Semi-Paleo cooking on a $0.00 grocery budget

My budget for grocery shopping for this work week’s meals was $0.00!

So what do you do when you’re poor, and still need to make a meal plan for the week? You get REALLY creative!

Luckily, I had that second meatloaf I prepped and froze last week — so I pulled that out of the freezer on Saturday and baked it for about 45 minutes.

2013-09-14 22.34.02Then, I opened the freezer again, and pulled out a punch of frozen vegetables that had been collecting in the fridge for awhile. Those veggies were sauteed with sesame oil and seasonings, and placed in a Tupperware container.

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In the cupboard, I found some leftover jasmine rice, and boiled that up. The sauteed veggies were eventually served over the rice — as a sort of stir-fry.

I typically don’t eat rice, and there is controversy over whether rice is, in fact, Paleo. Some who follow a Paleo lifestyle consume rice, and others shy away from it. I shy away from it for the most part, but I do enjoy it at times — such as when I’m having sushi.

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The stir-fry served as dinner’s side dish.

As for lunch, I again opened the freezer, and pulled out about six various brats/sausages and boiled those up in some water, with some steakhouse seasoning and Himalayan salt.

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The brats/sausages were then baked in the oven for about 10-15 minutes just to crisp them up a bit. They were cooked along with some leftover bacon, that the boyfriend and I snacked on Saturday night.

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I also baked up about four small sweet potatoes I found in the cupboard. I slathered them with olive oil, and baked them for about 30-45 minutes.

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On Sunday morning, while I was packing up my food, I cooked up two eggs over-easy.

This work week’s lunch looks like this:

  • 2 over-easy eggs
  • 1 brat/sausage
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • barbecue sauce

This work week’s dinner looks like this:

  • 1 slice bacon-covered fiery meatloaf with pickles
  • sesame vegetables over jasmine rice

Frankly I am amazed I was able to pull together two decent meals using ingredients I had on hand at home.

The only ingredient purchased for this week was a dozen eggs that the boyfriend so graciously donated to my cause 🙂

We’re all poor at one point in time or another, and if you’re ever struggling to gather enough pennies to go grocery shopping — I encourage you to take a look at what’s already in your kitchen, and try to get creative!

We won’t even talk about what I ate this weekend! 🙂

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