Who’s ready for the holidays?! When you think about all of the planning, purchasing, cooking, socializing, and other random chaos that comes with the season, can anyone ever really be ready? Maybe Martha Stewart. Maybe. I don’t know how anyone does it.
But I do know how we here at The Paleo Mom can help! If, like many others on the autoimmune protocol, you are dreading the holiday season and the huge amount of tempting foods-you-can’t-eat it brings, why not prepare a 100% AIP-friendly meal using some of these recipes? I’ve gathered some traditional (and not-so-traditional) goodies from some of the best autoimmune protocol bloggers out there. Roasted lamb ribs with maple-glazed squash, whipped parsnips, cranberry sauce, and ginger spice cookies for dessert? Baked ham with bacon-wrapped asparagus, sweet potato soup, cran-apple stuffing and a pumpkin roll? Or any of the other mix-and-match options below? Well, hello there, AIP. You’ve never looked so good.
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|Maple Pumpkin Collagen Shake by Kate of Healing Family Eats
Collagen is a great way to get a little boost and who doesn’t need a boost while preparing a holiday meal? This drink is perfect for an early morning jump start while you gather to share early morning holiday traditions.
|Pumpkin Spice “Na”tte by Mikaela of Slightly Lost Girl
This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Who doesn’t love a Pumpkin spiced anything this time of year? And you don’t even have to say its a ‘healthy version’.
Appetizers and Condiments
|Citrus-Spiced Cranberry Sauce by Bre’anna of He won’t know its Paleo
It’s not a Holiday meal if I don’t have cranberry sauce! This recipe is the perfect side kick dish and it’s got a nice punch with the acidity and spice combo.
|Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus by Holley & Raj of The Primal Desire
Bacon? Enough said! A classic and simple dish done well goes a long way, this one won’t last long so might want to double this recipe to keep em happy.
|Sweet Potato Crisps by Mary of Simple and Merry
These are perfect to have around for when you hear “is it ready yet?” or “I’m hungry” and because they are so simple to make to a great dish to have little ones help you with!
|Sweet Potato, Artichoke, and Bacon Soup by ME! (A Clean Plate)
The great thing about this soup recipe is it works well creamy or chunky! I love a small bowl of soup to start off a holiday meal, especially when it has bacon in it!
|Apple-Cranberry Holiday Stuffing by Mickey of Autoimmune Paleo
Stuffing is one of those holiday staples that I have to have at the table. Thank goodness we have this we have this delicious Autoimmune friendly recipe that will feed a large group.
|Maple-Glazed Delicata Squash and Brussels Sprouts by Elise of by Simply Recipes
All I heard was maple and brussels sprouts and I was sold. This side dish is not only tasty but come out beautiful with the contrast of the colors.
|Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots by Samantha of Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
A carrot and honey dish is easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. The rosemary and balsamic addition in this recipe really make these pop.
|Herbed Whipped Parsnips by Rach of Meatified
These melt right in your mouth, they come out so creamy and buttery, no one will say a word about missing traditional mashed potatoes.
|Baked Fresh Ham by Sarah of The Paleo Mom
Ham is a great way to go for a main dish. Use herbs like thyme and rosemary or spices like ginger and cinnamon instead of the seed-based spices.
|Roasted Lamb Ribs with Garlic and Parsley by Jo of Comfort Bites Blog
Lamb is one of my favorite proteins and its perfect combo with all the side dishes I picked above. Sometimes it nice to move away from the traditional ham.
|Hibiscus Ginger Gummies by Sophie of A Squirrel in the Kitchen
These are perfect to make ahead of time to have ready for little hands throughout the day. Also this can be a fun recipe to make in the kitchen as a family.
|Fresh Ginger Spice Cookies by Bethany of Adventures in Partaking
What’s the Holidays without a fresh warm homemade cookie? These are so yummy you will want to make a few batches and yes they are Autoimmune friendly!
|Rustic Pear Galette by Gabriella of Beyond the Bite
This recipe may look scary or hard to make as this looks so beautiful, but if you take your time with it and enjoy the process you may surprise yourself on what you can do.
|Pumpkin Roll with Cinnamon Molasses Spread by Alaena of Grazed and Enthused
These pumpkin rolls are really tasty and a perfect treat for the holidays. The cinnamon molasses spread is the perfect amount of sweet.