Want to go Paleo, but you don’t know how to do it? Or are you scared of the cost of paleo meals? Fret not because we are here for you! Here is a list of our favorite budget-friendly paleo meals.
Here is a list of 10 budget-friendly paleo meals that you can make at home.
1. Coconut Blueberry Oatmeal
The first on the list of budget-friendly paleo meals is the coconut blueberry oatmeal. Below are the ingredients and directions on how to make this colorful meal.
- 1 cup of full-fat organic coconut milk
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 2 medium-sized ripe bananas- chopped into pieces
- 1 1/2 cup of finely shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut butter or coconut manna
- 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
- A pinch sea salt
- A tablespoon of grass-fed gelatin
- On medium heat, place a medium pot on the stove
- Add coconut milk, coconut butter, bananas, sea salt, and vanilla extract to the pot and bring to a boil.
- When boiling, reduce the heat and leave it to simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring continuously.
- Now add the gelatin and mix well till it melts, add blueberries and let it cook for about 3 minutes.
- Take the pot from heat and add the shredded coconut until it thickens to your desire.
- Leave it for another 5 minutes till the coconut softens.
- Serve and enjoy!
2. Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
- 1 sweet potato- shredded
- 1 tablespoon of fresh and finely chopped thyme leaves
- A cup of leftover meat- shredded
- 1/2 zucchini- shredded
- 1 tablespoon of cooking coconut oil
- Salt- to taste
- Over medium heat, place a frying pan and add the cooking coconut oil
- Add the shredded sweet potato, leftover meat, and shredded zucchini
- Let it cook until the potato begins to soften. It should take about 5 minutes.
- Now add the thyme and any herbs of choice and add salt to taste.
3. Ground Beef Stroganoff
Ground beef stroganoff is one of the delicious budget Friendly Paleo Meals. The recipe comes below.
- 2 tablespoons of butter or Ghee
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil- divided
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 tablespoon of arrow powder
- 8 ounces of white mushrooms- sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 cup of beef stock
- 1 onion- diced
- 2/3 cup of thick coconut cream
- Cooked cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, sliced zucchini noodles, or sweet potato noodle.
- Dissolve the Ghee or butter in a skillet with one tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil.
- Add the onions and mushroom, saute until translucent and brown at the edges.
- Remove from the skillet and pour into a plate.
- Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet and fry the ground beef until it turns brown.
- Add onions and mushrooms to the pan, then add tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and rosemary.
- Saute for about 3 minutes until fragrant.
- Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle arrowroot powder over meat mixture and stir well.
- Add beef stock and stir. Leave it to simmer for some minutes until it starts to thicken.
- Take it from heat and let it cool for some minutes.
- Now stir in the thick coconut cream and it ready!
- You can serve over sliced zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower rice.
4. Grain-Free Nacho Pot Pies
For Beef Filling:
- 1 1/4 lb of ground beef browned and slightly drained
Beef Seasoning Mix:
- 2 organic taco seasoning mix or homemade taco mix below:
- 2 tablespoon of chili powder.
- 1 1/4 teaspoon of cumin.
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
- Half a teaspoon of garlic powder.
- 1/4 teaspoon of coriander powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- 1/8 teaspoon of Mexican oregano. This is optional
- 1/2 cup of water
Not “Corn” Bread Pie crust:
- 1 cups head of raw cauliflower rice- grated or ground
- 2 tablespoon of coconut flour
- 1 egg beaten.
- 1/3 cup of grated cheese of choice. This is optional; you should omit if paleo.
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder.
- Half a teaspoon of cumin.
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- 1/8 teaspoon of smoked paprika- optional.
- 1 tablespoon of jalapeno peppers -chopped and seeds removed. This is optional
Toppings: These are entirely optional
- 1 small tomato chopped
- ½ an avocado sliced
- 1/3 cup grated cheese of choice
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of sour cream
- 3 tablespoons of hot sauce or salsa
- Preheat oven to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease five ramekins or an 8-inch casserole dish.
- Brown ground beef in a large frypan, and slightly drain off some grease, not all as this will help to keep the flavor of the meat intact and moist.
- In another mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients for beef seasoning and add little water and mix well.
- Pour this seasoning mix over ground beef and stir well. Bring it to a boil over medium-high flame.
- Immediately it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and leave it with the lid intact for five minutes.
- Process the raw cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like rice.
- In another bowl, pour the cauliflower rice and the not” cornbread pie crust ingredients.
- Mix to combine and set aside. Now divide the ground beef mixture into five plates and at the bottom of each ramekin, place a bit of the ground beef. You can also spread the crust mix on the beef mix in the casserole.
- Spread crust mixture, with the back of a spoon, around until beef is evenly covered with pie crust.
- Bake in the oven for 23 to 25 minutes, or until pie crust edges are slightly browning, and the center is slightly firm.
- Remove from oven and cool a little. Add desired toppings and serve. Careful, as ramekin may still be hot.
5. Egg Bacon Zucchini Nests
- 2 cups of zucchini squash grated ( makes 2 grated)
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced.
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 egg beaten.
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flour. You can substitute this for a tablespoon of golden flax meal.
- 1/3 cup cheese grated. This is optional
- 4 slices cooked bacon crumbled or chopped
- 6 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and oil a medium to a larger size of a muffin pan.
- In a food processor or grater, grate zucchini.
- Put grated zucchini in layered paper towels or cheesecloth and wrap it up and squeeze out excess water over the sink.
- Place drained, pressed zucchini in a large mixing bowl and add minced garlic, salt, pepper, coconut flour, grated cheese, and 1 beaten egg.
- Mix thoroughly and place about 2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture into the muffin pan cups.
- Use a spoon and press a depression into each zucchini cup to create a well.
- Bake just the zucchini cups for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle little-crumbled bacon in each of the zucchini nest, and then crack an egg in each zucchini nest.
- Lightly poke each yolk with yolk to prevent them from bubbling while baking.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to your desire
- Remove from the oven, and let it cool slightly.
- Then use a butter knife between the muffin cup and zucchini nest and slide around to loosen and lift out nests.
6. Easy Orange Chicken Stir Fry
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 chicken breasts, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 navel orange, peeled
- A tablespoon tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- Stir and fry the diced chicken breast in the avocado oil and sprinkle the salt on it.
- Make the orange sauce by blending the navel of the orange with the tamari sauce, ginger, and garlic.
- When the chicken begins to brown, add in half the sauce and stir fry on high heat until the liquid disappears.
- Serve with more sauce if needed.
7. Paleo Pesto Meatballs
- 2 1/2 pounds pastured lean ground beef (15% fat)
- 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3/4 cup Paleo Pesto
- In a large mixing bowl, mix ground meat with almond flour, egg, salt, and pesto. I like to use my hands and mix, don’t overwork the meat or it will become tough.
- If you have a kitchen scale and want to get the exact portion size, weigh out 2.5-ounce mounds of the meat mixture. You should get 20 of them.
- Alternately, try to make them the size of a golf ball and do your best to make them even. Use your palms to roll the meat into balls
- Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat and cook the meatballs in batches, try not to overcrowd the pan.
- Cook each batch for 15 minutes, turning it 5 minutes, until the sides are nice and brown.
- Carefully takeout meatballs from the frying pan and gently drop into the sauce. Simmer over low heat or at least 1/2 hour (longer is not a problem) until cooked through, Serve and Enjoy!
8. Crockpot Swiss Steak
- 2 pounds grass-fed round steak (no thicker than 3/4 thick)
- 4 tbsp potato starch seasoned heavily with salt and pepper
grass-fed butter to brown the meat
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1-16 oz can tomato and green chilies (or 5-6 fresh tomatoes, chopped)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 of cup red wine
- 2 tbsp liquid aminos
- 1 cup of water
- Cut round steak into 6 pieces.
- Tenderize steaks by using the back of a knife or a meat mallet and lightly pound each side.
- Dip meat into the seasoned potato starch and lightly coat.
- In a large skillet melt some butter over medium light.
- Put the steaks into pan and brown both sides of the meat.
- Put the meat into crockpot once browned.
- Add the onions to the pan (add a little more butter if needed) and cook until slightly tender.
- Pour cooked onions over the steak in the crockpot.
- Deglaze the pan with liquid aminos and red wine.
- Pour all the tidbits that were in the pan, the wine, and liquid aminos over the steak.
- In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes, garlic, and water and mix well.
- Pour this mix over the steaks.
- Put the lid on crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve over brown rice or spaghetti squash.
9. Chicken Curry Soup
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 medium onion- chopped
- Coconut oil
- 4 cups of rhubarb- chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic- minced
- 1 tablespoon of coriander
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- 2 inches of ginger- grated
- 1 tablespoon of garam masala
- 1 tablespoon of cumin
- 12 cups of chopped vegetables- peas, leafy greens, and carrot
- 1 tablespoon of cumin
- Place one whole chicken, rinse, and giblets into a large soup pot. Cover with filtered water.
- Then allow water just to a boil, then reduce to a simmer — Cook for 1 hour.
- While the chicken is cooking, chop, and prepare all the ingredients.
- Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium heat and add coconut oil to coat the bottom of the pan
- Pour in onion and rhubarb to the pan and saute for about 10 minutes, until the onions are soft and the rhubarb has been reduced to a thick paste.
- Add garlic, ginger, and spices and stir in and saute for about a minute. When the chicken is done, the cooking, remove from the pot and place on a plate. Leave the broth in the soup pot.
- Add rhubarb mixture and vegetables into the soup pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, until vegetables are well cooked.
- While the vegetables are cooking, de-bone the chicken and keep the bones for broth and shred the chicken.
- Combine the skin, connective tissue, and organs to a blender with a little bit of broth and blend until smooth.
- Add chicken and soft tissue puree back into the soup. Stir to combine everything.
10. Tomato Basil Mussel
The last on my list of budget-friendly Paleo Meals is the tomato basil mussel. It is a delicious and sumptuous meal that you will love to try. The recipe for the meal comes below.
- 1 lb mussels
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons of fresh basil
- 1 large tomato
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste- this is optional
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil
- Dice the tomato, garlic, and basil.
- Add the tomato to a pot with the butter and saute until soft.
- Pour the cup of water and let it simmer for a minute or two until it thickens a bit.
- Add the garlic, basil, and mussels. Stir and cover.
- After about two-three minutes, check the mussels. If they have opened, they are done.
Paleo diets are a perfect option for weight loss watchers who wants to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight at the same time. So, if you want to go Pale, here is a list of our top budget-friendly paleo meals that you can try at home.
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