AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Chicken Salad Bowl with Tri-Olive Dip

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Amidst all of the fancy recipes out there, sometimes we only have minutes to throw together a meal so the more Whole30 meals you build, the more you develop an intuition and for simple, real foods…but, never lacking in quality and flavor!

This photo is an example of a meal I might throw together for myself. It is based on protein (bonesless chicken thighs), veggies (spinach, radish and shredded zucchini) and healthy fat (tri-olive dip).

It’s simple, and if you do just a little advance prep, takes only a few minutes to assemble.

I prepped for this meal by cooking some chicken in bulk and making an olive dip. I use meats cooked in bulk for a few days with meals and I am convinced that sauces and dips pull together a meal wonderfully (did that sound Martha Stewarty…wonderfully!?).

When I needed a meal and opened my fridge, I saw chicken, assorted veggies and dip. And lunch was in the making…

RECIPE:

CHICKEN SALAD BOWL WITH TRI-OLIVE DIP (serves 1)

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:

4-6 ounces of cooked chicken (or any cooked meat that you have!)
2 cups of greens (I used spinach)
Handful of sliced radish (again, slice up whatever veggie you already have)
1 small zucchini, shredded with a box grater
Fresh Italian parsley, to garnish

TRI-OLIVE DIP (serves 8-10)

1 cup each of black and green olives, pitted
1/2 cup of kalamata olives, pitted
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup of fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
1 small garlic clove

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pulse all of your tri-olive dip ingredients in a food processor until well combined, about 10-15 seconds.

Set aside 1/4-1/2 cup of dip for your salad and store the rest in a glass jar or container to use throughout the week on meats, veggies, or in scrambles.

Assemble your salad in a bowl and serve with olive dip and parsley. You can also toss your salad/dip togther in a mixing bowl first.

And that is Whole30 meal-building!

I hope you enjoy! How do you build fast, tasty meals?

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Healing Chicken Veggie Soup

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It has been in rainy L.A. so I made this chicken soup and am staying inside with a good book! Truthfully, I make this soup anytime I have the ingredients in my fridge (it could be a Summer day!), because it is that good. And it is extra special because it contains fresh ginger and fresh turmeric, proven roots helping your body fight nasuea and aid digestion (ginger) while reducing joint pain and all-over inflammation (turmeric). It is a healing soup in many ways!

Tip: Use fresh ginger and turmeric in more than this soup. Try simmering them in water to make your own tea, finely grated to add to a salad vinaigrette or use them minced in your next meat marinade. Always peel off the skin before consuming and store in your veggie crisper for up to 3 weeks (or in your freezer for even longer).

Bonus tip: Use the @epicbar Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth in this recipe. It tastes delicious and has turmeric in it as well…you’ll save time and nourish your body.

RECIPE:

HEALING CHICKEN-VEGGIE SOUP (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

28 ounces of chicken bone broth
1 Tbs. of ghee or coconut oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots, peeled and diced
4 celery stocks, diced
1 lb. of organic chicken, shredded or diced (Timesaver: use a Whole30 compliant rotisserie chicken from your local market such as Target or @wholefoods)
1″ of fresh ginger, peeled
1″ of fresh turmeric, peeled
Fresh parsley
Black pepper (omit for AIP)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a stock pot, heat ghee or coconut oil to medium and allow to melt.

Add diced onion and minced garlic and stir until they begin to soften.

Add diced carrot, celery and chicken to the pot and stir to combine.

Pour bone broth over veggies and simmer until soft (about 10 minutes).

Turn off the heat and using a veggie peeler, peel ginger and turmeric in strips directly into the pot.

Stir to combine and serve between 4 bowls.

Garnish with parsley and a generous sprinkle of black pepper.

Hope you enjoy this soup!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Liver with Caramelized Onions By Natural Hormone Healing

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I have big news! I’m in love with…liver!

But…only when it is cooked deliciously!

Of course!

I recently made this liver and caramelized onion recipe by Madeline of @naturalhormonehealing and was shocked at how easy it was to make…and it tasted so good!

Give it a try, it might become a staple on and off your Whole30!

RECIPE:

LIVER WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS (serves 2-4)

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 Tbs. of coconut oil or ghee
1 small onion, chopped into half moon rings
2/3 lb. of bison, beef or elk liver
Smoked paprika, to sprinkle on top of liver (omit to keep this AIP, try adding garlic powder instead)
Sea salt and white pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Saute onion rings in cooking fat until caramelized (this takes about 20 minutes if cooking on low heat in a skillet).
Remove caramelized onions and set aside.

Turn up the heat in your skillet to medium high.

Pat liver dry with a paper towel and place on the heated skillet.

Sprinkle smoked paprika, sea salt and white pepper on one side, and sear for 2-3 minutes, flip, sprinkle more smoked paprika, sea salt and white pepper on the other side and sear another 2-3 minutes (slightly pink in the middle is how you want to serve it).

Once cooked, serve the liver topped with caramelized onion and a side salad or steamed greens and an optional grain-free carb such as sweet potato, butternut squash, potato or parsnips.

I hope you try this recipe, I think you will really love it!

And be sure to check out more Whole30 recipes from @naturalhormonehealing!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Pork Shoulder Salad with Sweet Potato & Avocado

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This is a recipe I just had for brunch and it is so good I have to share it with you now!

Tip: Creating Whole30 meals can be as elaborate or simple as you like, but building them is always very simple: veggies, protein and healthy fat. As you put together your own meals, use this trio as your guide. You will find you have endless options and so much freedlm to express yourself in the kitchen!

This salad is Whole30, Paleo, AIP and fit for anyone who likes good food.

RECIPE:

PORK SHOULDER SALAD WITH SWEET POTATO & AVOCADO (serves 4):

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 lbs of organic pork shoulder
1 cup of chicken bone broth or stock
1 Tbs. each of ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder
1 whole scallion, minced
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 Tbs. of ghee
Sprinkle of sea salt
1 avocado
4 big handfuls of chopped cabbage or kale (I used a blend of green/red cabbage/cury kalecarrots and found it pre-chopped at @wholefoods, hello time saver!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add pork shoulder, broth, ghee, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder to a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hrs.

Or, place in an Instapot (no need to brown) and cook sealed on manual for 30 min, allowing steam to naturally release for 30 min.

Once cooked, chop pork into bite size pieces on a large cutting board and sprinkle with minced scallion.

While the pork is cooking, roast sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet with ghee and sea salt for 30 min, tossing after 15 min.

Add a big handful of cabbage/kale to 4 serving bowls and top with cooked pork, roasted sweet potato and sliced avocado.

Pour 1/2 cup of the broth in your slow cooker or Instapot over your salad, gently toss and enjoy!

I hope you like this salad and of course, feel free to customize it to your own tastes!

Kitchen Tip: Glass Containers!

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I’m sharing a kitchen tip that you can be sure I implement because it works!

Glass containers!

You guys, glass containers are a fantastic investment for your Whole30. I store everything in glass. Greens, fruit, meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, vinaigrettes, fresh herbs….all of it.

Storing foods in glass allows you to see exactly what you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry and glass containers keeps food fresh!

In this photo I can already see lots of meals that can be whipped up quickly.

A spinach salad with blueberries, fresh mint, chopped hazelnuts, jullienned radish, all tossed in vinaigrette.

A pork chop marinated in vinaigrette, seared in the cast iron and seasoned with fresh rosemary.

Roast beef roll ups filled with sliced peppers and fresh parsley.

Parsley pesto made from blending vinaigrette and sunflower seeds.

Can you think of more ideas?

Whole30 foods make endless delicious meals and the more you practice combining what you find in your kitchen, the easier it is to create custom Whole30 recipes.

I purchase my glass, oven-safe containers from Amazon, but you can find them all over, I see them at @WholeFoods, as well.

Do you already implement this tip? How do you like it?

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Minced Dill & Scallion Romaine Salad with Lemon Zest & Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Tip: Whenever I make a salad, I use fresh herbs and fresh citrus. These simple additions draw a salad together no matter what else is added or left out. I have cooked for clients avoiding vinegars and nightshades and other random veggies and fruits so adding minced fresh herbs and citrus juices and zest keeps salads yummy (translation: out of the fridge and into bellies!).

I think you all will find this salad a cinch to prepare (no appliances needed) and on your menu again and again. It is also pretty…and we eat with our eyes, folks!

RECIPE:

MINCED DILL & SCALLION ROMAINE SALAD WITH LEMON ZEST & BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD:
1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
5 sprigs of fresh dill, minced
1 whole scallion, minced
Zest from 1 whole lemon

VINAIGRETTE:
4 Tbs. of olive oil
1 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
Optional: Dash of white pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add vinaigrette ingredients to a glass jar and seal.

Add romaine, dill and scallion to a serving bowl and toss well to combine.

Top with addition dill and scallion, then garnish with fresh lemon zest.

When ready to serve, shake vinaigrette (in the sealed jar) and pour over your salad, tossing well to combine.

Use this simple salad as a base recipe, alternating herbs (such as parsley, basil, cilantro and tarragon) and zests (like orange, lime or clementine) to keep your salads fresh and flavorfull!

Hope you enjoy!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Juliet’s Whole30 Holiday Green Bean Saute

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Happy holidays, All! Do you have your recipes for the second half of the month lined up yet? Below is a special holiday side dish that my sweet Sister made me (ok, for the whole fam, not just me!) at Thanksgiving this year. It was delicious and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table. And my Sis gives us all permission to copy!

Tip: As much as possible, get comfy in the kitchen swapping non-compliant ingredients with Whole30 subs such as ghee for butter, coconut milk for dairy, rich homemade broths for wine. You can make any dish Whole30 with a little editing.

RECIPE:

JULIET’S WHOLE30 HOLIDAY GREEN BEAN SAUTE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of fresh green beans, tips removed (kitchen scissors work bomb for trimming green bean tips!)
1 Tbs. of ghee
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups of crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of canned coconut milk (full fat)
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1 tsp. of sea salt
A pinch of ground nutmeg (omit if following the autoimmune protocol)

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, blanch your green beans. You can do this by boiling your green beans for 2-4 min (2 min for small beans, 3 for medium, 4 for large) and then transfer beans to a large bowl of ice water. Once cool, remove from the ice water and set aside.

Heat ghee in a skillet to medium heat.

Saute shallots for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Bring heat down to low and add sliced mushrooms, cover and continue to saute for another 3-5 minutes.

When both shallots and mushrooms are soft, add coconut milk, chicken broth, sea salt and nutmeg (leave nutmeg out to keep this AIP friendly) and gently toss together until all is combined.

Add blanched green beans and saute on low until green beans are warm again.

And that is it! A comforting holiday side dish that will leave you and your loved ones feeling amazing!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Ginger Brussels Sprouts Bites

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When in doubt on an appetizer to prepare that is super easy and sure to be enjoyed by everyone, keep things really simple.

I mean, really simple.

Like, just put a toothpick in it.

These roasted brussels sprouts with fresh ginger are no more complicated (and honestly, not complicated at all!) than roasting a tray of fresh veggies, because that is all they are!

But…since they have a toothpick in them, they are party food.  And everyone likes a party…or at least, food with toothpicks in them.

GINGER BRUSSELS SPROUTS BITES

Serves many people as an appetizer (leave the toothpicks out to serve 4-6 as a side dish)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. of brussels sprouts, rinsed and tough ends removed

2 Tbs. of avocado oil

1 tsp. of sea salt

Dash of white pepper (optional)

1 tsp. of garlic powder

2 tsp. of fresh ginger, minced

2 Tbs. of coconut aminos (sub apple cider vinegar if preferred)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking tray with parchmont paper and set aside.

Rinse brussels sprouts and remove tough ends, then cut in half.

Arrange on a baking tray and pour avocado oil over them and gently toss with a spatula.

Sprinkle sea salt, (white pepper, if using) garlic powder and coconut aminos over sprouts and toss one more time.

Roast in your oven for 10 minutes, toss, and finish roasting for 10 more minutes.

Remove from your oven and gently toss with fresh ginger.

Stick toothpicks in each sprout and serve on a platter as a quick party bite and watch these little green snacks get gobbled up by all of your guests!

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AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Ginger Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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GINGER SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE

Serves 8-10

It always surprises me how easy it is to make your own cranberry sauce, but how rarely people serve it homemade with their holiday feasts. Cranberry sauce takes just minutes to prepare and truly completes a traditional holiday meal. This cranberry sauce uses fresh cranberries, apple and orange, and has a complex flavor from autumn spices we have grown to cherish during the holidays. It has no added sugars and actually supports digestion (thanks to ginger) and healthy blood sugar levels (thanks to cinnamon), so be sure to add a spoonful to your turkey or side dishes this year.

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces of fresh cranberries

1 apple, cored and diced

2 Tbs. of fresh orange juice

Zest from one orange

1” of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 Tbs. of ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of ground cloves

Pinch of ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rinse cranberries and add them to a small saucepan with ½ cup of purified water.

Heat stove to medium high, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will begin to pop; this is normal, simply keep stirring and reduce to a low simmer.

Add the rest of the ingredients (apple, orange juice/zest, ginger, spices and sea salt) and simmer until everything is soft, about 15 minutes.

Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator up to a week before ready to serve.

Serve with your holiday feast and impress your guests (and yourself!) with this delicious and Whole30 cranberry sauce!

 Enjoy!

 

AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Grounding Autumn Ginger Turmeric Latte

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GROUNDING AUTUMN GINGER TURMERIC LATTE

Serves 4

Attention! You do not have to consume alcohol to have a good time this holiday season! In fact, once you try this Grounding Autumn Ginger Turmeric Latte, you may want to always include a latte like it in your holiday traditions. Drinks such as wine and spirits are often served before the main meal, which is a perfect time to sip on this latte. It contains slow burning fats, gentle gut-healing spices, is anti-inflammatory and if you add collagen, even offers protein. It’s win-win if you want to feel balanced and in control of your food choices for the rest of the day, so be sure to include this recipe in your holiday spread, and certainly carve out time to make it for yourself the next time you cuddle up with a good book!

INGREDIENTS

4 cups of herbal ginger or turmeric tea (I used 4 Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea bags)

2 Tbs. of coconut butter

2 tsp. of ghee

½ tsp. of sea salt

1 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1 tsp. of ground turmeric

¼ tsp. of ground ginger

Optional: 4 Tbs. of collagen powder (I used Great Lakes Hydrolysate Gelatin)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat 4 cups of purified water as you would to brew tea.

Steep 4 tea bags in the 4 cups of water for 5-7 minutes.

While your tea is steeping, add remaining ingredients (coconut butter, ghee, sea salt, spices and collagen powder) to a high-speed blender.

Remove tea bags and pour brewed tea into your blender. Blend on high for about 15 seconds

Pour into 4 mugs and be sure to make a toast with whomever you are sharing this warm and nourishing holiday beverage!