Apple Cabbage Slaw With a Zesty Citrus Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

Apple Cabbage Slaw With a Zesty Citrus Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

My hubby absolutely despises cabbage unless it is in coleslaw form. So, about once every other week or so we have coleslaw as a side with dinner.

However, ever since I started AIP I have stuck with the same basic recipe.

Well, as I began to experiment with fall flavors I decided to try an apple cabbage slaw. Around the same time, I was experimenting with a citrus pork recipe (which I will post soon) so I threw in a little citrus kick to the dressing and two paired perfectly!

I would definitely recommend this as a wonderful seasonal variation from the traditional idea of coleslaw. It was a big hit!

Apple Cabbage Slaw with a Zesty Citrus Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

Apple Cabbage Slaw with a Zesty Citrus Dressing (AIP/Paleo)

Ingredients:

2 c Green cabbage- Shredded

2 c Red cabbage- Shredded

1 Granny smith apple- chopped

2 TBS Olive Oil

2 TBS balsamic Vinegar

1 TBS honey

1 TBS orange juice

salt and pepper (optional)

Directions: 

In a large bowl combine your red and green cabbage and your diced green apple. In a small bowl combine your olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and orange juice and stir until well combined. Pour your dressing over the slaw and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Avocado Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon

Avocado Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon (AIP/paleo)

Avocado and bacon are two of my favorite paleo and AIP friendly foods. Not long after I had first gone paleo I was home for lunch and my best friend and roommate walked in. She asked what I was eating and I said a salad, she asked what was in it and I replied avocado and bacon. She laughed and walked away. Personally, I couldn’t think of a more delicious lunch.

This recipe is just simple and delicious. Not a lot of frills and nothing fancy just everyone’s favorite simple flavors brought together into one yummy dinner. This is definitely one of those kid friendly and husband approved meals that you will end up adding to your regular menu.

My only recommendation is to definitely stick with the red onion. Don’t substitute in a yellow or a white onion if you can help it because the red onion really adds a special kick of flavor that just can’t be beat.

What are your favorite paleo approved foods?

Avocado Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon (AIP/Paleo)

Avocado Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon

Ingredients:

4-5 Chicken Breasts, pounded thin

1 avocado

½ red onion

½ lemon, juiced

1 tsp sea salt

4-5 slices of bacon

½ tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound your chicken breasts until they are thin and of equal thicknesses. In your food processor combine your avocado, red onion, lemon juice and salt and blend until smooth. Take a spoonful of the avocado mixture and spread it across one side of the chicken breast. Roll the chicken breast and secure with a toothpick. Wrap the chicken with one slice of bacon and set into a glass baking dish. Repeat with all of the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with garlic powder and bake for 25-35 minutes or until bacon is crispy and the chicken is cooked through. Enjoy.

Pork Fried “Rice” (AIP/Paleo)

Pork Fried "Rice" (AIP/Paleo)

I hate to say it, but pork fried rice was almost a dietary staple for me in college. My, now husband, and I went to schools in different states and his school was in the middle of nowhere, the only nearby restaurant was this tiny Chinese food place near his apartment, so almost every time I went to visit him I got some pork fried rice for dinner. I had gone gluten free at that point but I had basically just subbed gluten contain grains for rice at every turn. Now that I haven’t eaten any rice in almost two years, that seems a little crazy.

I know many of you probably enjoyed the flavors of Chinese food in your former eating days so I decided to recreate this recipe favorite for you all. The flavor is really good and it definitely resembles that flavors of your past, only without all of that soy and those grains. This is a super easy dish and I think its one that will please your whole family, little ones included! I hope you enjoy!

Pork Fried "Rice" (AIP/Paleo)

Pork Fried “Rice” (AIP/Paleo)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 TBS olive oil

2-3 boneless pork chops, cut into chunks

4 cups of Riced Cauliflower

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 onion, diced

1 carrot diced or shredded

½ cup of frozen peas (optional, substitute broccoli for full elimination AIP))

2 TBS balsamic vinegar

4 tsp honey

¼ tsp ground ginger

½ cup of bone broth

½ tsp salt

Directions:

In a large pan, over medium high heat brown your pork in olive oil. Then, add your garlic, onion, carrot, peas and cauliflower and continue to sauté for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine your bone broth, honey, balsamic vinegar, ginger, bone broth and salt. Stir well until completely combined. Add your sauce to your rice and cook uncovered for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add additional salt to taste and serve.

 

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5 Tips for Healthier Sleep

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I believe that sleep is the most valuable commodity of adulthood; because lets face it we are a population of people in need of a nap. Sleeping has always been an issue for me. In high school, I stayed up too late and got up too early and always wound up asleep in my 7th period psychology class (a fact my, high school sweetheart, husband still gives me a hard time about). In college, I would take naps in my car or the student lounge in between classes and then drink 2-3 cups of coffee in order to make it through the day. Then, when I got married and had to share my bed with someone who was on a totally opposite schedule from me I just resigned myself to living life in a constant state of exhaustion. Even after my health tanked and I started the autoimmune protocol I didn’t really think about how much my lack of sleep was affecting my health. Finally, after we moved last year and our lives settled down I decided to really commit to getting more sleep. I started sleeping 8-9 hours every night, but I was still having a hard time falling asleep, tossing and turning at night and waking up tired. It has taken me a few months to figure it all out, but I have learned a few things about how to get healthy, restful sleep.

5 Tips for Healthier Sleep

  1. Limit Blue Light Exposure in the Evening Hours: I think most of us don’t realize just how sensitive our bodies are to the environment. However, amazingly enough, our bodies are designed produce hormones that can either wake us up or make us tired in response to light. Blue light, like the light the comes off of your phone, TV, computer screen or CFL light bulbs, stimulates the body’s production of cortisol and suppresses production of melatonin which results in feeling more awake and alert and less sleepy. Darkness or exposure to dim, amber colored light has the opposite effect. As a result, you want to try and limit your exposure to blue light for at least an hour before bed. Here is what I do: After we eat dinner and talk about our days I usually turn off the lights in the living area and move upstairs to our bedroom. I turn off the overhead light and turn on our bedside lamp, which uses one of THESE very cheap amber light bulbs. In our bathroom, we leave the vanity lights off and use a smaller, dimmer, light as we get ready for bed. I also installed this free software on my computer, which changes the background lighting to an amber color at night. Finally, I use this screen protector on my phone, which minimizes blue light exposure. These were really easy and inexpensive changes to make but I noticed a dramatic difference in being able to fall asleep faster after I implemented them.
  2. Limit Social Interaction Before Sleep: Social interaction is highly stimulating and makes it hard for the body to wind down and prepare for sleep. When possible, I try to give myself an hour of limited social interaction before falling asleep. This means no major discussions with the hubby, no over stimulating movies or TV shows, no phone calls, no checking email.
  3. 5 tips for healthier sleep PinterestCreate a Routine: Routine is super important to me in most areas of my life, but especially when it comes to sleep. I cannot just fall into bed and go to sleep, even if I am exhausted. Personally, my routine involves drinking a cup of tea, taking a bath or a shower, doing something mindless for a while, turning on my sound machine, and then going to sleep. I do this every night, without fail and it allows my brain to recognize that it is bedtime and helps me to wind down.
  4. Limit Sleep Disturbances Like Noise: Speaking of my sound machine, I am a super, super, super light sleeper. I could be sound asleep and if there is any sort of noise I will be completely awake instantaneously. On the one hand, this is a good thing, because as a doula I need to be reachable at night if someone needs me, but the rest of the time it is problematic. I can’t use earplugs because I do need to be able to hear my phone if I am on call and I can’t turn off my phone for that same reason, so I ended up getting this sound machine and I love it. It provides just enough ambient noise that I am not bothered by normal sounds like my husband moving around or using the bathroom, but I can still hear my phone and my alarm.
  5. Invest in a Non-toxic, Supportive Mattress: Using all of the above tips helped me to get to sleep faster and optimize my hormones for a better night sleep, but they don’t have much impact on the actual quality of my sleep. When my hubby and I got married we couldn’t afford a new mattress so we used his older mattress from his childhood home. It was very firm and even after adding a topper to it I would wake up in the middle of the night with back pain and hip pain and if I stayed in the same position for too long my arm and hand would fall asleep. I honestly chalked this up to an annoyance and for three years we just dealt with it. A few months ago, after saving up for about a year, we decided to purchase a king size mattress. I was very nervous about such a large purchase and I wanted to make the best decision possible in regards to long-term durability, comfort, and health. While doing my research, I learned that most mattresses contain toxic chemicals in the form of fire intelligel grpahicretardants and off gassing foam. I will be doing another post soon that covers this topic more in depth, but after looking at this research I knew I had to avoid these chemicals in order to continue decreasing my inflammation and optimizing my health. When I started looking into organic mattress options, I found that most of them had poor warranties and got bad reviews when it came to support and durability. Then I talked to a few other blogger friends who recommended Intellibed. Intellibed has created a mattress that uses no flame retardant chemicals, produces no off gassing effects and utilizes a special type of gel that optimizes spinal alignment and reduces pressure. They also have an in-home trial period, which allows you to try the mattress, with the use of a mattress cover, in your home for 60 days to decide whether or not you like it. If you don’t like it, they will pick it up and give you a refund. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, after doing months worth of research and agonizing over the decision I decided to go for it and give it a try. We purchased their motion dampening model and it has completely revolutionized my sleep. The feel of the mattress is unlike any other bed I have tried. The gel is soft and comfortable around your pressure points like your shoulders and hips, so I no longer wake up with hip pain or shoulder pain from laying on my side, but at the same time the gel actually pushes back against the rest of your body providing a ton of support for the lower back, neck, and legs. It took us about two nights to get used to how different it felt, but after that, I never looked back. I sleep so much deeper than I ever used to. In fact, most nights I feel like I fall asleep and wake up in the same position. I no longer wake up with a stiff neck or pain in between my shoulder blades and I have yet to have my arm, hand or leg fall asleep in the middle of the night. Hands down, investing in this new mattress was the best thing I have done for my overall health since changing my diet. In the coming weeks, I will share more about why I invested in a non-toxic mattress and how I went about choosing the one that works for us. In the mean time, I love my bed so much that I talked with Intellibed and asked them to create a promo code that I could share with any of you, in case you decide to give this mattress a try. They agreed, so if you are interested in learning more about intellibed click HERE and enter the code SWEET10 to get 10% off of your purchase. Also, if you’re not ready for a new mattress yet but you want some of the comfort and pressure relief benefits of the gel they also sell mattress toppers and pillows that work wonderfully!

I honestly wish I hadn’t waited so long to work on my sleep, because now that I have it really has made a huge difference in how I feel and how I live my life. We all know that getting enough sleep is important, but its not always easy to figure out how to achieve good quality sleep. I hope that these tips help you out in your journey for better sleep and better health. Let me know in the comments if you have discovered any good methods for getting a better night’s sleep!

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata (AIP/Paleo)

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata (AIP/Paleo)

I am super picky about the flavor of my food, I have zero tolerance for bland food. When I eat I need to taste the flavor immediately and it needs to be distinctive. It drives my family nuts that I often reach for the salt or the pepper after eating the first bite of my dinner, but I just have to have the flavor.

This recipe is a flavor lovers dream come true. I will be honest with you, I was doubtful about how flavorful it would be the first time I made it because the sauce was thin and I wasn’t sure that it would coat the chicken and the squash enough to really add to the dish. I was wrong. The lemon and the capers really pop and every single bite of this dish was jam packed with a wonderful, light, refreshing flavor.

Honestly, I think this is going to be my new go-to dish when I have people over for dinner because I just don’t see how anyone wouldn’t love it! I hope you feel the same.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata (AIP/Paleo)

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata (AIP/Paleo):

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 TBS Olive Oil or Bacon Fat

4 chicken breasts

¼ cup of coconut flour

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp black pepper (optional)

1 Cup of bone broth

2 whole lemons

¾ cup of coconut cream

¼ cup of capers

1 large spaghetti squash- cooked

Directions:

In a large skillet heat your cooking fat or oil over medium/high heat. In a medium bowl combine your coconut flour, salt and pepper. Dredge your chicken breasts in the flour mixture and place in the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. When cooked, set them aside and cover tightly. In a medium sauce pan, combine your bone broth, the juice of two lemon, your coconut cream and the capers. Over medium heat bring the sauce to a boil and allow it to simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pace your chicken over your spaghetti squash and pour the sauce over top. Serve and enjoy.

Stuffed Zucchini (AIP/Paleo)

Stuffed Zucchini (AIP/Paleo)

So, if you’ve been following me and my page long you may have noticed that I have a tendency to develop recipes that fit into one of two categories: foods that are stuffed with other foods and things that have been miniaturized. The reason for this is simple: I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I’m not sure why I do it to myself, but I love to scroll through the endless collections of trendy, cute and downright crazy recipes on Pinterest. I recognize that I will never ever eat a dessert made out of Oreo Coookies again as long as I live and I probably won’t ever be the type of mom who makes a three tiered “Oh The Places You Go” themed birthday cake, but I love to look at the pictures because they are fun and cute and beautiful, and then I take that inspiration back to my kitchen and set out to prove to the world that you don’t need food coloring, bread crumbs or sugar to make food look cute and fun. Real food can be just as fun and it actually nourishes your body!

These stuffed zucchini are super easy and really delicious, especially with the sauce. This sauce recipe has really nice ooey gooey texture that is similar to melted cheese which really adds to the experience of these little beauties. I’m sure I will be referencing this sauce recipe often in the future. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy making beautiful, Pinterest worthy, real food so that we can show the world that healthy food and its wonderful healing effects are worth some attention!

Stuffed Zucchini (AIP/Paleo)

Stuffed Zucchini (AIP/Paleo):

Ingredients:

4-6 Large zucchini

1 lb ground beef

1 cup plus 2 TBS of dairy free white sauce (see recipe below)

5 medium mushroom caps, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic , minced

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp dried oregano

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan cook your ground beef and break into small crumbles. In a large mixing bowl combine your mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, and oregano. Cut the stems off of your zucchini and then cut them in half length wise. Use a spoon to scoop out the inside of the zucchini creating a boat shape. Chop up the insides of the zucchini and add it to the mixing bowl. Add your ground beef and 1 cup of sauce to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Place your zucchini boats into a large glass baking dish and spoon your filling into the boats. Sprinkle the tops of the boats with a tad more salt and oregano if desired. If you have extra filling spoon it into the dish around the zucchini. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Drizzle the rest of your sauce over the tops of the zucchini, serve and enjoy.

 

Dairy Free White Sauce Recipe: (AIP/Paleo)

Ingredients:

3 TBS coconut Oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 TBS arrowroot powder

¼ cup of white wine or bone broth

1 14 oz. can of full fat coconut milk

¼ tsp sea salt

Directions:

In a medium saucepan melt your coconut oil over medium heat. Add in your garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add in your arrowroot powder whisking continuously. Whisk until the sauce thickens. If it doesn’t thicken enough add in more arrowroot. Pour in your wine or broth, followed by the coconut milk. Whisk continuously until it thickens and add in your salt. If for some reason the arrowroot leaves lumps in the sauce pour it into your food processor and blend until smooth.