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. 
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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.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brackenhurst Style Chicken Curry {AIP/ Paleo}

I was told recently that I have a lot of interesting stories. The funny thing is that because it's my life, I don't so much think of them as interesting as I simply think of them as stories. Earlier this week, I was walking by the beach with someone special, and doing what I love to do...tell stories. And that's when I came to realize that to me this blog is as much about sharing my life and having an avenue for telling stories as it is about the food. No, it's more about the food, but just barely.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Apple Pie Baked Not'Meal

aip, paleo, egg free - breakfast bake - full of veggie goodness

Breakfast is a funny thing. The meal is designed to break the fast from the night's sleep and fuel you for the day ahead. At least once (if not hundreds of times), someone told you it was the most important meal of the day. 

But, what do you eat for breakfast. In the west we're told that breakfast is meant to be bread and eggs or some variation thereof, which has many AIPers left in the lurch. What's a hungry AIPer to do first thing in the morning?  No bread? No eggs? No cereal? No coffee?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

If you've been following me for a while (especially over on Instagram) you know that most of my meals come in a bowl or are cooked in one pot - in the form of soups and stews and chili and skillet meals. I'm just a simple girl who enjoys simple foods. 

But, there are days when I want something that doesn't need a spoon to be eaten and if I'm being completely honest, something that mimics junk food. You know you have those days too. Admit it, it's okay, this is a safe space.

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.

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 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.