Hoppin’ John Recipe for a Hoppin’ New Year

Hoppin' John Recipe

Black eyed peas make me think of two things. Well, three really. 1. The band. What fun music they produce! {bustin' out the dance moves} 2. My grandfather. He passed away many years ago, but I remember going to visit him in Houston when I was a kid. We'd eat at one of two restaurants near his home. I preferred 'The Black Eyed Pea,' right on I-10. It's long gone now, but … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice ~ Freezer Friendly

Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

Could this possibly be easier or more yummy? Three ingredients in your slow cooker means a hearty, warm, freezer-friendly dinner can be ready with only 5 minutes of effort. My family boycotts the kitchen when we run out of a few items. Bananas are one. And split peas are another. I'm glad something so popular is easy to make and freezes well. Unlike other legumes and beans, … [Read more...]

One-Dish Chili Mac

One-Dish Chili Mac Recipe on 5DollarDinners.com

Wanna know what your new family favorite recipe is going to be? Not only to make, but to eat too! This chili cooks all in the same pot...and if you toss in some chopped up carrots and/or spinach, it could be a complete meal in the one-dish. Talk about a winner! Our family loves this Chili Mac and I'm working on a slow cooker edition for it too...stay tuned... Oh, … [Read more...]

Chicken Apple Sausage with Chickpeas & Quinoa

Chicken Apple Sausage with Chickpeas & Quinoa | 5DollarDinners.com

When I need a quick go-to meal, I often turn to the chicken apple sausage that I keep stashed in my freezer. It sits right next to the fish sticks. In the 'it's been a terrible day and I can't even think about what to make, so I'm going to toss these fish sticks in the oven, or these sausages on the grill' section of my freezer. Everyone needs a section like that. If you … [Read more...]

Rice Cooker Hearty Tomato Soup

Rice Cooker Hearty Tomato Soup

What's this about a rice cooker? Turns out, it works a bit like a slow cooker. Only a little faster. It uses less energy than cooking on a stove. And, for me, seems to make less of a mess. Try it sometime. Like with this soup. Tomato soup and grilled cheese are about as American as apple pie, right?  And tomato soup seems like one of the standard things to come in to from … [Read more...]