Freezer Friendly

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 […]


Having a stash of goodies is essential for making it through busy weeknights and weekday mornings! I love having breakfast muffins in the freezer for a quick ‘grab n go’ breakfast. I recently heard a stat from a trusted source that the average American spends 7 minutes on breakfast. All parts of breakfast…preparing it, cooking […]


These enchiladas will knock your socks off…literally. They are so delicious and so easy to prepare. (Especially if you have shredded chicken prepared in the freezer. In fact, I think I’m going to rearrange the meal plan I’ve written up for our family this week and add these to it! Because I know that every […]


In addition to cooked, shredded chicken and spaghetti sauces, I also love having meatballs on hand in the freezer. I generally freeze them before I cook them, so that I can decide later if I want to bake them or saute them and cook with the sauce in a skillet. Meatballs freeze really well and […]