One of the special diets that we cater to with Gatheredtable Meal Planning is the Paleo diet – based on a grain-free approach, featuring healthy meats and no beans, legumes or processed ingredients. If you’re considering a Paleo diet for yourself, we can help. Check out this Intro to Paleo from popular Paleo blogger Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry, or check out our collection of recipes called Paleo for Beginners.
Most of our Paleo-friendly recipes are simple and straightforward, using familiar ingredients and methods. But as you start to become adventuresome in your Paleo cooking, there are a handful of ingredients you may want to add to your pantry to make cooking easier.
As you start to make Paleo desserts, you’ll notice that most recipes call for natural sweeteners that you probably already have on hand, like raw honey or 100% natural maple syrup. You can also use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar in most recipes.
- Raw, organic honey
- 100% natural maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
If you’re doing much Paleo baking, or making Paleo bread, you’ll also need to use a substitute for all-purpose wheat flour. Each recipe is different, but almond flour and coconut flour are common replacements.
- Almond flour, blanched and finely ground (Brand matters for this one! We swear by Honeyville.)
- Coconut flour
- Flaxmeal (ground flax seeds)
The Paleo diet is big on healthy fats, often via meat or oils. In addition to high-quality olive oil for salads and marinades, you’ll also want to have a few favorite oils that are good for high-heat cooking. We like avocado oil (it’s a little pricey, but delicious) and also coconut oil. If you cook with butter, be sure to buy 100% organic grass-fed (the good stuff)!
- 100% organic extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil (refined doesn’t taste like coconut, or unrefined if you like the coconut flavor)
- Avocado oil or other nut oils
Advanced Paleo Ingredients
As you dive further into the Paleo diet, you’ll discover great recipes that feature ingredients you’ve never heard of… We suggest waiting until you need these ingredients to actually invest in them.
- Liquid Aminos make a nice substitute for soy sauce
- Ghee (you can buy or make your own clarified butter)
- Nutritional Yeast adds a little something special to dishes that would normally call for cheese
- Tapioca flour/starch is made from cassava root, it’s used for baking and as a thickener
- Arrowroot powder is a grain-free substitute for corn starch
Paleo Recipe Collections
Check out some of our favorite Paleo-friendly recipes: