Anyone who’s on a special food plan will tell you that the worst thing to happen is to find yourself with ‘nothing to eat’.
Yeah. Me too.
To keep me out of trouble, there are five Paleo-friendly foods that I will always have in my kitchen.
Here they are:
Eggs – there are about 101 things you can do to eggs in order to eat them. They are easy to store in the fridge, have a fairly long shelf-life, and only take a few minutes to prepare. Scrambled and poached are my favorite breakfast eggs. Hard-boiled are excellent as snacks and I add them to a lot of my salads. They travel well, so I often times take them to work as part of my lunch or for a snack.
Greens – whether it’s kale, Romaine, spinach, or another dark leafy vegetable, you’ll always find at least one of these in my fridge. I try to buy the triple-washed, organic greens so I can save the time of washing and drying my greens.
Tomatoes – as a total tomato freak, there’s always some form of these gems in my fridge or pantry. I eat a lot of Roma tomatoes, but have found that grape tomatoes seem to have the most consistent, sweet flavor so these have become my favorite. In the summer, it’s easy to find good-tasting fruit; however, for the rest of the year, the grape variety is my No. 1 choice. Canned tomatoes are also at the top of my list. Whole or diced, you’ll always find several of these in the pantry. They make a great snack: open a can, pour them in a bowl and add some sea salt. Yum!
Oil + Vinegar – okay , so technically these are really condiments, and not foods. But they are an integral part of my food plan, so I’m including them in my list. With all the salads I eat, I need to have these two ingredients on hand at all times to make my homemade salad dressing. The recipe is here.
Peeled Baby Carrots – nothing glamorous about these, but they always have a home in the vegetable drawer in my fridge. Whether I’m eating them raw with a pinch of sea salt, or pressure-cooking them in my Instant Pot with some fresh (or dried) parsley, carrots are a staple on my plan.
There’s an old saying that goes like this: “If you fail to plan, you’re surely planning to fail.”
This is very appropriate for those of us on a special food plan.
What are your have-to-have-at-all-times foods? Please share them in the comments.