Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 5, 2013

This recipe is part of the 9 Organic Meals from Costco for $100 Plan.  I love simple, load and go meals in the slow cooker. They make my life simple…and I especially love this one because my entire family will eat this without a grumble. Including the 18 month old! With this recipe, it helps […]

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Slow Cooker Lemon & Garlic Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 26, 2013

It’s really unfortunate that photos can’t communicate taste. And flavor infusion. Because seriously, I can taste the lemon and garlic flavors that infused perfectly into the chicken and the potatoes…just looking at the photo. I was actually quite surprised…as I’ve made a number of different garlic-chicken-potatoes slow cooker meals in the past, but not this […]


Baked Chicken & Spinach Flautas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 21, 2013

No, I’m not crazy. Well, maybe a little. Yes, I turned my oven up to 450. In the summer. But it was sorta cool out. We’d been at the pool, and kicked out by a massive thunderstorm that was followed by a cold front. And the temps dipped to a chilly 78. Yes, that feels […]

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Seven Layer Tostadas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 14, 2013

This is one of those “it just came together” meals… A few weeks back, we took the kids downtown during Fiesta week to go to the River Parade. They were serving some delicious tex-mex options in the section where our seats were located. They had fajitas, as well as bean and cheese tostadas. The kids […]


Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 5, 2013

So we’ve turned up the A/C downstairs to help keep the utility bill as low as possible, and I’ve already found myself not using the oven much anymore! That means the majority of our dinners are being cooked outside. (And those that aren’t grilled are “no-cook” dinners, as in the case of last night, when I […]


Alea’s Korean Barbecue Chicken

by Alea on May 28, 2013

I really enjoy the Korean Barbecue Chicken at one of our local restaurants and occasionally find an excuse to stop in. However a while back I realized that for less than the cost of one meal at the restaurant, I could make enough at home to feed my whole family and the neighbors. Seriously! And […]


Grilled Pomegranate Chicken with Mango BBQ Sauce

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

Grilling season is officially upon us. Well, it’s been upon us here in South Texas for a few weeks…some days better than others for grilling. I’m thinking the last “really cold” front has passed through and we’ve been enjoying some lovely weather as a result. This weekend we had my sister and her family over […]


My daughter says we “speed date” food because I love playing with ingredients and am constantly creating new recipes. My family becomes attached to certain recipes and wants me to make the same things over and over and over again. My daughter says that asking for spaghetti twice in one month is not asking for […]


Magda’s Cranberry Orange Chicken

by Jenn K on April 18, 2013

This recipe is a real hit at our house. Everyone loves it. It is really easy to do and elegant enough for company. I would absolutely serve during a dinner party like to one referred to in my frugal tip below. Cranberry Orange Chicken Yield – 4-6 servings Preparation Time – 10 minutes Cooking Time […]


Dutch Oven Lemon Chicken with Peas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 12, 2013

Spring is here. (I think.) I know in many parts of the country, it seems like you skipped spring. 30 degrees one day, 80 degrees the next. While the weather hasn’t been quite that hormonal here in TX, it certainly smells like spring and there is pollen dust everywhere. *achoo* (Actually, we did have a […]