Starting your Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) journey can seem a bit daunting. Concerning food choices, there seems to be so many don’ts and what feels like very few do’s. But don’t let that feeling overwhelm you! Here are some handy alternatives to what is considered “normal” foods to help you through. These recipes are not only perfect for beginners but even AIP lifers!
Trust me. They’re such a life saving staple.
The bizarre thing is, after a while, these foods become not only the norm but what is preferred by your taste buds. You’ll be amazed at what you learn to love! And what’s not to love?! It’s good and good for you.
1) How-to Make Cauliflower Rice
It’s hard to give up starchy carbs, am I right? Nothing beats a big fat Chipotle or Qdoba meal when you’re in the mood for some easy, fast rice. 😉 Well, the bad news is, rice has to go when you’re AIP but the good news is, there is an easy and game changing substitute that is actually delicious!
This how-to post by Tasty Yummies breaks each step down with pictures and instructions so you simply can’t go wrong.
*Note that this recipe has ghee, coconut oil and olive oil listed as ingredients to choose from when making the rice. Ghee is a reintro and not compliant in the elimination phase. However, coconut oil and olive oil are both perfectly fine.
2) Chicken Bone Broth
Any kind of bones will make an excellent broth but chicken bones tend to be the easiest to come by. That’s why chicken bone broth is such a staple recipe to learn. Use your homemade broth as a soup starter or even as a drink!
The Autoimmune Protocol diet is all about nutrient density, which is exactly what this fantastic recipe is all about. With just five easy instructional steps, The Paleo Mom has created a batch full of crucial calcium, magnesium and more.
3) Baked Sweet Potato Chips
If you’re missing some crunch in your diet, you’re not alone.. at all. In fact, that’s probably the most missed thing when committing to AIP! Having a diet full of soft foods can create a feeling of being deprived in the snack department. But never fear.. there’s a completely compliant solution to that problem.
The blog A Spicy Perspective has come up with *the* perfect sweet potato chip recipe. My only recommendation would be to swap the kosher salt for finely ground pink Himalayan salt. Other than that, in just 30 minutes time, you could be munching on the best AIP snack ever. Now, just add some guac and you’re all set. 😉
Now, there are two great ways to make AIP compliant tortillas! You can use cassava flour or taro root flour. Both make excellent, pliable tortillas. The picture above, from Eat Heal Thrive, is with cassava flour and the video embedded below, from Stacey at RealWorldAIP, is taro.
Thankfully, there’s at least options, right?! Making recipes that help you feel like you can eat normal foods is key to being able to adhere to strict diet rules for long term. Do yourself a huge favor and whip some of these up!
5) No’mato Sauce
Tomatoes are a no go when following AIP so what’s the alternative? No’mato sauce, of course! Use it just like you would any normal tomato sauce: on spaghetti squash, zoodles, AIP breaded chicken and much more. This sauce is so versatile and so jam packed with nutrient dense ingredients. Visit Merit & Fork to give it a try!
So what are you thoughts on these recipes? Have you tried any? Are there other must-have staple AIP recipes you would recommend? Share what you know in the comments section below. 🙂
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