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Checkout 51: Save on Apples, Bananas and Raisins

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 16, 2014

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items: Apples, any fresh = cash back 25¢ Bananas, excludes frozen = cash back 25¢ Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 17 oz or larger = cash back $1.00 Sun-Maid Raisins, any box or carton, 12 oz or larger = cash back 25¢ […]


Butternut Cranberry Rice Pilaf ~ 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 15, 2014

All the flavors of fall in a dinner dish. That’s this rice pilaf! When making this, I used 1/2 cup of wild rice because I have some in the pantry and I’m trying to use it up! You could use all brown rice or even all wild rice if you have some. Wild rice is […]


Baked Pumpkin Pancakes with Homemade Pumpkin Syrup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 15, 2014

The pumpkin insanity continues. From my Spiced Pumpkin Latte to my beloved Pumpkin Pie French Toast…we are adding this to list of Erin’s best pumpkin recipes. Y’all. Holy Pumpkin-Moly. Y’ALL. Seriously. You have to make these. If you’re part of our $5 Meal Plan, you’ll be trying these soon. And it’s going to be REALLY […]


No need to buy the cans of sloppy joe mix (with funky ingredients), when you can make it yourself with spices that you probably already have in the pantry, plus a can of tomato sauce…give it whirl and let me know what you think! (As always, add spices to taste and salt and pepper to […]


Featured Pinterest Board: Quinoa Recipes

by Jenn K on October 14, 2014

I love quinoa as it is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and full of great protein and nutrients since it’s a whole grain (as well as gluten free).  It can be used in recipes for all meals including breakfast! Take a look at some of my favorite Quinoa recipes… Make Ahead Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa (pictured above) […]


Vegetable Alfredo Sauce ~ 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 13, 2014

Have you ever made your own alfredo sauce?! If not, I implore you. Challenge you. Demand you. (hehe!) No, I really think you should try it! I love playing with homemade white sauces, and in this case an alfredo sauce with veggies. Creamy, cheesy, salty and delicious over pasta! For this alfredo sauce, I decided to […]


I will only say one thing about this freezer jam…it’s the best way to make your own jam if you don’t have all the canning supplies, or if you’re afraid to ‘can’ them or just don’t want to! I’ve got the easy step by step directions waiting for you… Homemade Freezer Jam (No Sugar Added) […]


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 […]

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Homemade Freezer Friendly Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 10, 2014

Our family loves pizza. Even the dairy free kids. (They get special cheese.) There is just something about pizza. The crust, the sweeter sauce, the cheese, the flavor explosions from the toppings. Or maybe this Americanized Italian food somehow transports us to a world across the ocean to the boot shaped country…and we dream and long […]


Spaghetti Squash Miso Soup with Edamame

by Amanda Martin on October 9, 2014

What’s your favorite Autumn soup? Wait, isn’t it just cold or hot soups? Well, maybe. I believe autumn soups are different from winter soups. They might be a little lighter in texture because you don’t need anything to “stick to your ribs” just yet. And they have this color about them. A color that agrees […]