Mexican Stack-Es, Also Known As…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 15, 2013

{Pin It to your favorite recipes board!} I’m not sure what took me so long to figure these out. I recently chatted with my friend in OH who made the “Polynesian Buffet” for us (now, years ago…where does the time go!). After our chat, I was remembering that dinner and decided that we needed to do […]


Chana Masala in the Slow Cooker

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 8, 2013

Thanks so much to Kimberly Danger from Frugal Bites for sharing this great recipe with us. I’m still on “leave,” enjoying my time with new baby and settling into life as a family of 6. I’m so grateful for the help and support of my fellow bloggers during this time! ~Erin Ever since a new […]


Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 14, 2013

So this dish I made with the intention of my husband and I eating for lunch. But it could certainly be a main dish in and of itself, or a delicious side dish with some grilled chicken or steaks. The reason I made this as a “lunch dish,” is the Brussels sprouts. My kiddos are […]


Alea’s Curried Chicken with Acorn Squash

by Alea on November 13, 2012

My daughter loves curry, so much so that I decided to use it to get her to eat one of her least favorite foods: squash. When she saw the roasted acorn squash, she thought I was going to use the curried chicken and rice to create a curried version of Stuffed Acorn Squash. And I […]


Chorizo-Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 24, 2012

Every now and again I happen upon a recipe that sounds all fancy-schmancy, but can certainly be made for under $5. Take this recipe for example. Stuffed acorn squash. Chorizo. Sounds gourmet. It is. But it isn’t. But it is. The end result is gourmet, the process and the price tag are not! The process […]


Alea’s Ginger, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

by Alea on October 23, 2012

I know sweet potatoes and beans combined with Asian seasonings sounds like a crazy combination. You are just going to have to trust me on this. This soup is seriously delicious! It is also fast and easy to make, filling, and frugal. I pulled this soup together in under 20 minutes. I was able to […]


Rice and Pinto Beans with Andouille Sausage

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 3, 2012

Love me some dried beans! I love cooking with dried beans…it’s easy, cheaper and I love to play with flavors. Our boys love beans too…so it’s a win-win situation for this busy mom! Cooking beans does take a little over an hour and they do have to pre-soak, so it does take a little pre-planning […]


Alea’s Cilantro-Lime Chicken Casserole

by Alea on June 12, 2012

This dinner recipe for Cilantro-Lime Chicken Casserole came together quickly…


Burrito Cups

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 7, 2012

We’ve all seen (or had) the 7 layer dip cups to serve at parties. But what about dinner in a cup. Specifically, burrito dinner in a cup. Sure burritos, require tortillas…but what if you can’t eat tortillas. We have a kid who is currently off gluten (and a number of other foods) because of some […]


Spicy Mandarin Orange Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 27, 2012

Emily emailed me a recipe for Mandarin Orange Chicken that she’d tried from Taste of Home. I’ve been wanting to try it, but didn’t want to have to buy a jar of orange marmalade only to use a little for this recipe and then let the jar sit in the fridge. Neither my husband and […]