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.

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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