My children and I have established a ritual of  having breakfast for dinner on the first night my husband is TDY. When he is deployed for any length of time, we have breakfast for dinner at least once a week. There is something so cozy and comforting about breakfast food and I appreciate how fast […]


Alea shares her children’s favorite chicken recipe! This just become my children’s new favorite chicken recipe…


Oven Roasted Asparagus – How To

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2010

I love asparagus.  And I especially love it when it’s on sale for $.99/lb.  Because then I’ll actually buy it! The boys love it too.  My trick: Cut off the top “flowery” part and then cut into inch or so strips and it looks like green beans.  With a slightly different taste, of course. I […]


Cranberry Pork Chops

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 9, 2010

I made this recipe what seems like EONS ago…but it really wasn’t that long ago!  But at the same time, it’s been too long. Y’all know what I mean.  These kiddos of mine have turned up the dial on “time”…to warp speed.  (It’s all happening too fast…they are growing up way to fast.) Again. I […]


Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 10, 2009

I did it! A lasagna dish under $5! Making it as a soup and not using near as much cheese as regular lasagna really made a difference!


How to Saute (and Roast) Asparagus

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 12, 2009

I thought I’d share my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Quick, easy and delicious! Rinse with water and pat dry. Snap the ends off of each asparagus spear by gently bending each spear. The spear will snap natrually “where it is supposed to” break off. Place spears in bowl and drizzle extra virgin olive oil […]


White Bean and Ham Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 27, 2009

Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking’s Mediterranean White Bean Soup Ingredients 1 cup dried great northern beans ($.30) 6-8 cups of water 6 garlic cloves, sliced ($.05) I bought some garlic heads for $.10 a piece a few weeks back .6 lb ham, diced ($2.64) 1 can organic no salt added diced tomatoes ($.50) Bought […]


Beef Roast – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 16, 2009

Ingredients 1 1.6 lb Beef Roast ($2.67) Manager’s Special Price. I will use the other half of the roast for our meal on Thursday night. 1/2 bag of baby carrots ($.60) 1 onion, diced ($.40) 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed ($.05) I bought a few bunches for $.10 at the store closing sale. Salt/Pepper Garlic Powder […]


Pork Roast with Apples and Pears

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 7, 2008

I started making this meal on the news set at Fox 45 this morning and thought…I might as well finish cooking it up! A perfect fall dish for a beautiful fall day! The colors seemed to really have popped here in the last few days, despite the Indian Summer Days! Ingredients 1 pork roast ($1.84) […]


White Chicken Chili

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 6, 2008

This recipe can now be found exclusively in The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook.