Thursday, February 16, 2017

Grieving and Reclaiming Spice on the Auto Immune Protocol

Later on this post I'll be sharing some Indian inspired recipe links to help you reclaim spice in your AIP life.

But, before the recipe links I want to share something a little more personal in nature with you. And I think this will resonate with many of you. Before AIP I loved spicy foods... Indian, Thai, etc. I always had a bottle of tabasco sauce with me and used it to top many of my meals. There was no such thing as a bland meal in my home. 

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Soup for Breakfast and 62 Other Paleo/ AIP Breakfast Adventures

I'm one of those weirdos who never really liked 'breakfast' foods. I mean who came up with the arbitrary rule that hamburgers aren't breakfast food. It's food that helps me break my fast and feeds my body for the day. Growing up, one of my favorites was leftover cold spaghetti. YUM. So, needless to say, I made the switch to eating soup and other leftovers for breakfast quite easy.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Spicy Alu Makha (mashed sweet potatoes) - {AIP, Paleo, Vegan}

spicy alu makha (mashed sweet potatoes) - AIP, Paleo, Vegan

Last weekend I spent some time in Abu Dhabi with my fiance and his parents. As we lead up to our wedding, one of the things that he needed to do was get his parents settled in their own place, and that has been the task of the week. So, I drove up to hang out and help as I could. Most of the afternoon was spent contacting people who had listed furniture for sale on various classifieds pages and going to check out said furniture. We also spent some time looking for boxes and chatting about this Seinfeld clip

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shrimp and Sweet Potato Coconut Curry {AIP, Paleo, nightshade free}

shrimp and sweet potato coconut curry (aip, paleo)

Most of you know my history with curry and know how sad I was to give up nightshades. How was I going to live without Indian and Thai foods? The truth is that curry can be curry without the nightshades and seed based spices. Other spices and herbs can lend their flavor and what you end up with is a mild dish with the warmth of curry. That's what this dish is. It's not going to open your sinuses or anything, but the faint memory of the curry you remember is there. This curry is comfort food at it's best.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best of Adventures in Partaking 2016

As 2016 comes to a close I thought I'd offer you a New Year's gift to get the year started off right.... a countdown of my favorite posts from the year, your favorite posts from the year, favorites around the blogosphere and some of my favorite AIP products this year. 

2016 has been an eventful year in my life. Falling in love and getting engaged, 3 international trips (Kenya, the states & Georgia), surgery, and a busy work year. The amazing thing is that with the AIP diet and lifestyle I've made it through this year with minimal stress and am REALLY looking forward to all that 2017 will hold in store. 

It's only 13 hours here til 2017, so let's get this New Year's Countdown started....

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sweet Potato Fudge

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Does your family have a special meal you eat or a game you always play on Christmas eve? Or special decorations that you put out every year? I don't know if I've told you this or not, but I'm a little bit Christmas crazy. I love the lights and the tree and all my ornaments collected around the world. I love the food memories of time with family and my extensive nativity scene collection. But most of all, I love the reason for the season and the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Chicken Marbella - Comfort Food in a Flash

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If you're not familiar with it, Chicken Marbella is a chicken dish packed with flavors (in the form of olives, capers & vinegar). I enjoyed the dish at a friends house not too long ago and decided this week was the perfect week to experiment and make this dish my own. Read on to see what made this a great week for experimenting, or scroll to the bottom for the recipe.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weeknight Dinner - Sweet & Tangy BBQ Meatloaf {AIP, Paleo}

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I'm back and boy do I have a fun recipe for you today...

For 7 years of my life, I lived in the great state of Texas, where one of the main food groups is BBQ. Everywhere you go, you'll find brisket or ribs or BBQ of some sort and most often this amazing smoked meat is smothered in even more amazing BBQ sauce. Even after leaving Texas behind, I still kept the BBQ tradition and you could alway find a bottle or two of sauce in my cabinets ready for a quick weeknight dinner. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Ring, Roses and a Round-Up of Romantic AIP Recipes

If you're one of my regular readers, you may have noticed that I've been a little quiet of late. I haven't forgotten about you (I promise), I've just been a little distracted. BUT, it's been a great distraction. A few months ago, a man who I'd kind of known from church, suddenly came into my life as a friend and then as a boyfriend and now as my fiancĂ©. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rustic Apple Crisp + 41 Amazing AIP Apple Recipes

This is my favorite time of the year. I love fall!

It's all about the weather cooling down, leaves changing colors, bonfires, wearing hoodies and hanging out with friends. Oh wait... I live in Dubai and MOST of those things don't exist here. Here, fall is about weather dropping below 100F (well some days), walks in the evening, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends. Okay, 1 out of 5 isn't bad. :)

But, just because I live in Dubai, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the fun of fall back in the States. I put out my fake leaves and fake acorns, I light candles that smell like fall and I make everything apple or pumpkin. In that spirit, let me present a rustic apple crisp for your eating pleasure. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dinner in a Flash - Introducing the AIP Instant Pot Cookbook

May I present to you... The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook!!

What are the great inventions of the modern world?
Past generations might have said electricity, indoor plumbing, airplane travel and the telephone. More recently we could add the internet and smart phones. Today, at least in the AIP world, the greatest invention is the Instant Pot!!!

Think about great inventions for a minute. What do they all have in common? They all make life easier and day to day tasks simpler and quicker. For most of us, gone are the days of passenger ships, checking the mail and waiting for a letter, drawing water from a well or going to bed at sunset because there's no more light in the house.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

AIP Movie Snacks

This weekend there is a family movie event at my church. We're going to be watching a new film called "the Biggest Story" as a kickoff for our new school year. Kids and parents alike are excited. Everything is planned, down to the funny glasses and pompoms for the 'selfie station.' And, SNACKS have been purchased in bulk ready to be enjoyed by one and all. 

As I was shopping for the snacks and filling the cart with all kinds of processed foods I had a little moment of grief for the days when I too could enjoy all the junk food. I wished (briefly) that I could dive head first into the snacks I was buying, but then remembered how good I feel on AIP and wouldn't exchange that for all the junk food in the world.