Though it’s true that most people don’t “go Paleo” to save money, that shouldn’t mean you have to throw out your grocery budget! Serving for serving, each of these 25 budget friendly paleo meals is cheaper than a fast food meal. In fact, they average around $3-$4 a serving.
The best part? They’re delicious! I cook some of these meals every week or so.
A caveat: I know there are many other budget-focused meal-planning guides out there, and they keep costs per serving extremely low. Unfortunately, the diet they are promoting is also usually pretty nutrient-poor. The vegetable count for the day is often a few carrots and some canned spaghetti sauce. Those guides are useful and necessary for many people, but this is just not one of those guides. This is a “meet in the middle” list for people who are concerned about budget AND nutrient density.
For more money-saving tips, check out 10 Tips for Saving Money on Healthy Food!
Another caveat: these prices are not based on what you would find at a natural foods store (which would drive the cost up), what you would find if you bought in bulk at Costco (which would drive the cost down), or even what you would find at your local farmers market. Since multiple sources make things tricky, I chose a middle ground: Trader Joe’s and my local Stop and Shop (similar stores would be Kroger, Publix, Dillons, etc). 🙂
All of the meat and most of the vegetables used are organic.
Okay, no more caveats – here’s my list of 25 budget friendly paleo meals!
Beef & Pork
#1 Go-to Paleo Stir-Fry (by me! About $3.30/serving) I love how versatile this dish is. You can use the cheapest veggies available, or go crazy!
#2 Butternut Squash Soup + a green veggie of your choice, such as roasted brussels sprouts, sautéed kale, or a side salad (about $2.75/serving)
#3 Burger night! Simple Paleo Burgers on lettuce with toppings + my Sweet Potato Fries (for around $3.50/serving)
#4 AIP Carrot and Sweet Potato “Chili” (around $3.50/serving, cheapest if you make your own broth)
#5 Rustic Root Vegetable Soup with Meatballs ($3.50 – $4/serving, cheaper if making your own broth. I usually double the meat)
#6 Taco Night! Easy Paleo Taco Salad (If you do well with it, add rice to make everything go farther. About $3.75/serving)
#7 The ultimate healthy comfort food: Pizza Spaghetti Pie + a veggie side of your choice, like roasted broccoli (About $3.50-$3.75/serving)
#8 Breakfast for dinner (or lunch)! The Breakfast Salad by Fed & Fit is the perfect flavor combination! (About $4/serving)
#9 A budget-friendly and meat-stretching Ground Beef Stroganoff by The Paleo Mama (About $4/serving)
#10 Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie (About $3/serving)
#11 This delicious Paleo Tex Mex Casserole is one of my favorite budget-friendly casseroles – and it’s loaded with veggies! (About $2.50-$3/serving)
#12 Garlic-Curry Baked Drumsticks + Slow Baked Sweet Potatoes + The BEST Roasted Brussels Sprouts Yep, I just put a full meal together for you, and it’s EASY! (About $3.89 or less per serving)
#13 Easy Weeknight Dill Chicken Salad This is one of my FAVORITES! (About $4/serving)
#14 Pressure Cooker Summer Italian Chicken (Around $3.50-$4/serving, add rice to stretch the meal)
#15 Broccoli and Leek Soup + cooked and shredded chicken for a more filling meal (About $2.50/serving)
#16 Squeaky Clean Chicken & Veggie Bake (About $3.75/serving)
#17 Slow Cooker 20 to 40 Clove Garlic Chicken This is a favorite of mine – SO easy and delicious! Pair it with a starchy veggie (like sweet potatoes) and non-starchy veggie (like kale) for a full meal! (About $2.75/serving)
#18 Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken & Sausage (About $3.25-$3.50/serving)
#19 Man-Pleasing Chicken Another favorite! I use apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar, and I cut the maple syrup in half. Use the same formula (meat + starchy veggie + non-starchy veggie) to create a balanced meal! (About $2-$2.75/serving)
#20 Curried Sardine & Tuna Salad Don’t turn up your nose at sardines! These little fish pack a powerful nutritional punch. They are loaded with Omega-3’s, along with nutrients like vitamin D and B vitamins. I buy Wild Planet sardines, which don’t include the fish heads – they just look like little fish fillets! Not gross at all, trust me. (About $4/serving)
#21 And speaking of Omega-3s…Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes + Roasted Beets (pile on lettuce and add rice if you want, about $4/serving)
#22 Seared Cod with Fresh Herb Sauce (About $4/serving – I do not use all fresh herbs every time)
#23 Fish Taco Salad (About $3.75/serving)
#24 Fish Stir Fry (About $4/serving)
#25 Super Sneaky Tuna Salad This is one of my favorite ways to eat sardines! (About $3.75-$4/serving)
Now that you have 25 budget friendly paleo meals for your next grocery lists, check out my list of 150 Paleo Breakfast Ideas for more recipe inspiration!