As it turns out, I’m a fan of nightshades and seed-based spices. I seriously need an oversized foam finger to wear so I can cheer on all the beautiful bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeño, black pepper, cumin and coriander while I walk sadly by them in the grocery store. I really thought that doing without ghee and eggs (and coffee!) were going to be the most difficult omissions with my AIP trial, but as it turns out I need F-L-A-V-O-R. I’m having a hard time without these ingredients suddenly.
Sorry for the TMI, but I’m experiencing this strange phenomenon when I eat: meat and veggies are not sitting well… like at all… like I can barely choke them down anymore. This same thing happened to me when I did my Whole30 last fall. It’s as if my body is telling me to EAT SOMETHING ELSE ALREADY! Please tell me that I’m not the only one?
I’ve been at this AIP thing privately since early July (I just announced it late) and feel that with Ancestral Health Symposium around the corner, it’s time for me to start reintroducing some Paleo basics back into my diet, otherwise I might find myself in more than a few uncomfortable positions while I attend the event.
So while I’m carefully bringing a few items back in, I thought I’d plan for this week’s dinners with AIP recipes that sound pretty darn good–even without the nightshades and seed-spices.
A note on meal planning: I tend to base everything around dinner. I still drink matcha and a green smoothie for breakfast. It’s a habit I got into in the beginning and find that unless I’m reheating some (bone broth) soup, it’s really my favorite thing and totally hits the spot. I drop these ingredients in my single-serve blender and go about my morning.
My AIP Breakfast Smoothie:
- half an avocado
- handful organic baby spinach
- handful of frozen organic berries
- a cup of kombucha or another probiotic juice
- a teaspoon of grass-fed gelatin or collagen hydrolysate
Depending on when I have my smoothie, I sometimes skip lunch or just have a small salad with leftover protein. This combo is a favorite recently: my Balsamic Chicken recipe (modified) with Emerald Kale Salad from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. The hearty salad lasts for a day or so in the fridge making it really easy to grab when I don’t have much time to prepare a full lunch.
With breakfast and lunch covered, here’s what I’m eyeballing for this week’s dinner:
Monday: Crock Pot!
Since I typically do my grocery shopping and house cleaning on Mondays, I don’t like to make super involved dinners. For that reason I love to break out my slow cooker to help save some time prepping dinner. I think I’ll whip up my Crock Pot Italian Beef sans tomatoes and red chili flakes. It’ll be great with the last of my bone broth and some roasted spaghetti squash!
Tuesday: AIP Pizza
I’m gonna try out this flatbread recipe I saw from a blog that’s new to me called He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. Pesto seems like a natural choice for a sauce I think I’ll top it with this one from AIP Lifestyle. I’ll probably pop a chicken in my slow cooker (like this recipe) with general spices like granulated garlic and onion, sea salt, and dried herbs. That’ll give me protein to top the pizza with and have for lunch the next day.
I normally don’t bother with desserts, but this Mango Sorbet with Mint from Meatified looks ridiculously good (and easy to make!)
Wednesday: Burrito Bowl
My friend Rach’s over at the awesome blog Meatified is writing an AIP cookbook and I’m lucky enough to get to try out a few of her awesome new creations! Until I start cooking up some of those goodies, I’m gonna dive face first into her Mojo Chicken Avocado Cups that she guest posted on The Paleo Mom’s site back in May.
Friday: Hawaiian Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries
By the end of the week I’m totally smoked. I don’t like to do big, involved meals. So burgers and fries to the rescue!
I seriously lurve a good Hawaiian Burger (especially with good mayo slathered all over it) and this one from A Clean Plate caught my eye. I think I’ll whip up some Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries sans chili to go with it!
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