The current situation has presented with uncertain and challenging times. It is increasingly unclear what the impact will be and how long this crisis will last. Those following a whole-foods, Paleo-based diet, that are presented with another unique challenge: how can you maintain a Paleo diet when you are unable to venture out regularly to purchase fresh foods and instances when some of your regular staples are no longer an option at your local supermarket?
Thankfully there are plenty of Paleo-friendly food options out there with long shelf lives and while the Paleo diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, animal proteins and healthy fats, you can also incorporate ingredients from your pantry, fridge and freezer. It is perfectly acceptable to make use of a bag of frozen vegetables or whip up a sauce made from cans and bottles.
There are many simple ideas and easy recipes that you can incorporate into your repertoire when you are unable to go out and source the freshest produce each and every day. Some mentioned here use all pantry staples while some will feature mostly pantry ingredients plus a few fresh, basic ingredients.
These are simple to pull off, delicious, and healthy Paleo options that can be adapted to work with what you have on hand. Replace fresh ingredients with dried, frozen, or canned if you need to and don’t be afraid to make the changes you need to fit what is in your kitchen tonight.
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Roasted Root Vegetables
Coat 1 to 2 cups of root veggies (sweet potatoes, beets, tubers, artichokes, Brussels sprouts) with a tablespoon of healthy fat. Roast in the oven at 350 until tender and cooked through.
This makes use of your handy cast iron skillet for a quick and satisfying meal. Cook any protein you like first (try to cook smaller pieces that are all about the same size) and then add any vegetables you have on hand. Tubers and cruciferous vegetables will take a little longer to cook through, while greens will only take a few seconds to wilt and sauté. Season with coconut aminos, your fat of choice, or hot sauce.
Everything Salad With Protein
Grab all the greens (lettuce, kale, spinach) and any other leftover veggies from the fridge to throw them into a large bowl. Add a protein like canned salmon or tuna or cook up some bacon, toss with avocado oil and coconut vinegar, and season with pepper, paprika, and ginger for a hearty meal.
Protein With Vegetable Mash
Vegetables like cauliflower, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, and carrots all make excellent substitutes for potatoes if you are not including those on your Paleo diet. Simply boil for a few minutes until soft, then mash like you would potatoes. Add healthy fat or coconut milk for creaminess, and top with your choice of protein.
Anything With Bacon
When in doubt, add bacon. Seriously, everyone’s favorite cured meat is a staple in most Paleo kitchens because it adds so much flavor to just about anything.
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