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30 Appetizing AIP Fish Recipes [Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free]

Louise Hendon | August 11

The AIP diet (paleo autoimmune protocol) can often feel very restrictive, and it’s really tough to always be looking through recipes and figuring out if they’re AIP-compliant or not.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of AIP fish recipes, with options for every meal of the day. These recipes are also great if you’re staying nut-free, egg-free, or dairy-free.

You can try Salmon for Breakfast to start your morning, or if you’re looking for lunch ideas there’s the 5-Minute Sardines Salad and Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Ham Wraps.

And there are also some great dinner options to try – entertaining guests at home is the best way to stop your social life taking a nosedive while you’re in the elimination phase of AIP.

Baked Salmon with Cabbage, Apple, Fennel, Mahi with Crispy Sweet Potato Crust and Pan-Fried Apricot Tuna Salad Bites all look impressive but are very easy to prepare. That way, you can spend more time resting and healing your autoimmune condition instead of slaving in the kitchen!

Here are some of the fish used in our list of AIP fish recipes:

  • Salmon – a nutrient dense food full of healthy omega-3 fats,
  • Tuna – which is packed with protein,
  • Sardines – an oily fish that protects bone health and controls inflammation.
  • Cod – an important source of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
  • Plus other types of fish – like cod, haddock, and Hake, as well as tilapia and mahi mahi. Although if a recipe calls for white fish you can normally use whichever type you have available.

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11 Hearty AIP Pizza Recipes

Louise Hendon | August 2

Good news for AIP dieters –

You can’t eat wheat. You can’t eat dairy.

But you can still eat pizza!

All you have to do is make some changes to your pizza base and then be careful to keep your toppings AIP-friendly.

Here are the most common types of AIP pizza bases:

  • Coconut flour and tapioca flour pizza bases
    Like the AIP Pizza Crust and the NY Style Thin Crust Pizza
  • Plantain-based pizzas
    Like the Ham and Pineapple Pizza and the Bacon and Kale Pizza
  • Flatbread-based pizzas
    Like the BBQ Chicken Pizza and the Italian Sausage Paleo Flatbread Pizza

And the most inventive AIP pizza recipe we’ve come across?

It’s a tie between the Raw Chocolate Brownie Fruit Pizza and the Pizza Meatballs.
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26 Delightful AIP Drinks Recipes

Louise Hendon | July 24

There’s something a lot of us never think about before we start AIP (paleo autoimmune protocol).

You see, we’re all too caught up with working out which foods are good/bad and which meals we’re going to make…

…and we forget about the other important part of our diet.

None of us only drink water, right?

We all enjoy smoothies, juices, coffee, mocktails, cocktails…

And being on the autoimmune diet doesn’t mean giving these things up.

Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Smoothie, Cardio Green Juice and Pineapple Smoothie are all tasty AIP-compliant drinks filled with nutrients – try adding them to your breakfast or as a post-workout energy booster.

If you fancy something fizzy for later in the day, we’ve found recipes for a Berry Fizz Mocktail, Strawberry, Honey & Lime Spritzer, and Homemade Cranberry Juice.

Not forgetting our AIP coffee recipe, of course!
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Coconut-Free AIP Desserts: 17 Autoimmune-Friendly Recipes (+ Downloadable List)

Louise Hendon | July 5

It can be hard finding coconut-free AIP dessert recipes! (AIP is a diet that helps many people with autoimmune conditions.)

You’re already cutting out gluten, dairy, nut flours, eggs, nut butters…

So if you happen to be bored or allergic to coconut as well, then it can seem like there’s really nothing you can eat when it comes to desserts!

Coconut Ingredients and Their Substitutions

Just think of all the coconut ingredients you typically see in AIP dessert recipes:

  • Coconut cream,
  • Coconut milk,
  • Coconut shreds or flakes,
  • Coconut oil,
  • Coconut butter, and even
  • Coconut water!

What can you use instead of coconut?

Unfortunately, there are no great substitutions when you’re staying AIP, but here are some general ideas. (If you’re not AIP, then we have a post on general coconut substitutions here.)

  • Coconut flour – Use Tapioca, Cassava, or Tigernut flour
  • Coconut shreds or flakes – Use dried fruits
  • Coconut butter – no good substitution available
  • Coconut oil – olive oil, avocado oil
  • Coconut milk – no good substitution available
  • Coconut cream – frozen bananas, mangos, and pineapples blended or mashed avocados

Making AIP easier for you…

So this list of coconut-free AIP desserts is for those of you who want to stay coconut-free while on an AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) diet. If you’re looking for other AIP dessert recipes, then check out our bigger list here.

As always, remember to check the ingredients list for each recipe to make sure they don’t contain anything you’re sensitive to. Although they all fit the AIP guidelines and won’t break your diet, you’re the best judge of what makes your autoimmune symptoms flare up.

Enjoy these coconut-free AIP desserts even if you’re not on AIP

Whether you’re Paleo or just gluten/dairy-free, these treats are the perfect healthy indulgences. And if you’ve got an allergy to coconut (or you’re just plain sick of the taste) but still want to enjoy a sweet treat, this is a great list of solutions.
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Easy AIP Chicken Salad Recipe with Honey Lemon Dressing [Paleo, Dairy-Free]

Louise Hendon | June 2

One of my favorite foods to make on the AIP diet (autoimmune protocol) is salads. And AIP chicken salads are one of the easiest recipes!

If you have leftover roast chicken, then this is AIP chicken salad recipe is perfect for it. But if you don’t have any leftovers, then just bake or poach a chicken breast.

And for the dressing, I’ve made a simple honey and lemon salad dressing that you can also whip up in a few minutes!

I highly suggest making this dish for a super quick and hassle-free lunch. Creating easy AIP meals will enable to you have a ton more time to rest and heal your autoimmune condition without the stress of what to eat.
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AIP Beetroot Dip Recipe [Paleo, Dairy-Free]

Louise Hendon | May 31

Beets (AKA beetroot) are a great vegetable to start enjoying on the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet.

In particular, they’re great as a substitute for tomatoes as they have a reddish color and lend a touch of sweetness to any dish.

While beets are often used in salads, they also make great dips.

If you’re using uncooked beets, then you’ll need to boil them first to soften them (or roast them if you prefer). And then peel them once they’re cooked and cooled.

Technically you can also make this dip using raw beets but I prefer the cooked flavor (it’s also easier on your blender and knife).

Once soft, just blend with your favorite ingredients to create a delicious and naturally-sweet dip to use with your favorite AIP foods (I’ve listed some below you can enjoy it with).

While this autoimmune-friendly beet dip recipe might sound like it takes a bit of time to make, most of that time is just cooking the beets. The rest is really simple (especially since the beets are easy to peel and blend once they’re soft).

And if you’re from the UK, then you’ll know this as beetroot dip.
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21 Divine AIP Ice Cream Recipes To Enjoy All Summer Long

Louise Hendon | May 5

Being on the AIP diet (autoimmune protocol) is tough! In particular, you have to give up so many delicious comfort foods and desserts – like ice cream!

​Eggs and dairy are two non-AIP ingredients that you’ll commonly find in ice cream recipes. So what can you do?

Luckily, there are AIP ice creams you can eat. We’ve scoured the web and found a bunch of divine AIP ice cream recipes you can make at home. And don’t forget that these are also all dairy-free and Paleo ice cream recipes and many are even vegan-friendly. So enjoy them for a healthy treat no matter which diet you’re on.

We’ve also added in some autoimmune-friendly popsicle and bonbon recipes for you to try too. You can enjoy these delicious cold treats without worrying that it’ll break your diet or make your autoimmune symptoms flare up.​ (Of course, if you know you’re sensitive to an ingredient, you should still avoid it even if it’s AIP-compliant.)

You can get this entire list of AIP ice cream recipes emailed to you as a PDF by clicking the green button below or use the table of contents to jump around this post.

How can AIP ice creams be creamy without dairy or eggs?

That’s what I thought when I first came across ice cream on the autoimmune protocol. But autoimmune-friendly ingredients like coconut cream, bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes, and even mangos can provide a ton of creaminess in these AIP ice creams.

How do you make AIP ice cream?

In general, most of these AIP recipes will turn out better if you use an ice cream maker. It’ll also save your arm a lot of stirring, but you can make many of these recipes just in a bowl – put it into your freezer and remember to stir the ice cream often so that it doesn’t just freeze as one big ice block.

For many of the frozen fruit recipes, they are magical and can often be made in just a few minutes in your blender and ready to eat.

So give these recipes a try – they’ll keep you cool in the summer heat and put a smile on your face.
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25 Marvelous AIP Chicken Recipes

Louise Hendon | April 28

Chicken is the most popular meat in the US, so we couldn’t let all of you on AIP (paleo autoimmune protocol) go without AIP chicken recipes.

We have a ton of delicious AIP chicken recipes lined up for you below. From traditional gut-healing chicken soups to delicious chicken fingers and orange chicken recipes, we’ve really got you covered here.

This way, you can spend your time healing your autoimmune condition by eating healthy and delicious foods rather than scouring the internet for recipes that are AIP-compliant!
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22 Refreshing AIP Salad Recipes (Perfect For The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol)

Louise Hendon | February 15

It’s always tough finding good recipes that fit the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) especially when nuts, tomatoes, peppers, and eggs are out. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 24 AIP salad recipes.

Salads are quick and easy to throw together, but they’re super nutritious and delicious. Vegetables are nutrient-dense and provide you with lots of healthy fiber to help your gut heal.

Some of the AIP salads can be an entire meal while others make a perfect side dish to your meal or as a quick snack during the day. Many of the salads also make great lunches.

If you’d like this list of 22 AIP salad recipes emailed to you as a PDF, then just click the green button below.
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15 Nourishing AIP Bread Recipes

Louise Hendon | December 16

If you’re on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), then you’ll know it’s tough to get good AIP bread recipes. Without eggs or nut flours or regular flours, it’s really tough to make bread! So, we’ve compiled a list of the best AIP bread recipes on the web to make life easier for you.

As usual, you can download this list of recipes as a PDF to keep this list of recipes handy. Just click the green button below for us to email this list of AIP bread recipes to you.
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