This Past (2) MONTHS I’ve Tried…Week of 4/30/18

So what, I’m not a consistent blogger, and your point?  No one is paying me to do this!  Okay, I am insecure about my intermittent blogging, but I do have lots to share with you because of it :).  A little tid bit, Eric and I went to visit his family in Boulder, CO this past month and were introduced to the amazing (AIP/Paleo Friendly) restaurant Blooming Beets. I could sing their praises all day, it was so wonderful to have delicious and compliant foods to eat that I didn’t have to spend (2) hours cooking!  Also, shout out to Eric’s family for being so accommodating and open to trying it (and liking it) XOXO.

Onto the good stuff, now I can’t quite remember all of the new recipes I tried, but below are the most notable.  Enjoy and give health a chance, won’t you?

PALEO CHICKEN EMPANADAS, recipe here!

(Photo Cred: Forest & Fauna, mine were not as pretty, but tasted awesome)

Cost: $27 – Way too expensive

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: These empanadas were soooo good, I have been craving an empanada for (9) months and this satiated every bit of that craving.  Most AIP/Paleo dishes are slightly different than the real thing, but it doesn’t make it any less delicious in this case.  There is a ton of prep work involved, so I won’t be making these too often, but they are worth it.

Notes: $27 – way to expensive if you haven’t accumulated these ingredients like I have, but if you really want an empanada then be my guest and splurge (just a warning).  I also whipped up some chimichurri sauce to go with these bad boys. I had all of the ingredients around, it’s super simple, recipe here!  I excluded the red pepper flakes on the chimichurri recipes and they both came out delicious.

AIP FISH TACOS, recipe here!

Cost: $29 – $60

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: I was feeling extremely contrary about dinner the night I made these guys, nothing was going to make me happy, but these fish tacos did the impossible (if you know me, you know what I mean).  They were every bit as good as a regular fish taco, but so much healthier.  The prep time was actually not as bad as I thought it would be and everything, including my side veggie, took about 45 minutes.  I highly recommend these yummy tacos!

Notes: $29 – $60 for 3-4 meals depending on the ingredients you have around (as usual), the cassava and tigernut flours are pricey and that’s what accounts for the $60, but I already had both in my pantry. I also made the white sauce from this recipe at the Emancipated Epicure, which was delicious, I only needed to buy the coconut cream.

EASY PALEO BEEF STROGANOFF (AIP), recipe here!

Cost: $33

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: I know this dish doesn’t look particularly pretty, but it is so good and hearty, just like its traditional counterpart.  I never really ate that much beef stroganoff, I preferred my pasta doused in tomato sauce, but this was calling to me!  I am so glad I tried it because it was delicious, and the sweet potato starch noodles were perfect.

Notes: $33 for roughly 4 meals, I bought a (2) pack of the noodles on Amazon, here, and they lasted me through (4) rounds of this recipe, so the follow up meals will only cost you about $23.

INSTANT POT MAPLE TAMARIND RIBS (PALEO, AIP), recipe here!

Cost: $16 – $43

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: Sometimes you just want some messy bbq ribs and these babies are quick, easy, and full of flavor.  I wasn’t sure about cooking ribs in the instant pot, but dang did it do what it advertises.  I highly recommend these and they are great for barbecues, I know they can be minefield for anyone on a modified diet!

Notes: $16 – $43 for 3-4 meals, I have most of the ingredients in my arsenal at all times (i.e. bone broth, maple syrup, thyme, etc.), but buying them drives up the price a bit. However, totally worth it and you’ll certainly get a lot of use out of these ingredients with other recipes!

QUICK AND EASY MAPLE-GLAZED PEACH SHRIMP, recipe here!

Cost: $27 – $40

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I know, this picture is terrible, but the dish itself was bomb!  I was never a big shrimp eater growing up but I have become a lover in my adulthood. This dish is sweet and spicy, full of so many fun flavors.  If you like shrimp, go make this tonight, it’s quick and yummy!

Notes: $27 – $30 for about 4 meals (without a side), I recommend getting fresh shrimp, I’ve prepared from frozen and it’s just not the same.  That, or make sure your shrimp is fully thawed before marinating and cooking.

BALSAMIC-ROASTED BEETS, link here!

Cost: $10-$15

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I keep it pretty boring with my side carbs and veggies, I like to put my love into the main dish, but these roasted beets are both easy and delicious.  If you don’t like beets, I don’t know what to tell you, but beets are so full of essential nutrients, I try to eat them at least once a week (although I don’t always succeed in that endeavor).   Give them a whirl along with just about any meat/main dish!

Notes: $10 – $15 depending on the ingredients you have and you should make sure to cut them a bit smaller so they’ll cook faster.

REINTRODUCTIONS: Cashews and Grass-Fed Cheddar

The grass-fed cheddar didn’t go perfect and cashews (all nuts really) have been fine so far.  I likely won’t be having grass-fed cheddar often, but I can’t expect everything to go well!  I want to also mention that red wine is a definite no-go for me, which is sad because I loved it so much. However I can have white wine and ciders no problem.  You have to look at the positive side of things, alcohol is still on the table, yes!

I hope you’re willing to try one of these dishes, why not this week?  Is today the day you choose yourself, your health, over convenience?  Are my questions sounding pretentious? Good, that was the goal!  But seriously, today is the best day to start feeling better.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

XOXO

Mack

 

This Week (Month?) I Tried…February 26th Edition

I promise I am still on the wagon, I just haven’t posted in awhile.  I’ve been sick since the beginning of February and feeling sorry for myself, so the first thing to go is the writing.  Today is the first day I feel pretty normal!

Below is a smattering of meals, snacks and reintroductions I’ve had over the past month :).

MAPLE-CRANBERRY SKILLET PORK CHOPS, recipe here

Cost: $30 – $46

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: These pork chops were extremely flavorful and juicy, I used pork chop loins (boneless in this case) from my Butcher Box, they worked great.  There are still some meat recipes I don’t go nuts for, and pork chops are one of them, but I am always open to trying new recipes!

Notes: $30 – $46 for 2-3 meals and as I always say the price depends on the ingredients that you have.  The Butcher Box meat is quality and get’s me through roughly two weeks of meals, that’s about $60/week, which for quality meat is a great deal.  Plus you get free bacon with every purchase if you signed up in 2018!

GARLIC MASHED SWEET POTATOES, recipe here!

Cost: $8 – $15

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: These were SO delicious, I honestly don’t even remember what the steak recipe was (it was pretty meh), but I’ll remember the mashed potatoes! Be sure to buy white sweet potatoes, they’re not as sweet/strong as orange sweet potatoes and they look more like the real thing ;).

Notes: $8 – $15 depending on the ingredients, but these could last you as a side for 4-5 meals and are very filling.  They are extremely helpful in getting your daily dose of healthy carbs!

CASSAVA FLOUR BREAKFAST BURRITO

Cost: $10 – $27

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: I can’t take any credit for these babies created by Eric.  He has really wanted to cook for me and being the control freak that I am I resisted!  But I’ve been sick and tired this last month so I relented and I am so glad I did.  These breakfast burritos were just as good if not better than the “real” thing.  Of course eggs were a reintro for me, but everything else is AIP…bacon, yellow onions, and homemade cassava flour tortillas!

Notes: $10 – $27 and really depends on if you have cassava flour, which is pretty pricey.  It lasts a long time and comes in handy for more savory baked/fried items.

SLOW COOKER POT ROAST, recipe here!

Cost: $40 – $55

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: I really love slow cooker or Instant Pot meals because they’re super easy and last for days.  One down side is that I get very bored of pot roast…very fast.  Hence the low rating, but overall this pot roast is solid and flavorful.  I especially loved the sweet potatoes and carrots!

Notes: $40 – $55 for 4-5 meals and depends on the ingredients you have.  Again, I used a 2.2 lb roast from my Butcher Box.  It’s really nice to have the meat guide your weekly meals, it takes some of the guess work out of meal planning/prepping.

PALEO PIZZA DOUGH SNACK BITES, recipe here!

(Photo Cred: Unbound Wellness)

Cost: $5 – $60

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I really miss pizza, so so much, and I had to try these pizza bites by Michelle Hoover over at Unbound Wellness.  Michelle always manages to make hers look so much better and I didn’t get a photo of my own (you’re not missing anything)…amateur v. professional.  Like I’ve said…you will NEVER match the taste of a real pizza, but these are a good alternative.

Notes: $5 – $60 but only if you’re just starting out, I had most of these ingredients handy.  The only thing I bought was the Italian seasoning and the KC Naturals Pasta Sauce, which I’ll talk more about below.

KC NATURALS SAUCES, link here!

Cost: $37

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: Making your own nightshade-free sauces at home is time consuming and never ending, thank god for KC Naturals. After hearing about them for so long I finally took the plunge and bought them on Amazon.  The pasta sauce and Mastodon BBQ sauce are sooooo good.  Their ketchup is OK, but I prefer the version I found at He Won’t Know it’s Paleo.  I have yet to try the Primal Cherry BBQ sauce, but I’ll keep you updated.

Notes: $37 for the (4) sauces on Amazon prime, I highly recommend giving them a shot, less prep time for you and delicious additions to your meals.  I think I am going to make BBQ ribs with the Mastodon sauce soon!

REINTRODUCTIONS: GOAT CHEESE AND CHESTNUTS

Not sure yet if goat cheese went well, the first time was in the midst of me getting sick so I thought that might be the cause, but I tried it again this weekend and no issues. Chestnuts went A-OK as I suspected, all of my nut reintros have been without incident.  I’ll have to monitor the “cheese” issue lol.

I am sorry to you, but mostly myself because I am pretty sure I am the only one that noticed, that I haven’t posted in awhile.  I hope you get some use out of these recipes and open yourself up to trying something new.  Healthy eating isn’t just for folks with autoimmune diseases, it’s not propaganda, it will make you feel better!  😉

Have a wonderful week!

XOXO

Mack

 

This Week I Tried…January 22nd Edition

I am still slacking with the weekly posts, but really that’s only a promise I keep to myself, so what do you care? 😉

The past couple of weeks I’ve tried a few new things but have kept it pretty straight edge as I’ve been teetering on burn out with cooking and trying not to extend myself.  Check out what I ate the last couple of weeks!

ZUCCHINI PASTA W/ BACON PESTO, recipe here

Cost: $18

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: Just a note that this little recipe requires a food processor (which I have) but when I started all of this I didn’t read the fine print when choosing recipes and would end up getting ready to cook and realizing I didn’t have everything I needed.  That said this was so yummy, I’ve always loved zucchini and now I love the AIP version of zucchini-based meals, this pasta hits the spot.  I would double the recipe if you want it to last for a few meals!

Notes: $18 for 2-3 meals and, again, I recommend having or buying a food processor.  A blender won’t get you the texture you need, but could work in a pinch.

LOX AND EVERYTHING SWEET POTATO, recipe here!

Cost: $13 – $30

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: OK, so this was the first dish with salmon that I enjoyed, probably because the salmon was smoked, but regardless, YAY!  This looks and tastes so good and works best as an appetizer, but is also filling as a main course.  Make sure the smoked salmon you buy is AIP approved and the sweet potatoes are white not orange!

Notes: $13 – $30 for 3-4 meals, the cost really depends on what spices you have around.  I had all of the spices, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, etc.  If you don’t the price will bump up a bit.

PALEO SNICKERDOODLE PANCAKES (+ BACON) recipe here!

Cost: $15 – $45

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: These pancakes were delicious but I only indulge once in awhile!  I know my pancake making skills could improve, looks wise, but they taste great…I promise.

Notes: $5 – $45 for 6-8 pancakes and it depends on the ingredients you already have.  Starting from scratch can be expensive of course, but I had most of these ingredients on hand so it only cost me roughly $15.

PALEO GINGERBREAD DONUT HOLES, recipe here!

Cost: $0 – $64

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: So these turned out more like cookies when I made them, but they are still good.  I may have gone a little too wild on the cinnamon!  Whenever you make AIP or even paleo donuts don’t expect a donut, seriously, you will be very disappointed.  If you expect a tasty treat, then you’re all good.

Notes: $0 – $64 and I know that’s pricey!  I happened to have all of the ingredients, hence the $0, but if you don’t it might not be worth going out to buy all these ingredients.  As I’ve mentioned before, however, these ingredients will stretch and you’ll be able to make a lot of delicious treats with them.

ZESTY DETOX SALAD, recipe here!

Cost: $23

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: This was better than I thought it was going to be, but there was just TOO much salad.   I know I am supposed to love salads on AIP, buuuuut I don’t.  It is full of amazing nutritional value and AIP-ers need that!

Notes: $23 for 3-4 side salads with an entree (that sounds like something written in a Chili’s menu) ;).

SIMPLE MILLS BANANA MUFFINS

Cost: $7.99

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: No recipe here but I wanted to share the banana muffins I made with the Simple Mills mix! Sometimes you need an easy snack and this is one of them.  I highly recommend this brand if you’ve reintroduced more paleo items into your diet!

Notes: $7.99 for one box of banana muffin mix, makes a dozen muffins!

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC CHICKEN SOUP, recipe here!

(Photo Cred: Unbound Wellness)

Cost: $30

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: So I forgot to take a picture, but you’ve come to expect that from me now, so I have to.  Any who, this soup was yummy, nutritional, and anti-inflammatory thanks to our good pal turmeric.  Be careful with turmeric it will stain anything and everything it touches.  Hop on over and check out Michelle at Unbound Wellness she has a ton of great content and recipes to share, this being one of them

Notes: $30 for 4-5 meals and you can also freeze and save for a rainy day!  Soup is good to have on hand because it’s easy to heat up and eat again down the road.

BUTCHER BOX, site here!

Cost: $129/month

Rating (1-10): 10

Review: I love this service, I finally tried it and it’s so convenient and you get quality meat delivered to your door once a month.  If you sign up now you get free bacon in every delivery in 2018!  I received two free packages of bacon for my first order and the 2018 special.

Notes: $129 for 8-11 pounds of meat and if you choose the variety pack it’s always a bit of a surprise. I received 2.7 lbs of chicken breast, 2 lbs of ground pork, 2 lbs of ground beef, 2 lbs of sirloin, 2 lbs of sirloin tip, and, of course, 2 packages of AIP approved bacon.

 

Next week I get another year older and this weekend I am celebrating by making myself a paleo chocolate cake, I am excited to share the pics with you!  Also, and because every millennial loves nostalgia, my friends and I will be celebrating in pajamas.  Yes a pajama party, no room for judgment here folks!

I hope you found something good to eat, until next time…

XOXO

Mack

 

This Week I Tried…January 9th Edition

I was back into the swing of normal life this past week and tried some new and delicious recipes, plus it’s raining in the LA desert today and I was in a writing mood, so lucky you I wrote this post (OMG)!

Enjoy!

CHICKEN LIVER MOUSE (PALEO), recipe here

 

Cost: $20 – $35

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I am still working on getting enough organ meats into my diet, but this little recipe is certainly helpful in that endeavor.  I shared an image of the cooking process and the end result which I enjoyed alongside some Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt crackers.  It’s so good! Disclaimer: you should have successfully reintroduced cashews into your diet before attempting this recipe

Notes: $20 – $35 and you’ll have a snack for daaaaays!  Lasts for roughly 5 days in the refrigerator, freeze up to 3 months after that.  This recipe filled up a big piece of tupperware so you will have a lot.

GARLIC & DILL SOCKEYE SALMON, recipe here!

Cost: $15 – $25

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: Again, salmon (see all fish), not for me, but this was probably one of the tastier salmon dishes I have had thus far.  I try to have at least one fish dish a week to get those omega-3’s!

Notes: $15 – $25 for 3-4 meals (if you’re like me and have to choke down salmon it will last you 4 meals, small bits only).  Side note: the sweet potato rounds are always bomb, eat those.

PALEO PAD THAI, recipe here!

Cost: $35 – $55

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I am a lady who loves her pad thai and all Thai foods (especially panang curry, I miss you panang).  Thai food is pretty much a no-no for paleo AIP folks, even with reintroductions, many many night shade spices that are hard on the body appear in Thai dishes.  I was thrilled to try this recipe (I substituted kelp noodles for squash noodles), it wasn’t really pad thai in the traditional sense but it was definitely yummy in its own unique way.  You need to go in with the expectation that the paleo or AIP versions of recipes will be good but different than the standard versions.

Notes: $35 – $55 for 4 meals, this one is pricier as it incorporates non-traditional ingredients so be prepared to pony up if you really want to make it. 🙂

GARLIC STEAK WITH LEMON-PEPPER ASPARAGUS, recipe here!

Cost: $30 – $35

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: I normally love steak but when cooking with 100% grass fed beef you need more flavorings to offset the gamey taste and this recipe wasn’t doing it for me. I would go heavier on the spices if I make it again.  Also I recommend buying thicker asparagus as the thinner versions are a bit limp after cooking (but still delicious).

Notes: $30 – $35 for a 4 meals, I used a sirloin steak from the Belcampo Butcher Shop in Santa Monica (they also have an amazing restaurant and they can accommodate AIP).

CHICKEN STIR-FRY WITH RICE, recipe here!

Cost: $30 – $40

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I loved this recipe and it is 100% like the real thing, I actually used organic white jasmine rice, not cauliflower rice (white rice is actually recommended over brown rice in reintroductions).  White rice, however, should be eaten in extreme moderation (I am failing at that).  It’s OK not to be perfect though, I am far from it, last night I dreamt I ate 4 slices of pizza….I am sad about that…because I don’t remember what it tasted like ;).

Notes: $30 – $40 for a 4 meals and you’ll enjoy every last bit of it, if you like stir fry!

GOLDEN MILK TEA LATTE, recipe here!

Cost: $5 – $20

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I have to admit that this one was a bit too sweet/thick for me, but very good otherwise.  I will have to try a lighter turmeric-based tea here soon.  Eric really liked it!

Notes: $5 – $20 for the ingredients, everything but the coconut milk should last you for quite a few rounds of making this recipe.

EATING EVOLVED BUTTER CUPS, recipe here!

Cost: $4

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I love discovering easy treats/snacks on AIP/Paleo!  They can be hard to come by unless you shop ahead. I first saw these on Alaena Haber’s Grazed and Enthused Instagram stories and they were in the aisle at my local Whole Foods, so I had to try one out.  While they really don’t taste like caramel sea salt (they taste like coconut as many Paleo/AIP treats do), they were yummy! I want to try their dark chocolate and almond sea salt bars, I’ll let you know how they are after I pick one up and give it a go

Notes: $4 per bar/pack, so yes they’re pricey, but quality ingredients often are!

I want to start the new year strong and find a good medical team to help with any underlying issues that may be holding me back from healing.  So if you know of any good functional medicine doctors, nutritional therapy practitioners, acupuncturists, etc.  in the LA area please send them my way.  While endocrinologists are great at diagnosing, their knowledge of autoimmune diseases are pretty slim. Sure, Hashimoto’s affects the thyroid but the root cause is not in the thyroid, so your health cannot be put solely in their hands.

I started listening to the Phoenix Helix podcast run by Eileen Laird which is so very helpful and positive for the AI journey.  Eileen interviews a multitude of people in the AI community who have or specialize in many different AI conditions.  One point they all drive home is that there is no easy/quick fix and there are multiple aspects to healing, something to remember when we’re frustrated on this road.

I know this is a far cry from who I was just 6 months ago and for those of you in my life who do not have an autoimmune condition please understand that this is important to my health and it is very much helping.  Food is medicine and while not every disease can be “cured” by just food and lifestyle changes, these changes I am making contribute to healing, they promote my health and wellness.

No, I can’t have refined sugars, gluten or soy again and probably no dairy or nightshades either, it’s cool with me so it should be cool with you. Yes, I am going to bed at 9:30 pm on the weekend because I need more rest, and so do you, go to bed! I can’t be as careless anymore and I know that sounds boring and restrictive, but dammit I have never felt better and that is priceless.  Health is so important and it’s never been more apparent than it is now.  I was the queen of staying up late, saying yes to everything, worrying constantly, smoking, drinking casually, and eating bread and sugar like it was my job and I was a mess, I just didn’t realize it.

I am happier in this new lifestyle, and not in a weird Scientology/Cross-Fit cult way ;).  I hope you’re feeling good and empowered in the new year and if not I hope you find your way there, thanks for reading, until next time!

XOXO

Mack

 

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

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

This Week I Tried…(Thanksgiving Special) Week of November 27th

This past week of food was a fun one because it was…Thanksgiving!  Some of my creations were awesome and others were just so-so but I successfully had a Paleo Thanksgiving. Eric and I hosted his parents and they’ve all been wonderful and were totally open to trying a modified holiday dinner.  I tried to get all of the appropriate reintroductions in before the holiday to make sure I could have everything I absolutely wanted at the feast.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with loved ones even if I was so far away from my family back in Indiana (shout out to Missouri & Orange County).  Check out what we had!

PALEO STUFFING

Cost: $30

Rating (1-10): 2

Review: I tried my best to modify my mom’s stuffing recipe with paleo bread, but some things are not meant to be.  Stuffing is one of those things that need the real thing in order to taste authentic.  It wasn’t terrible, but if you want that REAL stuffing taste, you won’t find it here. The bread recipe on it’s own was not bad at all, check it out here!

PALEO GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, recipe here!

Cost: $20

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: By design there is not an AIP version of green bean casserole (green beans are a no-no), but there is a paleo version and it was fantastic!  I am shocked at how close to the real thing this was without any cream, butter, or fried onions!  The onions were caramelized and the sauce came from parsnips and nutritional yeast!  I highly recommend this for any paleo go-ers who miss green bean casserole.

SWEET POTATO MASH, recipe here!

Cost: $4

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: While no substitute for regular mashed potatoes this dish was really good and a nice sweet side to the meal!

PALEO DINNER ROLLS, recipe here!

Cost: $5 – $25 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: These were delicious and a solid choice if you go the paleo route, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but eggs make the world of difference in baking.  If you can successfully reintroduce them it’s a life saver.  They would be best with a jam or jelly, I made an awesome AIP fig jam awhile back that would be awesome with these.  They’re a bit bland/dry with just ghee butter.

PUMPKIN PIE COOKIES, recipe here!

Cost: $20 – $35 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: I liked these, but they weren’t my favorite AIP/Paleo cookies, plus organic almond butter is SO expensive.  I wouldn’t recommend baking these a lot, it could get very pricey, you basically use a whole jar of the almond butter.  That said they were yummy and everyone seemed to enjoy them, for special occasions only!

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, recipe here!

Yes, I forgot to take my own picture before we started eating!  I was too excited!

Cost: $18 – $25 (depending on the ingredients you have)

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: This little dessert was SO good, I love chocolate mousse so much and it was nice to have a treat that brought me back to the “old days” for a moment.  I highly recommend them but I would advise you to pay attention the kind of chocolate you are buying.

Honorable mention goes out to my guy Eric for purchasing an amazing turkey from Bludso’s (pic below), so good!  He knew how much I was going to be cooking so it made it much easier to get everything ready (thanks ;). Also, a big thanks to Trish and Alan for the wonderful apps and awesome gifts they brought us, they will be put to good use. <3

Next up is Christmas, should be interesting back in the homeland, until next time!

 

XOXO,

Mack

 

The AIP Product Swap

AIP is big on diet, but also big on lifestyle changes overall, which includes the products you use everyday.  Makeup, hair, and cleaning products, etc. are a hot bed for toxins that can affect your healing.

Again, switching out products can be expensive, I’ve done a slow progression of weeding out old chemical-filled products with natural and organic products, I also try to do paleo only products if I can find them (note that paleo makeup isn’t the greatest as far as the way it looks and it’s pricey, some are better than others).  I usually wait until I am finished with an existing product before swapping, unless I feel it needs to hit the bricks immediately like my body wash, moisturizer, and foundation.

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has a great site for checking out the toxicity in your products and/or looking for better products, find them here!

They use a rating system for each of the chemicals in your products and include a list of EWG certified products which have their seal of approval. There are somewhat obvious chemicals that are bad for everyone, but for people with AI diseases you need to be especially aware of immune and hormone disruptors as well, most people don’t look out for this.

I have found some great products and some that are pretty meh, but I can rest easy knowing my body will thank me for them.  That said, I am still in the process of finding the right products for me, so you don’t HAVE to suffer with crappy makeup, but it may take time to find your favorites!

Check out my latest finds!

Brand: Mineral Fusion Foundation (EWG Certified)

Cost: $33

Rating: 7

Notes: This costs as much or less than your Sephora stocked products and goes on pretty much the same as regular foundation.  I admit I do have to blend a bit more and I am no a makeup aficionado.  I do want to test a few more options, but this is great as far as toxin-free makeups go. Buy it at Whole Foods or directly through the site!

 

Brand: Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara (EWG Certified)

Cost: $18

Rating: 7

Notes: Same as above, I honestly don’t love it as much as my Cover Girl Volumizing Mascara, but it does the job and no one but me would notice! Buy it at Whole Foods or directly through their site!

 

Brand: Primal Life Organics Cheek Stain (Paleo)

Cost: $24

Rating: 6

Notes: The site Phoenix Helix (by Eileen Laird) was what led me to Primal Life Organics, many people in the AIP community use their products.  I’ll be honest, these products are as advertised, absolutely primal.  They do not work the same way conventional makeups work, but the cheek stain works pretty well.  I use it dry but they recommend wet (I didn’t like the result). I use the hibiscus coral color, it’s not too pink which I like! Buy it at Primal Life Organics.

 

Brand: Primal Life Organics Concealer (Paleo)

Cost: $18

Rating: 3

Notes: I have to admit, Primal Life Organics concealer is awful, but I am sticking it out until I am through with it.  If you rely on concealer I would recommend finding another brand, I will be searching in the weeks to come.  It’s fine for the time being, but I wouldn’t encourage you to buy this product, especially for the price, although I do know the ingredients are quality. Buy it at Primal Life Organics.

Side Note:  I also received a sample of Primal Life Organic’s tooth powder as a free gift with my conealer/cheek stain and, while I am sure it is great and healthy, I did not feel as if my teeth were properly cleaned.  That said, I think everyone should give products their own try and not take my word for it, that is if the products are safe!

 

Brand: Acure Mint Shampoo/Conditioner (Low on EWG Toxicity)

Cost: $8 – $10/per bottle

Rating: 8

Notes: I’ve been using the same bottles/tubes for the last 2 months and I am still not out.  a little goes a long way and works just as well as my chemical filled shampoo/conditioners.  I try to avoid anything with faux fragrances in them :). Buy it at Target, Whole Foods, or Amazon.

 

Brand: Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, Shave Soap, & Toothpaste

Cost: $12/body wash, $8 shave soap, $7 toothpaste

Rating: 7

Notes: I am not too picky when it comes to body wash and shaving, Dr. Bronners is great and is used by many.  Do take note that their organic status changes from product-to-product.  I plan on switching to another toothpaste soon as the ingredients are only 70% natural.  I am working towards all-natural and fluoride-FREE.  Fluoride is especially problematic for those with autoimmune diseases. Buy it at Whole Foods and Amazon.

 

Brand: Andalou Lavender & Thyme Lotion and Rose Hip Facial Moisturizer

Cost: $12/lotion & $14/moisturizer

Rating: 8

Notes: While I love both of these products and they are LOW on the EWG rating, they may not be the best I can use on my skin.  That said if you’re just looking to lessen your toxic intake, these are great! Whole Foods or Amazon!

 

Brand: Primal Pit Paste, Lavender Deodorant

Cost: $8

Rating: 6

Notes: Natural deodorants do not contain aluminum (for starters), don’t be fooled by Tom’s, they are “natural” in the conventional sense only and do contain aluminum.  That said actual paleo/natural deodorant is hard to put on and you will likely stink by the end of the day.  That said, if you reapply throughout the day you should be good.  The natural lavender scent is great, and keeps the smellies at bay ;). I bought this through Amazon but you can buy at Whole Foods as well.

 

Brand: Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner, Glass Cleaner,  Lavender Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent

Cost: $5  – $10

Rating: 7

Notes: The EWG rating on Seventh Generation products is very low and I do not use them that often (except for the detergents/dish soap).  Powdered laundry detergent is, admittedly, safer but I use liquid.  All around I feel there is no difference between these products and conventional products and they do not leave a terrible/chemically smell in your house.  You can find these products online or at Whole Foods.

 

Brand: Honest Company Mandarin Hand Soap

Cost: $8

Rating: 7

Notes: I actually don’t know the EWG rating on this product, but The Honest Company is pretty great regardless, maybe not perfect, but worth it.  I wanted lavender (because I am obsessed with lavender) but they are always out it, guess I am not the only one.  This another one you can buy directly through the site, Amazon, or Whole Foods.

This Week I Tried…November 13th Edition

The AIP community is centered around positivity, which I love, being negative isn’t going to change/help anything, but one thing I feel is missing is conversation and discourse.  Many AIP leaders talk about road blocks, journeys, trouble shooting, and share success stories, but I don’t hear enough from the community as whole, both positive and negative.

The reason I bring this up is because I had my endo check in today and my TSH levels are higher, jumping up a full point +.  It is still in the normal range, but for most people your TSH levels should/would not vacillate drastically. Of course, there are so many reasons this can be the case and AIP has been a big help overall, but it’s disappointing that my labs are worse and not better.  Listen, I know I am getting ahead of myself, I usually do, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, I’ve worked so hard. Discouragement is easy when you haven’t had Italian food in three months ;).

Again, I have to go with how I feel, and the diet makes me feel better, but I also need to start trouble shooting to see if I can stop this attack on my tender little thyroid!  It’s going to be a frustrating process and I suppose I should saddle up.

As much as I want to share positivity and encouragement I also want you to know you’re allowed to be angry/sad from time to time. It isn’t easy trying to navigate “alternative” healing, but when the other choice is a hit or miss medication that doesn’t fix anything, it’s certainly worth figuring it out.

All that said I did have some delicious meals this week that I am going to share with you, yay!

PRESSURE COOKER ASIAN PORK, recipe here

Cost: $30 – $50

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: This was actually better the next day, it was a bit tasteless and watery straight out of the pot.  I would recommend starting with the slow cooker version, those seem to have the most flavor!  Overall it was good, I threw it on a bed of kale and added extra pink sea salt.

Notes: $30 – $50 for a 3-4 meals and depends on what ingredients you have, I usually have coconut aminos, fish sauce, and honey around but if you don’t it makes this recipe a bit pricier.  That said you can always make recipes for what you do have in your pantry/refrigerator to make everything more cost efficient.

SEA SALT & LIME SPINACH CHIPS, recipe here!

Cost: $5

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: These we’re tasty and easy to make, I used about 1 1/4 bags of organic spinach from Trader Joes.  I would also get two limes for this recipe, just in case.  It was nice to have a snack that was both nutrient dense and convenient.

Notes: $5 for a snack that will get you through a couple of days, it unlikely you can have TOO many leafy greens, so enjoy!

 

SPATCHCOCKED ADOBO CHICKEN recipe here!

Yeah I couldn’t wait to eat this, hence the pic…patience is a virtue!

Cost: $12 – $25

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: This was easy to make and so flavorful!  I had never done a spatchcocked chicken but it’s definitely a good life hack for cooking chicken faster.  That said I hope you don’t have any issue with cracking some bones because this requires that you cut the backbone out of your whole chicken and piercing its sternum (you can use it for a bone broth later that week).  Luckily I am fascinated with anatomy and it didn’t bother me too much ;).

Notes: $12 – $25 for 4 meals, again it depends on the ingredients and/or quality of chicken you can buy, but you get A LOT of bang for your buck on this one.  While it takes around 45 minutes to cook, the prep time is around 15-20 minutes which is considerably less time than most AIP meals. I highly recommend you try it.

ROSEMARY & GARLIC BEEF LIVER, recipe here!

Cost: $12

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: I have to say I didn’t hate this recipe, I thought I was going to have to choke this liver down but I actually enjoyed eating it.  Having the apples and garlic/rosemary really helped with the liver flavor.  I have not been eating enough organ meats on AIP and I am trying to get back in the groove.

Notes: $12 for a pound of liver and the additional ingredients, organ meats are relatively cheap, even the grass-fed pastured versions!

WINE AND CHOCOLATE (reintroductions)

Oh what joy!  This week I added back in two of my favorites and so far so good.  I usually go for the reds when I drink wine, but a dry white was recommended so I went for the only white I like, sauvignon blanc.  No symptoms and it was so wonderfully delicious.

 

 

The second introduction this past week was chocolate, whoop whoop!  Instead of trying to track down a brand I could eat I made my own and it was really easy.  Organic cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, honey and voila!  I also added some sea salt to mine, I love salty and sweet together!  Recipe, here!

In regards to my opening, today is one day of (hopefully) many more to come, I can’t let it derail me from answers and healing.  Have a good week, only one more full week until the holiday, and damn do we need it!

XOXO,

Mack

 

This Week I Tried…November 6th Edition

This week I avoided Reeses and Snickers, which is a staple for me almost every Halloween.  My mom still likes to send my brothers and I a care package filled with ALL of the goods, even though we’re in our 30s, but you know candy is good at any age, am I right?!  I asked my mom to resist the urge to send me candy this year, and she did (thank you mom).  That didn’t stop here from sending traditional festive socks and decorations so I could still get in the spirit without the treats.

This week was not a home run in the food department, but I am well-fed and that in and of itself means I am lucky.  The fact that I am even able to do this diet is a privilege. I know a lot of these AIP sites tell you there are ways to get deals and discounts, but I know that takes time and time is already so limited in our lives add in work and a family and what’s left? It is also, even with deals/sourcing/discounts, not cheap.

I would still encourage those with an autoimmune disease to try this diet/lifestyle and remember to take it one day at time, I have to remind myself of that constantly.  I won’t solve my disease in a month, even thought I want to, I, like so many want everything to have a concrete answer and plan, but it just doesn’t work that way.  This is a journey that will have many missteps, pitfalls, and stops along the way to healing and we cannot do it alone.

Have I sufficiently gone off the rails?  I tend to do that, what I am trying to say is that it takes awhile and you need a good support system.  You need people who will encourage you along the way and not bring negativity/toxicity to your healing, it’s just as important that you surround yourself with good/positive people as it is to feed your body with good/healthy foods. I hope that you have that and if you don’t, hey I am happy to start the circle!

Without further ado, here’s what I ate this week!

AIP PIZZA, recipe here!

Cost: $15 – $45

Rating (1-10): 4

Review: I am a pizza purest and AIP pizza doesn’t not hold up, crusts and breads made the AIP way are not good.  Don’t let anyone fool you, beef gelatin as a solidifier is not a true replacement for eggs.  If you don’t eat this expecting it to taste like pizza it’s actually alright and better the next day.

Notes: $15 – $45 for 3-4 meals and the cost depends on the ingredients you have like the beef gelatin which is about $25 (but lasts for forever and you’ll use it a lot).  I recommend trying other pizza recipes, I am determined to find one that works, but I may have to wait until I can go the paleo route. Also, I ate this with a side of roasted asparagus, the picture was blurry, I failed. 😉

CUCUMBER MINT WATER

Cost: $3

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: Okay, so I definitely didn’t reinvent the wheel with this one, but it was nice to switch up regular water for some cucumber/mint water.  I just threw in some leftovers and had a nice refreshing drink with my meal.

Notes: $3 for the ingredients, if you want to use them strictly for cucumber/mint water you would be set for a week.

 

100% GRASS-FED BURGER PATTIES ON A BED OF GREENS w/ NOMATO KETCHUP

Cost: $12

Rating (1-10): 7

Review: This is a recipe I threw together with leftover foods I had in the refrigerator.  I cooked up a couple of 100% grass-fed ground beef patties (Trader Joe’s), threw them on a bed of kale, sprinkled with leftover red onion and nomato ketchup.  Easy and delicious!

Notes: $12 for roughly 2 meals, I got one meal from this but I only used 3/4 pound of meat, the other 1/4 went to the AIP pizza.  The nomato ketchup I had from the week before and an onion/kale from a previous meal.

 

CRISPY COCONUT FRIED TILAPIA, recipe here! and ROASTED GOLDEN BEETS w/ APPLE & SAGE, recipe here!

Cost: $30 – $45

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: This meal was easy and satisfying, tilapia is a cheaper fish which makes it more accessible to everyone.  I loved all of the different flavors in the fish and the side dish of apples/beets.

Notes: $30 – $45 for a 3 meals depending on the ingredients you already have!

 

BEST DAMN STEW EVER, recipe here!

Cost: $50

Rating (1-10): 6

Review: This stew is nice and hearty, but does take some considerable prep/cook time.  I spent roughly 1.5 hours on this and the result was not THE best damn stew, but good stew.  I consider having to omit two of my favorite ingredients, worcestershire and peas, to the stew’s rating!  Hopefully peas will be back in my life soon, but until then they’re out!

Notes: $50 for 4 meals and somewhat worth it, like I said in my previous post, stews aren’t my best or favorite work.  They’re often labor intensive and not as satisfying as other meals.  That said you get a lot of meals/snacks out of stew and they’re worth it in that arena!

 

TAZO ORGANIC SPICEY GINGER TEA

Cost: $4.69

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I love this tea and it is caffeine free, it helps stave off hunger pangs between meals and has a nice little kick to it.  I usually put a bit of raw honey in to sweeten it up, but I have to be careful with the sweet stuff.  I find this tea at Whole Foods, when buying teas remember to buy organic and to look at the ingredients (no preservatives, filler, or AIP NO-list ingredients).

Notes: $4.69 for 20 tea bags and you’re set for awhile!

 

AIP BANANA BREAD, recipe here!

Cost: $5 – $31

Rating (1-10): 9

Review: Lucky for me I had all of the ingredients lying around to make these bad boys and I needed something to attempt a reintroduction of ghee butter (see below).  This recipe does not create traditional banana bread but it is still yummy all the same.  I am going to try to bake it more traditionally next time and see how I do, but the batter and end result are pretty divine!

Notes: $5 – $31 depending on the ingredients you already have around the house, again if you’ve been doing AIP for a bit you will likely have most of these ingredients.

 

GHEE BUTTER (REINTRODUCTION)

Cost: $14

Rating (1-10): 8

Review: I reintroduced ghee butter in anticipation for Thanksgiving, and so far so good.  I haven’t had any reactions and it’s nice to have butter back in my life.  Ghee butter should be 100% grass-fed, is clarified, and lactose free.  To boil it down, ghee is healthier for you than traditional butters.

Notes: $14 is pretty hefty for butter, but you’re not supposed to have it daily so it should last you quite awhile and is not to be refrigerated.

 

FARMERS MARKET FARE , BEET KVASS @ LA VIE, site here!

La Vie has a small probiotic stand at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market where you can pick yourself up some beet kvass!  I had a sample of all of their flavors including the traditional beet kvass.  Kvass, saurkraut, kombucha, and kefir are just some of the fermented foods that are wonderful for healing the gut on AIP.  I don’t get enough fermented foods so I was excited to try this beet kvass with apple and ginger, cleverly named “Root Awakening”.  They are located next to the crepe stand, which smells awesome even if you can’t actually eat one.

I had a lot of old faithfuls this past week and I didn’t want to bore you with repeats, more to share in the coming weeks.  I am especially excited to showcase my Thanksgiving feast!

 

I hope you all have a good week, until next time!

XOXO,

Mack