Alright, folks – here’s the deal. I really dislike the term “pegan” (i.e. paleo + vegan). It’s overly trendy and I believe it’s used purely as a marketing gimmick. So let me just be clear that I am not a “pegan” and that I do still follow the AIP diet 80% of the time because frankly, it’s just what makes me feel best.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dig into one thing that I think is important: vegetables. I put this list of “Veg” AIP recipes together for myself actually, because a recent food journal revealed that I was eating a bit more meat than I am comfortable with (aka meat at every meal).
I’m not going to open a dialogue of whether or not I believe this is scientifically good or bad for you because the debates are ENDLESS, but I’ll just say that I think there probably is some logic to the idea of eating at least a couple plant-based meals per week, or at least trying to find a balance between meat and plenty of vegetables. I used to be a vegan (click link for info on how I transitioned from vegan to paleo), and my takeaway from that experience is that for me and my body personally, I probably do well with a something like a 70/30 split, where I’m eating 70% veg-based and 30% meat based. The past year has probably been a 30/70 split, so I’m excited to see how falling back to somewhere in the middle of the spectrum can help me with my spiritual and physical health goals.
So anyway – enough about me. Onto the recipes! Here’s 30-something recipes that are Paleo AIP + Vegan (or can be made to be, with very small modifications). And actually, if you count the amazing roundups that I listed at the end of the post, it ends up being more like 130 recipes to help you get more plant-based fuel into your diet. So go get your Veg on – and enjoy!
PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM TACOS
Make AIP: Don’t use harissa rub or cumin on the mushrooms (try my super simple AIP taco seasoning instead!), omit tomatoes from the guacamole, choose AIP-friendly toppings
EGG-FREE ZUCCHINI POPPERS
Make AIP: use the egg-free version of the recipe and try subbing out the “GF/all-purpose flour” with cassava flour (usual recommended ratio is 1:1 cassava: “normal” GF flour mix)
CARAMELIZED ONION SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Make AIP: sub coconut oil for the butter, obviously don’t cover with parmesan cheese. 🙂
SWEET POTATO TOAST (3 WAYS!)
Make AIP: The first variation with avocados is AIP as-is. The second could be done if you maybe just sub the almond butter for tigernut butter. The third variation would be fine if you just use your AIP-friendly mayo sub!
AIP SOFT VEGGIE TACOS WITH GREEN TORTILLAS
SPAGHETTI SQUASH CHOW MEIN
Make AIP: omit the pepper
AIP CAULIFLOWER PIZZA RECIPE WITH PESTO
BUTTERNUT SQUASH NOODLES W/ SPINACH & MUSHROOMS
** Pro tip: You may want to buy pre-spiralized butternut squash noodles if this is sounding too intimidating or labor-intensive. Whole Foods usually has them pre-packaged!
*** Double Pro Tip: Sometimes handling raw butternut squash like this can leave an AWFUL dry, film-like substance on your hands. I’d recommend wearing gloves if you’re going to spiralize it yourself
AIP MUSHROOM RAVIOLI
AIP NO NIGHTSHADE RATATOUILLE
AIP SPINACH STUFFED RAVIOLIS
AIP BOK CHOY CAULIFLOWER RICE
AIP + VEGAN SIDE DISHES
CARROT RAISIN PINEAPPLE SALAD
Make AIP: sub out the mayo for an aip-friendly alternative
CINNAMON ROASTED SWEET POTATOES & CRANBERRIES
BALSAMIC ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Make AIP: omit black pepper
ROASTED VEGGIES WITH (OPTIONAL) PESTO
HONEY GARLIC CARAMELIZED CARROTS
*Make AIP: sub coconut oil for the butter, use sea salt vs. kosher salt
EASY AIP COLESLAW
Make AIP: omit the jalapeno, use sea salt vs. kosher salt, leave out the black pepper
APPLE BROCCOLI SALAD
Make AIP: just omit the sunflower seeds!
PALEO + VEGAN SOUPS
PALEO DETOX GREEN SOUP
CREAMY ROASTED GARLIC CAULIFLOWER SOUP
SPICED CARROT & PARSNIP SOUP
*Make AIP: omit cumin, sub mace for nutmeg
PALEO AIP + VEGAN DESSERTS
AIP VEGAN BANANA BREAD
VEGAN AIP GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
*AIP as-is, just follow the instructions!
VEGAN AIP TIGERNUT FLOUR SHORTBREAD COOKIES
CHOCOLATE MATCHA ENERGY BALLS
BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE TART
*AIP as-is, just follow directions for the AIP crust
CHOCOLATE SWEET POTATO PIE WITH BROWNIE CRUST
*Make AIP: sub carob for cocoa powder
OTHER FUN RECIPES
*AIP as-is (just leave out the optional curry powder)! You could use this for a sweet crust or savory crust – could try to make an AIP deep-dish pizza, or a great AIP pie.
DAIRY FREE SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP
*AIP as-is! (this recipe originally appeared in Rachel Bryant’s Nourish cookbook)
And finally… here’s 2 holy grails of 95+ AIP-friendly veg dishes: