Right. So. With all the new diets out there that supposedly trace your bloodlines back to your natural diet and such, I started thinking about how our hunter-gatherer ancestors really ate.
This is what I came up with:
Mostly slow or non moving things (like plants)
An occasional feasting on meat (that would last until the meat went bad)
Think about it. When early man used to kill for food, they did it in a big way. Bison, anyone? (I know, I'm getting obsessed) Whales? Hell, a good sized seal is still freaking HUGE.
So basically, what I'm thinking is that Ugg and She-Ugg would bring down a good sized animal and eat only that type of meat for a long time. That's why there was so little waste, right?
As an experiment, I'm going to feast-eat.Admittedly, I am cheating a bit. I don't think my ancestors had yogurts and other dairy products, let alone pastas but I do and I like em, dammit! I can provide recipes for anyone interested in a particular dish, but it's too much to type if there isn't a need.
The only processed foods I'm using are dairy, pasta and some of those dinner rolls that come in a tube. All sauces and broths are made from scratch. The objective here is to see if I can make one type of meat last a week without my family getting bored, consume less meat and eat a little bit healthier.Oh yeah. I'm also not going to spend more than $40/week on groceries. That's about half my usual bill! As perfect as it sounds, this is balanced by the fact that I'm working one full time job, one part time job and would like to spend some free time out of the kitchen. In a perfect world, I wouldn't use ANY processed food (ok that's a dirty lie. I'll always eat dairy) but that's my excuse for the tube-of-dough. I'd bake from scratch if I could, but time limits won't allow.
So..I'm off!

That means I'm buying one article of meat to last the entire week. That's it. No more.
I'm currently on week 2, and it's going pretty well so far.
This is my progress:

Week One: Chicken.

This is my shopping list. Anything not on it was already in my kitchen or growing in my garden.

1 Whole 7lb young chicken
1 bag of tube pasta
1 wedge of brie
1 container of Parmesan
5lb bag of potatoes
1 bunch celery
2 bags spinach
10 large tomatoes
1 Container Ricotta
1 5lb bag onions
1 bag frozen peas

The meals:

1)Roast Chicken, Mash, Gravy, Peas & Onions
2)Chicken, Broccoli And Brie Casserole
3)Chicken Soup and dumplings
4)Spinach and Ricotta stuffed pasta tubes (Not vegetarian. The marinara sauce i make has a bit of chicken broth)
5)Chicken Tikka Masala w/rice
6)Chicken Parmesan with rosemary, creamed spinach and lemon zest carrots
7)Twice baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese (vegetarian.)

Review: Breaking up the chicken parade with my twice baked potatoes and the stuffed tubes worked just fine. If I wasn't writing it down, I couldn't honesty tell you "hey, I've had nothing but chicken this week!" It really never crossed my mind all that much. The food was good, We are saving on waste and eating quite a bit less meat. Yay all around!

Week 2: Ham

1 huge ham
Fresh produce (more of a top off. I bought a lot of it for last week, and it all looks pretty good still. I think I only bought more tomatoes, some green onions and the tubes of dough.
Dried Black Beans
Dried White Beans
Split Peas

To be honest, I'm only on the first day, but this is what we are doing.

I've already boiled it down to the point that I can remove the bones, the skin and the surprising amount of fat in this little beasty.
Everything that I removed went in one pot to boil down to broth. All the good bits are being coated with a brown sugar and spice glaze, then back in the oven to brown.
I'm making my own special potato salad and some mixed veggies to go with it.
Also on the menu for this week will be:
-Ham and broccoli florentine 
-Split pea soup
-Baked mac & cheese with green onions and ham served with a side salad
-Black/White and Ham soup
-Ham, broccoli and potato soup
-Cob Salad

If anyone is actually interested in this, I'll keep posting.
If this thread doesn't get any activity, I'll keep this little experiment to myself!

Happy Eating, Heathens!






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If anyone is actually interested in this

I admit I am very curious about how this experiment will turn out.
Right.
So we lived like this for a few months, and I have to say, if you've got the time to put into mass shopping, butchering, sectioning off portions and freezing, it is the way to go.
After a few weeks, you'll have enough variety in your freezer that you aren't eating the same protein source all week long.
The only thing this doesn't work really well with is fish.
We like ours fresh, not left in the freezer.

All in all, I've really modified the way I shop in a lot of ways, that will carry on with me through life.
Next step would be to buy milk and make your own dairy products. I do my own yogurt, using a standard oven, and it's quite good. One of my sisters does her own goat cheese, and it's one of the best I've ever seen. Apparently, it's not that complicated to make good goat cheese, and it's ultra-cheap to boot.

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