recipe rut rescue - boost creativity in the kitchen

This post is a direct result of my recent struggle in the kitchen, which is that I’ve been in a massive recipe RUT. I’m sure you’ve been there — you just find yourself cooking the same 5 dishes over and over again, looking through the same Pinterest board, and fantasizing about eating out just so you can experience some variety of any sorts. I think this is pretty common for any home cook, but probably moreso amongst us AIP cooks,… Read more »

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 »

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/Paleo Sweet Potato Au Gratin

Potatoes au gratin typically means thinly sliced potatoes covered in a buttery cream sauce, topped with cheese and then baked until the top is a nice crispy brown. Sound delicious…ly not paleo at all? Yeah, exactly. That’s why I decided to come up with an amazing, paleo and AIP-friendly Fall dish that was inspired by the traditional French way of cooking something “au gratin”. Thus was born, my AIP Paleo Sweet Potato Au Gratin. Instead of heavy cream and butter,… Read more »

AIP Paleo Shamrock Shake

Ah, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake: first introduced 35 years ago in 1970, it appears that this is one of the most quintessential St. Patty’s Day treats. Unfortunately, like most fast-food treats, it is also probably one of the quintessential ways to drink your way into bad health. The McDonald’s shake contains over 30 different “ingredients” (if you can even call them food ingredients), including, but not limited to: Sugar Corn Syrup Food Coloring that is actually banned in some countries… Read more »

This recipe stemmed from a deep, persistent craving that lives within me for Thai food and curry. I was sitting around one evening, thinking to myself how badly I was craving coconut curry soup and also how much I wanted seafood, and failing at finding any restaurant in a 10-mile radius that would have anything remotely resembling what I was craving or able to eat while adhering to my AIP diet. So I did what any dedicated and Thai-crazy person… Read more »

dairy free paleo butternut squash soup

Boy, do I love Fall. I mean seriously, it’s the best season ever – pumpkins, soups, stews, beautiful leaves, 100 types of squash, cooler weather, sweatshirts, football . . . well, you get the picture. And this Fall is maybe the best one yet because I just had a life-changing surgery (I won’t go into all the details, but just know that it is a very good thing), my hometown baseball team is in the World Series for the first… 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 »

dairy free AIP pumpkin sage bacon cream sauce

Happy October, everyone! As the leaves start to turn and the weather gets colder, my body automatically craves heavier foods and rich flavors. A few years ago, before I went paleo and followed the AIP diet, I made this homemade ravioli that was to die for. It was filled with a delicious blend of pumpkin and sage, and was topped with a creamy, buttery sauce with hints of warm nutmeg and cinnamon. Ever since that dish, this time of year… Read more »