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Do some investigating of different stores in your area to find the best deals. I get weekly flyers from four different groceries with the free junk mail delivery. I check the ads from a fifth store online. One store has specials on chicken a couple times a month. Family packs of boneless, skinless breasts for $1.99/lb (US) or thighs for $0.99/lb. That store sometimes has good prices on veggies but the quality is variable. Another store often has pork chops on special for $2.29/lb and has the best quality bacon and bakery products. The third store has the lowest prices overall. Their fruits and veggies are decent.  Just because a store has good prices on some things does not mean they will be cheapest for other things.

 

One way to get cheap produce is to shop farmers markets at the end of the day (usually late Saturday morning). Farmers are often willing to give you a deal on half a case of something rather than having to pack it up again. Very few areas have markets on Sundays, so Saturday is a good time to look for deals. Make sure you do this only when you have time to process the produce you get in bulk.

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Thanks everyone!

 

Tuna and eggs are definitely on my list. My boyfriend's mom told us just the other day she has a costco membership we can use anytime, so I think we need to take her up on that. 

 

I'll definitely be looking into the sale meats, particularly the beef options you all listed, I would not have known what to do with those. Slow cooker option sounds awesome.

 

I'm not ready for tiny chicken hearts though, sorry Thrillho. Or sardines.  :orange:

 

There is a farmer's market relatively close to us on Saturday/Sundays that I can go to, I went a couple weeks ago and was not too impressed but it's still early in the season. We do have a pretty good year round fruit and veggie market, the only issue being nothing is organic and we have to keep an eye on quality, but it's not usually too bad. 

 

I think I'm going to start couponing, for reals.

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Food prep done! I have a picture, but it won't let me post it here. :(

 

Cottage cheese, lemons for water, roasted radishes, fresh cherries, tahini chicken salad, and chicken thighs marinated in italian dressing. That's right RP, I stole that from you. Also hard boiled eggs I forgot to put in the picture, and pork chop and beef ready to be cooked up tomorrow. 

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So I have a good recipe I learned in the army that I actually make at home now.

 

Corn O'Brian

You need...

 

Bacon

Corn

Green Peppers

Onions

Pimentos

Salt and Pepper

 

Crumble up the bacon and cook it, setting it to the side but keeping the grease in the pan. Saute the onions and green peppers in the grease, then add the corn to cook it. Afterwards add the pimentos and keep cooking till they've warmed up, put the bacon back in, and season to taste. 

 

Pretty simple but really good.

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Dinner this evening.  8ish ounces of porkloin that had been marinading in balsamic vinegar (also a parable for why you should have decent balsamic vinegar, kids), roasted beets, sauteed zucchini and tomatoes in bacon fat with parmesan cheese, and spinach cooked in butter with garlic and crushed red pepper.

 

Not the prettiest, but damned tasty.  Also apparently still only ~700 calories.  I really expected it to be more with all those fats...

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I really need to take a picture of my food, but... well, it doesn't look anything as appetizing as what you guys make.  I have Sloppy Sausages, which is diced chicken sausage, cottage cheese and salsa.  It looks hideous.  I have chana tikka masala, which looks like brown lumpy things in brown lumpy sauce. I have steamed chicken breast in... uh... salsa, which looks like exactly what it sounds.  I just throw stuff together and eat it.  

 

I want to make something that looks cool now.  Tomorrow (Thursday) is my post-weigh-in cheat-day, AND I have the house to myself, so it will probably involve bacon.  Maybe I'll make the Thrillho Protein Double-Down.  <Polish Accent> It's pretty much just meat... </Veggie Tales>

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I love this thread, I am currently scrounging the internet for the best paleo crock-pot recipes. I recently acquired a slow cooker and it is honestly one of the best things to ever happen to me. So far I have made a venison roast with vegetables as well as chicken marsala. Sooooo amazing and these meals last me all week.

 

I have a good amount of bacon fat in my freezer, how do you guys normally use it?

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So, as I said I got gifted a slow cooker yesterday. I've never used a slow cooker before (I'm usually able to work around a simmering pot for 8+ hours each day). This morning my wife said she wanted lamb shanks for dinner. Instead of braising them like I normally do in the oven, I looked up some slow cooker recipe's and slapped something together quickly with what we had the cupboard.

 

So without further ado, here is my "Slapped-together-special-shanks-that-will-probably-be-very-average"

 

Ingredients:

- 800g Lamb Shanks

- 50g Mushrooms

- 80g Brown Onions

- 150g Zucchini

- 120g Carrot

- 45g Celery

- 100g Roma Tomatoes

- 15g Garlic

- 1 Cup of Chicken Stock

- 1/4 Cup of White Wine Vinegar

- 1/2tbsp Dried Thyme

- 1/2tbsp Dried Rosemary

- 2tbsp Cracked Black Pepper

 

Cooking time: 4-8hrs (I don't really know. But roughly that. I'll update once I know for sure.)

 

Notes: Things I would have preferred to add/change but didn't because I'm too lazy to leave the house on my day off; Whole peppercorns, peppercorn medley, bay leaves, fresh herbs, tomato paste, more mushrooms, red wine vinegar (instead of white wine vinegar), actual wine, lemon rind, beef stock instead of chicken stock and finally would of liked to add more stock but I only had 1 cup left.

 

Calories are around 450-500 depending on variables in your weight. Below are the macro's courtesy of MyFitnessPal.

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My breakfast yesterday was both tasty AND almost photogenic.  So:

 

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A cup of full-fat cottage cheese, plus an 1/8th of a cup of sunflower seeds, and 50g of raspberries.  I almost continued mixing these guys like I normally would, but it briefly looked appetizing, instead its usual red, lumpy mush visage.

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Anyone have a good recipe for Tilapia?  I usually bake it with salsa but it's getting boring. 

 

Found a few potentials but am looking for more ideas.  Most of the recipes out there require mayonnaise (yuck) or breadcrumbs (do not keep GF breadcrumbs).

 

http://www.food.com/recipe/super-quick-prosciutto-wrapped-fish-321766 - admittedly kind of tempting

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/04/broiled-garlic-tilapia.html

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/07/broiled-fish-with-summer-grape-tomato.html

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Crunchy Pan-fried ANYTHING

 

The secret is not to use flour, but red lentil flour. High protein, high fibre, and the BEST crunch you will ever get out of batter.  Coat the tilapia in red lentil flour, then dip quickly in an egg/milk mixture, then coat in a mixture of red lentil flour, salt, mustard powder and your favorite spicy powder, and fry in a a small amount of oil on high heat until you get a good crust on either side.  SO much better than flour or cornflakes or even panko.  You'll never go back.

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Crunchy Pan-fried ANYTHING

 

The secret is not to use flour, but red lentil flour. High protein, high fibre, and the BEST crunch you will ever get out of batter.  Coat the tilapia in red lentil flour, then dip quickly in an egg/milk mixture, then coat in a mixture of red lentil flour, salt, mustard powder and your favorite spicy powder, and fry in a a small amount of oil on high heat until you get a good crust on either side.  SO much better than flour or cornflakes or even panko.  You'll never go back.

 

Oooh. My Dad loves fried fish. I should definitely pass that along. Thanks!

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I don't have any tilapia recipes, I've never cooked it and when I have cooked fish it's never turned out that well. That's why I usually get it if I eat out, ha.

 

BUT

 

I do have these three delicious recipes to share. The first two, I just finished making tonight and OH MYYYYYYYY does my place smell good. The third I am going to try and see what I can do with ground beef as opposed to the steak. We'll see what happens.

 

Bison Chili (I made it with venison burger) - it's in my mouth, right now, and its SO GOOD.

Calabaza con Pollo

Gingery Broccoli and Beef

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Cross posting this from my thread, because it was delicious, amazing, and worthy:

 

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balsamic-glazed, grilled zucchini, acorn squash with butter, and an 11oz rib eye steak.  And the roasted squash seeds for a snack after dinner.

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Nerds, I have an embarrassing problem. I cannot get my food porn pictures to post here. Can't figure it out. I have an iPhone, for Pete's sake. Any ideas why I'm having this problem?

 

Teirin recommends using Imgur to save the photos online. Then you can copy the link and post the photo here. It worked for me and I am also not a computer-type nerd.

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