This Week I Tried…December 4th Edition

I wasn’t such a good little blogger this past week, I forgot to take a whole slew of food pictures.  I had to pillage their professional counterparts, BUT I did get a picture of my paleo chocolate chip cookies and holy shiz they are good, I mean comparable to the real thing, unless I’ve forgotten what the real thing tastes like!

I also reintroduced nutmeg and pepper and all went well there, which is great.  I may have to rethink egg whites, I am suspicious that they’re causing me some issues.  I am going to take some time off from them and see how it goes.  I will also be trying to reintroduce white rice, which will be nice for sushi dinners but it should be eaten in extreme moderation.  Healing and nourishing the body is of utmost important, but you can’t forget to nourish the soul with some treats now and then (I may have taken it too far this week).

 

SWEET & TANGY PORK LETTUCE WRAPS (AIP, PALEO)  recipe here

Cost: $25 – $41

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: I think this is hands down my favorite AIP recipe thus far, so good even for the “regular” folk.  The sweet/savory flavor in the pork is unbelievable and all of the toppings really accentuate the flavor experience. I highly recommend this bomb.com recipe!

Notes: $25 – $41 depending on the ingredients you already have and if you want to double the recipe like I did. You will get two meals from this and four meals if you double it.  I also want to point out that Primal Palate has a ton of amazing recipes and they even sell their own line of delicious and sometimes AIP/always Paleo spices/seasonings. Check them out here!

AVOCADO POMEGRANATE SALAD, recipe here!

Cost: $15 – $25

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: I love this salad, it’s got everything you could want, it’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make!

Notes: $15 – $25 depending on the ingredients you have (specifically pricier ingredients like raw honey and avocado oil).  You get about two side salads from this recipe.

 

CRISPY BAKED COD w/ SWEET POTATO SOLDIERS here!

I did not take this picture because sometimes I am lazy and just want to eat! 😉

Cost: $35 – $50 (this depends on the ingredients you have) 

Rating (1-10): 4 for the cod, 7 for the sweet potato soldiers

Review: I have a hard time with fish, I know it’s good for me so I will keep eating it, but I don’t love it.  The cod was meh, I am not a big fan of cod (or fish).  The sweet potato soldiers were yummy and I highly recommend them.  You can also make your own Primal Palate garlic & herb seasoning if you don’t have time to wait for it to ship to you (I’m sure they sell it locally but I haven’t found, check out the recipe here!

Notes: If you don’t already have most of the required ingredients I wouldn’t waste your money on this recipe.  Keep eating fish though, it’s good for you (that was more for me than for you).

 

SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW, recipe here!

Photo cred: not me

Cost: $42

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I thought this stew was yummy, but like a lot of AIP stews it was a bit bland, I had to add salt.  I would recommend adding a bit of bone broth into this baby.  Also the ingredients did not all fit into my crock, put you might want to cut a quarter of each ingredient out.

Notes: $42 for a 4-5 meals, I shared with Eric though ;).

 

SWEET POTATO BACON TOTS, recipe here!

Photo cred: not me

Cost: $8 – $25

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: These were scrumptious! They do not taste at all like regular tater tots, but they are still delicious.  I made my nomato ketchup to pair up with these, but some might prefer a coconut-based faux aioli. Either way I suggest you try them!

Notes: $8 – $25 depending on if you have cassava flour, which is hella expensive. A one pound bag at Whole Foods is $17!  I am thinking of subscribing to Thrive Market (yearly subscription of $60) to get deals on specialty AIP foods and other organic ingredients.  Saving money in the long run, that’s what it’s about people!

 

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, recipe here!

Cost: $15 – $44 (depends on the ingredients)

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: I freaking loved these cookies!  It’s the first time I felt like I had a treat from my old diet.  Let me warn you though that the chocolate chips by Enjoy Life are dairy, nut, soy, and gluten free but they do have sugar so you MUST eat them in moderation, even naturally occurring sugars should be consumed sparingly.  If you can have chocolate and almonds please make these!  I substituted ghee for coconut oil as an fyi.

Notes: $15 – $44 depending on the ingredients you have.  That said, if you decide to make these and buy all new ingredients you’ll get a whole lot of use out of them I promise you that!

 

PALEO BLUEBERRY PANCAKES, recipe here!

Oh Lord I wish my pancakes turned out like this!

Cost: $17 – $41.50 (depends on the ingredients)

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: I needed a pancake in my life and so did Eric!  They didn’t look as pretty as the picture above but they hit the spot and were really good.  I enjoyed them with a maple & sage sausage patty and earl grey tea (on the weekends I add honey to my tea, I’m so bad) ;).  It is pricey if you don’t have all of the ingredients, but I want to stress that once you buy most of these it will be awhile until you have to do it again.  I don’t recommend making sweet treats too often.

Notes: $17 – $41.50 will get you roughly 10 pancakes!

Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you’re able to enjoy some of these recipes and find something that tastes delicious, even if you don’t do AIP or have an autoimmune disease.  Until next time!

XOXO

Mack