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    Best Vegetable Bang for your Buck?

    I'm currently a college student trying to eat primal on a budget. I was wondering what vegetable has the most vitamins/minerals per dollar. I want to maximize nutrition for the least amount of money. Any thoughts?

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    I've found that dark leafy greens can be pretty cheap (collards, kale, mustard, dandelion... whatever's on sale). I can't always afford organic, so the fact that I can get ridiculous vitamin/mineral content for less than $1/lb makes me happy. Organic carrots also tend to be cheap. Do you by chance have an international grocery nearby? I get veggies (albeit conventionally-grown) at good prices when budget's tight.
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    Cabbage. Cheap. Filling. Nutritious.

    Dandelion greens probably have more nutrition, but not nearly as cheap... unless you forage, but be sure to get them where you know they haven't been poisoned.

    Broccoli is good.

    Asian stores often have cheap greens, bok choy, choi sum (looks like broccoli rabe, and tastes better) other greens.

    Good luck.

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    To add to DarthFriendly's mention of cabbage-- You can also, with that, make sauerkraut which works wonders for beneficial gut bacteria!
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    to add to the mention of cabbage-- BRUSSEL SPROUTS! sprouts and bacon is one of my favorite Primal side dishes. Brussel sprouts look like mini cabbages. Really they're adorable (and delicious)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    to add to the mention of cabbage-- BRUSSEL SPROUTS! sprouts and bacon is one of my favorite Primal side dishes. Brussel sprouts look like mini cabbages. Really they're adorable (and delicious)
    Awright!

    I'm not sure how many days in a row I could eat brussel sprouts and bacon.... but I bet it's more than 5.

    Haven't checked, but I'd have to believe that cabbage is still cheaper. bacon/cabbage/onion is happy making... so add ONION.

    Onion is an excellent vegetable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    to add to the mention of cabbage-- BRUSSEL SPROUTS! sprouts and bacon is one of my favorite Primal side dishes. Brussel sprouts look like mini cabbages. Really they're adorable (and delicious)
    I tried brussel sprouts earlier this year and they didn't sit well with me. Could it be because I boiled them? Would steaming them give a better consistency?

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    Everything's better with onion. It's like the bacon of the vegetable world.

    I gotta second that dark leafy greens suggestion. Collards, Kale, Chard, Mustard. Take a big stock pot, throw in some bacon grease and garlic (and onion). Maybe a shake of red pepper flakes. Chop up the greens, put them in and stir. Toss in a little more garlic towards the end as they are getting wilted. If they are too bitter throw on a dash of balsamic vinegar.

    Also look for Napa cabbage. There are some great recipies around for that, too.

    But greens tend to be very economical. Great for students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yardpup01 View Post
    I tried brussel sprouts earlier this year and they didn't sit well with me. Could it be because I boiled them? Would steaming them give a better consistency?
    Take yer brussel sprouts, cut each one in half lenghtwise. Take a big skillet, cast iron preferrably, and heat a combo of butter and bacon grease. Sautee up a couple cloves of garlic for a bit. Then put the brussel sprouts in the pan cut side down. Cover and cook on low/med 15 to 20 min. Best brussel sprout recipe *ever*. Even people who hate brussel sprouts love this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloCity.X View Post
    Take yer brussel sprouts, cut each one in half lenghtwise. Take a big skillet, cast iron preferrably, and heat a combo of butter and bacon grease. Sautee up a couple cloves of garlic for a bit. Then put the brussel sprouts in the pan cut side down. Cover and cook on low/med 15 to 20 min. Best brussel sprout recipe *ever*. Even people who hate brussel sprouts love this one.
    Thanks for the idea. For some reason I often forget about the sauteing option for cooking vegetables.

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