Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of Love.

Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

you mean it’s possible to love a cookbook that doesn’t have any dessert recipes?

I was at Target the other day & I wandered over to the book section. Glancing about their featured book display, I paused on the cookbooks. There was one dedicated to recipes you can make with kids {most of which were desserts and other sweet treats – how could I resist, right?}, and I seriously contemplated buying it. After flipping through it, however, I knew that with my oldest being 3, my kids wouldn’t be able to create any of the treats in there without making a huge mess. Then, I saw a cookbook that had me about 90% sold on just the title alone, The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. It might as well have been screaming my name, “Kayla, you need me! Buy me!”

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare

I opened the cookbook and saw where the author, Erin Clark, had homemade recipes for bread, pizza dough & sauce. Then, I noticed how she had the ingredients listed for each recipe. She has each ingredient listed with the cost that item adds to the recipe, giving you the grand total for the whole recipe. You can guess what happened next. I purchased something not on my shopping list, but it’s probably been my best impulse purchase ever.

My absolute favorite feature is how Erin lists the prices of each ingredient in the recipe. This helps me, who is fairly new to couponing & frugal shopping, to determine a target price for those items on my grocery list. She does state in the beginning of the cookbook that the prices are based on her Midwest location, and that they will vary depending on where you live. I also live in the Midwest & I’ve found some prices that are lower than hers, and some that are higher, but it balances out to about the same.

Erin also has some tips in the beginning about how to shop at the grocery store, in order to get the prices she uses in the cookbook [things like couponing, shopping with cash, resisting temptation, etc.]. Since I’ve already been doing some of those things for six months, some information was old hat to me. However, if I were brand new to the idea of frugality, this information would have been really helpful. Even with already knowing some of the information, I still learned from reading this informational section in The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, like how you can toss sliced apples with lemon juice before freezing them to prevent browning.

Another thing I like about The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook is that the $5 dinner includes the side dishes, too! So, just by following the recipe, I have a whole meal for $5 [or less]. It takes a lot of the guess work out of what to make with the meal, which simplifies dinner time for me. Now, Erin does state at the beginning of the cookbook that the meals are designed for a family of two adults and two small children, so keep that in mind depending on the size of your family. It’s perfect for my family as it is my husband, me, a 3-yr-old, a 2-yr-old and our 10-month-old {who doesn’t eat too much table food yet]. And you know what? I don’t mind one bit that there are no dessert recipes [and sweet treats are a staple around here].

I’ve had the cookbook for just over a week & already made four of the recipes: Chicken and Fried Plantains [p.103], Slow Cooker chicken Fajitas[p.98], Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas [p.125-these are my fave so far], & Bacon-Wrapped Apple Chicken[p.92]. And tonight we’re having Baked Lime Tilapia [p.192] – Yum!

Did you know there’s a $5 Dinner website? I didn’t notice until after I was home with the book. The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook is the result of Erin’s website, www.5dollardinners.com. You can believe I’ve already bookmarked it as a fave.

Disclosure: Some links in the post above are “affiliate links”, meaning if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to you, my readers. I personally purchased The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, and was so impressed I wanted to share my opinion with you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 Responses to you mean it’s possible to love a cookbook that doesn’t have any dessert recipes?

  1. [...] and figure out the cooking day, freezing & serving plan. So this month, I picked meals out of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, for my cooking days. Here are the 10 meals I chose to prepare this month {I make three of each [...]

  2. [...] and figure out the cooking day, freezing & serving plan. So this month, I picked meals out of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, for my cooking days. Here are the 10 meals I chose to prepare this month {I make three of each [...]

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