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Delicious and easy. That’s the name of my cooking game friend! This salmon is both of those things…super simple to prepare and oh, so tasty too! Salmon recipes are not ones I share around here often, but I think it’s important to serve fish and seafood as part of a balanced diet. When I do […]

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Bulgur and Pesto Stuffed Bell Peppers

by Amanda Martin on October 23, 2014

Have you ever noticed that certain genres of meals lend themselves perfectly to using up just about any leftovers? Here’s an example. Oatmeal will accept any random leftover fruit to be stirred into the cooking process.  I once found one loan pear slice stashed in the bottom of the freezer. It got chopped and added […]

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Slow Cooker Carne Asada

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 19, 2014

One afternoon every week, my husband and I do a kid swap in the late afternoon for one of my son’s weekly eye therapy appointments. Because I’d rather not sit in the waiting room with 3 squirrely little boys, he swings by after he leaves work and picks them up and takes them home. On […]

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Make Ahead Oatmeal – Packets & Cook Ahead Methods

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 18, 2014

So…it the ‘mom’s new year’ as many people call it. August is the time when moms all over regroup from the leisurely days of sleeping in, pool fun and all other summer activities. Regrouping involves a shift in mindset back into routine and structure, but it often involves getting up earlier, having to get breakfast […]

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 18, 2014

I have a problem. But I know it’s a problem and I’m working on it. Each week is different, some weeks better than others. Here is my problem: I bite off more than I can chew. (Not with food…with our schedule.) While I crave simplicity and flexibility, I also know that I don’t like to […]

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Cumin Pork Roast with Black Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 23, 2014

I have a kid who doesn’t like beans. He’ll eat a few bites, but with hesitation! The other three kiddos have no issues with beans…in fact, last night the baby (toddler, really!) had beans and bean juice all over him. It was on his chin, his chest, his arms, his legs. He had a bib […]

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Spring Vegetables

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 18, 2014

I rarely. I mean rarely. Like practically never. Ever. Maybe once every 2 years. Look at other cookbooks. I use my own all the time (for reference in baking or to check if I’ve done that recipe before or to replicate a flavor combination, but cook it differently.) A few weeks ago, I was clearing […]

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Caramelized Onion & Barbecue Meatloaf

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 6, 2014

Sometimes I wish I blogged only about burgers. Just burgers, that is all. Because I adore burgers…grilled at home, from a restaurant, even fast food (but Whataburger only!) burgers. Here’s one of my all time favorite burger. I think you can see why. Anytime there is burger on the menu that has caramelized onions, I’m […]

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Honey Mustard Lentils & Rice Casserole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 2, 2014

What’s with the crazy half-fluffed photo, Erin? I know that’s what your thinking. I haven’t lost my mind. Well…since this cooking method is probably a new concept for many of you, I decided to just fluff half of the dish before snapping the photo so that you can see what it will look like when […]

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One of the beautiful things about a pantry challenge (from 2 weeks ago!) is that you unearth treasures from the depths of your freezer. And one of those treasures for me was a 20 oz. package of chorizo links. (Score!) I knew right away that I could pull off another ‘pantry challenge meal’ with the […]

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