Top 5 AIP Dinner Recipes | Tried & True Recipes (2024)

First time at Flawed yet Functional? Welcome! Start here to get a feel for what my health challenges are and why I’m managing them the way I am! If you haven’t followed along, this week I’m sharing my top 5 breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that I’ve made and love (and the whole family loves!). Today, I’ll finish up this mini-series with a review of my Top 5 AIP Dinner Recipes!

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Dinner is my one meal of the day that I love variety. I make a fresh dinner almost every night unless the leftovers are piling up. Oddly, I am one of those people who can eat the same breakfast and possibly lunch day in and day out. But the same dinner? No Way. I need variety!

As I review my AIP boards on Pinterest, there are SO many recipes that I love. I’ll keep today’s post to 5, but I think I’ll need to expand this series in the future. I could easily break the dinner category into soups, one-pan dinners, Asian fusion, etc.(Want more inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest!)

Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers

Who doesn’t like hand-held food?I originally selected this meal as a fun chicken nugget-like meal for my kids’ sake, but the flavors in these poppers are definitely adult-friendly too! The whole family gobbled these up. Add a couple of vegetables on the side, and you’ve got a complete meal!

Cooking Tip: Don’t be afraid of putting bacon in your blender/food processor! I thought the directions seemed odd, but it works! The bacon is necessary for sticking the poppers together.


Pan-fried Sage Pork Chops

A fond flavor memory from growing up is my mom’s sage pork chops. I spent some time last winter perfecting my Autoimmune Protocol compliant version of this comfort food. It is now on regular rotation in our diet. To round out the meal, I serve this with a couple of roasted vegetables or a salad.

Cooking Tip: Always check the doneness of pork chops with an instant-read thermometer (This thermometer is a great one!). Pork gets dry and tough when overcooked, so avoid that by checking the temperature and pulling the meat off the pan at the desired doneness. Personally, I like to pull it at 150°. Check out this guide for pork cooking temperatures.

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Adobo Chicken Burgers

Burgers of any sort are regulars at our dinner table. I found this recipe to be versatile, easy, and tasty. I’ve made it using ground turkey and ground chicken, and honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference. I love that it is packed with spinach that is not easily noticed when eaten.

For serving, I like to make this avocado dip to put on top the burgers then I just eat them with a fork. A lettuce wrap would do too, but I find them a bit cumbersome, so I usually just use utensils!


Sweet Potato and Beef Stew

This hearty stew is a favorite of mine once the weather turns cold. It reheats beautifully so it is my go-to for taking on our all day ski trips! I just pop it in a crock-pot when we arrive at the hill, turn it on low, and it’s hot and steamy when we’re ready for lunch.

This soup turns out lovely every time I make it. I love that it uses ground beef versus more expensive cuts. It’s an economical choice for a hearty, healthy meal that feeds a bunch of people! Try this one once it gets cold again! You’ll love it!

Cooking Tip: Don’t have an insta-pot? Check out this version that I did for Rally Pure making this delicious stew in one pot on the stove!

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Slow Cooker AIP Pork Carnitas

For ease of getting dinner on the table, I plan in 1-2 slow cooker meals into my two-week menu plan. Pork carnitas are tender and delicious and, bonus, makes enough for several meals!

I make these even in the summer because the slow cooker doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and pulled pork doesn’t sit heavy on a warm day. Serve it with lettuce wraps, on a bed of salad greens, plain with vegetables on the side, or mix it in with your breakfast hash the next day. It’s a very versatile dish!

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Dinner Is Just The Beginning

Five AIP dinner recipes are perfect to change up your dinner routine or help you get started in AIP. However, if you want to have the biggest impact on your health, you need to eat nutritious meals all day, every day. This means planning healthy meals for each meal of the day. If you are new to AIP or Paleo, check out the Weekly Meal Plan Guide for guidance in planning nourishing meals day in and day out, for life!

The Weekly Meal Plan Guide is a 22-page workbook that walks you through the meal planning process step by step. As you work through your week-long menu plan, a sample menu plan is created alongside yours. When you finish the workbook, you’ll have 2 complete menu plans with grocery lists!

What’s even better is this workbook is filled with reusable worksheets so that you can repeat this menu planning process over and over! Grab your copy today!

I hope you see what variety of meat, vegetables, textures, and flavors are possible on the Autoimmune Protocol diet. These recipes are tried and true in my house, and I’m sure they will be in yours too. If you need inspiration for what to put on your menu plan when beginning the Autoimmune Protocol, start with these Top 5 AIP Dinner Recipes!

Do you like variety at dinner time too? Or are you more comfortable rotating between a few tried and true dishes?

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How long does it take to feel better on AIP diet? ›

The length of the elimination phase of the diet varies, as it's typically maintained until a person feels a noticeable reduction in symptoms. On average, most people maintain this phase for 30–90 days, but some may notice improvements as early as within the first 3 weeks ( 1 , 6 ).

Can I eat carrots on AIP diet? ›

Leafy green vegetables (spinach, endive, herbs, etc.) Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.) Root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, etc.) Fruit: berries, citrus fruit, apples, cherries, etc.

Do you have to do the AIP diet forever? ›

Like other elimination diets, the AIP diet is not intended to be forever. After several weeks of an elimination phase, a re-introduction phase will help you understand which specific foods and food groups may be triggers for your symptoms.

How do I prepare for an AIP diet? ›

10 tips for success on the AIP diet
  1. Cultivate a positive mindset. Set realistic expectations at the beginning of the diet. ...
  2. Anticipate cravings. ...
  3. Try simple meals first. ...
  4. Cook meal components. ...
  5. Choose high-quality produce and meat. ...
  6. Do batch cooking. ...
  7. Infuse some joy. ...
  8. Practice mindful eating.
Jul 5, 2022

What are the worst foods for autoimmune disease? ›

Additional foods to avoid in the AIP diet:
  • Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes)
  • Spices derived from nightshade vegetables (such as paprika)
  • Eggs.
  • Legumes.
  • Grains.
  • Nuts and seed.
  • Oils.
  • Coffee.
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What vitamins should autoimmune patients avoid? ›

Avoid high doses of vitamin C, beta carotene, cat's claw, echinacea and ginseng, among others. Why add fuel to the fire? Doing so may cause you to slip out of remission and into more misery. I'll share some tips in the space provided, but there are so many other nutrients.

Are bananas OK on AIP? ›

Examples of foods you can eat while on the AIP diet include: Vegetables that aren't nightshade vegetables like cucumbers, spinach, sweet potatoes and zucchini. Fresh fruits like apples, oranges, mangos, strawberries, bananas and blueberries.

Can I have peanut butter on AIP? ›

The foods to avoid on the AIP diet include the following: Dairy products (including milk, cream, butter, yogurt, and cheese) Legumes (including beans, soybeans, peanuts, and lentils)

Is coffee ok on an AIP diet? ›

If you are starting on your AIP journey, it is recommended to remove all coffee and caffeine from your diet in the elimination phase.

What carbs can you eat on an AIP diet? ›

Here are some of those carbohydrates and how you can add them to your meals and snacks. Leafy greens like arugula, spinach, kale, salad greens, Bok choy, broccoli, and collard greens. Add these greens to your salads, in stir fries, or wilted in soups for extra fiber and nutrients.

How do I know if my AIP diet is working? ›

Generally speaking, your body will begin to reduce the number of antibodies produced to a food antigen within four weeks of last exposure. That means four weeks is the minimum amount of time needed for you to see a clear reduction in symptoms, although you may begin to experience relief a lot sooner.

What is the carb limit for AIP? ›

By considering the overlap between hunter-gatherer intakes and the AMDR, carbohydrate consumption should be in the range of 30% to 60% of total calories (this is a rough guideline with lots of wiggle room).

What are the top 5 worst autoimmune diseases? ›

What Are The Most Serious Autoimmune Diseases?
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis. Giant cell myocarditis is a very rare autoimmune disorder causing inflammation of the heart. ...
  • Vasculitis. ...
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) ...
  • Lupus. ...
  • Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

What are high protein AIP foods? ›

Lean ground proteins including turkey, chicken, and beef. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and trout. Other fish you can buy include cod, haddock, tilapia, and tuna. Seafood, including shrimp and scallops.

What spices are not allowed on AIP? ›

What spices are NOT allowed on AIP?
  • Allspice.
  • Anise Seed.
  • Annatto Seed.
  • Black Caraway.
  • Black Cumin.
  • Black Pepper.
  • Caraway.
  • Cardamom.

How long does it take for AIP to start working? ›

Generally speaking, your body will begin to reduce the number of antibodies produced to a food antigen within four weeks of last exposure. That means four weeks is the minimum amount of time needed for you to see a clear reduction in symptoms, although you may begin to experience relief a lot sooner.

How do you know if AIP is working? ›

“If the AIP diet is working, people tend to have overall improvements in their quality of life and they'll experience less symptoms the longer they've eliminated some of these foods.”

What to expect in the first week of an AIP diet? ›

The first phase of the AIP Diet is an elimination phase which focuses on the removal of foods and drugs believed to cause gut inflammation, gut bacteria imbalances, or adverse immune responses. Foods like nuts, nightshade vegetables, legumes, seeds, eggs, and dairy are avoided during this phase.

How long does it take to recover from an autoimmune flare up? ›

You can go into minor flare-ups which are manageable and won't stop you from doing your usual activities even though you don't feel your best. And then there are the flares that all autoimmune sufferers dread. The ones that can last weeks, if not months, and can take a long time to recover.

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