Real Food on Budget
Week of August 13, 2018.

I am back!!!

I have taken a hiatus for a few months while I recovered from Caregiver Burnout from caring for my daughter and her medical needs for the last 8 years. I am human and I can not do everything and take on everything and everyones needs 24/7. I have started to say NO to things that I really don't want to do and enjoy my time with my family. 

Even though I have been on a hiatus I have continued to stay on budget with our food purchases and menu planning. I really find that for me it takes the stress out of my life by knowing what we are going to be eating for our meals every night.

$75 for a family a week

Meals this week:

Chicken, Fried Rice
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread
Shepherd's Pie
Enchiladas, Spanish Rice
HM Panzerotti & Sauce
Grilled Chicken, Vegetables
HM Burgers, Salads


Our lunches usually consist of dinner leftovers. 
- Salad
- Soup
- Egg Salad


- Fresh Fruit (Oranges, Strawberries & Apples)
- Toast
- Bagels
- Oatmeal


- Brownies
- Cookies

$ 5.97   Bread (3 loaves)
   2.97   Sour Cream
   6.00   Frozen Vegetables (3 bags)
   1.97   Celery

Leftover for next week - $58.09

Items on hand:

- Onions
- Potatoes
- Carrots
- Frozen Vegetables
- Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Turkey Meatballs (Frozen)
- Ground Chicken
- Chicken Thighs
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Legs
- Pork Chops
- Pasta Sauce
- Pasta (Various)
- Bread
- Wraps
- Pears
- Apples
- Grapes
- Oranges
- Cheese
- Creamed Cheese
- Quinoa

If you are looking for more menu inspiration be sure to check out Orgjunkie, she hosts a weekly menu plan Monday link up.   


Do you try to keep your staple items always on hand and stocked up?


I am taking a blogging hiatus until April 30th. I thank you for stopping by and there are still some amazing articles to read on my blog while I am on hiatus. 

Looking forward to sharing some amazing tips and financial strategies with you when I am back. See you when I return!  

5 Tips for Easter on a Budget

Growing up Easter was one of my favorite holidays, we would do Easter egg hunts both at home and at relatives houses and we would always receive a basket full of goodies. Even though we lived life on a budget growing up, as I still do today my parents always made Easter very special. I knew it was important with my own children to develop special traditions for the Easter holiday so they could have the fond memories that I had of this day growing up.

Here are a few ways that we keep Easter on a budget:

1. Reuse your Easter baskets year after year this will let eliminate the cost of buying new baskets every year. Your children will also get used to what basket belongs to them making it easier for them to find it on Easter morning.

2. Remember to fill the bottom of the basket fully with filler to give the look of a full basket even when there is only a few items in it. Here are some great alternatives to using grass in the basket that takes up more space. 

3. If you remembered to freeze some of your Halloween candy because let's face it the children get so much of it at Halloween, now it the time to take it out and add it to the Easter basket.

4. There is no reason to buy the Easter dye kits in the store, just reach into your cupboard and grab some of your food coloring and just mix 1 tablespoon of food coloring with 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a cup and then fill it to the halfway point with water and you are ready to begin coloring your Easter eggs.

5. My biggest tip for doing Easter on a budget will not help you this year, but will help you next year remember to check the sales after Easter to pick up decorations and baskets that would be appropriate for your children saving a ton on the price and helping you stay on budget for next year.

Panzerotti (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

I never like to waste food in the kitchen. When I have leftover meat I like to use it up in a few days or freeze it for a meal later in the week. I cooked a ham and found that I had a lot of leftovers. I portioned it out to use for other meals and put it into the freezer. 

One of our family favourites is panzerotti. Everyone in the family likes different things in the panzerotti so making them at home and to everyone liking is not only easy to do but makes a fuss free dinner since it is exactly as they like. 


For the dough (you could also use store bought pizza dough)
split the dough into quarters:

2 envelopes active dry yeast (I used just over a tablespoon of bulk yeast)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour
olive oil (I just drizzle in enough to make the dough easier to work with, probably a tablespoon or so)

Combine the yeast, salt, sugar, and warm water in a bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes, or until foamy. Place flour in a bowl. Make a well in the center, add the yeast mixture and olive oil, and mix well.

For the panzerotti
2-3 Tbsp Tomato Sauce
1 cup Ham (diced)
and any other toppings you like on a pizza. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Now take your dough and make sure you divided it into 4 pieces. Set 3 aside and start working on your first one.
You want to lay it out on a floured surface. You can either hand stretch it or use a rolling pin.
Roll it just like you would a pizza.
Now on the one side of the dough put some sauce. About 2 or 3 tablespoons should be good.
Now toss on your meat where you put the sauce.
Now add your cheese. Make sure you leave enough rim to wrap the panzerotti so you want a good 1 to ½ inch space around the edge.
Now take your dough and fold it over. It should make a little half moon.
Now press lightly on the middle where the toppings are to remove any air. Important step.
Now press down the edges to seal them.
Now you take those edges and fold them over on again.
Press the edges down really well so you have an air tight seal.
Now very carefully lift it up (by hand if you're a pro, spatula if not) and put it on the cooking tray to put in the oven. 
Cook until done usually about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Let's Chat!

Do you make pizza and panerotti's at home? What is your favourite things to put on them? 


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***