This Week I Tried…January 3rd Edition

I really screwed the pooch this past month and didn’t post anything and now I have a back log of recipes I’ve tried that I haven’t shared with you!  I know, you’re super sad and disappointed, right?!

That said, I hope you all had an amazing holiday break (if you got one) and enjoyed time with family (if you like them).  I know I did and I was even able to eat AIP or Paleo while back in frigid Indiana (thanks for the grocery buying mom).  Below is a smattering of recipes and snacks I’ve tried in the last month, and it’s A LOT, so I am apologizing in advance if you’re reading all of this.

Hope you get some helpful info from my critiques below, enjoy!!

 

SOFT & CHEWY GINGERBREAD COOKIES (AIP, PALEO)  recipe here

Cost: $5 – $72

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: These cookies are AIP and so delicious they are just as good if not better than standard gingerbread cookies.  I am featuring them next to the Paleo chocolate chip cookies I made in the last post, which are maybe the best cookies I’ve ever made, yes, even better than standard chocolate chip cookies.

Notes: $5 – $72, I know that price tag looks crazy but it’s ONLY if you are starting from scratch with these ingredients (which will have multiple uses and last a long time).  I only spent $5 for oranges and cream of tartar.  If you are starting from scratch try finding some other recipes that call for these ingredients so you get more bang for you buck.

 

JUICE

Cost: $15 

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: Eric got me a juicer for Christmas and I am LOVING it, I’ve used it almost everyday since I got it.  I don’t have a specific recipe but I usually throw beets, carrots, ginger, lemon, green apple, mint, kale, and spinach into the mix.  It’s good to get more veggies into my system in the morning, I was slacking in that area.

Notes: $15 depending on the ingredients you want to include in your juice, that $15 haul gets me roughly 4 – 6 juices (way cheaper than your local juicery), I recommend Trader Joes for all the organic fruits and veggies!

 

SNACKS, ShopAIP link here!

Cost: $? (Depends on what you buy, any order over $50 gets free shipping, that’s what I did)

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: I am so glad I started following all of the wonderful people in the AIP community on Instagram and Facebook, they’ve provided me with what feels like unlimited resources for maintaining an AIP/Paleo lifestyle.  ShopAIP is one of those resources.  They stock AIP compliant ingredients and most importantly, ready-made snacks!  This was a life saver for my trip back home, I would not have survived the flights without these snacks.  They also ship SUPER fast, I ordered on a Friday and had everything by Monday!  That could also be because they are based in California, regardless they are quick.

I loved all of these treats except the Dang coconut chips and Kiwa Beetroot chips, that said they are meant to be a healthier snack and will satiate your hunger, but they weren’t my favorites.

Notes: ShopAIP has a whole slew of snacks, ingredients, etc. not just what I’ve listed below.  Now anyone almost anywhere can get access to quality ingredients for a healing diet through sites like these.  There are no excuses! There are also great compliant meat providers (who ship) in Butcher Box, U.S. Wellness Meats, and all other ingredients via Thrive Market.  Thrive Market is a great deal if you plan on buying a lot of ingredients!

 

MONGOLIAN BEEF STIR FRY, recipe here!

Cost: $47

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: A Clean Plate has some awesome recipes and I highly recommend browsing their site.  While this wasn’t my favorite recipe it was delicious and lasted me quite awhile.  If you’re missing Panda Express, this will hit the spot for the fast food fix ;).

Notes: $47 for a 4-5 meals, you’ll only need one can of water chestnuts (I find out the hard way for you).  Make sure the can is BPA-free.

 

CHICKEN POT PIE SOUP, recipe here!

Photo cred: A Clean Plate (sorry I was lazy)

Cost: $22 – $40

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: This soup is so creamy and delicious!  It is especially good for the winter months.  I’ve made it twice in the last month, once when I had a cold, and it is just the cure for what ails you.

Notes: $22 – $40 depending on what ingredients you have, I recommend adding peas (if you can have or like them), they give the soup an added yummy factor!

 

SIMPLE MILLS

Cost: $5 – $8 (per product)

Rating (1-10): 10 (for crackers and cookies) 7 (for artisan bread)

Review: I’ve seen Simple Mills touted by the AIP Blogger Unbound Wellness and finally picked up a few of their products and I am SO glad I did.  While the crackers have sunflower oil in them (Paleo proceed with caution) all of the other products are pretty much Paleo!  I loved the cookies (too much), crackers, and the bread was OK (Paleo bread has been failing me).  I am excited to try their pumpkin muffins and the vanilla/chocolate cupcakes!  They also have frosting which I might have to try for my birthday :).

Notes: $5-8 per product (depending on the product), only some Whole Foods carry these products and not necessarily all of them (i.e. frosting or vanilla/chocolate cupcake mixes).  That said you can order them online!

 

SAUTEED MUSHROOMS

Cost: $5

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I have always loved sauteed mushrooms and I can use the same recipe from my standard diet!  A package of slices white mushrooms, olive oil, and salt & pepper (omit pepper for AIP).

Notes: $5 for mushrooms at 2 meals!

 

CRISPY ORANGE PORK, recipe here!

Photo cred: Real Everything (sorry I was lazy)

Cost: $40 – $62

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: For the price I would say this recipe is just so-so and is still a little too heavy for me.  That said, it was pretty delicious and I would encourage you to at least try it!

Notes: $40 – $62 and that really depends on the ingredients you already have (as usual I am a broken record). The cassava flour is pretty expensive, but it will last you awhile.

 

GINGER GARLIC CAULIFLOWER RICE, recipe here!

Photo cred: Paleo Mom (sorry I was lazy)

Cost: $12

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: This was a perfect side dish to the crispy orange pork and a tasty (healthier) alternative to white rice.

Notes: $12 for everything and gets you a side dish for 2 meals, if you need to buy coconut oil the price will go up a bit, but if you’ve been on AIP awhile you will have this handy (I did not use tallow, it’s pricey but has more flavor). Trader Joes and Whole Foods have cauliflower that is already riced!

 

ROASTED GARLIC & HERB COD, recipe here!

Photo cred: A Clean Plate (sorry I was lazy)

Cost: $20 – $40

Rating (1-10): 5

Review: I just don’t love fish, but I’ll keep eating it because I know it’s valuable to my health.  That doesn’t mean I am going to pretend to like it for y’all, OK!  It’s nothing against the recipe, but my taste buds alone are against it.  If you like cod this recipe is for you my friend.

Notes: $20 – $40  and gets you 3-4 meals!

 

ROASTED ROSEMARY CARROTS & ONIONS, recipe here!

Photo cred: Primal Palate (sorry I was lazy)

Cost: $2 – $5

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: This is an excellent side dish and SO cheap, which is not normally the case on AIP/Paleo, but it can be done!  This dish has a comforting feel to and is perfect as a fall/winter side dish.

Notes: $2 – $5 for a side dish at 2 -3 meals.

I am missing a few meals here I am sure, but I wanted to share what I could from my month hiatus of meals!  I hope your holidays were as good as mine and that you’re feeling recharged for the new year, I know I’m not ;).

Happy New Year!

XOXO

Mack

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