Black Friday AIP E-Book Sale

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When you think of Black Friday shopping the thing that comes to mind is probably long lines, crazy crowds and low priced TVs at Walmart and Best Buy. That is something I am not a fan of. After working in retail in the past and dealing with the insane nature of Black Friday I am not a huge supporter of the concept. That being said, what if you could save some money on three great resources that will help you regain your health all without having to get out of your PJs or make anyone else get out of theirs?

Today THREE of the E-Books books I regularly recommend are 50% off for Black Friday! They are all available via instant download so no waiting for shipping, they are all as cheap as they will ever be so know you are getting them at their lowest price, and by purchasing them you are helping support the AIP bloggers that you love over at The Paleo Mom, Phoenix Helix, Autoimmune Paleo and here at Sweet Potatoes and Social Change… its a win, win, win!

So, here are the fun details!

 

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The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook (E-Book Version)

Click HERE and enter the code LEFTOVERS at checkout to receive 50% off Friday through Monday 12/1

 

 

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The Paleo Approach Dinner Club E-Book

Click HERE and enter the code TPADCBF50 at checkout to receive 50% off through 11:59 PM on 12/1

 

 

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Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Click HERE and enter the code GRATITUDE at checkout to receive 50% off through Monday 12/1

My AIP Thanksgiving Menu

My AIP Thanksgiving Menu

Happy day before Thanksgiving everyone! As I write this I am as happy as can be because I am warm and cozy, surrounded by my family and looking out the window at a fresh blanket of snow. I am also incredibly thankful to be able to enjoy a full Thanksgiving holiday this year, as last year I was working in retail and had to go to work immediately following our Thanksgiving meal.

Last year, I had just begun my AIP journey and my amazing family made almost 100% of our meal AIP Friendly. That being said it was a bit of a challenge to figure out. This year both my sister and I are following the autoimmune protocol and we now have a year of experience under our belt so planning the holiday meal was much easier.

We have a collection of people this year who range from having spent 80 plus years on the standard American diet to my mostly gluten free hubby to my mostly paleo parents to my sister and I. As a result our meal is going to include some non-AIP offerings but the vast majority is autoimmune protocol compliant. Some parts of the meal we have always enjoyed such as the Sauerkraut, which goes back to our German heritage, and the herb roasted turkey. The other elements have been adapted such as the stuffing and the cranberry sauce and this year’s newest addition is my creamy carob pie featured in the new Paleo Approach Dinner Club E-Book.

Here is our Menu: 

 

Cranberry Sauce (AIP, Paleo)

Herb Roasted Turkey (sub coconut oil for butter)

Holy Grail Gravy

Green Beans with Bacon

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Sausage Stuffing (remove nuts and sub coconut oil or animal fat for butter)

Cranberry Sauce

Sauerkraut

Deviled Eggs (Paleo)

Root Vegetable Biscuits

Creamy Carob Pie

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten Free)

 

What are you all doing for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Slow Cooked Cabbage with Bacon

Slow Cooker Cabbage and Bacon (AIP, paleo)

As some of you may know, about twice a month I have the opportunity to write a post over at the blog Homemade For Elle. This month, I shared a deliciously simple southern-style recipe I thought you all may enjoy. 

As an adult, I have come to learn that cabbage is one of those foods that people either love or hate. Growing up my family loved cabbage and we ate it in many forms all year long. Coleslaw in the summer, sauerkraut in the fall and cooked cabbage or stuffed cabbage leaves in the winter. In fact, I still think of cabbage as a comfort food on a cold winter’s day. My hubby however, hates cooked cabbage! He will eat it raw in slaw or salads, but never cooked, he doesn’t even like the smell. This was an especially sad revelation for me to have after we got married since I love it so much. So,  I make sure to get my fill of cooked cabbage in the lunches I pack myself, at restaurants, or when he is out of town.

Cabbage-2One reason I think many people do not enjoy cooked cabbage is because it is usually cooked in such a way that it tastes sour or tart. Now, this doesn’t bother me one bit, but in thinking about this recipe I decided to create a more savory cabbage dish that has the potential to appeal to a wider group of food lovers.

I based this recipe off of a recipe I recently created for slow cooker collard greens and sure enough it was delicious. The slow cooker really allows the flavor of the pork to permeate the cabbage and create a delicious, mildly smokey flavor. This would be great served with sausage, ham, or a pot roast. Just the thought of it makes me imagine sitting down to dinner in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night and just letting the flavors comfort me and warm me up!

For More, Including the Recipe Click HERE

AIP Fall Recipe Roundup

AIP Fall Recipe Roundup

Well, as I mentioned in my most recent menu post, this week marks my one year anniversary of beginning my journey on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. At this point last year I had reached a place of desperation and in one last ditch attempt at natural healing I decided to fully commit to the AIP diet and lifestyle and I have never looked back.

That being said, it wasn’t an easy road at first. It was hard to re-learn how to cook with different foods. It was hard to manage my grocery budget and it was hard to plan a menu and find recipes. That is why I strive to make this process easier for others through my writing.

Starting on this restricted diet right before Thanksgiving also had its challenges. In a season marked with pies, cookies, casseroles and other treats it was hard to feel satisfied and content at holiday meals and parties.

This year is different. Over the course of the past year many other fabulous bloggers have joined the AIP movement and have directed their efforts to creating fabulously satisfying recipes from AIP Friendly ingredients. In celebration of this fact I have decided to put together a round-up of many of the delicious fall AIP recipes available from me and the rest of the AIP Blogger Community. Everything from cinnamon rolls, to cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie… restricting your diet has never tasted so good!

If you enjoy this post and would like to see more AIP holiday recipes check out this FREE AIP Holiday Guide put together by Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo and the rest of the AIP blogger community.

Breakfasts: 

Main Courses: 

Soups and Stews: 

Fruits and Vegetables: 

Drinks and Desserts: 

My AIP Menu for the Week of 11/16/14

AIP Weekly Menu

Time in continuing to fly by at my house. Last week was filled with lots of opportunities to celebrate new beginnings and after all of that excitement we are back to the reality of packing, unpacking, the hubby finishing grad school classes, writing papers and presenting projects and getting ready for the holidays.

My little flare was quickly remedied by a week of strict AIP adherence, rest, bone broth, ginger tea, mega doses of probiotics, gelatin and L-glutamine plus a few trips to my acupuncturist and I have been symptom free for well over a week now. This is especially fitting seeing as how this week officially marks my one year anniversary of starting AIP!

Its hard to believe it has been year because on the one hand it seems impossible that I haven’t eaten so many foods in that long. On the other hand though it is amazing that I have achieved so much healing and success in a year. My flares are almost nonexistent and as I mentioned above, the little one or two that I have had over the past year have been short and caused minimal damage. My immune system has strengthened so much. I can now fight off colds before they get the better of me, I haven’t had a reason to take an antibiotic in almost two years, and lingering immune system issues that I used to have such as plantar warts on the bottoms of my feet that had been there since I was in high school have resolved on their own. Finally, my digestion is amazing compared to my pre-AIP life of constantly fluctuating but always severe constipation and diarrhea.

I plan to talk about all of these things in a later post, but it is hard not to be thankful for each of these achievements as I think back to where I was a year ago.

Musings and ramblings aside, my menu for the week is below. I am super excited to try this AIP Chicken pot pie recipe tonight. Pot pie is one of my favorite dishes and it is so appropriate for tonight since my hubby is battling a nasty cold and our weather is blustery and wet with a freeze warning in the forecast. There is just something about nice warm comfort food that makes bitter blustery days just melt away.

What are you favorite cold weather/rainy day comfort foods?

 

The McClellan Family AIP Menu for the Week of 11/16/14:

Breakfast: Hash with sweet potatoes, turkey, spinach and cranberries (Similar to this Recipe)

Samantha’s Lunch: AIP Sweet Potato and Carrot Chili ( I made it for dinner last week and love fit so much I decided to make it again)

Hubby’s Lunch: Slow Cooker Chicken with Pasta Sauce over Gluten Free Pasta (Not AIP)

Samantha’s Snacks: Plantain Chips and Guacamole

Hubby’s Snacks: Apples

 

Dinners:

Monday: AIP Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday: Rosemary and Shallot Roasted Butternut Squash and Chicken

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Burgers with Bacon, Onions and plantain fries

Friday: Cranberry Pulled Pork over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The Paleo Approach Dinner Club E-Book Review and Giveaway

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The holidays are coming up and you are still in the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol diet. What do you do? Become a recluse and wait for the new year before resuming social activity? Go to all of your usual parties and eat nothing? Fall off he wagon and start again on January 1st? Nope. How about trying a different strategy. First, you don’t panic. Second, you take control of your social life by hosting an AIP dinner club!

A dinner club is a perfect way to enjoy spending time with your friends and family while having home cooked foods that are AIP friendly without all of the burden being placed on any one person. It is a great solution to the AIP induced social anxiety that can arise for many of us, especially around this time of year.

Tablet PC- iPad 2 white screenA dinner club is similar to a potluck in that everyone brings a dish, but it is slightly more structured in that everyone is assigned a specific dish that completes a full meal. This way each part of the meal is covered, the meal is cohesive, you still have control over what ingredients were used, but no one person has the task of compiling a fully AIP dinner party.

Still sounds daunting huh? Well, surprise all of that planning has been done for you! Recently, I had the opportunity to team up with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne and 14 other amazing AIP and paleo bloggers to compile The Paleo Approach Dinner Club, an E-Book filled with instructions and recipes for you autoimmune protocol friendly dinner club.

 

About The Book

 

The Paleo Approach Dinner Club is 177 pages (yes, you read that right) and filled with 14 meal plans that include an appetizer and/or salad, main course, two sides, a dessert and/or a drink. This means a total of 82 AIP friendly recipes that are all 100% original! I repeat, you will not be able to find these recipes anywhere else.

Meal-Plan-SpreadThe E-Book also includes an introduction to the autoimmune protocol diet, instructions for how to set up your dinner club, print outs to give your participants, ideas for party games and even a kid’s table chapter! Everything you need to host your party is in this book outside of the tables, chairs, and friends.

The meals in this book range in themes from southern style comfort food to Asian food with a flare, there is truly something for everyone and every occasion.

 

Giveaway

 

To help encourage you all to start a dinner club of your own this holiday season I am hosting a giveaway! To enter please comment below by telling me the names of three friends you would like to start a dinner club with. If you are selected you and your three friends will all receive a copy of The Paleo Approach Dinner Club E-book for free! The giveaway will finish at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday 11/15/14. The winner will be emailed and the email addresses of the three friends listed will be requested.

 

Don’t let your healing stand in the way of your social life enjoy support and community one meal at a time by getting your copy of this brand new e-book today! Click Here to Get Your Copy

My AIP Menu for the Week of 11/9/14

AIP Weekday Meal Plan

This week is an eventful week in the life of the McClellan family. Today, my husband finished his time at his current job and on Monday we begin the process of moving our things to our new house and he begins his new job. However, the process will take about a month because the hubby is also in the home stretch of finishing out graduate school and we can’t officially move until his classes are completed.

I am also recovering from a small stress induced flare that hit me last Monday so I am attempting to limit my work load to allow more time for healing and stress management. That being said, I have continued to focus on simple meals and slow cooker meals. I am making a second attempt at baking the root vegetable biscuits from The Paleo Approach Cookbook this week because in my flaring state I didn’t feel well enough to make them last week.

I also get to have some cooking fun early in the week because I am celebrating one of my best friend’s birthday on Monday! We have been friends since we were 16 years old and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to have her close by and celebrate special times together!

What is on your menu this week? Do you have any fun celebratory events on the horizon?

 

The McClellan Family Menu for the Week of 11/9/14:

 

Breakfast: Breakfast stir fry with sweet potatoes, spinach, turkey and cranberries (Similar to this recipe)

My Lunch: Slow cooker chicken with squash and figs

Hubby’s Lunch: Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Chicken and Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Not AIP)

 

My Snack: Plantain chips and Bone Broth

Hubby’s Snack: Apples and Nut Butter (Not AIP)

Dinners:

Monday: Bacon Wrapped Fillets with Herbed Sweet Potato Stacks and Raspberry Cheesecake

Tuesday: Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry with Lemon Chicken and Bacon

Wednesday: Leftovers night

Thursday: Burgers with grilled onions, avocado, bacon and plantain fries

Friday: AIP Carrot and Sweet Potato Chili and Root Vegetable Biscuits