Slow Cooker

Recently, my husband and I decided to start making a weekly rice and beans meal again. I’ve been making them randomly, but we are aggressively saving towards a fun family vacation and we thought that re-implementing a weekly rice and beans meal would help! (And it has!) This black beans and rice is super simple. […]


I adore the way this beef soaks in the orange Thai flavors while slow cooking the day away. I also love how the acidity from the orange juice helps break down the meat into uber-tender shreds…perfect for any slider! Add the slaw on the side, or on top with the slider and you’ve got yourself […]


Cumin Pork Roast with Black Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 23, 2014

I have a kid who doesn’t like beans. He’ll eat a few bites, but with hesitation! The other three kiddos have no issues with beans…in fact, last night the baby (toddler, really!) had beans and bean juice all over him. It was on his chin, his chest, his arms, his legs. He had a bib […]


Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Spring Vegetables

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 18, 2014

I rarely. I mean rarely. Like practically never. Ever. Maybe once every 2 years. Look at other cookbooks. I use my own all the time (for reference in baking or to check if I’ve done that recipe before or to replicate a flavor combination, but cook it differently.) A few weeks ago, I was clearing […]


Overnight Slow Cooker Baked Oatmeal

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 11, 2014

I really wasn’t sure if this was going to work. I’ve been wanting to try it for some time. I read on my friend Stephanie’s blog that she made it and it worked. I read her advice and tips and decided to go for the ‘overnight’ concept. Because I wanted it nice and warm in […]


This recipe is part of the latest 21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco Plan. Please note the following about the way that the recipe is written below and how it is written in the plan. The recipe below is written for 1 meal. The plan calls for the recipe to be doubled, so I suggest […]

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Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos with Cilantro Slaw

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2014

Well, I’m officially on a salsa verde shredded meat kick. Last week, it was pork tacos with salsa verde and some chopped jalapenos. This week, it’s this shredded beef with an simple cilantro slaw on top. Both meats were cooked in the slow cooker. (Because I NEED my slow cooker these days…here’s why. After this […]


Salsa Verde Shredded Pork Tacos

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 9, 2014

Delish. That is all. So these shredded pork were enjoyed by everyone in the family. Yes…everyone…including the dog… I suppose we could call this a photography hazard…placing the food on the deck floor because that was the best spot with the best lighting… #DogApproved y’all! Ha. This shredded pork was cooked with a few ingredients…garlic […]

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Zesty Easter Ham & Beans {Slow Cooker Recipe}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 2, 2014

Y’all…I’m thrilled to be bringing another great recipe from HurstBeans, a longtime partner of $5 Dinners. We all know how delicious, filling and hearty beans can be…in fact, just this evening I was talking with the boys about how we’ll be enjoying many a beans-based meal in their lifetime…because they are bottomless pits. And beans […]


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 30, 2014

This recipe is part of the latest 21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco Plan. I heart soups. I heart slow cooker soups. And even in the heat of the summer, I’ll eat a soup…but only if I made it in the slow cooker! This recipe uses my ranchero chicken as a base. When making ‘ranchero […]