What if you don't have time to cook and are on a budget?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 13, 2013 at 5:48 AM

I have been eating Paleo for more than a year now, and have done so successfully. However i have moved away from home for 3 months to attend a course.

Throughout these 3 months, i will barely have any free time. Days go on from 8am, to as late a 8-10pm weekends included. The course starts next week and the first couple of days living here, food wise has been pathetic. I don't want to continue eating this way.

Another constraint is that i don't want to be spending that much on food. About $300-400/month with some wiggle room. It's only going to be for 3 months, i know i will not be able to eat paleo 100% but i wan't to try my best.

I don't care for taste, i can live on bland tasting food. It does not matter. The main priority is keeping costs low,managing to get sufficient nutrients and not spending time to do so. This leads me to a question, what if i only eat/drink Eggs and milk most the time. Remember i will not have a lot of time on my hands to shop, the fewer things i can live with the better.

Any suggestions are welcome, thanks.



on February 13, 2013
at 07:06 PM

You could try making pemmican. Lasts forever and it's got just about everything you need depending how you make it. Can make a big batch ahead of time and use that whenever you don't have time to do any cooking.

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on February 13, 2013
at 05:14 PM

I pretty much live off hard boiled eggs, avocadoes, and tuna with olive oil on top for breakfast and lunch. I eat it every day, and it's easy to pick it all up in one trip for the week, and boil all the eggs on Sunday for the weekdays. When things were really crazy with mine and my hubands schedules I had rotisserie chicken with a sweet potato cooked in the microwave with coconut milk mixed in. This stuff is affordable, easy to prepare, but most importantly keeps up with my plans for macro nutrient breakdowns.



on February 13, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Go for nutrient-dense foods (I think of what I would take on a picnic/hike):

Liver Paté with carrot/celery sticks

Canned Salmon

Hard cheese

Boiled eggs

Salami/cooked ham/roasted chicken

Fresh spinach (for salads)




Dark chocolate



on February 13, 2013
at 08:59 PM

You can throw a variety of meats and vegetables into a crock pot and set it on low and 10 hours later have multiple meals with minimal effort. Cheap cuts of meat work well in a crock pot.

My other fall back for quick and easy is a microwaved sweet potato with a few eggs or a tin of sardines or tuna.


on February 13, 2013
at 08:50 PM

PS: recipe is from Dr. Hyman's book: THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION. (It's about reversing diabetes, etc) It's not a cookbook specifically, but it has recipes in the back. Although his recipes are gluten and dairy free, most of them ,aren't paleo. However I have discovered that a lot of his dishes are fast, fairly inexpensive and easy to make. There are quite a few dishes without grains. See if your library has his book and perhaps you can get some ideas. He also has a new cookbook I want to get.

Other recipes from the book that could work for the paleo lifestyle: * sun-dried tomato turkey burgers, * fish & vegetables in parchment, * braised greens w/ red onion & sun-dried tomatoes, * salmon pecan cakes (I would use FRESH, wild salmon though), * garlic kale & cauliflower, * coriander & almond-crusted salmon, * whipped yams, *sauteed spinach & watercress, * lemon broccoli, * lacinto kale with roasted squash, * grilled salmon with cilantro mint chutney etc..... :-)


on February 13, 2013
at 08:39 PM

ok, not sure if this is paleo due to the frozen spinach (you can substitute with fresh I suppose) but this is a good, fast, easy recipe that can make easy leftovers for lunch: 1.5 c pecans, 1 lb lean ground organic turkey, 1 lb pkg frozen organic spinach, 2 eggs, 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 onion, diced, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 tsp sea salt, & pinch of black pepper

grind pecans in food processor, combine remaining ingredients in mixing bowl. mix well. put in oiled loaf pan and bake for 30 min.

oven 375 F


on February 13, 2013
at 06:50 AM

I guess below list will help

Non-organic prepared rotisserie chicken – $7/chicken

Non-organic avocados – $1 each

Organic sweet potatoes – $2/lb

Organic bananas – $.79/lb

Non-organic bulk pork chorizo – $5/lb

Non-organic omega 3 eggs – $3/dozen

Kale – $2.50/bunch

Lemons and limes – cheap

Olive oil

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