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Real Food on a Budget: Repurpose Leftovers

There are two kinds of people in this world, those that won’t let a leftover go to waste, and those who won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole.  In this final week of my real food on a budget series I am going to share some ways to use up your leftovers and stretch your food budget. The number one complaint in the “I hate leftovers” camp is that they don’t want to eat the same thing again. While simply re-heating last night’s dinner for lunch today is a great way to use leftovers – it’s not the only…

Real Food on a Budget Freezer Cooking

Real Food on a Budget: Freezer Cooking

I’ve always been intimidated by freezer cooking. But, as much as it intimidates me I also envy those who embark on the task.  I finally feel like I’ve gotten a good method down and plan to freezer cooker until we leave the US. You may however, be surprised to know the adept Moroccan woman will have a freezer stocked with pastries and baked goods that can be pulled out for company.  It’s a style I have tried to emulate! Many of you have asked, “what is freezer cooking?” so let me start by explaining the concept. The basic idea is…

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Eating Real Food on a Budget: Building Reserves

  Today’s post touches on some of the points I made last week when I talked about buying in bulk.  I want to make something clear; when I say build reserves, I don’t mean hoard food. I’ve seen too many Extreme Couponing shows to know that, that is a reality.  There are many benefits to building up a pantry and freezer that can help you off-set costs later. You might be wondering when it would come in handy.  Recently my hours were cut from full-time, 40 hours a week to 10 hours a week. This was a gigantic blow in…

Eating Real Food on a Budget: Buying in Bulk

Real Food on a Budget: Buying in Bulk

  I can’t believe we’re already over half-way finished with this post series! I have really been enjoying sharing my tips and tricks to purchase whole, real foods while still maintaining a budget.  This week’s post may seem counter-intuitive to the budget concept but I think you’ll find that it does save money in the long run. I do a lot of baking because ½ of our family is gluten-free by necessity and the other ½ tend to be by default.  I do have some things in our home with gluten for those that can eat it but when I’m…

real food: eating seasonally

Eating Real Food on a Budget: Eat Seasonally

Welcome to week six of my 10 ways to eat real food on a budget series.  This weeks’ topic may seem like a no-brainer.  Eating food when it’s in season is cheaper.  Period. But, you and I both know it’s not that simple. If you live in the northern part of the United States or somewhere that is “blessed” with many, many long months of winter your choices are really slim. I know, I live there.  If I were to eat local, in season foods from October – April, I’d be eating potatoes, squash, and maybe some lettuces – maybe.…

Real Food: Butchering

One of the best ways to save money on real foods, and especially meat, is to buy a whole or half of an animal.  We slaughter a lamb each year for Eid.  Yes, we do it ourselves.  Yes, we cut it and package it ourselves.  I have to say I had never done this before the first Eid we celebrated. But, I had been privy to hunting and the butchering of animals my whole life so it didn’t really seem odd. Ok, when MarocBaba brought home an entire skinned and gutted sheep in a plastic bag and put it on…

Real Food on a Budget: Eat From Your Pantry

Real Food: Eat From Your Pantry

This might be my very favorite post in my series of Real Food on a Budget.  I think this tip has a ton of potential to cut down on your grocery bill and also lead to some creative genius in your meals! How many of us have a bottle of something or another sitting on a shelf that we swear we’re going to use one day?  Or that half used pack of rice noodles that look at you longingly.  A great way to cut down your food bill while eating real foods is to actually use them. Even if you’re…

Real Food on a Budget: Cook and Bake

  In the first two parts of this series I talked about setting a budget and meal planning. Now it’s time to really dig into the food part of this equation. If you want to eat real foods on a budget you will have to cook and bake.  I repeat, you will HAVE TO cook and bake. In speaking with many people about food choices, one of the reasons they give for avoiding whole/real foods is that the convenience foods they choose are MUCH more expensive than the processed versions. In reality you can make most if not all of…