Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach

This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach makes a flavorful, Middle-Eastern inspired one dish meal. Serve it with cooked organic white rice for a full and satiating meal.

 

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

I’ve been wanting to get back to my roots with my cooking, but my 4-year-old wants to keep me in raw vegetable, watermelon and deli turkey land. It’s interesting to see how my 1-year-old gobbled up this meal and ended it with turmeric and Za’atar Chicken stained fingers and cheeks. My 4-year-old is in the “I can’t believe you would mix two foods together in the same cooking vessel” stage, so she did not partake. But the three of us who did, LOVED it!

 

If you’ve never tried Lebanese or Middle Eastern food, I highly recommend you go Yelp for a local restaurant now. Middle Eastern cooking is no stranger to flavor and utilizes lots of earthy spices, fresh herbs and bright acids like lemons and tomatoes.

 

This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach is: 

  • Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Nightshade-Free and Egg-Free

  • Made in one skillet for easy clean up for weeknight meals

  • Is budget friendly with the use of chicken thighs, canned chickpeas, canned artichokes and pantry staples

  • Comes together in 30 minutes or less!

 

I find preparing it a few hours before serving (and then reheating it prior to serving) allows the flavors to marry and develop. AKA It makes great leftovers!

 

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

Za’atar seasoning is a popular Lebanese seasoning blend made with sesame seeds, sumac, thyme and sometimes salt and other spices like coriander. It’s heavy on the thyme and sumac which provides a bright lemon-y flavor to any dish. Premade Za’atar seasoning can be found in many grocery store spice aisles, or you can make your own at home.

 

What other ways can I use Za’atar spice blend? 

  • Top salads and soups before serving

  • Sprinkle on hummus

  • In sandwiches or lettuce wraps

  • On top of pizza

  • As a rub for roasts, ribs, and chicken

 

Because this is a one-dish meal that requires very minimal chopping,  you can add it to your weeknight meal plans! I would say it’s a bit more for adventurous eaters with a rich, tangy sauce and herb-y cilantro finish. If you’ve been craving Lebanese take out from home, this should hit the spot! You could even serve it with a side of hummus, pita bread (I like the Siete Tortillas toasted for crispy pita bread for scooping) and a tabouleh salad.

 

The only cookware you’ll need for this recipe is a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet. I prefer cast-iron for browning and not burning the spices for this recipe. Here is the 10-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet I use daily!

 

Ingredients in Gluten-Free Za’atar Chicken:

  • Chicken Thighs

  • Canned Chickpeas

  • Canned Artichokes

  • Salted Ghee (butter can be subbed)

  • Za’atar

  • Sumac, Oregano, Turmeric, Cumin

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Spinach

  • Coconut Milk

  • Lemon Juice

  • Cilantro and rice, for serving

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

If you’re looking for some more healthy Middle Eastern inspired recipes, check out these from the blog:

Five Spice Skillet with Fennel and Currants

Crispy Lebanese Chicken

Roast Chicken with Lebanese Beef and Parsnip Rice Stuffing

Chicken and Rice Meatballs

 
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Tarragon Chicken Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Apples

Sick of “regular” chicken salad? Try this Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad with toasted pine nuts, apples and a classic egg-free vinaigrette (no mayonnaise!)

Tarragon Chicken Salad Paleo

 

This gluten-free and dairy-free Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe is one of those (hallelujah) two-step MIX and EAT, utilizing leftover shredded (or chopped) chicken. It brings together tart, sweet, crunchy, creamy, nutty and bright all in one satisfying healthy meal.⁣

I served it over some beautiful local organic sunflower microgreens, but arugula, romaine, kale, or spring mix works too. And if you’re low on greens, serve as a topping for gluten-free crackers, tostones or eat it on it’s own.

 

To make this an egg-free recipe without using any mayo, I created a classic vinaigrette to toss the salad with that has a nice oil-acid balance. One of the biggest mistakes I see home cooks make is not adding enough acid to their food. Examples of acid include vinegar, citrus juice, fresh garlic, and mustard.

 

What you need for Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad:

  • Pre-cooked chicken, diced or shredded

  • Organic apple*

  • Organic celery*

  • Pine nuts

  • Fresh tarragon

  • Raisins

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • White wine vinegar

  • Plain yogurt of choice: dairy, almond, cashew, coconut, etc – the creamier the better

  • Dijon Mustard

  • Lemon Zest

  • Salt and Pepper

* High on the EWG Dirty Dozen list for pesticides and herbicides, so I recommend purchasing organic.

 

 

Paleo Tarragon Chicken Salad

 

 

If you need to make any substitutions, here are a few examples: 

  • Jicama for apples

  • Cashews or pecans for pine nuts

  • Canned light tuna for chicken

  • Dried cranberries for raisins

  • Apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar

  • Egg-free or egg mayo for yogurt

 

Lastly, if you’re looking for any other easy gluten-free make ahead lunch recipes:

Paleo Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli

Balsamic Chicken Veggie Bowl

Turkey Stir Fry with Ginger Sauce

 

 
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Tarragon Chicken Salad Paleo

 

Gluten-Free Sunbutter Twix Bars

 

Gluten-free sunbutter twix bars made nut-free, dairy-free and Paleo! You’ll love the salted sunbutter caramel, grain-free shortbread crust and simple dark chocolate coating.

 

Gluten Free Paleo Sunbutter Twix

 

My stubborn personality is serving us all well today because it took me four tries to get these seriously-close-to-the-real-thing (my husband says BETTER) gluten-free twix bars down pat. I wanted the crispiness of a traditional shortbread cookie (which was not easy to recreate grain-free and dairy-free) along with the perfect texture of caramel (not too gooey, also dairy-free) and the correct ratio of dark chocolate:caramel filling.

 

AND I SUCCEEDED! Trust me – I have a lot of recipe fails you never see. I need to celebrate my few wins 😉 Even though there are three different components, it’s really a simple recipe with minimal ingredients and all that can be found at most grocery stores.

 

Okay let’s chat ingredients for these healthy Twix bars:

  • Grain-Free Cookie Crust:

    • Organic Gemini Tigernut Flour: this keeps the recipe nut-free. You can sub almond flour, if needed, but they don’t have an exact 1:1 ratio in every recipe.

    • Organic Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour: a highly absorbent grain-free flour that gives the cookie crust it’s drier texture.

    • Coconut Oil: a dairy-free plant-based oil to replace butter. You can use grassfed ghee as well.

    • Maple Syrup: a lovely neutral-flavor sweetener that I prefer to honey for this recipe

  • Salted Sunbutter Caramel

    • Organic Sunbutter: use an unsalted and unsweetened sunbutter

    • Coconut Cream: skim the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk to keep this caramel dairy-free

    • Maple Syrup: a vegan, nutrient-dense sweetener

    • Sea Salt: to create a salty rich sunflower seed butter caramel

  • Dark Chocolate Coating

    • Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips: these melt down beautifully to a creamy dark chocolate coating

    • Coconut Oil: just half a teaspoon prevents the hardened chocolate from cracking when you bite into it

 

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How to make these Paleo Sunbutter Twix Bars:

  1. Make the cookie crust: Combine the tigernut and coconut flours, softened (but not melted) coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup. Press into a parchment-lined 7×5″ glass baking dish. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes until a light golden brown.

  2. Meanwhile, make the salted sunbutter caramel: In a small saucepan, bring the coconut cream and maple to a low boil. Simmer, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes until golden and syrupy. Stir in the sunbutter and let cook on low, stirring continuously with a rubber spatula, for a couple more minutes until you get a thick caramel.

  3. Allow the cookie crust to cool for 10 minutes and then carefully spread the caramel on top. Refrigerate until very firm, at least 2 hours or overnight. Slice into 5 to 6  slices widthwise and then in half to create 10 to 12 mini Twix bars. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to harden before coating in melted dark chocolate. This will allow the chocolate to harden more quickly and the bars won’t be as delicate while dipping.

  4. Make the chocolate coating by melting the dark chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler. Stir in the coconut oil. Using two large spoons, lower the mini twix bars into the melted chocolate, carefully coating on all sides. Return to the parchment paper and repeat. Refrigerate to harden. Enjoy!

 

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FAQS on Gluten-Free Twix Bars

1. Do I need to use the same size baking dish?

Yes, ideally you should use a small glass baking dish like the 3-cup Pyrex dish I used in this recipe. Anything bigger and your cookie crust could be too thin and delicate. When pressed into the baking dish, the crust should be about 1/3-inch high. You could certainly double the recipe ingredients and bake in a larger dish, but you’ll need to adjust the bake time and watch closely.

2. Can I swap out the flours?

I don’t recommend swapping out the coconut flour. It gives the bars the heft and density they need to hold up to dipping. You could try subbing out the tigernut with almond flour but of course they will no longer be nut-free. I also find tigernut absorbs a bit more liquid than almond flour. The texture of the crust should be slightly drier than cookie dough

3. Can I use a different seed or nut butter?

Yes! Choose a creamy, unsweetened and unsalted nut butter like cashew or almond. You could even try coconut butter to make these seed-free too, but it’s not quite as creamy.

4. Do I have to fully coat the bars in chocolate?

No, you do not – I actually coated half of them in dark chocolate and the other half I just spread the melted chocolate on top as the top layer, allowing it to drip down the sides. This is a good option if you want a lower sugar treat or if you’re short on chocolate chips.

 

Lastly, if you love sunbutter and chocolate together, you need to try my no-cook Healthy Rice Krispie Treats!

 

Any other questions? Ask them below in the comments! Have fun with these!

 

Grain Free Paleo Twix Bars

 

 

 
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Gluten-Free Breakfast Pizza

 

This gluten-free and grain-free Breakfast Pizza features a garlic-herb dairy-free cream cheese base with wilted spinach, soft-cooked and fluffy eggs, crispy bacon and melted cheese of choice. It is the PERFECT make ahead gluten-free breakfast and freezes well for meal prep, batch cooking and post-partum breakfasts.

 

 

Gluten free paleo breakfast pizza

 

This recipe was born out of my family’s financial need to stop buying the gluten-free breakfast pizza 3 times a week from the cafe down the street. Addicted. So I wanted to make a Gluten Free and Grain-Free Breakfast Pizza replica that was as easy to prepare as it was to eat.

 

Ingredients in Gluten-Free Paleo Breakfast Pizza

  • Simple Mills Pizza Dough (or your favorite medium-thickness crust pizza dough recipe)

  • Kite Hill Almond Cream Cheese (or your favorite dairy-free or regular cream cheese)

  • Soft scrambled and fluffy eggs  – I like Vital Choice Pastured Organic Eggs

  • Crispy bacon bits  – We buy Butcherbox Bacon which we get delivered every month.

  • Wilted spinach – use organic since spinach is on the Dirty Dozen list

  • Cheese of choice – I like grass-fed swiss or sharp cheddar, but you can get fancy with gouda or parmesan

 

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How to make Gluten-Free Breakfast Pizza 

1. You can use any pizza crust recipe of choice, but I prefer the ease and convenience of the Simple Mills Pizza Dough Mix which you can purchase at many grocery stores in the baking aisle.

2. Pre-bake your crust before adding the toppings. In this recipe, I use a thin layer of dairy-free cream cheese, wilted spinach, soft-cooked eggs, crispy bacon bits and melted cheese.

3. Simply pop the assembled pizza back in the oven to get the cheese melted to hold everything together!

4. Slice into 6 to 12 squares and serve warm.

 

My tips for Simple Mills Pizza Dough

  1. The boxed recipe calls for two tablespoons oil of choice, and I like to use extra virgin olive oil for the flavor.

  2. The boxed recipe calls for baking at 350 degrees for a total of 15 minutes, but you’ll see in the recipe how I adapt the oven temperature and cooking time to my preference of a firmer crust.

  3. You can choose to make two smaller pizzas or one regular size pizza. I prefer to make one big square pizza for this breakfast pizza recipe. Slice it in easy-to-pick up pieces with less of a chance of the egg falling off.

 

Make Ahead Breakfast Pizza Ideas

If you enjoy the below recipe, try these other varieties:

  1. Tomato sauce base with cooked Italian sausage and finely chopped peppers, scrambled eggs, spinach and melted cheese.

  2. Make it dairy-free by topping with Siete Foods Queso and baking as directed below.

  3. Try a potato and broccoli version with cubed roasted potato, roasted broccoli florets, scrambled eggs and parmesan-mozzarella cheese mixture.

 

If you’re looking for other grab and go convenient gluten-free breakfast recipes, try my Gluten-Free Protein Breakfast Cookies and Whole30 Breakfast Meatballs.

 

 

Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza - Make Ahead!

 

 
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Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Protein Cookies (GF, DF)

Looking for a gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free HEALTHY pumpkin chocolate chunk cookie? These Collagen Quinoa Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies have just the good stuff… protein, fat, nuts, pumpkin, seeds and an allergy-free mega chocolate chunk!

 

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Give me a one bowl cookie recipe filled with functional, health-promoting foods that taste and look like a cookie and I’m SOLD. After the popularity of my Gluten-Free Protein Breakfast Cookies, I wanted to make a more treat-like fall version with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and CHOCOLATE.

 

These cookies are chock full of good stuff like…

 

Pumpkin Puree: adds moisture, nutrients and helps use up that can of opened pumpkin puree! The pumpkin puree replaces oil/butter in traditional cookies.

 

Chia Eggs: help bind the cookie together while adding moisture and chewiness – my favorite egg replace – although you can sub the chia egg for 1 whisked large egg too!

 

Dry Quinoa: these little sprinkles add crunch and an earthy, nutty flavor to the cookies! I used to make the most delicious millet muffins and the dry quinoa here is reminiscent of that recipe for me.

 

Mega Chocolate Chunks: allergy-friendly BIG ASS chocolate chunks from Enjoy Life melt into gooey pools of chocolate in almost every bite in these cookies! These chocolate chunks really take these cookies from tasting health to tasting like a real treat without any garbage ingredients!

 

Sunbutter: I love the flavor of sunbutter and the thickness it provides for this cookie dough. It bakes up into a heart cookie keeping this recipe filling and full of nutrients from real food!

 

Feel free to get a little crazy and add flaked or shredded coconut, replace the pumpkin puree with sweet potato puree, or mix in some dried mulberries, raisins or diced figs. I always want my recipes to be the basis for YOUR own individual take. Make it as written and then adjust to your taste. This is how we learn to cook/bake and become our own personal chef, creating delicious, healthy meals out of whatever is in our pantry and fridge!

 

 
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Paleo Austin Restaurant Guide

 

In the Paleo community, Austin has become known as a mecca for primal livers. I’ve been here for about 9 months now and while there is a solid group of Paleo-ites around town, there’s a much larger population of foodies, vegans, and Standard American Diet eaters. I haven’t found it THAT much easier to eat out here while following Paleo/AIP than in Chicago (where your options are extremely scarce for a city of 8 million).

 

All that said, I have explored a few amazing places that I wanted to share with my readers who either live here or are going to be visiting Austin in the future for one of the city’s crowd-pulling festivals and conferences. I will say that Austin supports local business more than any city I have ever lived in, and that even the most unassuming food trucks and pizza joints are dedicated to sourcing local produce and sometimes even organics! For example, East Side Pies (an East Austin hole-in-the-wall pizzeria) has gluten-free and dairy-free pizzas that can be topped with an abundance of local veggies. Try to find that in most American cities!

 

I’ve categorized my list by types of restaurants/establishments that hit the main bases when you’re in town or looking for a casual bite or beverage. None of these places have a dress code (it’s Texas, after all) and many allow pets if there is outdoor seating! I’ve tested all of them (most several times) and have given my honest review as someone who appreciates food quality and sourcing, good service, and also duh delicious food.

 

DISCLAIMER: There is NO “perfect” Paleo restaurant. Many restaurants source local organic ingredients and have grain-free and dairy-free options, but they may use less than desirable vegetable oils for cooking purposes. When we eat out, there’s a certain amount of known risk we take with food quality. All of the below places are dedicated to some degree to providing the community with the highest quality product at this point in time. For example, all of the ice cream locations use non-Paleo sweetener such as organic cane sugar or agave nectar, but they are offering dairy-free ice cream using local ingredients, and that is something to be desired across the country!

 

Lettuce-Wrapped Grass-fed Burgers

 

Counter Cafe *TOP PICK* 626 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

This little (and I mean little) cafe is right across the street from the famous downtown Whole Foods and is such as nice surprise! There are two picnic tables outside, so I’ll bring my dog and have a lettuce-wrapped grass-fed burger (juicy, delicious, local ingredients) with a side of sweet potato fries (they are fried in rice bran oil there). I add avocado, red onion, and extra lettuce to my burger, and it totally hits the burger & fries craving. The oil used for the fries aren’t Paleo so you can skip those if you’re a die-hard, but rice bran oil is definitely better than soybean oil or soy-canola blends which is what most restaurants use! AIP? Get the lettuce-wrapped burger with avocado, bacon and red onion. Ask them to leave off the black pepper from the patty seasoning. 

 

 

Wholly Cow 3010 S Lamar Blvd

Located in a mini-mart, this unlikely burger hangout is just down Lamar less than 10 minutes from downtown. Its counter service with tables inside and outside (pet-friendly). My husband has had the lettuce-wrapped burgers and fries and loves them. They are made with Texas grass-fed cattle. I did not get to try the burger because the spice mix in them contains nightshades (fine for Paleo, big no-no for AIP), BUT they were sweet enough to offer nightshade-free call-ahead burgers if I ever did want to give them a try! AIP? Call in advance and ask them to make you a special nightshade-free patty!

 

Hopdoddy 1400 S Congress

Prepare yourself for a wicked wait, line out the door at this trendy South Congress burger restaurant. They offer all types of burgers, including lettuce-wrapped grass-fed burgers. I’ve eaten her twice and both times had a reaction, so I’m going to assume they either spice their beef with a nightshade or there’s cross contamination. I wanted to include it for the traditional Paleo person who doesn’t avoid nightshades and doesn’t tend to react to minimal cross contamination though. I’ve been here with a group of coworkers and with my husband and everyone LOVES their food every single time. And it’s really neat they let you order drinks from a bar while you stand in line waiting to order your burger. They have some local ciders on tap too. AIP? Call first and ask how they season their meat. I’ve had a reaction the last two times I’ve eaten there and the burger was the only possibly culprit!

 

Coffee

 

Caffe Medici *TOP PICK* 1101 W Lynn Street

Pretty sure this is the best coffee in Austin. You may be thinking, “Yeah, right. In that hippie town, there’s probably a hundred amazing local coffee shops.” You would be wrong. I’ve tried a lot of them – even the ones people rave about, and I promise their coffee is the best. It’s never better, never too hot or too cold, and they use the most delicious almond milk in their almond milk lattes (which have been my pregnancy treat – decaf of course). They also sell several grain-free energy bars from a local brand called Bearded Brothers (my favorite flavor is Raspberry Lemon). Parking is a bitch, but you can park at the restaurant across the street until 10:30 am and after that there is street parking in the neighborhood and about 8 spots available in their parking lot. Here’s another place I like to sit outside with my dog in the sunshine and spend an hour chatting with strangers at the next table over. Favorite drink: Almond milk latte (iced or hot) made with a carageenan and soy-free almond milk

 

Picnik 1700 S Lamar

Probably the most famous Paleo place in all of America, Picnik is a local fave for butter coffee, baked goods, and light meals. Their coffee IS delicious (especially if you can tolerate dairy and get the butter coffee), but it’s freakin’ expensive, so I almost never go there. During the holidays, I got their Peppermint Mocha, modified to omit the dairy and include coconut butter in it’s place. It was really yummy but I felt stupid for spending $7 on coffee, I’m sorry. Go for the novelty of it, if you’re in town, but beware of being the gal or guy who just spent a meal’s-worth of money on coffee and a chocolate chip cookie (which I guess could be considered a meal on its own?)Favorite drink: Marshmallow Chai made dairy-free!

 

Radio Coffee & Bar 4204 Manchaca 

This place has become a fast favorite for us. It’s perfect for weeknights when you want to get out of the house but don’t want to dress up and go out. There’s a ton of outdoor seating, a taco trucks, an outdoor bar (sometimes staffed), and a large indoor coffee shop with plenty of seating, WiFi and live music on certain nights. I love this place because each night of the week they have some sort of event lined up like outdoor movie night, trivia, dance parties, flea markets, fiddlers. Yes, fiddlers. We bring our dog and always find a stranger to chat with. I love talking to strangers. They have dairy-free milk options like every Austin coffee house, but their almond milk lattes aren’t as good as Caffe Medicis. They are probably my second-favorite in the city that I’ve tried so far though. They also have some gluten-free treats. Favorite drink: Their coffee isn’t as good as Medici’s, so I always get a Topo Chico and an iced decaf almond milk latte.

 

 

New American

Salty Sow 1917 Manor Rd

Some delicious ‘ish is offered up at Salty Sow, a well-known brasserie-type of joint in East Austin. I think they are most known for their duck fat fries with a sous-vide runny egg on top. My mom and husband split those and were obsessing over them. I was super jealous and ate my plain steak and salad in envy across the table. So obviously if you eat nightshades and eggs, get the dang fries, you fool! Their food quality is definitely better than the average restaurant and you can certainly eat gluten-free there. Dairy-free may be a bit harder, but they will accommodate. My mom got a pork medallion-bacon number once, and you can’t get much more Paleo than that. Make a reservation because it will always be jam-packed. This has been my least favorite AIP meal out because I think they were afraid to add any sort of flavor to my food in fear of nightshading me. But if you don’t have a ton of food allergies or intolerances, you will most certainly enjoy your meal here!AIP? Have them customize a menu item for you! They made me a simple salad with local veggies and a seared steak. They could have added a little more creativity to both plates though because they were B-O-R-I-N-G. Again, everyone else’s food looked amazing!

 

Salt & Time 1912 E 7th Street

I went to this adorable butcher shop/restaurant several years ago when I was visiting Austin for the second time. I really wanted to ravage the raw, salt-cured meat counter, but in the name of food safety and gut protection, I held back. I <3 the name and it definitely took me reading it a few times to realize, “Oooh because you just need salt and time to cure meat. How clever.” From what I understand, they have expanded the restaurant to include more seating as well as an expanded menu. They are also open from breakfast, lunch and dinner now. It’s not like they cater specifically to gluten-free eaters (lots of sandwiches and such) but they do have charcuterie boards, offal, salads, homemade pickles, and protein-heavy mains for dinner!AIP? Ask for a nightshade-free cured meat and some pickled vegetables!

 

Searsucker415 Colorado Street

I freakin’ love this place. The decor is an odd combination of Nautical-Rustic-Farm Animal and really welcoming for a giant warehouse building actually. I’m not much for going out, but the social scene is so active here that it makes me feel like I’m part of the cool crowd for a whole 90 minutes. I’m obsessed with their drink menu. I’ve only been getting them virgin since Pregnant, but their virgin Snake in the Grass (cucumber mojito) is effin’ awesome. I want one right now. They also have really delicious AIP accomodations and eating Paleo is even easier. I have had the Farmer’s Chicken (big chicken leg, roasted, juicy, crispy skin) with roasted brussels sprouts, the local greens salad with shaved veggies and grilled chicken, and the insanely tender and flavorful filet mignon, which is in my top 5 best steaks of my life. It was like butter and perfectly aged, get it. It’s located downtown, and you’ll want to make a reservation if going on a weekend. We park in a parking lot a couple blocks away for $10 and walk around downtown afterwards to people watch.AIP? I get the roast chicken, plain, without the sides and instead get it over a green salad with extra veggies.

 

Dai Due *TOP PICK*2406 Manor Road

Saving my favorite for last here. Dai Due is the pinnacle of Paleo dining out. EVERYTHING is locally-sourced and/or made in house. Including the bones for their homemade bone broth which I purchase and take home on occasion. It’s real-deal bone broth – jello and delicious. They change their menu every week (sometimes even more frequently) and I’ve always found something on the menu that is AIP-compliant. They let the food shine and don’t use a ton of spices. They’re also dedicated to using only quality fats – how awesome is that!? So you’ll find your food cooked in grass-fed tallow, pastured lard, olive oil, and grass-fed butter rather than vegetable oils. And almost everything is cooked over a tiny open flame RIGHT in front of your eyes. Sitting at the bar is really fun for this reason. Eeek, I just love this place and could go on and on and on. My favorite meal so far has been grilled sheepshead fish from the Gulf coast with grilled Meyer lemon and grilled broccolini with mui choy (a mustard green type of leaf vegetable). We REALLY want to try their humongous grass-fed beef rib one night but it’s a little intimidating. Like the size of my femur.AIP? They will make you whatever your little broth-loving heart desires! Best seat in the house is the little bar at Dai Due – perfect for a date night!

 

 

Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Lick 1100 S Lamar

A rotation of 3 to 4 flavors of coconut milk ice cream, most soy and egg-free as well. Delicious, pretty expensive, but their new location is across the street from a Caffe Medici so bonus points!

 

Thai Fresh *TOP PICK* 909 W Mary 

My favorite coconut milk ice cream by far! It’s made with coconut milk, organic cane sugar, and a variety of flavors. They also tell you which ones are soy-free (anything without chocolate) and they’re all gluten-free and egg-free too. I am obsessed with the Thai Basil & the Thai Coffee and the Lavender is amazing too. To me, this is a can’t-miss ice cream place while in Austin. I get my ice cream over a ball of warmed-up sweet sticky rice, which is white rice, coconut milk and coconut sugar. Sounds weird but it’s decadent and a really unique and perfect combination of textures and temperatures.

 

Sweet Ritual 

Coconut milk, cashew, and almond milk ice creams with some fun toppings like toasted coconut. No dairy, eggs, or casein in any of their flavors and they let you know which ones are gluten free. Everything is vegan too, and it’s currently located inside a juice shop but they are changing locations early summer 2016, which is why I didn’t include an address. They use agave nectar to sweeten their ice cream, so it’s not a perfectly Paleo option.

 

 

Honorable Mentions[Places with delicious food if you are gluten-free and dairy-free but I can’t vet them outto the AIP community]- Sway (Thai)- Torchy’s Tacos (tacos, der)- Swift’s Attic (New American)- La Condesa (Upscale Mexican)- Rudy’s (BBQ – Nightshades for sure)- La Barbeque (BBQ Food Truck – Nightshades for sure)- Salt Lick (BBQ – Awesome outdoor space – Nightshades for sure)- Franklin’s (BBQ – Apparently only uses salt & pepper)