Paleo Friendly Pantry

24 Apr

How’s everyone’s Easter Sunday? We had a weird weather today – a complete opposite from yesterday. It was cold, gloomy and raining!

on our way to grocery store

I got up super early (5:45am) for some reason (this time not because of someone’s making noises the whole night) and couldn’t fall back asleep. As I was trying to go back to sleep, my brain kept nagging me to start clean up my kitchen pantry to be more paleo. That thought alone pumped up my energy, so I jumped out from my bed and start puttering around in the kitchen.

So this was how my kitchen cupboard looked like all this time. Mix and match of what’s paleo and not.

My fridge door.

I started off with my kitchen cupboard. I took out all the stuff, separated them to what’s Paleo friendly and what’s not.

Paleo approved!


I was quite surprised that 80% of my cupboard was already paleo friendly, just need to organize them better. So here what I did:
I refilled my spice jars with all necessary spices that I usually use quite often. Usually I bought spices in bulk bags instead of jar because it’s cheaper that way. The only downside is having loose plastic bags lying around in your cupboard which could create visual clutter. So I put all those loose bag spices in one big container.

My cupboard has 3 shelves so I put all the non paleo stuff at the very top shelf (sometimes Brother A might want to use it, but it’ll be very rare. Besides, I’m trying to convert nudge everyone in the house towards Primal. So making non paleo stuff inconveniently accessible should start discourage them, right?? And I put my big jar of various spice bags in front of it.

The lower 2 shelves are paleo friendly!

Next I worked on the fridge door.
See this guy? I used to use this fish stock powder A LOT when making soup. It was convenient and taste good – sounds very tasty, huh?

But wait, what exactly this thing made of?? UUH, not so pretty!

First: Salt then Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) then comes the dried bonito powder and the latter ingredients are not getting better. So this one was OUT- BYE~!

Some Chinese preserved turnips, dried shiitake mushrooms, Chinese dried red dates and dried shrimps – I guess these guys could stay.

I saw a bag of assorted Chinese herbs and decided to make Chinese Herb Soup with my homemade chicken stock for lunch. Perfect dish for this rainy weather.

Anyway, here’s my fridge door after the make-over. First 3 are Paleo friendly (Top shelf is for Kerrygold butter, second for uncooked sweet potatoes and other perishable fresh herbs/spices, third would be for other dried stuff).

The last 2 are for non paleo stuff – cough medicine and whatever non paleo Chinese sauces/marinates and ketchup.

That whole thing took me about 1-2 hour and I didn’t have my breakfast until 9:30 am. Despite not having any dinner last night, I didn’t feel hungry at all. But I just had to eat something or I’ll crash badly later on. So what’s my breakfast? Left over burger from yesterday’s lunch on top of steamed Chinese greens. 😀

After Hubby K finally rolled out from the bed and had his breakfast, we went out in the rain for grocery shopping. Came back home, I already planned exactly what to do for lunch.

First of all, I made Chinese Herb Chicken soup in my pressure cooker.

Pretty much I dumped everything in the pressure cooker (except the mushrooms – I added them later after all the herbs were cooked) and let it cooked under pressure for about 15 minutes.

Next I put together the marinated pork butt to make Primal Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew)

Then cooked my last batch of grass fed ground beef with the usual salt, pepper, onion and seasoned with Provence Herbs.

Oops, just realized I didn’t take the ground beef pic, but you got the idea.

Steamed Chinese Kale (Gai Lan) topped with Kerrygold Butter and dash of black pepper.

Since we both had pretty late breakfast, we didn’t have lunch until around 2:30pm. But it was perfect timing because the BBQ Pork was just done! Brother A missed it because he ate much earlier than only ground beef and steamed veggies for him.

Here’s my lunch!
Chinese herb soup (trust me, it looks like those Chinese herb medicine, but this one is not bitter…slightly sweet and salty- YUM)

I missed my roasted kabocha!

After lunch, I made One Pot Baked Veggies which turned out yummy!

What’s for dinner? Well you are just looking at them 🙂 Or I might actually skip dinner.

Ah, weekend is over but I will have extra days off this coming week!

Have a great night!

Have you ever discovered something in your pantry that you have forgotten?


Posted by on April 24, 2011 in food, life


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4 responses to “Paleo Friendly Pantry

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    April 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Wonderful cooking again! 😀 And I really need to clear my kitchen shelves as well! 😀

    Would you provide a recipe for the Chinese hherb soup? It looks amazing, but I don’t have a clue what’s inside! Is that dried licorice? That would be the only thing I recognize then.

    I often wonder about your origin. Is it Chinese? I’d love to know!

    • Jos

      April 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks! Er I don’t really know the herbs name specifically because they all came in one package. I’ll find out later when I shop around at the herb store and make a note from it 🙂 Basically, for Chinese herb soup, I just bought a pre-packaged one and just boil them in chicken stock until they’re fully cooked. Add some ginger and shiitake mushrooms.

      Hmm you next question inspired me to write a post about it 😀


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