Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 3, 2013

So this was my lunch yesterday and today. And I’m thinking about whipping up another bowlful this weekend to serve with some yummy grilled chicken (if it warms back up enough to be pleasant for eating outdoors! Brr!). And whipping up is probably not the best verb here…because there is no whipping involved. Just stirring […]


Pinto Beans with Peaches and Bacon

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 19, 2013

Before you wonder off to your next stop online…hear me out on this one. I know it sounds strange. Taking our boys out for dinner is an adventure. We don’t go out often, but when we do it’s usually with family, so we at least have a 1 on 1 ratio at the table. We […]


Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 25, 2013

As  promised, more cilantro recipes! We love love love these black beans. I’ve made them here and there over the years, and have “rediscovered” them…now that we live in the land of really inexpensive cilantro and super delicious mangoes. My oldest son isn’t the biggest fan of beans, but he seemed to enjoy these. I’m […]


Rice and Beans Budget – March’s Board of the Month

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 4, 2013

So it’s time for another Pinterest board to be featured…and for March, we are highlighting the “Rice and Beans Budget” board. Dave Ramsey coined the phrase and it’s a popular one around here…and in our home. We are Dave Ramsey fans and really appreciate the simplicity of his plan to financial freedom and a debt […]


White Bean & Corn Chowder

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 20, 2013

{$5 Dinners - Rice and Beans Budget Board} Who ever said beans were bland, anyways? Seriously y’all. There is so so so much flavor packed into this chowder. There’s just something about a homemade white sauce with the flavors of the veggies and the stock. So rich, so simple…just down home, “roux goodness,” y’all. We enjoyed this […]


Mexican Stack-Es, Also Known As…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 15, 2013

{Pin It to your favorite recipes board!} I’m not sure what took me so long to figure these out. I recently chatted with my friend in OH who made the “Polynesian Buffet” for us (now, years ago…where does the time go!). After our chat, I was remembering that dinner and decided that we needed to do […]


Lentil Stew with Pita Chips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 6, 2013

{$5 Dinners - Rice and Beans Budget Board} I discovered lentils when we lived in the Dominican Republic. I don’t think I’d eaten them ever in my life before moving down there. At first, I wasn’t too sure about them…as they way we cooked them while in the DR, they were still fairly bland. But I’ve since […]


Sausage Chili

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 30, 2013

Thanks so much to Kristi from Mom’s Confessions for sharing this great recipe with us. I’m still on “leave,” enjoying my time with new baby and settling into life as a family of 6. I’m so grateful for the help and support of my fellow bloggers during this time! ~Erin With cold weather months upon […]


Split Pea and Asparagus Soup with Parmesan-Garlic Toast

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 26, 2012

{Repin It - $5 Dinners - Rice and Beans Budget Board} Warm and cozy. Deliciously filling. A savory winter soup, pureed to perfection… So this meal went down two ways at our dinner table…One way for my bowl, and another for Steve’s bowl. Steve wanted the dip his Parmesan-Garlic Toast in the soup, almost scooping it out. […]


15 Bean Pot Pie

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 14, 2012

So I can’t claim this idea. It came from a friend…and I knew I had to try it out with the Hurst Beans. And boy, oh boy. It worked. And by golly, it’s delicious! So all you vegetarians out there, this one’s for you! (And anyone else who likes pot pie too!) (Beans are much […]