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On busy weeknights I content myself with feeding my family “Real Fast Food” – meals that are made of real ingredients and that come together faster than the local pizza company can deliver pizza.


Grilled Inside Out Cheeseburgers

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

How about the ooey-gooey cheese-ness of your favorite burger coming from INSIDE the burger?!? Yes, please! And for those watching calories…serve it on a Sandwich Thin…I liked it better than the bulky buns!!! (And one more thing I like about the Sandwich Thins…they freeze really well. That, and they are just 100 calories per thin!) […]


Pepperoni Calzones

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

These didn’t stay on our plates very long!  And, they are completely freezer friendly, so be sure to make a big batch and freeze for a future meal!  (Freeze after baking.) Pepperoni Calzones Yield – 4-6 servings Preparation Time – 30 minutes (plus time to make the dough) Cooking Time – 15-20 minutes Ingredients 1 […]


Walnut French Toast

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

I started to make this meal in the 9×13 baking dish, but them switched to the smaller baking dish because I didn’t want there to be any leftovers…and I know that with a 9×13, we’d have lots of leftovers.  And from my past experience, baked french toast meals and egg casserole meals just taste better […]


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 17, 2009

Breakfast for Dinner…a special treat! With a touch of chocolate goodness!!!


Huevos Rancheros

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 13, 2009

It’s been a while since we had “Breakfast for Dinner”! Here is a quick and easy old favorite! Ingredients 10 eggs ($1.01)  1/2 cup organic black bean salsa ($.50) 1 cup shredded cheese ($.45) Couple slices bread or tortillas ($.25)  2 Apples ($.99) 2 Oranges ($.38) Directions 1. Scramble eggs. When eggs are just about […]


Fruit Bowl Centerpiece

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 20, 2009

Last week a bowl of fruit inadvertently ended up on my dinner table. It’s been lurking around there ever since. I don’t really have a “winter” centerpiece that I use. Christmas centerpiece has been put away and I just can’t seem to get my spring stuff out yet! So the bowl of fruit it will […]


Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2009

Tonight’s meal was supposed to be pulled pork sandwiches. But, since I did not make the pork roast the other night, I don’t have any leftover pork to make pulled pork sandwiches. So I went scrounging around in my freezer and came up with this meal. Colorful and well balanced! Ingredients 3 pork chops ($2.12) […]


Pumpkin Waffles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 21, 2008

I was so unprepared for this dinner. Not enough eggs, so we didn’t have eggs. Not enough white flour, so I used all whole wheat flour (which makes “thick” waffles)! Not that that’s bad, I like to mix white and whole wheat flours! To the grocery store I go…tomorrow! A simple dinner after a busy […]