Author of "The $5 Dinner Mom One-Dish Dinner Cookbook", Erin Chase joined us to show how family dinners can be prepared with just five bucks!

This cookbook is filled with more than 150 one-dish recipes that don't cost an arm and a leg, are easy to prepare and even easier to clean up after. Here are just a few mouthwatering examples straight from Erin's kitchen.

(With her new book, Erin Chase shows America that it's not only possible to eat right, eat well and stay on a budget.

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 Recipies from today's segment are listed below:

Lentil Curry with Chickpeas, Carrots and Spinach


1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ($.05)

1 small red onion, chopped ($.40)

4 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)

1 ½ cup green lentils ($.75)

1 cup white rice ($.20)

3 carrots, peeled and diced ($.30)

1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes ($.20)

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas ($.68)

3 Tablespoons curry powder ($.30)

8 ounces fresh spinach leaves ($1)

Salt and pepper to taste

Crushed red pepper, optional ($.05)