What would be a good grocery list of about 10 essential items for the week? Basically a list of the simple paleo staples.
For Fall the below is basically my list.
Note: Carbs are my friend:
With this combination you can make an insane amount of dishes. If you have broth handy then you can make even more. It does vary: Do I need milk? Am I out of butter/fat? I really want those marrow bones! So there is flexibility - but this is pretty solid.
My list would be, in order of importance (not strictly paleo as I eat dairy and fruit):
It amazes me how much easier it is to shop now that I'm eating no grains or sugar. There's no impulse buying and no time wasted in the cookie aisle. A lot of this stuff I can buy at the weekly outdoor market or directly at a local farm.
This is my typical weekly grocery list:
And then everything else is extra/optional and I eat these about once a week or less:
So, in my freezer, I have lots of pastured pig including bacon, and we have pastured milk fed calf liver as well as chickens in our yard for daily fresh eggs...so my shopping list of only ten items might look something like this:
~ nuts/seeds that are on sale
~ variety of tubers
~ variety of winter squash
~ coconut milk
Variety of seasonal vegetables, leafy and non
~ some fresh fruit in season
~ coconut oil
Oh, and I have lots of bone broth in the freezer as well....a few more than 10, and not everything is purchased every week...
~ celtic or other whole salt
The items that automatically go on the weekly shopping list are eggs, ground beef, a whole chicken including liver and neck, lettuce or spinach, leafy greens for cooking (collards, kale, chard, southern blend), onions, and cauliflower. Usually I'll get other veggies if they look good, like winter squash or sweet potatoes this time of year. Less often than weekly are items such as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, salt, canned salmon, and tea.
Bacon is another good weekly staple.
This is what I'm eating at the moment (it would be different in summer) in England. I can't manage with just 10 items! These are all pretty essential, and provide a lot of variety cooked up into different things:
This is what mine looks like. Items 5-10 are usually purchased monthly--often through Azure Standard:
I also buy herbs, spices and oils (coconut, olive, ghee) as needed, as well as some additional foods for other family members.
ETA: I totally forgot local pastured eggs and avocados.
Weekly grocery list for two adults:
What I do:
Make stock, and turn into soup (one or more types of soups). This soup will be eaten for breakfasts. Now all I have to do is make eggs once in a while :-)
Because my boyfriend doesn't like eggs, he can eat the soup, and I eat eggs.
Or I can put eggs in the soup, such as chicken egg porridge, then he eats it just fine.
Daily, for dinner:
Cook enough protein for 3 meals. This is dinner for both of us, and leftovers for him the next day's lunch.
I cook leafy greens for dinner, and non-leafy greens for his lunch next day, because greens don't microwave well.
Fats, herbs, spices and garlic aren't on the list, as they're more of a keep on hand thing than something that's regularly on the list.
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