Today we had our first meetup at Paleo Cafe Hyde Park. Adelaide Paleo was able to work with the new owners at Paleo Cafe Hyde Park to offer a $10 brekky and a presentation on Paleo on a Budget.
I was so excited for this one because we had the opportunity to eat brekky at the Paleo Cafe which I knew was going to be brilliant as always, plus I love talking to people, but in saying that, the tips I have given below is what has worked for me and really it is nothing new.
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“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food.” – Michael Pollan
Buy in bulk – I use a local co-op Adelaide Organic Community Group run by Beck and Carl. It’s a closed group on fb. They order every 3 months. Next order 5th August. Some members share quantities called ‘fills’ to get a cheaper price.
Buy seasonal produce – Australia Organic put out a list on their FB page every month. Stick to what is in season, it costs less and it likely to be in ample supply and a local source and have more flavour. You don’t always have to buy organic. See the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list.
Stick to nutrient dense foods – Bliss balls and paleo cheesecakes are yum, but expensive and should still only be an occasional food!!
Order online – its easier to stick to buying what you need than buying what is on special and on impulse. I use First Froots (free delivery for the first month and 20% off your first order is you use my name Stacey Kirsch www.firstfroots.com.au) and Good Box Organics (www.goodboxorganics.com.au).
Meal Plan – Plan your weekly meals and shop accordingly. If you are time poor or don’t know where to start try HelloFresh (use referral code 4EFMHP). We buy the vegetarian box and use our Wakefield Grange meat to add to it.
Use cheaper cuts – using cuts such as gravy steak or chicken thigh/drumsticks as not only higher in nutrients but good for the wallet. I buy in bulk from Wakefield Grange and Maxwell’s Grocery when on special. If close to it’s use by date, freeze immediately.
Slow Cook/Pressure Cook often – this saves times and makes use of the cheaper cuts. Suddenly a tough cut falls off the bone. Kmart Slow Cooker $20 and Breville Fast Slow Cooker.
“The best way to save money & eat healthy is to go back to your roots. Many of us don’t realise that we don’t actually NEED money to have food – food comes from the soil & requires some hard work, strategy, & time. Even if you never become completely self-sufficient, supporting your weekly food requirements with homegrown food is one of the best strategies you can apply for a sustainable healthy lifestyle” – Kale Brock
“Drink water, buy in bulk, cook at home, use cheaper cuts of meat
and slow cook. Most of all keep it simple!!!” – Dr Brett Hill
You will always only ever see the fancy paleo meals and mainly the sweet stuff online, as meat and three veg pics on fb and instagram would be boring. Remember to keep it simple, don’t stress and maybe choose once a month where you make something special or use the fancy ingredients. Plus spices and herbs change flavours, so the same chicken breast can taste so very different with the right seasonings.
Pulled pork, or chicken
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Meat and 3 Veg
Tacos with lettuce leaves
Nachos with sweet potato chips
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Honey Mustard Chicken Legs
Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles
I saw Chef Pete Evans once describe paleo as being vegetarian with a small portion of protein. Vegetables are cheap. Use them. Fill up on them. Grow them.
What are your favourite go to meals? Feel free to let me know in the comments below as I too am always looking for inspiration on the basics.