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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! Let’s get to it, shall we?!? Disclaimers Yes, I realize this makes for $7.50 dinners. Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


  {Follow Erin on Pinterest!} So I still find myself in survival mode. Jim Gaffigan says…”having a 4th kid is like you’re drowning and someone hands you a baby.” While it might not be quite that bad… sometimes it feels that way. I keep my head above water most days…and on the days that it […]


Lentil Stew with Pita Chips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 6, 2013

{$5 Dinners – Rice and Beans Budget Board} I discovered lentils when we lived in the Dominican Republic. I don’t think I’d eaten them ever in my life before moving down there. At first, I wasn’t too sure about them…as they way we cooked them while in the DR, they were still fairly bland. But I’ve since […]


Pre-Thanksgiving Pantry Challenge – Our Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 12, 2012

Last Thursday night we ended up having leftovers. I had a meal plan in place for each night last week, but for some reason we had lots and lots of leftovers. So in an attempt to keep things from falling off the shelves in the refrigerator, we had leftovers…and I immediately made the decision that […]

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When Life Gives You Craziness, Respond by Making…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 24, 2012

{Imagine a countertop with 10 gallon size baggies. If you’re curious, they look like this.} In order to prepare for all the craziness that will become my life in the next 4 weeks, I’ve decided to take the stress out of at least 1 area of my life…dinner. Between the contracts, earnest money checks, meetings, […]


Pantry Challenge Week & Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 22, 2012

It just took a quick look through the fridge, pantry and freezer to know that this week would be a pantry challenge week! We are fully stocked up with plenty of food to make it through the week. We’ve got what we need for grilling out a few meals, and enough for spaghetti and homemade […]