Alea’s Fiesta Steak and Pasta Salad

by Alea on February 28, 2012

This recipe comes together so quickly. I can have the meat and veggies chopped and the dressing made in the time it takes me to boil the noodles.


Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce – Batch Cooking

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 23, 2012

Batch cook your Marinara Sauce in your slow cooker…love this idea and measuring tip from Jackie at Mom on a Mission! Be sure to add that to your list for your next batch cooking session, freezer cooking day or the next time you make spaghetti sauce. Photo Credit


Slow Cooker Pizza {Taste of Home}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 23, 2012

Photo Credit: Sugar Crafter I think we’ll have this next Friday night, in place of our regular pizza…Slow Cooker Pizza (and pasta) recipe from Taste of Home!  


Slow Cooker Lasagna {Real Simple}

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

Real Simple Magazine’s got a scrumptious recipe for slow cooker spinach and ricotta lasagna…check it! Photo Credit

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Cream of Chicken Macaroni and Cheddar

by Sharon on February 16, 2012

Ever have one of those nights when you can’t seem to figure out what’s for dinner? This macaroni dinner is the perfect solution. It is quick, easy, filling and inexpensive.


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 […]


Three Cheese Spaghetti Bake – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 30, 2012

This is a classic example of being creative with ingredients you have on hand. I made this for us early last week…using up the tomatoes from Aldi from the week before, and the feta cheese from Monday’s shopping trip. Also, this is another example of a meal that uses an “expensive ingredient,” that is paired […]


I’ve shared 2 recipes that are perfect for your winter meal plan over on recently! Beef Roast with Winter Vegetables Tortellini Soup Bon Appetit!


This super simple recipe for Chicken Pesto with Bowtie Pasta made in a slow cooker is a great way to cook once and eat many times!


Stovetop Mac n Cheese

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 6, 2012

Jenna emailed this recipe to me from White on Rice Couple. And I was so skeptical that I had to try it…even though I rarely make Mac n Cheese because of the boy’s dairy allergies. I made it anyways, and it worked out perfectly… Right before Christmas, Ryan woke up one morning with a fully […]