Budget Recipes, Meal Plans, and Cooking Lessons - $5 Dinners (2024)

What’s Trending on Instagram

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Are you following me over on Instagram? I have a fun community over there where I share a lot of Reels demonstrating cooking hacks and cooking tips. Which insta are you following? I thought it would be fun to share what photos, reels, and videos are trending on our Instagram profiles once a month! These are your current favorites. Are you following all of our accounts? … [Read more...]

Erin’s “What I Like Right Now” List

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Things I'm Crushing On (And Using All the Time) This MonthHoliday 2023 FAVES … [Read more...]

VIRAL: Beef Ravioli Bake

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I think Ravioli Bakes might be my new favorite dinner. I don't know why...they just seem so easy. Well, they are easy. The ravioli doesn't take any pre-cooking. You just add it into the dish, pour the sauce (in this case a beefy-spaghetti sauce) over the top, then pile on as much cheese as your waistline can handle. ;) Then, bake. And you end up with this. Now, there … [Read more...]

CHALLENGE: 5-Ingredient Freezer Meal Plan

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How to prepare SIX meals in LESS THAN 30 MINUTES with this 5-Ingredient Meal Plan! I don't know about you, but it makes my heart happy when a recipe only needs a handful of ingredients. And when they are "normal" ingredients, too! You know what I'm talking about. Ingredients you often have in your kitchen, and are commonly found at a typical grocery store. So I made a … [Read more...]

Guacamole with Street Corn

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If I started keeping track, I imagine I eat an avocado or guacamole at least 5 times a week. Sometimes I get guacamole at my fave tex-mex restaurant, sometimes I make my own, sometimes I get it on top of a Chipotle salad, sometimes I just scoop it right out of the skin with a little lemon juice and salt. I'm always looking to mix things up and keep the guacamole "fresh" and … [Read more...]

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Holiday To-Do List Already Starting to Stress You Out?!What if you could prep SIX 5-Ingredient freezer meals in 30 minutes...before the holiday chaos begins?!?I'm Erin Chase and I'm here to show you how... Join me the week of NOVEMBER 1stfor a few days oftips and tricks that will help you breeze through this meal prep!Each day throughout the Deck … [Read more...]

Erin’s Recipes from Big Bad Budget Battle

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Get the Recipes Erin Cooked on Food Network's Big Bad Budget Battle WELCOME to my Big Bad Budget Battle Besties! I'm so glad you're here and I can't wait to connect with you and further help you on your journey to spending less money on groceries and cooking well on a budget. I am beyond tickled by the concept of the show, the opportunity to compete on the show, and … [Read more...]

RE-DESIGNED for YOU: The “20 Meals for $150” Plans

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Save TIME, MONEY, and MORE with these amazing 20 Meals for $150 Plans! ELATED. ECSTATIC. STOKED. That describes how I'm feeling this week, as I re-share this amazing grocery saving and sanity saving resource with you! Many moons ago, I decided to make some updates to the "20 meals for $150" plans. I started creating them in 2013, and it was just time for a … [Read more...]

The Best Ever Make-Ahead Freezer Meals Cookbooks!

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If you love getting ahead with dinner prep, and you love cookbooks, these Make-Ahead Freezer Meal Cookbooks are the books for YOU! The Freezer Meal StereotypeOften times when people think of freezer meals, they think of mushy casseroles. Or slow-cooker-only recipes. Or bland, tasteless, freezer burned meals. It is also the assumption that these bland, mushy … [Read more...]

Best Grocery Savings Mobile Apps

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Check out the Best Grocery Savings Mobile Apps! These are also Erin's favorites. (She might be a bit biased about the first one!)MyFreezEasyWith MyFreezEasy, it really is as easy as 1-2-3. Get organized, choose your recipes, use the shopping list provided, and then follow the instructions to get your make ahead freezer meals into your freezer! You'll save on groceries … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

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Oh my heavens - divine, divine, divine. This Pumpkin Pie French Toast recipe is a MUST TRY in the fall and winter months! I so wish I'd doubled this recipe for Pumpkin Pie French Toast while I was first making it. Tripled, or quadrupled even! These are so scrumptious...perfect for the fall season. It's really simple...you just add some pumpkin puree and spices to … [Read more...]

Mocha Brownies

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom 5 Comments

Before you say it, yes...brownies were dessert of the month in April...just a few short weeks ago. But Caramel Cashew Brownies and these Mocha Brownies are different. Very, very different. I know. I know. This is really an indication that I have a brownie problem. Please. Send help. Brownies anonymous, anyone?! So I served these to a group of ladies last week...and … [Read more...]

NEW COOKBOOKS: Feeding Teenage Boys on a Budget + Teen Cuisine

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Introducing Erin Chase's latest cookbook about feeding teenagers on a budget, plus the companion mini-cookbook that will teach your teens how to cook scrumptious recipes with "Shorts" videos!The idea for this cookbook came to me about 15 years ago...in a booth at a lunch in NYC with my cookbook editor. And the time to share it with you is now... So, yes...this is … [Read more...]

Are You Buying Meat at the Wrong Store and at the Wrong Time?!

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Learn How Different Meat Prices at Different Stores Work So You Can Determine When & Where to Get the Best DealsFeeling the pinch at the grocery store lately, especially when it comes to meat prices?I got you! Join me on this eye-opening expedition, as we travel around town looking at meat prices at various grocery stores. Together, we will unravel the mysteries … [Read more...]

VIDEO: How to Get 10+ Meals from Bulk Ground Beef Packages

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Spot a great sale price or bulk price option on ground beef?Watch as Erin creates over 10 meals with just two bulk ground beef packages! VIDEO: How to Get 10+ Freezer Meals from 2 Bulk Ground Beef Packages GADGETS: Order The Featured Gadgets Below RECIPE: Freezer Friendly Ranch Meatloaf Ranch Meatloaf Make ahead and freezer friendly … [Read more...]

Skillet Boursin Chicken

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This Scrumptious Pan-Seared Chicken with Creamy Boursin Sauce Will Be Your New Favorite Weeknight Dinner View more free cooking lessons in Erin's Learn to Cook on a Budget video series! RECIPE: Pan-Seared Chicken with Creamy Boursin Sauce Skillet Boursin Chicken Balanced yet indulgent, this easy dish is the perfect combo of comfort and sophistication, … [Read more...]

Amazon Big Spring Sale 2024

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Get the best Amazon Big Spring Sale deals on kitchen, home and more! … [Read more...]

Melty Mashup Recipes

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Must-Try Melty Mashup Recipes for the Ultimate Food Experience!Melty Mashups allow you to indulge in the mouthwatering delight of combining two beloved treats into one irresistible fusion. From "burger quesadillas" to "pizza pot pies," this trend ensures a double dose of ooey-gooey goodness that simply melts in your mouth. It's like extreme comfort food! … [Read more...]

ROUNDUP: Dump and Bake Recipes

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You will love the ease and convenience of these "Dump and Bake" recipes for scrumptious and hearty casseroles! … [Read more...]

NEW COOKBOOK: Learn to Cook on a Budget

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Learning to Cook is Easier than You Think! Your Wallet and Bank Account Will Thank You! Over the years, I've spoken with many people who get frustrated by their overspending on groceries because they don't know how to cook. So they overbuy, or sometimes underbuy, or they resort to dining out and dinner delivery 4-5 times a week. If you are tired of the dining … [Read more...]

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This Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole will soon be in your regular dinner rotation because it's so easy to prep to bake, and so scrumptious!I've got another "dump and bake recipe" for you! This Dump & Bake Meatball Casserole is a perfect hearty dish for a cozy family dinner on a super busy weeknight. This no-fuss recipe requires minimal preparation, making it an … [Read more...]

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Budget Recipes, Meal Plans, and Cooking Lessons - $5 Dinners (2024)


What is the $5 meal plan? ›

$5 Meal Plan is a weekly meal plan service that can make your meal planning as simple as possible. We surveyed 2,134 families and, on average, they spent two hours a week on meal planning.

What is the cheapest meal you can make? ›

68 Easy And Cheap Dinner Ideas That You'll Want To Make On Repeat
  • Black Bean Burgers. ...
  • Creamy Tomato Shells. ...
  • Zucchini Corn Quesadillas. ...
  • Super-Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad. ...
  • Chicken and Mandarin Salad With Simple Sesame Dressing. ...
  • Garlic Butter Capellini Pomodoro With Shrimp. ...
  • Orzo With Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers.
May 3, 2024

How to make a cheap meal plan? ›

10 tips to get you started on meal planning on a budget:
  1. Make a menu. ...
  2. Plan your meals around foods that are on sale. ...
  3. Plan some plant-based meals every week. ...
  4. Check your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. ...
  5. Enjoy grains more often. ...
  6. Avoid recipes that need a special ingredient. ...
  7. Look for seasonal recipes.
Feb 22, 2023

How do you solve a meal plan? ›

How do I plan a menu for a week? Repetition is key. Pick two or three breakfast options and two or three lunch options for the week (at most), and add variety through dinner and snacks. Consider what meals you and your family enjoy eating, any food allergies or dietary needs, and how much time you have to prepare food.

What is the 5 in 1 meal program? ›

On the 5&1 plan, you're instructed to eat 5 Optavia Fuelings and 1 Lean and Green meal each day. The program recommends eating a meal or a Fueling every 2–3 hours and incorporating 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

What is a 5 course meal plan? ›

A typical five-course meal consists of one-bite hors d'oeuvres, a plated appetizer, a palate-cleansing salad, the main entrée, and dessert. In some cases, you can omit the hors d'oeuvres and insert a soup between the appetizer and salad courses.

What is the cheapest meal you can live by? ›

Cheapest Foods to Live On:
  • Oatmeal.
  • Eggs.
  • Bread.
  • Rice.
  • Bananas.
  • Beans.
  • Apples.
  • Pasta.

What is the cheapest food that can feed a lot of people? ›

Pasta is one of the cheapest and most filling pantry staples you can buy, and that's exactly why it's the perfect food to feed to a crowd! Plus, everyone loves a good pasta dish. Grab yourself a buffet server warming tray so you can pop your cooked pasta inside and keep it warm all evening long!

How to feed 3 people for $10? ›

Ten Healthy Family Meals Under $10
  1. Healthy Fried Rice.
  2. Pasta Salad.
  3. Fettuccini Alfredo… or Bowtie, or Shells, or Rotini.
  4. Rosemary White Bean Soup or Turkey White Bean Chili.
  5. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos.
  6. Black-eyed Peas and Pork…with Kale.
  7. Enchilada Casserole.
  8. Down-home Macaroni and Cheese.

What is the cheapest way to cook a meal? ›

Using slow cookers, microwaves and air fryers when you can, are all great options for low-maintenance, low-cost, low-carbon cooking. Microwaves: When it comes to cooking quickly and cheaply, microwaves are going to be your best friend.

How do you cook on a low budget? ›

Top tips for cooking on a budget
  1. Plan a weekly menu with some budget dinner ideas. ...
  2. Put leftovers to good use. ...
  3. Start batch cooking on a budget. ...
  4. Use your kitchen space smartly. ...
  5. Cook seasonally. ...
  6. Don't be afraid to swap out ingredients. ...
  7. Pick imperfect vegetables. ...
  8. Pad recipes out with pulses and grains.

How to meal plan for beginners? ›

Here are some simple tips to get you started:
  1. See what you already have. ...
  2. Write down your meals. ...
  3. Write down recipes to try. ...
  4. Think about your time. ...
  5. Plan to use leftovers. ...
  6. Make a grocery list. ...
  7. Build your shopping list as you go. ...
  8. Buy a mix of fresh, frozen, and self-stable items.

What are the 5 basic steps of meal planning? ›

5 Steps to Plan Your Meals
  • Determine your goal. First things first, you want to determine your goal. ...
  • Calculate your daily energy needs. Next you'll need to calculate your daily energy needs. ...
  • Divide daily energy (calorie) needs into meals and snacks. ...
  • Write down your meals for the week or next few days. ...
  • Go food shopping.
Sep 6, 2019

What are the 4 steps in the meal plan? ›

Meal Planning in 4 Easy Steps
  1. Pick Your Strategy. ...
  2. Make a Detailed Shopping List. ...
  3. Make Time to Cook. ...
  4. Invest in Some Glass.
May 7, 2018

What are three keys to successful meal prepping? ›

Follow these three steps and you'll be planning and prepping nutritious and delicious meals that fit your preferences and lifestyle!
  • Step 1: Make a Menu. First, think about your approach to meal planning — do you: ...
  • Step 2: Stock Your Pantry and Freezer with the Five Food Groups. ...
  • Step 3: Keep a Running Grocery List.
Jul 18, 2019

What is the 5 time meal plan? ›

What time should you eat? According to the theory of five meals a day, you should eat every three hours. Therefore, examples of eating hours for five meals are: 7:30 (breakfast), 10:30 (second breakfast), 13:30 (lunch), 16:30 (afternoon tea), 19:30 (dinner).

What is the 5 meal a day diet plan? ›

Five meals a day equals breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. To do this right, you need to plan what you'll eat every day for each “meal.” And you need to schedule eating every 2 to 3 hours. Stock up. Face it: You're going to grab whatever food is closest.

What is Wendy's $5 meal? ›

Wendy's has been offering its Biggie Bag which comes with a sandwich, junior fries, four-piece nuggets and a small drink all for $5.

What is a 5x5x5 meal plan? ›

In my book, I've developed something called the 5x5x5 framework that will help you eat to beat disease. In simple terms, it's a strategy to support the five health-defense systems by eating up to five times a day and incorporating a minimum of five health-supporting foods into the meals and snacks you already eat.

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