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Paleo Pantry Staples

Preparation is key to successfully following a meal plan. Over the last couple of years, I’ve transitioned my entire kitchen to be Paleo-friendly. I no longer have regular sugar or flour (much to my mom’s dismay), and instead have replaced them with healthy alternatives. I realize many of you may have some of these staples already in your cupboards, but just in case you don’t, I wanted to give you a list of some of the most common staples we’ll be using over the course of the challenge. Depending on where you live, you may not have access to “health food” stores (small town Montana girl here – I totally get it!), and may be needing to order some of these online.

I’ve included links to two of my favorite online stores – Amazon and Thrive Market. Most people know the deal with Amazon already and Thrive is a company I’ve discovered in the last year that I absolutely fell in love with. They have an amazing inventory of “health food store” products, but at MUCH cheaper prices. They also have an entire “Paleo” section on their site, which makes it really easy to find new favorites as well. They offer free shipping on anything over $49 and I love having stuff just sent directly to my door! AND they offer freebies for new customers – see the Coconut Aminos below – hint: it’s one of your pantry staples!

Check out my list below and make sure you have these ready to go before we begin our challenge!

Food Staples

Flours:

Almond flour

Coconut flour

Tapioca flour

*These are all great flours to get at Trader Joe’s as well, if you have one locally.

Sauces:

Coconut aminos
This is essentially a substitute for soy sauce, and something I use very often. If you use this link or click on the image above, you can get a FREE bottle with an order from Thrive Market.

Red curry paste
I’ve started using this recently for many Thai inspired dishes and I love it!

Balsamic vinegar
Great for salad dressings and recipes like balsamic chicken!

Apple cider vinegar
Great for recipes, as well as salad dressings.

Fish sauce
It sounds weird, but I have a couple of great recipes for you that use it!

Tomato sauce
(Make sure your tomato sauce does not have added sugar)

Cooking Oils:

Coconut Oil
So universal.  I use this for everything (even lip moisturizer!)

Avocado Oil
Costco has also started carrying these!

Additional:

Paleo Wraps coconutspinach or kale wraps
You can certainly make your own wraps using the flours listed above, but if you’re short on time, I would recommend one of the pre-made options above.

Coconut milk
You’ll need a couple cans in the pantry, as well as a regular carton in the fridge.

Raw honey

Equipment Staples

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers (or Crock Pots) are awesome. You add food before you leave in the morning, and come home at night to a cooked meal! I love mine and I’ve tried to make sure at least one meal per week on the 4 Week Paleo Challenge is a slow cooker meal. This allows you to not only prep it ahead of time, but to skip the majority of the cooking at meal time.

Personally, I would suggest one of the ones with an automatic shut off. Most recipes call for 6-8 hours on low, and most people are out of the house during the day for longer than that. Having one that you can set to shut off after a certain amount of time comes in pretty handy. They also have WiFi enabled slow cookers these days that you can sync to your phone… but I’m not quite that fancy yet.

Zester

This little guy comes in handy quite a bit. It’s great for zesting lemons, limes, etc, but I also end up using it for both garlic and ginger.

Zoodler

This is a MUST for making cheater pasta! There are a couple different options – you can buy just the small, handheld one, which works just fine (but is obviously more work) or you can buy the crank one, which will turn out a lot more in a smaller amount of time. I recommend the latter one, especially if you anticipate “zoodling” things like sweet potatoes, which are quite a bit tougher.

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