Hoppin’ John Recipe for a Hoppin’ New Year

Hoppin' John Recipe

Black eyed peas make me think of two things. Well, three really. 1. The band. What fun music they produce! {bustin' out the dance moves} 2. My grandfather. He passed away many years ago, but I remember going to visit him in Houston when I was a kid. We'd eat at one of two restaurants near his home. I preferred 'The Black Eyed Pea,' right on I-10. It's long gone now, but … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice ~ Freezer Friendly

Slow Cooker Split Peas and Brown Rice Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

Could this possibly be easier or more yummy? Three ingredients in your slow cooker means a hearty, warm, freezer-friendly dinner can be ready with only 5 minutes of effort. My family boycotts the kitchen when we run out of a few items. Bananas are one. And split peas are another. I'm glad something so popular is easy to make and freezes well. Unlike other legumes and beans, … [Read more...]

15 Scrumptious Ways to Transform Thanksgiving Leftovers

15 Ways to Transform Thanksgiving Leftovers | 5DollarDinners.com

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 into new delicious meals that keeps everyone happy while not wasting … [Read more...]

Wild Rice Stuffing with Pears, Cranberries and Creamy Rosemary Mushroom Sauce

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Wild Rice Stuffing with Pears, Cranberries and Creamy Rosemary Mushroom Sauce! That's it. That's one of my new favorite holiday side dishes flavored with Pacific Naturals Broth, mushrooms, and a host of other delicious ingredients. And it makes for delicious lunch leftovers...no need to reheat...a perfect cold rice salad! Wild Rice Stuffing with Pears, … [Read more...]

Short-Cut Butternut Squash and Borlotti Risotto

Short-Cut Butternut Squash and Borlotti Risotto | 5DollarDinners.com

I'm all about making life as easy as possible. Especially in the kitchen. This one-pot meal requires little attention from the chef unlike traditional risotto, but still tastes and looks so elegant. The borlotti beans are an Italian brown bean that can be replaced with pinto beans. It offers great color contrast. But I've made this with white beans, too, which is a better … [Read more...]