Hawaiian Meatloaf

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 8, 2013

So I have a new item on my stockpile list: crushed pineapple. That way, I can make this any time I want. Because I will be making it often. Being a food blogger, I’m always trying out new recipes and mix-n-match concepts with the food that I have on hand and what’s on sale at […]


Alea’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

by Alea on March 12, 2013

My family loves corned beef and cabbage, so I take advantage of the sales on both items at this time of year. I buy extra corned beef when it goes on sale, so we can enjoy it over the next couple of months rather than just on St. Patrick’s Day. When I make Corned Beef […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Alea’s Shepherd’s Pie

by Alea on December 27, 2012

This recipe is fast and easy to prepare, especially if you use leftovers from your holiday dinners. Shepherd’s Pie is often made using ground beef, but it is an especially delicious way to use up leftover roast. You can also use leftover vegetables and top it with leftover mashed potatoes if you have them on […]


101 Chili Recipes from Around the Web

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 9, 2012

I’m on a mission here y’all. Our family loves chili…for several reasons. It’s one of the few “soups” that I know that all the boys will eat (even if one still picks around any beans), it’s generally very inexpensive to make, and it makes us all feel warm and cozy inside. So that brings me […]


Butternut Squash Chili

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 5, 2012

It’s always risky experimenting with recipes when you have guests over for dinner. But it’s also good…in that you get great feedback. Good or bad. And this chili…only good feedback We had our family join us for dinner last weekend and this is what I made. I can’t not purchase butternut squash at the store […]


BBQ Meatball Sliders

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 29, 2012

So this is my first “set” of meatballs since moving to Texas. And I thought making BBQ style ones would only be appropriate…seeing as how there is a BBQ joint on every second corner around here. (At least it seems that way!) I had some dinner rolls I’d picked up “on special” and some meat […]


Alea’s Skillet Lasagna

by Alea on September 25, 2012

I have been making different types of vegetable lasagnas all summer. After the last one, my oldest son said, “your veggie lasagnas are awesome, but I’m wondering when you are going to make a standard lasagna”. Obviously making a “standard lasagna” shot to the top of my to-do list! But our life has been crazy […]


Alea’s Slow Cooker Taco Soup

by Alea on August 28, 2012

When life is busy it is even more important for my family to find time to eat together. There is something so relaxing about sitting around the table together chatting, laughing, and reconnecting. However, it can be rough to throw together a family dinner when we walk in the door a few minutes before dinner […]