Freezer Friendly

Chili might be my all time favorite thing to ‘double batch’ and freeze. I’ve not met a chili that I didn’t like, or that I couldn’t freeze. Below are a few of my favorite chili recipes, with all kinds of twists and (not-so) secret ingredients… Chili with Cornbread Waffles (pictured above) Slow Cooker Chili with […]


Freezer Friendly Stovetop Ratatouille

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 17, 2014

Yes, you can freeze Ratatouille. You can. Really, you can. A friend on Facebook shared the other day… Throwing together a quick dinner at the last minute when one kid is eating only soft stuff due to new braces, another kid is a vegetarian, and the third kid is avoiding dairy, and I left my […]

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Yes, another enchilada recipe. (In case you missed it, here are the Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas.) Here’s what I dig about enchilada recipes. They are so delicious and so easy to put together…but they do take a little bit of time with the rolling and snuggling of the enchiladas in the baking dish. For this […]


Butternut Cranberry Rice Pilaf ~ 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes

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

All the flavors of fall in a dinner dish. That’s this rice pilaf! When making this, I used 1/2 cup of wild rice because I have some in the pantry and I’m trying to use it up! You could use all brown rice or even all wild rice if you have some. Wild rice is […]


No need to buy the cans of sloppy joe mix (with funky ingredients), when you can make it yourself with spices that you probably already have in the pantry, plus a can of tomato sauce…give it whirl and let me know what you think! (As always, add spices to taste and salt and pepper to […]


Vegetable Alfredo Sauce ~ 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 13, 2014

Have you ever made your own alfredo sauce?! If not, I implore you. Challenge you. Demand you. (hehe!) No, I really think you should try it! I love playing with homemade white sauces, and in this case an alfredo sauce with veggies. Creamy, cheesy, salty and delicious over pasta! For this alfredo sauce, I decided to […]


I will only say one thing about this freezer jam…it’s the best way to make your own jam if you don’t have all the canning supplies, or if you’re afraid to ‘can’ them or just don’t want to! I’ve got the easy step by step directions waiting for you… Homemade Freezer Jam (No Sugar Added) […]


So many homemade mac ‘n cheese recipes call for making your own cheese sauce. This can be intimidating, I know. Which is why I created this recipe for you…no homemade cheese sauce necessary. This recipe calls for sour cream and shredded cheese to make the creamy-cheesy sauce. One of the reasons that I used the […]

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Homemade Freezer Friendly Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

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

Our family loves pizza. Even the dairy free kids. (They get special cheese.) There is just something about pizza. The crust, the sweeter sauce, the cheese, the flavor explosions from the toppings. Or maybe this Americanized Italian food somehow transports us to a world across the ocean to the boot shaped country…and we dream and long […]


SO. It’s getting towards the end of the growing season and it’s time to think about what to do with your fresh herbs from the garden. Of course, if you have the right space in your house, you could bring them inside and keep them growing. Or you could get them into the freezer…so that […]