Pantry Staples

Slow Cooker Goulash – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 14, 2012

Last week I decided to tack onto my batch cooking plan…doubling up on browning some ground beef. I ended up doing spaghetti for dinner one night and saved the other half of the beef I ground. I thought I’d use it later this week or next week…but ended up making this goulash over the weekend. […]


Burrito Cups

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 7, 2012

We’ve all seen (or had) the 7 layer dip cups to serve at parties. But what about dinner in a cup. Specifically, burrito dinner in a cup. Sure burritos, require tortillas…but what if you can’t eat tortillas. We have a kid who is currently off gluten (and a number of other foods) because of some […]


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup {A Slob Comes Clean}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 20, 2012

MMMMmmmm. Yes, please! Love these simple ingredients…most of them (all of them?) are pantry staples! Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker from A Slob Comes Clean (Dana also has a super cool ebook out too. She herself is tons of fun, super energetic and she’s super helpful…so I know her ebook will be that […]


Pantry Labels- Kitchen Inspiration

by Kristy on February 14, 2012

If you are looking to get organized this year, check out all of these FREE pantry labels over on The Happy Housewife.


Spinach Orzo Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 13, 2012

The pantry sweep out and the freezer sweep are almost complete. I’ve emptied the freezer and it will be making its way to its new home here in Dayton tomorrow. And I’m almost finished clearing out the “back shelves” where I store most of my stockpile items and non perishable pantry items. My goal is […]


Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Enchiladas

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 3, 2012

I have distinct memories of blue cheese lingering on my taste buds. So I had to make these…


Taco ‘Taters – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 19, 2011

To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was going to work. But…


My Low-Spend Plan for July & The Summertime Pantry Challenge Gang

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 4, 2011

I take a look at my pantry and freezers as we go into July, it doesn’t take long that a pantry challenge is in order here at our house! We have stocked up on different things over the past few shopping trips and it’s time we put it all to good use. I’ve got lots […]


Pasta with Kale, Lemon and Parmesan – Friday Night Bite

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 1, 2011

Light. Refreshing. Summer…


Dana’s Santa Fe Chicken Pilaf

by Dana S on May 31, 2011

I adapted this recipe from the back of a Near East rice pilaf mix to supersize the veggies for more nutrients and fiber…