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Life on a healing diet doesn’t need to be bland. Here are my favorite, flavor-packed entrées that are as delicious as they are nutritious. For more delicious recipes, see the full AIP Recipe Archive.

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Moroccan Meatballs with Saffron Yogurt Dipping Sauce (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

I love meatballs! There are so many flavor variations, and when you bake them in the oven, they cook quickly and easily. AND they’re fun to eat – ask any kid! Today, I offer you one with the taste of Morocco. Morocco sits on a centuries-old spice trade route, and their cuisine reflects that abundance of flavor. While not all Moroccan herbs and spices are AIP, many of my favorites are, including ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron. However, I know saffron can be expensive, so the dipping sauce is optional. The meatballs are delicious enough to eat on their own!

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Magic Meatloaf (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

Most traditional meatloaf recipes include egg and bread crumbs. Eggs are meant to hold it together, and the bread crumbs are meant to improve the texture. (A meatloaf with nothing but meat tends to be hard as a rock.) For this Paleo AIP recipe, I did some experimenting and it turns out that shredded vegetables serve both purposes. The end result is the best-tasting meatloaf I’ve ever had!

Superfood Sardine Salad for People Who Hate Sardines (Paleo, AIP, Wahls)

I grew up on Cape Cod, but I didn’t grow up liking seafood. In fact, I avoided it until I went paleo and learned about the benefits of omega-3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids. It turns out it is possible to change your taste preferences, but it requires repeated exposure. I started slowly, eating milder fish in flavorful sauces. At first, I simply tolerated seafood, but eventually I grew to love it….all except for sardines. The fishiest of the fish, they remained my seafood “Mount Everest”. That’s why I’m so excited to announce that I developed a recipe for sardines that I don’t just tolerate but truly enjoy. It’s my gift to all the sardine haters out there, including me!

Swedish Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy | Phoenix Helix

The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook Review & Sample Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

When we’re on a healing diet, we spend a LOT of time cooking. Anything that saves us time in the kitchen is a lifesaver. I fell in love with my Instant Pot when I first made 24-hour gut-healing bone broth in just two hours. If I never cooked anything else, the pot would have been worth the price. But I wanted to use my Instant Pot for much, much more. That’s how this e-cookbook idea was born. I invited 36 other paleo AIP bloggers to develop recipes for our favorite appliance, and the results surpassed all expectations. We created a cookbook no one person could have made on their own: 141 recipes – everything from broth to veggies to main courses and desserts – and they’re not only delicious but FAST!

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Baked Bacon

If you’ve never baked your bacon, you are missing out! No more standing at the stove, getting splattered with grease. You can cook an entire pack at once AND it makes the best bacon fat ever – smooth, creamy white, delicious, and awesome for frying anything, including chicken livers (pro tip). How did I go 40+ years of my life not knowing this trick? PS. There’s a big variation in bacon quality. In this post, I share my favorite paleo AIP-friendly brands as well.

soup served in a white bowl

Carrot Ginger Halibut Soup (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

Seafood is one of one most nutrient-dense foods available, filled with omega-3 fatty acids, easily digestible protein, vitamin D, B12 and more. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. This is an easy enough recipe to make on a weeknight, but flavorful enough to serve company. Feel free to substitute scallops or any white fish if you don’t have halibut. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Cranberries and Rosemary | Phoenix Helix

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Cranberries and Rosemary (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

Like many of you, I have an old stew recipe I used to love, full of ingredients I no longer eat. Luckily, I enjoy developing new versions of old favorites, so I made this AIP-friendly version! I started with onions, garlic and rosemary for flavor. I kept the traditional carrots, but added celery root and radishes as potato substitutes. I threw in some cranberries to replace the tang of tomatoes. Finally, I added bone broth for nutrient-density, and blended it with some of the cooked veggies before serving to thicken the broth without flour. This stew puts my old stew recipe to shame. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Organ Love: Simple Marinated Chicken Hearts (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

I know organ meat is good for me, so I make sure I eat some every week. Chicken hearts, for example, are filled with B vitamins that support deep sleep, steady energy levels, stress resilience, brain health, and autoimmune health. But that doesn’t mean I always find organ meats tasty. The first time I had chicken hearts, they were decidedly chewy (and not in a pleasant way). I started experimenting with recipes and finally came up with one that’s easy and delicious. This is so good, I could eat it every week. My non-paleo husband loves this recipe, too.

Mackerel or Salmon in Magic Sauce | Phoenix Helix

Mackerel (or Salmon) in Magic Sauce (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls)

Although I grew up on Cape Cod, I never liked seafood, and I was quite content to live without it until I developed rheumatoid arthritis. Fish are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re highly recommended on a healing diet. So, that meant it was time to expand my tastes and give fish another chance. This recipe is perfect. The sauce removes any “fishy” flavor without being too strong a flavor itself. My husband (who loves seafood) loved this recipe, too. That’s a win!

Chicken Liver Fried “Rice” | Phoenix Helix

Organ Love: Chicken Liver Fried “Rice” (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

Organ meats are highly recommended on a healing diet, but the idea can intimidate a lot of people. If that’s you, today’s your lucky day. Chicken livers are the perfect organ meat for beginners. They’re mild tasting, require almost no prep and cook quickly. You don’t even need a recipe really, but I’ve provided a delicious one for you anyway. It combines the liver with plenty of vegetables, so the taste is even milder.

Grilled Sweetbreads with Balsamic Glaze | Phoenix Helix

Organ Love: Grilled Sweetbreads with Balsamic Glaze (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Are you ready to expand your grilling repertoire? Organ meats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods we can eat, which is why they’re highly recommended on a healing diet. Have you heard of sweetbreads and wondered what they are? Although images of banana bread and brioche come to mind, we’re actually talking about the pancreas and thymus. I know that sounds weird! Compared to liver though, they’re a sweet meat, and the Old English word for meat was brǣd, hence “sweetbreads”. Often served in gourmet restaurants, they’re actually easy to prepare at home. Let me show you how.

Flavor Burgers 3 Ways | Phoenix Helix

Flavor Burgers 3 Ways (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

Learn how to make burgers so full of flavor, they don’t need condiments or a bun! You can eat them for any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner, and they also make a great snack. That said, I understand some of you might still want condiments, so this blog post also contains links to AIP-friendly ketchup, mustard, and more. 

Pork Chops with Rhubarb Chutney (Paleo, GAPS, AIP Stage 1 Reintro)

This recipe is for my fellow rhubarb lovers! It’s one of my favorite Spring vegetables, and while it’s most often featured in desserts like pie, this savory recipe is my favorite. Strict AIP isn’t meant to last forever. Once you’ve seen clear improvement in your autoimmune symptoms, it’s time to start reintroductions, and seed-based spices like those included in this recipe are one of the first foods to try reintroducing. A totally new way to eat pork chops, this recipe is simple enough to prepare on a weeknight and packs a flavor punch! Added bonus: it makes a big batch of chutney, so you’ll be blessed with leftovers. Try it as a topping on any of your favorite grilled meats.

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