AIP BBQ Seasoning

I used it on chicken, as part of a non-AIP compliant meal. Original can be found here.

I did say, Dear Reader, that AIP and I weren’t a great mix, too much issues with compatibility, but then that has never stopped me from searching for, and finding, recipes. I’ve gotten rather good at hunting down original and useful recipes in over saturated search results, search AIP enough and you’ll see thousands of nomato variations, ditto nightshades. Spice blends are useful as they offer a lot of uses, not over exciting admittedly, but that isn’t always why we eat, is it, Dear Reader? One of the main restrictions, no seeds, really limits AIP in terms of flavour diversity when it comes to spices and herbs, I like the fact that the herbs here bring a different taste even when the recipes includes the ever useful ginger, cinnamon, turmeric combo. It’s a simple taste, a little herby, a little warm, nothing too grand, but pleasant. Very mild, even to one on a forced mild tasting diet such as myself. Still, I’m learning a little, taking notes for future creations, I’ll still try to hunt a few more AIP recipes before I put it to bed, I will always use a recipe when possible, Dear Reader, have no fear here, I’m not stingy and will happily share any findings, I’ll just want a break eventually. A break from a break, well that’s something. I cut this down to one serving, you can easy make up a batch, though I don’t know how long the fresh onion will last, you might be best to add that when using. Okay, a short, but useful, I hope, post today. I’ll be back again later, Dear Reader, until then, take care.

Ingredients

1/2 Tbsp Minced Onion
1/2 Tbsp Garlic Granules
1/4 Tbsp Dried Oregano
1/8 Tbsp Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp Ground Turmeric
1/8 Tsp Ground Ginger

Method

1. Mix it all together.

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AIP Chicken Shawarma

There’s just a before and after because there’s so little to do here.

See, Dear Reader? I did keep looking at AIP recipe even I could tolerate. This is a rough tweak of an older recipe for Chicken Shawarma. I have been reading up on the AIP diet, skimming mostly, I do like the idea of a temporary healing or reset diet, I still wonder about the rigidity of this kind of approach and the difficulty of creating a true one-for-all plan, even if we don’t understand what out bodies can tolerate there can never be a diet hat won’t still pose dangers. The AIP allows a lot of ferment foods and citric acids, which are a huge no-no for yours truly, so if I had followed it originally I may not be where I am today. Ultimately it depends on how much you can think for yourself, if you blindly follow any diet it can be dangerous. Now, I don’t like being a jerk, you know me, Dear Reader, I measure my words and think about what I’m saying and this has been with me from the very early stages of my own journey, but I do not like the transition from AIP to paleo, I still find the paleo-ish idea better, being more inclusive about food rather than strictly following an often arbitrary diet, paleo’s rules are often silly and based on random theories about primitive man. No grains and no pseudo-grains because reasons is just nonsense and it matches the mindset that follows those kinds of diets. There are people that consider themselves deep thinkers, everyone else is sheep, never them funnily, and a diet that evokes images of he-men fits that kind of mindset. It’s too much to unpack here, Dear Reader, nor do I want to, but if any diet plan can’t provide concrete, credible and scientifically proven reasons to abstain from any beneficial food then question it. Question everything. Even what I say, Dear Reader, it never hurts to explore our ignorance.

Here’s the after.

As with many AIP recipes this is a rather basic and simple. I served it with a non-AIP sauce, I’m still on my own diet after all, Dear Reader, but what is interesting is that this kind of recipe forces you to really figure out how to make something from and by omissions. By leaving out the salt I’d almost always add I leave the remaining flavours, however sparse, the space to shine. The end result still isn’t thrilling, but it’s warm and filled with healing spices. When the Summer comes and I start my Salad Garden in earnest, and try to learn to eat more greens, I’ll want seasoned meat like this as most dressings are off-limits to me. I’ll still do some searching around for suitable AIP recipes, partly to fill a void in my understanding, partly out of curiosity and partly to encourage others to think outside of their own diets. That’s it for today, Dear Reader, I’ll be back sooner rather than later, until then take care.

Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts, Chopped
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 Heaped Tsp Ground Tumeric
1/8 Tsp Garlic Granules
1/8 Tsp Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp Cloves

Method

1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth, add the meat and coat all over.

2. Preheat non-stick pan and when hot add Chicken. Turn to medium-high and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

AIP Chicken Korma

Original Recipe here. You can figure out the servings for yourself, this is what I usually eat as one.

A recipe that I didn’t make, Dear Reader, how novel. Rare at this stage, but Jack is ever curious, or bored rather. I went hunting recipes and though I know about the AIP diet, I know about most diets both practical and snake oil, I haven’t read all that extensively about it. I intersect most dietary plans with my own, but as some of the AIP is forbidden to me, too much really, and cutting out more to match it would be absurd and pointless, for me you understand, no disrespect to the diet, which seems useful to those who require it, safe too which is essential. But we have the no nightshades, and the ever ubiquitous nomato sauce, which I don’t care for all that much, it just feels dull, in common. Will I have further AIP friendly recipes? Maybe, I may already have, but to be truthful I have tagged recipes, taking painstaking hours to help people who diets I don’t follow, taken such care as to make no mistakes and haven’t heard a word of thanks. I’m no longer pushing or punishing myself like that for the blog, as I often said, Dear Reader, what good I do now will suffice, I’ve more than paid my debt of gratitude.

Still, I like the anti-inflammatory aspect of this recipe. With the ever fluctuating weather my histamine intolerance is rearing up unpredictably, I counter it as best I can, add more to those counters I use regularly when this happens and generally ride out the storm. You can see it’s a fairly basic recipe, I have tweaked the preparation to line up more with my own methods, but this doesn’t change the recipe in any meaningful way. I skipped the cauliflower rice, I’m currently fighting my apathy toward cauliflower in my own way, I still prefer broccoli, but variations keep a diet interesting. It’s a reduced, not thickened, sauce, since it’s in a pot it won’t reduce greatly, you could do it in the pan, but I don’t know if cooking the onions too much would ruin the AIP safeness. The spices are a curt down curry powder, it’s fairly salty, but that cuts through the turmeric, to works well enough and doesn’t feel too plain. I left off the cilantro because I can’t seem to tolerate it. I have a lot of curry recipes, they’re just so adaptable, and may have many similar to this, but as it was AIP and I was tired of the usual I gave it a whirl and it was fine. Nothing to vow you, but as you know, Dear Reader, any recipe made exclusively¬†for a free-from diet often needs us to be accepting of its limits.

So, I will be searching around sometime, depending on the weather, if it’s fine then it’s a gulp and run kind of day, if it’s dreary it’s a brooding and planning day, not a given it’ll produce recipes, but the chances are better. If you are on an AIP diet then I’ll tag any recipes from here on out and if you know of any recipes here that are suitable please let me know in the respective comment section and I’ll update the tag. Until later then, Dear Reader, take care and wish for finer weather.

Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts, Chopped
160ml Coconut Cream
1/2 Yellow Onion, Chopped Fine
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tbsp (30ml) Olive Oil
1 Tsp Honey or Maple Syrup

Spice Blend:

2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

Optional: Cilantro leaves, to garnish.

Method

1. Heat Olive Oil in a pan and when hot add Onion and Garlic, mix and cover. Let cook for 5-10 minutes, on a medium heat, or until soft.

2. Add Spice Blend and add Chicken then stir together and cook for 5 minutes.

3. Add Coconut Milk and stir. Then let simmer and cook covered for 10 minutes, uncover, add the Honey and cook for a further 10 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce slightly.