Pantry Staples

Slopp-Cheesy Joe Sliders

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

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 Meal Plan. It uses ground beef, dinner rolls and frozen veggies…each of which are on […]

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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. Let’s get to it, shall we?!? Disclaimers Yes, I realize this makes for more like $7.50 […]

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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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20 Meals from Costco for $150 – Recipes & Printable Shopping Lists

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 9, 2013

{We’ve also got a Sam’s Club 20 Meals for $150 as well!} AND…the 2nd version of 20 Meals from Costco for $150 is published! Subscribe for our free weekly recipes email newsletter so you don’t miss any exciting new plans and recipes! Well, who knew that this idea would be so popular. I seriously thought […]

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Quinoa Soft Tacos

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 9, 2013

Move on over beef and chicken…there’s a new protein in Soft Taco Town…Quinoa! Everyone at our dinner table is a fan of quinoa…one more reluctantly than the others. Tyler wasn’t quite convinced about this new ingredient in his tortilla, but I was able to convince him that it was like “tiny rice” and he took […]

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Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 31, 2013

So I told the kids we were having pudding for dinner and their eyes lit up. Then they saw that it wasn’t the pudding they hoped it would be, and that little glimmer of ‘she’s really gonna let us eat dessert for dinner’ hope faded. Then they took a bite and their eyes lit up […]

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Seven Layer Tostadas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 14, 2013

This is one of those “it just came together” meals… A few weeks back, we took the kids downtown during Fiesta week to go to the River Parade. They were serving some delicious tex-mex options in the section where our seats were located. They had fajitas, as well as bean and cheese tostadas. The kids […]

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Hawaiian Meatloaf

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 8, 2013

So I have a new item on my stockpile list: crushed pineapple. That way, I can make this any time I want. Because I will be making it often. Being a food blogger, I’m always trying out new recipes and mix-n-match concepts with the food that I have on hand and what’s on sale at […]

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