24 Comforting AIP Casserole Recipes
If you’re looking for delicious and easy AIP casserole recipes to serve for dinner, then you’ve come to the right place!
You want to serve your family hearty and nutritious meals, while still sticking to the autoimmune protocol.
But most recipes on the internet (including most casserole recipes) are filled with ingredients like cheese, wheat, and nightshades that you have to avoid on AIP.
That’s why we’ve come up with this list of 24 AIP casserole recipes… to make your dinner time a breeze.
Just note that we’ve made suggested AIP substitutes for some of the recipes that use one or two ingredients that aren’t considered AIP-compliant.
Here are just a few of the AIP Casserole Recipes we’ve included:
- Italian Chicken Casserole
- Tourtière-Inspired Shepherd’s Pie
- AIP Slow Cooker Brisket, Carrot and Beet Casserole
- Four Layer Beef & Bacon Casserole
- Shepherds Pie Recipe with Sweet Potato Topping
- Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole
- Tuna Cauli Casserole
- Egg-Free Breakfast Casserole
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AIP Casseroles – Chicken
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
Ingredients: sweet potato, coconut oil or avocado oil, Italian seasoning, yellow onion, garlic, chicken thighs, broccoli, brussels sprouts, coconut milk, salt.
One of the most surprising things about this dish is the sauce! Who knew that sweet potato would turn into a rich and creamy sauce that livens up the whole meal? With the Italian seasoning and the tender pieces of juicy chicken, this would be a dish to look forward to on any day. You can also experiment by adding different vegetables such as mushrooms or green beans.
– The Paleo Mom
Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom
Ingredients: ground meat, yellow onions, celery, rosemary, bay leaves, mushrooms, arrowroot powder, salt, cauliflower, tallow or coconut oil, garlic powder.
Tourtiere simply refers to a French-Canadian meat pie that can be made using pork, beef or a combination of other meats which can give you different flavors. The creamy cauliflower topping gives the pie a real comfort food look and is a much healthier alternative to traditional mashed potato. This would be a great meal for a chilly day.
– Perchance to Cook
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, chicken breast, cauliflower, garlic, yellow onion, olive oil, salt, coconut cream, chicken stock, coconut flour.
The creamy sauce in this dish tastes as if it is made with dairy products, but it is actually dairy-free if you don’t use the goat’s cheese. This is a hearty meal that would be great served to the whole family as even the kids will love it! For a bit of crunch, broil the dish for a few minutes until the top is browned.
– The Health Nut Mama
Photo Credit: The Health Nut Mama
Ingredients: chicken thighs, extra-virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, kalamata olives, capers, artichokes, oregano, basil (optional), spinach, sea salt.
This dish has the traditional flavors of the Mediterranean because of the olives and capers and is a great way to serve shredded chicken, even leftover chicken from another meal. You can add more vegetables if you want the casserole to feed more people, and I recommend you add some fresh basil for a lovely fresh hint.
– Gutsy By Nature
Ingredients: coconut oil or other AIP-friendly cooking fat, onion, carrots, celery rib, salt, chicken, cassava flour, bone broth, dried thyme leaves, baking soda, lard or palm shortening, water.
This pot pie has the added benefit of a wonderful biscuit topping that adds both texture and a great look to the dish. You can use the vegetables listed or add in other favorites to make the pie go further. This would be an ideal way to use up leftover chicken breast meat or thigh meat.
– The Curious Coconut
Ingredients: fat of choice, cassava flour, onion, carrot, celery, peas, dried thyme, parsley, dried rosemary, salt, chicken broth, chicken.
This recipe uses cassava flour for the crust instead of regular wheat flour. Just imagine cutting into this delicious crust and exposing the aromas and flavors of the chicken and vegetables! Perfect to serve for a hearty and satisfying meal for the family and can be made more wallet-friendly if you use thigh meat. Just remember to omit the peas when you’re on the strict AIP elimination phase (peas can usually be added back in after).
– Balancing BRCA
Ingredients: fat of choice, broccoli, baby bella mushrooms, chicken breasts, bacon, cauliflower, chicken bone broth, coconut milk, garlic, dried thyme, dried basil, parsley, sea salt.
Chicken in a creamy sauce is a wonderful partnership that is filling and comforting, and this dish has the added bonus of having bacon as well! The cauliflower topping gives the dish the appearance of a pie and adds to the comfort food look. This could either be made in one large dish or for dinner parties you could make it in individual dishes.
– AIP in Ireland
Ingredients: chicken thigh, AIP cooking oil, garlic, onion, celery, leek, carrots, parsnips, water, bay leaf, parsley.
Here is a simple recipe for chicken casserole that you can add to, or you can season with other herbs to get different flavors. The casserole has more taste if you use chicken thighs as thigh meat is closer to the bone. It is also cheaper than breast meat, so this dish is ideal for anyone working to a tight budget.
AIP Casseroles – Beef
– Healing Autoimmune
Ingredients: brisket, olive oil, onion, garlic, mushrooms, beetroot, carrots, beef stock, lemon juice, salt, parsley, sweet potatoes.
What could be nicer on a chilly day than a big plate of beef casserole packed with colorful veggies! When you cook brisket in a slow cooker the meat will literally fall apart, making this even more appetizing. If you don’t have sweet potatoes, this dish would go well served over cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash instead.
– Popular Paleo
Photo Credit: Ciarra from Popular Paleo
Ingredients: bacon, coconut oil, sweet potatoes, coconut milk, dried sage, salt, cauliflower, ground beef, garlic, yellow onion, button mushrooms.
This amazing casserole has different layers of meat and ‘mash’ and is studded with bacon pieces to make it look even more appealing. The sage in the sweet potato mixture gives that layer a lovely earthy tone and goes really well with the ground beef. This is a hearty and impressive meal to serve the family.
– Gutsy By Nature
Ingredients: white sweet potatoes, coconut oil, salt, ground beef, onion, carrot, parsnip, dried oregano, dried marjoram, dried thyme, garlic powder, ginger, bone broth.
Cottage pie was a winter staple in our family and enjoyed by all, so I was delighted to find this healthy recipe to let me still enjoy this meal. The herbs used here give such a boost to the flavor of the ground beef, but you can use different ones if you prefer. Don’t worry if you can’t find white sweet potatoes as the orange ones work here too.
– A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, ground beef, coconut oil, salt, onions, carrots, garlic, herbes de Provence, water, mushrooms, butternut squash, coconut milk, beets, gelatin.
As with a lot of tomato-less sauces, the beets are used to give the same color and texture and they also add a little hint of sweetness to the sauce. This casserole is filling and packed with flavor as the consistency is quite thick. If you don’t want to use spaghetti squash you could use zucchini noodles instead.
– Healy Eats Real
Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real
Ingredients: avocado oil or coconut oil, onion, carrots, cremini, cauliflower, dried oregano, dried sage, dried marjoram, dried thyme, ground beef, sea salt, sweet potato, chicken bone broth.
There is something so satisfying about a shepherd’s pie that it immediately makes you think about comfort food on cold winter days. Although technically shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, the ground beef works well here, and the creamy sweet potato mash topping gives the dish a lovely look. To make this pie totally AIP-friendly, omit the peas or substitute cauliflower instead.
– It’s All About AIP
Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP
Ingredients: ground beef, cauliflower, ginger, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, coconut milk, baby spinach, chopped kale.
This casserole has notes of Mediterranean cuisine because of the garlic, ginger and oregano and is a filling meal on its own. If you want to make this meal go further you could add in more vegetables like mushrooms. This casserole freezes really well so is perfect for batch-cooking and freezing for another day.
– The Health Nut Mama
Photo Credit: The Health Nut Mama
Ingredients: ground beef, red onion, minced garlic, mushrooms, green beans or green peas, carrots, zucchini, squash, spinach, dried herbs, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt.
Here is another traditional pie for you to serve to your family as a tasty yet healthy treat. Some might say this is not shepherd’s pie as that uses lamb, but life is too short to argue! Just have some fun with this recipe, swapping the veggies for other ones or using a mixture of different herbs to give even more fantastic flavors. Just remember that green beans and peas are not permitted on the strict elimination phase of AIP, but they can often be added back in very quickly in the reintroduction phase.
– Created to be Paleo
Ingredients: butternut squashes, ground beef, raisins, salt.
Somehow casseroles just seem to fit around the harvest season when there is an abundance of vegetables and you need comforting and satisfying meals that are a bit more substantial than summer salads. So give this one a go and see how wonderful apples and raisins taste in a savory dish!
Other AIP Casseroles
– Autoimmune Wellness
Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness
Ingredients: cauliflower, arugula, yellow onion, garlic cloves, celery, thyme, sea salt, palm shortening, cassava flour, coconut milk, chicken bone broth, tuna, parsley.
Sometimes it is nicer to have a slightly lighter casserole that doesn’t use beef and winter veggies, so here is a tuna dish that you can enjoy any time of year. This can be made quite cheaply as you use canned tuna in water, and the tuna and cauliflower go really well together.
– A Clean Plate
Ingredients: coconut oil, small onions, taro root, garlic, carrots, broth, ginger, cinnamon, cilantro, turmeric, sea salt, water.
This vegetarian recipe is absolutely packed with flavor and has the added health benefit of using turmeric. Even though this recipe does not involve meat, you will find it is still filling and delicious and could be made for even the hardiest meat-lovers. This is quite a quick meal to make so would be perfect for a mid-week family dinner.
– A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, onion, zucchini, butternut squash, sea salt, fresh cilantro.
Although this is described as a breakfast dish, it could also be used for lunch or as a side for dinner along with roast meat. Here though it tastes great with bacon for a filling breakfast, getting your system off to a great start in the morning. If you don’t like cilantro, this can be garnished with flat-leaf parsley instead.
– Provincial Paleo
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, plantain, cinnamon, mace, applesauce, sea salt, vanilla extract, avocado oil, apple, raisins, gelatin powder, tapioca starch or arrowroot starch, baking soda, cream of tartar.
This casserole would make the perfect winter breakfast served warm as it has the combination of cinnamon and juicy apples, but it also tastes great cold so you can enjoy it all year round. Apples like Pink Lady would work well here, but you could use heritage varieties if you have them.
– Grazed & Enthused
Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused
Ingredients: fat of choice, pork, sea salt, mushrooms, coconut cream, balsamic vinegar, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder.
This casserole reminds me of winter goodness served at home when we were young, and I am sure you will love it too! Pork and mushrooms are great partners and this is a meaty dish to warm and fill you even on the coldest days. The rich and creamy sauce is fantastic and could even be used in a casserole with chicken breasts instead of pork. Be adventurous and try different combinations of flavors too!
– Do You Even Paleo
Ingredients: bacon, onion, thyme, garlic cloves, salt, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, cauliflower, beef or chicken bone broth, spinach, coconut aminos.
The combination of textures in this dish is great with its soft, meaty mushrooms and crispy bacon, and the flavors are really brought out by adding the fresh herbs. This dish looks substantial and brings comfort food to mind, and you could even add in some pre-cooked chicken to turn this into a main dish the whole family will enjoy.
– The Whole Life Balance
Ingredients: coconut oil, ground turkey, butternut squash, cranberries, cauliflower, coconut milk, salt, dried thyme, sage.
Here is the perfect example of a meal you can make to use up the Thanksgiving leftovers! It has the wonderful combination of turkey and cranberry, rounded off with sage and thyme, traditional holiday meal herbs. If you broil this uncovered for a few minutes, you get a lovely browned topping from the cauliflower.
– Fed and Fulfilled
Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, coconut oil, spinach, onion, carrots, celery, ground pork, mushrooms, zucchini, sage, rosemary, dried thyme, cinnamon, onion powder, sea salt, bone broth or coconut milk.
If, like me, you like eggs but they don’t like you, then a veggie-rich breakfast casserole makes a great alternative. This one uses ground pork, but any ground meat would do, or you can miss it out for a vegetarian option! You can even use bacon if that is your breakfast go-to. This cuts well and can be stored in the refrigerator.