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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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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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Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}

As a parents, we know our kids need to eat veggies, but our kids often have other ideas!  I’ve found that by finely grating veggies and disguising them inside of burgers and meatloaves has been really successful, and these sneaky sliders, combine two ingredients that my daughter would NEVER eat if I put them on her plate in their true form.

As you will know I’m a HUGE advocate of having your children help you make dinner in the kitchen however if this is the first time you are making these for your kids, I would recommend NOT involving the first time you make them.  You want them to enjoy the recipe, without knowing the ingredients for the first couple of times you serve them (hence the sneaky lol)

Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.  Its iron content, though not high, is of the highest and finest quality that makes excellent food that is blood building. This renders it highly effective in treating many ailments caused by our toxic environment and surrounding.

Kale is one of the very few vegetables that contain a decent amount of Omega 3, they are rich in calcium, copper, iron, potassium, and also high in Vitamin B1, B2, C, E and K.  Similar to broccoli, it is also found to have anti-cancer properties that help fight cancer by boosting the repair of healthy cells and blocking the growth of cancer cells.  Apart from this, kale is also rich in flavonoids that control indigestion, inflammation and stress. It is also known to help lower the bad cholesterol levels.

Kale is really important food for my family to eat, so I have to find ways to sneak it in there!

Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}
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Beets & Kale are important in a healing diet but are often rejected by kids for their strong flavors. These Sneaky Sliders hide these flavors and deliver such a delicious burger bite, you can often hearing my daughter asking for another!
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Sneaky Sliders {AIP/Paleo}
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Beets & Kale are important in a healing diet but are often rejected by kids for their strong flavors. These Sneaky Sliders hide these flavors and deliver such a delicious burger bite, you can often hearing my daughter asking for another!
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Burgers 15 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Burgers
Instructions
  1. Its really important to grate the beets so that the flavors can be evenly distributed throughout the burger.
  2. Using a sharp knife, chiffonade (thinly slice/shred) the Kale (watch this video to learn how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XBOxxitEFA)
  3. Place Beets, Kale, and all other ingredients except the oil used for frying into the bowl and mix thoroughly together using a large wooden spoon, or your hands.
  4. Heat a Non Stick Frying Pan or Skillet for approx 2-3 minutes with fat of choice then place the burgers into the skillet
  5. Divide Mixture into 6 equal parts, or if you know the kids will eat smaller portions, you may stretch to 8 portions
  6. Cook on each side for 4 minutes then reduce heat to low for a further 4 minutes, to ensure burger is cooked through
  7. Serve with some with some Lettuce Wraps - and be smug with satisfaction as they gobble these up!
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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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Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin {AIP/Paleo}

This meal is a fall favorite for me, maybe its because I’ve just been apple picking and the apples are fresh off the tree, but this recipe can certainly be cooked all year round.

I use just one Tenderloin for my family but you can use the portion widget within the recipe to select the number of portions you need and it will multiply up the ingredients you need

This Recipe works best with a tart apple such as a Honey Crisp or a Granny Smith

Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious taste of fall, Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Apple & Spinach and wrapped in Bacon! Get those taste buds watering!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes @ 400°F
Servings Prep Time
4 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes @ 400°F
Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious taste of fall, Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Apple & Spinach and wrapped in Bacon! Get those taste buds watering!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes @ 400°F
Servings Prep Time
4 People 30 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes @ 400°F
Ingredients
Equipment Required
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Trim Tenderloin of all unnecessary fat If using Wooden Skewers or Toothpicks to secure the stuffed joint, place them in water to soak
  2. Butterfly the pork: Make a 1-inch-deep incision down the length of each tenderloin; do not cut all the way through. Open the meat like a book so the tenderloins lie flat. Then repeat this step three times until you have 6 cuts to the meat (see image)
  3. Now hold your meat tenderizer or rolling pin in your hand and bang on the meat like you would with a hammer and nail. Hit the meat evenly over the whole surface, flip it over, and continue to hit the meat until its approximately 1/2" thick
  4. Once flat, season with salt &pepper, then distribute Spinach and Apple on the top of the Tenderloin, finish with oregano.
  5. Starting with a long side, tightly roll up the tenderloin. Secure the seams with the toothpicks, wooden skewers or with cooking twine/string.
  6. On a foil lined baking dish, turn over the tenderloin so that the seam is on the bottom.
  7. Brush the pork tenderloin Coconut Oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Simply wrap the Bacon across the top of the tenderloin, and if you wish to scatter some additional apples about 1" thick to cook with the joint
  9. Place in a 400°F Oven or Outside on the grill for 25-30 Minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the pork registers 140 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board to rest, about 10 minutes.
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Peach BBQ Slow Cooker Pork Ribs {AIP/Paleo}

Can you smell those ribs cooking???

I received plenty of Peaches in my CSA Box in recent weeks, and if you are following the AIP Protocol there is no better way to enjoy ribs if you can’t have nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers etc) than this recipe!

I’ve actually made this ribs with Apples using the exact same ingredients, so feel free to switch out

Peach BBQ Slow Cooker Pork Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Peach based Rib Sauce
Servings Prep Time
1 Rack 30
Cook Time
4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Rack 30
Cook Time
4 Hours
Peach BBQ Slow Cooker Pork Ribs {AIP/Paleo}
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Delicious nightshade free Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with a delicious Peach based Rib Sauce
Servings Prep Time
1 Rack 30
Cook Time
4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Rack 30
Cook Time
4 Hours
Ingredients
Rub (Mix them all into a dish)
Rib Sauce
Servings: Rack
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 4 hours
  5. Warm Rib Sauce then Pour another 1/4 over cooked ribs and place under grill or outside on the grill to crisp up those ribs
Recipe Notes

Is your mouth watering?  Mine is!

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Hidden Veggie Meatloaf {AIP/Paleo}

I know that I’m not the only one who struggles to get enough veggies into my child’s diet, and I know that many of us are sneaky in how we hide them in certain dishes.  I use this meatloaf recipe to hide Zucchini/Courgettes, but in the past I’ve also hidden carrots, parsnips, and golden beets (and they weren’t discovered) so switch out the veggie of your choice!

Using the veggies actually acts as a binder and brings a lightness to the meatloaf that typically is provided by eggs or breadcrumbs.  This Gluten Free, AIP Compliant Meatloaf has none of that LOL!

Hidden Veggie Meatloaf {AIP/Paleo}
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This Gluten Free, AIP Compliant Meatloaf is another family favorite, especially for me as I feel accomplished if I've managed to get those all important veggies into a meal, without the sound of "Blech"
Servings Prep Time
1 2lb Loaf 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 2lb Loaf 20 Minutes
Hidden Veggie Meatloaf {AIP/Paleo}
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This Gluten Free, AIP Compliant Meatloaf is another family favorite, especially for me as I feel accomplished if I've managed to get those all important veggies into a meal, without the sound of "Blech"
Servings Prep Time
1 2lb Loaf 20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 2lb Loaf 20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 2lb Loaf
Instructions
  1. Place Ground Pork and Ground Turkey into a large Bowl
  2. Add Seasonings (Salt, Garlic Salt, Oregano, Sage, Black Pepper)
  3. Remove Peel from Apple grate into Bowl
  4. If your child has an aversion to green, peel the Zucchini/Courgette and grate into the bowl
  5. Knead Mixture together distributing ingredients throughly
  6. Pour Mixture into a Non Stick 2lb Meatloaf Pan, and top with rashers of bacon!
  7. Bake the meatloaf in a 350°F/ 175°C/ Gas Mark 4 oven for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of the meatloaf reaches 155°F. Let rest for 10 minutes. Then gently remove by lifting with a spatula to a serving plate, and slice to serve.
  8. If you want crispy bacon - put under the grill/broiler until Bacon is Crispy!
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