If you’re starting your journey on the autoimmune protocol (AIP), trying out the paleo diet, or if you’re just looking for healing recipes to promote gut health, this list is for you.
The AIP diet was developed for autoimmune patients to systematically find out if certain types of food are causing inflammation in their bodies. The diet starts with an elimination phase that cuts different types of food from your diet that might be causing your sensitivities or intolerances. After weeks of adjusting to the AIP diet, you can systematically begin reintroducing these foods back into your meals and watch carefully for reactions.
While the AIP diet is a great way to figure out what’s aggravating your symptoms, the process can feel limiting when you can no longer use your familiar foods and seasonings. But AIP doesn’t need to be bland! With a dash of creativity, you can enjoy the same rich flavors as everyone else, from tacos and pizza to Thai curry and Korean rice bowls. Here’s a list of tried and tested recipes that are quick and easy to make.
10 Delicious AIP Recipes
Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls
Source: Little Bites of Beauty
Just because you can’t eat chilli peppers on the AIP diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the heat and flavor of spicy Korean food. This family-friendly recipe substitutes ginger and turmeric for chilli to make a rice bowl with a new depth of flavor. Free from nightshades (such as chilli) and soy, this recipe is easy to reheat, making it the perfect option to meal-prep for the week ahead.
If you’re on the AIP diet, it’s important to choose grass fed beef to make sure your meat is leaner and lower in saturated fat. Grass fed beef is also filled with vitamins and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. (Source)
Ingredients: avocado, fresh ginger, turmeric, shallots, avocado oil, grass fed ground beef, carrots, zucchini, garlic powder, salt, coconut aminos, coconut oil, cauliflower rice, lettuce, chives
Easy Sheet Pan Taco Bowl
Source: The Castaway Kitchen
If you’re looking for a hands-off recipe you can throw into the oven, these anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense sheet pan taco bowls have it all. Spice them up with radishes and ginger, throw in some roasted onions for extra sweetness, or add arugula for a pop of pepper. These taco bowls are a prime example of why you don’t have to compromise on flavor to be on the AIP diet. Choose your own greens and veggies leftover from your fridge to make it your own.
Ingredients: avocado oil, cauliflower rice, boneless chicken thigh, red onion, radishes, Himalayan pink salt, dried parsley, ground turmeric, cilantro, lemon, apple cider vinegar, coconut butter, nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, romaine, avocado
Guacamole Stuffed Burgers
Source: What Great Grandma Ate
What's better than guac? Guacamole stuffed burgers!
Stuff a burger patty with a scoop of tangy guacamole, grill the patty until it’s cooked and irresistibly juicy, then wrap it in lettuce and you have yourself a guacamole stuffed burger. These burgers are hard to mess up, which makes them great for beginners who are looking to try something new. To turn this into an AIP friendly recipe, leave out the cumin and use coriander instead. Cumin is a seed-based spice that can trigger allergies. Luckily, seeds are also some of the first foods to be reintroduced after the elimination phase of the AIP diet.
This recipe is paleo, Whole30, keto, and anything but boring.
Ingredients: ground beef (grass fed), sea salt, garlic, avocado, lime, cilantro, onions, pickles, tomatoes, paleo mayonnaise, lettuce
One-Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Source: Paleo Running Momma
Any fan of regular spinach artichoke dips knows they’re famous for being cheesy. But if you thought dairy-free options didn’t exist, think again. This healthy, crispy, and creamy spinach artichoke chicken gives you that warm, casserole feeling minus the dairy (and minus the regret). Instead of cheese, heavy cream, or anything in between, this recipe uses full-fat coconut milk to keep things healthy. (In fact, coconut milk’s thick consistency makes it a great plant-based option to use when making any creamy sauce.)
This dish is great on its own, or served with cauliflower rice for dinner. The best part is you can avoid the hassle and make it all in one skillet.
Ingredients: bone-in chicken thighs, sea salt, pepper, lemon garlic seasoning, garlic powder, ghee, spinach, artichoke, garlic, onion, chicken broth, lemon, full fat coconut milk, spicy brown mustard, tapioca powder