I take pride in a stocked and organized pantry. I love knowing I have my staples in stock just in a case I get some recipe inspiration or I have unexpected dinner guests. There a few items that come and go depending the on the season or if I am doing a round of Whole30, but there are certain items I make sure to always have on hand. I learned that by being creative in the kitchen and by adding variety to my weekly menus, I don’t feel deprived living a Paleo lifestyle. I often tell people that ask me about being Paleo that you can basically recreate anything with real, whole foods; you just need to be creative! Here is a list of things I try to alway keep stocked in my pantry and some ways I typically use them. Also, as a tip, if there is anything in your pantry that tempts you to eat as “foods-with-no-breaks”, try storing them in a solid container so that it is not staring at you every time you go into your pantry…Nutella.
Ghee- I love using ghee to caramelize onions, make mashed sweet potatoes or just for general use as a cooking fat. (After I open it, I store it in the fridge)
Coconut Aminos- Used to flavor stir-frys and paleo ketchup. (Store in fridge after opening)
Avocado Oil- My main cooking fat.
Coconut Milk- As a creamer in soups or when baking.
Tapioca Flour- Breading when frying chicken breast.
Arrowroot Flour- To thicken sauces.
Coconut oil- Used for frying, making nut butters or granola.
Raw Honey- I used this for creating paleo baked goods, adding a glaze to a recipe, or in my tea.
Almond Flour- I use almond flour as a base when paleo baking, or to bread cutlets and make meatballs. (I store in fridge after opening)
Hazelnut Flour- Mostly for breading protein. (I store in fridge after opening)
Shredded coconut- Use when baking or making granola. Occasionally as a breading.
Almond Butter/ Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter- Used mostly as a snack with fruit
Plantain Chips- Love to eat with guacamole, or as a base for nachos.
Dried Fruit- Homemade trail mix, will also add to salads.
RxBars/LaraBars- Breakfast on the go or as a snack.
Nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts)- I love adding nuts to salads and stir frys. Will also combined with dried fruit for trail mix.