I realize that I am almost asking the world but I wanted to put the question out there. Do you know of any cheap and healthy food you can order out?
Healthy = Paleo/Primal approved (Conventional meat and veggies is fine) that would NOT count as a cheat meal.
Cheap = $5 for the meal or has a big enough serving that you can eat half now, save half for later and it would still qualify as $5 per meal.
Here are mine (Thank you to PH for the first):
"Ghetto Burrito Bowl" at Chipoltle (type in search to find the PH thread): Consists of getting two sides of meat with a side of guacamole and possibly some salsa or lettuce.
Large Order of Pho Soup: This usually costs $8-$9 but I've found you can order to go and eat half now then put the rest in the fridge for later (just bring soup to a boil in a pot then add in ingredients). I had trouble finishing the entire thing anyway and half of that made a good portion for a meal (Note: I eat 3 a day)
EDIT: A heads up to anyone trying this: It looks like a lot of Pho places use MSG in their PHO. Be sure to ask about this before you order.
What are yours?
I live in North Carolina, so a favorite food of mine to get out is a big plate of barbecue. There's probably some sugar in the sauce, but I can't imagine it's substantial (it's Lexington style and though it's tomato and vinegar based, it's not super thick like bottled barbecue sauce). I usually get barbecue slaw to go with it (chopped cabbage in barbecue sauce), and I get baked beans - not paleo, but you could substitute collard greens or something.
My rule of thumb in general that with "cheap," "fast," and "good," you can usually pick any two out of three, but asking for all three is expecting too much. If I want "fast" food I'll run to the grocery store and pick up, say, sashimi. Although even that is immediately climbing out of your definition of "cheap." Hard-boiled eggs to go, Fage (if you do dairy), precooked meat. I like the roast chicken idea.
Hardees/Carls Jr has a low carb burger, prepared with lettuce instead of the bun. Total life saver on many occasions, out and about and when I have a burger craving. Plus you can get a salad at subway prepped just like a sandwich.
Elevation Burger does a great lettuce wrap, plus their beef is grass-fed. We also have some great salad places in DC like Sweetgreen and Chopt which will do double or triple protein on top of a design-your-own salad.
I'll throw Smashburger in the mix - although if you order without the bun for eat-in, it comes on a plate; they don't wrap it in lettuce. Not sure how that would translate for takeout. I don't know about oil usage there.
I live in California, and we have a burger place called In-N-Out that has "protein style" burgers that are wrapped in lettuce, sans bun. I usually get a double-double protein style burger with or without cheese... no sauce with ketchup, mustard, and extra vegetables. And I get a side of water. Depending on my carb intake for the day I may or may not add on a side of french fries.
Another option I like is to get a lettuce-wrapped "low-carb" style burger from Carl's Jr. Carl's Jr will lettuce wrap ANY of their burgers. You can also substitute the cheese for guacamole, which is awesome. And sometimes I'll add bacon. They have beef burgers, turkey burgers, and chicken burgers.
Also, pretty much all fast food places (McDonald's, Carl's Jr, Jack in the Box, etc...) have salads that you can buy.
Note: I've tried to get lettuce wrapped burgers at McDonald's and, while possible, they are pretty lame. They put them in a plate or bowl and don't actually wrap them, the lettuce is one very small wilted piece of lameness, and the meat is barely existent...
If I'm REALLY hankering for a customizable and affordable fast food burger that complies with my paleo/primal/low-carb/gluten-free style of eating that is fast, cheap, and tasty... I head over to Carl's Jr.
And for when I don't mind dishing out a few more bucks, I'll go to Chipotle.
Hoped that helped! :)
In Canada theres a chain called "Hero Burger"
its amazing, its pure Angus beef thats grass fed, certified antibiotic and hormone free.. plus has full traceability.. you can even get it with bacon and guacamole (obviously no bun).. doesn't get much better than that in Ontario!
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