Hello! I've been paleo for about two and a half months now..yay me! I am a college student on a budget so I have about $40 a week for food. I'm wondering what some of your staple meals r that would last for a few days? Also I can't do eggs that aren't boiled and avacados make me sick. Thanx
Dude, make a meatza.
I don't do the dairy thing, but you could make it even "better" buy throwing some fresh mozzarella or feta cheese on there. I make one for myself and it usually last me a week when I don't feel like cooking.
I cook up a couple of pounds of grassfed ground beef and a bunch of diced veggies (whatever is in my CSA box) with onions and garlic in tallow. Keep it in the fridge and eat it plain for breakfast and over salad or with another vegetable for lunch and dinner. If you vary up the spices, you can eat the same basic meal for days and days and not get bored with it. I usually add some ground grassfed liver to the mix as well.
I would go for a lot of soups and stews to streth your dollars and get the most possible nutrition out of your meat and bones...do up a rich bone broth once a week, and use the bits of meat with some veggies for soups every day...I like to add a whisked egg or two to the broth when it's almost done to make an eggdrop style soup, hopefully that meets your "boiled" requirement for eggs...grassfed ground beef is the center of a lot of meals in my house as well...I get it for about $3.50 a pound. Cooking roasts of whole chickens is much more cost effective than steaks or poultry pieces, and then you can eat that for quite a few meals and mix up what you accompany the meat with...Of course, since you don't say otherwise, I'm assuming that you have access to a kitchen...if you don't, you can do a lot with a crockpot...good luck!
$6 a day for a good repeatable paleo meal. I'd go with a big cheap roast to last all week. Slab off hunks to pair with onions, potatoes (sweet if you can afford, but around here they're $2/lb) and cabbage. In any combination you choose to make it interesting. Buy everything in bulk to save money.
First, I'd look into getting a decent convection oven (CuisinArt ones are good) because they're small and cook food faster and more evenly than a conventional oven. Also a small electric burner for frying/boiling if you don't already have one.
Bag of turnip greens (more nutritious than spinach) = $2.99 > sauteed in bacon grease or ghee and will last you all week
Pack of bacon = $5-6 > good way to add fats and flavor to your dishes, use the grease to fry up other meals
Chicken quarters = $.89/lb > can be roasted in the oven, BBQ'd or pan-fried
Yams/tubers = $.99/lb or buy a 5lb bag > quick & filling side dish packed with potassium
Carrots = $.99/lb > so many ways to be eaten: steamed, sauteed, slow-cooked in roasts, etc.
Onions = ?/lb > add flavor and substance to meals (like bacon, mmmmm)
Bananas = $.69/lb > great for a snack and helps curb junk food cravings
80/20 Ground beef = ?/lb > mix up a handful with some garlic and pan-fry along with greens
canned sardines and some salad.
chicken dark meat parts are usually cheaper. use chicken necks/backs to make soup-- find a farm that will sell these to you cheap. and save your other bones to make soup too.
any ground meats, I've taken to ground mutton stews lately.
slow-cook less expensive cuts-- there's a great book called "falling off the bone"
my go to meal when I don't have much money to spend on food - get a can of smoked sardines (my favorite), tuna, herring, salmon, whatever fish you can get...cook a bunch of frozen veggies, and top the veggies with the canned fish. i like to mix the canned fish with some dijon mustard and spices before mixing them in with the veggies though to add some flavor!
These are my two favorite "meals for days" recipes:
Crockpot cooking rocks for making large batches and having leftovers for days!
Ditto the good cheap roast thhq recommended. I cut little slits all over the top of a rump roast, stick garlic cloves inside, rub salt/pepper on the roast. Stick it in a crockpot, add some red cooking wine (or whatever super-cheap red wine you can find) and beef broth, cook all day. I do this often and the meat lasts me through a dinner and quite a few lunches.
You can use roasts at whatever price point you can afford.