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Paleo on a budget

When I changed from a SAD (standard American diet) to Paleo I decided the cost was about the same.

Here are some tips to help keep costs down:

-stock up on turkey and freeze around Thanksgiving when it’s on sale.

-chicken has a big difference in prices. I prefer chicken tenderloins which are more expensive. Bone in, skinless, what to do? You really have to shop around and watch for sales then stock up. Whole chicken is generally less expensive. Cook it all day in the crock pot, cool and debone. It is more time intensive. You can get broth out of it also.

-vegetables. Lean towards what’s in season. Produce stores may have a sale section of fruits and vegetables that are not perfect but still fine to use. Frozen vegetables can also be a good choice. They are flash frozen to retain flavor and nutrients. I buy what I will use in 3-4 days to avoid waste. Bagged produce usually costs less. If I buy a bag of lemons or limes and am not going to use them soon enough I juice and freeze them. You can also zest them first and freeze that for added flavor.

-check out Orders over $49 ship free. There is a membership fee. They have super prices on all kinds of products and have a whole Paleo section. I have ordered sugar free marinara sauce (Thrive brand is awesome), Charlie’s soap, nut butters, ghee, coconut vinegar and coconut aminos (Paleo sub for soy sauce).

-if you’re in a small, rural town check out their meats at the local grocery. I save a lot when I’m in Webster or Groveland. Their meats are usually superior and less expensive. Sausage is usually made in house and wonderful.

-seafood is tough. Try catching your own or trade services with a friend that fishes. Go to a local fish market and ask what’s local.

-eggs are a great source of protein and fat at a lower cost per serving. I judge eggs by the color of the yolk not what the packaging says. The darker more orange the better.

-try growing your own vegetables and herbs. To buy herbs is a bit pricey, as much as buying a plant. Nothing adds great flavor like fresh herbs! Oregano, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley and basil are pretty easy. Basil and thyme don’t do well in Florida in the summer. I struggle with tomatoes. This year I had some bell peppers, white eggplant and Swiss chard.

-nuts. I prefer Trader Joe’s although for now I have to go to Orlando to buy. They have very reasonable prices and most come unsalted. I stock up when I go over there every month or two.

Holiday traps to avoid

Holiday traps to avoid: -check out the cute little cans of soft drink pictured below. Don’t fall for it! It’s loaded with sugar. -watch out for sauces. They are usually loaded with flour and maybe sugar. -treats at work. Keep avoiding them. Smile, say thank-you and walk away. -family gatherings. Make your preferences known. Take… Continue Reading

Pleasing Plates

You eat with your eyes first! Consider trying to make pleasing plates. It’s not going to happen some days but try it when you can. Here are a few ideas: -buy a few Oriental looking plates. I used the ones below when my children were younger. -try clear glass plates. They’re inexpensive. -prepare Mezza which… Continue Reading


I have never tried fresh artichokes until today. Pretty yummy! You can dip the leaves in butter, mayo, oil or aioli. I liked them plain with a little fresh ground sea salt. Here’s how you prepare them: Pick out compact artichokes that are firm and mostly green with little discoloration. Trim the tips of the… Continue Reading

Paleo Cranberry Sauce

12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries 2 medium navel oranges juiced or about 3/4 cup of orange juice 1/3 cup of honey 2-3 shakes ground cinnamon 2 shakes of ground cloves 1 shake of ground cardamom Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium to medium high heat stirring occasionally. Cook until berries burst open.… Continue Reading

Paleo Breakfast Frittata

I consider it really important to prepare breakfast for the week when you’re off so that you can pop it in the microwave and go. You know you will start the day Paleo and are more likely to stay Paleo through the day. My grandson told me he wanted to make my frittata OMG! So with a little… Continue Reading

Paleo Pesto

2 cups packed basil 1 cup packed parsley 3 garlic cloves 1/2 cup toasted nuts 1 cup olive oil 1/4 tsp. black pepper Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Refrigerate until use. Nice addition to meats! Print Recipe Paleo Pesto Servings Servings Share this Recipe   Continue Reading

Paleo Okra 4 Ways

Okra is one of my summertime favorites. It’s a staple in the south. Per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) it has 7% carbohydrate, 28% vitamin C & 16% magnesium. I have always adored fried okra. You know, dipped in corn meal and fried in a cast iron skillet. I don’t eat that way anymore so I… Continue Reading