Hot Woman Shake (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Hot Woman Shake 4‘Hot’ in this recipe title refers to the shake.

It’s a hot shake~.

But it might also make you a hot woman. Or a warm one. And it might help with hot flashes.

This shake is a variant of the London Fog Latte, which itself was inspired by Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee (coffee’s not allowed on the Autoimmune Protocol, but tea is). Even more credit goes to Dave Asprey for this hot shake, which I now have almost daily with my midday meal:

  • First because Dave recommends that women over 40 (& people with a lot of weight to lose) add grass-fed collagen to their bulletproof coffee to help reset leptin levels. Collagen holds the human body together, which is pretty hard to argue with.
  • Second, now that I’m on the Bulletproof Diet (my third ketogenic protocol in the past 9 months) I’ve reorganized the timing of my food. I used to eat a piece of berry fudge with each of my meals, to keep me in ketosis, but the Bulletproof Diet recommends reserving higher carb foods, like berries, for the evening meal.

So I still have fudge with supper, but I needed a new way to get MCT oils into me at midday, to boost my ketones and to deliver a good quantity of fat for satiation.

Hot Woman Shake ComponentsI also needed a portable format, to bring to work. And it’s January in Canada, so my new fat delivery-system needed to be hot.

So, the Hot Woman Shake was born.

She rocks me~.

Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry Leaf  has been traditionally used by women to support uterine health. It is known to ease painful or heavy periods, and generally nourish the female reproductive system.

I’ve experimented with Raspberry Leaf tea or the past year, using it daily for a month, then taking it out for a month or two & observing the effects. Based on these self-experiments, I’m getting pretty convinced that it’s something I want to include in my health & optimization protocol on a regular basis.

Midday mealMy findings? Raspberry leaf tea alleviates drama from my menstrual cycles: my cycles are more regular, my periods are less heavy and shorter, and I have no cramps when I drink it.

Now that my daily Raspberry Leaf tea gets delivered in a delicious hot-shake format, I’m even more fervent~.

A midday meal for peak experience: reheat a Victorious Offal Muffin, make a Hot Woman Shake, add sliced Avocado & Cucumber with Olives.

Hot Woman Shake (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleoHot Woman Shake

  • 2½ cups boiling Water
  • 2 Raspberry Leaf teabags
  • 1 tin additive-free Coconut Milk
  • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed Collagen
  • 1-2 tablespoon MCT Oil

Advance prep: Refrigerate the tin of coconut milk for a few hours or overnight (I just keep a couple of tins in the fridge at all times).

Steep the tea in the boiling water for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, scoop the coconut cream out of the tin of coconut milk. Save the coconut water for another use.

Put the coconut cream and vanilla in a saucepan & heat. Squeeze the tea bags to get the goodness out & add the steeped tea to the saucepan. As soon as this mixture comes to a low boil, pour it into a blender.

Add the Collagen & MCT Oil and whirl until frothy.

Pour into mugs & enjoy~.

Hot Woman Shake 2go 2Portable Variation

I prep this in the morning & bring it to work with me. If  you can find a place to boil water & steep tea when you’re out, your Hot Woman Shake is portable.

Hot Woman Shake 2goBefore you leave the house, put the coconut cream, collagen and vanilla in a saucepan & heat.

Stir frequently to combine & keep the cream from burning. When bubbling hot, pour into a small thermos container.

Pour the MCT oil into a liter/quart-sized mason jar. Add a wisk ball. Put the lid on.

Bring your tea bags, thermos & jar along. When it’s time: brew your tea, pour it into the mason jar, along with the contents of the thermos. Put the lid back on the jar & shake vigorously.

 

Hot Woman Shake 2

London Fog Latte (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Mmmm

Yak butter tea is a primary food in Tibet, providing the essential fat that enables people to thrive, spiritually and physically, in a harsh environment.

This London Fog latte is a (much less pungent) variation on the theme. It is warming and stimulating while also providing high-quality fat to help you rock your day.

In Tibet, tea, salt and yak butter are churned into a hot frothy beverage. At my house, coconut cream, MCT oil, vanilla & tea are whirled in a blender.

I’ve heard that yak butter tea is an acquired taste. Especially when the butter is rancid . But ~I promise~ this tea latte is love-at-first-sip.

Dave Asprey used Yak Butter Tea as the inspiration for his Bulletproof Coffee. This bring the beverage back to it’s roots… with tea~!

It’s also AIP-complaint & extremely friendly to a ketogenic protocol such as the Wahls Paleo Plus.

London Fog LattePre-AIP, I loved London Fogs. Not those sweet drinks they make in coffeeshops with vanilla-flavoured syrup, but homemade, with frothy milk, vanilla extract & Earl Grey tea. I have no idea why I gave them up, because this AIP version is actually better than the London Fogs I used to make.

In fact I’ve been drinking these daily throughout these chilly, foggy, damp late-Autumn days.

In the winter months, it only makes sense to keep a couple of tins of coconut milk in the fridge so you’re always ready to counteract any accumulating interior or exterior gloom with a hot frothy London Fog.

London Fog Latte (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleo

  • 1 tin full-fat no-additive Coconut Milk, refrigerated
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Powder
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 1 Tablespoon MCT Oil (optional)

Drink!Advance prep: Chill the tin of coconut milk in the refrigerator for several hours, to separate the cream from the coconut water.

Scoop the coconut cream out of tin into a saucepan. Reserve the coconut water for another use.

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags & steep for just 2 minutes.

Add the steeped tea & the vanilla powder to the saucepan & heat until bubbling.

Pour the hot mixture into a blender, add the MCT oil (if using) & blend on high for 30 seconds.

Pour into 2 mugs & be in love with life.

Note: MCT oil can take a while to get used to, digestively speaking. If it is new to you, start with 1 teaspoon & gradually increase the quantity. MCT oil is a liquid nutritional supplement made from refined coconut & red palm oils.

Rooibos Variation

Substitute rooibos for black tea for a delicious caffeine-free version.

Vanilla Coconut Cream

Drink Me

 

Cranachan (AIP & WalhsPaleo+)

raspberryI discovered Cranachan in Scotland (of course) in a waterfront pub on the Isle of Skye. That evening I decided I wanted to eat nothing else for the rest of my life.

Of course, the Autoimmune Protocol doesn’t allow oats, heavy cream or whiskey, so you’d think my Cranachan days would be over. But as soon as the first raspberries showed up at the farmer’s market this summer, I started scheming about an AIP-friendly version.

It’s divine.

Green plantains aren’t officially on the Wahls Paleo Plus lists, but as the crumbled plantain chips & berries are offered up in a gorgeous matrix of coconut cream to mitigate the effect of the carbohydrates, I had no trouble maintaining ketosis after eating this with a big pile of greens & some steak for supper.

CranachanIf you’re fancier than me, you’ll put this in parfait glasses rather than chipped green ceramic bowls. But there’s something authentically old-country & croft-like about a chipped ceramic bowl, so on the whole, it’s the presentation I’d recommend.

Cranachan (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleo

  • Coconut cream & plantain chips2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup green plantain chips (see below)
  • 1 cup coconut cream (see below)

Crumble the plantain chips into the coconut cream & stir.

Put 1 cup of raspberries in each bowl. Divide the coconut cream mixture evenly over each bowl & serve.

Green Plantain Chips

  • I green plantain

Preheat oven to 350

To peel a green plantain, cut through the skin lengthwise with a sharp knife & remove the skin in strips.Green plantain

Slice the peeled plantain in thin rounds with a sharp knife, lay slices on a parchment paper or tin foil & bake for 20 minutes. Flip & bake for another 10 minutes until lightly browned & crispy.

Coconut Cream

  • 1 tin full-fat no-additive coconut milk (‘Natural Value’ brand)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder

Refrigerate a tin of coconut milk until chilled. The cream will separate from the coconut water.

Scoop out the hard coconut cream  into a bowl (Use the coconut water in place of water in a smoothie or your stock pot).

Add the vanilla powder.

Whip with an electric mixer until creamy.

Awaken the will;

The will to awaken.

To be AIP you will need to awaken your will;

And your will can lead you to awakening…

Raspberries

Rose Petal~Basil Green Smoothie (AIP-friendly & WahlsPaleo+)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Spring I was all about rhubarb & dandelion greens because there they were, growing in my yard.

Now I’m loving rose petals. And basil.

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Basil

There’s no basil growing in my yard because I am profoundly not a gardener. But it’s abundant at the farmers market. As are fresh blueberries & vast heads of romaine.

But the roses I can gather myself.

Thanks to someone unknown, who once planted roses in my yard.

People move, but roses belong to the places where they are planted. They are familiars. Reminders of the relationship between humans & home; that we have ever sought alliance with plants in the places where we live.

Affiliation: 1. Pick roses; 2. Put them in a mason jar in your bedroom overnight. Breathe...; 3.) In the morning, make a rose petal smoothie & pour it in the mason jar. Be affiliated. Be affinity.

Affiliation: Pick roses. Put them in a mason jar in your bedroom overnight. In the morning, make a rose petal smoothie & pour it in the mason jar. Be affiliated. Be affinity.

Humans have been cultivating roses for 5,000 years & I can feel an ancient & abiding affinity between our species, like a friendly hum.

I sleep better when there are roses in my room.

And rose petals in my smoothie? Make me happy.

I feel as though I get imbued with a little of that ancient affiliation. A relatedness that seems to come from wilder, earlier times, long before domestication was the norm. When there was something truly magical (& a little defiant) about coaxing something beautiful to grow by one’s stoop.

I feel the echo of that domestic activism, the creation of human spaces, beyond shelter. Not just functional, but beautiful. Perpetually encroached upon by the untamed tangle that was seething everywhere else.

Though barely tamed, we invited roses to co-evolve as we became the people we are now. To co-habit as we created the spaces we now inhabit.

Of course, in the intervening years we’ve destroyed the primordial world. Now we carve space inside crumbling civilizations. Misguided & destructive  nutritional ideologies. Unsustainable patterns of living.

We need allies for that, starting with plants.

Rose Petal~Basil Green Smoothie (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

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In a blender, whirl until combined:

  • 12 large leaves romaine lettuce
  • Petals of 4 large (or 6 medium) unsprayed roses
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup coconut cream (see recipe below)
  • 2 cups water

Coconut Cream

  • 1 tin full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)

If you are on the Autoimmune Protocol or avoiding food additives, use an additive-free brand of coconut milk. The only one I know of is Natural Value. Other brands contain guar gum…

Refrigerate a tin of coconut milk until chilled. The cream will separate from the coconut water.

Scoop out the hard coconut cream  into a bowl. Use the coconut water in place of water in your smoothie.

Add the vanilla powder to the coconut cream, if using.

Whip with an electric mixer until creamy.

Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s smoothie!

Morning Brew

Coffee 2I first fell in love with coffee when I was 15 and sort-of attending an alternative highschool.

It was one of those self-paced storefront places for square pegs & hoodlums.

I was both.Morning brew

There was always cheap ground coffee & lots of coffee-mate powder, so we’d show up, brew coffee & drink multiple pots of it until we were so disregulated that we could hardly walk.

Then we’d lie around on the floor laughing hysterically.

The teachers at that school were saints.

Later, I cut out all caffeine because I was pregnant. Or breastfeeding. For most of my twenties.

I love coffee. But there’s been this pattern:

I drink coffee. Work and life are stressful. I drink more coffee. It causes anxiety. My stress levels get out of control and then I quit.

For a while.

Then it starts again. My co-workers know this pattern well.

But I think I’m getting the hang of this whole moderation thing. I’ve been coffee-free for most of the past year. I started drinking green tea last July when I did my first 30 days on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). Previously I’d been sure I was not mature enough to drink green tea, but it turns out I actually am.

But when I got into MCT oil a month or so ago, I put coffee back in.

Coffee 3Around the same time I found a source for additive-free tinned coconut milk so I could also make AIP-friendly whipped coconut cream for my coffee.

And then I bought some vanilla powder because I wanted to experiment with its purported health benefits in my ongoing quest for accessing peak experience through nutrition.

And then, since MCT oil & unsalted pastured butter in coffee is a total thing, I thought I’d better try that, too. Even though I’ve been dairy-free for way longer than I’ve been paleo.

And an eye of newt.

But not really.

I got a mini (regular old coffee cup size) press. Some really good coffee. And now I have a cup of coffee every morning, with 2 kinds of MCT oil & vanilla coconut cream. Sometimes with unsalted pastured butter.

I’m not convinced about the butter.

Having been a lactating mammal myself, I can really only get behind the notion of lactation on an impermanent basis.

But I’m going to give the butter a fair trial. And it the meantime it doesn’t hurt that I’ve found a source of pastured butter for my vegetarian teenager to put on her popcorn.

bulletproof coffee

Bulletproof coffee: coffee, MCT oil & pastured unsalted butter

But I haven’t yet noticed that adding the butter to my coffee optimizes my day or my health in any way. The MCT oil is amazing, for sure. And I think I’m keen on the effects of the vanilla powder, too. The whipped coconut cream is primarily just fun, but I’m okay with that. Plus it’s a great vehicle for the vanilla.

My morning brew. June 2014 version.

Just to be totally clear, I didn’t make this stuff up. You can read all about bulletproof coffee here.

Whipped Vanilla Coconut Cream (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

  • Difficulty: So easy!
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 from petra8paleo

Coffee

A paleo classic

  • 1 tin full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder

If you are on the Autoimmune Protocol or avoiding food additives, use an additive-free brand of coconut milk. The only one I know of is Natural Value. Other brands contain guar gum.

Scoop out the hard, white coconut cream from the top of the refrigerated tin into a bowl. (Use the remaining coconut water in a smoothie or pour it in your stock pot, if you’ve got bone broth going.)

Add the vanilla powder to the coconut cream.

Whip with an electric mixer until creamy.

Store in the refrigerator.

Wonderful on frozen blackberries. In smoothies. And in coffee! (If you’re on the Autoimmune Protocol, stick with the berries & smoothies.)

blackberries & coconut cream

10 delicious ways to increase coconut oil on the Wahls Paleo Plus

blackberries & coconut cream

Frozen Blackberries & Coconut Cream~

65% of your calories come from coconut fat on the Wahls paleo plus, so it helps to have a diversity of strategies for including it in your daily life.

MCT oilSources can include culinary coconut oil, upgraded MCT oil, coconut milk or coconut butter.

I’ve just started including upgraded MCT (Medium-chain Triglyceride) oil & I’m excited about it’s potential.

Dr Wahls recommends the use of culinary coconut oil and full-fat tinned coconut milk as  sources of coconut fat. I’m thrilled to have found a local source for additive-free tinned coconut milk. I generally refrigerate the tins and skim of the coconut cream, either using it as is or whipping it. I often put the remaining coconut ‘water’ in my bone broth pot, if I’ve got one going. Or I discard it.

Coconut butter is pureed coconut, and is the highest carb, lowest fat source. It should be used in moderation, if ketosis is your goal.

Additive-free!

Additive-free!

Here are 9 delicious ways to keep the Medium-Chain Triglycerides flowing:

  1. In coffee.  A tablespoon of upgraded MCT oil and a dollop of whipped coconut cream;
  2. In salad dressing (see recipe below);
  3. As the primary ingredient in berry fudge: try Blue-raspberry & Strawberry Shortcake versions;
  4. In green smoothies, such as this Dandelion~Blueberry variation;
  5. In whipped cauliflower: Beautiful sulfur-rich comfort food (see recipe below);
  6. In creamed greens: Stir fry minced ginger & greens in coconut oil until bright green, add coconut cream & cook until greens are softened;
  7. In coconut curry stew, like this one made with nettles, turmeric & coconut cream;artichoke
  8. Just keep in simple with frozen blackberries & whipped coconut cream: so easy & divine. (To make whipped coconut cream, refrigerate a tin of coconut milk for several hours or overnight, spoon off the cream on top & whip with an electric mixer);
  9. Use warm coconut oil with a pinch of salt as a dip for a glorious artichoke!
  10. Cabbage Bacon!

Coconut Oil Salad Dressing (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleodressing

You can make salad dressing with coconut oil or upgraded MCT oil. Heat coconut oil until liquid & swap it for whatever oil you use in your favorite salad dressing. Upgraded MCT oil is liquid at room temperature, so you can use it straight from the bottle.

For a super simple everyday salad dressing, proceed thusly:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (not sulphites)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Himalyan salt (or similar)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea vegetable flakes
  • 1 teaspoon basil (optional)

The tiny mason jelly jars are perfect for salad dressing. Otherwise use a small glass container with a lid.

Day~supperPut the coconut oil in the jar and place in a warm (250) oven for a few minutes until liquefied. Add the remaining ingredients, put in the lid & shake vigorously.

Pour over a bounteous green salad & toss.

 

Whipped Cauliflower (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleoCauli mash 4

A paleo classic & a perfect vehicle for coconut oil.

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sea vegetable flakes

Cut the cauliflower into florets. Trim the stem as needed and slice it, too. Steam until soft.

Put the cauliflower in a food processor with the remaining ingredients and whirl until smooth. Remove 1 cup of whipped cauliflower to 3 or more small oven-proof baking dishes, ideally ones with lids.

Refrigerate.

Reheat in a 350 oven for 20 minutes to add coconut oil + comfort food to any meal.

Wahls Paleo PlusCauli mash 2

If you’re on the WahlsPaleo+, you’ll be tracking your food.

An average sized head of cauliflower yields about 3 cups whipped cauliflower: each 1 cup portion contains 2.66 tablespoons of coconut oil. Cauliflowers vary, so do the math to figure out what dosage each 1 cup portion of whipped cauliflower contains. 8 (tablespoons) divided by the number of cups will give you the answer.

 

Nettles for Breakfast (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Nettles for breakfastOne of the great things about going for a springtime trail run on Vancouver Island is that by the time you get warm enough to take your top layer off, you will probably have come across a patch of nettles.

Usually when I gather nettles I bring a plastic bag & some scissors. Some think gloves are required, but I’ve found I can cut the nettle tops right into the bag & use the scissors like chopsticks to retrieve any wayward ones.

But most recently (last weekend) I was unprepared when I came across the most glorious patch of nettles.

I’d been stuck in the city since wintertime & hadn’t eaten any nettles yet this year. I was not leaving the mountain without them

Nettles have been used historically for their analgesic (pain killing), anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic properties, and nettle is still a common ingredient in herbal remedies for inflammatory conditions.Nettles

No doubt our foraging ancestors had elegant nettle-gathering strategies that they could manifest, or construct, at a moment’s notice.

I had a shirt & my hands.

So I used my fingernails to snip off the nettle tops and filled my shirt to the brim. Then I wrapped them up like a baby & ran back down the mountain for breakfast.

My right hand tingled with nettle stings (persistently but not unpleasantly), for the rest of the day. I’d heard of using nettle stings as a remedy for arthritis, and the next morning it seemed that my left hand felt discernibly more creaky than my right, even though I’ve never been particularly arthritic.

Despite possible nettle-sting benefits, I brought folding scissors on my mountain run the following day.

Nettles for breakfast again!
Additive-free!

A note to those on the Autoimmune Protocol who are avoiding food additives: this recipe calls for tinned coconut cream. Most tinned coconut milk contains guar gum but I was ecstatic to discover a source for Natural Value brand additive-free tinned coconut milk on Southern Vancouver Island: Health Essentials. It is also available on amazon.ca.

Nettles for Breakfast (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

 from petra8paleo

  • 3-60z ground lamb
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • ½ cup red cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cups (firmly packed) nettle tops
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup coconut cream

Advance prep: To make coconut cream, refrigerate a tin of full-fat coconut milk overnight & then spoon the thick cream off the top. If you get in the habit of refrigerating tins of coconut milk when you bring them home, then you can put them gently in the cupboard and the cream will always be ready to go.

Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a frying pan & cook the ground lamb. Set aside.

Add another tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan and the zucchini, cabbage, turmeric & salt. Stir. When the cabbage is slightly softened add the nettle tops & coconut aminos.

When the nettles are bright green, add the lamb & coconut cream. Cook until just bubbling & serve immediately.

Eat breakfast outdoors to fully celebrate Spring!

 

Dandelion~Blueberry~Rhubarb Green Smoothie (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

green smoothieIt’s Spring! And there are 2 foods growing in my yard: dandelion greens & rhubarb.

So I’ve been yard-foraging for green smoothies.

Since starting the Wahl’s Paleo Plus diet a few days ago, I’ve been having dandelion-blueberry-rhubarb smoothies every morning.

dandelionsDandelions are detoxifying. Seriously. Especially for the liver. If you have a lot of toxicity in your body you might want to start small when incorporating dandelion leaves. My partner Matthew, who has multiple autoimmune conditions and a lot of residue from pharmaceuticals in his liver, has a severe detox reaction to even small amounts of dandelion leaves. Better out than in, but you might want plan detoxing for a day when you can just rest if you need to. I have no problem with dandelion greens.

dandelions 2The Wahl’s Protocol is Autoimmune Protocol compatible, though it does allow some foods that the AIP doesn’t (like nightshades and soaked nuts & seeds, but you don’t have the eat those!) The Wahl’s Paleo Plus, the version I am doing currently, is the most extreme of the 3 Wahl’s Protocol diets & it relies on coconut fat for most of its calories. This smoothie is a great way to get more coconut fat in, but you can also use homemade coconut milk if you are on the AIP & don’t need as much fat.

Dandelion~Blueberry~Rhubarb Green Smoothie (AIP & Wahl's Paleo +)

from petra8paleogreen smoothie

Tinned coconut cream is not AIP-friendly because it contains guar gum, however full-fat tinned coconut milk is permitted on the Wahl’s Protocol. To get coconut cream from tinned coconut (more fat, less carbohydrate than the contents of the whole tin), refrigerate the tin overnight & scoop out the cream on top.

If you’re on the Wahl’s Protocol, this recipe gives you coconut fat & all your categories of plants: sulfur-rich, dark green leafy & 3 colours. Just add protein!

  • 1  3/4 cups (tightly packed) arugula
  • 1/4  cup (tightly packed) dandelion greens
  • 1/2- 1 cup cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup rhubarb (optional)
  • 1 batch homemade coconut milk; or 1/2 cup (or more) coconut cream plus 2 cups of water

Whirl all ingredients on high in a blender. This recipe will fill a quart-sized mason jar. Highly portable!

Coconut Milk

  • 1½ cups loosely-packed ground coconut
  • 2½ cups freshly boiled water, cooled slightly

Grind coconut in a blender before measuring. (3 cups Wilderness Family Naturals brand coconut ‘chips’ makes about 1½ cups of loosely-packed ground coconut.)

Whirl ground coconut & hot water in the blender for 3-4 minutes.

Pour mixture through a nut milk bag into a bowl. If your bag doesn’t have a drawstring, you can use an elastic band to hang the bag from a cupboard knob over the bowl until the contents are just cool enough to squeeze all the coconut milk out.

Homemade coconut milk is also fabulous for lattes!

9 Ways to Prepare for an Autoimmune Protocol

Here are the 9 ways I got ready for my impending Autoimmune Protocol:

  1. Organized our 1st bulk order of local grass-fed beef;
  2. Went to the thrift store to get baking dishes & bowls & pot lids in sizes I have often thought would be convenient but have always done without;
  3. Learned to make homemade Coconut Milk;
  4. Discovered that I cannot get sufficient whipped coconut cream from homemade coconut milk no matter how long I refrigerate it, so found a recipe for Coconut Butter on Mark’s Daily Apple which I’ll try next;
  5. Stalked AIP recipes online (the weekly AIP recipe roundtable on Phoenix Helix is a great place to start). I also modified my existing recipes to make them AIP-friendly & printed them all out & organized them in a binder, which is not even remotely the type of thing I usually do. It even has dividers!;

    Lunch is always leftovers & veg so I don't put it my meal plans. Also, I don't include sides like avocado, crudités & sauerkraut, because they just happen.

    Lunch is always leftovers & veg so I don’t put it in my meal plans. Also, I don’t include sides like avocado, crudités & sauerkraut, because they just happen.

  6. Made a basic 9-day rotation menu which is already out of date because I won’t make those pan-fried plantains ever again. Why a 9-day rotation? To save us from the institutionalized sensation of knowing it’s beef-stew-Tuesday again. Also 9 eventually becomes 45 & 90 which are nice round numbers to aim for.
  7. Helped my #2 kid move (because paleo happens in the stream of life). Full disclosure: He moved into my basement suite. And ‘borrrowed’ his 1st month’s rent from me…
  8. Had a cooking-free day. It was my 43rd birthday on the 19th so I indulged with breakfast out at Mo:Lé with my #3 kid. She even missed A-block to celebrate with me. I quizzed her for her Science test and we shared a pot of earl grey tea. I had the raw-vegan Caesar salad with a side of bacon. For dinner, Matthew & I went to Café Brio. He had the vension and I had pork loin with sunchokes (I’ve seen them carry whole pigs across the sidewalk into that place). We both had dessert. And I have to say, I would have liked my poached apples & apple sorbet better if they had been half as sweet.
  9. Bought plantains for the first time ever & prepared them 3 ways:

Recipe

My rating

AIP-modified version of Plantain Nachos from Well-Fed 2

5 stars!

Pan-fried Plantains from Well-Fed 2

Meh

Plantain Crackers from The Paleo Mom

A++