Sweet Potato Sliders (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

These sweet potato sliders are the perfect way to satisfy your burger cravings. They’re Paleo, Whole30, AIP, and come with some delicious toppings!

We’re big burger fans in the Hoover household! We love pulling out the grill to make some juicy burgers with our own favorite toppings. However, there’s almost always a disagreement about the buns! My husband doesn’t follow a grain free lifestyle and always wants to go for cheap processed buns, while I protest and want to go bunless. These sweet potato sliders have been the perfect compromise!

These fun sliders are totally paleo, whole30, and AIP while still having the feeling of having a soft, yummy bun! They’re easy to make, and both my husband and I totally love them.

The Ingredients You Need for the Sweet Potato Sliders

Ground beef

You could totally use turkey as well to make a turkey burger, but we’re going for just straight up ground beef burgers here.

Sweet potato

The amount of sweet potatoes you use will vary depending on whether or not you want two buns, or to leave it open face, or whether or not your sweet potato is large enough. You want to look for large, round sweet potatoes to make the best buns.

Coconut oil

For cooking the sweet potato buns.

Arugula, avocado, and pickled onions

These are the toppings of choice as they fit well on the slider and the flavors go well together. However, can always mix it up. You’ll find the quick pickled onion recipe here.

Salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder

These are for seasoning the burger. Omit the pepper for AIP.

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Sweet Potato Sliders (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 sliders

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Ingredients

For the sweet potato buns 

  • 2-3 large, round sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the sliders 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)

For the toppings


Instructions

For the buns

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. One sheet for the sliders, the other for the buns.
  2. Wash the sweet potato well to remove any impurities.
  3. Slice the sweet potatoes into buns about 1/4th inch thick. You want about 8 buns if you’re doing an open faced slider, or 16 if you want two buns.
  4. Evenly space the sweet potato buns on a baking sheet and coat with coconut oil and salt.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until crisped to liking. Set aside and allow to cool.

For the burgers

  1. Form the ground beef into small sliders (about 8) and season on both sides.
  2. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes (or until cooked through), flipping halfway. See notes for other cooking methods. 

To assemble

  1. Top the sweet potato buns with arugula, burger, pickled onions and avocado. Finish with another bun, or leave open faced.

Notes

You can also grill or fry the burgers! This method is easier and still tastes great 🙂

Iced Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

This iced matcha latte is the perfect pick me up. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious!

Iced Matcha Latte

Matcha is so trendy right now… like, incredibly trendy! I had never tried matcha until about a year ago. I was intrigued by the bright green color and the fact that everyone was so obsessed with it. It only took about one try for me to start obsessing over it too. I would go to my favorite coffee shop once a week to get my fix, but it was getting expensive. I wanted to learn how to make a killer matcha from home, and I’m finally sharing my Iced Matcha Latte recipe!

This iced matcha is so easy to make, and

Things to know about matcha…

Matcha is a green tea powder.

Ah, so that’s what it is! Think of it as basically a concentrated green tea powder. All of the antioxidant benefits, and a similar flavor to green tea.

Matcha is an acquired taste.

Not everyone like matcha. I totally get that. If it’s not for you, don’t force it. However, if you like green tea, you’ll probably like matcha.

It does contain caffeine.

Matcha is not caffeine free. Those who are healing from adrenal fatigue or are intolerant to caffeine need to keep that in mind. However, matcha is metabolized more slowly than something like coffee, so many who have issues with coffee find success with matcha. For me, it doesn’t bother me at all!

Yes, it is AIP! But you should be mindful about the caffeine.

Yes matcha itself is AIP compliant, but you should be mindful about the fact that it does have caffeine.

The brand matters… a lot.

An iffy brand of matcha powder will totally ruin your latte. Trust me, I’ve tried some shady matcha. The brand I’m using here is Ippodo Tea and it is delicious!

Iced Matcha Latte

 

The Ingredients & Tools You Need For The Iced Matcha Latte

Matcha powder

This is the brand that I use, but feel free to use your favorite.

Coconut milk

Vanilla bean ghee (sub coconut oil for AIP)

I’m obsessed with the 4th and heart vanilla bean ghee! It adds so much flavor to the latte as well as healthy fats. You can either leave it out of sub coconut oil if you’re AIP.

Honey

This is totally optional.

A sifter

This helps to ensure that there aren’t any clumps in the matcha. It’s an optional step and I often skip it and have no issues, but you may prefer to do it this way.

A matcha whisk or milk frother

Matcha needs to be blended to be properly prepared. Traditionally, you would use a matcha whisk, but I’m using a milk frother here to keep things simple!

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Iced Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 latte

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp matcha powder (I use this)
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla ghee, (sub coconut oil for AIP)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (sub almond if tolerated)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional… omit for Whole30)
  • 1/4 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Using a small sauce pan, warm the water over medium heat and melt the ghee (or coconut oil). Don’t allow the water to boil.
  2. Add the matcha powder (see notes about optional sifter) to a glass and pour over the water mixture. Use a milk frother (or matcha whisk) to create a paste and ensure the matcha powder is fully blended.
  3. Pour in the ice, coconut milk, optional honey, and stir well until combined.

Notes

If desired, use a sifter to sift the matcha. This helps ensure that the matcha doesn’t clump!

Iced Matcha Latte

AIP Diet Food List (With a Free Printable PDF!)

When I first heard about the Autoimmune Protocol (or AIP) diet, I felt the same way that most do… overwhelmed! What the heck was okay to eat? What wasn’t allowed? I have tons of AIP recipes on my blog, and now I’m excited to be sharing a complete AIP diet food list along with printable PDF guides, and explanations as to why certain foods are and are not compliant.

AIP Diet Food List (With a Free Printable PDF!)

First, what is the AIP diet?

I have a blog post coming out next week that will explain this more in-depth, so stay tuned! But in the meantime, the autoimmune protocol diet is designed to lower inflammation to allow the body to heal. It’s meant to be a short term protocol to allow inflammation to reduce while healing autoimmune disease.

Does the AIP diet work for everyone that has an autoimmune disease? No. Does it help many? Yes!

There are so many other factors in healing autoimmune disease rather than just diet alone, such as addressing infections and imbalances, sleep, stress reduction, movement, lifestyle changes, and more. We can’t expect diet alone to heal everything.

However, food has a powerful impact that cannot be denied. In this blog post, we’re going to be focusing specifically on the foods that are allowed and not allowed on the autoimmune protocol, and a brief explanation as to why.

And for quick reference, I’ve also included PDF printable guides to take along with you and even fit in your wallet!

Foods Allowed on the AIP Diet

Click to Download the Printable Guide.

Vegetables

Why they’re important …

Both vegetables and herbs are rich in phytonutrients, and fiber that allow our bodies to thrive! Though the AIP diet still included animal protein, it’s still highly plant-centric as it suggests up to 9 servings of vegetables a day.

Here are the vegetables that are allowed…

  • Artichoke
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Parsnip
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato

Get the asparagus recipe pictured below.

Herbs & spices

  • Basil
  • Bay leaf
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric

Fruits

Why they’re important …

Fruits are fiber rich and many contain antioxidants that protect the cells from damage. It’s recommended to not overdo fruit and to stick to around two servings a day.

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Cherry
  • Citrus
  • Coconut
  • Date
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Plum
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon

Proteins

Why they’re important …

High quality animal protein provide us minerals, healthy fats, and much needed energy. Animal protein is highly debated, but the AIP diet advocates for animal protein as a healing food. High quality choices like grass-fed, pasture raised and wild caught are preferred when possible, but do the best you can!

  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Bone broth & organ meats
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Shellfish
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Venison

Fats

Why they’re important …

Healthy fats regulate the inflammation process in our body, act as a carrier for nutrients, and allow us to stay satiated! Healthy fats are incredibly important to include at every meal to keep you full, and keep your body on a healing path.

  • Avocado oil
  • Beef tallow
  • Chicken fat
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Palm oil

Click to get the cilantro avocado lime sauce recipe pictured below.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe (AIP, Paleo, Whole 30)

Pantry Staples

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Carob powder
  • Cassava flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut sugar
  • Dried fruit
  • Honey
  • Tapioca starch
  • Tigernut flour

Foods Not Allowed on the AIP Diet

Gluten & Grains

Why they’re not compliant…

Those suffering from autoimmunity are also dealing with some level of intestinal permeability. Gluten and grains can promote intestinal permeability (or a leaky gut) and are best avoided while you’re trying to allow the body to heal.

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulger
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Oat
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt Wheat

Dairy

Why it’s not compliant…

Dairy can impact the integrity of the gut lining and stimulate allergies and inflammation. High quality dairy may be fine in moderation for some after healing, but it’s avoided during the AIP diet.

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Ghee
  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Legumes

Why it’s not compliant…

Legumes like beans can be damaging to the gut lining and are best avoided while trying to heal.

  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Fava beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans

Nightshades

Why it’s not allowed…

Nightshade vegetables can trigger inflammation, especially in those with joint issues.

  • Eggplant
  • Goji Berries
  • Ground cherries (not regular cherries)
  • All peppers (spicy peppers, bell peppers, etc.)
  • All red spices
  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Tomatillo

Nuts & Seeds

Why it’s not compliant…

Nuts and seeds (and seed spices below) can be inflammatory to the gut lining. These are often safely reintroduced when they’re properly soaked and sprouted.

  • Almond
  • Brazil nut
  • Canola
  • Cashew
  • Chia
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Flax
  • Hazelnut
  • Hemp
  • Pecan
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Pumpkin
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Walnut

 

Seed & berry spices 

  • Allspice
  • Anise
  • Caraway
  • Celery seed
  • Cumin
  • Fennel seed
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper
  • Poppy Seeds

All Alcohol

Why it’s not compliant…

Alcohol just doesn’t promote healing. It may be enjoyed in moderation after healing has taken place.

All eggs 

Why it’s not compliant…

Eggs are one of the most common allergens and can irritate the gut.  Yolks are less irritating than whites, and many are able to reintroduce yolks more easily than whole eggs.

All additives and sugar

Why it’s not compliant…

Additives like gums, food dyes, and sugars don’t promote healing. Natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar are fine in moderation.

Is this all overwhelming? Grab my wallet size cheat sheet!

Okay, that was a lot. Even those that have been in the AIP community for years still question some of the nitty gritty when it comes to what is and is not compliant. You don’t have to memorize this list front and back!

If you’re just starting out with an AIP diet and just need the high level basics, I have a cute little baby wallet sized cheat sheet for you to stash in your purse or pocket.

Download the wallet sized cheat sheet here!

Get more support for putting meals together…

My blog is packed with tons of recipes for the AIP diet to make all of this easier! However, it’s still hard to put into practice.

That’s why I created my e-book The 30 Day Gut Healing Diet Plan & Guide. It’s focused on healing the gut specifically (which is so important for an AIP diet) and all of the meals have AIP options. The e-book is packed with recipes, meal prep guides, meal plans with pictures, and more. Get your copy here. 

Remember… it’s not all about food.

Again, food is important, but it’s not everything. Stress, lifestyle, sleep, and more are all important factors to healing. Be sure to stay tuned for more about healing autoimmunity, and check out my podcast for tons of other helpful info 🙂

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

These baked sweet potato fries are the perfect side dish! Easy, delicious, and cooked to perfection.

Sweet potato fries are such a staple for a real food diet! Even before I started eating a more allergen free diet, I ate sweet potato fries regularly. I grew up with my mom calling them “healthy french fries”, and once I moved out and started cooking for myself, I would buy the bagged frozen fries and call it a day. What I didn’t realize was they were filled with extra junky ingredients that just weren’t necessary. Learning to make homemade baked sweet potato fries was a total game changer!

Making homemade dishes takes more effort than just buying a bag of frozen, but it’s so much healthier and more gratifying! And when it’s as easy as this, it’s a total win.

These fries are paleo, Whole30, AIP, and can be made vegan if you switch out the ghee with avocado oil (as laid out in the recipe). They’re kid friendly, budget friendly, and total crowd pleasers!

The Ingredients You Need for the Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato

Regular orange sweet potatoes are what I’m using here. Though I do love other varieties like purple and white, we’ll save that for another day and just use the easiest variety to find for now 🙂

Ghee

I love using ghee for sweet potato fries. Ghee is clarified butter, so those with dairy issues can often tolerate it. However, if you’re AIP, skip the ghee and go with avocado oil.

Salt, garlic & pepper

These seasonings are very customization. You can bump them up or down, or omit any altogether. It’s just for flavoring. Omit the black pepper for AIP.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatos
  • 2 tbsp ghee (sub avocado oil for AIP)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (salt to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes well to remove any impurities. Using a sharp kitchen knife, slice the sweet potatoes into fries about 1/4″ inch thick, or to your desired thickness.
  3. Lay out the fries on the baking sheet and toss with melted ghee (or avocado oil for AIP) and seasonings until evenly coated.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, flipping once or twice, or until sweet potatoes reach desired crispness.
  5. Allow to slightly cool, then serve and enjoy!

Notes

Baking time will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your fries. Be sure to keep an eye on them!!

This recipe goes great with…

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-fil-A Copycat)

These paleo crispy chicken nuggets are the ultimate chick-fil-a copycat, complete with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Plus, they’re even AIP compliant, and made without eggs!

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-fil-A Copycat)

There are some meals that I had resided in my mind that I’d just never eat again. Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets were one of them. With all of the ingredients that I knew just didn’t make me feel great, it didn’t seem worth it to even think about it anymore. But, never say never!

I’m a firm believer that you can do anything you put your mind to… even make a paleo and AIP version of crispy, chick-fil-a style chicken nuggets with signature chick-fil-a sauce! I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t think it could be done to where it was actually a believable knockoff, but after I watched my husband eat an entire batch of these crispy chicken nuggets and beg for more, I did a little happy dance!

These chicken nuggets are crispy, packed with flavor, and taste just like the real thing when you dip them into the knock off chick fil a sauce!

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-fil-A Copycat)

The Ingredients You Need For the Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Chicken breast

Chicken breast is what I used to make the nuggets, but you can try to use thigh if that’s what you prefer.

Plantain chips

The crispy breading! You can use homemade plantain chips, or store-bought. Just be sure to watch the oils.

Coconut milk and apple cider vinegar

This more of less creates a buttermilk to marinate the chicken in. It locks in so much flavor and allows the plantain chips to stick better without any eggs.

Coconut oil

This helps the plantain chips stick, and keep the chicken moist.

Parsley, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper

This is basically a ranch style seasoning to really up the flavor of the nuggets. You can easily tone it down, but I think it adds a lot! Omit the pepper if you’re AIP.

Mustard, coconut cream, honey, and BBQ Sauce

These are the ingredients for the chick-fil-a sauce knockoff. This is the AIP mustard that I used, and the AIP BBQ sauce. You can try to make homemade versions, or you can use something else if you’re not AIP… this was just the easiest option!

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-fil-A Copycat)

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Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-Fil-A Copy Cat)


  • Author: Michelle

Ingredients

For the chicken nuggets

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (or avocado oil)
  • 1 4oz bag of plantain chips (like this)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)

For the chick-fil-a sauce


Instructions

For the chicken nuggets

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar in a bowl and add the chicken. Place in the fridge to marinate for 30-60 minutes. Drain the excess milk when the chicken is done marinating.
  3. Using a food processor, grind the plantain chips until fine. Pour the ground plantain chips in a bowl, combine with the seasonings and set aside.
  4. Set up a station with the plantain mixture in one bowl, and coconut oil in another bowl. Use tongs to dip the chicken pieces one by one into the coconut oil, and then coat in the plantain mixture. Place the coated chicken nuggets on the baking sheet and repeat the process until all are coated.
  5. Bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes, flipping once.
  6. Serve with the sauce and enjoy!!

For the chick-fil-a sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Adjust ingredients to taste as desired.

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets (AIP, Chick-fil-A Copycat)