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Moroccan Beef Stew ~ New 31 Days of Freezer Friendly Recipe!

Moroccan Beef Stew Recipe on 5DollarDinners.com

It’s time to kick the flavor up a couple notches in your next stew. This is a really interesting stew with a whole lot going on in the flavor department. You have the beef with the chickpeas…that soak up the cumin and cinnamon flavors. Then there’s the sweetness from the golden raisins and the salt-y zip from the kalamata olives.

This stew is seriously a party on your taste buds and a party in your tummy!

Golden raisins is not an ingredient that I purchase often, but I bought a box to use for this stew…and then I’ll use the rest in a few weeks for my all time favorite Thanksgiving stuffing…Golden Raisin-Apple Stuffing Cups!!!

So grab a box of these golden goodies and make this stew and then that stuffing! YUMMMM!

Moroccan Beef Stew

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Moroccan Beef Stew

Adapted from Moroccan Lamb Stew from Rachael Ray

Yield – 5 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. stew beef (or chuck roast cut into bite size cubes)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 small carrot sticks, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can chick peas
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 oz. box couscous


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Brown the beef and then add the onion, carrots, diced tomatoes, chickpeas (drained), raisins, olives, broth, cumin and cinnamon. Bring to bubbling and let cook for about 20 minutes, or until beef pieces are cooked through and carrots are soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare the couscous as directed on the box.
  • Serve Moroccan Beef Stew over couscous.

Sunday Coupon Preview – October 2

Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper?

There is scheduled to be Smart Source and 1 Red Plum in this weekend’s paper.

  • $1.00/5 Buddig Orginal Packages – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.75/1 Buddig Original Deli Cuts, or Premium Deli Cuts, 8 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.40/1 C&H Organic 24 oz, or 32 oz Washed Raw Sugar Product – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Organic Blue Agave Nectar Bottle – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Organic Blue Agave Nectar Bottle – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $1.00/1 C&H Sugar Quick Dissolve Superfine, or Pourable Brown In A Flip Top Dispenser – 11-2-14 RP (exp 01/03/15)
  • $0.55/2 Carnation Evaporated Milk Cans, 12 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/31/14)
  • $1.00/1 Don Francisco’s Coffee Can – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/13/14)
  • $1.50/1 Don Francisco’s, 10 or 12 oz Family Reserve Bag, or 1, 12 ct Family Reserve Single Serve Coffee – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/13/14)
  • $0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs – 11-2 -14 SS (exp 02/02/15)
  • $3.00/1 Ensure Active Multipack – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/28/14)
  • $4.00/1 Ensure Active Protein Drink Multipack – 11-2 -14 SS (exp 11/16/14)
  • $0.75/2 Libby’s Pumpkin Cans, 15 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/31/14)
  • $1.50/1 Nescafe Taster’s Choice, 7 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/28/14)
  • $0.50/1 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough- 11-2-14 RP (exp 12/31/14)
  • $0.50/1 New York Brand Frozen Product – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/4 Nissin Big Cup Noodles – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/3 Nissin Chow Mein – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/04/15)
  • $1.00/1 Old El Paso Frozen Entree – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/25/15)
  • $1.00/1 Old Wisconsin Snack Bite, Snack Stick, or Summer Sausage, 4 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 02/28/15)
  • $0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls; Excludes Twin Packs – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.40/2 Pillsbury/Cinnabon, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls, or Grands! Sweet Rolls, Cinnabon Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/24/15)
  • $0.50/2 Progresso Products; Excluding Pasta Bowl – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $0.25/1 Progresso Vegetable Classics Soup Can – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $1.00/1 Pyrex Bakeware, Prepware, or Storage – 11-2-14 SS (exp 01/31/15)
  • $1.00/1 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids, or 2 Takealongs Products – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/27/14)
  • $0.75/2 Skippy Peanut Butter, or Spread Products, 15 oz or Larger – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/29/14)
  • $1.00/2 Spam Products, 12 oz – 11-2-14 SS (exp 12/29/14)
  • $0.45/1 Sparkle Giant Roll or Larger- 11-2-14 RP (exp 12/02/14)

Learn more about how the Coupon Preview can help you spend less at the grocery store!




Freezer Friendly Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade ~ 31 Days of Freezer Friendly Recipes

Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade Recipe on 5DollarDinners.com

Delicious and easy.

That’s the name of my cooking game friend!

This salmon is both of those things…super simple to prepare and oh, so tasty too!

Salmon recipes are not ones I share around here often, but I think it’s important to serve fish and seafood as part of a balanced diet. When I do serve salmon or other more expensive meats, I try to pair them with other inexpensive ingredients like rice or homemade bread. Keep the meal simple, yet scrumptious.

This is a freezer marinade…and one that I use often for salmon (and chicken too!). I find that I often have my meals planned out for the week when I spot a great sale or deal on salmon. So I’ll scoop up the salmon and then add some marinade to it and freeze it until it’s time to enjoy it. I could rearrange the meal plan…but I can freeze it too!

Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade on 5DollarDinners.com


This marinade is super basic and easy to prepare for smaller or larger amounts. It’s 1 Tbsp maple + 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard for every 1/4 lb. of salmon (or chicken!). Hope you enjoy it!


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Freezer Friendly Maple Dijon Salmon Marinade

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. salmon, cut into 1/4 lb. steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Suggested sides: rice or bread, salad or veggies


  • Add the salmon to a plastic freezer baggie or container. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top of the steaks.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and the Dijon mustard. Pour over the salmon in the baggie or container. Seal and freeze.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then grill or bake until salmon is cooked through. Serve with side of rice or bread and salad or veggies.

Costco Top Deals for November: Naked Juice, Starbucks, Cascade, Duracell + More


Have you seen our Costco Meal Plans yet? We’ve got FIVE of them including our latest featuring all freezer cooking meals! It’s a great way to save on dinners, using bulk ingredients from Costco!!! Included are a price list, shopping list, full recipes, and more!

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Costco Top Deals for November | 5DollarDinners.com

Here are the top deals at Costco for this coupon cycle:
Costco Coupon Booklet – Prices valid 10/30 – 11/23 and may vary by store



Naked Juice Variety Pack, 12 ct 10 oz bottles – $14.69

  • $4.00/1 Naked Juice Variety Pack, 12/10 oz; Limit 4 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $10.69

Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lbs – $19.99

  • $4.50/1 Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lb; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $15.49

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, 60 ct – $5.89

  • $1.50/1 Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, 60 ct; Limit 4 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $4.39

Cookies, Snacks & Candy


Stacy’s Naked Pita Chips, 28 oz – $5.79

  • $2.00/1 Stacy’s Pita Chips, 28 oz; Limit 3 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $3.79

Frozen Foods


Jimmy Dean Precooked Turkey Sausage Links, 48 ct – $8.59

  • $2.80/1 Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links, 48 ct; Limit 3 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $5.79

Home Supplies


Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Detergent, 160 loads, 250 oz – $15.79

  • $4.00/1 Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Laundry Detergent, 250 oz, 160 ld; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.79

Cascade Complete Action Pacs, 85 ct – $14.99

  • $3.00/1 Cascade Complete Action Pacs, 85 ct; Limit 1 Per Household – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.99

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 6 ct 24 oz bottles – $8.99

  • $2.80/1 Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 6/24 oz or Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs, 6/3.5 oz; Limit 5 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $6.19

Office Supplies


Duracell Coppertop Batteries C and/or D, 14 ct – $14.89

  • $3.00/1 Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries, 14 ct C or D; Limit 10 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $11.89

Personal Care


Dove Shampoo and/or Conditioner, 40 oz bottles – $6.49

  • $2.00/1 Dove Shampoo or Conditioner, 40 oz; Limit 2 – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $4.49



Delsym 12 Hr Cough Suppressant, 2 ct 5 oz bottles – $19.69

    • $5.00/1 Mucinex Fast-Max Severe, 2/9 oz; Children’s Multi-Symptom Cold, 2/6.8 oz; or Delsym, 12 Hour Cough Suppressant, 2/5 oz; No Limit – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)

Stacks With 

Out-of-Pocket Price: $14.69
Final Price: Free
Includes Mail In Rebate

Kirkland Signature Cold Multi-Symptom Combo Pack Gelcaps Day, 2 pk 60 ct and Night, 48 ct – $8.99

  • $2.00/1 Kirkland Signature Cold Multi-Symptom Day, 2/60 ct & Night, 48 ct Gelcap Combo Pack; Mucus Relief Tablets, 2/200 ct; Acetaminophen Rapid Release Gelcaps, 500 mg, 400 ct; or Acetaminophen PM Capsules, 500 mg, 375 ct; Limit 6 Each – Costco Coupon (Valid from 10/30/14) – (exp. 11/23/14)
Final Price: $6.99
Click here to see the complete list for Costco!

#everymealmatters ~ Redeem a Coupon & Donate a $1, Easy Way to Pay It Forward This Holiday Season!

Thanksgiving Most Couponable Holiday Feast

I’m a connecter. And I love connecting people with people. And people with new recipes to try. And people with great ways to give back. This is one of the things that I’ve learned about myself as I’ve emerged as a blogger, author, blogger coach and event coordinator…I just love people and connecting them with what they need to help them move forward on whatever path that is before them.

Just last week, I connected a friend who is a speaker, author and authority in the homeschool space with another friend who is a hilarious blogger, memoir author…who both just so happen to have the same literary agent but had not connected yet. What those 2 could pull of together, I can’t wait to see what it is…connection is powerful.

With the blogging events that I’ve coordinated over the past 5 years, our motto has always been and always will be…create win-win situations for all parties involved – speakers, partners, attendees. Same philosophy goes when I’m working and consulting with other companies in the online and grocery deals space. Win-win.

Connecting people and creating win-win scenarios. Plus helping people spend less money on their groceries through coupons and meal plans, my other passion. Put these two together and my heart is literally bursting!

When this fantastic holiday giving opportunity came through my inbox, I gladly jumped at the chance to share it with you. To connect you with it. So what’s this crazy opportunity all about…

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On November 2, there will be coupons in national newspapers for Crisco and Pillsbury products that help you share the goodness this season and make every meal matter.

For every Crisco and Pillsbury coupon redeemed, The J.M Smucker Co. will donate the equivalent of three meals to Feeding America.

Every $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. The J.M Smucker Co. has committed to provide up to six million meals ($600,000 donation) to Feeding America and will make a minimum donation of 4.5 million meals (a $450,000 donation).

But I’m really not about ‘minimum donations’…I’m all about hitting that SIX MILLION MEAL MARK.

We’ll consider this the kickoff for our annual holiday feast coupon round up…but with these coupons, we get to help so many people who are in need this holiday season with meals from Feeding America. This holiday season, you have the opportunity to help families who struggle with hunger, while also creating more memorable meals and moments of your own…because every meal matters! Seriously, #everymealmatters!

Before we get to the fun part about saving and giving, I wanted to share a few tips on spending less on your holiday feast with you (and I’ll be sharing some other ones on my Twitter, Instagram & Facebook accounts over the next few days…like a savings tips scavenger hunt!). You can also find some great tips and ideas on my #everymealmatters Pinterest board!

Tip #1

When it comes to holiday feast shopping, wait until the week of the feast to get the very lowest prices on all your ingredients. If you’re worried about braving the crowds, sneak into the store early in the morning or late at night to take advantage of all the great sales.

Tip #2

Use my $5 concept for your holiday feast$5 per person, if you are hosting and preparing the meal, or $5 per side dish that you plan on bringing to the feast. If you are having 12 people around your table, plan what you can make for $60 and then ask others to bring the other parts of the meal so you don’t have to take on the total cost of the meal. If you are bringing a side dish, play the sales and coupon game to get the ingredients you need to make the side for under $5.

Tip #3

Write down EVERYTHING you’ll need on a piece of paper or add your shopping list to your favorite app and then hit the store. All the shiny bells and whistles that stores put out during the holidays can easily distract you from getting only what you went into the store to purchase. Challenge yourself to not purchase ANYTHING that’s NOT.ON.THE.LIST!

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see my other tips and tricks!

So what do you have to do?

Check participating newspapers THIS Sunday, November 2, for Crisco® and Pillsbury® coupons that help you share the goodness this season and make every meal matter…for you and for someone else!

Use the coupons that come out in this weekend’s newspaper…Clip and redeem and save big on holiday feast ingredients!

And then a donation will be made based on the coupon redemption. Easy, peasy.

Every $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks!


You save, someone else gets a meal. We all do this together and a whole lotta people get a meal from Feeding America and The J.M Smucker Co! Win-Win! Everybody’s happy!

Visit Power of Family Meals for more information!

Now, let’s work together friend to get those 6 million meals donated!!!

xoxo ~ Erin

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company & Feeding America.


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