As much as the Paleo lifestyle touts homemade meals, sometimes we want the convenience of pre-made condiments and sauces, because it isn’t always feasible to make every single thing from scratch. Let’s take a look at one such popular condiment made by Thai Kitchen: red curry paste.
What is Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste?
Red curry paste is a mixture of Thai red chilis, lemongrass, fish sauce, galangal, and other Southeast Asian spices, and is a traditional base for many Thai red curries, soups, and more. Thai Kitchen makes an affordable vegan version of the popular paste and sells it in little jars at most mainstream grocery stores. Generally speaking, we try to avoid pre-made sauces and condiments, but there have been exceptions to the rule. Let’s take a look at the ingredients list of Thai Kitchen’s Red Curry Paste.
Ingredients (source): red chili pepper, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, salt, shallot, spices, kaffir lime.
Nothing too fishy in there, eh?
Is Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste Paleo?
Well, it doesn’t have any non-Paleo ingredients, so we say sure, Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste is Paleo. However, since the main goal of the Paleo lifestyle is to consume the most nutrient-dense foods possible, it doesn’t quite fit the bill. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, it is a good idea to go ahead and make your Thai red curry paste from scratch. If, however, you want a little convenience and you’re not too worried about the nutrient density of a condiment, then there’s no good reason to avoid this brand of pre-made red curry paste.
As always, be sure to consume pre-made sauces and condiments in moderation!
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