Loaded with dark leafy greens, lean protein, turmeric, and healthy avocado, these autoimmune healing bowls have everything that your body needs and nothing that it doesn't!
These autoimmune healing bowls were born in a quick spark of creativity during our first round of AIP, or Auto Immune Protocol.
We practiced the AIP diet for four weeks in hopes of improving my husband's sarcoidosis.
While we didn't see any reduction in symptoms of the sarcoidosis, we did come out with a few great recipes that we've continued to make again and again, and these autoimmune healing bowls are one of them.
What is AIP
AIP stands for Auto Immune Protocol. AIP is an elimination diet that is used for a minimum of 30 days to try and reduce inflammation in the body that is being caused by an autoimmune disorder.
In general, the AIP diet is very restrictive. It follows paleo guidelines but then cuts out a whole other host of items that are typically included on paleo - nightshade vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs, and more.
The website Unbound Wellness was a huge resource to me during our brief AIP stint - I leaned on it heavily as a reference. Her full AIP guide here is the place I recommend you start!
I learned about a few ingredients that I would likely never have used if it weren't for AIP. The two that stand out the most were tigernut flour and carob powder. Both are acceptable on AIP, but not commonly used when eating paleo or allergen-free.
The other ingredient I found myself using a lot of was tumeric powder. I've never used a ton of turmeric, but it's a common inflammatory, and we used it often. I even incorporated it into these autoimmune healing bowls!
Whether you're practicing AIP, or just focused on eating healthier, these bowls are a great option for an easy lunch or dinner.
They're satisfying, full of flavor, and loaded with healthy ingredients. What do the ingredients in these autoimmune healing bowls have as benefits to your health? Let's take a look!
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. It is said to contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer. It also contains fiber, which enhances weight loss and digestion.
Avocados are a good source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium, just to name a few! Although most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, they're the good kind, so don't be scared to eat them!
(If you're looking for a great avocado recipe, check out my 3 Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Pudding here!)
Arugula is a peppery, distinctive-tasting green that originated in the Mediterranean region. It’s also known as rucola, salad rocket, and Italian cress.
This delicious green is a nutrient-dense food that is high in fiber and phytochemicals. It's high in several vital nutrients, and is said to be anti-inflammatory, as well as cleansing and detoxifying in the body.
Olive oil is a great healthy fat, as long as you make sure you're getting authentic, true olive oil. Here's how to know which olive oils are safe, and here's some additional info on olive oil as a healthy fat, as well as other healthy fat options.
Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a spice made from the root of a flowering plant. It's known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used frequently on the AIP diet because of this.
Due to the high demand of turmeric, it is commonly cut or diluted - make sure when purchasing you are getting yours from a trustworthy source to reap its true benefits!
- Warm the mashed garlic cauliflower and the cooked chicken breast in whatever way is easiest for you. I typically have these pre-cooked, and just need to warm them up in the oven. My recommendation is to put them on a plate, cover with foil, and place in the oven at 300°.
- While the cauliflower and chicken are warming, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add a small amount of water to the pan, then add the arugula and toss just until wilted. Turn off pan.
- Cut the avocado into slices lengthwise and remove skin.
- Remove plate from oven once cauliflower and chicken are warm.
- Fill a bowl with the mashed garlic cauliflower. Top with the chicken, wilted arugula, and avocado.
- Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric, and salt in a bowl and whisk.
- Pour the dressing over the bowl and serve.
Heads up! This recipe serves one person. If you're making for more than just yourself, be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 655Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 488mgCarbohydrates: 75gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 20gSugar: 15gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 57g
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