I have thought this too. It depends what you buy, I think. Of course, grass-fed pastured beef is more expensive than the mystery tube meat at the grocery store, but I have found that some local organic vegetables can be a bit less here in KS. Most of our organic veg at the grocery stores are flown in from Mexico, though, so I guess that makes sense in our area. Our FM eggs are SUPER expensive, and you can buy 'local' eggs at the health food store here for about half the price...or even Omega-3 enhanced Organic Valley for about the same price.
Originally Posted by atomickim
I do suggest looking for 'weird' things such as organ meats and the like that someone is selling for cheap. My local cow-lady sold us almost 5 lbs of kidney fat for $1.50 b/c apparently it was an unusual request and she was happy to get any money at all for the thing. I am rendering tallow today to use as cooking fat.
Oh - I realize I didn't answer the original question because I went off on a tangent...
We like taco salad around here lately. Top salad greens of your choice with ground beef sauteed with onion, cumin, chili powder, peppers, and other veggies of your liking - using whatever is cheap and convenient works in this, because the veggies take on the flavor of the seasoning. Add salsa and tomatoes, a little cheese on top if that is your thing, and you have a pretty good filling meal that can easily be modified for any picky eater (a plus around my house).
One of my stand-by meals is a spinach salad with an avocado, can of salmon, walnuts and a couple hard boiled eggs covered in olive oil..
Keep a store of mince and other cheap cuts in your freezer.
I'm lucky because I live in Northern Ireland and all of our beef is grass fed. That's why it's the best in the world. I keep a store of 100% meat, Irish burgers in my freezer. I eat them with some fried bacon and salad.
I'm coming the conclusion that once you remove the cost of packaged foods, snacks, juice drinks, takeout, and the occasional unnecessary meal that should have been an IF, you can do PB for no extra $ at all if you want. I would try and save by not stressing the high-end grassfed WholeFoods stuff and instead go for local when possible, + use yer crockpot / dutch oven. You can get some frozen primal meats at Costco too if you look around - I recently got a big bag of frozen mahi mahi for about $6 a pound or something.
A super cheap meal that I make involves an organic whole chicken in a dutch oven (big crockpot would work too), in a sauce of can tomato and mushroom broth w/ carrots, leeks, and whatever else I feel like. You can stuff the cavity w/ mushrooms if you are feeling lucky. Add a salad or some sauteed veg on the side and you can get a full family dinner on the table for $10 or less.
Also, bolognese sauce over zucchini / squash is about as cheap as you can get, primal or not.
I made up something the other night I called "Thai Thighs". I found some organic chicken thighs in the markdown section (bonus!). I made a marinade out of red Thai curry paste (about 1 T??), sesame oil, Bragg's, sambal oelek, a little rice vinegar, & a squeeze of honey. Marinate meat for a couple hrs in fridge, turn a few times. Bake @ 350 for about an hr. I added a little coconut oil to the baking dish & covered with foil. I just ate one of them cold for lunch. mmmm. Had a nice spicey snap to it.
I love cruising the mark-down sections of the stores, whether chain grocers or the health-food varieties. I'm lucky to have a big freezer right now, so if there is great deal, I can load up! I am getting CSA shares this summer & I have already froze most of the spinach I've gotten so far.
A dehydrator is also a must. I have a batch of sprouted almonds roasting as we speak.
Speaking of sprouts, I also make my own sprout mixes. It's the ONLY thing I can grow at this altitude. I make a blend of alfalfa, mung, lentil, etc. to go on the salads. Cheap & easy-peasy!
Eat lots of eggs. I buy pastured eggs from the farmers market for $2.50 per dozen. I enjoy 4 at a time usually which costs 83 cents for about half of my meal. Add some veggies and/or fruit with coconut milk or water for a cheap but very healthy breakfast.
Avocados are cheap too and FULL of nutrition.
Offal sounds awful. Just the word, you know?
Originally Posted by atomickim
Organ meats are really good for you, but DH & I don't like the taste/texture. So I ...
-beef heart & liver in the food processor
-spoon the mixture into ice cube trays
-freeze the trays
-once frozen, pop the meat cubes into a zip lock bag
-whenever I cook something with ground beef or a thick sauce I pop a few cubes in.
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