My refrigerator is so bare at the moment. It makes me sad. There are condiments, a few mini sweet peppers, a lemon, and an apple. I have enough frozen veggies to hold me over…but still! I was planning on going grocery shopping after work today, but all I’ve wanted to do since 2:00 pm was drive straight home. All day it has felt like a large toddler was sitting on my chest. All day the one thing I really wanted to do was unhook my bra to try to relieve some pressure from my chest. You see, for the past week and a half, I thought my asthma was flaring up. Yesterday, I had a gross cough…I’ll spare the details. It’s bronchitis. I have freaking bronchitis. The meds I’m on are going to give me diarrhea and knock me on my ass. Hopefully those things don’t happen at the same time.
I was thinking that I need to make a grocery list. And then I thought: I should write about the staples in my diet! It works because I have no food to make a new recipe anyway. Ya dig? There are a bunch of things I keep in my pantry at all times. I figured this may be helpful for you new Paleo people!
Here we go.
Sweet potatoes. Probably one of my favorite foods ever. I peel, dice, and bake them to throw into a hash. I slice them into wedges to make sweet potato fries. I slice them super thin to make sweet potato chips. You could make a sweet potato mash, baked sweet potato, the list goes on. I think you get the idea. I did chop off part of my thumb while slicing one, so be careful!
Frozen cauliflower. Steam, then “rice” in your food processor. I use this in place of rice pretty often! I don’t like cauliflower on it’s own, but when it’s in a stir fry, I love!
Vidalia onions. I saute these for scrambled eggs. I saute them and mix in with ground turkey for lettuce wraps. I basically only saute them and add them to recipes. Like sauce recipes. Yum.
Bell peppers. I roast them. I also saute these with onions to put on chicken or mix with ground turkey. I also love to stuff bell peppers!
Coconut oil. I use coconut oil a lot. I use it for sauteing veggies, I use it in my baked goods, I use coconut oil spray so my foods don’t stick, etc. My favorite use for coconut oil will change your life forever. I melt some in the microwave and mix in some white sugar until it’s a body scrub consistency. BEST BODY SCRUB EVER. It leaves my skin so soft. It’s cheap, too! I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
Almond meal/flour. I use a lot of almond meal in my paleo treats/baked goods. I also use a little bit if I’m making paleo turkey burgers or meatballs in place of bread crumbs.
Frozen bananas. Buy a bunch of bananas. Peel them. Chop them into small slices. Place them in tupperware. Freeze! It’s as easy as that. I use frozen bananas in my smoothies and protein shakes. It makes them super creamy! Frozen bananas are also one of the main ingredients for my paleo ice cream recipe!
Frozen strawberries. I use frozen strawberries in my smoothies, too! I like using frozen strawberries over fresh because they last longer, and they keep my smoothie nice and cold. I also microwave frozen strawberries (just to soften) and whip them in the blender with a bit of pure maple syrup to make a strawberry sauce for pancakes and waffles.
Unsweetened almond milk. I love this stuff! I use it in my smoothies all the time. It seems as though I’m obsessed with smoothies…
Ground turkey, boneless/skinless chicken breast, and shaved steak. I usually have all the above in my fridge to choose from. These are my favorite meats to cook with.
Other items I’m regularly using include:
- tapioca flour
- coconut flour
- cashew meal
- coconut cream
- almond butter
- coconut sugar
- hot sauce
- maple syrup
- cacao powder
- spaghetti squash
- pitted dates
- protein powder
I hope this helps guide you to a healthier lifestyle! What are some staples in your diet? I’d love to know!