Paleo is too expensive.
My grocery bill is TOO much since eating this way.
I can't afford to do this anymore so I'm done.
Sound familiar? I know. I've been there. Paleo CAN be expensive, but so can the SAD (standard American diet). ANY diet or lifestyle can be expensive.
The USDA uses national food intake data and grocery price information to calculate different costs for a healthy diet at home. The latest numbers for a four-member family: a thrifty food plan, $146 a week; a low-cost food plan, $191 a week; a moderate-cost plan, $239; a liberal plan, $289 a week. Some food waste is built into these costs (source).
So, let's be realistic. Look at those numbers. ALL food has gone up…not just Paleo. What category does your family fall into? Are you wanting to eat in the thrifty plan, low-cost, moderate-cost, or liberal plan? Which one can you afford?
Most Americans may only be able to afford the low-cost budget. I know that's where I fall. My budget for my Paleo family is $200 per week, so I am always looking for low-cost Paleo family meals to make the most out of our budget.
So…here are some of my favorite budget-friendly Paleo meals for a family!
30 Cheap Main Dish Paleo Meals
Spaghetti Squash Goulash – this recipe makes 8 servings! So cut it in half if you don't want that many. We freeze it though!
Grain Free Nacho Pot Pie – Mexican twist to a Chicken Pot Pie!!!
Ground Beef Stroganoff – very frugal meal and is, absolutely, delicious.
Bacon and BBQ Burger Salad from – leave the bacon out for an even cheaper meal
Healthy Butternut Squash Shepherds Pie – Shepherds Pie has always been one of the most nourishing, yet frugal meals to make!
Deconstructed Hamburgers (Hamburger Salad) – what an awesome idea to do for family night with the kids!
Mexican Breakfast – whip this baby up in minutes, especially if you already have ground beef already in the fridge!
Tomato Basil Chicken – 20 Minute Meal!
Buffalo Chicken Muffins – 2 chicken breasts and 5 eggs make 12 HEARTY muffins!
Loaded Mexican Nachos – you won't even miss the corn chips!
Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps – a healthy version of PF Changs Lettuce Wraps!
Duck Pate – an overseen power food that is EXTREMELY frugal and deeply nutritious!
Italian Sausage with Winter Squash – One Pot Meal!
Slow Cooker Pork Shanks – you can usually find pork shanks for $2-$2.50 per lb!
Tomato Basil Mussels – Mussels are VERY cheap. You can get a entire lb for $4!
Salmon and Broccoli Omelette – eggs are EXTREMELY frugal which allows you to splurge on the salmon (I like this Salmon).
Paleo Fish Tacos – white fish is very budget-friendly, so don't skip the fish because you think it's not in your budget!
Fishy Bites – use canned salmon (or tuna for cheaper cost) to make this kid-friendly meal that even adults will love!
Thai Shrimp Salad – Shrimp is the ground beef of the seafood world! It's very cheap and easy to cook!
Salmon Patties – these are a staple in my house! When you can't afford fresh salmon get a good canned salmon!
Easy Taco Soup – this soup is AMAZING! I eat like 3 bowls when we have it!
Spicy Sausage and Squash Soup – tis the season for all things squash. Use a butternut squash if you can't find buttercup!
Please come back and tell me you enjoyed some of these delicious, yet very frugal recipes!!