Re: College student on Paleo/Zone
Here are some more low budget ideas. They do require some equipment purchase, but will add variety to your diet.
A much neglected category. At a bulk store, dry beans cost less than a dollar a pound. Buy a variety of red, white, pinto, navy, kidney, etc... Soak the beans overnight by adding 3 cups of water for every cup of beans. Add a little baking soda for de-fartification purposes. Rinse the beans. They are now ready for boiling or nuking.
2) THE FOREMAN GRILL
Your best friend. Buy a big one. Buy cheap fresh veggies (zuccinni, eggplant, celery, carrots) when they are on sale. Slice in half. Cover with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and maybe thyme or oregano. Cook up a big batch in the Foreman grill. The veggies can also be re-heated later, or even eaten cold.
3) CHICKEN RECIPES
All done on the Foreman grill:
- season with crushed red pepper
- season with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and oregano
- season with lime juice and rosemary
4) BLENDER MAGIC
Invest in a single serving blender (less than $20). Combine milk, banana, chocolate protein powder, and ice.
5) YOGURT MAGIC
Combine banana, yogurt, chocolate protein powder, and peanut butter. Change things up by subbing nuts or unsweetened granola for the peanut butter.