Since changing over to a paleo lifestyle, I've come to notice that I have a certain few items always on hand, in our kitchen. Besides the obvious meat, veggies, fruits, I also make sure to have the below in our pantry.
1) Coconut Oil: My 'fat' of choice for cooking. I don't use a ton, but I put a teaspoon or two in the pan when I cook up my eggs or veggies. If you've never tried coconut oil it gives your food a hint of coconut flavor (if you use the virgin/extra-virgin/unrefined variety). It's a flavor I really enjoy. I do think it's important to find a quality coconut oil. I prefer an unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil. And I try to get organic items as much as possible, too.
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2) Coconut Milk: I use it in my morning coffee, in soups, or if I feel like making some kind of liquid, smoothie treat (which isn't too frequent). It's harder to find coconut milk without funky weird preservatives, but Evergreen is one brand that I have at my local commissary that doesn't have all the extra gunk in it.
3) Raw Honey: Sometimes some things just need a hint of sweetness. Like tea. Or a sauce. I know the hardcore paleos don't use much sweeteners, but I found this raw Hawaiian honey by Big Island Bees at my Costco and really like it. It's been used in "paleo treats" too.
What are staples in your kitchen?
If you eat paleo, what are some things you always make sure to have?