How to Shop for a Paleo Pantry
These 14 foods are delicious and versatile, and hit the paleo trifecta: protein, plants and high-quality fats.
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Ghee or Duck Fat
Although, technically dairy (which many paleo devotees avoid), clarified butter, a.k.a. ghee is OK, because it's pure butter fat, says Arsy Vartanian of popular paleo blog rubiesandradishes.com. Danielle Walker, author of New York Times best-selling cookbook Against All Grain, agrees: "Ghee is my preferred fat to cook with." The milk solids are removed, so there is very little (if any) casein or lactose left, which are the dairy proteins that some people are sensitive to, explains Vartanian. Not much compares to the rich, nutty flavor that ghee—which has a high smoke point—adds to sauteed vegetables or browned meat, she says. Melissa Joulwan, author of Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat also keeps rendered duck fat in the fridge and coconut oil is another good alternative.
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Grass-Fed Beef and Organic, Pasture-Raised Poultry
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Salmon and Sardines (and Other Fatty Fish)
This unassuming vegetable can be turned into veggie "noodles" with a julienne peeler, pureed into a creamy soup, sliced thin for salads, or grilled alongside burgers or steaks. "What's not to love?" says Joulwan.