In times when you’re staying home and trying to avoid going out or ordering food out, it counts to have plenty of Primal- and paleo-friendly pantry and freezer foods. Of course, we love our Big-Ass Salads, fresh produce, free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, and organic eggs, but when those staple fresh items run low or out, a strategically-stocked pantry and freezer can keep you nourished.
To build your paleo/Primal pantry and freezer, consider these Primal Kitchen items:
- Avocado Oil
- Dressings & Marinades
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Ketchup & Mustard
- Pasta sauces
- Teriyaki sauces
- Whey proteins
To build your paleo/Primal pantry and freezer, consider these additional ingredients:
- Baking soda (aluminum-free)
- Baking powder (aluminum-free)
- Chia seeds
- Cacao or cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Coconut cream
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
- Dark chocolate
- Dried herbs and spices
- Frozen burger patties
- Frozen produce
- Freeze-dried fruits
- Grain-free granola
- Hemp seeds
- Meats: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, ham, bison, etc.
- Nut butters
- Nut flours
- Paleo/Primal-friendly sweeteners
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Seafoods and fish
- Stocks and bone broths
Paleo and Primal Pantry Collagen Recipes
Add a few canisters of collagen, ideally with different flavors if you can, to make these easy and tasty drinks, snacks, and treats.
Mix or blend Matcha Collagen Keto Latte with almond, coconut, or any milk—shelf-stable varieties work just as well—for a frothy, lightly sweet and a touch bitter matcha latte.
Staying out of coffeehouses can make you miss your favorite drinks, but you can easily make your own chai latte at home by combining our Chai Tea Collagen Keto Latte with coconut, almond, oat, or any milk you like.
This soothing tea is an easy way to dress up peppermint tea bags. Simply whisk in a scoop or packet of collagen peptides, some cashew or coconut milk, and a bit of honey if you have it.
If you can stock up on macadamia nuts, make a double or triple batch of these keto donut holes to keep in the freezer and refrigerator for easy snacks. Four simple ingredients combined in a food processor make the dough—get the kids to (wash their hands first, then) help roll these into balls.
Ran out of creamer or half and half? No problem. If you have a bulk bins of cashews in your pantry and some collagen, you can easily make your own coffee creamer. Sweeten with raw honey, maple syrup, or liquid stevia, if you have it. If not, our vanilla coconut collagen may be sweet enough.
Because sometimes, you want dessert… a creamy, decadent chocolate dessert to be precise. Forego the shaved chocolate topping if you’re trying to ration your dark chocolate—this pudding has plenty of coco depth without it.
Paleo and Primal Smoothies Made with Frozen Produce
This spiced, lightly sweet, gingery smoothie has just five ingredients: Blend frozen banana, Golden Turmeric Collagen, coconut milk solid, ice, and water. Forego the toppings if you don’t have them in your pantry, and sip away!
Cocoa-rich, chia seed-thick, and coconut-creamy, this smoothie can be a filling breakfast when topped with a crumbled peanut butter protein bar.
Blend up this honeyed smoothie on its own, or craft a smoothie bowl with toppings you may have on hand in your pantry—freeze-dried fruit, hemp or chia seeds, and grain-free granola enhance this peach-hued beauty.
Use frozen produce in place of the fresh ingredients, and you’re ready to blend your way to creamy goodness.
Easy Paleo and Primal Meals Made with Fresh or Frozen Foods
The paleo and primal recipes in this section are made with fresh ingredients, but you could certainly adapt them to use frozen vegetables or fruits, and frozen and thawed proteins.
With just seven ingredients, this pillowy, delicate cauliflower gnocchi can be adapted to use frozen cauliflower. Simply steam the frozen cauliflower and follow the recipe instructions. Leave out the lemon zest if you don’t have fresh lemons, and substitute ½ teaspoon of dried sage or basil for the fresh sage leaves.
Substitute frozen spiralized vegetable noodles—you can find them at any store or online—and frozen Brussels sprouts for the fresh produce in this pasta dish. Steam or heat the frozen vegetables in a skillet, drain the water thoroughly, and set the spiralized noodles aside. Add the Brussels sprouts back to the skillet with some rendered bacon fat or oil to lightly caramelize the sprouts. Omit the fresh parsley garnish, or sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of dried parsley.
This recipe can work just as well with frozen cauliflower florets—simply defrost the cauliflower and pat as dry as possible with clean kitchen towels. Stock up on our No-Soy Teriyaki Sauce and No-Soy Island Teriyaki Sauce to add more sweet-savory-umami flavor to any frozen vegetables.
Dress up frozen turkey, chicken, or grass-fed beef patties with Primal mayo, dressings, or sauces—season the patties as they’re sizzling in the skillet simply with salt and pepper or with your favorite spice blend (Everything But the Bagel seasoning makes a wonderful addition). If you don’t have fresh produce, top your burgers with jarred roasted bell peppers, pickled sliced jalapenos, or canned pineapple slices warmed for a few minutes on the indoor grill.
Swap frozen vegetables for the chopped fresh ones in this recipe, and you’ve got an easy crowd-pleasing side dish or main dish for the vegan Paleo folks. Crank up the oven, douse veggies in plenty of avocado or olive oil, and roast. Our Oil & Vinegar Dressing & Marinade makes a tangy dressing for any roasted veggies.
Take some ground beef out of the deep freeze to thaw, gather up some pantry items like onions and almond flour, and prepare to make this childhood throw-back. Substitute dried thyme for fresh, Worcestershire sauce if you don’t have Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce (not quite the same to us, but sometimes you have to make do), and tomato paste if you don’t have Primal Kitchen Ketchup (not the same sweet tanginess, but it’ll do in a pinch).
Defrost a four-pound beef chuck roast from the deep freeze to make this Instant Pot beef stew that can stretch into meals for days. Make this with canned carrots or potatoes if you’re in a pinch—you can add them in after the meat cooks to warm them.
Another great way to make a large portion of meat that you can use throughout the week: Instant Pot Pork Carnitas. Defrost pork shoulder before moving forward with the rest of the recipe. If you don’t have fresh limes or cilantro, you can enhance the flavor with dried cilantro and ground coriander.
Make a pared-down version of these keto chicken pot pies by substituting frozen pearl onions, carrots and peas for the vegetables, using cubed frozen chicken, and using coconut oil in the almond-four crust if you don’t have ghee.
This recipe is a snap if you use already-cooked frozen grilled chicken strips, as well as a bag of frozen fajita veggies. Instead of cooking it in a parchment pack in the oven, heat the frozen chicken and veggies in a skillet with a lid on top to trap in the heat and tenderize the meat.
Easy Paleo and Primal Meals Made with Pantry Items
Low-carb “noodles” made with hearts of palm provide a quick and easy meal. Simply soak, drain, and combine them with sharp flavors like garlic (fresh, jarred, or even granulated garlic work), crushed red pepper flakes, and dried parsley.
Made with Palmini noodles, this recipe is as simple as boiling conventional pasta and pairing it with high-quality jarred marinara.
These protein-packed Primal bars can easily be made with pantry items; however, if you don’t have fresh or frozen eggs on hand, you can substitute flax eggs: Mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to thicken; makes one “egg.”
A little peanut butter, a little cocoa, a little coffee, and a lot scrumptious, these fat bombs contain almond butter, coconut oil, butter or ghee to make a rich two-bite treat that lets a heavenly flavor linger on your tongue.
Who knew four ingredients could create such a delectable, soft and crumbly cookie… er, protein disk? Ha. Make a double batch of these because you might have to wrestle the kids to get one.
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- Whole30 Lunch and Dinner Recipes
- Our Most Popular Keto Recipes
- Announcing Primal Kitchen Frozen Bowls and Skillets
- How to Cook with the Products in a Primal Kitchen Advanced Keto Kit
- Keto Snacks with 8 Grams of Net Carbs or Less
- 30-Minute Dinner Recipes and Ideas
- Creative Collagen Recipes