What would you eat when…?

You have $50 to feed your family of 4 for a week.

Two of you follow the AIP diet (in my house – that’s me and my 2 year old).


I know that the Lord is faithful and will provide enough food to feed all of our bellies (and He showers me with extra grace when I am cranky about the scarce food budget!).

Below is a breakdown of what I bought for the week and what we will eat. Some of these prices are just so CRAZY GOOD right now.

It is harvest time! Yay! So prices at my local produce market on things like squashes, beets, cauliflower, and cabbage can’t be beat!

I also made the trip to Save-A-Lot before 9AM. This makes a world of difference when you are looking for markdown items. All of the meat that I bought was marked down (today was the marked sell-by date). I am a pretty extreme bargain hunter, so I follow a lot of the usual money-saving tips: don’t go shopping when you’re hungry (and don’t bring hungry children, either!), shop multiple stores for the best prices, etc. I actually DIDN’T shop by following a strict list – I feel this is a very split issue. YES, you definitely can save money by making a list and sticking to it. BUT, I feel like I save the MOST money when I shop the craziest bargains and simply make sure that I write out a meal plan when I unload everything at home (so I don’t waste anything or accidentally use something I’ll need later).

You might notice that some of the items I bought are clearly not AIP – some aren’t even paleo. (The *** items). I would LOVE it if my family would all eat paleo, but we all have to be on board for that to work. My husband hates – hates!! – squash. But the man needs some carbs, too! He also can’t stand beets, but loves green beans. 🙂 He would be happy to eat paleo if it was always a la “He Won’t Know It’s Paleo,” but this budget isn’t quite that roomy. 😉 So, I will settle for some compromises… where I eat beets and he eats green beans! ❤

I do die a little bit on the inside when I pick up a loaf of white bread, but it helps fill in the gaps for the non-AIP husband and child (even though they clearly also have issues with wheat… but I digress!).

  • I know that the following is NOT an ideal “AIP” diet.
  • I also don’t believe in regularly eating smoothies for breakfast (chewing is good!).
  • I would not regularly choose this much chicken and pork for a menu. The massive amount of sardines is there to try to balance out the Omega fatty acids (and for a nice dose of calcium!).
  • On top of that, I wouldn’t ever recommend Save-A-Lot as a 5-star kind of place to buy meat. But, when you must eat meat (and your husband is also a handsome carnivore), sometimes you simply give thanks that it is edible and free of additives that you can’t have.

Family of Four. Two eating AIP. <$50/week.



  • $2.16 ~2lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (fresh)
  • $7.28 ~5.5lbs. Pork Loin Bone-in Chops
  • $2.18 2.6lbs. Pork Shoulder Steak Bone-in
  • $1.19 Pork Rinds/Chicharrones
  • $1.98 2lbs frozen Broccoli ($.99/lb)
  • ***$1.19 White bread (20oz)


Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

  • $9.48 (12) 4.375oz Cans of Sardines in water ($.79/each)
  • $2.99 8oz. Plantain Chips
  • ***$1.29 White Jazz-man Rice (28oz.)


Local Produce Market


Save-A-Lot+Ollie’s+Local Market =$47.94!

  • $2.70 1.81lbs. Local Beets
  • $.99 Local Cauliflower
  • $.49 Local Cauliflower (markdown)
  • $1.98 2 Local Cabbages ($.99/each)
  • $2.99 5lbs. Carrots
  • $1.98 (2) Spaghetti Squash ($.99/each)
  • $.99 Buttercup Squash
  • $1.46 3.74lbs. Bananas ($.39/lb.)
  • ***$1.64 .55lbs Fresh Ground Peanut Butter ($2.99lb.)
  • ***$1.99 5lbs. Red Potatoes
  • ***$.99 Half Runner Beans



Things I’ll use that are already in my cupboard and fridge: salt, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, raspberry balsamic vinegar, sauerkraut, maple syrup, honey, collagen powder, frozen peaches, pearsauce, apples, onions, olives, tapioca flour, nutritional yeast, various dried herbs

Things I’ll use from my garden: spinach, my last 2017 cucumber!


smoothies (spinach+banana+peaches+coconut oil+collagen powder+water), leftovers (if I’m REALLY lucky!)


sardines on spinach+olives+cucumbers+plantain chips+nutritional yeast, leftovers (if I’m lucky!)


Marinated Chicken Breasts with carrots, Pork and Apples with cabbage and onions, Pork and Broccoli over cauli-rice with beets, Pork Chops with coleslaw

Snacks (mostly for the kids):

pear sauce, olives, sliced frozen bananas (anyone else’s kids love this??), pork rinds, plantain chips


How would you spend your $50?

***Special Update!*** Did I mention that the Lord is faithful? He has blessed me through the generosity of a friend today with 10+ pounds of beef liver! I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast for a while! Mmm! 😉



Banana Flour Waffles (AIP/Paleo)

These waffles have the perfect texture! The best texture I’ve had in a baked good while being on the Autoimmune Protocol. The taste is not at all like a glutenous waffle, to be honest. BUT they are tasty – especially with coconut oil and maple syrup or coconut cream on top.

I have experimented a little bit to try and make them into pumpkin spice waffles, but haven’t perfected that yet. Open to suggestions. 😉


  • 1 C banana flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C coconut oil
  • 1/3 C water
  • 2 gelatin eggs (1/2 C water, 2 T gelatin powder)


First, prepare the 2 gelatin eggs. Beating until frothy.

Add all remaining ingredients to medium bowl or high-powered blender. Blend/mix well. Add prepared gelatin eggs and blend/mix just until mixed.

You may want to grease your waffle iron! These seem to take a bit longer than a standard waffle to cook, as well. You’ll know they’re ready when you try to lift the lid and there is little to no resistance (if there is a lot of resistance – STOP! you will tear your waffle).

Makes about 2 standard round waffles.


See that perfect texture?! They are crispy and delightful in my mouth!