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.


Summer finally arrived and all of my cool weather crops reacted to the heat by bolting. One nice thing about spinach when it bolts is that the leaves along the flower stalk are flat making them a great substitute for noodles in lasagna: I overlap the spinach leaves to create a layer. If you only […]


Spinach and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 19, 2011

As I was writing up the “calling all spinach recipes” last week, I remembered a meal that I made for my family when on vacation last summer…and wondered if I could pull off something similar for $5…


Calling All Spinach Recipes…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 13, 2011

I recently discovered a few boxes of frozen spinach while reorganizing my deep freezer…and I want you to help me by sending your favorite spinach recipes!


Spinach Meatballs with Spaghetti

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 22, 2010

Recipe for Spinach Meatballs. A simple way to get some extra nutrients into your family favorite meatballs…


Spinach Tomato Saute

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

Got spinach? Got garden tomatoes? Make this with your next dinner then…


Chicken and Bacon Florentine Pasta

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 22, 2010

Every had one of those super productive days…only to forget one very important thing on your to-do list. That thing: Make dinner. Eeps!  That’s what happened to me tonight.  I scurried around all day, catching up on Mt. Washmore (yes, we have been home for 10 days and I still haven’t caught up on laundry […]


Grilled Mushroom Burgers

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

Grilled Mushrooms and Onions atop a Grilled Burger. Yes, please! Drizzle a little steak sauce over the top. Scrumdidily-umptious! Grilled Mushroom Burgers Yield – 4 servings Preparation Time – 20 minutes Cooking Time – 15-25 minutes Ingredients 1.5 lb ground beef ($2.23) 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce ($.05) 1 small white onion ($.40) 1 pint mushrooms, […]


Grilled Salsa Chicken

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

Alrighty friends…here is the Grilled Salsa Chicken that I intended on posting last night.  But my day just didn’t play out as I thought it would and I did not get a chance in the early evening to get it all together! A big thanks to Steve for photographing some of the pictures below. You […]


Grilled Chicken Spinach Pesto Pasta

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 13, 2010

I’ve been waiting. And waiting. And waiting…to try this pasta!  I l-o-n-g time ago, I made some Spinach Pesto from the garden.  And it’s been patiently waiting in the freezer for me.  To eat it! *I wish I had not waited until now!* The  reason I’ve been waiting…I didn’t think the boys would go for […]