Ingredients

Top-Shelf Paleo Ingredients That Make the Party Delicious

Plantain Chips Pair them with items you might normally use with tortilla chips: guacamole, nachos, salsa, as part of a charcuterie board, or just served up as is. Platayuc’s makes theirs with organic plantains grown in the local farms of Ecuador using environmentally friendly techniques. The chips also have the bonus of being rich in protein. platayuc.com

Paleo Flours Bob’s Red Mill Superfine Almond Flour made its debut in our two cracker recipes (cumin spiced and bagel style), both of which satisfy any crunch cravings. When researching recipes for crackers I came across many with coconut flour. I did try a batch with some coconut flour, but it added a weird sense of sweetness that was not welcome. So do use this flour for any savory pursuits. I also bought a bag of the Hazelnut Meal/Flour, being a hazelnut lover, and plan to use in a sweets recipe. Bob’s Red Mill uses stone grinding mills, much like the ones used in ancient Rome to grind flours slowly and steadily, thus preserving more of the inherent nutrients and flavors. bobsredmill.com

Coconut Yogurt Since dairy is not considered a paleo ingredient, your new strategy is to delve into family of products from the coconut. For the dips and dressings at our paleo party, I used Anita’s Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative as a creamy, luscious substitute—which will not have you missing dairy at all. It almost has a cleaner and slightly sweet taste, compared to plain dairy yogurt. Their probiotics in this brand are designed to work specifically with coconut, and have no added sugars. Founder and creator Anita Shepherd, a vegan chef, developed it wanting a creamy alternative for desserts, so do check out her 30 recipes on the site for more party inspiration, including Spinach and Artichoke Dip and a lush Pistachio Milkshake. anitas.com

Nuts and Seeds Stock up on these instead of grains! In our Paleo Party plan the two cracker recipes included a variety of seeds, adding crunch, amazing flavor, and extra vitamins to the mix: hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, cumin seeds sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and sunflower seeds. It’s fun to be healthy.

See the related post on Paleo Alternatives, and learn what tasty substitutes can make your dishes adhere with paleo and happen to be extra tasty.