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Salted Carmelitas Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 8, 2014

Please pardon the iphone photo. An unnamed toddler managed to hide my memory card for my camera. Sigh.  This is one of my favorite desserts. It really is. Seriously, my sister makes these on occasion and I almost eat the entire pan. I would eat them for dinner if that was ‘allowed.’ My taste buds […]

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Rice Cooker Hearty Tomato Soup

by Amanda Martin on December 4, 2014

What’s this about a rice cooker? Turns out, it works a bit like a slow cooker. Only a little faster. It uses less energy than cooking on a stove. And, for me, seems to make less of a mess. Try it sometime. Like with this soup. Tomato soup and grilled cheese are about as American […]


Pumpkin Pistachio Truffles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 3, 2014

Did someone say pistachio??? Pistachios are my husband’s favorite nut and his favorite kind of ice cream, so anything pistachio is a big hit at our house. Combine it with pumpkin…some sweetness and we have a winner of a dessert! Not only am I crushing on these flavor combinations, I adore the crunch from the […]


Pumpkin Cinnamon Biscuits with Browned Butter Frosting

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 26, 2014

  Cancel your Thanksgiving morning breakfast plans RIGHT.NOW. and make these instead. Seriously, the tastes and delicious flavors of Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls…in a fraction of the time! Whether you were planning Pumpkin Pie French Toast, an egg casserole or flipping pancakes, you really should scratch those plans and make these instead. You can enjoy […]

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ON SALE NOW: The $5 Dinner Mom’s Ultimate Freezer Cooking Guide

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 24, 2014

Freezer Cooking…it saves the day for me so often. More times than I can count in the recent past. It’s a sanity saver, a life saver and a huge money saver! It really is amazing how you can invest a little time upfront and then reap the rewards for weeks to come!  Over time, I’ve […]

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15 Scrumptious Ways to Transform Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 24, 2014

It’s pretty much tradition to enjoy a break from the kitchen after Thanksgiving due to the large amount of leftovers that can be thrown at hungry family members.  But what do you do when you are sick of reheated turkey and stuffing?  You add a few new ingredients and spices and remake those boring leftovers […]


Easy Tzatziki Dip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 21, 2014

If you want a quick escape to the Greek isles, then whip up this dip, take a few bites and whisk away in your imagination. Visualize the picturesque blue turquoise ocean, the brilliant sun shining all around, as you enjoy this creamy and delightful snack! Use a low fat/low cal Greek yogurt to keep the […]

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Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Lentil Recipes

by Amanda Martin on November 20, 2014

Here’s how this time of year goes: You’re so busy doing the fun stuff, you’d prefer dinner to cook itself. But then, you remember all the treats you have been snacking on at work or all the icing you and the kids ingested making cookies or the thousands of calories you inhaled at the Thanksgiving […]


Got leftover sweet potatoes? And cranberry sauce?  Look no further than this recipe for sweet potato pancakes with cranberry syrup…this is your perfect Friday breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner recipe!!! Seriously, fluffy and delicious. And I’m sure you’re wondering how dense sweet potatoes can turn into fluffy pancakes. Couple reasons why they do…first, the sweet potatoes were already pretty […]

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That’s it.

That’s my recipe for round 1 of the Everyday Chef Challenge. Pacific Naturals Broth, Mushrooms, and a host of other ingredients make up this new (and what will soon become a favorite Thanksgiving dish) meal.