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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.
Two of the recipes below have pepper, so just leave it out (I note which ones below).
Happy Holidays, friends!
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!
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.
AIP Stuffing! Yes, with AIP bread!!! This recipe is incredibly delicious, tastes traditional and is super satisfying.
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. 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??!
Here’s what we do:
- 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.
- Allow them to cool slightly; then peel, (and discard/compost the peel).
- Place them in a large mixing bowl. Smash with fork or potato masher.
- Add coconut oil or bacon fat, sea salt, and optional spices like cinnamon and ginger. Add coconut sugar if you want them extra indulgent. Taste.
- Pack into a deep greased casserole dish with lid. Return to warm (325 degree Fahrenheit) oven to reheat before serving.
- Serve topped with lots of fresh fried sage.