Spain in Iowa's Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget - Review

Spain in Iowa's Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget - Review

Diana from the blog Spain in Iowa is one of the first bloggers I connected with on a personal level.  Her love of family, gardening and good food is in my bailiwick. Last summer we both had baby girls.  Her little Elizabeth and my June Bug were born just days apart!

Requisite cute baby photos:

Spain in Iowa's Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget - Budget

I know it is cliche, but how can they be 9-months old already?  Also how can Elisa have so much more hair than my June Bug?

Over the years Diana has been a  source of inspiration for me as she shared how to render lard at home, putting up roasted red peppers and the miracles of broth.  She is more than a recipe blogger, she writes well researched articles promoting nourishing food preparations.   I have learned much from her!

For those of you following along on my Wahls Diet series, Diana does not keep a paleo kitchen.  She does use whole, real food ingredients many of which she grows herself.  The Spanish and Mexican blood runs deep and you will find many recipes cooking with olive oil.  She's a champion for nourishing food for the whole family.  Many of her recipes are Wahls friendly or can easily be adapted.

Spain in Iowa's Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget - Review

I was thrilled to see Spain in Iowa launch Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget.

The goals for this program are:

  • Using fresh vegetables for every meal
  • Using cheaper sources of protein such as legumes and eggs
  • Using real fats like extra virgin olive oil, lard, butter, and coconut oil
  • Using lesser known cuts of meat to save money
  • Using odd bits for nourishment
  • Using homemade stock
  • Tips and techniques to never waste food (we will purposefully reuse food into other meals)
  • Slowing Down To Respect and Enjoy Real Food

Diana offered to let me try out two weeks of her menu.  The plan is built for a family of 4-5 so for just the two of us we had quite a bit of leftovers.  I don't think I had to make more than a couple lunches in the 14 days.  Plus there wasn't a thing I didn't feel good about offering to my baby.  

Having the menu plan and shopping list all ready to go was lovely.  I saved a couple hours a week using the Traditional Menu Plan.  And we saved money; about 10% of our normal food budget.  And admittedly since starting the Wahls Paleo Diet our food bill has crept up.  

Pork Chops with Chimichurrie Sauce and Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
A sample of the dinners you will enjoy.  This is the Pan Seared Pork Chops with Chimichurrie Sauce and Sauteed Brussels Sprouts.

I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone and trying some recipes I wouldn't have considered.  The dinner of pan seared pork chops with chimichurri sauce and sauteed Brussels sprouts, onions and bacon with a side salad was our favorite.  And to think, Jeff and I both thought we didn't like pork chops.  That chimichurri sauce was heavenly.  The bright herbal flavors mixed with lemon and olive oil were amazing and something I wouldn't have thought to try on my own.  

There was enough chimichurri sauce left over for a salad dressing and the black bean, sweet potato and kale tacos.  I have carefully tucked the recipe away for use this summer when I will have my own cilantro and parsley in quantity so I can make large batches to freeze.  

If you are struggling to find wholesome dinner ideas or don't know where to start to cook seasonal, traditional food or just want a boost out of a cooking rut this menu plan could be just what you need.  

The Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget is ideal for those of you who are new to cooking from scratch.   As you prepare food along with Diana you will gain the skills and confidence to make every meal healthy and nourishing.

  • 5 weekly dinner recipes
  • 3 seasonal salad recipes
  • 1 salad dressing recipe
  • Access to Menu Plan Membership Area
  • 1 weekly video tip or technique
  • Membership blog posts
  • Education on cooking real food, traditionally, and in season
  • Gluten free menu option

The cost is $10 a month or if you buy larger packages as low as $7 a month.  Click here to get more details and order now.  

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