These are some of my absolute favorite paleo pantry must-haves! I do have more must-haves other than these items, but this post would be ridiculously long if I added everything here! Don’t worry, I’ll be doing more paleo pantry-must-haves posts so that you can see what other stuff I enjoy. These are items that I always have to have on hand because I use them a whole bunch throughout the week. I know some of these items you can easily make at home, but I’m such a sucker for convenience items. If I can buy a product that’ll save me a little bit of time, I’m all for it! I know not everyone is like that, but I’m all about that life! If you’re thinking about exploring what a paleo lifestyle is all about, this may be a great resource for you. Do keep in mind that these are all items that I personally love and have been buying for a while now. Just because I love them doesn’t mean that you will too. I’ll also be talking about different ways that I like to enjoy each product, but, of course, there are so many other ways that you can enjoy them. Let’s jump right into it!
1. I Love Ghee Organic Traditional Ghee
I am obsessed with this I Love Ghee Organic Traditional Ghee! I love that they sell larger jars that you can buy on their website that’ll last much longer! There are sooo many ways that I like to use ghee. I like using ghee because it has a high smoke point! I sometimes put it in my coffee, matcha lattes, and tea lattes because it adds some healthy fat and makes for really creamy concoctions! I sometimes use ghee to make my meals, like sautéing veggies and pan searing meat. I also like to use ghee in some of my baked goods! If you love butter but don’t do well with dairy, ghee is such a great replacement! If you want to check out their ghee, click here (use the code BWK for free shipping and $5 off $30 or more)!
2. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
I usually switch between the Primal Kitchen brand and the Chosen Foods brand depending on where I’m shopping at! The Chosen Foods avocado oil is awesomely priced at Costco and I usually buy it there, but we hadn’t renewed our membership in a while. Lately, Ive been buying the Primal Kitchen brand at Natural Grocers! Just like ghee, avocado oil also has a high smoke point. This oil is very mild in flavor, which I love! I mostly use avocado oil for roasting veggies in the oven or by tossing any protein I have on hand and cooking it in the oven with some spices. If you’re not into the flavor of ghee, this is a great option! You can use avocado oil as a base for homemade dressing or even homemade mayo. I also use avocado oil for re-oiling my cast iron skillet!
3. Primal Kitchen Mayo
I used to love mayo and decided to stop buying it because, at the time, they were all filled with weird ingredients. Ever since Primal Kitchen released this mayo, I’ve been continuously purchasing it! It’s made with super simple and clean ingredients that I trust. I use this mayo to make things like tuna salad and chicken salad. I also use it as a base for lots of different sauces! If you’re looking for a cleaner ingredient mayo, I highly recommend this one!
4. Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing
I am usually a balsamic dressing type of girl, but I think it was mostly because I used to think any balsamic dressing was “healthier” than ranch dressing. Don’t get me wrong, I still love balsamic dressings, but my true dressing love has got to be this Primal Kitchen ranch dressing. It’s just so creamy, delicious, and full of flavor! I like to use this to toss my salads with, as a marinade for chicken, and to roast veggies with. It can be really difficult to find a clean ingredient ranch dressing, but luckily Primal Kitchen has made it easier!
5. Primal Kitchen Organic Ketchup
This ketchup is a serous game changer! Most ketchup brands tend to contain some type of sugar, whether its high fructose corn syrup, agave, cane sugar, etc.. This Primal Kitchen ketchup contains ZERO added sugar! I honestly haven’t experimented much with ketchup and having used it in any creative way. I have it on hand because I looooove to make homemade fries here at home and always need something to dip them in. Here is where this ketchup comes in! I’ll sometimes mix this ketchup with the mayo to make a yummy sauce to add to burgers or to dip homemade fries. The ketchup is sooo delicious and has a similar consistency to the ketchup I used to eat growing up!
6. Big Tree Farms Organic Coco Aminos
I honestly have never really been a huge fan of soy sauce. I do remember that some recipes I’d try to follow required soy sauce and I never wanted to make them because I just wasn’t a fan of soy sauce. I also eventually decided to cut all things soy out of my lifestyle. For recipes, I use this Big Tree Farms coco aminos as a replacement to soy sauce! I honestly love this coconut aminos so much that I love to drizzle some straight up onto sushi. It’s seriously so good! Coconut aminos is sweeter than your typical soy sauce, but it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s got somewhat of an umami flavor and adds lots of flavor to homemade sauces!
7. Kirkland Organic Almond Butter
Organic almond butter can be a little pricey when you buy it at your typical grocery store. Luckily, Costco sells this organic almond butter at a really awesome price! I use almond butter in lots of baked goods. I love the consistency they give baked goods and always have to have some on hand! I always have to be prepared for whenever I get a craving for a yummy dessert. I also like to have a spoonful as a little snack and I like to dip some apple slices into almond butter sprinkled with cinnamon.
8. Frank’s Red Hot Original Hot Sauce
I literally can NEVER be not stocked on Frank’s Red Hot original hot sauce! I sprinkle it on everything and just love it so much! I like to drizzle some on top of my eggs, adding a drizzle to soups, making sauces with it, and also adding it to beaten eggs when I’m making chicken tenders. When I have the time, I love to make a super easy homemade buffalo sauce, which uses this Frank’s Red Hot original hot sauce as the base! I use this buffalo sauce to toss my homemade baked chicken wings in to make buffalo wings. If you want the buffalo sauce recipe, you can find it here!
9. Natural Grocers Organic Maple Syrup
I honestly don’t have a preferred maple syrup brand because I usually go for the one that is on sale. I actually usually by the Kirkland organic maple syrup, but haven’t lately because we hadn’t renewed our Costco membership in a while. I’ve been really enjoying this Natural Grocers maple syrup for now. Make sure to ALWAYS check the ingredients in maple syrup and make sure it says only 100% pure maple syrup! When I make baked goods, my go-to sweetener is always maple syrup. I just love the flavor of it and I love that, even though it’s a sweeter, it doesn’t taste overly sweet! I know, probably doesn’t make sense, but it does to me! I also use this to drizzle over any paleo waffles and paleo pancakes!
10. Natural Grocers Clover Honey
This is another sweetener that I don’t really have a preferred brand. I also usually buy my honey at Costco, but we just recently renewed our membership and haven’t been able to. I honestly don’t use honey very much, but always need to have it on hand for when I’m feeling a little under the weather. Every time I’m feeling like I’m getting sick, I make myself some tea and always add in some clover honey. Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties! I like to stick to the clover variety of honey because it has a light tasting flavor, which is perfect for putting it in my tea because I don’t like for the honey flavor to be too intense!
11. Kirkland Almond Flour
I love buying my almond flour at Costco because it’s really affordable! Honestly, buying anything at Costco is usually more affordable than buying the products at your typical grocery store. If you plan on baking anything on a paleo lifestyle, almond flour is a must! I use almond flour in literally all of my baked goods! I also like to use almond flour as a breading for chicken tenders or chicken nuggets! When I make some energy bites, sometimes I’ll need to add something to help bind the bites together. I use almond flour for that, which I don’t mind because it’s just another source of healthy fat!
12. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is another must for paleo baking! I don’t use it in all of my baked good recipes, but I do sometimes add some into my recipes to help as a binding ingredient. It definitely cannot be used as a replacement for almond flour because they both work differently! Coconut flour absorbs moisture like crazy, so it’s important to use coconut flour starting in small amounts! Similar to the almond flour, I also use it as part of the breading process for making chicken tenders. I love this Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour because it has a really neat almost velcro like seal to it!