When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).
But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.
Read on for a comprehensive list of nightshades, and to find out why you might want to avoid nightshades to protect or revitalize your health.
Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!
Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (though some of them may be rare in the US):
Sticky ribs dripping with honey. Pork chops covered in apples. Pulled pork stuffed with sage. Do I have your attention yet? Pork is so much more than the “other” white meat- it’s so versatile and easy to make, you can have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week!
To celebrate all things pig, we’ve put together a list of our favorite AIP-friendly pork recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy weekend morning full of pork and maple breakfast sausages or you’re looking forward to slow-cooked pulled pork flavored with molasses and garlic, this list is sure to satisfy any pork cravings.
We’ve even put in a few snack recipes, like chicken, bacon, and apple mini meatloaves, so you can get an AIP-friendly pork fix any time of day!
AIP gets a bad rap for all the stuff you can’t eat, but let’s focus on the positive. This AIP Greek chicken souvlaki skewers with tzatziki recipe are pretty darn authentic!
During the hottest weeks of summer, I don’t even turn on my oven or stove. It is simply too hot to cook and no one wants to eat hot food in that kind of weather anyways. It is times like this when recipes like our AIP emerald soup really shine. This refreshing green soup is served cold, perfect for a hot summer day. It is packed with fresh and flavorful ingredients from herbs and leafy greens, to melon and avocado. It has a little bit of everything. Except nightshades of course! That’s right, not only does this soup not need to be cooked, it is also AIP-friendly. It’s a summer slam dunk!
It is easy to fall into a lunch rut. Whether it is eating the same thing every day or only bring leftovers from the night before, lunch tends to get the short end of the stick when it comes to meal planning. My trick to keeping it fresh around lunchtime is to collect recipes with a short prep time and a shorter ingredient list. Enter this AIP German sausage Buddha bowl. It has 6 ingredients, plus salt to taste and takes 20 minutes or less from start to finish. Plus, it has great flavor and it isn’t the same old salad I make everyday with one ingredient swapped out. So if you’re looking to take your lunch to a new place, why not look to Europe for inspiration!
Condiments can make or break a meal. This is especially true when you are on AIP, and your spice rack is restricted. The right condiment can make a bland dish just right and turn a good meal into a great meal. But most readymade condiments are full of sugar, nightshades, and preservatives. Not ingredients you want in your kitchen. But don’t worry! We have got your back with our AIP savoy sauerkraut. This sauerkraut recipe uses only two ingredients but the flavor boost is off the charts! Enjoy it on salads, as a side dish with meat, or sprinkled on top of soup for a tangy twist.
Imagine it’s summer and you’re sitting on a tropical beach, on a beautiful island. What would you be eating? How about this AIP smoked salmon ceviche? This recipe is as simple as it is delicious. With only four ingredients, every component of this dish has a chance to shine. Too often, tropical inspired food uses inflammatory hot peppers, but this ceviche skips the nightshades and the spice. Instead, it relies on bright lime juice and cilantro to provide the flavor, which creamy avocado and tender smoked salmon form the backbone of the dish. This is a great way to try a new dish without a hassle or any ingredients you need to avoid. It’s summer in your bowl!
It’s strange how we sometimes crave those unhealthy foods that we used to eat, even though we know they’re filled with ingredients that can cause inflammation in our system.
But what if there was a way to enjoy these “junk foods” in an AIP-friendly way? No sugar, no gluten, no added preservatives or anything that could make you feel unwell.
That’s exactly what I’m about to present to you here! A collection of 34 amazing recipes that will make you forget your old junk food favorites exist.
If you’re looking for an AIP recipe to replace fast food options, you might enjoy the baked onion rings, crispy zucchini fries, or chicken nuggets – who wouldn’t?
Sometimes my sweet tooth won’t leave me alone and that’s when I reach for treats like AIP marshmallows, sweet potato cookies, or even creamy coconut ice cream. I guarantee no-one in your family will realize these are healthy treats!
Some of these AIP junk food alternatives are great for breakfast, as well. I would suggest giving the coconut cassava pancakes a try. They go fast, so be prepared to cook another batch soon!
If you’re finding it hard to ditch junk foods, here are 3 tips that could help you.
A counter top pressure cooker can be a life saver in the kitchen, cutting long wait times in half (or more) and freeing you up from standing over the stove. With a pressure cooker, it’s possible to cook meat until tender and concentrate flavors in a fraction of the time. Need a demonstration? Enter our AIP pressure cooker chicken curry! Pressure cookers have long been popular in India and the rest of South Asia, for their ability to simplify curries that used to take all day to cook into a few hours. With the advent of multi-cookers, pressure cooker curry recipes have roared back to popularity. So why not get in on the trend, AIP-style!