Sunday, August 28, 2016

Roasted Garlic Zucchini Hummus




I live in the land of amazing & cheap Middle Eastern foods. I also live in the land of luxury cars and fashion....and the land of shopping malls...and the land of crazy world records...and the land of mixed cultures. Today, let's just talk about the food for a while.

Every grocery store in town, from the huge mega marts to the tiny shops at the bottom of apartment blocks has a selection of ready made Middle Eastern foods - hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, and all the pita bread you could possibly want.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Real Deal AIP/ Paleo Biscuits


Growing up, one of my all time favorite foods were biscuits.... hot and flaky, fresh from the oven, smothered with butter or topped with creamy sausage gravy. SORRY! I know that wasn't the best picture to paint, but hold on...I can help you have that dream come true again. 

But first, let's talk about biscuit making for a minute. There's got to be someone out there who can relate. When I moved into my first apartment I decided it was time for me to make biscuits. So, I called the FUNDI (that's Swahili for expert)- my grandma.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad {Paleo, AIP}


Before the summer is over (not that it's ever really over in Dubai) and you pack away the grill, there's time for one more cookout...this time with a twist. Don't just throw some steaks on the grill, but pair them with watermelon and onion for quick dinner that's full of flavor. Oh wait...the watermelon and the onion need to go on the grill too. Say what??

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Peach and Sea Salt Ice Cream {Paleo, AIP, Dairy Free} + How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker


Did you know that I was born in Georgia? I was. I've only lived there for a total of less than 6 years, but I was born in Georgia. I may not have spent much of my life there, but somewhere deep inside I am a Georgia peach and when it comes to food I do enjoy all things Georgian.... biscuits & gravy, grits, shrimp & hushpuppies, pecan pie, and from this recipe it should go without saying....Peach Ice Cream...or just peaches in general. There is just something about sweetness of this summer fruit that naturally lends itself to ice cream. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

How to... "Keep Calm and AIP On"


It seems that AIP is as confusing or as simple as you want to make it.

You literally could spend all day (and would probably need a calculus degree) trying to make sure you don't eat too much fructose, but you get enough carbs and you always have fat/ protein with your carbs, and you eat enough shellfish, but not too much high-mercury seafood, and you get 12 cups of veggies in the right combinations, and you don't eat too many carrots that you start turning orange, and, and, and....

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A World of AIP Spices PLUS a Review of "Spice"




One of the biggest misconceptions about AIP is that without nightshades and seed-spices, that our food must be boring and bland. I assume that this idea happens because the 'spicy' foods many people are used to eating before AIP (mexican, chili, indian & thai curries), rely heavily on the spices that are now off the table. But that doesn't mean those foods have to be off the table...you just have to get a little creative!

Life with nightshade and seed spices doesn't mean that AIP food needs to be boring or bland.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tips to Beat the Heat in the Kitchen



August in Dubai means it's HOT and there's just no getting around it. So, in the spirit of keeping COOL, here are some tips for staying cool, and some meals and treats that require little to no heat.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sweet and Crunchy Tuna Salad {Paleo, AIP, whole 30}


What are your go to meals?

You know...one of those meals that you can make with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back. What do you make when you have no time and no inspiration?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Daikon and Apple Slaw {AIP, Paleo}


There are several things that I love about this recipe:
(1) it uses a new ingredient (previously my experience with daikon was watching 'Iron Chef.)
(2) it's a slaw, which means it can easily be kept in the fridge for several days - yeah, no wilted salads!
(3) it uses the spiralizer,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Roasted Carrots {AIP, Paleo, Vegan, Whole 30}


This past week a high school classmate of mine and her family were in Dubai on holiday and we got to spend some time together. We talked about our lives now, we shared stories of adventures, and we remembered those days 23 years ago when we were roaming the hills of Kenya.

Have I told you about going to boarding school? For grades 8-12, I was a student at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. These were exciting times full of hanging with friends, hiking in the forest, eating huge tubs of ice cream in the middle of the rugby field, traveling by small plane.... and school... and dining hall food. We complained about the food all the time, but in hindsight it wasn't that bad. They did a pretty good job of feeding 500 hungry kids every day, and while we might not have always enjoyed the food, none of us went hungry and as far as I know, no one suffered from malnutrition.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cookbook Review: The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

When I first came to AIP, and started reading ALL the STUFF, (I know you've been there...it can seriously be a rabbit hole) I resonated with 3 things
(1) the science of the Paleo Mom
(2) recipes from various bloggers where my favorite recipes were made AIP friendly, and
(3) the stories of healing and recovery through the autoimmune protocol.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Creamy Leek & Asparagus Soup with Crispy Maple Bacon {AIP, Paleo}


I know what you're thinking.
It's 110 degrees outside in Dubai and I'm posting soup recipes.
I promise I'm not insane.

You know I love soup and I'm not fickle. If I love something I love it all the time even when it doesn't make sense. So, to me there is no such thing as soup weather or non soup weather. I love soup all the time.