Mango Avocado Chicken with Orzo Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 26, 2014

Here is your next ‘to-try’ lunch recipe friends. Or a great side dish for carnitas or ranchero chicken. Or fajitas. Or grilled chicken. I adore the mango and avocado flavors together. About 5 days a week I have a salad for lunch, and 4 of those 5 days it has mango and avocado mixed in. […]


My husband called me while waiting in an airport for his flight home last week. It soon became obvious that he was hungry because he started telling me how much he loved my wraps. Then he started sharing ideas for wraps that I could make him in the future. I was pretty sure by “the […]

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A “new and improved” rice and beans burrito! Using not rice, but quinoa…


The perfect combination of colors. The perfect balance of flavors. This is a salsa recipe that you must try. Now!


Guacamole – 5 Ways (Think Super Bowl!!!)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 26, 2011

The Super Bowl is just around the corner!  And there’s one thing that is always, without fail, sitting on the counter during the Super Bowl game at our house. As far as I’m concerned, there are a few ingredients that have to be mixed into a homemade guacamole. Must be. There are no ifs, ands […]


Chicken, Black Bean with Salsa Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 29, 2010

The soup that may or may not be having an identity crisis!


Avocado Chicken Tacos – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 20, 2010

Chicken chunks sauteed with taco seasoning and green/red peppers from the garden…plus avocado chunks and other fave taco fixings! Yum…


Mexican Carnitas in the Slow Cooker

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 6, 2010

Simple. Fuss-free. Tasty. (The only thing I wish I’d done before serving these was toast the tortillas in a hot skillet…just 30 seconds per side…give them a little flavor boost.) I have been waiting to make these since the beginning of March! Rather, these have been waiting for me to make them since the beginning […]


Red Pepper Guacamole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 10, 2010

This makes me want to move to Spain. Or Mexico. Anywhere Spanish speaking would work! (I miss saying Hola and Buen Dia all the time.) Ever since playing “Twitter translator” (where I would send Twitter DMs with common Dominican phrases to my friends who were in the Dominican Republic), I’ve been itching to speak Spanish. […]


Repurposing: Brown Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 2, 2010

Brown rice. It’s my preferred rice.  We have white rice on occasion, usually when I’m running behind and forget to start the brown rice in time to cook (it takes at least 45 minutes to cook.) But I have found that I only like brown rice “fresh.”  Therefore, I typically don’t make “extra”, unless I’m […]