In my last post I talked about my goal of creating quick and easy recipes that were also largely allergen free and in compliance with the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. Some of the recipes available for this diet protocol use hard to find ingredients and can be time consuming to make.
This diet does completely eliminate processed foods so there is, inevitably, much more cooking involved than the average 21st century person is used to. There is no way around this and honestly that is not a bad thing. Cooking our food causes us to be more mindful and aware of what we are putting into our bodies, it gives us far more choices than we could ever find on the grocery store shelves, and it saves us a lot of money. That being said, many people today have either forgotten or were never taught the art of cooking, so diving into the deep end of the pool, cooking three or more meals a day, is a bit overwhelming.
So far, my two primary time saving resources have been creating slow cooker recipes and cooking fish. Fish thaws quickly, cooks quickly, and doesn’t require much prep. It is also entirely necessary to those following the paleo or AIP diet as it helps to balance out your Omegas and provide you with essential anti-inflammatory nutrients not found in other sources of protein.
If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning you know that I used to be somewhat terrified of cooking fish and I found it irrationally daunting. However, I have recognized the error of my ways and we now eat fish at least twice a week. Here is an especially simple but flavorful recipe. It lakes less than 20 minutes, uses super simple ingredients, and is entirely AIP friendly.
2 salmon fillets
2 TBS: melted coconut oil or olive oil
½ tsp: ground ginger
½ tsp: sea salt
½ tsp: garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, place salmon fillets on a covered baking sheet (I use a silpat but aluminum foil is just fine). Rub the fillets with oil, combine spices and sprinkle the filets until covered. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until they flake easily with a fork. Serve with your veggie of choice and enjoy J
For more information on healing through the autoimmune protocol diet, check out Sara Ballantyne’s book The Paleo Approach. It is packed with solid science and practical tips that have changed my health dramatically.