There are many wonderful benefits to following the AIP. But for some of us, cooking just isn’t one of them.
A couple months of adjusting to a new style of cooking without grains, dairy, nightshades, eggs, nuts, seeds, or processed sugar are enough to make anyone totally sick of their kitchen.
Sick of grocery shopping.
Sick of chopping vegetables.
Sick of every recipe they’ve made so far.
When you feel this way on the AIP, you have a choice: abandon your healing diet, or find a way, somehow, to get excited again. In this post, we’ll offer some tried-and-true tips for doing just that. You’ll be back in the kitchen and excited again in no time!
Sometimes, the cookbooks we’ve been turning to since the beginning of our dietary changes can get a little stale. The same goes for our favorite websites. Cooking the same recipes week in and week out can get boring, but even if you’re rotating recipes from the same cookbook, you might be wishing for more. Since most cookbooks follow a certain style and tend to turn to similar flavors, it can be easy to find ourselves in a rut.
If you find yourself bored with your weekly menu, try turning to a new recipe resource! Not only will it excite you (or your family!) to see something new on your plate, but it’s likely that a new cookbook or recipe blog will rely on new cooking techniques that can help spice things up.
Want to learn new knife skills, master a new broth style, or experiment with international flavors? Treat yourself to a new cookbook and see how it shifts your perspective!
Here are a few of our favorites, either AIP-only or complete with AIP modifications:
Eliminating nightshades takes some of our favorite veggie-based dishes off the table. While we’re pursuing nutrient density, we might just fill the gaps with more of the same vegetables. Carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and squash, day-in and day-out. That’s a recipe for boredom!
Try spicing up your routine by adding just one new player to the game each week. Some less-loved AIP vegetables include:
Just finding a way to cook these unusual veggies might be enough to get you out of your cooking rut!
You can’t completely avoid cooking on the AIP, but you can avoid doing it every night.
Batch cooking is a simple technique for making up to a week’s worth of meals in a single afternoon. When you spend a few hours making meals for the week, you can hop off the wheel of constant weeknight cooking.
Some meals lend themselves better to batch cooking than others. Soups, stews, and other broth-based meals reheat well and allow you to work in plenty of healing nutrients with each meal. These meals freeze well, too!
You may also save time by batching the preparation of ingredients ahead of time. Shop once for the week (read our list ofSneaky Grocery Store Ingredients that Aren’t AIP before you go!), then get to work. Chopping vegetables, making broth, and marinating meat on the weekend will go a long way toward simplifying your weeknight load.
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If you’re bored by your usual cooking methods, it might be time to invest in a new cooking tool.
One of our favorites, the Instant Pot, is a total time-saving hack. This electric pressure cooker is particularly popular with the AIP community because it makes nutrient-dense dishes in a fraction of the traditional time. With functions like searing, soup-making, and stewing, it can cut down on the dreaded dishes, too.
A high-powered blended might bring a bit of joy back to your kitchen, too. In addition to stellar green smoothies, it can handle the blending of creamy coconut milk-based soups, banana-based ice cream, and more. Believe us, it’s worth it!
Perhaps you’ve read through this list and thought “that’s all well and good–but I don’t want to cook at all!” And we get it.
There are times when any amount of cooking is too much cooking. Whether your recovery won’t allow the energy it takes to cook or you just want to simplify a busy weeknight, pre-made AIP meals can be a lifesaver.
Our favorites come from True Fare. Their pre-made, pre-portioned meals are carefully sourced and made with the strictest AIP standards in mind. We love keeping a few on hand for times when we’re too tired to cook.