Love this list!! Mine is pretty similar though I dunno…can’t wrap my head around the sardines yet
The trick with sardines for me was getting the boneless, skinless kind — which is why I like Crown Prince so much. VERY delicious and they have the texture of fish fillets instead of weird little fish, if you know what I mean.
Sardines were a part of my childhood! Way better than the Diet Coke that was also a part of my childhood. Thanks, Mom. But seriously, I have always loved them. I just wish my husband and kid could get into them. Maybe someday!
Mary Parker says:
yeah, I don’t do the sardines at all… just substitute sardines for chicken breast and this is what my kitchen looks like too: )
“Put garlic on everything you eat. The end.”
I’m a sucker for anything with cumin, chili powder, and red pepper extract too.
And I’ve never been a sardine person.. but have to do some traveling coming up. Would they allow those to be carried onto planes?
My favorite must-have weekly shopping item is hands down avocado. I can eat them every day in every way, mmmm.
The list is similar to mine, except, I’d sub:
frozen spinach for collards
Tuna for sardines
Frozen blueberries for frozen blackberries.
Garnet yams for jicama.
Not a fan of mint
I must have regular and smoked paprika.
I must have Maldon smoked sea salt. To.Die.For.
Lemons and Limes
I’m so glad that I’m not the only person with a grocery list that’s mapped to my local store! My husband thought I was nuts, but having that list of our most commonly bought items has saved me so much time!! No more repeat visits to the store because I forgot XYZ item. The premade list has it all!
I have to admit, I kinda teased Dave when he was doing the mapping exercise, but every time I use it, I think, “My husband is a genius.”
In October I will be picking up a new RV in Austin. You just made stocking its galley MUCH easier. I bookmarked this post to use then. Thank you.
I just ordered a bunch of grass-fed ground beef from a local farm and I will fully admit to struggling with the best way to prepare grass-fed beef. They suggest cooking at a lower temp for a shorter time.
Do you have any tips or tricks re: grass-fed ground beef?
I usually just brown mine in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat until it’s cooked through and browned, then I use it as raw materials for other stuff: stir-fry, sauté with veg and spices, mix into eggs, put on top of a salad, mix with coconut milk, curry paste, and veggies… that kind of thing. Mostly because I’m lazy.
We liked your list! How creative! Some examples from our ingredient must list are extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese and quinoa.
Your list is masterful, my constants are similar but include:
nuts and nuts and nuts!
Thanks for mentioning the sardines… I have three tins in my cupboard that I picked up in France, and can’t seem to get up the nerve to open them and try to eat them– I love fresh fish, but struggle with the canned versions. But I will do it this week!
Coconut butter is high on my list, and of course so is regular butter. I keep kombucha and fizzy water handy, it fills the same sort of craving as a beer on a warm day. Tahini is super versatile and satisfying, so that gets used a lot. Also, I try to make babaganoush frequently, so there will be something to dip veggies in.
Ted Barbeau says:
I should probably ask Amazon directly about this, Melissa. But do you see any different in the Bob’s Red Mill link you published and this one?
It seems like it’s the same product at half the price and shipped “prime” by Amazon. It seems like a steal, so of course I’m skeptical
The only thing I see different is the cat food. One of our cats has asthma, the other arthritis, and the dog has three herniated discs. So the animals in the house are Paleo, too! They eat either home made grain free or FreshPet brand which can also be purchased grain free. What a huge difference in all of them! After just a few months the dog was off all of his medications which he’d been on for over 5 years and still had episodes of pain. Now, two years later, no meds and only one bad relapse of pain.
My dogs eat paleo too!! Their food and snacks are grain free! I have noticed a huge difference in their energy levels. I made the switch because the oldest dog who is only five seems to have troubles with leg cramps. I made the switch with the food and saw a huge difference with the cramping, but now that they are 100% grain free she hasn’t had an episode yet. Crazy….but amazing!
Have you tried Herbie’s spices? They are from Australia (as am I) but I used to order them in New York also when I was there. I swear they are the best I have found anywhere. Their Ras el Hanout and Baharat are my personal favourites. Also the best dukkah for boiled eggs! There is a huge range of unique blends.
As I am taking stock of how poorly I have been caring for myself over the past two years I have found your witty and informative blog a must read! Thank you.
I would add for the workplace locker/desk drawer:
Paleo friendly jerky
Cans of tuna or the pouches
Toothbrush and paste (most patients and coworkers don’t appreciate sardine breath)
Vi in VA
I finally got the nerve to try sardines after watching Alton Brown’s Good Eats with the sardine avo toast. Now I’ll occasionally eat them out of the can with some hot sauce or mustard instead. Brisling sardines have a fairly mild flavor. And I always get the beheaded ones because the ones with the heads still on creep me out. You should definitely try the ones WITH bones, though, it’s a great source of calcium! And it’s not like they’re crunchy or anything, canned fish ends up all the same texture, more or less.
Ms Jane says:
Are collard greens the same thing as silver beet?
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I love it! And oh how I wish I could get myself to love sardines. I just haven’t gotten there yet.
Savory Spice Shop has harissa that I am in love with. I tried an ounce of it and blew through it in less than a week. I make it into the oil/water/spice combo that’s traditional, and use it that way for awhile (excellent on lamb-burgers, btw). Then, I’ll mix that sauce with homemade mayo for a spicy dip that leaves anything “chipotle” in the dust. Soooo good.
Oh, and I always have almond butter in the house too. Just the ground nuts. Nothing else added. I use it in all kinds of things. Also,a teeny bit of almond butter on a dried date, with a sprinkling of salt on top has kept me from diving face-first into a tub of ice cream many-a-time.
I just bought your cookbook, and will be doing the Whole30 starting august 1!! I am excited! I just wanted to say thank you! Your site and cookbook make me feel like I can make this transition to a new way of seeing food!!! I lovelovelove your site!!! Thank you! this list helps me get my kitchen ready!
I go into a panic if I find that I’m opening the last can of coconut milk in the pantry. Most of the pancakes/baked stuff I make for my kids is coconut-milk based, so we go through it like crazy.
And like others here, I have a can of sardines in the pantry that I haven’t gotten the nerve to open yet.
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