Pumpkin Applesauce – After School Snack

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 20, 2010

I think I’ve accidentally started an After School Snack series for Wednesdays. This week…Pumpkin Applesauce!


Chicken and Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Creamy Maple Vinaigrette

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 25, 2010

Perhaps it’s the half marathon training and the fact that my body is just CRAVING calories! Not only am I still full-time nursing, I’ve decided to train for the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half Marathon…I think I’m burning close to 3,000 calories per day. Hence *maybe* the fourth serving of this delicious quinoa salad.


Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 11, 2010

(Please pardon the iPhone photo. Dead camera battery.) I went out yesterday morning to survey the garden…and to make sure it survived our weekend away. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of red grape-roma tomatoes, and a meal’s worth of green beans!  I picked some basil, parsley and oregano and then got to work. […]


Red Quinoa with Avocado, Black Beans and Corn

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 9, 2010

For a while now, I’ve been toying with the idea of putting myself on a Gluten Free diet. No real reason really. Just want to see if I feel any different when eliminating gluten. And here is a recipe that will be on the menu when (if ever) I decide to make that leap. Red […]


Cranberry Chicken and Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 20, 2010

So this meal was pretty good.  Came out a little on the bitter side, so I just sprinkled a little sugar over the cranberries on everyone’s plate and we were all happy! So…you could add a little extra sweetener in before you bake it, or you could do as I did. It really was tasty…after […]


Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 19, 2010

Part Freezer-Part Pantry Meal I froze the chicken breasts in the marinade. I froze the broccoli when on sale. And I used up some potatoes from the pantry to make the fries. And who says seafood seasoning had to be used on seafood!!! Ingredients 3 large chicken breasts ($2.47) Bought when on sale for $1.77/lb! […]


Honey Ginger Salmon – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2010

Several times in 2009, I found fresh Atlantic salmon on sale for $2.99/lb…regularly $7.99/lb!  This great deal never appeared on the front page of the store circular…but was hidden on the inside pages! I asked for a pound. Brought it home. Cut it into 4 4 oz. portions. Added the marinade. And froze. Saturday night, […]


Creamy Potato Miso Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 9, 2009

Tonight’s Recipe comes from Alisa of One Frugal Foodie! She shares a Vegan/Vegetarian (optional), Dairy-Free, Soy-Free (use a chickpea miso), Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free recipe tonight! Alisa blogs at One Frugal Foodie with a focus on using whole foods to create inexpensive, healthy recipes. She is also the founder of Go Dairy Free , the website, and author […]

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Peanut Butter Rollups and Pumpkin Applesauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 23, 2009

Sharing two of our favorite lunch and snack items today! If you’ve got little people around, check these out!


Pork Chops with Peach Salsa

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 13, 2009

Dinner from the Grill…Pork Chops, Peach Salsa and a Zucchini and Tomato Medley!