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!

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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 should you stay on AIP diet? ›

On average, the AIP diet should last a minimum of 90 days before you can start reintroducing certain foods back into your diet. However, if you are more sensitive it may take longer to reintroduce foods back into your diet depending on your level of gut permeability and inflammation.

What should I eat during elimination phase of AIP? ›

The AIP diet aims to help manage inflammation through an elimination diet. It involves removing foods from the diet, then replacing them gradually while assessing your body's reaction. During the elimination phase, you may consume moderate amounts of fresh fruit, bone broth, minimally processed meat, and other items.

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.

How can I make my AIP easier? ›

Tips to Keep in Mind when AIP Meal Planning
  1. For starters, make sure your meals match your schedule. If you're busy, plan meals that are quick and easy to prepare.
  2. Try to cook dinners in a way that will provide you with lunch leftovers for the next day.
  3. If snacks are a must, go for no-prep.

Why isn t coffee allowed on AIP? ›

The first thing to consider if you have autoimmune issues, is that coffee is a seed. If you are following a strict Autoimmune Protocol, seeds are cut out of the diet for a period of time, and then reintroduced. Therefore, you would want to remove coffee for the first few weeks, along with any other seeds.

Are bananas OK on AIP diet? ›

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.

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 foods trigger autoimmune disease? ›

Foods such as red meat, dairy, pastry, and beverages containing caffeine and alcohol trigger systemic inflammation, aggravating the autoimmune disease. If you are struggling with this condition, check out the most common foods that worsen autoimmune diseases so you can avoid them altogether.

Is peanut butter OK for 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)

Are pickles allowed on AIP? ›

If you're using store-bought pickles, check the ingredients list on the jar to make sure there is no refined sugar, nightshade peppers, or artificial coloring added to the pickle brine. You can choose to make your own homemade pickles for this recipe to make sure that your fried pickles are AIP-friendly.

Are pickles allowed on AIP diet? ›

Pickles: Probiotic foods are an essential part of Paleo and the AIP, but most pickles you buy in a jar off the shelf are simply brined, not fermented (meaning they don't have any probiotics). Cucumbers are what everyone thinks of when they hear the word “pickles”, but you can pickle just about anything.

How do I eat enough carbs on AIP? ›

Keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy “happy medium” range is easy if we limit ourselves to whole-food sources of carbohydrates (like starchy root vegetables and whole fruits) and eat them as part of a meal that includes animal protein and nonstarchy high-fiber veggies (like kale or broccoli).

What should I reintroduce first on AIP diet? ›

Stage 1 Reintroductions
  • egg yolks.
  • fruit-, berry- and seed-based spices.
  • seed and nut oils.
  • ghee (from grass-fed dairy)
  • occasional coffee.
  • cocoa or chocolate.
  • peas and legumes with edible pods (green beans, scarlet runner beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas, etc)
  • legume sprouts.
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Is oatmeal good for AIP? ›

Oatmeal is such a classic breakfast option, and you shouldn't have to miss out just because you're on the AIP diet! This oatmeal is modified to be AIP compliant with spaghetti squash and coconut.

Do I have to stay on AIP diet forever? ›

Depending on your health status and your health goals, you may want to stay in the elimination period for six weeks up to two years. Don't get in a hurry - the longer you focus on healing, the more likely you will be able to reintroduce foods without any setbacks.

Can you stay on AIP diet? ›

This type of eating plan is called an elimination diet. People usually stay on an elimination diet for only about 4 to 8 weeks. Following the AIP diet could be risky for your health, so you need to get your doctor's OK before you try it.

How do you know if the AIP diet 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.”

Is the anti inflammatory diet good for long term? ›

Incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet with lifestyle modifications and medical therapies can provide long-term risk reduction of chronic, noncommunicable disease processes such as cardiovascular disease, malignancies, and neurocognitive decline.

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