Night Out – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 8, 2009

No meal tonight from me!  Nana treated us to a quick dinner out at a nearby Mexican restaurant. And it’s back to the writing board for me!

Please leave a link to your frugal meal from this week in the comments section…as I don’t trust Mr. Linky!  I think he is the cause of my site loading poorly these days.  Am investigating!

Have a Frugal and Healthy Recipe to share?

Post the recipe on your blog and then add the link below. Other guidelines can be found here. To make it easy for other readers to find your recipe, please leave the link that leads directly to your recipe post. Any links that lead to your homepage will be deleted. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your recipe in the comments section!

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Melissa June 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Here is a recipe for a homemade Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza I came up with. We loved it!


The Meal Planner June 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Hey Erin!
Got a great deal on pork shoulder this week ($1 a pound), and made this fabulous Slow Roasted Pork. Have many delicious plans this week for the leftovers ;)


Stephanie June 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm

A night out is always a treat! No mr. Linky when I dropped by, so here is my challenge dinner:

Have a great week!


ElizabethG June 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Hi Erin,
Thanks for hosting. We have fish tacos on the menu:

Fish Tacos


UncleJim June 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Hace you looked up received a brocure saying feed you family for $4.30 a day. Maybe you can see what they offer and make up some dinners


Tanya June 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I made these tonight. I think in order to make the recipe it does come over $5, but it’s definitely under $10, and the recipe generally feeds our family of 5(2 adults, 3 children ages 8,6 and 4) for two meals. Especially if I use whole wheat flour. :)



Tanya June 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Oops! Somehow my link didn’t make it on there for the Runza Recipe–here it is now!


Monica June 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Here’s a cheap, vegetarian, healthy and easy one: Pesto Pasta:, we usually just add some sliced tomatoes from our garden for a side dish.


gourmetmomma June 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Uncle Jim, If you are looking for menu ideas working with Angel Food, you can check out their website for ideas. You can also check out hillbilly houswife’s site for ideas on how to best use their food.



Amber June 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Here’s a link to my recipe for sun dried tomato crusted chicken with balsamic glazed onions and cream sauce. The main dish is only $.78 / serving which leaves plenty of room for a variety of side dishes. yummmmm!


Amber June 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm
Kristen June 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Here are two recipes, one for a cream of summer squash soup that using frozen squash from my garden cost about $1.25 to feed a family of seven. The other is for a garden frittata that also uses garden veggies and costs about $1.50.


Alea June 9, 2009 at 12:28 am

I am glad you got a night off (at least from cooking).

Here is a link to a one dish dinner that I call Kitchen Garden Skillet:


Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship June 9, 2009 at 2:48 am

Full of omega-3 fats, uses leftover vegetables, repurposes stale bread and heels…salmon patties, cream of vegetable soup and biscuits for $4.25 for 6 people.


Marybeth at June 9, 2009 at 7:39 am

I don’t have a meal to post, but have you checked out the Firefox extension YSLOW? It’s pretty useful in figuring out why a website loads slowly. Just a thought!


Anna June 9, 2009 at 10:03 am

I posted the recipe for Babushka Soup a while ago (‘babushka’ is grandmother in Russian). It’s tomato juice-based vegetable soup with beef & barley, practically a meal in itself. A pot comes in at around $5, but makes at least two meals and a few lunches, so I’m sure it qualifies.

The recipe is at


angie June 9, 2009 at 10:26 am

once again found sale on hamburger and a great recipe check this out


Carissa June 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

New to your website but love the idea! Here is another meal for you – this one costs about $3.00 to make and is about $0.50 per serving.

Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked and rinsed lentils
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
3 cup sliced carrots
1 lb swiss chard, cleaned and chopped
1 lb kale, cleaned and chopped
3 cups water
1 packet reduced sodium onion soup mix

Directions: Place all ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook until rice is done, 20 to 30 minutes.

My 18 month old daughter loves this meail. I have made with both the rice and quinoa…love quinoa. Hope you enjoy!


gourmetmomma June 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

running late for the $5 challenge. here’s a flexible idea for using up leftovers and coming in on budget. my family calls it pasta with stuff and it was $2.40 for a family of 4 tonight.



Jami June 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Yummy and cheap Spinach, Bacon, and Fried Egg Salad…probably less than $5 for a family of four- especially when you use garden spinach!


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