Pantry Staples

Enchilada Meatloaf ~ 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 3, 2014

Mix up your next meatloaf night with this delicious Enchilada Meatloaf and it’s surprise ingredient. This recipe makes 2 meatloaves…one for dinner, one for the freezer. I created it this way so that you can win at least 1 weeknight dinner coming up! It’s just comforting to know that you have dinner ready to pop […]

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Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal {and Baked Oatmeal Recipe RoundUp!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 8, 2014

You’ve got to make this before the berries become obsolete for the winter. Down here in San Antonio, I’m still seeing good prices on berries every couple of weeks. And if you see a great deal on berries…stock up and freeze. Now. You’ll thank yourself in the middle of December or January when you are […]

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Organic Ingredient Price List for Costco

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 12, 2014

The reason that our family decided to get a Costco membership is because of the rice milk. 5 of 6 family members are rice milk drinkers and the cost difference of buying rice milk at Costco vs. the grocery store allows us to ‘pay our membership fee back’ in about 10 weeks time. I’ve been […]

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Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 9, 2014

We love Sloppy Joes (and Janes) at our house. We love them slider style (which is actually easier for the kids!), cheesesteak style, meatless style, as well as the with the store bought can and the DIY sauce. Regardless of how they are made, we love them. I find in the summer months that they […]

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I was goofing off in the kitchen yesterday (yes on Mother’s Day!) and I was poking around in the cabinets and freezer and decided that this week would be perfect for a pantry challenge week. It will give me the opportunity to be creative, to keep out of the drive thru lane (it’s one of […]

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Slopp-Cheesy Joe Sliders

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

This recipe is featured in the 21 Freezer Cooking Recipes from Costco Meal Plan #5. We are huge sloppy joe fans. Definitely one of those meals that I know all the plates on the table will be polished clean. This meal could easily be slipped into the First Costco Meal Plan, or the Second Costco […]

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Chicken Fajita Nachos

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

I love it when I’m actually operating “one step ahead” of myself. What I mean by that, is that life moves so much more smoothly when I’m prepared. When I’ve taken a few minutes at some point to actually prepare. It makes meals like this one easier to get to the table…and these days, I […]

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Our 20 Meals from Costco for $150 was quite popular as so many people found it helpful – yay!  So, we decided to do the same menu plan (with a few substitutions) for those that shop at Sam’s Club. Sign up for a Sam’s Club membership online here if you don’t already have one. Let’s […]

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Chili with Caramelized Onion Cornbread

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 28, 2013

I heart caramelized onions. I adore the flavor and I especially love the way they make the house smell when they are caramelizing. Its a tossup between caramelizing onions and roasting garlic. Jury is still out on that one. So I’m teaming up with Formula 409 and their ‘America’s Love Affair with Grease’ campaign…helping home chefs […]

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Veggie “Fried Quinoa”

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 11, 2013

Stovetop Confession. The other night I was making chicken and potatoes in the Dutch oven. (Similar to this.) I got it all started, set the lid on top and walked away to help Ryan finish up his math homework. But before I walked away, I forgot to turn the dial down to medium-low. And won’t […]

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