My Paleo Shopping List – July 2, 2012

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To give you an idea of how to stock up your fridge and pantry Paleo style, I am going to publish a series of posts covering our weekly shopping habits.  I will declare EVERYTHING so you might find a few cheeky items in there. I want to show that as a Paleo follower I still succumb to temptations and that we sometimes cook non-Paleo meals for guests.

There are three grown-ups sharing the grocery bill and for the most part we all eat the same. Both boys and I are pretty active, going to the gym or for a run few times a week. My boyfriend is a bit of a hover and often requires emergency non Paleo foods like a bowl of cereal or 2 minutes noodles, which he can freely have as long as he eats the same as me the rest of the time. I usually do most of the food shopping in our household but the boys are pretty good at choosing Paleo friendly produce and ingredients.

Here is what we had left from last week’s  shopping trip: onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, some eggs, broccoli, frozen mixed berries, A2 milk, ghee, coconut flour, almond meal, garlic. And we already have staples like olive oil, macadamia oil, condiments, spices, honey etc.

Our latest shopping bill (supermarket and green grocer):
300g semi-dried tomatoes (great in salads and omelettes)
150g Kalamata olives
12 free range eggs
240g Maldon sea salt
50g smoked salmon (having it with sweet potato rosti)
180g bacon (it goes in many things)
8 free range chicken sausages (chicken sausages and salad for dinner)
2 free range chicken breasts (grilled Moroccan chicken with salad and on pizza)
2 lamb fillets (not sure it was grass-fed but we made grilled harissa lamb)
300g smoked liverwurst (slice and fry on each side to go with eggs or salad)
200g leg ham (for pizza and zucchini ham muffins)
80g yeast (for pizza)
2 cans tomato paste (for pizza and cooking)
4x220g Baked beans (emergency food for my boyfriend)
1kg Jalna natural Greek yogurt (breakfast and dessert)
750gm Mozzarella cheese (making pizza for our guests)
1 packet of goats milk feta (salads, omelettes)
Sheep’s milk haloumi (rocket, pumpkin & haloumi salad with chicken sausage)
3 lemons (salad dressings, tea)
A bag of mixed rocket lettuce mix
3 bananas (energy snack and with yogurt & cherries)
1/2 fresh pineapple (pizza)
1/2 fresh rockmelon (breaky, snack)
800g green zucchini (zucchini salad, zucchini ham muffins, plus more)
450g cherries (dessert, snack)
1 bunch fresh coriander (for harissa marinade and salads)
4 red capsicums (omelettes, salads, stir-fries)
400g button mushrooms (omelettes, sautéed, salads, sauces)
3 long red chillies
1 medium eggplant (goes with harissa lamb)
1 avocado
200g biltong (beef jerky, power snack)

Total $153 

I would say there will be a few additions like extra eggs, more fresh vegetables and fish during the week. That will bring us to about $190 total for our weekly food bill, or about $65 each. This amount of food will usually cater for daily breakfasts, a few dinners, lunches and snacks. We usually go out for breakfast one day a week and we’re planning 2-3 dinners out.

What do you always have in your shopping basket? Do you find Paleo diet expensive? What do you spend most money on? And what is your cheeky treat?


  1. Shelley Wilson says

    HI Irena,

    Love your site, was looking for a chicken soup recipe. Have you seen Paul and Sou-Ching’s Perfect Health Diet website (or book)? They have incredible scientific knowledge of Paleo, and Evolutionary Health. Perhaps it might be easier for your boyfriend if you incorporated some “safe starches” as they suggest such as some rice and potatoes into his diet and he wouldn’t need so many “emergency” food. I have found this makes Paleo a lot easier to follow for my family.

    • imacri says

      Yes, I do know that site really well and we do eat some white potatoes and some white rice every now and then. This is an old post and we’ve been adapting our paleo diet a little.

  2. 80% Healthy says

    Hi Irena,
    I really enjoy reading through your website. I’ve recently converted to Paleo but like you I eat dairy and allow myself the occasional treat if I need it.

    My boyfriend and I go shopping once a week at our local farmers market and we spend around $150 between us. The food we buy there will yield 5-6 dinner and lunches and fruit for breakfast. We normally buy a range of meats and vegetables as well as cheese and eggs.

    My treat is artisan gelato once a week!

    • imacri says

      Sounds like you eat similarly to us. Gelato is always on my treat list!!! I love Messina Gelato in Sydney and of course the proper stuff in Italy. One of the best gelato experiences I had was in Sienna in Tuscany. I had super dark, almost black, chocolate gelato and it was superb.

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