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37 Scrumptious AIP Meatless Monday Meals

Louise Hendon | December 4

It’s obvious that AIP is a pretty restrictive diet when it comes to food ingredients. However, there are many kinds of meat that are perfectly ok for the Autoimmune Protocol, so that’s not a reason to go meatless. Still, the recipes in this collection are so delicious, you may want to cook them every day of the week!

I like to cook more meat-free recipes when my favorite vegetables are in season. That’s also when they are the cheapest – and most flavorful. I also have several vegetarian friends so I like to surprise them with meals that both, they, and I can eat.

But you don’t have to have a specific reason to go for these AIP Meatless Monday meals. Once you’ve tried them, there’s a chance you’ll want all your recipes to be meatless!

3 Meatless Meals for Next Monday (or any day)

  1. Breakfast: Whip up some AIP waffles or coconut cassava pancakes. If you’re in a hurry, you’ll love the smoothie recipes.
  2. Lunch: How about a Waldorf salad? Or a cheesy AIP zucchini soup, that doesn’t actually contain any dairy.
  3. Dinner: My favorite must be the fragrant coconut curry or the cauliflower pizza with pesto.

Your AIP diet doesn’t have to be boring, and leaving out meat for a day will not make it any harder. Go ahead and check out this video to see how easy it is to prepare AIP vegetable dishes.

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40 AIP Bacon Recipes You Can’t Live Without

Louise Hendon | November 26

Bacon often gets a bad rap…which is a shame, because it’s a great and versatile ingredient that not only tastes good but is easy to cook, as well. While the AIP world may calm you down on the saturated fat and cholesterol issues, there are some other issues with bacon you should be aware of on AIP. Follow these 3 tips to make sure the product you are choosing is AIP-friendly!

5 Tips For Buying AIP Bacon (PLUS where to buy it)

  1. Watch out for nightshades.
    Some bacon (and deli meats) contain nightshades in the form of spices (like pepper, paprika). So always read the ingredients list to double check.
  2. Watch out for preservatives and additives.
    Most brands of bacon contain additives like sodium phosphates, sodium erythorbate, or sodium ascorbate. While these are considered “safe” for consumption by the FDA, for strict AIP, you’ll want to avoid them.
  3. Go for bacon that uses natural forms of nitrates/nitrites like celery juice.
    What are nitrates and nitrites?
    This is one of the most common reasons that many AIP folks worry about their bacon consumption. Nitrates and nitrites are basically preservatives and they can be artificial (cured) or natural (in the form of sea salt or celery juice, most commonly) (uncured). However, whether artificial or natural, it’s the same thing, but if you want to be extra careful, then go for bacon that uses natural forms like celery juice.
  4. Go for bacon that’s free from added antibiotics and hormones and from pigs raised in a humane manner.
    This is the critique that carries the most weight. Most of the varieties you buy in your local supermarket comes from hogs that were raised in conditions that would make you shudder, and they were likely fed an abundance of grains and soy (and who knows what else) and were injected frequently with antibiotics and hormones. Unlike cows, pigs don’t eat just grass, but neither should they be raised on the food that they’re fed in most factory farms.
  5. Go for bacon that’s dextrose-free.
    Most varieties found in grocery stores contain added sugar (often in the form of dextrose), but you can find brands that are cured with honey or maple syrup instead, and these are allowed on AIP.

Where To Buy AIP Bacon

Ideally, you want to find bacon that only contains the following ingredients – pork, water, salt, celery juice and other AIP seasoning. In the US, there are 3 websites to buy AIP bacon:

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36 Free And Fantastic AIP Butternut Squash Recipes

Louise Hendon | November 11

Butternut squash is easily available in most parts of the world, and its mild and sweet flavor has made it one of my personal favorites. It’s perfect for anyone on AIP because it contains plenty of nutrients, like Vitamin A and C, potassium and magnesium.

In theory, also the hard skin of the squash is edible. But the flavor is bitter and we all know how difficult it is to peel, right? If you’d prefer cooking your butternut squash without cutting it, we have great tips for you here.

Sometimes butternut squash is referred to as the winter squash. This name can be misleading since butternut squash is harvested in early fall.

They’re called winter squash because they can be stored for months in a cool and dark place (which is great, if you happen to have a cellar at your house!)

In Latin America, squash is commonly made into candy. While we are not sharing a butternut squash candy recipe here, we’ve included several dessert recipes that have turned this yummy veggie into even yummier treats!

It’s hard to pick a favorite but I bet you are going to fall in love with all the cakes – and definitely the persimmon dessert cups!

For breakfast, I would recommend trying one of the hash recipes. Or perhaps you’re more interested in a nice breakfast soup?

Besides breakfast, we’ve included several delicious butternut squash soup recipes that are easy to make for lunch or dinner. I always make a little extra because, in my opinion, the leftover soup tastes even better the next day!

Butternut squash can also be turned into tasty “rice” or noodles. Try the “mac and cheese” that contains no dairy, or go straight for the lasagna!

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34 AIP Zucchini Recipes You Won’t Be Able To Resist

Louise Hendon | October 26

Zucchini is much more versatile than most people realize. I often see people making zucchini salads, or adding it to their vegetable patties. However, you can make almost anything from this wonder veggie.

Zucchinis make a great gluten-free alternative for regular pasta, and making lasagna from them guarantees you a super moist result. (If you’re interested in even more pasta alternatives that are AIP-friendly, we’ve got a full collection for you here.)

This inexpensive vegetable is available year ’round in most places, and its anti-inflammatory components, such as Vitamins C and A, make zucchini the perfect ingredient for anyone on an AIP diet. It has a subtle flavor – juicy, and not too overpowering. If you have a picky eater in your house, try serving crunchy zucchini fries and I bet they will ask for seconds!

Zucchini contains a lot of water, as well as fiber. If you are experiencing digestion issues, you might benefit from adding more zucchini in your diet. And that’s where this recipe collection comes in handy.

No-one likes to eat the same vegetable, cooked in the same way, over and over again. Everyone should be able to enjoy delicious meals and desserts, even if they are on a special diet.

Yes – I said desserts! It may sound strange but zucchini is actually one of my favorite dessert ingredients. It gives bread, muffins, and smoothies just the right kind of texture and adds more moisture.

Don’t know where to get started? Here are a few tips:
* For dinner – try the zucchini and beef casserole with carrot and beef sauce
* For breakfast – make a creamy zucchini blueberry smoothie
* For lunch – enjoy some roasted garlic zucchini hummus
* For dessert – you can’t miss with lemon zucchini bread!

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AIP Roasted Bone Marrow Recipe

Louise Hendon | October 16

There are lots of readers that may be turned off by the idea of eating roasted bone marrow, but hear me out. Bone marrow has been a popular ingredient for ages, and many cultures have found the insides of beef bones to be a delicacy. Today, roasted bone marrow is a rich appetizer served in some of the most elegant of restaurants.

While it may be a symbol of extravagance, the truth is making roasted bone marrow at home is not that complicated. What seems like it should take a long time and a skilled hand is actually a pretty straightforward process. This AIP roasted bone marrow recipe will walk you through the simple steps, and you will be snacking on the rich flavor in no time.

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36 AIP Chocolate Recipes That’ll Make You Say Yes, Please!

Louise Hendon | October 11

For us chocoholics, it can be quite daunting to get started on Paleo autoimmune protocol. I can deal with almost anything in life, as long as you don’t take my chocolaty treats away! Right?

Sorry, you have to hear this from me, but even if chocolate makes you feel like it can solve all your problems, it may, in fact, cause many more. And there is no amount of chocolate that can make me feel as good as a healthy diet does.

Let’s forget about the sugary milk and white chocolate for a while. Should you, or why shouldn’t you eat dark chocolate if you’re on an AIP diet?

Is Dark Chocolate AIP-friendly?

Chocolate is high in Omega-6 fats and phytic acid, and it also contains caffeine. This is why it isn’t considered autoimmune-friendly. If you’re still struggling with your decision, you can read more about it here.

If you have decided to omit chocolate, or you’re thinking about it, don’t worry. I’ve got great news for you! It’s still possible to enjoy your favorite chocolaty treats while not wrecking your diet at the same time.

You won’t believe how delicious and familiar these flavors are until you’ve tried the recipes yourself.

Use Carob Powder To Recreate Your Favorite Chocolate Desserts

Carob is a great alternative for regular chocolate. Carob powder is made from roasted carob tree pods and it resembles cocoa powder so much, that you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which one is which just by looking at them.

Carob powder is sweet, which makes it perfect for all kinds of healthy desserts. It has a slightly nutty taste which, in my opinion, makes these recipes even more delicious.

These brownies, cookies, cakes, “chocolate” bars and other yummy, healthy treats will make sure you won’t have to struggle with those cravings anymore!”

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