If you cook and follow recipes, then you likely have a few favorites from cookbooks. Before going AIP, I didn’t really use recipes, except for baking (which I admit I didn’t do a lot of!) Now that cooking and coming up with new ideas has become more of a challenge, I have turned to cookbooks and Pinterest (and Jen!) for new recipe ideas. The Healing Kitchen is one of my go-to books!
Have you ever purchased a cookbook and found ONE RECIPE that made the whole thing worth the purchase? I did with this book.
Let’s talk breakfast. If you are AIP then you know that breakfast can be daunting. I have a difficult time jumping on the “anything can be eaten for breakfast” bandwagon. I just cannot heat up dinner leftovers for breakfast. I just cannot do it.
Enter in The Healing Kitchen.
- The first recipe I made was the Chicken Hashbrown Patties on page 128. Seriously folks – this was a game changer for me & totally worth the price of the entire book. I make these at least once a week. One batch feeds me 3 large breakfasts (or 9 patties total.) They freeze well too, which made our vacation easier when I could bring these babies with me for quick cooking! I have also made these for lunch over a bed of greens and served with guacamole and AIP coconut yogurt ranch dressing. (See below for ranch dressing info.)
- How about Biscuits and Gravy – do you miss that?! Well, you can once again enjoy this tasty breakfast. I have to admit, I was skeptical – but when eating it, it tastes like the real thing! You will find the Biscuits and Gravy recipe on page 135.
- Another breakfast dish that I really enjoyed (that also seemed more like a treat) is the Carrot & Banana N’Oatmeal on page 138. This is super good and makes your house smell wonderful while baking it.
- Struggling to find the perfect salad dressing, I was delighted to try the Greek Dressing recipe and now I make (and take) it with me! I like to add a little raw honey to sweeten it up a bit because it is pretty tangy, but oh so good! You will find this recipe on page 110.
- Cherry Pie Bars – need I say more? These are easy to make and really tasty. I like them best cold. Oh – and you know what I did? I followed the recipe on page 314 and instead of making it a dessert, I stuffed the inside with grass-fed ground beef, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic and baked it like a little pot-pie. I thickened some bone broth with arrowroot and made a gravy to pour over it. It was like a shepherds pie married a pot pie and had a baby. It was good!
If you have not gotten your hands on this book yet, I highly recommend it. There are 175 budget-friendly, quick and easy recipes made with everyday ingredients, all AIP compliant. I have not found any strange ingredients that are hard to come by and most recipes call for things I always have on hand. It is a win and I am so happy I purchased it – if anything, just for the Chicken Hashbrown Patties. You need those in your life.
Coconut Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Next, I make a large batch of Ranch Dressing Mix (omit pepper for strict AIP – it is an early re-intro) and leave out the sugar, of course, which is optional anyway.
I use this recipe and it lasts quite a while.
I take my creamy coconut yogurt, which has a nice tang, and add some of my ranch dressing mix to it. I stir and taste until I like it and then thin it out a little with coconut milk until it is the right consistency. I dip all kinds of stuff in this and it is great with the Chicken Hashbrown Patties found in The Healing Kitchen.