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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 […]

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 15, 2014

5 Ingredients. (If you don’t count salt and pepper.) Seriously, just 5. Sweet potatoes. Parnsips. Carrots. Olive oil. Fresh rosemary. Boom. 5 ingredients. So, this is totally delicious. Totally and ridiculously delicious. So much so that I made it two nights in a row, and again for lunch a few days later. (Partly to use […]

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Chicken Apple Sausage with Chickpeas & Quinoa

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 10, 2014

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 […]

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Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Lentil Recipes

by Amanda Martin on November 20, 2014

Here’s how this time of year goes: You’re so busy doing the fun stuff, you’d prefer dinner to cook itself. But then, you remember all the treats you have been snacking on at work or all the icing you and the kids ingested making cookies or the thousands of calories you inhaled at the Thanksgiving […]

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Pollo Asado with Rice & Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 14, 2014

Can you forgive me? This happens to me every year and I adjusted my camera settings as best I could…but the silly time change doesn’t only mess with your infant and toddler (who am I kidding, everyone’s) sleep schedule. It messes with my work flow and having good light in the late afternoons. Now, there […]

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Short-Cut Butternut Squash and Borlotti Risotto

by Amanda Martin on November 6, 2014

I’m all about making life as easy as possible. Especially in the kitchen. This one-pot meal requires little attention from the chef unlike traditional risotto, but still tastes and looks so elegant. The borlotti beans are an Italian brown bean that can be replaced with pinto beans. It offers great color contrast. But I’ve made […]

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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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