Whole30 Pantry: Condiments

Before kicking off my first Whole 30, I did tons of reading to figure out what I could keep stocked to help throw together meals and add flavor.  I started Whole 30 with a stocked pantry.  Below I've summarized what I ended up actually using and loving.  I also included a list of things I bought and either didn't like or just didn't use enough to justify the price.  

Coconut amigos  |  a great compliant sub for soy sauce
Buy it in the Asian or health food section at your grocery, Whole Foods, or online*  
Use it primarily for stir fry and fried cauliflower rice

Tessemae's ketchup  |  ketchup made with dates instead of sugar
Buy it at Whole Foods (I found the best price at Whole Foods) or online*  
Use it on lettuce wrapped burgers and baked potato wedges

Date Lady balsamic date vinegar | balsamic vinegar sweetened with dates
Buy it online
Use it in salad dressing

Rice wine vinegar  | mild sweet vinegar
Buy it at any grocery in the Asian section
Use it my favorite cabbage slaw dressed with lime juice and rice vinegar
Look out for seasoned rice wine vinegar, which has added sugar and preservatives

Salda verde | tangy, spicy salsa
Buy it at Trader Joe's
Use it in crockpot shredded meat- just pop a few chicken breasts, or a roast with a jar of this salsa, a little chicken stock and forget it.  Shred and serve in a taco salad or sweet potato
Look out for added sugar and preservatives if you buy a different brand

Ghee | clarified butter, which means it has much less lactose and a higher smoke point than butter
Buy it at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or online*
Use it in everything.  Kidding, kind of... use it anywhere you'd normally use butter

Marinara sauce
Buy it at Whole Foods, grocery stores, or online*- I specifically like Monte Bene Spicy Marinara 
Use it in meat sauce to serve over spaghetti squash, zoodles, or a baked sweet potato.
Look out for added sugar,  preservatives, soybean oil, if you buy a different brand

Almond butterbecause peanut butter isn't allowed
Buy it at Trader Joe's (my fav), Whole Foods, or online*
Use it drizzled over a sweet potato for breakfast, with apples, in salad dressing
Look out for added sugar, peanut oil, and preservatives if you buy a different brand

Coconut oil | high heat cooking oil
Buy it at Costco
Use it as the fat in searing or roasting

Apple cider vinegar
Buy it anywhere, I like Bragg's
Use it in salad dressings and marinades 

Balsamic vinegar
Buy it anywhere
Use it in salad dressings and marinades 

Olive oil | pungent tasting medium-high heat oil
Buy it anywhere
Use it in salad dressings and marinades, and to sauté food

Avocado oil flavorless high heat cooking oil
Buy it at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or online*
Use it in salad dressings, or to sauté food 

Imagine organic chicken stock 
Buy it at in your grocer's health food section or Whole Foods- I got the best price on sale at the grocery
Use it in sauces, soups, and stews
Look out for soy, rice, sugar, preservatives, MSG

My Go-To Online Resources for Whole 30 Pantry Items

Thrive Market- get 15% off through this link 

  • Huge selection
  • Free gift with purchase over $59
  • Free shipping over $29
  • Excellent filters- filter snacks on ingredients, ie. 'paleo', 'vegan' etc...
  • Responsive customer service
  • Annual $60 membership fee after 30 day trial

Vitacost- get $10 off through this link 

  • No membership fee
  • Free shipping over $49
  • Lots of reviews
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Frequent promotions
  • Less selection than Thrive
  • Harder to sort for Whole 30 or paleo ingredients

Bought but barely used or didn't like:

Tessemae's BBQ sauce  |  I am very much a sugary-sweet St. Louis or Memphis style BBQ girl, and this sauce was way too acidic for my tastes.  I used it once and decided I'd rather just not eat BBQ-y things for the 30 days.

Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo  |  This spread is perfectly good, but without sandwiches, there wasn't much use for it.  I used in a slaw once, but I prefer a lighter slaw with just rice vinegar and lime juice. 

Tahini  |  A few blogs I read to prepare for Whole 30 raved about using tahini in everything.  I already had an unopened jar in my pantry... and it's still unopened.  I just never had a reason to crack it open.

Kalot fruit & cashew butter  |  I scooped up a jar of this to eat with apples, and wasn't crazy about it and felt kind of crummy afterwards.  Maybe I got a bad jar?  Even sans crummy post-snack feeling, I wouldn't buy it again. 

Did I miss your favorite pantry item? Anything you're itching to try now?

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