31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Best Tips for When to Add Rice & Pasta

When to Add Rice and Pasta to the Slow Cooker

Making some meat or chicken with a sauce in the slow cooker can make for a wonderful meal. But cooking the rice or pasta “on the side” is not always necessary. With many recipes, you can add the rice or pasta right in and let it cook during the last bit of cooking. However, adding rice or pasta in at the beginning with the meat means you are going to have a mushy mess at the … [Read more...]

Fiesta Beans and Rice

Fiesta Beans and Rice | 5DollarDinners.com

Rice and beans will always be a $5 Dinner. Unless, of course, you go all sorts of crazy and add in expensive spices like saffron or cardamom (2 of the more expensive spices). Rice is crazy cheap…especially if you buy in bulk. And beans might be even cheaper when you buy dried beans and cook them yourself. (They are really easy to cook…if you haven’t tried it, you should. … [Read more...]

Shrimp Mango Curry

Shrimp Mango Curry | 5DollarDinners.com

Shrimp reeks expensive. And it certainly can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Shrimp can be bought in a number of different varieties…cooked, raw, fresh, frozen, tailless, by count, from mini to jumbo prawn.  It’s often on unadvertised sales, and can be found for less at “non-chain” grocery stores. The next most expensive ingredient in many curries is the coconut … [Read more...]

Sloppy Joe Bowls

Sloppy Joe Bowls

This recipe is featured in the 21 Gluten Free Freezer Cooking Recipes from Costco Meal Plan #5. This recipe is part of the latest 21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco Plan. I had the most fun making these Sloppy Joes...probably the most fun time ever making Sloppy Joes. Reason being...I had help from the oldest sous chef in the house. Ryan is almost 9 and I decided to use … [Read more...]

Honey Mustard Lentils & Rice Casserole

Honey Mustard Lentil Rice Casserole on 5DollarDinners.com

What's with the crazy half-fluffed photo, Erin? I know that's what your thinking. I haven't lost my mind. Well...since this cooking method is probably a new concept for many of you, I decided to just fluff half of the dish before snapping the photo so that you can see what it will look like when it comes out of the oven. And what it will look like once it's … [Read more...]