Menu Week of November 30

Last week was pretty great food wise. Of course, we had Thanksgiving and all of the bounty that Thanksgiving entails. Tuesday night we had a very good dinner of Cheeseburger Soup. It was delicious. Friday things started going a little bit wonky with my menu. We ended up deciding to go to my sisters house […]

Meal Planning Process

I have been using meal plans/menus for a couple of years now. When I worked a full time job outside the home it helped so much to be able to know in advance what we were having instead of standing at the fridge at 4:30 hoping to have something thrown together before Joe got home […]

Can We Talk?

This blog is called Real Food for Less Money. To me Real Food means that our food is nutrient dense, not processed, whole foods. The kind of foods that God put here for us to eat, not stuff that was made in a factory to be something else and then ‘discovered’ to be food. Our […]

Thanksgiving Meal Recap

This was our first food holiday that we celebrated since making the switch to eating more Real Food. I thought that it would be alot more work than usual since I would be making things from scratch without the help of cans (except canned pumpkin) or boxes. I was quite surprised to discover that this […]

The Freshest Turkey

What are you willing/able to do to have high quality food? Have your sourced out all of the best places for high quality ingredients? Do you grow your own produce? Keep chickens for eggs? Do you raise your own animals for food? Or do you use a combination of all of the above? You […]

Tuesday Twister November 24


I’m short on pictures this week. My camera has decided to not work reliably. So let’s play pretend for a minute. Pretend that you are looking at a picture of yummy Chicken and Dumplings. I am experimenting at making soaked whole wheat dumplings. To be honest, they tasted great but looked awful so maybe […]

5 Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve Nutrition

If you are at a point where you know you need to make some improvements to your diet to include more nutrient dense items and less processed foods these easy and inexpensive suggestions may help you.

1. Stop Buying Cold Cereal

Cold cereal is a huge waste of money. The nutritional value of cold […]

Menu Week of November 23

Thanksgiving Week! This year has gone by so fast. We will be staying home and having just the seven of us for Thanksgiving. Our plan is to eat around one o’clock in the afternoon. My daughter, Angel, has to work at 3:30AM on Black Friday so her plan is to go to bed around six. […]

Easy Soaked Oatmeal

One of the early changes that we made to our food was to soak our oatmeal. Why? In a nutshell, oatmeal is high in phytic acid. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of some minerals in the body and is basically an anti-nutrient (you can read more detailed information here and here). Considering one of my […]

Cheeseball Salad


As a little girl I always looked forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas partly because my mom made all different kinds of amazing foods. It was nothing short of a feast. We had turkey as the centerpiece (for both holidays), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, green bean casserole, homemade rolls, green […]

My Version of Broth

I thought I would share with you how I make broth. If you are a broth/stock purist you will not want to read this post. If you are a busy slightly scatter brained person (like me) working with a tight food budget (also like me) then this might interest you. I make about a […]

Tuesday Twister November 17


This last week I tried a few new recipes that I had found online. Every one of them was a hit. Golrabki from the Modern Milk Maid. She does a step by step tutorial which was very helpful. I changed the original recipe a little bit because I can never leave well enough alone. […]

Menu Week of November 16

We try to eat Real Food. What does this mean to me? Our foods should be whole, unprocessed and nutrient dense. A few examples; when you see toast on our menu that is actually toasted homemade whole wheat sourdough bread (I make 4 loaves a week in about 20 minutes hands on time), the meatballs […]

The Mission

I work hard to feed my family whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods. We eat things like grass fed beef, pastured chicken and eggs, offal, antelope, elk, venison, and salmon. We drink raw milk, kombucha, kefir ‘soda’, dairy kefir smoothies and plain water. We enjoy lots of fruits and vegetables and the occasional dessert. I cook […]

The Beginning

Hello and Welcome!

I started this blog because the family blog that I write was being over taken with food stuff. I am passionate (my husband Joe calls it obsessed) about feeding my family a diet filled with whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods. Our diet still has room for improvement. I use the word diet […]