Friday, 5 February 2016

21 AIP and Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes

So next week marks the Chinese New Year. And if you're on an AIP or paleo diet and thought you were going to have to go off the rails for one night and order from your local takeaway or restaurant, then let me tell you this. You can totally celebrate without compromising your diet. 

Fantastic, yes? 

To mark the occasion I've gathered up 21 amazing AIP-compliant recipes that have Chinese influences. From side dishes, stir-fries, aromatic pork recipes and curries, it's all here. There are even a few party nibbles and cookies too. 

Check these out... 

Creamy Goat Stew with Taro - Provincial Paleo
Pork and Pineapple Stew - Provincial Paleo
Chinese Style Lemon Chicken - Comfort Bites
Red Cooked Pork (Hong Shao Rou) - Provincial Paleo

Red Cooked Pork, Provincial Paleo

AIP Crispy Pork Belly - Heal Me In The Kitchen
Braised Soy Sauce Pork (Soy-Free Tau Yew Bak) - Provincial Paleo
Curried Chicken and 'Rice' Stew - Phoenix Helix
Paleo Beef with Broccoli - Gutsy By Nature

How to Steam a Whole Fish, Heal Me In The Kitchen
How to Steam a Whole Fish - Heal Me In The Kitchen
Honey Ginger Stir-Fried Beef with Cabbage - Comfort Bites
Watercress Pork and Pear Bone Broth - Provincial Paleo
Law Bak Go (Daikon Steamed Savoury Cake) - Heal Me In The Kitchen
Quick Chinese Stir-Fried Broccoli Stems - Provincial Paleo
Mutton and Spinach Curry - Comfort Bites

Sichuan Ginger Cucumber, Petra8Paleo
Sichuan Ginger Cucumber - Petra8Paleo
Paleo Bak Kwa (Chinese Jerky) - Provincial Paleo
Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry - Phoenix Helix
Grain Free Tang Yuan - Provincial Paleo
Maple Polvoron - Provincial Paleo

Pineapple Tarts, Provincial Paleo

Pineapple Tarts - Provincial Paleo
Seaweed Cookies - Provincial Paleo

What will you be cooking up for Chinese New Year? Let me know in the comments below... 

You might also like: 55 AIP Recipes from Around the World

Thursday, 4 February 2016

AIP Bacon Maple Cinnamon Pancakes

February is a great month. 

It's Valentine's Day, Shrove Tuesday... whichever way you look at it, pancakes are going to happen some time in February. 

And these are incredible. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not usually one to drench everything in bucketloads of maple syrup. But for a treat - for a lazy Sunday morning or for a special occasion, these are pretty good. With just a little maple syrup for sweetness. 

You've got sweet, salty, sticky, crunchy, smoky... just make a batch and dig on in. 

AIP Bacon Maple Pancakes
Makes 8 pancakes, serves 3
1 large, ripe (totally black) plantain
quarter teaspoon cinnamon 
half teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tbsp cooking fat (use mild, unflavoured coconut oil or lard)
4-6 slices of smoked, streaky bacon, grilled or fried in a dry pan until crisp
small drizzle of maple syrup, to serve

First, peel the plantain and mash the pale yellow, custard-coloured flesh with a fork. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla and mix until well combined. 

Heat a little oil or fat in a large frying pan and drop in tablespoonfuls of the plantain mixture, letting them sizzle. Using a spatula, tease and spread the drops into thin circles. Keep them on a low heat, making sure they don't burn. Once the underside is golden, carefully flip them over and continue to cook on the other side. 

Once the pancakes are cooked (you might need to cook them in batches, depending on the size of your pan), pile them up on a serving plate with folded slices of the cooked bacon inbetween and drizzle with a little maple syrup. 

Best served straight away. 

These pancakes were inspired by the plantain fritters over at The Paleo Mom

I've entered this into Phoenix Helix's AIP Recipe Roundtable - go check it out for more AIP inspiration.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Comfort Bites Gluten-Free Fakeaway - 19 Home-Made Takeaway Recipes

You know when you fancy a takeaway, and you're eating gluten-free?

Sometimes, even if you're ordering just fried rice with veggies, there's all that cross-contamination to worry about and hidden gluten in the ingredients, like in soy sauce. Quite often, here at CB HQ, we just make a 'takeaway' ourselves at home. 

But even then, you want something that's quick, with not too many ingredients to go shopping for. You want the convenience of fuss-free cooking, and the authentic taste of the foods you love. Too much to ask for? Not at all. Get ready for the weekend with these gluten-free dishes based on takeaway favourites. 

Which takeaway favourites would you like to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments or Tweet me your faves!