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    I eat a lot of meals centered around eggs and just wanna mix things up a little bit so I have more variety on a smaller budget. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Ground meat is cheap, and very versatile. I eat a lot of carrots & cabbage. Both are fairly versatile also. Onions too. They're almost a requirement.

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    • #3
      Eggs, with a side of eggs, on top of eggs with a side of lean ground beef (if not grass fed) cooked in coconut oil.
      Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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      • #4
        Organ meats - frozen lamb hearts (roasted or sliced and stir-fried with veg) every now and then. To me they taste as good as lamb itself and have some great nutrients lower in other muscle. Liver, especially beef, is nutritionally dense but not to my taste. Stews/broths with a stock from bones you've got left over.
        Get's me thinking, I had bone marrow with paprika on toast in Hungary as a teenager and it was beautiful.
        The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
        (Lily Tomlin)

        I take life easier than almost anyone I know, but when I exercise I do it as though my life depends on it (which it does).
        (Arthur De Vany)

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        • #5
          Myth: Real food costs too much. This blog is great for showing you how to get real food on a budget.
          Karen De Coster
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            Staple foods? I eat these pretty much every week:

            Steak (assorted cuts)
            Sweet potatoes (jewel, garnet, Okinawan, Japanese, etc.)
            Salmon (Wild, fresh/frozen/canned)
            Eggs
            Apples
            Garlic
            Hot peppers (assorted)
            Extra virgin olive oil

            I would find life difficult without those foods. Anything else can be cycled.
            Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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            • #7
              Meat on the bone is usually very cheap and is healthier for you than straight muscle meat. Cuts here are likely different to where you are but recently I've been eating lamb shanks (with the bone cut to release the marrow), lamb rosettes (slices of the neck bone so plenty of connective tissue and spinal cord), osso bucco and chuck on the bone. Slow cooked in curries, tagines, casseroles etc they are all delicious
              Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

              Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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              • #8
                Whole chickens bought in bulk on sale....used to make the following:
                -whole roasted chickens (oven or grill)
                -cut up, seasoned and put on grill or roasted with veggies and sometimes sausage
                -soups
                -Leftovers used for lunches or chicken salad
                -Use leftover bones for stock and use that in soups
                (soups and stocks use onions,carrots and celery all inexpensive items that can be bought in bulk)

                Chicken thighs and legs (bone and skin on), usually seasoned and grilled, or roasted with onions and peppers.

                Turkey legs brined in salt water and seasonings and then roasted (not a staple for us, but usually the legs are inexpensive)

                Pork roasts when on sale, usually cooked in crockpot

                Ground beef/sausage for meatballs, meatloaf, or lettuce burgers
                Erin
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                • #9
                  Sardines

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                  • #10
                    Buy meat that is on-sale that week and eat seasonal vegetables and fruit.

                    You're going to save money by not buying chips, bread, canned soup, cereals, frozen foods, etc.

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                    • #11
                      Eggs, wild salmon, garlic, red onions, broccoli, sweet potato, white rice, goat's butter, goat's cheese, extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil.
                      Last edited by paleo-bunny; 01-17-2012, 03:28 PM. Reason: typo
                      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                      • #12
                        My standard budget tricks:

                        - Ground beef, purchased on sale, buy a ton, store in freezer in 1 lb packs.
                        - Roasting chickens, purchased on sale, buy a few, store in freezer.
                        - Frozen fish, purchased on sale, buy some packs, store in freezer.
                        - Canned tuna, purchased on sale.

                        As you can see, my trend is buy it on sale and then store in freezer until I need it. Obviously, this works best for someone with a deep freeze. (I think I have 7 chickens in my freezer right now.) It's important to know what the lowest price really is if you plan to shop this way. I know, for example, that the cheapest a chicken gets in my supermarket is 99 cents per pound. So I avoid "sales" when it's $1.30 a pound, and wait to stock up until it's 99 cents.

                        Mostly though, ground beef is a staple in this household. First, it's cheap. Second, I like it. And third, it's versatile. I can turn it into burgers, stuffed cabbage, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, hash... the list goes on and on.
                        Female, 40 yrs old, 5', 120 lbs (post-pregnancy)
                        Went Primal January 2, 2012!

                        Paleo Cooking for Cavekids cookbook

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                        • #13
                          Since we always use or freeze meat immediately, I look for meats that are marked down for quick sale. We eat alot of eggs too. I'm always looking for places to get good, affordable produce (co-ops, farmer's markets, the side of the road).

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                          • #14
                            bread, cheerios, oatmeal, mac n cheez

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dado View Post
                              bread, cheerios, oatmeal, mac n cheez
                              ha ha!
                              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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