Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shrimp and Sweet Potato Coconut Curry {AIP, Paleo, nightshade free}

Most of you know my history with curry and know how sad I was to give up nightshades. How was I going to live without Indian and Thai foods? The truth is that curry can be curry without the nightshades and seed based spices. Other spices and herbs can lend their flavor and what you end up with is a mild dish with the warmth of curry. That's what this dish is. It's not going to open your sinuses or anything, but the faint memory of the curry you remember is there. This curry is comfort food at it's best.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe, or read on to get a behind the scenes look at Adventures in Partaking.

Do you ever read a food blog and wonder about the photos. I know I used to before I started this blog. I wondered where these people got all these amazing tables and did they redecorate their homes all the time? I was always curious. Then, I started this blog and used pinterest and google to solve my curiosity. It was as if I was being let in on the secret behind the curtain... you in Wizard of Oz. 

I quickly discovered that a few well placed props and a friend who's good at woodworking and I too could convince people that I have several beautiful tables. 


I mean really... look at these pictures. It appears that I have a wood paneled dining room and a white farm house table on which to take pictures. In reality, it's 2 'table tops' each measuring 1 meter square on my coffee table in the middle of the living room. I rarely get to use the 2nd board because I'm usually shooting recipes home alone, but on this particular afternoon, my fiance was kind enough to help with the pics so that he could enjoy a big bowl of this curry. :)

Now that you've been let behind the curtain, I'll pull the curtain again and invite you to pull up a chair and enjoy a big bowl of Shrimp & Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with me.

Shrimp & Sweet Potato Coconut Curry
Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-5

1 T olive oil
1 large white onion- diced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger - grated
1 T garlic granules
1 T dried ginger powder
1 T dried cilantro leaves
1/2 T turmeric powder
1 1/2 t sea salt
1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes - cut into 2 inch chunks
1 cup frozen spinach
3 cups water (or fish stock)
1 1/2 pounds cleaned shrimp
1 cup coconut milk
handful of fresh cilantro leaves
juice of 1 lime
1/2 t black pepper (omit for strict AIP)

- heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat
- finely dice the onion and saute until translucent
- add garlic, fresh and powder ginger, turmeric, salt & dried cilantro and saute until you smell the garlic and ginger
- add sweet potato, spinach and water (or broth) and boil until fork tender
- add shrimp and coconut milk and cook 5 more minutes
- add cilantro leaves, black pepper (if reintroduced) and lime juice
- serve with cauliflower rice or enjoy as a soup

*** This recipe was shared on the Phoenix Helix AIP RoundTable

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best of Adventures in Partaking 2016

As 2016 comes to a close I thought I'd offer you a New Year's gift to get the year started off right.... a countdown of my favorite posts from the year, your favorite posts from the year, favorites around the blogosphere and some of my favorite AIP products this year. 

2016 has been an eventful year in my life. Falling in love and getting engaged, 3 international trips (Kenya, the states & Georgia), surgery, and a busy work year. The amazing thing is that with the AIP diet and lifestyle I've made it through this year with minimal stress and am REALLY looking forward to all that 2017 will hold in store. 

It's only 13 hours here til 2017, so let's get this New Year's Countdown started....

My Favorite Adventures in Partaking Posts of 2016:
#5 - Budget Friendly AIP - how to eat well & save money
#4 - Introducing AIP Safari - my AIP travel food ebook
#1 - A Ring, Roses & a Round-Up of Romantic AIP Recipes - my engagement announcement + great recipes for your next date night


My Favorite Adventures in Partaking RECIPES of 2016:
#5 - Roasted Garlic Zucchini Hummus - because dips
#3 - Rustic Apple Crisp - +41 other AIP apple recipes


Your Favorite Adventures in Partaking Posts of 2016:
#5 - AIP Movie Snacks - a round-up of treats for movie night
#4 - Real Deal AIP/ Paleo Biscuits - bread... 'nuff said
#3 - Pot Luck Broccoli Salad - no one will know its AIP
#2 - Butternut Breakfast Bites - simple & nutritious breakfast
#1 - Apple Pie Baked Not'Meal - breakfast is sorted


My Favorite AIP Products of 2016:
#5 - SPICE - the AIP Paleo spicy food cookbook
#4 - Simple French Paleo - the most beautiful AIP cookbook

My Favorite AIP Recipes from Around the Blogosphere:
#5 - Creamy Mushroom Soup - Don't Eat the Spatula
#4 - Cranberry Orange Bread - Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
#3 - Lemon Garlic Hummus - A Squirrel in the kitchen
#2 - Pear and Parsnip Teacake - Healing Family Eats
#1 - AIP Spritz Cookies - Sweet Treats

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sweet Potato Fudge

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Does your family have a special meal you eat or a game you always play on Christmas eve? Or special decorations that you put out every year? I don't know if I've told you this or not, but I'm a little bit Christmas crazy. I love the lights and the tree and all my ornaments collected around the world. I love the food memories of time with family and my extensive nativity scene collection. But most of all, I love the reason for the season and the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Chicken Marbella - Comfort Food in a Flash

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If you're not familiar with it, Chicken Marbella is a chicken dish packed with flavors (in the form of olives, capers & vinegar). I enjoyed the dish at a friends house not too long ago and decided this week was the perfect week to experiment and make this dish my own. Read on to see what made this a great week for experimenting, or scroll to the bottom for the recipe.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weeknight Dinner - Sweet & Tangy BBQ Meatloaf {AIP, Paleo}

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I may receive a small commission at no added cost to you. 

I'm back and boy do I have a fun recipe for you today...

For 7 years of my life, I lived in the great state of Texas, where one of the main food groups is BBQ. Everywhere you go, you'll find brisket or ribs or BBQ of some sort and most often this amazing smoked meat is smothered in even more amazing BBQ sauce. Even after leaving Texas behind, I still kept the BBQ tradition and you could alway find a bottle or two of sauce in my cabinets ready for a quick weeknight dinner. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Ring, Roses and a Round-Up of Romantic AIP Recipes

If you're one of my regular readers, you may have noticed that I've been a little quiet of late. I haven't forgotten about you (I promise), I've just been a little distracted. BUT, it's been a great distraction. A few months ago, a man who I'd kind of known from church, suddenly came into my life as a friend and then as a boyfriend and now as my fiancĂ©. 

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. 

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.