Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo Recipe

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Recently, I’ve really been trying to reintroduce more healthy foods into my diet.  Now that I’ve learned to cycle my reintroductions with my hormones, I’m finding it easier to be successful. When creating this Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo recipe, I decided to reintroduce cooked tomatoes. Happily, it worked out for me! The next step is to make an actual tomato sauce; but, I’m not that brave yet.

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Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo

Creating Instant Pot recipes is so much fun! I love taking foods that normally need hours to cook, and cooking them in less than an hour.  Most are as easy as tossing all of the ingredients into the inner pot, setting to cook, and then, having a fully cooked meal in minutes. This recipe has quickly become one of my absolute favorites.  It’s not a typical or classic gumbo recipe.  I’ve actually never had a gumbo with meatballs in it.  But, who doesn’t love meatballs?  Putting them in a gumbo seemed like a natural progression in my recipe creation.  Enjoy!

 

AIP Paleo Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds okra, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 1/4 cup chicken or bone broth, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 package 26.46 ounce Pomi chopped tomatoes (omit for elimination AIP)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • salt, to taste
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground pork or Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place okra, onion, avocado oil and 1/4 cup broth into Instant Pot.
  2. Close lid.
  3. Press “Manual” button.
  4. Set time to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cook.
  6. While okra is cooking, make meatballs.
  7. Combine all meatball ingredients and mix well.
  8. Roll mixture into small meatballs, about 1” in diameter. You should end up with about 16 meatballs.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Once okra has finished cooking, turn off Instant Pot and release pressure by flipping release valve to “Venting”. When all pressure is released, open lid.
  11. Stir okra mixture and press “Saute” button on Instant Pot.
  12. Cook, while stirring, for 10 minutes.
  13. Turn off Instant Pot.
  14. Add meatballs and the remainder of ingredients, except salt, to Instant Pot.
  15. Replace lid. Don’t forget to put release valve back to “Sealing”.
  16. Press “Soup” button and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  17. When done cooking, turn off Instant Pot.
  18. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  19. Open lid.
  20. Stir and salt to taste.
  21. Serve over cauli-rice or white rice.
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Be sure to omit the tomatoes, if you’re elimination phase AIP. I promise, it will still taste wonderful without them.  I think you’re gonna love my Instant Pot Meatball & Okra Gumbo!  If you’re starting to make food reintroductions, consider getting a copy of Eileen Laird’s Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol.  I found it to be very helpful in teaching me to make reintroductions safely. Believe me, it’s not as easy as you think it’s going to be.  I even printed and laminated some of the pages for easy reference.  I still go back to them each time I reintroduce a new food.  It doesn’t hurt to review. You can pick up a copy HERE.

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

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Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Autoimmune Life: The Guilt of Recovery

When I first started my autoimmune healing journey, there was nothing I wanted more than to feel better. In October 2013, I was suffering from a lupus flare, stomach ulcer, inflamed hiatal hernia, pockets of inflammation throughout my intestines and colon, various psoriatic rashes and lesions, joint pain, hair loss, mouth ulcers and gum bleeding, weight gain from prednisone, and an uptick in my vitiligo symptoms, which caused it to spread to my face. I was completely miserable.

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Autoimmune Life: The Guilt of Recovery

Almost two years later, I am happy to have reached remission in my lupus, vitiligo and psoriasis symptoms. My latest blood test have revealed exceptional improvement in my inflammation markers. I have no active rashes or lesions. All of my IBD and gastrointestinal issues have been resolved. I have discovered many of my triggers, and have learned how to cope with them in a more effective way. So then, why am I not screaming about my great news over every mountaintop?

I feel guilty.

If anyone would have told me, when I first began this journey, that I would feel guilt for getting better, I would have said they were nuts. But, here I am, all better, feeling bad that I’m healthy, while so many others are still suffering. It’s like I feel as though I don’t want to shove it in people’s faces. Even though I put in the work and sacrifice over the last two years, and I know I deserve to feel better because of it, I just feel bad for those who are still experiencing flares.

Honestly, I’m not sure if anyone else has ever felt this way. Most people are quick to shout out about their healing triumphs, especially in the autoimmune community. But, I’m sure I can’t be the only one that’s ever felt this way. The feeling is so great, it’s affecting my sleep. Every night, I have dreams, which feel like I’m awake, of my symptoms returning. I feel everything from severe joint pain to nausea, migraines, itching and sore throat. As I sleep, I feel like I’m suffering. Then, when I wake, I’m perfectly fine! I have no pain, no nausea, no anything! Weird, right?

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So, that’s why I’m coming clean today. This is my mountaintop to shout it from. I AM IN REMISSION!

Hopefully, I can get some sleep tonight……without painful dreams!

Over the weekend, I will be changing some of the pages on my blog to reflect my new status. I encourage any of you who have not been with me from the beginning to check out some of the older posts I’ve written. I’ve actually written about many of the struggles of living on the AIP. I still do maintain a mostly AIP with reintroductions diet because of my various food allergies. Many of those I’ve had for years. They’re not going anywhere. Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Traumatic Stress and Autoimmune- Is There A Link?

Living With Autoimmune- The Bad Days

The Loneliness of Autoimmune Disease

Staying Positive on The Autoimmune Protocol

Also, let’s not forget how I got here. I don’t believe I could have ever healed without The Paleo Approach. Had I not followed the diet and lifestyle changes outlined in this protocol by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, I would not have been able to put my autoimmunity into remission.
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I’m also thankful to all of The Paleo Approach Approved autoimmune bloggers and authors who have provided such wonderful resources and recipes to help me heal. You can find all of them here: Autoimmune Bloggers & Sites.

Here are a few of my favorite resources and cookbooks:

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook

Nourish

He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook

28 Days of AIP

28 Days of One Pot AIP

Reintroducing Foods On the Autoimmune Protocol

85 Amazing AIP Breakfast Recipes

AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook

Know that I’m praying for all of y’all who are still suffering. I sincerely hope you all, one day, feel as good as I do right now. I know the journey is long and hard. Even I had doubts throughout these two years. But, now I feel as though all things are possible. I’ll be right here, to help get you there too!

As always, I wish you all 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

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Have you started reintroducing foods on the AIP? If you have, are you finding it easy, or hard?

Most people I talk to find reintroducing foods on the AIP to be the hardest part of the protocol. Sometimes, it’s pretty easy to tell if a food is not going to work out for you. You’ll break out in hives, a rash, brain fog or joint pain. But, you’ll always have those foods that make things a little more difficult to tell.

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Reintroducing Foods On The AIP- Gluten free oatmeal with baked apples

I’ve been doing quite a bit of food reintroductions lately. And, some of those foods don’t even fall under the paleo umbrella. Now, before you go calling the paleo police on me, I should tell you those foods were still considered healthy, real foods. I believe these foods are essential to my fitness goals; so, I’ve reintroduced them. Those foods are gluten free oatmeal, rice noodles, and pure whey protein.

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Reintroduced Eggs!

When deciding which foods to reintroduce on the AIP, you should always consider your health goals. Some of you may want to consider your mental health goals as well. If it would do your mind good to reintroduce some real, dark chocolate, then that would fit into your health goals. Don’t concern yourself too much with eating strict paleo. The main focus of paleo is to eat real, minimally processed foods that nourish your body. That’s why you’ll often see the leaders in the paleo community chowing down on dairy products or homemade gluten free treats. There’s a reason why they made up the 80/20, 90/10, or 95/5 rules.

Now, if you haven’t tried reintroducing foods on the AIP, I am going to suggest you get Eileen Laird’s ebook Reintroducing Foods On The Autoimmune Protocol. When I first started doing food reintroductions, I seriously did it all wrong. I ended up damaging my immune system and sending it right back into high gear. After finding, and reading Eileen’s ebook, I was able to do my reintroductions correctly, and without destroying all of the healing I had gained. There is definitely a right and wrong way to do things.

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And, don’t expect to be successful with every food reintroduction. So far, I have been unsuccessful with hemp protein, hemp seeds, raw tomatoes, potatoes, soy and black pepper. I’m sure I’ll be adding more foods to that list as I try more reintroductions. There may be some foods I’ll never be able to add to my diet. Prepare yourself for that reality.

The main things to keep in mind when reintroducing foods on the AIP, is to take your time, learn to do it properly, and focus on your health goals. If you do those three things, you will find the process more enjoyable.

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

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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