aip friendly thankgiving menu and turkey brine

Thanksgiving is upon us! I literally can’t believe it’s here already — seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the start of 2016; how is it almost over already?! This Thanksgiving is extra special to me because – while it’s our third Thanksgiving celebrating together – it’s my fiance and I’s first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple living together in our new condo. We also threw an AIP Friendsgiving for our local autoimmune support group here in Kansas City a… Read more »

aip low fodmap meatloaf recipe - instinctual wellbeing

For the past three weeks, I have been trying out an AIP + Low FODMAP diet. The reason I’m doing it is because I’m currently on a gut healing regimen (through my functional MD) and I listened to a podcast episode with Chris Kresser that explained how he typically recommends a low-FODMAP diet for those trying to treat candida and bacterial overgrowth in the gut. He says he recommends this because, contrary to popular belief, many of the candida diets… Read more »

Paleo Beef Stroganoff (AIP) - Instinctual Wellbeing

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I’ve made three versions of this so far and while each time was better than the last, I think I’ve settled on this version to share with you all (also I’m not sure I could eat any more beef stroganoff… 😛 ) But really, this was a challenging recipe to figure out because traditional beef stroganoff is a dish with some pretty complex flavors in it, not to mention the… Read more »

AIP Sticky Orange Beef with Citrus Caulirice from Instinctual Wellbeing

Did you know it’s still possible to have delicious Chinese food while following the AIP diet? Well, it is! After trying so many amazing recipes from other bloggers and cookbooks, I finally decided to be brave and create my own dish. I was also inspired to make this dish because my girlfriend and I were talking about what foods were in season right now (in the USA) and we discovered oranges were! I’m also orang-inally (originally…orang-inally…get it?? heh.) from Florida,… Read more »

AIP/Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast - Instinctual Wellbeing

Growing up, my mom’s pot roast was one of my favorite dishes. You see, although dad is an award-winning chef (he did invent the Red Lobster biscuits, after all . . . *cough* #notAIP), nothing beat my mom’s home cooking. She made the most flavorful and fun dishes that we totally loved to eat during the week, and then my dad would do the cooking on weekends when he had more time.    She had several dishes that were pretty… Read more »

aip paleo roast chicken

I LOVE roasted chicken – I mean, to me it’s one of the most cost-efficient, protein-dense, versatile foods you can make. And – despite the fact that handling an  entire chicken can be intimidating at first – the secret is that it’s actually pretty easy to make! So not only is this recipe easy, but I think it makes for one helluva roast chicken – juicy, tender, flavorful, perfectly crispy skin…all the things an amazing roast chicken should have.      The trick is the… Read more »

autoimmune protocol beef stir fry

I love Chinese food. It’s just so warm and flavorful, and reminds me of some great times I had back in college (hangover cure, anyone?). Additionally, stir-fry is also one of my favorite dishes to make because it is easy – it’s so versatile that you can pretty much throw any sort of veggie and meat combination in there and you’ll have yourself an amazing meal in about 20 minutes. How is this possible, you ask? Well for me, it… Read more »

blueberry burgers paleo

OK, before you go running in the opposite direction screaming, hear me out: these burgers are AMAZING. It’s like a perfect medley of summertime joy (berries + burgers) in one single patty. And if you really think about it, meat and fruit combinations aren’t so crazy; there are pork chops and apples, cranberries and turkey, ham and pineapple – so what’s weird about beef and blueberries? Exxxactly. Flavor Profile: The balsamic and the blueberries come together to create a sweetness… Read more »