Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 12, 2010

Pictured above: the mixins. This is a quick and easy pasta salad. And quite refreshing too. (Too bad, it’s cool and wet outside today!) Bacon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Salad Yield – 4 servings Preparation Time – 10 minutes Cooking Time – 15 minutes Ingredients 2 cups elbows or penne pasta noodles ($.50) Almost out […]


Buffalo Chicken Wings

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 18, 2010

Half of the family has finished their dinner. The other half was sidetracked by the gorgeous weather, and the desire to use every moment of sunlight to work on “opening up the garden.” (Nevermind that it might snow next week.  I’ve GOT to get my seeds for the spinach and lettuces, or is it LETTUCI?!, into […]


Sesame Chicken Stir-fry

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 16, 2010

SPLURGE ALERT!!! CONVENIENCE FOOD ALERT!!! (BTW I have loved hearing your do’s and don’t’s when it comes to convenience foods!) It was one of those days.  It started too early. It was filled with distractions. And a few schedule changes. And it left me in no mood to cook.  Y’all have those days too, right? […]


Beef Stroganoff

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 11, 2010

I first had the idea to make this dinner after seeing it on Brandy’s site awhile back. But we can’t do canned soups, so I made it from scratch. Here you go. Ingredients About 1 lb. steak ($2.67) On sale for $2.69/lb. 1 Tbsp oil ($.05) Salt and pepper 3 Tbsp butter or margarine ($.30) […]


Chicken and Broccoli Stirfry

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 26, 2010

It’s great to be home. And it’s great to be back in the kitchen. The first half of the day, I wandered around the kitchen…feeling lost.  Lost in my own kitchen! But once dinner time rolled around, I was fully re-acquainted and ready to cook! Chicken and Broccoli Stirfry Yield – 4 servings Preparation Time […]


Baked Chicken Marsala

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

So I’m still sorta doing the pantry challenge…using up what I find…and everything in this meal came from the pantry/freezer minus the broccoli! One of my dear friends moved to Alaska not long ago…and she left me with a few of her goodies from her pantry…including the Marsala cooking wine you see below!!!  Not something […]


Jalapeno Chicken Bake

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 27, 2010

The Pantry Challenge continues…Tonight’s “throw together” is the Jalapeno Chicken Bake! Le Ingredients. Nothing fancy…just a can of Zesty Jalapeno Diced Tomatoes, some spices and chicken…but it was a HIT at our table! Ingredients 1.2 lb. package chicken tenderloins ($2.27) 1 tsp garlic powder ($.05) Salt and Pepper, couple dashes 1 can Zesty Jalapeno diced […]


Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 19, 2010

Part Freezer-Part Pantry Meal I froze the chicken breasts in the marinade. I froze the broccoli when on sale. And I used up some potatoes from the pantry to make the fries. And who says seafood seasoning had to be used on seafood!!! Ingredients 3 large chicken breasts ($2.47) Bought when on sale for $1.77/lb! […]


Honey Ginger Salmon – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2010

Several times in 2009, I found fresh Atlantic salmon on sale for $2.99/lb…regularly $7.99/lb!  This great deal never appeared on the front page of the store circular…but was hidden on the inside pages! I asked for a pound. Brought it home. Cut it into 4 4 oz. portions. Added the marinade. And froze. Saturday night, […]


Chicken Zucchini Stew on Rice

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 8, 2010

Tonight’s dinner is straight out of the freezer! From the freezer: 2 cups of shredded chicken, 1 container of chopped up summer veggies, about 2 cups of homemade chicken stock, blanched broccoli Toss into pot. Stir occasionally. Eat! Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil ($.06) 1 large zucchini, chopped ($1) 1 yellow zucchini, chopped ($1) 1 […]