Top 10 AIP Paleo Summer Recipes

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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!

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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

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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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The Evolution of Paleo Cajun Lady

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Just as the cave people have evolved into the people we are today, Paleo Cajun Lady has evolved from the paleo blog I created two years ago. When I debuted this blog, I never imagined I would be writing this post, a little over two years later, having put my lupus into remission, and in the best shape of my life.

Paleo Cajun Lady was created as my living journal, writing about how I was dealing with healing my newly diagnosed Lupus, and creating paleo recipes of my favorite Cajun foods. The name was simply the word “paleo”, put before the name of my grandfather’s shrimp boat, Cajun Lady. I had only started eating paleo, with my first 21 Day Sugar Detox, about two months before starting the blog. I hadn’t even been introduced to The Paleo Approach, the book that changed my life, for the better, yet. I was an excited paleo newbie, ready to share my autoimmune healing journey with the world.

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Highlights from the last two years of Paleo Cajun Lady.

This blog has seen me through starting the AIP, suffering set backs, the creation of tons of recipes, meeting new friends, going out of my comfort zone, having recipes featured in national magazines, creating my own cookbook, guest posting on several popular blogs, contributing to several interviews, collaborative cookbooks, and the first ever Autoimmune Wellness Bundle, putting my lupus into remission, and rebuilding my body into the stronger version it is today. It’s truly amazing to look back and see all Paleo Cajun Lady has allowed me to do, in these two short years. I am truly grateful to all of you, those who have been with me from the beginning and those who have just come aboard, for helping me to make Paleo Cajun Lady the success it has become. Blessings to you all!

As time moves forward, and I reach certain health goals, Paleo Cajun Lady evolves. When I first came up with the name of my blog, I had no idea I would one day be imprisoned in this dietary choices cage of judgement and scrutiny. Now that I’ve been able to reintroduce more foods into my daily diet, dairy being the most controversial, I’ve found myself having to answer for my personal dietary choices, almost daily. The main problem, I believe, is the name of my blog, Paleo Cajun Lady. And, I do also realize, it’s very confusing to some who are new to my journey. I did consider changing the name; but, it’s such a complicated process. Besides, what am I supposed to do, throw away the last two years of my life? That hardly seems fair, just because I now indulge in some raw milk cheese!

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So, here’s what I’ve decided to do. I’m keeping Paleo Cajun Lady exactly what it was intended to be, MY personal journey to wellness. My posts will evolve with me, as I try new, healthy dietary choices, and reintroduce more healthy foods. For whatever topic you’re here for, simply type a keyword into the search box at the top of this page, and all relevant posts will be there for you. That way, whether you’re here for autoimmune or keto, you’ll easily find what you need.

Now, there will be some changes happening. I will be switching my Instagram, and all future social media accounts, to my real name, Tara Perillo. In the next several months, I will be debuting new websites and unveiling new projects. Because I don’t want to subject myself to persecution by the paleo, vegan, etc. Gestapo, I will be using my actual name. I will be able to post and create recipes freely that way. I will no longer be forced to stay in the paleo box.

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Tara Perillo, Paleo Cajun Lady, now! Healthy and happy!

I don’t want anyone to misunderstand why I’m making these changes. It’s not that I think paleo is bad, or unhealthy in any way. The AIP is an amazing protocol! I would never have been able to go into remission without it. But, the elimination phase is not meant to last forever. Once you’re healed, you should actually reintroduce foods into your diet. That is exactly what I’ve done. I have people ask me all the time, “Why did you change your diet?”. I didn’t change my diet. All I did was reintroduce foods that my body tolerates. There are still several foods I have not been able to reintroduce, such as black pepper, raw tomatoes, and soy. Currently, I eat a more primal, gluten-free, and ketogenic diet. This fits me well. In fact, I’ve never felt more energetic and healthy. However, I would have never gotten to this point without the AIP and paleo. Until you take all of the possible symptom inducing foods out of your diet, you have no idea which foods are making and keeping you sick. So, that’s a necessity. Plus, the lifestyle changes learned and tweaked through the AIP are key to fully healing autoimmunity. You see, the last two years of my life were spent learning that. And that’s what I’ve shared with you, through Paleo Cajun Lady. That’s why the name is staying. I’ve earned it!

I hope you’ll continue to heal and evolve with me.

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

Smooches,
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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Why I’ve Gone Ketogenic- Plus Primal Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, here on my blog.  I have a few good reasons for this: 1) I’ve felt uninspired to create AIP recipes;  2) I’ve been transitioning to a more primal, ketogenic diet; and, 3) I’ve been working on several new projects.  Truth is, ever since I put my lupus into remission, I’ve felt the need to expand, both my diet and my lifestyle choices.  Little by little, I’ve been transitioning back into the person I was before I got sick.  I really had no idea how much of my luster I had lost.  My inquisitive nature has completely returned.  I’m me again, only healthier and wiser!

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Ketogenic Primal Spinach Artichoke Dip with chicken wings and cucumber chips

Just so you understand, this new-old me is not abandoning you (those following me for AIP info).  Simply because I’ve reached the end of my AIP journey, doesn’t mean that I can’t help you through yours.  In fact, the fact that I’ve been so successful with it, makes me a great choice to go to for advice.  So, you may notice some new not-so-AIP recipes and posts on my blog.  As I continue on my journey of life, I will explore different diets and lifestyle changes.  Although I may find new and different protocols that help with my current goals, I will always have a special place in my heart for the AIP.  After all, it is the protocol that gave me myself back.

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Now, let’s talk about what I’m up to! After reading Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore, and doing a ton of research, I’ve decided to start the ketogenic diet.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a very low carb, moderate protein, and high fat eating protocol.  It has shown to be effective in treating epilepsy, diabetes, PCOS, MS and many other ailments. Basically, it forces your body to be fueled by ketones, rather than glucose.  Plus, it burns fat like crazy, which makes it very popular with athletes.  The main reason I’ve started the ketogenic protocol is to deal with some lingering issues.  Although the AIP healed my gut and put my lupus into remission,  I didn’t have much relief from my hormonal and endometriosis issues. Plus, I’m an older woman, trying to get into prime fitness competition shape.  After reading about others’ success treating these problems, with the ketogenic diet, I chose to give it a try.

In order to get all the fat grams I need to eat to stay in a state of nutritional ketosis, I have added some organic dairy products into my diet.  I have found that as long as I eat low-to-no casein dairy, I tolerate them very well.  I also try to stick with raw and/or sheep or goat milk products as much as possible. Since adding dairy back into my life, I have been able to experiment with different recipes.  This Primal Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is one I’ve used for 16 years!  I’ve missed it so much over the last couple of years.  It’s so nice to have it back in my life. And now, I want to share it with you.

Primal Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: about 6 cups

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

372 Calories, per serving

30 grams Fat, per serving

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 10 ounce bag frozen chopped spinach (thawed), or 6 1/2 cups fresh
  • 14 ounce can artichokes, or 1 cup frozen (thawed), drained
  • 8 ounces full fat, organic cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons full fat, organic sour cream
  • 1 cup organic cheddar cheese, shredded (preferably raw milk cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Melt butter, in large pan, over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and cook until clear.
  4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (do not let brown or burn).
  5. Add spinach and artichokes to pan.
  6. Stir.
  7. Cook for 3 minutes.
  8. Add in cream cheese, a spoonful at a time, and stir into mixture, until all used.
  9. Add sour cream, and stir into mixture.
  10. Add cheddar cheese, and stir until melted into mixture.
  11. Add salt and stir.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. Pour mixture into medium casserole dish.
  14. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top of mixture.
  15. Place in oven and bake until edges of cheese starts to brown, about 25 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven.
  17. Serve warm.

Notes

Carbs 9 grams per serving

Net Carbs 7 grams per serving

Protein 16 grams per serving

May be frozen and re-heated

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I’ll follow up with another post on the ketogenic diet next week. In the mean time, feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to sharing this new part of my journey with 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

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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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