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Want to only spend 5 minutes…maybe even 3 minutes…on dinner?! Then this meal is for you! Add sausage. Add canned tomatoes. Add frozen peppers and onions. Slow Cook. So easy, you might even have your 8 year old do it! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!!! Get the full recipe […]


Potato bars are such a fun and simple dinner…where everyone gets to make their own dinner and you don’t have to short order cook! Well, it’s FAR TOO HOT outside to be baking potatoes in the oven. Just the thought of 400 degree oven running for an hour right now makes me sweat. BUT…you can […]


Costco: 9 Organic Meals for Under $100

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 14, 2014

I’m honored and thankful to be included as a guest on Lisa’s amazing blog, 100 Days of Real Food!  So as my readers know, I’m pretty much addicted to my Costco meal plan series.  We’ve done THREE so far including a highly popular completely gluten free meal plan.  So, I made another one.  This time […]


I love pork chops with applesauce. But I adore this pork roast that is coated in peach (or apricot works too!) jam and slow cooked. It’s so tasty…and everyone around your table is sure to love it! Get the full recipe for Slow Cooker Peach Glazed Pork Roast here. Welcome to our 31 Days of […]


So I mentioned yesterday the Ranchero Chicken, which can be used as the base for this recipe. Of course, you could also just toss all the ingredients (minus the tortillas and cheese!) into the slow cooker and let it works it’s magic. Oh, and your house will smell like a Tex-Mex restaurant and random neighbors […]

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Because I’m a food blogger and I’m always getting crazy in the kitchen…I don’t find myself coming back to recipes over and over…and over and over. But this chicken recipe has become my favorite ‘base’ for many meals, including the Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Chicken Enchilada Casserole. (Both of these recipes are […]

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  This is the next recipe in the 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals series. I may or may not have a little tex-mex food problem. Evidence here. And here. Oh, and over here. That was just in the last few weeks during all my conference travels. Two of those outings were a day apart […]


This is THE PERFECT summer slow cooker dinner! It’s light, tasty yet filling…and made with in-season veggies that you’ll probably find on sale in your store! This would also be delicious with drumsticks, split chicken breasts or bone-in thighs if you’re looking for a cheaper meat option. Hope you enjoy! Get the full recipe for […]


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Kale Quiche Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 9, 2014

This recipe is part of the 9 Organic Meals from Costco for $100 Plan. There is just something about a simple, flavorful quiche recipe. Then load it with nutrient rich kale, and you’ve got a winning breakfast meal! My boys are resistant to green leafy vegetables. So I end up hiding them into smoothies…and ‘not-so-hiding’ […]