 1/2 to 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

    · 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled


    · 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

    · 2 tsp Dijon mustard

    · 1/4 cup olive oil

    · Salt & Pepper to taste


    Tags: chicken, salad with chicken, economy bites, cheap recipe, easy recipe, salad, roasted chicken, balsamic vinegar, chickpeas, cucumbers, hearts of palm, red onion, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, romaine lettuce

    Oct 1st

    Episodes » Episode 1: Roasted Chicken

    WELCOME TO YOUR NEW FAVORITE (web) TV SHOW!! Economy Bites, the show that teaches you to make yummy, economical dishes that'll last you from Sunday to Thursday!

    Here is our first episode: Roasted Chicken. Believe me, we struggled back and forth about which episode we would air first. We landed on chicken for a few reasons:

    1: (most) everybody likes chicken.
    2: It's ridiculously easy to make.
    3: My hair looks fabulous in this episode...


    Tags: first episode, roasted chicken, allie schwartz, daniel schloss, economy bites, caesar salad, garlic crouton, easy recipe, economical recipe, cheap recipe, chicken recipe
    Recipes » Roasted Chicken



    -2 Tbsp. olive oil

    -2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

    -8-10 cloves garlic, smashed

    -2 Tbsp. fresh or dried Thyme

    -2 Tbsp. fresh or dried rosemary

    -1 lemon, halved

    -1 4 lb. whole roasting chicken  rinsed under cold water & dried

    -2 yellow onions, chopped

    -2 carrot, chopped

    -salt & pepper to taste



    Tags: roasted chicken, roasted chicken recipe, chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, chicken
    Blog » Mark Bittman, my hero

    To start this blog off right, I thought I'd post a snippet of an article by Mark Bittman, my favorite food writer. Call this my working mission statement, if you will...


    Tags: Mark Bitman, New York times,, the minimalist, easy recipe, Paul Deen
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