AIP Recipes For Autoimmune Protocols

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Autoimmune diseases are challenging, no doubt.  Many people, including healthcare providers, are beginning to realize that the best medicine for autoimmune disorders is not in a prescription drug:  it comes from your food.

Learn how to incorporate autoimmune protocols into the diet to help heal the gut and improve thyroid nutrition

AIP Recipes & Meal Ideas On Blue Checkered Napkin and Wooden Cutting Board | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

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What is an Autoimmune Protocol?

Autoimmune protocols (AIP) are centered around a gut healing food plan and AIP recipes.  

We gathered some of the best recipes from dietitians and healthcare providers for you so that your AIP meal plan can be much more easy to follow. 

The following recipes will fit into the elimination phase of the AIP diet. This means that they are free of nightshade vegetables and common inflammatory triggers.  These food triggers include gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, peanuts, and highly processed sugars. Nuts and seeds can be a trigger for some but are less likely to cause issues. 

The AIP recipes included here are grain free as well. 

What IS included?  We include substitutes for wheat flour, including tigernut flour, coconut flour, and other AIP friendly meats, fruits, and vegetables. 

The recipes are all dairy free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, corn free, and legume free. Keep in mind, the elimination phase won’t last forever.  You can slowly add back foods during the reintroduction phase with the help of the links included in this post. 

What is a Tigernut? 

It is not a nut at all but a tiny root vegetable that is rich in fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, and vitamins. 

Healthy Fats

You will also find recipes that use gut-healing coconut oil and olive oil.  Healthy fats like these will help you feel full and satisfied when following the AIP protocol. 

AIP Thyroid Benefits

The AIP diet can help most thyroid conditions?  Why?  AIP recipes and meals may help dampen the inflammatory signals in the body. This allows the thyroid to balance the production of thyroxine or T4 and conversion to T3 (1).  

Want more information about how to follow an autoimmune diet?  You can find AIP recipes, AIP food lists, and AIP snack ideas on our Best Foods for Thyroid Patients blog.

AIP Breakfast Recipes

AIP Breakfast Ideas photo of breakfast bowl with berries and words "AIP Breakfast Ideas" | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

You may think that breakfast will be challenging with an AIP diet since commons breakfast foods like cereal and eggs are typical allergens. Never fear!

There are still of other foods that you can incorporate into your morning routine.

All of the following AIP diet breakfast ideas work for autoimmune Paleo meal plans. We include AIP breakfast muffins, 

Here are some nourishing AIP breakfast suggestions:

Mini Sweet Potato Pancakes by The Radiant Root

Berry Pork Breakfast Patties (pictured above) by The Radiant Root

AIP Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Potato Hash by Kelly Walsh, MS. 

Tigernut Flour Apple Muffins by Jeanette Kimszal, RDN, NLC

Tiger Nut Muffins with Veggies and Fruits by Kelly Walsh, MS

AIP Breakfast Smoothie by The Healthy RD

AIP Lunch Recipes

AIP Lunch Ideas Picture of Salad | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Lunch is time to re-energize and get your focus back during the day.  Too often, the opposite happens if your diet is full of inflammatory foods!

Autoimmune lunches should be simple, fresh, and nourishing.  They will help also dampen down the inflammatory response.

Sweet potatoes are a great substitute for bread!  Check out the very satisfying and AIP friendly Greek chicken burgers for an irresistable sweet potato sandwich. 

Here are some great AIP recipe lunch suggestions:

Greek Chicken Burgers by Chelsey Amer | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Greek Chicken Burgers (pictured above)  by Chelsey Amer, RDN, MS (pictured above)

Japanese Sweet Potato Lemon “Cake” by Ash, ACE, NLC

Berry Slaw Salad by Judith Scharman Draughon, RDN (Foods with Judes)

Cool Mint Cauliflower Salad by Sharon Palmer The Plant Based Power Dietitian

AIP Dinner Recipes

AIP DInner Ideas Picture of Chicken on a Plate | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

When it comes to AIP recipes for dinner, simple is often best.  A simple bone broth soup with vegetables, spices, and chicken can make a complete meal. You can get creative and make up your own recipes once you are comfortable!

Following an AIP meal plan can be challenging, however, because your simple go-to items may be off the menu.  That is why we are including some specific autoimmune friendly dinner options for you. 

Here are some great AIP recipes dinner suggestions.

Picture of Baked Salmon | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

AIP Dinner Ideas

Baked Salmon with Lemon Sauce by Bev’s Healthy Food (pictured above)

Roasted Cauliflower Soup recipe by A Clean Plate

Beef Slaw Detox Recipe by Kelly Walsh MS

Chicken Thighs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe by Kelly Walsh MS

Easy Moroccan Chicken with Olives recipe by Kelly Walsh MS

Applesauce Pork Ribs recipe by A Clean Plate

AIP Side Dishes 

AIP Side Ideas | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Vegetable side dishes are a great way to help heal your gut on the autoimmune protocol. All of the recipes here are super quick and easy. 

AIP tip: you can substitute soy sauce in recipes with coconut aminos. It has less salt and is AIP friendly. 

Want to eat better now?  Here are some AIP recipes for your vegetable side dishes:

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Recipe by Amy Gorin | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Lemon Garlic Asparagus (pictured above) by Amy Gorin, RDN

Don’t like to grill? You can make a roasted variety of this recipe too. 

Garlicky Butternut Squash & Arugula recipe by The Radiant Root

Roasted Broccoli Rabe by The Radiant Root

Cilantro-lime Green Chopped Salad recipe by Food by Mars. 

Turmeric Stir Fry with Ginger and Chicken by Kelly Walsh MS.

AIP Dessert Ideas

AIP Dessert Ideas | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Desserts should taste delicious and also be nutrient dense.  If you are following an autoimmune protocol or Paleo diet, these AIP recipes will fit in nicely. 

Here are some dessert suggestions:

Mason Jar with Blueberry Applesauce | Thyroid Nutrition Educators

Blueberry Applesauce (pictured above) by A Clean Plate

Tiger Nut Butter by The Radiant Root

Peppermint Truffles by The Healthy RD

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Ice Cream by A Clean Plate

AIP Vanilla Ice Cream by Food by Mars

More AIP Information*

Need more AIP recipe ideas?  You can find some great AIP cookbooks at and at Grazed and Enthused.

Here are AIP recipe books on Amazon

Is gluten your main trigger?  Find gluten-free cookbooks from Gluten Solutions and Amazon

You can learn more about AIP protocols from The Radiant Root and The Healthy RD.  

Dietitian Emily Kyle also has a great AIP cookbook called The Hashimoto’s AIP Cookbook. It will give you a step-by-step introduction to starting your clients on an AIP diet.

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  3. This is such a helpful resource. I’ll be sure to refer this blog post to anyone I come across that needs it.

  4. Wow, thank you so much for featuring The Hashimoto’s Cookbook in this post!! This is such a great resource and I can’t wait to share it with my clients in need of recipe inspiration <3 Thank you for all of your support!

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