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 […]


Peppered Salmon with Brown Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 25, 2012

I get asked frequently about seafood and how to use it to make a $5 Dinner. And to be quite honest, it’s tough. The key is getting the seafood for a rock bottom price…or combining it with another protein to keep overall meal costs down (like doing a mix of chicken pieces and shrimp in […]


Brown Rice Casserole

by Sharon on April 19, 2012

This Brown Rice Casserole is a nice way to add more fresh vegetables, and some whole grain rice, to the dinner menu.


Slow Cooker Tikka Masala {Foodie with Family}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 22, 2012

If you’re looking for an exotic, but inexpensive dinner idea, here you go… Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Foodie with Family! Photo Credit    

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Alea’s Baked Zucchini Parmesan

by Alea on January 24, 2012

This Baked Zucchini Parmesan is an easy, frugal alternative to Eggplant Parmesan.


Alea’s Asian Chicken Skillet

by Alea on January 10, 2012

This recipe combines our favorite Asian flavors in one easy skillet dish.


Magda’s Filipino Style Rice Noodle Dish

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 16, 2011

I love this dish because it is a complete meal in one dish, easy to serve, easy to eat and great for lunches because it is delicious cold as well as hot!