BudgetPaleo

This Week’s Menu

Monday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Bul gogi beef with a light snap pea/scallion/bell pepper salad

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Bunless burger with roasted green beans

Wednesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Quick stir-fry using carrots, carrot greens & tazoi spinach from my CSA box + leftover meats and bell pepper from my grocery stockpile

Thursday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover stir-fry from last night

Dinner: Simple curry bowl with leftover rotisserie chicken, callaloo greens and kale from my CSA box and coconut milk

Friday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers from last night

Dinner: Out

Sunday

Breakfast: Out

Lunch: Out

Dinner: Out

 

This Week’s Grocery List

Bamboo skewers ($4.99 @ Whole Foods)
Roasted unsalted almonds ($5.99 @ Whole Foods)
Pretzel buns ($4.49 @ Whole Foods)
Boneless skinless chicken thighs, family pack ($8.15 @ Whole Foods)
Cherries ($7.61 @ Whole Foods)
Pellegrino ($1.19 @ Whole Foods) – fantastic price

 

Smoothie Supplies

Coconut water ($3.69 @ Whole Foods)
5 Apples ($5.71 @ Whole Foods) – jeebus!
5 limes ($3.75 @ Whole Foods) – jeebus!
2 Avocados ($5.00 @ Whole Foods) – jeebus!
Bagged kale (1 lb) ($2.99 @ Whole Foods) – great price
Orange juice ($2.99 @ Whole Foods)
Bagged spinach ($4.49 @ Whole Foods) – woof!

 

Totals

Whole Foods: $50.15
CSA Veggies: $25.50

Budget Breakout

This week, I spent $75.65; $24.35 under budget. Well. It’s a good thing I didn’t really need much this week – some of those smoothie items were twice the price I’m used to spending!

 

Leftovers From This Week

At the end of the week, I have light Asian greens, chard, beets and carrots from my CSA box; ground turkey and burger patties in the freezer; and a few other bits and bobs – half an onion, half a pound of other carrots, plus some cooked meats left over. I need to incorporate these items into my menu for next week.

Think eating healthfully is too expensive for you? Think again. According to the USDA, to ensure a nutritious diet as of December 2014, a family of two aged 19-59 years should spend between $388.90 and $776.10 on food per month, or $89.80 – $179.30 per week. Source 

For my family of two adults, I spend roughly $400 a month on groceries or $100 a week – and we eat well. Not caviar and lobster well, but I do manage to serve a predominately paleo diet with little to no processed foods, and I get to throw in a few luxuries here and there (like expensive snacks for the hubbs and the occasional ridiculously expensive bag of coffee). We even manage to buy “good” meat (grass fed beef and free-range chicken) most of the time – and I make this budget work even on the weeks we pay for convenience by getting delivery groceries. I make: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 10 dinners a week – plus enough snacks to satisfy and fuel two active adults.

I’m hoping that this series will help shed a little light on the day-to-day things a “paleo” person really eats — and how that way of eating can work on a budget. I want to nudge anyone sitting on the fence right over the edge by showing that it *can* be done and that you don’t just eat meat, meat, meat and more meat.