Tabouli (also called tabbouleh) is a light side dish (mezze) popular in Middle Eastern cuisines. It’s traditionally made using bulgur (a type of whole grain) or couscous along with tomatoes, parsley, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, and onion.
In this dish, I’ve replaced the grains (bulgur or couscous) with raw cauliflower florets that have been food processed into small pieces. This produces a texture that’s similar to couscous in texture and look. But I’ve kept most of the other traditional ingredients to produce a similar flavor.
This dish is Paleo as well as low carb (ketogenic). It’s a great side dish to serve to help you eat more raw vegetables.
To make an AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) version of this cauliflower tabouli salad that’s nightshade-free, just switch the diced tomatoes for diced beets. If you have trouble find beets, then radishes can be used instead.
I’m a huge fan of simple desserts, and it doesn’t get much simpler than some fresh fruits! If you have trouble finding fresh pineapple, then you can find canned pineapple slices in many stores (just drain them before using). You can also use frozen pineapple chunks instead of the slices for a different look.
These raspberry white chocolate fat bombs (AKA keto desserts) are absolutely delicious and easy to make.
If you don’t know what fat bombs are, they are often desserts (although they can also be savory) with very little carbohydrates/sugars but lots of healthy fats. They’re also usually bite-sized so they’re perfect as snacks. If you want to know more about fat bombs, this article explains all about what they are and how to create your own.
I still recall the first time I heard about cauliflower rice. A friend of mine who knew I had gone Paleo sent me Nom Nom Paleo’s cauliflower rice recipe. I was so intrigued, I just had to give it a try. And then I promptly fell in love with cauliflower rice!
This recipe here for cauliflower white rice is the most basic form of cauliflower rice. So if you master this, you can then get creative and make your own versions of flavorful cauliflower rice. Or you can just stick to this simple dish and use it to pair with stews, curries, and stir-fries.
I first had baked pear for dessert at Alison Golden‘s house several years ago, and I was recently reminded of it again when I had a similar dessert at a restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Baked pears are actually really easy to make but they are a fancy Paleo dessert that will wow people. Most baked pear recipes use autumn or winter spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but I found the addition of ginger really helped to make it an anytime dessert and keep it AIP-friendly. There’s a very light spiciness that enhances the sweetness from the pears and the honey coating.
Many baked pear recipes are also made using pear halves, but it’s way easier if you don’t have to cut up the pear and hollow out the core. (I like keeping recipes easy!)
A few notes about this baked pear recipe:
This baked pear recipe doesn’t require much preparation, but it does need a full hour in the oven for the pears to get properly soft. I’ve seen some recipes (like Jamie Oliver’s) require less time in the oven, but I find the pears taste so much better when they’re tender and soft (unless of course you’re using super ripe and soft pears to begin with). So, if you’re making this for dinner, make sure you start it well in advance. You can of course, also serve this dish chilled instead of straight out of the oven. That’s how the restaurant served the baked pear dish I ordered.
You can double or triple this recipe very easily – just double or triple the ingredients.
This recipe is both Paleo and AIP-friendly (Paleo autoimmune protocol), but it’s also a fancy dessert that’s often served at upscale restaurants, so it’s perfect if you want to impress your family or guests!
It’s no secret that I love fast and easy cooking methods, and the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) is definitely a great appliance to have around when you want to make dinner in a hurry.
And since this recipe is meat-free, it actually takes even less time to cook than other stews. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, then don’t worry, you can also make this beet cabbage apple stew recipe in a large pot on the stove (it just takes a bit longer and a bit more effort in making sure the liquid doesn’t run out in the pot).
You can make this recipe as an entree or as a side dish for your meal. The beets and apples add a slightly sweetness to the dish that really compliments the cabbage. I suggest using chicken broth as the base for this stew, but if you don’t have any or if you can’t find any that’s Paleo or AIP-friendly, then water also works fine.
If you’re on an AIP diet or a ketogenic diet, then having good bread is tough! So if you’re looking for a low carbohydrate egg-free, nut-free, and dairy-free bread recipe that’s AIP and Ketogenic, then this AIP bread rolls recipe is what you’re looking for!
Because this recipe uses a gelatin egg instead of a regular egg to hold the coconut flour together, you will find that it has a different texture to regular bread. The coconut flour also makes the bread a bit denser and drier, so enjoy it with some extra coconut oil or with some ghee (if you’re ok with ghee in your diet).
This raw cauliflower salad is super fast and easy to make and enjoy. Just add all the ingredients together and toss. So if you’re looking for a quick side dish, give this one a try.
If you haven’t cooked with cauliflower much, then you will soon discover that they are a very versatile vegetable. They can be used to make cauliflower “rice”, to make creamy mash, to make cauliflower soups, to make roasted cauliflower side dishes, and to make tabouli salad as a couscous replacement.
This raw cauliflower salad is another way to enjoy cauliflower. It’s really quick to make so it’s an easy side dish to make to enjoy with your meal.
This raw Italian cauliflower salad recipe is Paleo, Ketogenic, and AIP (autoimmune-friendly), so it’s great for meals when you have people on different diets. They can all enjoy the same meal! Enjoy with the Mango Coconut Curried Chicken Salad or if you’re on the Ketogenic diet, try it with the Keto Curried Chicken Salad.
If you’re not familiar with spaghetti squash, it’s a melon-looking yellow squash that naturally forms golden spaghetti-like strands when cooked.
They’re Paleo, AIP-friendly, and low in carbohydrates (so Ketogenic-friendly as well). Because of the buzz about them in the US media, spaghetti squash can now be found in a lot of US grocery stores (including Whole Foods, Costco, and Walmart – they vary by location).
Per 100 grams of spaghetti squash, there is approximately 5.5 grams of net carbohydrates (7 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber, 2.8 g sugar).
Spaghetti squash is super easy to cook – you can microwave them using these instructions here or bake them in the oven following the instructions below. You can also roast the leftover seeds from inside the squash to enjoy like pumpkin seeds.
For an easy appetizer recipe that’s bound to impress, give this refreshing mint avocado chilled soup recipe a try. You can even make it with a magic bullet blender.
The mint leaves help make this creamy soup really refreshing and perfect for the summer months. I also added in some romaine lettuce leaves to make this dish very light and summery. The soup is served chilled and the lime juice in the dish keeps the avocado from oxidizing as well as adds a touch more flavor.
This soup is very filling and is Paleo, Ketogenic, as well as AIP-friendly. It’s perfect if you want something fast – you don’t even need to turn on the stove as you only need a blender to make this.
If you’ve ever tried chopping up a raw butternut squash, then you’ll know that it’s dangerously tough. It’s one of the reasons why I started paying extra for the ready chopped ones at the supermarket! However, it doesn’t have to be dangerous or so much work. As I’ll show you in this post, there are 2 simple ways to cook butternut squash without cutting it. Yep, it’s that easy.
Enjoy all the benefits of this delicious squash without risking your fingers. Plus, check out our list of reasons for eating butternut squash at the end of this post.
I love the colors in this salad – in fact, that’s what I was thinking about when I was creating this salad. I wanted all the ingredients to be green except for the raspberries – so I added in green olives, cucumbers, as well as salad greens like arugula and spinach leaves. Then I topped it with whole raspberries so that their color would pop out of the salad.
This simple salad makes for a great side salad to your meal and it’s perfect for so many diets – it’s low in carbs (ketogenic) and doesn’t contain any dairy, nuts, seeds, or nightshades, so it’s Paleo and AIP-friendly (Paleo autoimmune protocol).
If you can’t find raspberries, you can use any other berry instead (e.g., sliced strawberries or blueberries). Also, if you can’t find arugula, you can use any type of salad greens you can find. Hope you enjoy this simple salad recipe!
Jackfruit has been all the rage in the US so I had to give it a try and see what it was all about!
The whole phenomena started because someone discovered that young jackfruit could be used as a meat-substitute in that it formed meat-like shreds and could soak up flavors from the sauces it’s cooked in. This makes it great for dishes like this one which is similar to BBQ pulled “pork.” There’s also a version of this recipe for the slow cooker if you prefer cooking that way (see below).
If you want to find out more about jackfruit (what it is and its nutritional value), then check out this extensive article on jackfruit.
While young green jackfruit has been getting a lot of press for its meat-like texture, ripe version has been used in various Asian sweet jackfruit recipes for a long time.
I’ve eaten a lot of fresh ripe sweet jackfruit already broken into segments in various parts of Asia (from Hainan, China, to Chiang Mai, Thailand). Recently, I started looking for ripe sweet jackfruit recipes and I came up with this one, which is based on this Panasa Mulika recipe. I’ve also seen this recipe called by a few other names like Kathaler Mishti Pakora and sweet jackfruit fritters.
You’ll often find bamboo salad dishes at Chinese restaurants as a starter dish that’s served cold. And this Chinese bamboo salad recipe is very similar to those dishes. However, to make it more AIP-friendly, I’ve used olive oil instead of sesame oil and I’ve omitted the chili oil in this dish.
If you’re not on AIP and want to make this dish more traditional or if you just want to spice up this recipe, then try adding chili oil and sesame oil instead of the olive oil.