Potato Pancake with “Refried” Beans {Vegetarian}

Potato Pancakes with Refried Beans

Many years ago, on my first trip to Europe, my in-laws took me to a restaurant built around potatoes. Everything had potatoes. That one experience opened my eyes to what potatoes can do. And I've since experimented, but never as much as I wished. Potato pancakes are such an easy workhorse. You can put almost anything sweet or savory on top of them. If you're looking for … [Read more...]

Sweet ‘n Spicy Cajun Ham & Bean Soup ~ Perfect for Easter Leftovers!

Sweet Spicy Cajun Bean & Ham Soup Recipe

If you're looking for a soup that is rich in flavor, has a bit of a kick (or a lot of a kick if you are BFFs with your Tabasco bottle) and just the right amount of sweetness, I've got you covered. I love stretching leftover Easter ham as far as it will possibly go. And I can't let the ham bone go to waste...and I always end up making a fantastic soup with beans, the ham bone … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Bean & Corn with Salsa Soup

Vegetarian Bean & Corn with Salsa Soup | 5DollarDinners.com

Last winter, I made this soup nearly every other day because it's THAT good.  So easy and healthy and yummy! Because everything is already cooked, the heating option depends on the time you have before dinner. It heats in the microwave, on the stove, or in a slow cooker. It's so versatile, you can serve it with quesadillas, rice or just about anything else. One more … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Paella-Style Quinoa and Peas {Gluten Free & Freezer Friendly}

Slow Cooker Paella-Style Quinoa and Peas | 5DollarDinners.com

Quintessential paella has the following key ingredients: green peas, aromatic saffron, and the Latino all-purpose seasoning, Adobo. Don’t skip this recipe if you don’t have adobo in your pantry. The first time I heard of adobo seasoning, I asked a friend to show me her bottle. The main ingredients were salt, black pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, and tumeric. So if you … [Read more...]

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Please pardon the iphone photo above. I did what I could with it in my photo editing software, but it's still an iphone photo! ;) I've done a number of stuffed potatoes and sweet potatoes on the site over the years, but never these. I love them because they are a great way to use up leftover chili. In your week's menu, you can schedule a chili meal, perhaps with some … [Read more...]