Top 7 AIP Holiday Side Dishes {Autoimmune Protocol~ only the best recipes chosen for you!}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Traditional Healing Foods, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 24 Comments

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Sometimes it’s nice to have 50 recipes to choose from, but my goal with this post is to really help you by only providing a few great recipes! They’re all AIP, autoimmune protocol, that’s the point! So they’re going to be exciting, rich and delicious, but they’re all free of eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds; and they’re obviously Paleo first, so no grains or refined sugars. One of the recipes has pepper, so just leave it out (I note which one below). Enjoy and let me know in the comments below afterwards which ones you loved the most.

Happy Holidays, friends~ I’m thankful we’re each taking our health in our hands and making choices that will bless our wellness and bring healing! Enjoy!!!

Top 7 AIP Holiday Side Dishes {Autoimmune Protocol~ only the best recipes chosen for you!}

Top 7 AIP Holiday Side Dishes

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts– The perfect fun and exciting appetizer! My kids loved these. We all just kept pecking at them until the last one was sadly gone.

Instant Pot Gravy– Omit the pepper (the last ingredient listed). This is a wonderful, rich, sure-to-please recipe! (Here’s the Instant Pot if you still don’t have one.)

Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Herbs– Lovely! She gives some great tips on how to make this classic successfully. And she adds garlic and herbs, sooo yummy.

Stuffing! Yes, it’s bread-free, but delicious and satisfying. This recipe even has a bit of liver, which adds depth and richness. (The recipe indicates which two ingredients to omit for the AIP version, you’ll see.)

Fermented Cranberry Sauce– This is my favorite cranberry sauce yet. If you haven’t fermented before this is a great and fun recipe to get you started. The recipe shares two tools to help you succeed with ease. You still have plenty of time to make this sauce before Thanksgiving.

Roasted Green Beans– If you’ve never used fish sauce before (it’s an ingredient in this recipe) just know that it isn’t fishy in recipes. It adds umami, which is a meaty depth that’s delicious. It’s one of my favorite pantry staples, so you can use it in lots of basic cooking to add more flavor and je ne sais quoi. (Find it HERE.) I love this roasted green beans recipe, by the way, a great classic from a top chef who knows her stuff. How to cook a vegetable simply and well is sometimes the most valuable recipe.

Pumpkin Cake! ~ Does dessert count as a side dish? I decided it does for this collection of recipes. At our holiday gatherings we always have lots of pies. But the quality of the dessert I choose is the most important thing to me. And because this pumpkin cake is SO good, you’ll be happy to have it as your AIP tempting dessert choice when that moment comes.

What about sweet potatoes??!

Ha! I almost forgot, sorry. Here’s what we do:

  1. Bake them at 375 degrees on a cookie sheet until tender when poked with a knife, about 1 hour or a bit more if they’re big.
  2. Allow them to cool slightly; then peel, (and discard/compost the peel).
  3. Place them in casserole dish or large bowl. Smash with fork or potato masher.
  4. Add coconut oil or bacon fat, sea salt, and optional spices like cinnamon and ginger.
  5. Return to warm oven to reheat before serving.
  6. Serve topped with lots of fresh fried sage. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Note: I pack ours into a deep casserole dish with lid because the topping is less the focus than the filling.)

  • linda spiker

    I love that you make AIP eating so delicious and celebratory! When people are on restricted diets I think that is so important!

  • Lindsey Dietz

    Megan! This is going to be life-changing for so many people on AIP who can’t enjoy typical holiday sides! I’m swooning over those bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, I hope so; thanks, Lindsey! ๐Ÿ™‚ We LOVED the Brussels sprouts!! Can’t wait to make them again!

  • Megan Stevens

    Me too! Thanks, Linda! SO many whole foods are still available on AIP. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Renee Kohley

    This is so freeing for those sticking AIP while healing. I remember when I recieved my initial leaky gut dx when I was 24 so many years ago, and I literally had 50+ food items on my list I couldn’t have – it was 4 weeks before Thanksgiving. I was so proud to stick to my plan and avoid my trouble foods because I felt SO good, but this type of recipe help is so important for those wanting to stick to their guns so to speak during the holidsys – I for one found it so worth it!

  • Joni Jessica

    Woah all of these look divine!

  • Thanks for this collection! My mom’s AIP so I’m always scrambling for compliant dishes for her and this is a great resource.

  • This is such a lovely handy list! A friend of mine has just started AIP so this is great, not too overwhelming ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, Monique! Thank you; I like what you said, not too overwhelming- yay!

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, Jean, good to hear. You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Joni!

  • Megan Stevens

    Me too, Renee, so true– so worth it!! Thank you for your comment! When we started GAPS ALL those years ago there were NO resources at all, except Dr. Natasha’s cookbook; it’s weird to think back to that now. I’m so thankful that those on GAPS and AIP now have lots of support and recipes that are actually great. We had some pretty funny trial and errors our first year, and it was tough on the kids especially.


    What a great selection of recipes here! I was particularly interested in your fermented cranberry sauce as I am new to fermenting. I really need to get hold of those tools!

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, so glad to hear it. I hope you love fermenting!! xo ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a great selection of recipes Megan! I know several people following AIP that find the holidays tricky, so will pass this on to them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Oh Megan, this all looks so lovely! I am swooning over your pumpkin cake. It’s just beautiful. I would happily devour it … well maybe not all of it, but at least a few slices ๐Ÿ˜‰ And all of those yummy sides, so perfect for everyone. Thank you for including the Brussels sprouts xo

  • Katie Stanley

    It’s hard to decide which I want to make first! They all look so yummy! I’m going to have to pass this on to a friend who’s hubby has to eat AIP right now. Thank you!!

  • That pumpkin cake sounds incredible! This list is going to be incredibly helpful for so many families!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, thank you!! SO happy to have the beautiful Brussels sprouts recipe included!! xo

  • Megan Stevens

    So glad, Katie; I hope the list is helpful!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you! I hope so. What a special holiday it is, and no one needs to feel deprived!

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, Hope, thank you!

  • Callie Goode

    These look so tasty and divine! Thanks for sharing the AIP love!

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome, Callie; thank you!