Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget!

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Registration for Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan with a Shopping List will start next week.

Before I officially open up the registration, I want to share with you what the menu plan will be and what it will consist of.

Since I started writing A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa nearly four years ago, I’ve been blessed to meet many people throughout this entire nation, and world. Over the years, I’ve been able to notice the differences in how we eat food that exist culturally between many different countries.

One of the key things that I’ve realized is that within the United States we eat far to few whole foods including fruits and vegetables. If you have followed my website for a while, you are familiar that my family eats many vegetables particularly during the growing seasons.


Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan is going to be much more than just recipes sent to you every week, but lessons on eating and preparing whole foods in season.

I am going to share with you the way my family has taught me to think about food.

  • 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

As you can see, my menu plan is going to educate you on cooking nutrient dense foods the way we did traditionally.


My menu plan will also encourage you to try different foods and flavors.

Lentil Stew with Butternut Squash and Chorizo Sausage

In keeping traditionally, the best part about my menu plan is that it will focus on keeping your grocery bill at an all time low (midwest prices of $100-$120 per week) for organic and grass-fed/pastured foods.  This does not include meat.  Please read my latest post on how my families invests our tax returnon buying grass-fed beef in bulk.

I’m currently building a membership area of my website where I will be sharing my tips and techniques on how I purchase organic/grass-fed/pastured foods for my family on a budget. It will cover many topics on my popular series, A Real Food, Food Budget.

Since I’ll be cooking right along with you, I’ll be able to share my weekly grocery bill and as a community, we’ll all be able to share where we are finding the best deals on real food.

What You Will Get With The Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan

  • 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 price of $100-$120 per week is my families weekly grocery bill.  This would feed a typical family of 4-5.  However, with my tips you’re going to also learn how to stretch your meals. How to use leftovers. As a community we’ll be able to share breakfast and lunch ideas as well.

Although traditional, this doesn’t mean difficult or time consuming.  Each week there will be a crock pot meal and we’ll be making some ingredients in bulk to use for other meals throughout the week.

I am just as busy as all of you. I homeschool, teach, blog, garden, homestead, and cook. Trust me, I’m all about making quick meals as well!

The most important thing, you’ll be cutting down on snacks and saying good-bye to processed foods.  However, I will share my favorite products that will save you time in the kitchen.

Since you can see that this is going to be a lot of work on my part there will be a low monthly membership fee.  Remember, this membership will cover more than just recipes, but in an education to feeding your family real foods.  Since I’m an avid gardener, there will also be gardening tips and techniques starting this Spring and in the Fall we’ll be preserving together. It’s all a part of the cycle in feeding your family real foods for optimal health and nutrition.

I’m sure I’m missing many parts to my plan.  So, if you have any questions at all, please leave me a comment below and I’ll make sure to cover it before registration opens on Thursday.  There will be a trial subscription. I will also be offering an affiliate plan as well!

I’m looking forward to the launch and am hoping we can all eat real, traditional foods, in season, and on a budget this year! To make sure to be notified to the opening of registration or on information about my affiliate plan please sign up for my newsletter directly below this post.

22 Responses to "Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget!"
  1. Cathy says:

    Sounds simply wonderful, Diana, thank you so much for doing this. I’m definitely signing up on Thursday! I recently found your blog after reading about your honey-almond dessert on Jenny’s Nourished Kitchen blog. Looking forward to becoming a member! :-)

  2. Pam says:

    Always love receiving your emails and info, so am tempted to sign up for this. However, I live in the UK and what works for you in the States doesn’t always work for us and seasonal foods will be different. Still worth it?

  3. karen says:

    Cant wait for this especially since we are in the same area and prices and availability will be the same. Thanks so much for doing this. I am sure we will learn a bunch!

  4. Gwendolyn says:

    This menu plan sounds awesome! I can’t wait for the first lesson. Thank You so much for your sharing of your ideas and plan!!!! I am new to this blog, and I am thrilled to have find such a gold mine!!!!! :o)

  5. Michelle Conkling says:

    Looking forward to this!

  6. That’s great to hear, Michelle Conkling!

  7. Michelle Conkling says:

    Going to try to incorporate the meat I have purchased from local farms plus the eggs we get from our chickens. Also am in the planning stages for the garden for the spring…

  8. Looks like were doing the same thing, Michelle!

  9. Velva says:

    It is always a good thing when folks can eat nutritionally dense food that is delicious and on a budget.



  10. debbie says:

    looking forward to registering

  11. Stacy says:

    Will the gluten free option be a separate menu option or included on the traditional menu? Looking forward to this! I can always use some more gluten free options and having a menu laid out would be WONDERFUL! Especially one that is more budget friendly.

  12. Shona says:

    I look forward to seeing your meal ideas…. always up for inspiration when it comes to meal planning. Thanks

  13. Heather says:

    I would love to learn from you. This is a journey that I can not do alone! I also live in IA, so I am thankful to learn from someone so close by!

  14. Leana says:

    Gardening, eating more vegetables, traditional foods, Latin influence….all things I’m into! But I really need some help getting meals organized.

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