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 […]


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.