The AIP diet – or Autoimmune Paleo Protocol – is designed to avoid even the Paleo-friendly foods that can contribute to inflammatory issues.
“So what’s left?!” you might be asking, and the answer is: plenty! These delicious autoimmune recipes prove it.
The AIP diet commonly excludes nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, pepper spices), coffee, eggs, nuts, and most Paleo forms of sugar. Luckily, just as someone can adjust to a Paleo diet from the traditional American fare, the switch to an AIP protocol can also be made seamlessly – without sacrificing delicious and fulfilling flavors.
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These 27 recipes span the range of AIP foods, from main dishes, side dishes, smoothies, and desserts to everything in between.
1. Turmeric Chicken Noodle Soup with Zoodles
The perfect soup for anything, chicken soup has been a human staple for hundreds of years. This one skips the grain-based noodles and spices that are no-no’s for the AIP diet, and uses anti-inflammatory turmeric as a powerful, nutritious boost.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Turmeric Chicken Noodle Soup with Zoodles
2. AIP Morning Smoothie
Super-powered with avocado and collagen, this meal-replacement breakfast is the perfect way to start your day when you cannot have eggs.
Recipe: The Paleo Mom | AIP Morning Smoothie
3. Tangy Mango Smoothie
Sweetened simply by fruit and coconut cream, this zesty smoothie can replace a dessert in a pinch and help ease the blues of a restrictive diet. In fact, while drinking this, you’ll be asking, “What restrictive diet?”
Recipe: Real Plans | Tangy Mango Smoothie
4. Bulletproof-Style Dandelion/Chicory Coffee
Missing coffee on the AIP diet? This blend will give you all the warmth, frothiness, and delightful bitterness that your morning cup of joe delivers — without the presence of beans or caffeine.
Recipe: Autoimmune Wellness | Bulletproof-Style Dandelion/Chicory Coffee
5. Orange Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs
For some reason, takeout food can top the list of our comfort foods. Maybe that’s why it’s so important that there are so many AIP takeout food copycat recipes. Also, Asian flavors tend to be rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients, like these meatballs, which utilize orange zest, ginger, and garlic.
Recipe: AIP Lifestyle | Orange Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs
6. Garlic Rosemary Breadsticks
Think you can’t have bread on the AIP? Think again! These breadsticks are the perfect mix of fluffy and crispy, and I bet you won’t be able to stop yourself from eating them all in one sitting.
Recipe: Bre’anna Emmitt | Garlic Rosemary Breadsticks
7. Nightshade-Free Nomato Sauce
Missing traditional spaghetti sauce? This “nomato” sauce will do the job, completely nightshade-free. Using beets, butternut squash, and a perfect blend of herbs and spices, this sauce will quickly become the go-to for zucchini noodles, meatballs, and any other dish requiring a classic tomato sauce.
Recipe: A Squirrel in the Kitchen | Nightshade-Free Nomato Sauce
8. Frozen Yogurt
With just three ingredients, this AIP frozen yogurt will beat those ice cream cravings. As a bonus, pair it with any AIP dessert or fresh fruit, or add it to a smoothie to create a delicious, versatile treat.
Recipe: Autoimmune Wellness | Frozen Yogurt
9. Beef Brisket
What is more comforting than fall-apart brisket that can be paired with any favorite AIP side dish? Brisket is a classic dish that you’ll want in your AIP recipe book for regular use.
Recipe: Elana’s Pantry | Beef Brisket
10. Crusty Bread
AIP or not, this is my favorite version of Paleo bread. It’s crispy and thick, but not so dense that you can’t get it down (a common downfall of many Paleo breads). This recipe pairs perfectly with soups and stews.
Recipe: Cook It Up Paleo | Crusty Bread
11. Herbed Shrimp with Dairy-Free Tzatziki
Want a recipe that preps quickly but has restaurant-quality flavor, jam-packed into a single plate? This dairy-free tzatziki sauce tastes so divine that you’ll swear you’ve accidentally eaten dairy.
Recipe: Grazed and Enthused | Herbed Shrimp with Dairy-Free Tzatziki
12. Crock Pot Chicken Stock
Whether you want to drink it plain for gut-healing benefits, or you need it for a soup base, this easy, AIP chicken stock is so flavorful you’ll never want to use store-bought again.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Crock Pot Chicken Stock
13. Zuppa Toscana
If you miss the delightful flavors of Italian food, this soup will certainly hit the spot. With a prep time of five minutes, and only a handful of ingredients, this savory soup is both comforting and nutrient-rich.
Recipe: A Clean Plate | Zuppa Toscana
14. Instant Pot Beet Fennel Soup
Have an Instant Pot and not sure what to cook with it? Try this easy soup recipe, which also happens to double as a great way to eat beets if you’re not a super fan of them.
Recipe: Paleo Cajun Lady | Instant Pot Beet Fennel Soup
15. The Ultimate Bone Broth Recipe
The health benefits of bone broth are touted far and wide, and the AIP diet is no exception. This simple recipe is a staple for anyone with autoimmune or chronic health issues.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Ultimate Bone Broth Recipe
16. Energizing Green Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are popular, and you don’t have to miss out just because you’re grain-free. This colorful dish pairs avocado and mango with other nutritious ingredients, all for a prep time of five minutes.
Recipe: A Squirrel in the Kitchen | Energizing Green Breakfast Smoothie Bowl
Missing out on potatoes is a classic complaint about the AIP diet, but these squashbrowns fully replace the breakfast component of fried potatoes. You could also prepare them with sweet potatoes.
Recipe: Autoimmune Wellness | Squashbrowns
18. “Chocolate” Carob Bread with Date Caramel Spread
Even AIP eaters can get chocolate cravings. This fully AIP-compliant recipe will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth.
Recipe: Heartbeet Kitchen | “Chocolate” Carob Bread with Date Caramel Spread
19. Garlic-Amino Chicken Kebabs
When most people think of skewer dishes, they think of peppers (which aren’t AIP-friendly). But this chicken kebab dish pairs zucchini and mushrooms with a pineapple juice marinade that will have this on your frequently-visited meals list.
Recipe: Autoimmune Wellness | Garlic-Amino Chicken Kebabs
20. Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
Want to pair the convenience of a snack with anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to ease aches and pains? This smoothie will hit the spot, and as a bonus, you can prep it ahead of time for on-the-go eating.
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
21. Sweet Potato Skins
Part snack, part side dish, this sweet potato recipe will cover those snack desires that can hit hard.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Potato Skins
22. Creamy Bacon and Parsnip Soup
Forget potato soup. This parsnip dish is warming, with bacon and onions that swirl in the salty, savory flavors that comfort foods are made of.
Recipe: PaleoPlan | Creamy Bacon and Parsnip Soup
23. Stacked Beet Salad with Crispy Shallots & Herb-Infused Oil
When you need a quick and tasty salad that’s also easy on the eyes, this roasted beet dish will not only dazzle your taste buds, but it’ll impress dinner guests and family members.
Recipe: Heartbeet Kitchen | Stacked Beet Salad with Crispy Shallots & Herb-Infused Oil
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