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Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks + Tips

Lamb

 

If you’re cooking for flavor, I believe time is your greatest advocate. I know a lot of people are getting into pressure cookers, or insta-pots, but there is something about the traditional way of cooking that won’t disappoint. Utilize time and allow simple ingredients to infuse your food, building upon itself minute after minute, hour after hour, incredible flavor.

Here are my tips for effortlessly adding tons of flavor and tenderness to your choice of protein. Let time do all the work!

  • Marinade in vinegar. This actually begins the ”cooking” process. No at this point your choice of protein is not in an oven, but by marinating your meat in vinegar, the digestive or breaking down process begins. The vinegar softens and tenderizes the meat without the risk of overcooking. This works wonders if you find yourself with a particularly tough cut of meat, but dont want to heat up the oven for 12 hours and end up with jerky.

 

  • Salt well in advance. This rule does not apply to all choices of protein. Chicken and Lamb do really well salted ahead of time where as steak and pork render more tender of a product when salted just before cooking. The salt on your lamb shanks will allow for your meat to retain moisture, the same way your body reacts to lots of salt by water retention, resulting in a melt in your mouth experience!

 

  • Braise or broil before beginning the slow cook. You want to ensure that all the delicious flavor you’ve worked so hard to culminate in your meat stays there. By braising or broiling the meat before it begins to cook, you will seal in the salt and vinegar, allowing them to work for your advantage during the cooking process.

 

  • Let your meat rest. The point of this is to allow the meat to cool down, so it can retain the liquid that is in the meat. When slicing into a hot piece of protein, you will notice the juices from that meat pouring out onto the surface of your block. That is because meat struggles to hold onto moisture at that temperature. By allowing your protein to cool, it will be able to maintain the moisture that got heated during the cooking process, resulting in a much more juicy product.

 

For this particular recipe:

  • Marinade the lamb shanks for 8 hours in Red Wine Vinegar and Salt. Adding herbs/seasonings at this time is also appropriate. (Thyme, Rosemary, Mustard, Harissa, Cumin to name a few.)
  • Broil the lamb at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • Turn the oven down to 300 degrees and cook covered for 3 hours. Be sure to keep some liquid in the pan to ensure the legs dont dry out. You can use additional vinegar here, or bone broth to infuse more flavor.
  • Let the lamb rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
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AIP Parsnip fries

French Fries

 

Its grilling season, and nothing completes an AIP salad and grilled protein like these parsnip fries. So easy, and actually preferred over potato fries by every single person I’ve made these for – you’ll be running back to the farmers market every week just to pick up parsnips.

Parsnips support your body in the way of a high fiber content, magnesium, folate and potassium. So important to get those minerals and nutrients through food, daily. And how delightful in the form of a baked, greasy, salty vegetable!

  • 2-3 Medium Parsnips
  • 4 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Himalayan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop your parsnips into similar sized sticks. Place your parsnips on a sheet pan, drizzle with oil and stir as to incorroporate all of the oil. Sprinkle with salt. You of course may add whatever herbs spices your heart desires.

Bake for 30-45 minutes based on how thick you cut your parsnips. Bring the temperature up to 500 and broil for 5-10 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your fries. We like ours on the crispy side!

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AIP Fudge Sauce

For when you just need a quick pick me up. A little extra zaz to add to your AIP shortcake cookies, a ganache for your cake or brownies, or a romantic fondue for your and your better half. This is an effortless, quick and affordable way to feel a little bit more human while complying with an AIP lifestyle.

 

AIP Fudge Sauce

 

 

In a saucepan, melt your palm shortening, honey, water, carob and salt. Once combined, whisk in your gelatin. You’re done! How easy was that?

2 tablespoons of Carob Powder has 42mg of Calcium, without containing oxalates, a compound that can reduce your ability to absorb the Calcium you do get. Like Cacao, Carob also provides you with antioxidants and fiber all without the caffeine! Its much sweeter than Cacao, not offering much bitterness – a great addition to any bakers kitchen!

If you have successfully reintroduced chocolate, I recommend that for this recipe. By using truly Raw Cacao, you will be adding a quality source of Magnesium to your diet, getting 40 mg in just one tablespoon of Cacao powder. 60% of Americans are depleted in this very important mineral and its one you’ll find your body needing more of on an AIP diet. Magnesium promotes sleep, relieves stress on your muscles, aids in regularity and can soothe painful PMS. That’s why us girls need our chocolate!

*If you do use Cacao, omit the water, and use a 1/2 cup serving of honey.

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AIP Rhubarb Marmalade

Rhubarb Marmalade

Rhubarb is in season, and I have begun my rounds with Rhubarb Marmalade. Tart and smooth you’ll have every reason to whip up your favorite AIP bread to join in on the festivities!

One serving of Rhubarb provides you with nearly 50% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for proper bone health, can aid in PMS, fights against cancer and reduce stress causing inflammation. Vitamin K can strengthen your immune system and promote healthy skin! Because Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, be sure to accompany any Vitamin K rich food with a healthy fat to act as a carrier and assure proper absorption.
Rhubarb is also high in anti-oxidants and because of its high fiber content, is very effective at combating digestive discomfort.

I had a fresh batch of my All Purpose AIP bread come out of the oven, and couldn’t help but lather it up with some of the Marmalade still warm off the stovetop! You can find the recipe for the bread here.

Multi Marmalade

So lets get to it. You cant get much simpler than marmalade. I’m not sure why people buy it from the store. With all the added junk thats in it, you’re usually not even getting any real fruit!

  • 5 Stalks of Rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Backstrap Molasses (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Beef Gelatin

My family doesn’t eat many sweets, so the 2 tbsp of honey was adequately sweet for us. You may find you’d like to add a touch more.

Dice your rhubarb. In a saucepan, add your rhubarb, water, honey, molasses, cinnamon and salt. Let it simmer with the lid on for about an hour. Your rhubarb will be done when you can take a whisk to it, and purée it on the stovetop. Once cooked, and puréed, stir in your gelatin, slowly. Once you’ve achieved a uniform texture, pour it into your jar and let it cool. Once the marmalade has cooled, the gelatin will act as your binder and solidify it into spreadable summertime!

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All Purpose AIP Flatbread

 

multi purpose bread

 

Batch cooking is essential to most following an AIP diet, and very worthwhile for all. Its also helpful when batch cooking, to create something versatile. Thats what inspired this recipe. I aimed for a simple bread that I could use for anything and everything. From hamburger buns, to flatbread, even a pizza base, this all purpose dough can perform it. Fresh out of the oven, it reminded me a lot of cornbread. Because of the tigernuts, the bread does come out more on the sweet side, but by simply omitting the blackstrap molassas, it definitely works as savory as well!

Its quick, easy, and you’ll find you probabably always have all the ingredients on hand. And did I mention, Its COCONUT FREE? I wanted to avoid coconut, and cassava as it seems those two ingredients are in everything AIP and broaden my use for tigernuts.

Tigernuts are not actually nuts, but tubers that grow in the soil under the grounds surface. Noted as the most nutritionally dense tuber in the world, they offer a plentiful source of amino acids, vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium and are 33% fiber! Originating in Ancient Egypt, but also playing a vital role in Africa and Europe, these little bulbs have sustained generations for thousands of years.

 

Multi Marmalade

 

I recently made a batch of fresh Rhubarb Marmalade and tried it out on a slice of this bread. What a treat to enjoy while sipping a cup of chamomile tea outside in the evening! You can find the Marmalade recipe Here.

 

 

Pre- Heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a high speed blender or food processor, grind your tigernuts. Add all your dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix. Add your oil, vinegar and molasses and stir until combined. At this point it will look crumbly, dont be afraid to get your hands in and mix it well! Once uniform, begin adding the hot water about 1/4 cup at a time. When all the water is added, your dough is complete!

At this point, you may shape the dough for your particular use. Hamburger buns, biscuits, wraps, get creative! This particular time, I chose to spread it out onto a cookie sheet over some parchment paper. I used a spatula to pat down the dough to achieve a flat top. I also separated the dough from the sides of the pan slightly, so the edges would be straight.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I would love to hear how else you choose to use this recipe in your kitchen. Don’t shy away from commenting!

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Pulled Chicken Gizzards

gizzards

Pulled chicken gizzards. That’s right, not pulled pork, pulled gizzards. And these babies are glistening with fat and flavor! Today we’re going somewhere a little different. Organ meats are some of the most nutritionally dense foods you can eat. They have some of the highest concentration of your B vitamins, and your fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Organ meats also contain elevated amonuts of minerals such as phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, iodine, calcium, potassium, sodium, selenium, zinc and manganese as well as essential amino acids.

Today, I’m working with chicken gizzards from a farm just a few miles from my house, you cant get more fresh than that! They were frozen, so I thawed them over night. Working with thawed meat allows for so much more flavor. Another important tool to implement with organ meats, or any tough meat for that matter, is to marinate it in vinegar. That will begin the break down, or ‘digestion’ process if you will – lending in a softer much more tender result. Helpful for those who have a tough time digesting protein. Its a beautifully effortless process!

The basic breakdown to achieve tender, flavorful, juicy, salty and fatty chicken gizzards that will have even your two year old begging for more? Here are my suggestions:

-Thaw completely overnight.
-Clean organ to its specified requirements
-Marinate In Apple Cider Vinegar and salt for at least 4 hours up to 24 hours. You dont need to cover the meat in vinegar, simply disperse it over the meat evenly. The vinegar will add SO much flavor to the meat. Tenderizing it and pulling out all its natural juices. You can add other seasonings here too. I kept it simple to start.
-Braise the meat. I began the braise with a few tbsp of red palm fruit oil. Once the initial frying was done, I added my flavor. Bone broth, or water if you have a histamine sensitivity, or an issue with SIBO/Candida. Chicken gizzards are fatty, but we like fat in our house so I added an additional 1/2 cup of butter (It was 3 lbs of gizzards) and my seasonings. You can season with whatever you want. I chose to go with Salt, Rosemary, Thyme, Majorium, Oregano, Parsley, Garlic and Onion. After an hour or two, it should be soft enough to pull. You can continue to let it cook as long as you’d like – keeping in mind to replace any broth/water lost through steam. You dont want your meat to dry out!

Now to go make some tortillas and some homemade quac. 🙂

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AIP Pastry

pastry

Rainy days are for making pastry, mostly so that your tea will have something to accompany it. Yes, that is how I’m justifying these. Flaky, buttery and AIP compliant! You wont feel like you’re missing out on anything.

For the frosting, I made coconut mana. You can find that process here.

Preheat oven to 425. Pulse cassava, honey, gelatin, salt and oil in a food processor, bledner or by hand. Add in the water until your dough forms.

Roll out onto a floured surface. You may have to work the dough a little bit, it is very forgiving. Cut desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Fill, and top. Seal the sides with your fingers. You can leave them like that, or use a fork to line the edges. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown!

Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then they’re frostable. Heat up a little coconut mana and drizzle it over the pastry.
These are SO yummy, and wont last long. But if you find yourself having to store them, place them in a container you can seal, and keep in the fridge.

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Coconut Butter

coconut butter

Coconut butter. Could I ever say enough about this stuff? One incredible ingredient. Coconut is packed full of fiber, vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It offers amino acids and electrolytes, as well as plenty of the good fats -the perfect brain food! It aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients. It’s all the ‘anti’s’ as well: Anti-fugal, viral, bacterial and parasitical! I could go on and on.

You can buy coconut butter at the store, but its expensive (especially when you eat it by the tablespoon.) and so incredibly easy to make! All you need are coconut shreds and a blender/food processor.

Add your coconut to your blender and turn up to the highest setting. It only took a minute in my Vitamix to achieve a thick and creamy butter!  (It may take longer in a food processor or a different blender.)

Store in a glass container. No refrigeration necessary.

You can get fancy with this recipe and add cocoa, carob, vanilla, or essential oils like peppermint. Get creative!

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Probiotic AIP Gummy Bears

Mixed berry gummy bears made with beef gelatin and kombucha? Is this a candy or a multivitamin? I jumped up and down the first time I made these for my boys. A treat I could give them that is not filled with inflammatory syrups, sugars and dyes!

guummy bears

Beef Gelatin – I add this supplement to everything! It gives these gummy bears the perfect consistency, you wont know you’re actually eating something very good for you. An incredible source of quality protein and amino acids. Wonderful for joint, skin, hair, nail, muscle and bone health! These are truly a gummy vitamin that packs a protein punch!

Kombucha – what cant it do? With live probiotics, it opens up those detoxification pathways, aids in digestion and supports overall immune health. Just be careful with this if you’ve got any kind of bacterial overgrowth, (SIBO, Candida etc.) You may want to sub out a quality, not from concentrate, pure juice instead.

I found bear molds on amazon that have no plastic fillers, chemical coating, and are BPA Free! Find them here.

In a saucepan on low heat, warm the juice, being careful to keep the temperature below 105 degrees as to not compromise the probiotics. Sprinkle on the gelatin one tbsp at a time. Whisk in thoroughly. Keep whisking on low for a few minutes until entirely incorporated. If you’re including a sweetener, add it at this time and dissolve it completely. Poor into molds and let set in the fridge for 4 hours before removing from the molds. I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge. And they’ve never lasted more than a few days, but I’m sure they would keep just fine for a week or two!

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AIP Lemon Blueberry Scones

I am so proud of this recipe. And even more elated to be sharing it with you!

Being diagnosed with Auto Immune Diseases was not easy to swallow. In addition to that, my boys were both diagnosed with Celliac Disease. One of my sons also with the rare manifestation of Dermatitis Herpetiformis. I jumped into the dietary changes with enthusiasm and excitement thinking this could be what finally fixes us! I believe it will be, and my boys have seen incredible improvements! But I drastically understeimated the time I need to allow for healing to take place in my body. With all that is removed from my plate being AIP, I also have to follow a strict Low FODMAP diet as well as a Ketogenic diet. Eating is so difficult! It can be sad, frustrating, boring and all together monotonous. I have embraced this new lifestyle for myself, and hope for a day when I can again enjoy the little things, even if its just a tablespoon of almond butter!
With that said, let me introduce you to my most recent creation, AIP scones! I may not be able to have these (yet!) but baking compliant goodies for my two little gentlemen brings me so much joy. I Believe a little healing takes place during the precious moments their eyes light up when I serve them with one of these.

AIP Scones

These delightful, zesty, and decadent scones take you to a park in London sipping on a steaming cup of tea. Made with the perfect combination of Tigernut Flour and Cassava, you will not sacrifice texture, or flavor. I did grind my own tigernuts in my Vitamix for this recipe. I find the flavor is inhanced this way, and I prefer ingredients as fresh as possible!

The dough for these scones is COCONUT FREE. Yes, finally an AIP compliant product that is also coconut free! This has been my biggest challenge as I recently had an anaphylactic reaction to coconut. I did however decide to drizzle coconut mana (recipe here) on top for my boys. You could easily sub this out with tigernut butter, jam, or your favorite seed butter if you’ve been able to reintroduce them, but I wager these scones can stand alone.

Recipe: Yeilds 8 Scones

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