Pesto Orzo with Tomatoes

Pesto Orzo with Grape Tomatoes from 5DollarDinners.com

Oh pesto. Pesto, pesto, pesto. Pesto just tastes like summer, doesn't it?! I don't make pesto too often because pine nuts are expensive and I can't always get them into my budget...but I found some on sale this week and made my own pesto! Because, enjoying pesto-laced pasta is like taking a bite out of summer. I've written the recipe below with store bought pesto, … [Read more...]

Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches ~ NEW 31 Days of Budget Friendly Paleo Recipes

Apple Almond Butter Sandwich

So dipping apples in peanut butter has been a long time snack favorite around here. My older boys will happily dip apples in peanut butter for a protein punch in the afternoon, but neither of them would touch a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a ten foot pole. (I don't get it, but it is what it is.) I decided to 'put it to a test' (albeit, not really a fair test!) to … [Read more...]

Homemade Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Spinach

Homemade Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Spinach | 5DollarDinners.com

Please pardon me while I wipe the cheese off my chin. Um, that was sorta embarrassing there...that cheese all over my chin. But you kinda don't care when your taste buds are bursting with joy and want to leap out of your mouth onto the spoon. It's the cream cheese in this recipe that works the magic. Well, that combined with the bacon. And the spinach, and the Italian … [Read more...]

Spinach Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese

Strawberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

Splurge Confession! I've shared in the past how I'm a total 'saladforlunch-itarian' - meaning that I eat a salad for lunch most days of the week. Well, I wanted to share my latest salad obsession and the reason I'm obsessed! It's the dressing. (See photo below.) I can blame my mom for this one...she has turned me into a Brianna's salad dressing fanatic, despite the … [Read more...]

The Very Best White Mexican Cheese or Queso Blanco Dip ~ Viva Fiesta!

White Mexican Cheese Dip Recipe - Queso Blanco Dip-7

This is the part where I'm going to embarrass myself. But in the process, I think I'll find a new tribe of queso-lovers. This goes back 2 months, let me tell the story... Back in early February, I met some girlfriends for dinner at a new restaurant in San Antonio called Tacos and Tequila. It's a joint out of Austin and they are expanding into other cities and I'm so glad … [Read more...]