If you’re AIP, breakfast is a challenge. Bacon and Sausage, even homemade, gets pricey, and you don’t always have enough leftovers for everyone from the night before. If you work or have a busy home life you find you need to spend some of your weekend to make “freezer meals” so you can get through the week without having to devote so much of your morning to the kitchen.
We are fortunate that my whole family has had a lot of opportunities to fish, and we have built quite a stock of fish fillets in our freezer this year! Fish is a wonderfully nutritious source of protein and Omega-3 right fats and a fantastic way to start your day. My mom periodically reminded me that fish cakes were an easy and cheap meal that would make a wonderful staple in our diet, but the problem for us was trying to figure out how to make them without eggs as a binder. Well, thanks to one of my favorite blogs, Grazed And Enthused, I had learned how Japanese sweet potatoes make wonderful alternatives to binders and fillers used in normal recipes that are not AIP friendly. My experiment turned out wonderfully and my husband now enjoys pulling a couple of these patties out for a satisfying breakfast before heading to his physically demanding job. I’m happy to share this recipe with you, and I hope you enjoy! Remember that, like most recipes, you should always feel free to experiment with the spices and have fun!
Susu’s AIP Fish Cakes
1 large Japanese sweet potato, roasted (regular sweet potatoes with orange flesh do NOT have enough starch to work. Be sure it is a white flesh sweet potato)
2 lbs. flaked fish (I boil fish fillets from fish we’ve caught and flake by tossing over and over with a large spoon, but responsibly caught and canned fish like salmon or tuna will work just fine)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp fresh or dried dill
2 tbsp fresh or dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
Redmond’s Real Salt to taste (I usually add this at the end, you can taste before baking your cakes because everything is cooked)
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roast and peel sweet potato, place in large mixing bowl.
Add all other ingredients EXCEPT fish and salt and blend with immersion blender (If you don’t have one, add all ingredients to food processor or standing blender and blend until smooth and well mixed. Return to large mixing bowl).
Add flaked fish and some salt and mix with your hands, making sure the mixture is well combined. The fish may break down a little more, that is fine.
Shape into patties or sticks*.
Place on parchment paper. You only need about an inch or two between each pattie. We like them large, like burger patties.
Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven. Flip patties or sticks over carefully as they will be crumbly, then return them to the oven for another 20 minutes (40 minutes total).
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes or so on the baking sheet before serving. Once they have settled, they will hold together nicely.
Enjoy with your favorite veggies and my Avocado tartar sauce!
*NOTE: if making dip-able sticks for the kiddies, add 1 TBSP grass-fed gelatin to 3 TBSP boiling water. Once that is well mixed and cooled slightly, add to mixture before forming. Then roll sticks in a “breading” of coconut flour seasoned to taste with salt and pepper or anything else you like.
I hope you are inspired to make your life a little less stressful with little helpful things like freezer meals. You will not regret giving these a try and making the effort to make your week ahead a little bit easier!
A couple days ago I was glancing over my “Master To-Do List” and spotted “cinnamon pie”, just hanging out, waiting to be noticed. I think I added that a year ago and never once looked up a recipe. I was sad that I would probably not be able to taste a cinnamon pie for at least another year because we will be on AIP for quite a while. Then I realized I had a “base” pie recipe that already works! How I love having an arsenal of basic recipes that allow me to enjoy new flavors without compromising my regimen….
I have already made Grazed and Enthused‘s carob cream pie several times (but using her cherry pie bar crust instead of what the carob pie calls for), and I think it makes a wonderful base for a variety of flavors. What I most love is that these recipes call for very little sweetener. The Crust uses no sweetener at all (not needed with the Japanese sweet potato) and the filling only calls for 3 TBSP of raw honey (where most sweets recipes call for 1/2 Cup to more than 1 Cup!). If you are hoping to avoid using any sweetener at all, you could easily substitute the honey for 4 to 6 medjool dates.
Enjoy this crappy picture before taking a gander at the recipe bellow….. I promise, this little unassuming slice packs a lot of flavor punch!
Follow filling instructions, but leave out the carob/cocoa powder. Instead, add 2 TBSP of your favorite cinnamon powder while the potatoes cook in the coconut milk in the first step.
NOTE: If you decide to use dates instead of honey, add them in the very beginning so they are cooked thoroughly with the sweet potatoes and break down enough to be easily blended.
When everything is still hot, blend until completely smooth and pour right into the pie crust.
Spread evenly on the top with spatula.
Allow to cool to room temperature.
Place in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to chill and set before serving.
Enjoy with your favorite whipped cream!
I hope you fall in love with this as much as my family did. Cinnamon is right up there with chocolate for me, so this was a real winner in my book. I am thinking that I will try other spices in the future with the above recipes, especially around the holidays. Perhaps an “eggnog” spice pie for Christmas or a “chai spice” pie for autumn. I think too that the sweet potatoes in the filling could be switched with pumpkin for a guilt-free pumpkin pie! The possibilities are almost endless!
A big THANK YOU to Grazed and Enthused!
Let me know in the comments if you think of other tasty substitutions for this pie!
I’ll be honest, I only threw together this Italian chicken to go with the creamy pesto gnocchi we had last night, but it turned out so yummy and perfectly paired with the side dish that I had to share!
AIP Italian Herbed Chicken:
2 pounds chicken leg quarters
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp oregano flakes
1 tbsp basil flakes
1/2 tbsp thyme leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
– Mix all spices in large mixing bowl.
– Add rinsed chicken leg quarters and toss until coated.
– Place chicken pieces on rack over a baking sheet and baked in a preheated oven at 400 degrees and bake 50 to 55 minutes until juices run clear and skin is crispy.
My family and I have decided to “go AIP” for several months in a somewhat desperate attempt to resolve our autoimmune issues. Of course there was concern about how manageable this new restrictive diet would be as we enjoy many flavorful ethnic dishes on a daily basis! Fortunately, I hit several wonderful blogs that focus on AIP friendly recipes and have been having a lot of fun on this new “restrictive” lifestyle change! I have had a lot of inspiration, and yesterday I wanted to surprise my family with a “fancy” meal so I took a leap and attempted an AIP version of an old favorite. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Gnocchi: 1 Taiwan yam (Japanese sweet potato), roasted 1 cup tapioca starch 4 tbsp coconut flour 1 tbsp grass fed gelatin 2 tbsp boiling water 1 tsp Redmond’s Real Salt
Method: – In medium or large mixing bowl combine gelatin and boiling water and mix until dissolved. – Add peeled roasted yam and blend until smooth with immersion (stick) blender. (If no immersion blender, this can be made in a blender and food processor). – Add rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. – Place dough in refrigerator and allow to chill and firm up completely, at least a couple hours. – Separate dough into two balls, keeping one in the fridge. – In plastic wrap or silicone cutting board, roll dough ball out into about a one-inch log and with a sharp knife slice the log into 1/2 inch pieces. – Using your hands, roll slices into oblong balls and slice three shallow marks on the top. – Place finished gnocchi on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about an inch apart. – Repeat with second dough ball. – Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. – Let rest 5 minutes. – Toss in sauce before serving. – Enjoy!