It’s Friday…but I’m smack-dab in the middle of my week of graveyard shifts. Please don’t rub it in that you’re off for the weekend, ‘kay?
Before I pass out, I want to share with you this week’s edition of Forky Friday, which features links about weird food sightings, how to eat Paleo on a budget, and cool dishes to beat the summer heat.
You can’t surf the Interwebs without stumbling across some seriously wacked-out stuff, but I found some exceptional doozies this week. For example:
- Did you know the largest meal in the world is a camel stuffed with a lamb stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a fish (or eggs)? It makes this turducken look downright puny.
- It looks like Taco Bell is publicizing a new protein-forward menu. But the real question is what kind of meat are they serving? (Other pressing Taco Bell related questions: What’s the deal with the Taco Waffle? And what’s the new Doritos Locos Taco flavor going to be? Not that I care or anything.)
- I know many Paleo peeps are a-OK with chowing on offal. But are you game for slurping up human placenta smoothies? (Your own placenta. Not Will Murray’s wife’s.)
Okay, enough with the weird stuff.
We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees (sadly), and pastured meats and organic produce aren’t cheap. So how’s a caveperson supposed to feed their clan without breaking the bank? I wrote a post about eating real food on a budget two years ago, but I’ve recently come across five additional resources that are chock-full of money-saving tips.
- Just the other day, super braniac Chris Kresser published 7 tips for healthy eating on a budget. I especially dig his suggestion about skipping the filet mignon and stocking up on cheaper braising cuts and nutrient-dense offal.
- Back in February, Christine from Once A Month Mom listed a ton of great ideas on how to save money in this Paleo on a Budget post. If you’d like to learn how to cook once and have ready-to-reheat Paleo food in your freezer for the whole month, check out OAMM’s Paleo monthly meal plans. Remember: you’ll always save money if you cook your meals instead of eating out.
- My buddy Diane Sanfilippo gives some fantastic advice on how to shop smart in this post.
- Neely Quinn of Paleo Plan recommends channeling your frugal grandmother in her post about 10 Tips for Eating Paleo on the Cheap.
- And heck, there’s a whole blog devoted to Paleo on a Budget.
It’s getting hot in my neck of the woods—the projected forecast for this weekend is that the highs will be in the 90s. Ick. I hate hot weather, especially when I’m supposed to be sleeping during the day. The last thing I want to do when I wake up is to up the temperature in the house even more by cooking. With that in mind, here are some recipes requiring minimal heat that I’ll be whipping up this week:
- Cold soups are perfect for summer. My Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho and Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab can both be made ahead and served straight from the fridge.
- If you live close to a great fish monger, you should buy some fresh fish and make ceviche or a quick tuna avocado tartare. Insist on cooking your fish? Then go outside and make Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter or Grilled Branzino.
What’s more refreshing than salad in the summer? Not much. Here are a bunch of salads ranging from light to downright hearty:
- Juli Bauer just posted this easy and delicious Watermelon and Cucumber Mint salad.
- Got extra cucumbers? Then you must make Elise Bauer’s Cucumber Salad with Grapes and Almonds.
- Tomatoes are showing up at the farmer’s market and I’m already making my Tomato & Basil Salad.
- If your grill’s still hot after making fish, throw on some green beans to make Aimee Wimbush-Bourque’s Grilled Green Bean Salad.
- Need something hearty and satisfying? Make this Salade Nicoise or Shrimp and “Orzo” Salad.
- Oh, and don’t forget to make a fresh batch of Salad Booster.