BudgetPaleo

This Week’s Menu

Monday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover thai ground pork bowl from last week + 2 fried eggs

Dinner: Leftover ground beef bowl from last week + 2 fried eggs

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftovers + fried eggs

Dinner: Paleo pasta puttanesc-ish with ground turkey

Wednesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover pasta puttanesc-ish

Dinner: Cheddarwurst + a simple salad of snap peas, cucumbers and spam sauce

Thursday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: The last of the leftover pasta puttanesc-ish

Dinner: Crispy sweet potato hash with shoulder bacon, onions, and eggs

Friday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover sweet potato hash & eggs

Dinner: Out

Sunday

Breakfast: Out

Lunch: Out

Dinner: Out

 

This Week’s Grocery List

Bacon cheddarwurst ($5.00 @ Whole Foods)
Snap peas ($1.55 @ Whole Foods)
Sweet potato ($1? From somewhere – this was a last-minute ‘quick I need to make something utilizing bacon’ thing, and I sent the DH to grab a sweet potato because hash sounded logical)

Smoothie Supplies
Coconut water ($3.99 @ Whole Foods)
4 Apples ($4.98 @ Whole Foods)
5 limes ($3.00 @ Whole Foods)
5 Avocados ($12.50 @ Whole Foods)
Cut kale ($5.49 @ Whole Foods)

Totals

Overage from last week: -$4.77
Whole Foods: $46.30
Most Likely Brooklyn Fare: ~$1

Budget Breakout

This week, I spent $52.07; $47.93 under budget. This week, I was mostly uninspired, did zero meal planning and only had a rough idea of what I had on hand while I was at the grocery store. Luckily, the DH was out at work one night so I could scrounge and I chose well with something that cooked quickly (cheddarwurst) + a side that didn’t need to be cooked at all (snap peas).

 

Leftovers From This Week

At the end of the week, I have half a chicken, lamb shanks, burger patties, lamb kidneys, a couple cucumbers, 2 peaches and a handful of radishes 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.