Summary: Most everyone wonders what are the ingredients that make up healing diet holiday recipes and that create nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, low toxin great tasting traditional food that even folks not on any dietary restrictions will enjoy. Seems impossible, but it is absolutely possible. I do it all of the time; guests are amazed and hosts welcome such!
I’m sharing four of my family’s and guests favorite holiday recipes (and my Pinterest Holiday board shares more) for our Butternut Squash Soup opener and incredible Whole Beef Tenderloin recipe which literally melts in your mouth and is great topped with Alton Brown’s Horseradish Cream Sauce or our fav Mushroom Sauce. The Horseradish Cream Sauce uses SCD 24 hour dripped yogurt (or Greek yogurt), and it is also a great salad dressing! We’ve tested lots of recipes but these stand the test of time and remain our holiday tradition first course and main entree. It is interesting that long before I even knew what a healing diet truly was, the soup, tenderoin, and mushroom sauce recipes are coincidentally also autoimmune-protocol (AIP) compliant as well as PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant. The Horseradish Cream Sauce is PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant, but not AIP compliant due to the dairy. AIP is explained further below, but suffice it to say AIP is perhaps the most challenging of the healing diets due to the vast amount of foods eliminated, albeit this is temporary. I bet some of your own family favorites are AIP compliant!
I’m also sharing an incredible roundup of AIP blogger all time favorite and most popular holiday recipes. Check out the AIP ingredients listed below for several of those recipes for clues as to what are less gut irritating recipe ingredients and to learn more about this healing diet.
Happy holidays everyone!
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AIP is arguably one of the strictest of the healing diet protocols.
AIP is used to induce remission in autoimmune diseases eliminating most all gut irritants. An AIP compliant recipe eliminates grains, beans, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds (this includes spices such as nutmeg, fennel, coriander, cumin, dill, and poppy and sesame seed — cautious use is recommended for pepper, vanilla bean, cardamom, juniper, and allspice), and nightshades (these are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and spices such as cayenne, chili powder, chili pepper flakes, curry, paprika and red pepper)! Don’t panic here… AIP is successfully used by many and although it is not a forever diet, you are never meant to return to the Standard American Diet. Following gut healing AIP, you reintroduce foods; most can successfully reintroduce nuts, seeds, dairy, eggs, rice, buckwheat, and quinoa (properly prepared in most cases).
Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (AIP, PALEO, SCD, GAPS)
My Butternut Squash Soup Recipe has evolved over the years and is a combination of the best of many recipes including Epicurous. Usually for the holidays we serve this plain; you can add ingredients (lentils or berries) for a complete meal after the holiday blitz. Another insider tip: This soup stays frozen for all day travel replacing ice packs nicely and moving through TSA without incident!
- 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil, divided (Costco Organic or Nutiva Organic works)
- 3 pounds butternut squash (about 1 large and 1 medium squash), peel and cube
- 2 large leeks, use white and very light green parts only, trim and chop
- 1 1/3 cups chopped celery, about 3 large stalks
- 2 large carrots, peel and chop
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (omit for AIP)
- 9 cups bone broth
- 1 1/3 cups Tropicana 100% Pure Premium Orange Juice (SCD legal) or 1/3 cup OJ with 1 cored and chopped apple.
- sea salt and pepper, to taste (cautious on pepper for AIP)
- Preheat convection oven to 375F, 400F for conventional oven.
- Toss coconut oil dollops on squash. Place in the oven for a few minutes to melt the coconut oil and re-toss.
- Roast squash 30 minutes flipping half way, till tender and slightly caramelized.
- In the meantime, melt remaining coconut oil in a large stockpot. Add the leeks, celery, carrots and ginger; saute 5 minutes adding more coconut oil to prevent scorching.
- Add cinnamon and nutmeg; saute 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the spices.
- Add the roasted squash; saute 2 minutes.
- Add bone broth and orange juice; simmer ~20 minutes, until all the vegetables are fork tender. Add sea salt and pepper, to taste.
- Cool; immersion blend soup; add additional bone broth, water, or OJ for preferred texture.
- Store in refrigerator. Can also freeze.
Whole Beef Tenderloin (AIP, PALEO, SCD, GAPS) — at every Christmas meal for as long as I can recall:
MANY MORE AIP Healing diet holiday recipes
Actually, there are a wealth of AIP compliant recipes online from amazing bloggers. This download, “Holidays on the Autoimmune Protocol, a recipe guide by the AIP blogging community” gathers together over 80 AIP compliant holiday recipes by the top AIP bloggers. The free pdf link is here. The document is interactive meaning you’ll need to click on the links to go to the recipe page on the original author’s website.
This is the list of incredible bloggers that came together to make this guide happen. Sincerely, thank you for your generous spirit and share of talent!
Alaena – Grazed and Enthused
Bethany – Adventures in Partaking
Bre’anna – He Won’t Know It’s Paleo
Dora – Provincial Paleo
Eileen – Phoenix Helix
Emma – The Bacon Mum
Emily – Field Notes on Healing
Erin – Enjoying This Journey
Jaime – Gutsy By Nature
Jo – Comfort Bites
Jo – This Sydney Life
Kate – Healing Family Eats
Lauren – Empowered Sustenance
Martine – The Paleo Partridge
Mary – Simple and Merry
Petra – Petra8Paleo
Rachael – Meatified
Samantha – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
Sophie – A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Tara – Paleo Cajun Lady
Here’s just a few of the AIP recipes and their ingredients to give you a flavor for the ingredients contained in nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, low toxin great tasting traditional holiday AIP compliant recipes:
AIP Hummus by Alaena — Grazed and Enthused:
- 3 cups peeled and cubed Japanese yam
- 4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp palm shortening
- ¼ tsp sea salt
AIP Roasted Squash Soup with Thyme by Kate — Healing Family Eats:
- 1 x 1.5kg blue hubbard squash (or butternut), cut into medium chunks
- 1 large leek, sliced into large chunks
- 1 med onion, quartered
- 3 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil, divided (Costco Organic or Nutiva Organic works)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 rounded tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 4 cups chicken bone broth
- 1 tsp sea salt
AIP Plantain Focaccia by Mary – Simple and Merry:
4 cups peeled and cubed GREEN plantain pieces (3 or 4 green plantains)
1-3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 to 1 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
Apple-Cranberry Holiday Stuffing by Mickey — Autoimmune Paleo
- 1 sweet potato, cut into 1″ squares
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut into halves
- ¾ cup bone broth
- 4 slices pastured bacon
- ½ onion, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp rosemary, minced
- 1 Tbsp solid cooking fat (pastured butter or coconut oil works)
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 1½ heads of cauliflower, finely shred in a food processor until it forms “rice” sized granules
- 1 green apple, cut into 1″ squares
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
Sautéed Collard Greens and Apples by Samantha — Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
- 1 small onion
- 1 apple
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsp of bacon Fat or solid animal fat
- 2-3 Cups of Chopped Collard Greens
- 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
Maple-Cranberry Brussels Sprouts by Mickey — Autoimmune Paleo
- 2 lbs brussels sprouts, ends removed and halved
- 2 Tbsp solid cooking fat (Bacon grease is particularly yummy here, but you could use coconut oil, tallow, lard, or duck fat)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
- ½ Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp lemon zest
- Squeeze of lemon juice
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib by Mickey — Autoimmune Paleo
- 1 3-rib prime rib roast, bone-in but separated from the meat, and tied back up (6-7 pounds)
- 2 tsp sea salt
And desserts… there’s 21 recipes listed, from apple pie to loads of pumpkin type; these will satisfy everyone at your table!
So there you go… just passing on a great recipe resource for your use as you plan you holidays and parties.
Happy holidays everyone!
Last updated: June 26, 2017 at 8:22 am to clarify that four of my recipes are provided in this post (not two) and to note that Alton Brown’s Horseradish Cream Sauce —which uses SCD 24 hour dripped yogurt (or Greek yogurt) is also great as a salad dressing, and to add in our fav “Mushroom Sauce” recipe. Both are great tenderloin toppers!
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