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Pork Ribs with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce {AIP/Paleo}

I don’t know about you but I love myself a slab of ribs, there is something really primal about pulling meat off of a bone, not to mention when you use the slow cooker setting on the instant pot to cook your Ribs, the gelatinous bone broth that is made – makes this a sure winner!

Are you like me?  Do you see an ingredient recommended as a replacement for xyz and immediately purchase it, but then said items sits on your shelf or in the fridge because you take a taste and you just don’t like it??  Well that was the problem with Pumpkin Butter for me… I just couldn’t get on with the taste… until now.  It’s rich fruity texture is the perfect base for my BBQ Sauce!

I used Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, which does not have citric acid (which is a good thing as commercially citric acid is either grown on mold or grain!!) but it does have nutmeg.

I also list below an alternative which is Totally AIP

Pork Ribs with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce {AIP/Paleo}
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These sticky tangy Pork Ribs prepared in the Instant Pot are going to become a family favorite.
Servings Prep Time
3 People 20 Minutes
Passive Time
4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
3 People 20 Minutes
Passive Time
4 Hours
Pork Ribs with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce {AIP/Paleo}
Print Recipe
These sticky tangy Pork Ribs prepared in the Instant Pot are going to become a family favorite.
Servings Prep Time
3 People 20 Minutes
Passive Time
4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
3 People 20 Minutes
Passive Time
4 Hours
Ingredients
Ribs & Seasoning
Pumpkin BBQ Sauce (AIP)
Pumpkin Butter - Quick BBQ Sauce (Stage 1 Reintro)
Servings: People
Instructions
Pumpkin BBQ Sauce (AIP)
  1. Place All ingredients into a food processor or blender & blitz
  2. Place into a small saucepan and heat gently until sauce coats the back of a metal spoon and is sticky ;)
Pumpkin Butter - Quick BBQ Sauce (Stage 1 Reintro)
  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together with a metal spoon
Ribs
  1. Cut Rack into 3 Portions of Ribs approximately 4 Ribs per person Mix Garlic Powder, Ground Ginger & Ground Mace together then rub over ribs
  2. Take 1/2 of either Pumpkin Butter - Quick BBQ Sauce (Stage 1 Reintro) or Pumpkin BBQ Sauce (AIP) and pour over ribs
  3. Choose Slow Cooker Setting on Instant Pot - 4 hours, wait for 30 seconds and Instant Pot will start cooking those ribs!
  4. Once done, remove ribs from Instant Pot, and brush remaining sauce onto ribs. Place on Grill, or Under Broiler or in Toaster Oven for approximately 10 minutes until sauce is bubbling
  5. Serve!
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AIP Pork Carnitas with Cranberry Relish {AIP/Paleo}

Do you remember I mentioned in the Ropa Vieja recipe that I am making alot of  shredded meat dishes that will go with Fork & Bean’s Grain Free Tortilla Recipe  due to my daughter loosing endless baby teeth which makes eating Steak and Pork Chops so very challenging and lets face it none of us want a child who takes 1hr to eat their dinner ;)!

In this AIP Pork Carnitas Recipe paired with a delicious Cranberry Relish (YUMMMM!)  I tend to favor using Pork Butt due to it being one of the cheaper cuts of Pasture Raised meat but if you are wanting to cook this for large numbers then a pork shoulder maybe better!

I often take this dish to Potlucks or Graduation Parties, as its a hit with all generations, and pairs well with Grain Free Tortilla’s, Zoodles (Spiralized Veggies) or Cauliflower Rice

AIP Pork Carnitas with Cranberry Relish {AIP/Paleo}
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This dish made using Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder delivers a AIP Compliant delicious juicy shredded Pork which can be paired with Cauliflower Rice, Zoodles or even Grain Free Tortillas
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
AIP Pork Carnitas with Cranberry Relish {AIP/Paleo}
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This dish made using Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder delivers a AIP Compliant delicious juicy shredded Pork which can be paired with Cauliflower Rice, Zoodles or even Grain Free Tortillas
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Pork Carnitas
Condiment
Cranberry Relish
Optional - Stage 1 Reintroduction (add to meat)
  • 2 tsp Cumin Stage 1 reintroduction
Servings:
Instructions
Pork Carnitas
  1. Rinse & Pat dry Pork Meat
  2. Mix Rock Salt, Onion Salt, Parsley, Cilantro, Garlic & Coconut Oil together then spread seasoning evenly on both sides of Meat. Add Optional cumin if you have successful reintroduced Cumin Note : If Coconut Oil has melted and is not Solid, do this step in the Crockpot, to avoid loosing any coconut oil goodness
  3. Place Crockpot on Medium Setting for 6hrs
  4. Approximately 30 minutes before serving shred the pork into the juices and leave meat to soak in the juices for 30 minutes
Cranberry Relish
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauté pan. Heat up slowly to cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries are slightly broken but not mushy.
  2. Serve Chilled
How to Serve
  1. This meat is so versatile & pairs so well with so many foods, our favorite as a family (as pictured) is to have it with Grain Free Tortillas from Fork & Beans (see above for recipe link). Although I also have it cold over salad leaves, or with Seasonal Spiralized Root Veggies or Cauliflower Rice. Invite the family to build their own deliciousness!
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Ropa Vieja with Garlic Cilantro Grain Free Tortillas {AIP/Paleo}

Since Otto’s Cassava Flour started delivery in the US, my daughter and I have been cooking up endless shredded meat dishes that will go with Fork & Bean’s Grain Free Tortilla Recipe which I have modified slightly to add Cilantro & Garlic to the dough (1 tsp Dried Cilantro, 2 tsp Minced Garlic)

These Shredded Beef Ropa Vieja with Garlic Cilantro Grain Free Tortillas (AIP) combines delicious meat with the amazing texture of this tortilla! So much so that it is such a hit we may just eat this twice a week right now plus its an awesome dish for a 6yr old who is loosing a lot of teeth !

Ropa Vieja with Garlic Cilantro Grain Free Tortillas {AIP/Paleo}
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This dish made using Flank Steak delivers a AIP Compliant rich silky shredded beef which can be served with Grain Free Tortillas for a wonderful family meal
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Ropa Vieja with Garlic Cilantro Grain Free Tortillas {AIP/Paleo}
Print Recipe
This dish made using Flank Steak delivers a AIP Compliant rich silky shredded beef which can be served with Grain Free Tortillas for a wonderful family meal
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10
Cook Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Ropa Vieja
Grain Free Tortillas
Condiment
Equipment
Optional - Stage 1 Reintroduction
  • 2 tsp Cumin Stage 1 reintroduction
Servings:
Instructions
Roja Vieja
  1. Rinse & Pat dry Flank Steak or Brisket
  2. Mix Ginger, Rock Salt, Wasabi, Garlic & Coconut Oil together then spread seasoning evenly on both sides of Meat. Add Optional cumin if you have successful reintroduced Cumin Note : If Coconut Oil has melted and is not Solid, do this step in the Crockpot, to avoid loosing any coconut oil goodness
  3. Cut Meat in 1.5" Strips and place in CrockPot
  4. Place Crockpot on Medium Setting for 6hrs
  5. Approximately 30 minutes before serving shred the beef into the juices and add the Maple Syrup, leave meat to soak in the juices for 30 minutes
Grain Free Tortillas
  1. Follow the instructions in Fork & Beans' Grain Free Tortilla Recipe (See link above) , adding Cilantro & Garlic to the flour & salt in step 1.
  2. My daughter and I like to use a Tortilla Press to make our Tortillas as its a fun way to get my daughter involved! But the first time we made them we did use a rolling pin!
How to serve
  1. Place the Meat, Tortillas, a Bowl of Seasonal Leaves (Arugula and Spinach are our favorites) & the Avocado in separate dishes on the table Invite the family to build their own deliciousness!
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Template for Success : Preparing a Healing Diet

NOTE : This post was originally featured as a guest post on Angie's Alt's Blog but has been updated and republished with enhancements to the template

As any working parent will know, the thought of getting food on the table after a long day can be overwhelming. Bring into the mix food intolerance/allergies and fussy eaters and putting a meal on the table starts to feel like climbing Mount Everest in flip flops!

By profession I am a Learning Strategist, I consult with Fortune 500 companies to bring their corporate learning to life inside a Virtual Classroom or Virtual Online Event. Any challenge a client throws at me I can typically, with some careful thought, provide them with a template for success. So I applied that same logic and project planning to bring healing foods and healthful plates to the family table as a single mum, after all I can’t use drive-thrus as backup or rely on a partner to help out with the grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking.

So after researching what my fellow autoimmune bloggers had to say and with some inherited tips and tricks from my Mum, I built the following template that I’d like to share with you.

  1. Buy Proteins in Bulk – Typically I do this monthly. Having a stash of  core ingredients in the freezer ensures I have ingredients on hand. I use a lot of cheap cuts of meats such as bacon (well I am TheBaconMum) pork butt, ribs, flank steak, tenderloins, whole chickens, ground turkey, pork, lamb, beef, bison etc. There are many online organic meat companies that deliver to your door, which makes buying organic food in bulk more economical. However, if organic meats aren’t within your budget (it isn’t always possible within mine) many local grocery stores will often sell items in bulk too, just check that there are no nitrates or hormones added.{Oh and get home warranty insurance to cover your freezer should it fail you don’t want to spend on bulk proteins and loose them if your freezer fails}
  2. Stock up on Staple Ingredients – Always have your staple ingredients in stock. My Mum taught me as a child to always have two of the same item in the pantry, the one you are using and the replacement for when that’s gone. Once you open the second item, replace it the next time you shop. This way you will never run out and will always have the ingredients on hand to make your meal.
  3. Enroll into a CSA – With pesticides being sprayed on our crops, it’s really important to try to afford organic veggies whenever possible. Joining a CSA, especially one that gets delivered to your door, is budget friendly and a huge time saver! (To find a local supplier click here.) If you can’t afford to go 100% organic – try to buy organic those foods listed as The Dirty Dozen.
  4. Batch Cook – Never prepare your meals just for one meal time, double or triple the recipe and freeze into portions for days when you know it will be hard to get food on the table.
  5. Invest in a Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker – This for me is my lifesaver. Many recipes call for browning the proteins before cooking but I honestly have no time for that . . . I throw ALL ingredients into said pot and presto six-eight hours later dinner smells divine as I walk through the door. This model of Crock Pot is one I would recommend (http://amzn.to/1yVhYas)
  6. Invest in a Pressure Cooker – This is my new favorite kitchen gadget and you will be seeing a number of recipes in the coming weeks as a I master them!  30-45 Minutes and something that would take 6-8 hours in a slow cooker / crock pot can be ready… can’t beat that after a long day! Many people are investing in an Instant Pot (http://amzn.to/1wLPQRp) however you can also get a great pressure cooker that is not so ‘overwhelming’ (http://amzn.to/1yVhqRW)
  7. Maximize Your Time – When you are clearing up the kitchen after dinner use this time to prepare lunches for the following day and prepare that crock-pot meal to place in the fridge overnight. The following morning as you are reaching for the pre-prepared lunchboxes, plug in the crock pot and rush out of that door!
  8. Maximize Oven Time – Never switch on your oven for just one item, always be thinking about what other recipes you can prepare at the same time. My favorite is to make up three-four batches of meatballs and burger sliders and cook them all in the oven at the same time. Let them cook, cool and freeze them in large Ziploc bags for school lunches and/or dinner time!
  9. Frozen is OK –Ever forgotten to remove the dinner from the freezer the night before? Don’t be afraid to use frozen protein in your crock-pot! While some may advise you otherwise, I can assure you I haven’t ever become sick, or any of my family, from using frozen protein in a crock-pot – From frozen solid chicken to succulent roast chicken in six hours – YES Please!!!
  10. Involve the Family – Kids can often get frustrated, certainly if they are only children, when you are constantly in the kitchen preparing foods. Involving children teaches them how to pair ingredients and provides them with the skills necessary to continue their healing diet as they flee the nest. My daughter loves to cook with me and on my weekends it’s rare that we don’t cook together. We start by choosing a recipe each from the wonderful selection of healing food recipe books that are now becoming available! (Don’t forget Angie’s cookbook is coming in out in December!!) This process has really helped my daughter understand what it takes to bring a meal to the table and that it’s polite to always try a new dish or new food. She knows she would be heartbroken if I didn’t taste her recipe and therefore she will always try a courtesy bite from my recipe too and nine times out of 10 she likes what she’s eating, emphasizing that taste buds do change, especially if they aren’t being over powered by chemicals and processed foods!

My Mantra – Prepare, Multiply, Store & Succeed!

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Crock Pot Braised Red Cabbage {AIP/Paleo}

This is one of my favorite winter vegetable, and one that reminds me of Christmas, as it was always a dish my Mum would serve!  I’ve modified her recipe slightly for it to cook in the crock pot, enjoy!

This Braised Red Cabbage is a dish that can be reheated several times over or served cold.  I love this with cold meats!

Crock Pot Braised Red Cabbage {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious Aromatic Red Cabbage Braised with Cranberries & Apple - a wonderfully warming winter dish
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Hours
Crock Pot Braised Red Cabbage {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious Aromatic Red Cabbage Braised with Cranberries & Apple - a wonderfully warming winter dish
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 10 Minutes
Cook Time
5 Hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Slice cabbage in half lengthwise. Use a sharp knife to cut a V-shaped notch around the white core and discard it. Slice both pieces in half again so you have 4 quarters, then thinly slice each piece crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Set aside.
  2. Peel & Slice Apples into Small Chunks
  3. Stir together Maple Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cinnamon, Salt in a jug.
  4. Place all sliced ingredients plus cranberries (if in season) into CrockPot/Slow Cooker
  5. Pour over content of jug
  6. Place Slow Cooker Crockpot on Low for 4-5hrs
  7. Serve hot.
  8. This is a dish that can be reheated several times over or served cold. I love this with cold meats!
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Pork & Butternut Crockpot Stew {AIP/Paleo}

I love the taste of Butternut Squash, and love to cook with it, it has such a creamy texture and cooks so well in a pressure cooker or crock pot.  The combination of Pork, Coconut Milk and Butternut Squash is a Fall Favorite for me, and a very heart warm and nutritious choice as the nights draw in, and the frost hits the ground overnight!

Butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber & provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.  It also boasts very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A), identified as a deterrent against breast cancer as well as a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses and newborns. What’s more, with only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C. It also is known for its anti-inflammatory effects because of its high antioxidant content, this is a super food for those like me who have Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases!

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is dairy free so can be used as a milk substitute.

Pork & Butternut Crockpot Stew {AIP/Paleo}
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This AIP Compliant Pork & Butternut Stew delivers a Silky Rich, Buttery Taste that can greet you as you walk through the door on a cold fall/winter evening
Servings Prep Time
6 People 20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Servings Prep Time
6 People 20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Pork & Butternut Crockpot Stew {AIP/Paleo}
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This AIP Compliant Pork & Butternut Stew delivers a Silky Rich, Buttery Taste that can greet you as you walk through the door on a cold fall/winter evening
Servings Prep Time
6 People 20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Servings Prep Time
6 People 20 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube The Butternut Squash (See this Video to learn how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbecyb7TgDE)
  2. Cube the Pork Loin into 1" pieces
  3. Peel & Slice the Onion then cut in half, then start at one of the flat ends (with onion half lying flat on the cutting board) and slice horizontally to create half moon-shaped pieces.
  4. Place all ingredients into Crockpot, and mix and coat all ingredients in the Coconut Milk.
  5. Set Timer on Medium for 4 hours, this will ensure the pork stays in the 1" pieces and doesn't start to break down. I have left this dish on warm for an additional 4 hours, and it has been absolutely fine :) Often serve with steamed broccoli on the side
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BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}

We love ribs in this family –  and not being able to eat tomatoes, we struggled at first to find a sauce that we loved, and so I’ve been experimenting and these are my favorite yet!

Ribs are a great food to have in the crockpot, and I created this recipe for Halloween night, as we’d be out Trick or Treating and I wouldn’t have time to cook.  These ribs invited us back into the house, and were a great additional to our Halloween Spooky Meal – we called them Skeleton Ribs.

I particularly liked this recipe as I was able to hide Beets in the sauce, which typically my daughter won’t touch.  Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium – essential for healthy nerve and muscle function and manganese – good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Beets also can be used for detoxification and anti-inflammatory purposes, so a great food to have on Halloween to detox any candy that’s consumed!

BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Apple & Beet BBQ Sauce
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
BBQ Apple CrockPot Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Apple & Beet BBQ Sauce
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
2 Racks 30
Cook Time
4-6 Hours
Ingredients
  • 2 Rack Pork Ribs each rack should be approx 2lb in weight
Rub (Mix them all into a dish)
Rib Sauce
Servings: Racks
Instructions
  1. Mix up all the seasonings and rub into the Pork Rack and cut into portions to fit in Crock Pot
  2. Blitz all Ingredients for Rib Sauce in Blender/Food Processor
  3. Pour 1/3 of Rib Sauce over the Ribs
  4. Cook for 6 hours if you want meat falling off the bone. Cook for 4 hours if you want to pick up those ribs and gnaw away at the bones
  5. The remaining sauce should be warmed and then served with the ribs upon serving
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Crockpot Roast Lemon Chicken {AIP/Paleo}

This is another one of my quick paleo goto recipes when I’m working downtown or in back to back client meetings, and I know that I have no hope of getting a healthy meal on the table before my daughter is complaining of “I’m HUNGRY”

You can actually use a frozen chicken for this recipe but be sure toremove those giblets, if you want to have the Lemon infusion!

Roast Chicken was one of my favorite cosy dishes when I was a child growing up in England, it reminds me of family time, sitting around a Sunday dinner table, laughing and joking and being connected.

Crockpot Roast Lemon Chicken {AIP/Paleo}
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This AIP/Paleo inspired Lemon Infused Roast Chicken with a delicious broth which can be used as gravy or saved for a delicious and healing soup!
Servings Prep Time
1 Chicken 10 Minutes
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Servings Prep Time
1 Chicken 10 Minutes
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Crockpot Roast Lemon Chicken {AIP/Paleo}
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This AIP/Paleo inspired Lemon Infused Roast Chicken with a delicious broth which can be used as gravy or saved for a delicious and healing soup!
Servings Prep Time
1 Chicken 10 Minutes
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Servings Prep Time
1 Chicken 10 Minutes
Cook Time
6 Hours / Medium
Ingredients
Servings: Chicken
Instructions
  1. Remove Giblets from Chicken Cavity and thoroughly rinse
  2. Pat Dry and season with Salt & Pepper
  3. Wash Lemon, and insert WHOLE into the cavity of the Chicken
  4. Place Carrots at the bottom of the Crockpot/Slow Cooker and place Chicken on top
  5. Switch Crockpot to Medium Heat for 6hrs.
  6. Do not worry if arrive home later than 6hrs, the chicken will be kept warm and the Chicken skin will start to crisp up.
  7. Use the delicious lemony broth as gravy, or save for a hearty cup of soup the following day.
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