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How to stock a paleo pantry
While my pantry is not completely paleo, the following are some of my paleo-specific pantry and refrigerator staples for a well-balanced diet. Note that this isn’t absolutely everything you need in your pantry, just a few very paleo specific staples to help you keep good nutritional balance and make really tasty paleo food!
- Nuts, Seeds, & Dried Fruits
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews (especially for vegan dairy alternatives), macadamia, pine): Stock up on nuts for snacking, adding crunch to meals, or for making dairy-free alternatives.
- Seeds (pepitas, hemp, chia, flax, sunflower): Like nuts, these tend to be nutrition powerhouses that can easily be worked into a lot of dishes.
- Dried cranberries, cherries, raisins: Add sweetness to baked goods, porridge, and salads!
- Olive oil: My go to for almost all stovetop cooking.
- Extra virgin olive oil: An important member of the oil team for cold dishes, like salad dressings. This one has a lower smoke point, meaning you can’t heat it quite as high.
- Safflower oil: With almost no flavor, polyunsaturated fats (the good kind of fat), and a high smoke point, this is your oil for healthier frying.
- Sesame oil: This also has a high smoke point, but brings a really sesame, nutty taste. Super tasty in Asian stirfries!
- Coconut oil: This has a high smoke point and a distinct coconut aroma and taste. It’s high in saturated fat, so use it in moderation.
- Maple syrup: Use a touch of maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar for a more rounded taste and more phyotchemicals and antioxidants than table sugar.
- Honey: Because maple syrup can be pricey, I tend to use honey a lot more in place of sugar. Also brings a more rounded flavor to things like baked goods, smoothies, and soups without the refined sugar.
- Medjool dates: Soak these to get them nice and soft then remove the pits and blend into a date paste. This paste works wonders for sweetening things like baked goods!
- Stevia: The leaves of the stevia plant are dried, ground up, and sometimes removed of their color to create a substance that can be substituted for sugar.
- Odds and Ends
- Nutritional yeast: A deactivated yeast that has a cheesy/eggy/savory flavor. Super great for vegan alternatives, like Eggless French Toast.
- Cocoa powder: Low in calories and full of flavor, I always keep cocoa powder on hand.
- Raw cacao nibs or powder: While cocoa has been roasted at a high temperature, cacao is raw, so a lot of the nutrients are still well and intact. You can use cacao and cocoa interchangeably in most recipes.
- Unsweetened applesauce: You can replace butter or oil with unsweetened applesauce (ration 1:1) in many recipes, so I like to keep this on hand!
- Coconut milk (full-fat and light): Skim the cream off full-fat cans to make dairy-free whipped cream, or use light coconut milk to add a lot of creaminess to soups or smoothies.
- Low-sodium vegetable broth or bouillon: Instant flavor for so many dishes!
- Larabars: A few flavors of Larabars are paleo. These are great to keep on hand for when the snack cravings hit!
- Tomato paste: adds a lot of flavor without a lot of fancy spices or sauces
- Condiments and Sauces
- Dijon mustard: Adds a bit of spicy intensity to dishes. Even if you don’t like mustard (like me), this is an important one to have for general cooking.
- Tahini: Made from sesame seeds, this is a potent little sauce that I incorporate into Asian dishes and baked goods alike.
- Sriracha: Does this one need an explanation? Spice is a necessity in my kitchen. You’ll have to make your paleo sriracha (though it only takes 20 min!)
- Coconut Aminos: This is a sauce made from coconut sap that is interchangeable with soy sauce or tamari!
- Salsa: Because sometimes chips and salsa for dinner is just what’s gonna to happen.
- Alterna-milks and Dairy
- Whipped Cream: Easy coconut whipped cream
- Bread Crumbs: Use coarsely chopped almonds or flax as a breading. Mix in a smidgen of nutritional yeast for added yum!
- Soy Sauce: Use coconut aminos! You can find a description of this magic sauce in our pantry list above.
- Pasta: Spiralized zucchini, carrot pasta, or spaghetti squash make ultra-filling paleo meals. Check out Inspiralized for spiralized recipe inspo!
- Rice: Cauliflower rice
- Potato Chips: Kale chips or plantain chips
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