Cream of Asparagus Soup with Asiago Cheese (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)

MAKING A POT OF HOMEMADE ASPARAGUS SOUP DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER.   Although we enjoy broth and tomato based soups another famous soup we make in the CBB kitchen is our Cream of Asparagus Soup. Not only is it low-carb and gluten-free it’s extremely easy to make, budget-friendly and brings home the flavours of Ontario produce when available. During early-mid June if you love to forage you can find wild organic asparagus growing in ditches around farmers fields preferably that grow and sell asparagus. Mrs. CBB grew up with her dad who loves to forage still to this day. Over the years since she was a small child she’s foraged for wild asparagus, wild mushrooms, wild berries and plenty of other free wild edibles. I’ve been introduced to the foraging life quite a few times and it’s amazing what grows and is hidden in the forests, ditches and tall grasses. I won’t get into the specifics of wild asparagus picking but Mrs. CBB found Crystal over at Whole Fed Homestead who offers a detailed blog post about How To Hunt and Forage for Asparagus. Mrs. CBB says that reading her post brings back lots of memories because this was exactly […]

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Our Weekly Menu Plan Based On A Monthly $265 Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Feb 27-March 5

MENU PLANNING INVOLVES MORE THAN A SHOPPING LIST.   If you are the family meal planner don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the same menu plan your friends or family make because their grocery budget may be different. Not only that but their savings skills and ability to use coupons, price-matching, rewards points and so on all aid in savings. Also, keep in mind that not everyone has grocery stores on every other street corner. Some of you who live in rural areas may have a small grocer in town but must drive into a bigger city to see further grocery savings. Related: How a small town family saves money on groceries   Look to others for inspiration   Two of my home cook inspirations… Canadian Budget Binder fan Mary has posted her grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) for the past 5 years. Not only does she try different recipes she finds online to her menu plan but her monthly $190 grocery budget for 2 has remained unchanged for many years. You can follow her journey every week by reading the comment section of the Grocery Game Posts along with many other GGC players. Mary makes […]

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How to include Fresh Produce In Your Diet When Prices Are High : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #2 June 6-12

DON’T LET THE PRICE OF FRESH PRODUCE SCARE YOU AWAY FROM ENJOYING DELICIOUS MEALS   No matter where you grocery shop these days you may have noticed an increase in the price for fresh produce. These price hikes can significantly impact any grocery budget however it is still possible to enjoy your fresh vegetables and fresh fruit without having to resort to frozen alternatives. Tracking your expenses and having a grocery budget are a must for any household but if your grocery budget is tight you may have to make cut-backs or find other savings on items you need to ensure you incorporate nutritious fresh produce into your meals. I was reading an article about the high food prices driving consumers away from fresh produce and into the freezer section where options like frozen vegetables and fruit along with fruit juice seem to be the frugal option for those on a tight budget. Soaring produce prices have been a hot topic recently. Fresh vegetable costs rose 11.7 per cent and fresh fruit prices increased 11 per cent year-over-year in April, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent consumer price index report It’s important to remember that you can find ways to […]