BudgetPaleo

This Week’s Menu

Monday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover roasted chicken with leftover spicy chard salad

Dinner: Plantain crusted buffalo turkey breast with olive/rosemary/bacon mustard greens

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover spicy chard salad with leftover plantain crusted turkey breast

Dinner: Slow cooker pork ribs with roasted grapefruit beets & radishes

Wednesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: The last of the leftover spicy chard salad with 3 fried eggs

Dinner: Ate dinner out

Thursday

Breakfast: Vacation!

Lunch: Vacation!

Dinner: Vacation!

Friday

Breakfast: Vacation!

Lunch: Vacation!

Dinner: Vacation!

Sunday

Breakfast: Vacation!

Lunch: Vacation!

Dinner: Vacation!

 

This Week’s Grocery List

Rosemary ($1.99 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Grapefruit ($1.49 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Olives ($3.79 @ Brooklyn Fare)

Smoothie Supplies
1 lb. Apples ($1.50 @ Brooklyn Fare)
3 limes ($0.60 @ Brooklyn Fare)
1 Avocado ($1.67 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Satur Farms mixed kale ($3.99 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Bagged spinach ($1.99 at Trader Joe’s)

Impulse Buys
Brew Free or Die beer ($12.99 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Granny Smith Polar seltzer ($1.00 @ Brooklyn Fare)
2.25 lb. Cherries ($6.73 @ Brooklyn Fare)
Talenti gelato ($3.99 @ Brooklyn Fare)

 

Budget Breakout

This week, I spent $41.51; $59.49 under budget. Finally! An under budget week. Of course it helps that this is a short week + I had a bunch of CSA goodies left from last week.

 

Leftovers From This Week

At the end of the week, I have ground beef, eggs, collard greens and romaine lettuce 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.