Are you just starting on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) eating plan, or looking for other recipe ideas? Then, check out this collection of my Favorite AIP Recipes from my go-to sites. In this collection, you will find allergen-friendly, anti-inflammatory, nutritious, and flavorful recipes from drinks to desserts. Finally, these Favorite AIP Recipes are categorized to make it easy to locate, create, and share the recipes that will heal you.
What is AIP?
According to Autoimmune Wellness, AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol which is an eating plan or diet that is geared towards people with Autoimmune disorders. In a nutshell, “The Autoimmune Protocol is an elimination diet that has been specifically designed to help those suffering from autoimmunity determine their food allergies and sensitivities, reverse nutrient deficiencies, balance gut flora, and heal their bodies over the long term.
In addition, nutrient-dense foods are added to restore nutrient statuses, such as bone broth, high-quality meat, wild-caught fish, fermented foods, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.” Finally, this eating plan helps restore your body to keep it functioning as best.
A Collection of My Favorite AIP Recipes
Celery is truly the savior when it comes to chronic illness. Celery juice is most powerful when you drink it solo. If you drink your celery juice first thing in the morning, it will also strengthen your digestion of the foods you eat for the rest of the day. Celery is perfect for reversing inflammation because it starves pathogens, including unproductive bacteria and viruses.
Lemon water is the perfect way to hydrate, purify, and revitalize your body each morning. Water coming straight from the tap or a bottle has lost its vitality and its innate living structure. By adding freshly squeezed lemon juice, you “wake up” the water and bring it back to life. This allows it to travel more deeply into your tissues and cells and carry the essential nutrients and compounds you need in order to thrive.
Apple, banana, spinach, OJ. I often drink half and put the rest in a mason jar and straight to the fridge for a nice fruity drink for later in the day, maybe the next morning. I have also added grass-fed collagen as an option to give it even more of a boost! Let’s make a smoothie toast to us all letting go of any 2020 “toxins” and being reenergized, refreshed, and renewed in this brand new year.
A delicious and refreshing smoothie with mango and cantaloupe!
This vibrant smoothie will see you off to a great start. Apple, kiwi, and kale on their own are worth their weight in Vitamin C gold but together they are dynamo. Make sure to choose a Granny Smith though. Kale also provides impressive levels of both Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin A, and there’s no need to lament the passing of milk from your diet — kale contains far more calcium.
These are perfect for you if you are focused on healing and your non-AIP friends will love them just as much.
Ah! This AIP mocktail with a fresh herb sprig was inspired by my love for a good early summer beverage! There’s something about the month of May, maybe the start of long summer holiday weekends, that gets me in the mood for anything besides plain H20.
This savory lemon soda is wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day but you can drink it pretty much any time of the year!
A beautiful, tasty alcohol-free beverage for your next celebration – or just because – this mocktail is sure to become a favorite. Paleo, Whole30, and AIP friendly.
This paleo, vegan, and AIP Watermelon Mojito Mocktail combines watermelon with lime and mint for a refreshing summer drink.
Breakfast patties are a batch-cooker’s dream — like I’ve mentioned before, I like to cook a batch of these and freeze half between slices of wax paper for a quick breakfast or a dose of emergency protein. To round out breakfast, just add some leftover vegetables, fermented food, and some fruit!
This recipe is so yummy and so quick! I’ve been eating it a lot lately, ‘cause I just can’t seem to get enough. I think it’s something about the combo of the butternut squash “risotto” and the rainbow chard that is just so satisfying, but it’s also the herbs and spices that are added. They smell amazing while this dish is cooking.
Add breakfast sausage and you’ve got a very nutritious and complete breakfast. It’s the perfect way to get a bunch of veggies in to start your day, especially your leafy greens. And, as you know about me, I like recipes that are simple enough for everyday meals but look fancy when served on a special occasion. You could easily serve this as a side dish for a dinner party or with a big brunch spread.
This Spiced Carrot Breakfast Porridge is an easy and delicious start to your day. Made with nourishing veggies like carrots and cauliflower and then flavored with some warming spices, it’ll sure be a hot cereal you’ll come back to again and again. Also Paleo, AIP, egg-free, and easily made Whole30.
If you can shift your thinking about what constitutes a “normal” breakfast, you may be surprised by what you find. It can be comforting to have a nourishing soup for breakfast. It can feel like brunch if you have a salad. You might find that a hearty, veggie-heavy breakfast can sustain you better than pancakes. It just takes rethinking what we’re used to.
This breakfast skillet is a delicious spin on a classic breakfast hash that is traditionally filled with eggs and nightshades. This version is AIP friendly with grass-fed ground beef, sweet potato, and rich flavors from the kale, red onion, radish, and cilantro. You won’t even miss the eggs because the flavors are so satisfying and as a bonus, it can all be cooked in one pan!
With summer upon us (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!), I wanted to share a guacamole variation that keeps remarkably well and is perfect to take to a BBQ or party. This recipe makes a lot (feel free to halve if just making for yourself or a small family!), and the addition of coconut yogurt helps the avocado “keep” longer and resist browning. You can see a selection of some of my favorite AIP dippers here–plantain chips, cucumber, jicama, and radishes. Enjoy!
Juicy, browned beef hash and toppings of your choice make these sliders an easy win for the masses. I used the flour blend and burger bun recipe from Beth Blends found here with a smaller-sized biscuit cutter to create mini buns once baked. But you can also use a purchased bread that meets your requirements. Use a leftover hash to make this one even easier!
If you’re looking for a yummy appetizer to add to your menus over the coming holiday season, I’ve got one for you! I love stuffed mushrooms for their elegant look. They are relatively easy to prepare, but they look like super fancy pants when set out for guests.
You’ve probably noticed that theme in my recipes over the last year. I’m a big fan of creating dishes that are simple enough to be served anytime, but versatile enough to look like a great deal of love and energy went into them for special occasions. This recipe checks both boxes. Enjoy your holiday season everyone!
In Indian cuisine, there is a similar roll-up recipe that uses Colocasia leaves and chickpea flour. One day I got a particularly fresh-looking bunch of Swiss chard from our local grocers, and looking at the large beautiful leaves, the thought of creating an AIP version of these traditional roll-ups came to mind.
Ground meat was the best replacement for the chickpea batter I could think of and so I tried it. I was successful on the first attempt but I continued to tweak the seasonings until I was fully satisfied! The added herbs in this recipe — fresh parsley and rosemary — make it very delightful and refreshing! And what a tasty way to add nutrient-dense Swiss chard to your diet!
Nobody has to know that they are eating AIP food. Try these beautiful sweet potato bites! From a taste perspective, they are just the right balance of starch, salt, and slight sweetness. From a practical standpoint, they are perfect to serve when people are imbibing, thanks to carbs, fat, and protein. Folks won’t get too tipsy on an empty stomach!
When the weather warms up I am a big fan of salads with tons of raw veggies. This broccoli slaw is one of my favorite ways to prepare raw broccoli with a tangy and probiotic-rich coconut yogurt-based dressing. In just a few minutes you can have a nutrient-dense, flavorful salad ready to be eaten by itself (I can easily go for a big portion for lunch most days!) or with a side protein like roasted chicken or steak.
These chicken poppers are gluten-free, paleo, AIP, and egg-free, while still being delicious enough to fool anyone who regularly eats otherwise!
This avocado tuna salad is an easy and healthy lunch option! Whether you’re paleo, whole30, or AIP, this tuna salad will be perfect for you.
This month, I’m serving you up a delicious powerhouse of a salad you never saw coming on AIP: Honey “Mustard” Chicken Salad! This nutrient-dense, detoxification-supporting salad has ingredients that can be found all year round. It’s a crunchy, chopped-type salad… the kind of salad that takes half an hour to eat while you enjoy every little bite!
KC Naturals is an AIP condiment company based out of Kansas City that has developed really incredible nightshade-free BBQ sauces, ketchup, tomato sauce, and now “mustard“! Their mustard is made with nourishing ingredients like butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, horseradish, and a touch of honey. If you can’t source this delicious condiment, I did give notes in the recipe for replacing it to help you out!
The weather is warming up and there’s nothing more satisfying than a deliciously refreshing salad! Personally, I love a good hot and cool combination, which has made bowls like this Honey Lime Shrimp Bowl a very popular menu item in my kitchen, especially during the summer months. As an option, the remaining sauté sauce can be made into a dipping sauce on the side — yum!
Who doesn’t love a taco? And with sweet and salty braised short ribs reminiscent of bulgogi, how could you not? I love beef short ribs not only because of their affordability but because the collagen content can’t be beaten. They are perfect for braising and will give you a nice unctuous bite of tender and juicy meat.
Sometimes it’s the simplicity of a recipe that makes it truly satisfying. I have found the best dishes are not over-analyzed, over-seasoned, or over-the-top in terms of technique complexity or intricacy of ingredients. This baked salmon with refreshing salsa is no exception to my no-fuss kitchen rule.
It’s getting to be that time of year again when we can fire up the grill for some quick summer eats, and today I’m sharing one of my favorite grill recipes. The quick marinade works its magic tenderizing the chicken due to enzymes in the pineapple juice and creates a nice sweet and savory sauce with the coconut aminos (which is a soy-free sauce that has revolutionized Asian-style dishes in our house — you can pick up a bottle here!). Served with a nice summer salad (this one, or this one perhaps?), this is sure to be a winner for Memorial Day or a simple weeknight dinner on the grill.
While this recipe will work amazingly with either boneless chicken breast or thigh, thighs are my favorite, especially here. The starch coating guarantees a juicy and crispy bite even with notoriously dry breast meat though. Succulent chicken aside, the best part of this recipe is the bright and tangy lemon sauce. It’s a sweet and sticky dupe from my favorite pre-AIP Thai places in my hometown, but made totes AIP! Serve on some fried cauliflower rice and garnish with a heavy handful of thinly sliced green onions and reserved lemon zest. Don’t love lemons, it’s totally different but just as tasty as other citruses like clementines or oranges.
It’s back-to-school time, which brings a particular word to mind: convenience! It’s also around this time that football season starts back up, which makes me think of something else: game-day eats! These oven-baked meatballs will be enjoyed by the whole house on your busiest school/work night or your game day spread or tailgating party.
This Zesty Detox Salad will become a favorite AIP recipe for everyone in your family! Not only does this salad help to “detox” your body from unwanted ingredients in your body, it will also leave you feeling full and happy!
I’ve been testing this butternut squash recipe out on friends for a few months now and everyone is raving! In other words, the flavors are incredible together and even veggie-phobic kids and AIPers sick of the sweeter roasted veggies as their carb source (I get it!) will find this combo irresistible. Furthermore, it’s also easy enough for weeknight dinners but looks and tastes fancy enough for a holiday menu. Finally, give it a shot and let me know what you think!
If you’re ready for your favorite AIP recipe, this side dish is it! In other words, it is healthy, flavor-packed, and easy to whip up for any dinner, celebration, or holiday!
If you need an easy side dish this AIP Lemon Honey Roasted Carrots recipe is perfect. Furthermore, there’s very little prep, and with a cooking time of 30 minutes, you can enjoy this dish any night of the week.
This isn’t your usual spinach salad! The creamy orange and avocado dressing adds a lot of flavor to an otherwise everyday lunch. Furthermore, mix up the veggies to include whatever you have got at the moment (the perfect budget-friendly side). Finally, the dressing is really the star of this one and will taste great on just about everything. Enjoy!
This Mexican Chocolate Mousse is one of my favorite AIP-friendly answers to chocolate cravings, especially during the warmer months. But when it’s cold, it can also be served as hot chocolate! Simply blend it while hot and serve immediately instead of refrigerating it.
The holiday season always needs a festive dessert or two, but it can feel like everything is “off-limits” in the holiday dessert department when you’re in the elimination phase of AIP or not very far into your reintroduction phase. Never fear! I’ve got your back with this delicious crumble recipe. Finally, you can serve this with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and take it to share at all the parties in between. Everyone will LOVE it!
Here is a seasonal take on my AIP Citrus Tart, instead this time with cranberry! Furthermore, this one is sure to be a hit this holiday season. In addition, this cranberry tart isn’t difficult to make, and is both beautiful in looks and taste! This AIP recipe will become a favorite for you and your family!
Strawberries, basil, and balsamic vinegar are three of my all-time favorite ingredients. If balsamic vinegar is strawberry’s soul mate, basil is their closest friend. Furthermore, the trio of flavors has such versatility and can add wonderful depth to any recipe, be it a salad, roast, or dessert. In addition, these flavors are combined in this not-too-sweet treat, prepare to have your taste buds transported. Finally, This dessert is rustic, comforting, and unique–you won’t find this ice cream flavor at your local supermarkets! If you’re looking for your next favorite AIP recipe, save this one!
If you are looking for an AIP take on carrot cake, here is the recipe you’ve been waiting for! Perfect for a birthday, Easter meal, or “just because,” you will love how easily this carrot spice cake comes together (and the non-AIPers will love it as well!).
Hot, Night-Cap Drinks
My hot drink of choice is usually chamomile tea but every so often I fancy something a little richer and more satisfying. Furthermore, this is a favorite AIP recipe to whip up when you want a quick pick-me-up or soothing brew. In addition, this is delicious when consumed immediately after blending. However, it has also been known to pour some into a flask and take it out on a day trip. Finally, call it a nice reward, and enjoy!
If you love chai, you may be familiar with the Coconut Chai recipe. Furthermore, it is perfect to sip on cold evenings now that the winter season is quickly approaching!
Bulletproof Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite AIP recipes and an ultimate comfort food beverage! This drink is filling and satisfying, but it won’t weigh you down because it digests so efficiently! Great for Paleo, AIP, Keto, and GAPS, enjoy this healthy treat.
This Creamy Turmeric Cinnamon Latte is super delicious and warming. It is one of the best AIP recipes because it makes your house smell like heaven and it has a lot of health benefits. Furthermore, Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This recipe also features fresh ginger and cinnamon with similar health benefits. So next time you feel a cold creeping up on you, look no further than this delicious recipe.
This AIP Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite AIP recipes because it is infused with hidden bone broth powder for a gut-loving, rich, and delicious hot chocolate. Furthermore, it is paleo, dairy-free and so delicious.