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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Thanksgiving Side Dish Round Up

November 16, 2020
Anti Inflammatory Diet Thanksgiving Dish Round Up

It’s my favorite time of the year! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – I love the opportunity to get together as a family, share a meal together and just be thankful. It’s a beautiful time. However, if you’re trying to eat healthy or manage a chronic illness, it can be difficult to navigate a holiday that revolves (almost) solely around food. So, how do you find balance this holiday season?

Luckily, I have some tips for us from my friend and dietitian, Betsy Britt of GroWell Nutrition! She has three recommendations for us:

  1. Start the day with fitness: consider getting the family outside for a touch football game or even a 5k walk or run.
  2. Eat a good breakfast: don’t skip breakfast to ‘save room’ for the afternoon feast. This may lead to binge eating less healthy foods later in the day.
  3. Skip the seconds: enjoy your first plate of food and wait 20 minutes before deciding whether you are still hungry for more.

Personally, I’m choosing to be intentional about what to eat – and where to splurge – for Thanksgiving. I’m swapping out the typical green bean casserole for this delicious, and much healthier, roasted honey garlic green bean dish. I’m also looking forward to sharing my favorite kale salad with everyone!

I plan to splurge on my mom’s sweet potato casserole (the kind with the roasted mini marshmallows on top – yum!). I’m allergic to apples, but every year I have a slice of my mother-in-law’s award winning apple pie.

If you’re looking for anti-inflammatory-approved side dishes to ‘upgrade’ your typical Thanksgiving fare, here are some excellent options:

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts

GF, DF Cornbread with Paleo/Keto options

I’ll be making this fresh fall salad with kale, pears, cranberries, fresh beets, quinoa, goat cheese, walnuts:

Grain-free Paleo “Cornbread” Stuffing

Dairy-free Paleo Mashed Potatoes

Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary + Bacon

A friend sent this to me – this dish looks so beautiful! Had to share it here:

Paleo/Whole 30 Gravy Recipe

GF Turkey + Cranberry Sauce

GF, Dairy-free Mac & Cheese

I’ve made this recipe a few times – Tyler and the kids LOVE it so I plan to make it for Thanksgiving as well. Instead of sautéing the green beans, I throw all of the ingredients together on a pan and roast the green beans at 425* for about 15 minutes. I like to throw some sliced almonds on there, too!

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Thanksgiving Desserts:

AIP Baked Apples

Keto, Vegan, Paleo Pumpkin Pudding

AIP Keto/Paleo/Vegan Apple Pie Bars

I am absolutely planning on making these pumpkin pie truffles from fellow faith blogger Jenny at Wholesome Family Living: AIP/Vegan/Paleo Pumpkin Pie Truffles

GF Sweet Potato Pie w/Pecan Crust

I hope this is helpful to you as you are crafting your Thanksgiving menus this year! Don’t forget to check out some of my favorite anti-inflammatory meals that the whole family can enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

September 28, 2020
Anti-inflammatory pumpkin spice oatmeal

It’s officially fall! And here in Florida, it’s starting to feel like it, too. The mornings are a breezy 70 degrees, which means here in Tampa we’ve got our boots and scarves on!

Just kidding…

Sort of. 😉

For most of us, fall means all things pumpkin, maple and apple! I’m excited to share this delicious pumpkin steel cut oats recipe with you. Not only does it fulfill the need for pumpkin spice, it’s got a lot of inflammation fighting power, it’s filling and it’s super flavorful.

For more inflammation-fighting meals that the entire family can enjoy, check out Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family.

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Simple Anti-Inflammatory Stir Fry

August 25, 2020
AID stir fry recipe

If you’re looking for a go-to anti-inflammatory meal, this is mine. This simple stir fry is chock full of inflammation fighting foods, it’s easily customized and very versatile depending on what veggies you love in your stir fry. Also, it’s dairy-free, gluten free, sugar free and yet, it’s NOT taste-free!! 😉

There’s so many different ways to make this dish – and that’s what makes it my go-to weeknight meal that we don’t get tired of. You can swap out rice for rice noodles or even spaghetti squash as the base. You can utilize in-season vegetables along with tried-and-true veggies your family loves. I’ll also occasionally include chunks of pineapple or mango for a sweet surprise!

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Easy Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl

August 5, 2020

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite anti-inflammatory diet meals: my Easy Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl. This is another crowd-pleaser in our house. The boys eat it up with a big spoon!

Reasons why I love this Easy Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl:

  • It’s sneakily healthy – swapping out cauliflower rice for white or even brown rice means that you’re eating lots of veggies in each bite…and you don’t even know it!
  • It’s a simple, quick weeknight recipe. I typically make a double (or even triple) batch of this during the week and it’ll take me less than 30 minutes from beginning to end. Cauliflower rice cooks so quickly and you can just throw all the ingredients together!
  • This is a low-carb, low-calorie option if you’re looking for go-to low-carb or low-cal recipes!
  • It’s versatile – I can easily make this meal with shredded chicken, ground beef or turkey, or vegetarian. I’ve also easily swapped cooked white rice for the cauliflower rice when making this for large groups (with people who may or may not like cauliflower rice!) and it’s so yum.
  • My boys love it – Tyler loves this recipe because it’s super filling while also being low-calorie. Both Finn and Justus will gobble this down as soon as I put it on their plates.
  • Toppings galore – this dish is easily personalized depending on what toppings you like. I love to put avocado, an extra squeeze of lime juice and more cilantro on mine. Tyler appreciates covering it in cheese and sour cream, and Finn does all of the above! Whatever your eaters like, this meal can offer it.

How to cook cauliflower rice

There are three options for making cauliflower rice:

  • Buy cauliflower heads, chop them and put them in a food processor to make the “rice.” This is the most time-intensive option.
  • Buy a pre-chopped cauliflower head. With this option, the cauliflower is already “riced” for you. Typically you can find this in the produce section where you would find other bags of pre-chopped vegetables. This is the simplest, quickest option.
  • Buy frozen cauliflower rice. This option allows you to save the cauliflower rice for longer – I usually buy a large bag from Costco so I can use it whenever I want to. However, it takes slightly longer to cook all the way through (about 10 minutes instead of 5).

Any of these options work – obviously if you want to rice the cauliflower yourself, it will take longer. Also, if you purchase fresh cauliflower (either a whole cauliflower head or a bag of fresh cauliflower rice) it will cook quicker than the frozen cauliflower rice.

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Anti-Inflammatory Butternut Squash Thai Curry

July 28, 2020

This is one of my favorite anti-inflammatory diet meals! This butternut squash Thai curry is so incredibly flavorful and versatile. It packs an immune-building punch with all of the inflammation-fighting foods in this recipe. This meal is one that I love to make for company or if I’m bringing a meal to someone – it’s unique and delicious.

Butternut squash is an incredible food – packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, which help with immune function and are powerful antioxidants. It also happens to be relatively low in calories, which is a double win!

If you’re battling with chronic pain or any kind of inflammatory issue, exercising regularly and eating an anti-inflammatory diet could help reduce the inflammation in your body. What we eat can either speed up or slow down the inflammatory processes throughout our bodies. That’s why I try to keep an anti-inflammatory diet regimen throughout the week – which can be tricky when you’re cooking for others, including a picky husband, a toddler and a baby!

My husband (a picky eater) and my kids (not-so-picky eaters) LOVE this meal. Even my one-year-old shovels this curry into his mouth. I typically add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to cool the curry a bit for them.

This recipe is versatile. It can easily be made vegetarian/vegan if you omit the chicken. The vegetables in here (butternut squash, sweet potato) can readily be swapped out with one another. For example, you could use 4 cups of sweet potato OR 4 cups of butternut squash if you only want one over the other. You could also substitute carrots or other squash in place of one of the vegetables.

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Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family

May 20, 2020
anti-inflammatory meals for the whole family

If you’re battling with chronic pain or any kind of inflammatory issue, exercising regularly and eating an anti-inflammatory diet could help reduce the inflammation in your body. What we eat can either speed up or slow down the inflammatory processes throughout our bodies. That’s why I try to keep an anti-inflammatory diet regimen throughout the week – which can be tricky when you’re cooking for others, including a picky husband, a toddler and a one-year-old!

Don’t forget to download the Anti-inflammatory “Eat This Not That” List – you can post it on your fridge or use it for meal planning to help you get started with your inflammation-fighting meals.

I’ve spent a lot of time searching Pinterest for anti-inflammatory foods that I could consistently eat AND feed my family at the same time. It was tough to find! Most of the recipes I found were inaccessible, difficult to make on a regular basis or just wouldn’t appease my picky eaters. However, over the past several months I’ve accrued a collection of some of my favorite anti-inflammatory recipes and wanted to share them with you!

If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving dishes, check out this post: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Desserts!

The point of an anti-inflammatory regimen is to cut out inflammation-causing foods and incorporate as many inflammation-fighting foods as possible. These foods are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols – which are protective compounds found in plants.

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Oat Quinoa Energy Bites

March 6, 2020
Oat Quinoa Energy Bites

These oat quinoa energy bites have been a favorite in our household for a long time! I was first introduced to them when I was breastfeeding Finn and have worked on “perfecting” them the past few years. I will warn you though: these are addictive!!

Because of my chronic pain, I’m also committed to creating meals that are anti-inflammatory – packed with inflammation fighting foods and devoid of foods that cause inflammation. To read more about this, check out my post Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family.

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One Pan GF Chicken Tenders with Broccoli & Sun-dried Tomatoes

February 26, 2020
One Pan GF Chicken Tenders

I LOVE one pan meals. Anything that can help with the ease of preparation and clean up is a win-win-win for me! Lately, because of my chronic pain, I’ve been doing an anti-inflammatory eating regimen (essentially cutting out dairy, gluten, white sugar and adding as many inflammation fighting foods as possible) so I’ve been experimenting with different alternatives to typical meals. This one pan gluten free (GF) chicken tenders recipe with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes is a big hit in our house.

Because of my chronic pain, I’m also committed to creating meals that are anti-inflammatory – packed with inflammation fighting foods and devoid of foods that cause inflammation. To read more about this, check out my post Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family.

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One Pan Roasted Potatoes and Sausage

February 18, 2020

I’m going to be real honest with you: I’m not a chef. I don’t even particularly love cooking. But I am committed to making healthy meals for my family, and since I’m a mom of two crazy boys, it’s difficult to make elaborate meals. So anytime I find something that is relatively quick and healthy, it’s a win. That’s why I love this one pan roasted potatoes and sausage meal.

Because of my chronic pain, I’m also committed to creating meals that are anti-inflammatory – packed with inflammation fighting foods and devoid of foods that cause inflammation. To read more about this, check out my post Anti-Inflammatory Meals for the Whole Family.

One pan roasted potatoes and sausage recipe

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Sheet Pan Pancakes

January 18, 2020

In our home, weekends = pancakes (and sometimes week days, too)! I love pancakes (and french toast, and waffles…) but I really don’t like standing at the stove first thing in the morning. I also appreciate uniformity in my pancakes, which takes more patience than I possess. So, if you’re at all like me (love pancakes + impatient) then you’ll love sheet pan pancakes!

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