Pantry staples and chicken satay

Now that I’m off the Standard American Diet, SAD (haha), I am cooking more. It’s hard finding food at every restaurant that fits the diet. Most places tend you serve you a large amount of starchy staples and very little protein and fat. I need to have more staples readily available–it’s been years since I cooked consistently–since February 2014. Back then, I cooked nearly every night except Fridays. But I got out of the habit with work, and never got back into it.

Last week I cooked chicken satay.  I found a recipe online that I modified. I marinated chicken tenders in coconut milk, ground coriander, curry, and chili oil.


Then I cooked them on the pan. I addd a little sesame oil to fry them up, but I don’t think it was necessary.


After a few minutes I flipped them.


I served them with some peanut sauce, sautéed broccoli and leftover pad se ew. This is a really easy weeknight meal, especially considering how often I pick up thai takeout! The rice noodles dishes like pad thai and pad se ew last for a few meals, but we usually eat the protein the first night.

If I had the other items in the pantry, I would have only purchased the chicken and broccoli. I want to get to a place in my life again where I have all the staples and pantry items so it’s easy to just run to the store for meat and veggies. I want everything besides meat and veggies to be stocked at all times.

Some staples I’m keeping around:

  • Low sodium chicken & beef broth
  • Coconut milk
  • Quinoa
  • Almond flour
  • Flax seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Baking necessities like cinnamon and baking soda
  • Spices–curry, coriander, cumin, etc
  • Salt & pepper
  • Dried herbs: Italian, oregano, thyme, parsley, basil. Dried herbs are great in salad dressings, marinades, and rubs.
  • Chili oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha
  • Coconut water
  • Almond butter
  • Beef or chicken jerky

When eating primal most of your food comes from a plant or animal. Pantry staples shouldn’t make up the gist of my food pyramid but it will make it easier for me when making sauces, marinades, and dressing. I eat a LOT of Asian food, so my pantry list may look a little different.

Try this recipe and let me know how you like it!


  1. That recipe sounds delicious! I love making chicken satay at home. There’s nothing like homemade peanut sauce!

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