This Week’s Paleo, AIP, & Keto Batch Cooking Recipes

Some of you may have seen, over my social media channels, my post explaining how I’m having trouble concentrating on writing blog posts.  Between the terrorists’ attacks, protests, the targeting of law enforcement, and the waning safety of this country, I’m having a hard time processing it all.  So, to try to remain helpful to y’all, I’ve decided to post the recipes I use in my weekly batch cooking sessions.

Batch Cooking Paleo, AIP, and Keto Recipes by Tara Perillo

Batch Cooking Paleo, AIP, and Keto Recipes

These recipes are practical, easy recipes, you can use any time.  I have separated them into AIP, paleo, and keto.  Hopefully, that will make it easier for you to choose the recipes that fit your diet preferences.  Enjoy!

Batch Cooking Favorite Recipes by Tara Perillo

Batch Cooking Favorites

Foods Cooked:

Grilled Marinated Steaks (AIP)

Grilled Marinated Steak (AIP)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place marinade ingredients into large bowl or gallon resealable plastic bag.
  2. Place steaks into bowl or bag.
  3. Mix or shake well.
  4. Allow to marinate, in fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from fridge, and allow to sit on counter for 5 minutes.
  6. While steaks are resting on counter, prepare grill.
  7. Grill to your liking. For rare, about 3 minutes each side.
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Ghee These Wings Are Amazing! (Keto/Primal with AIP mods)

Instant Pot Chili “Mac” (Paleo)- Directions: 1) Use my Chili recipe to first make the chili. 2) Once depressurized, open lid of Instant Pot, and drop in zoodles. 3) Stir. 4) Allow to rest for 10 to 20 minutes before storing.

Herb Broasted Drumsticks (AIP)- Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Otto’s Cassava Flour, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 5 or 6 organic chicken legs, about 2 tablespoons coconut oil  Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  2) Add all ingredients to gallon resealable plastic bag. 3) Close bag and shake vigorously. 4) Place battered drumsticks onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5) Place baking sheet on middle rack in oven. 6) Bake for 20 minutes. 7) Flip drumsticks over. 8) Bake for another 20 minutes, or until cooked through. 9) Remove from oven. 10) Allow to cool before storing.

Loaded Cauli-Mash (Keto/Primal)- Ingredients: 2 cups filtered water, 1 head cauliflower (trimmed into florets), 2 tablespoons organic cream cheese, 1 tablespoon grass fed butter or ghee, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 2 tablespoons organic sour cream, 2 slices cooked bacon (crumbled), 1 teaspoon chopped chives or green onion, 2 ounces shredded hard cheese (raw, goat, or sheep milk)  Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2) Boil cauliflower florets in water until soft, about 10 minutes. 3) Drain. 4) In same pot, add cream cheese, butter or ghee, sea salt, and sour cream. 5) Stir and mash cauliflower until all ingredients are well blended. 6) Pour mixture into medium baking dish. 7) Top with bacon, chives or green onions, and shredded cheese. 8) Place in oven on middle rack for 20 minutes, or until cheese melts. 9) Remove from oven. 10) Allow to cool before storing.

Roasted Balsamic Broccoli (AIP)-  Ingredients: 3 cups broccoli florets, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 cup sea salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder  Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2) Place all ingredients into large mixing bowl. 3) Toss. 4) Pour contents onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5) Place in oven and cook until broccoli begins to brown, about 20 minutes. 6) Remove from oven. 7) Allow to cool before storing.

Yellow Squash “Cheese” Sauce (AIP)

Parmesan Zucchini Chips (Keto/Primal)- Ingredients: 2 zucchini (sliced very thin), salt (to taste), 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese  Directions: 1) Set broiler to high. 2) Lay zucchini slices in one layer on broiler safe baking pan. 3) Sprinkle salt and Parmesan cheese onto zucchini slices. 4) Place under broiler and cook until edges begin to brown and crisp. 5) Remove from oven. Note: Chips will soften if not eaten immediately. They will still taste good, though.

Ranch Dressing (Paleo with AIP mods)

Baked Bacon (AIP)- Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2) Lay bacon slices in one layer onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 3) Place in oven and cook until crisp and brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. 4) Remove from oven. 5) Carefully, remove bacon slices and lay onto paper towels to drain. 6) Store wrapped in paper towels in airtight container. Note: Bacon grease can be stored in glass jar in fridge.

Instant Pot Steamed Eggs (Paleo)-  Directions: 1) Add 1 cup of water to inner pot. 2) Place metal grate (came with Instant Pot) into inner pot. 3) Lie eggs ( 5 to 6 eggs) onto grate. 4) Close lid. 5) Press Manual button. 6) Press – (minus) button until 5 minutes cook time shows in display. 7) Allow to cook. 8) When timer chimes, press Off button. 9) Move pressure release knob to Venting. (Watch out for released steam.) 10) Carefully, open lid. 11) With tongs, remove eggs and place in bowl of cold water. 12) Allow to sit for 10 minutes before storing.

All of these foods should be stored in your fridge, in airtight, chemical-free containers. Most will keep for one week. The Ranch dressing and Yellow Squash “Cheese” Sauce will keep for 2 weeks. All foods may be frozen.  Simply defrost in fridge overnight when ready to eat. I’ve found the best way to reheat the wings, drumsticks, zucchini chips, bacon, and broccoli, is to place them under the broiler of my toaster oven. 

I hope you all enjoy these batch cooking favorites. Let me know if you’d like more of these posts. I know it’s nothing fancy; but, it’s all quality foods you can heat up anytime.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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Autoimmune Musings: Are We Ever Fully Healed?

Lately, I’ve been in a musing mood. I’ve been thinking a lot about my healing, how far I’ve come and what I’m looking for in the future. I’ve really began to wonder if we are ever fully healed. Although I’ve been in remission (lupus, SLE) for almost a full year now, I’ve still had to deal with hormonal fluctuations, arthritic damage to my joints, vitiligo, fibroids, psoriasis flares, PMS, adrenal fatigue and soft tissue damage left over from my last lupus flare. Now, I completely understand that autoimmune disease is tricky, and all of these symptoms and issues are the result of stress and damage from past health crises.  But, understanding that didn’t make me feel much better. Then, I started to muse.

Autoimmune Musings: Can We Ever Fully Heal? by Tara Perillo

Autoimmune Musings: Can We Ever Fully Heal?

What are we expecting when we start a healing protocol? Are we expecting to never have to deal with another illness or symptom? To be honest with you, I kinda was expecting that. My diet is impeccable. I get 4 to 6 workouts in a week. I practice stress reducing strategies constantly. I love myself. I get plenty enough sleep. So, why then do I continually experience symptoms? Why is it when one thing clears, another one pops up? Because I am an imperfect, human being, as are you.

It scares me, when I read some of your comments or questions, that you may be under the impression, if you do the autoimmune protocol, you believe you will heal, and never have any health woes ever again.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news; but, that simply isn’t the way it works.

Autoimmune Musings: Can We Ever Fully Heal? by Tara Perillo

Healing Autoimmune Disease

I want to take this moment to explain to you exactly what I am, and what I’m not.  I put my lupus into remission following The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne.  I can not, and will not, recommend or discuss any other autoimmune protocol. I will also not answer any more questions as to why Dr. Ballantyne has chosen to omit certain foods from her protocol. I didn’t create the program.  I trust her completely. You should too. I have included a Foods To Eat list and a Foods To Avoid list on my site merely for your convenience.  As it states on the bottom of these lists, you can get a full list in The Paleo Approach.  I am also NOT a certified nutritionist.  I have absolutely no interest in being one.  I will not answer any questions about autoimmune nutrition.  Instead, I will always refer you to the experts here.

Now, let me talk about what I am.  I am a woman who healed her gut, and put her lupus into remission following the autoimmune protocol.  Also, I am a bit of a mad scientist, who tries different diet, fitness, and lifestyle protocols, in my search to be the healthiest person I can be.  I am a fitness and yoga instructor, certified herbalist and homeopath, author, recipe creator, batch cooking goddess, and a damn good home cook.  Those are the things I’m good at. Those are the things I can help you with. Please, don’t ask me to be what I’m not.

The reason I felt the need to explain how I can help you, and how I can’t, was because I’m trying to reduce some of the stress I’m under right now.  Perhaps because of my age, I seem to be dealing with lots of hormonal issues.  The autoimmune protocol does not stop us from aging.  It does not heal all of our woes, or damage from previous flares.  It does not make all of life’s stressors simply disappear.  It is not a miracle.

You need to be realistic about your expectations when following the autoimmune protocol.  Do I feel better now than if I had not followed The Paleo Approach? You bet I do! Even if I’m still dealing with symptoms? Abso-freakin-lutely!  The Paleo Approach taught me how to eat for maximum health.  It gave me a template to healthy eating. It helped me discover which foods were actually harming my health. It showed me what lifestyle changes I needed to practice to get better. It saved me from a very short lifetime of pain and suffering.  And, even though I still have some health issues, I know they would be so much worse had I never changed my habits.

Hopefully, none of you get discouraged after reading this post. If you do, then you’ve missed my point completely. It’s like when people take a supplement they’ve read keeps cancer away…..and, then they get cancer.  They’re completely baffled, because they thought there was a guarantee.  There are no guarantees in health.  There is no such thing as a magic pill, serum, diet, program, protocol, beauty product, or food. It does not exist.  We can merely do the things that nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits, while encouraging the best health outcomes we can achieve.

Autoimmune Musings: Can We Ever Fully Heal? by Tara Perillo

Nourish your body, mind and spirit

So, I’d have to say, the answer to my question is no.  I’m not sure that in this world we live in today, surrounded by hatred, incompetence, dangerous chemicals, overly processed foods, stress, and everything else we have to worry about, that anyone can be fully healed.  But, to do nothing, and watch your health decline, is cruel and unnecessary.  We may not be able to reach full healing, where we feel spectacular every single day; but, you can get pretty darn close.  You can increase the amount of good days you have. And, that’s enough for me!  How about you?

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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Top 10 AIP Paleo Summer Recipes

Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, and summer is now in full swing, I thought I’d put together a roundup of my 10 favorite summer recipes, plus 2 amazing sauce recipes. I’ve got everything from salads to quick Instant Pot recipes, for you!  Enjoy!

Top 10 AIP Paleo Summer Recipe Roundup by Tara Perillo

Top 10 AIP Paleo Summer Recipes

Top 10 AIP Paleo Summer Recipes

Salads 

Crispy Pear-Beet-Cucumber Salad

Spicy Chicken Slaw

My Favorite Sardine Salad

Instant Pot

Sweet & Sour Mango Chicken Thighs

Pina Colada Chicken

Pizzas, Tacos, and More

Asian Inspired Grilled Chicken

Fish Tacos

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

Bacon Spinach AIPizza with Arugula Pesto

Fried Chicken Liver Po-Boy

Sauces

Yellow Squash “Cheese” Sauce

Ranch Dressing

I hope you all enjoy your celebrations! Be sure to stay safe out there!

As always, I wish you good health……..and, good food!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive compensation. Thank you for helping to support my blogging efforts, here at Paleo Cajun Lady.- Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullsh*t?

So, I’m sure the title of this post has you curious. Is she getting ready to confess something? Has she finally gone completely mad? Why is she cursing (sort of) on her blog?

Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullshit? by Tara Perillo

Is My Healthy Lifestyle Bullshit? Absolutely not!

Well, first off, I had to use the word bullshit because that’s the word the person I’m going to talk about used in her post on Facebook.  And, I haven’t gone mad; but, I am angry. Lastly, no, I have nothing to confess. I actually put my real, healthy lifestyle out there for you all to see.

Actually, the reason for this post, and my anger, is a post I saw on Facebook, by one of the biggest fitness personalities, who I actually really admire (or at least used to). Basically, she said that Instagram was bullshit, and that it didn’t show a true depiction of posters’ healthy diets and lifestyles. She then posted a photo of a couple of hot dogs on what I’m guessing was whole wheat buns.  Now, I know what she was trying to do. I know she was trying to show that she was just like everyone else. But, at the same time, she managed to bash an entire community of people who actually do live their daily lives in a healing, health promoting way. And, we certainly don’t look at our lives or work as bullshit.

This kind of judgement and ignorance is exactly the crap we need to move away from. I can’t possibly speak for everyone on Instagram. But, I can speak for myself and several of my fellow bloggers who promote a healing lifestyle in the paleo, AIP, real food and keto communities.  Just about every day, we post our real food meals. We don’t do this to feed our own egos. We do this to help you.  We want to inspire you to eat healthier meals, to exercise, to batch cook, to heal autoimmunity, and the list goes on. And, most of us are not celebrities, on TV shows, and making tons of cash.

In reality, my diet is pretty impeccable.  It has to be. I don’t want to reactivate my lupus.  I don’t want to suffer the symptoms of my food allergies. When I make an unsuccessful reintroduction, I tell you about it. Every meal I post is exactly what I’m eating that day. No bullshit.

Alright, so I’ve said my peace. I just want you to know, the problem I had with that post was not the food she was eating. I don’t make judgements about people like that….at least not out loud or publicly. Hey, I never said I was perfect! My problem was the idea she put out to the public that because she allowed herself to “cheat” and eat not such healthy foods, no one else could possibly be truly eating healthy every day. Honestly, we all have busy, hectic lives. And, many of us DO eat healthy every single day, no matter what obstacles are thrown at us.  We have actual goals of healing ourselves, making gains at the gym, maintaining our health, or whatever your reason.  That type of dedication and discipline should be appreciated, not mocked.

My healthy lifestyle is not bullshit! And, that makes you, judgy post writer, the biggest loser. (hint, hint)

As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!

Tara Perillo

Tara Perillo

Hi Y'all. I am Tara Mo Perillo, the paleo Cajun lady. I am a lupus warrior and AIP paleo advocate. I work tirelessly to heal autoimmune symptoms through nutrition and alternative therapies. Currently, I am rebuilding my body after successfully treating my autoimmune symptoms. I am a certified herbalist, homeopath, and yoga instructor. My greatest enjoyment is creating delicious AIP paleo recipes for you. Together, we can heal autoimmune disease and live fit, fabulous lives.

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