Thrive Market is by far my favorite place to shop for paleo pantry staples. It’s a membership site, kind of like a virtual Costco, but it’s worth it because they have so many paleo-friendly ingredients and snacks at significantly reduced prices. They also give away a free membership to a family in need for every paid member that signs up! You can see a picture of one of my Thrive Market hauls on Instagram here. I highly recommend checking out Thrive if you haven’t already. If you use this link to sign up, you can also enter to win a $10,000 shopping spree! (The links to Thrive in this post are affiliate links, so I do get a small commission if you join.)
Today I’m sharing a list of my top 10 staples for stocking a paleo pantry, along with some links to my favorite recipes that use those ingredients. If you have questions about Thrive or any of these products, feel free to ask in the comments! Spring is the perfect time to clean out any junk food that’s lingering in your kitchen and replace it with wholesome ingredients, and these products are ones I reach for again and again.
1. Red Boat fish sauce is an umami-packed miracle elixir that is irreplaceable in many Thai and Vietnamese dishes. It makes both the meatballs and sauce in this Vietnamese caramelized meatball “vermicelli” bowl totally irresistible, and also forms the sauce base for my fastest stir-fry, the pork and sweet basil stir-fry on page 156 of Paleo Planet.
2. Almond butter is delicious for snack with apple slices, but it’s also great for baking! Try these almond butter thumbprints with salted caramel (pictured above) or these cherry blondies. Almond butter is also great in savory sauces like the treenut sauce (get it? like paleo peanut sauce!) on page 42 of my cookbook Paleo Planet.
3. Coconut aminos are a wonderful paleo replacement for soy sauce. If you haven’t tried them, you won’t believe how similar the flavor is! Coconut aminos go into the dressing for the cucumber and avocado salad pictured here with Burmese chile prawns, and also play a starring role in the sauce for my cashew chicken with asparagus and shiitake mushrooms.
5. Avocado oil mayo is worlds better than other store-bought mayonnaise and is made with healthy fats. My favorite recipe to make with it is this green goddess dressing, which I serve with roasted shrimp and asparagus.
6. Almond flour is one of my go-to flours for grain-free baking. It’s the first ingredient in my paleo 3-2-1 flour blend, and I love to use it in desserts like these blueberry frangipane pie bars and savory baked goods like these paleo burger buns.
9. Gelatin is great for your joints, and it’s the key to making this blood orange mascarpone panna cotta and this mocha ricotta pie with strawberries set. One canister of this stuff goes a really long way!
10. Tapioca flour is a wonderful thickener for sauces like the cider glaze for this chicken with roasted cauliflower rice, and is also almond flour’s frequent partner in crime in paleo flatbread and a myriad of grain-free baked goods.
So, what are you waiting for? Start stocking a paleo pantry at Thrive Market!
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