BudgetPaleo

This Week’s Menu

Monday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover chicken laab salad

Dinner: Delivery Indian

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Rotisserie chicken with tomato & peach bowl

Dinner: Sweet potato hash with rotisserie chicken and fried egg

Wednesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Rotisserie chicken with tomato & peach bowl

Dinner: Ground beef, okra and corn bowl

Thursday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers from last night

Dinner: Thai-inspired ground pork, cucumber and corn bowl

Friday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Out

Dinner: Out

Sunday

Breakfast: Out

Lunch: Out

Dinner: Out

 

This Week’s Grocery List

Rotisserie chicken ($8.99 @ Whole Foods)
Okra ($2.79 @ Whole Foods)
Grapes ($2.85 @ Whole Foods)
Peaches ($2.91 @ Whole Foods)
Grass fed ground beef, 1 lb. ($7.49 @ Whole Foods)

Smoothie Supplies

Ginger ($1.08 @ Whole Foods)
Coconut water ($3.50 @ Whole Foods)
4 Apples ($3.94 @ Whole Foods)
5 limes ($3.75 @ Whole Foods)
5 Avocados ($12.50 @ Whole Foods)
Bagged kale (1 lb.) ($2.99 @ Whole Foods)
Bagged spinach ($4.49 @ Whole Foods)
Turmeric ($2.16 @ Whole Foods)

 

Totals

Carryover from last week: +$26.30
CSA veggies: $25.50
CSA meat: $44.29
Whole Foods: $61.28

 

Budget Breakout

This week, I spent $131.07; $4.77 over budget. Whoo hoo! Only $5 over for the week.

 

Leftovers From This Week

At the end of the week, I have a bunch of CSA veggies and 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.