31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes: Southwest Macaroni ‘n Cheese

Southwest Mac N Cheese | 5DollarDinners.com

So many homemade mac 'n cheese recipes call for making your own cheese sauce. This can be intimidating, I know. Which is why I created this recipe for you...no homemade cheese sauce necessary. This recipe calls for sour cream and shredded cheese to make the creamy-cheesy sauce. One of the reasons that I used the sour cream was to add some creaminess, but also to balance the … [Read more...]

Pasta Salad with Artichokes, Olives, and Feta

artichoke pasta salad

I love how the Mediterranean flavors whisk me away to another place. I'm not sure that other flavors do that...but these flavors put images of far away places into my mind. A friend recently visited Cinque Terre in Italy and boy-oh-boy were her photos beautiful. Perhaps one day. One day. But for now, I'll keep enjoying these flavors of the region! This pasta salad … [Read more...]

31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Best Tips for When to Add Rice & Pasta

When to Add Rice and Pasta to the Slow Cooker

Making some meat or chicken with a sauce in the slow cooker can make for a wonderful meal. But cooking the rice or pasta “on the side” is not always necessary. With many recipes, you can add the rice or pasta right in and let it cook during the last bit of cooking. However, adding rice or pasta in at the beginning with the meat means you are going to have a mushy mess at the … [Read more...]

Spinach & Tortellini Soup

Tortellini Soup Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

There’s just something about tortellini – it may very well be the perfect pasta. It is the perfect shape for a fork or a spoon and they are the perfect size for one delicious bite. It freezes beautifully too, if for some reason you can’t eat them all at once, or if you find them on special and buy a few extra packages. Douse with marinara sauce and some Parmesan cheese for a … [Read more...]

Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach

Chicken Spaghetti with Spinach | 5DollarDinners.com

One dish dinners. They scream simplicity.  They scream ease. And they scream quick. 5 ingredients.  Most of which you likely already have in your pantry and freezer. 20-ish minutes. Or however long it takes you to cook the spaghetti and then toss it with the other ingredients. You could serve it with a side of bread, or simple side salad…but it really doesn’t need … [Read more...]