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How to Roast Hatch Chiles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 25, 2014

My trip to the grocery store last week almost brought me to tears. An old friend caught my eye as I entered the store. The beautiful, glossy green pepper I look forward to every year was back. I knew that my weekend would revolve around roasting and enjoying these deliciously warm, smoky, and mildly hot […]

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15 Grab ‘n Go Breakfast Ideas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 20, 2014

Well, we’ve been talking so much about back to school lunches, I almost forgot about the whole ‘what’s a quick and easy breakfast option that I can grab ‘n go’ concept! BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE THOSE MORNINGS. I try to get everyone up 15 minutes earlier than I think we need to get up, in […]

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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

Have you ever cooked bacon in the oven?! It used to be that I’d cook a few pieces of bacon from the package in a skillet, occassionally the microwave if I was in a hurry. But this growing brood of boys of mine means I’m making a full package every.single.time. Because we like bacon. BACON. […]

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How to Pan Roast Radishes

by Jenn K on August 7, 2014

Radishes.  Obscure. Underrated. They might be one of those vegetables that you pass up at the farmer’s market or in the grocery store. But you shouldn’t… They have a great peppery flavor with crisp, crunchy texture…until you cook them!  They are filled with Vitamin C, Potassium, antioxidants and fiber. Here are a few things I learned on […]

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How to Choose & Cut a Cantaloupe

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

Because I’ve been asked a number of times in the past few weeks, and recently showed a friend who was having dinner with us, I thought I’d share how I cut a cantaloupe to serve to the kids. Two of the kids have a ‘skin issue’…meaning that they don’t like the skin on any fruit. […]

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How to Make the Perfect S’mores

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

This past week was our spring break…and we enjoyed a part stay-cation here in San Antonio, followed by a long weekend at my friend’s ranch-river house near Leakey, TX. It was little boy heaven and no one wanted to leave, myself included. My happy, carefree, adventurous Charlie, walking through the river. Nevermind that wet jeans […]

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Citrus-Rosemary Roasted Chicken {Live Cooking Demo}

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

I’ve had this on my “to make list” for a while now…I wanted to get it made while the prices on citrus were still rock bottom and have been waiting for a great sale on whole chickens. The grocery sale stars aligned and I scored a great price on a whole chicken earlier this week, […]

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Curried Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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

This recipe right here is why I’m not to be trusted in a grocery store without a list, or with a partial list. What you should see pictured above mixed in with the quinoa are some green peas. But they never made it on my grocery list and my short term memory in a grocery […]

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For those who need food allergy friendly baking ingredients, holiday baking can get expensive quickly!  However, if you make your own Gluten Free Flour Blend, then you will start to see real savings.  This GF flour blend recipe can be substituted 1:1 in most baking recipes that call for regular flour.  It’ll last longer if […]

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Recipes & Tips for a Rice and Beans Budget

by Jenn K on October 14, 2013

Even though the recipes we share on this site are mostly on a $5 per meal budget, there are times in the month that you might really need to tighten the belt on the expenses even more…making it more like a $3 or $4 meal for a family of four!  To make this happen easily […]

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