This recipe may be one of my all-time best – especially when it comes to how much flavor is packed in such a simple preparation! While I have a delicious dairy-free avocado tzatziki recipe in The Healing Kitchen, I wanted to make a more traditional version to pair with these stellar sauteed shrimp!
If you can only find almond milk yogurt and tolerate nuts, then feel free to use in place of coconut milk yoghurt! Coconut yogurt (co-yo) is very easy to make but takes a bit more time than just swiping some off the grocery store shelf. There is a recipe included for coconut yogurt from my friend Laura at Sweet Treats (here it is). If you really want to make this a quick & extra easy recipe, then you can also use Primal Palate Super Gyro seasoning, which is a 100% AIP-Friendly seasoning from the Paleo power couple. It is SO delicious and so are the rest of their AIP-friendly seasonings in the AIP Spice Pack!
My favorite cooking gadget that I didn’t really “need” but HAD TO HAVE has been sitting unused for the past 7 months! The Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker isn’t a cheap “Hey, might as well at that price” kind of purchase. My husband bought it for me for my 27th birthday after I had been asking for an ice cream maker for years but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of the freeze-ahead models that cost much less. I think he also was hoping I’d make ice cream every night for dessert if he got it for me. I don’t think my tummy can handle that much coconut milk though, and during my pregnancy if the craving for coconut milk ice cream has hit, there’s been lots of local places near me that can heed my craving!
Here’s the list of coconut milk ice creams I’ve tried since we’ve moved to Austin. They aren’t AIP since they contain cane sugar or agave (and sometimes chocolate) but all the flavors I’ve had are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free!
- Lick Honest Ice Creams: My husband really likes this place. I think it’s okay. The customer service experience is always odd. The ice cream is really creamy though but the kids behind the counter are always confused about the ingredients. They say their chocolate flavors are soy-free.
- Nada Moo (store-bought): Definitely yummy in a pinch! Not the cleanest ingredients (gums, agave). The best flavors are Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Chip. The Maple Pecan tastes like gasoline.
- Sweet Rituals: basic ice cream flavors but very creamy (they use a gum in their ice cream to emulsify it but no egg) and you can get toasted coconut as a topping!
- Thai Fresh: my favorite by far because you can get a cold scoop of coconut ice cream over a warm ball of sweet and sticky rice – Thai Coffee, Thai Basil, & Lavender are my favorites! They say their ice cream is coconut milk and organic cane sugar with the flavor additions. They usually have 10 dairy-free flavors!
- Fat Cats: This one has a HUGE selection of coconut milk ice creams and toppings like coconut whipped cream and vegan salted caramel! I don’t know if it was the large serving size or what, but I got a tummy ache from their ice cream and my digestion was off for a few days – may have to try again to see if it was an off-day for me.
Organic strawberries have been on sale at Whole Foods for a couple weeks, and they reminded me of my Strawberry Milkshake from The Healing Kitchen! I based this ice cream recipe on that super simple “milkshake” recipe with some minor tweaks to make it creamier. The white sweet potato acts as the emulsifier to decrease the amount of water crystallization in the recipe caused by the freezing of coconut milk (which is 30-40% water). I don’t suggest leaving it out. I also don’t suggest complaining about how you can’t find white sweet potato. I have zero ability to control the distribution of white sweet potato to your town. Orange sweet potato would be disgusting here. Don’t even think about it. You can try parsnip (not as flavorless as white sweet potato though), raw egg yolks if tolerated, or a couple tablespoons of gelatin (not as creamy) in its place.
Sorry, but if I hear “I can’t get white sweet potato, plantain, ground beef that came from a cow named Jane who has a sister named Polly” ONE MORE TIME, I’m going to stop blogging. JK I’m being dramatic. But seriously, if I find a recipe I want to try and I don’t have access to that ingredient, I MOVE ON WITH LIFE. [Blogger rant ovah. Love you.]
Enjoy this creamy, dreamy fruit-based non-dairy ice cream!
AIP Strawberry Ice Cream
- 27 ounces (2 13.5-ounce cans) full-fat coconut milk
- 1 pint ripe organic strawberries, hulled
- 1 medium white sweet potato, cooked, cooled and skin removed
- 3 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract or the seeds of 2 vanilla bean pods (omit for AIP)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1. In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Taste and add more sweetener, vanilla or sea salt to your liking.
2. Pour into prepared ice cream maker and run per manufacturer's directions until cold and creamy. Serve with shaved dark chocolate or pan>dark chocolate magic shellpan> if not following strict AIP. pan>
Probably one of the hardest tasks when cooking for the autoimmune protocol is coming up with different flavor profiles and textures. Without a load of spices and kitchen staples, it can feel pretty limiting at times when you only have meat, seafood, veggies, and fruit to work with! After almost two years cooking this way every single day (and multiple times at that), I have developed a few techniques to mimic some old standby cooking comforts that were always guaranteed to make a meal comforting and satisfying, namely cream and butter!
Alas, dairy products and people with autoimmune disease and food intolerances often do not jive. Trust me, I tried to convince myself when I lived in Chicago that Jeni’s Splendid grass-fed ice cream didn’t cause me any gut symptoms since it was grass-fed milk, duh. That’s Paleo, right? Errr yeah. It took me 10 bowls of salted caramel (not in a row) until I realized dairy falls into the same category as nightshades for me (the danger zone).
This recipe for Creamy Mushrooms, Potatoes, and Smoked Turkey is inspired by a recipe in The Healing Kitchen for Creamy Bacon Scalloped Sweet Potatoes (so good!!) That recipe is a side dish though, and I wanted to prepare a cold-weather dinner for my husband and myself that would be packed with veggies, bone broth, and tasty smoked turkey!
My Whole Foods sells house-smoked turkey breast, ribs, and chickens season with only salt and pepper. The pepper is on the skin, so I just remove the skin to keep it AIP-compliant. Mushrooms are the steak of the funghi world and add a meatiness and bulk to this dish that wouldn’t be present otherwise. White sweet potatoes are slightly sweet, mild, and starchy and literally melt into the broth and coconut cream! The smokiness of the meat breaks up all the heaviness of the coconut cream, broth, and mushrooms and makes a perfect date night meal for two (or leftovers for one!) Bon Appetit!
This yummy all-in-one dish couldn’t be any easier to make!
Smoked Turkey with Creamed Sweet Potatoes & Mushrooms
- Sweet Potato Base:
- 1 cup +2 tablespoons coconut cream (divided)
- 2/3 cup homemade chicken broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon truffle salt, divided
- 8 ounces white sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
- Mushrooms & Turkey:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup diced shallot
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 5 ounces oyster mushrooms
- 4 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
- 8 ounces pre-cooked smoked turkey or chicken breast, chopped
- chopped parsley for serving
For sweet potato base:
Combine 1 cup coconut cream, broth, thyme, garlic and onion powder, ¼ teaspoon truffle salt, and sweet potatoes in a small saucepan. Ensure the sweet potatoes are covered with the liquid as much as possible.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Remove from heat.
In a small dish, whisk together arrowroot and remaining 2 tablespoons coconut cream. Stir into the saucepan along with the remaining ¼ teaspoon truffle salt /continuously for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken the liquid.
For mushrooms & turkey:
Meanwhile, cook the mushrooms while the potatoes are boiling.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, garlic, and truffle salt and cook for 1 minute until fragrant ensuring you do not burn the garlic.
Add mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until tender, stirring every couple minutes. Add turkey or chicken to the pan to warm.
Remove from heat.
Stir in contents from the small saucepan and mix gently and continuously until the entire mixture has thickened to a creamy and thick consistency, about 1 to 2 minutes. If you have reintroduced black pepper, add some fresh cracker pepper now.
Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley with a simple green salad on the side.