Heal Your Kitchen

Pumpkin Spice “No Cream Nor Wheat” (Paleo/AIP)

Posted by in Breakfasts, Recipes

It’s autumn, and my motto in the kitchen right now is: The change of season this year happened to coincide with me traveling unexpectedly, twice, and this yummy recipe became my go to travel breakfast. Pumpkin puree + coconut milk + tigernut flour + collagen powder (for added protein) + pumpkin spice + vanilla extract = a fun fall breakfast. What is tigernut flour?? Despite having “nut” in their name, tigernuts are not actually nuts. They are tubers, which are root vegetables, and are high in potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, iron, vitamins C and E,…read more

Ground Lamb and Kale Delicata Squash Boats (Paleo/AIP)

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Moist, creamy, and flavorful, delicata squash is one of my favorite starchy veggies. I first tried it years ago when it showed up in my CSA box from my good friend Ryan’s farm Steel Wheel Farm. Now my husband and I grow some veggies ourselves in a garden, and this year we successfully tried growing delicata squash. In late summer it completely took over the garden and became our most abundant crop. Typically I chop this squash into rings, remove the seeds, and bake with coconut oil for about 30 minutes, but recently, in…read more

Bagna Cauda Inspired Zoodles (Paleo/AIP)

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Bagna cauda is a traditional Italian “hot bath” made with olive oil, butter, garlic, and anchovies.  Similar to fondue, it’s eaten by dipping meat and vegetables into the “bath” to soak up the flavors. Although there’s no known Italian ancestry in my family, my dad’s side of the family hails from Croatia, directly across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, and we had a tradition of eating bagna cauda at family get togethers when I was young. The pungent smell of garlic and anchovies brings back fond childhood memories and makes my mouth water for that wonderful, unique…read more

Pulled Pork Tostones (Paleo/AIP)

Posted by in Appetizers, Recipes

My creative husband Craig came up with this recipe to eat as an appetizer at a BBQ we hosted this summer. Everyone enjoyed it so much we made it again for our next BBQ. Tostones + guacamole + pulled pork = super yum! The pulled pork recipe we made takes only a few minutes to prep, and we like it best cooked in the crockpot on low for twelve hours, as it falls apart easily at that point. It is delightfully tangy, infused with rosemary, garlic, and citrus and you can find it at Eclectic-Domestic….read more

5 Healing Diet Challenges and Ideas for Navigating Them

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In my experience, the most difficult part of adopting a restrictive, healing diet is not removing certain foods or even all the extra cooking and resultant cleaning. The hardest parts, to me, are the social aspects, navigating a busy life without the convenience of takeout, and needing to plan ahead for every. single. meal. Reminding myself that my healing diet is temporary relieves some of my stress. Eventually my body won’t need a strict autoimmune paleo diet, and I will have more flexibility. I’m slowly encountering this as I successfully reintroduce some foods. My hope is…read more

Deconstructed Sushi Roll (Paleo/AIP)

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I love sushi rolls, but they’ve been off my table for a while since I’m not currently eating rice. My deconstructed sushi roll incorporates all the flavors you get from the real thing with seaweed cauliflower “rice” making a tasty base for this recipe. As my husband and I regularly eat salmon, I’m always looking for different ways to flavor it for variety. I had the idea to marinate it in coconut aminos (a soy-free version of soy sauce) and wasabi powder and pair it with seaweed cauliflower “rice.” To round it out, I topped this dish…read more

10 Time-Saving Tips for Your Kitchen

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I’ve gained some skills as an amateur chef cooking three meals a day for the past nine months while on a healing diet, and I’ve learned a lot about navigating a kitchen in the process. Working full time while also going to NTP school meant I’ve had little extra time to spare, and I’ve discovered many time-saving tips through trial and error and sometimes out of desperation! Perhaps you’ll benefit from some of these tips while navigating your kitchen. 1. Organize your kitchen space to minimize steps. Three years ago my husband and I…read more

Nutrient-Dense Bacon Mushroom Burgers (AIP Friendly)

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I’ve met few people who enjoy sitting down to a big plate of liver and onions, and generally, it seems most diners avoid organ meats because of the yuck factor. I’ve found that “hiding” them in meals works well for me, and this recipe is a tasty way to do just that with the addition of mildly flavored chicken liver. Why would you want to eat liver anyway? Aside from the yuck factor, many people avoid eating liver because they believe the liver stores toxins. However, as Chris Kresser explains: “A popular objection…read more

Autoimmune Paleo

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My health and well-being improved greatly after adopting a paleo diet. However, quite suddenly, about a year into the diet I began experiencing major digestive issues related to a very stressful season of life. A standard paleo diet no longer offered me all I needed health-wise. I figured this was as good a time as any to test the effectiveness of the autoimmune paleo (AIP) diet, which I’d previously heard about and wanted to try. I took the plunge, and within just a few days my symptoms resolved. I was amazed at how strongly the food we eat (or…read more

Pan Fried Dover Sole (AIP Friendly)

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Working full time, going to school, and eating a restrictive diet to heal my body has been quite a challenge for me to manage time-wise! This recipe has come to the rescue on nights I haven’t felt like cooking, and thankfully, it’s super tasty and healthy too! Health Benefits of Eating Fish High in omega 3 essential fatty acids, fish benefits the body by helping reduce inflammation. Inflammation isn’t necessarily bad; the body actually needs an inflammatory response to send cells and chemicals to sites of injury or infection for healing. However, inflammation…read more