AIP-Friendly Game Day Chicken Wings

AIP-Friendly Game Day Wings

As long as we’ve been on our paleo journey, we have been fortunate to not find ourselves specifically reactive to anything beyond standard grains, dairy, and legumes. Because of this, we have had the terrible habit of visiting friends, such as the Paleo Parents, with homemade treats that those following an autoimmune protocol (AIP) can’t enjoy. After 2-plus years of embarrassment for spacing out on this fact, Heather made a commitment to put together something that all could enjoy. That’s how she came up with today’s co-post of AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce.

To go with this barbecue sauce, I put together these wings. They have a sweet and savory flavor that won’t have you missing the fiery spice of traditional barbecue wings. I’ll be honest—at first I was really intimidated by the restrictions of AIP but thankfully I found an exhaustive listing of what can, might, and can’t be used on the protocol (Thanks, Sarah!). These are great for game day, or for any other occasion where you want finger foods and want to make sure everyone can enjoy them.
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Real Life Paleo by Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry: A Story, Review, Recipe, and Giveaway

Let me tell you about my first interactions with Real Life PaleoIt was late on a Saturday evening, after another fun event at Matt and Stacy‘s house. Stacy asked Heather and I, along with Russ and Janey, if we wanted to see the new book. Let me just say that their fantastic book, Beyond Bacon, had recently released; so to hear that they already had another book in the works was surprising, to say the least. (We barely keep up with writing one post each Wednesday!) Lo and behold we were presented with a clipped stack of printed paper that was the rough outline for what is today’s release. It’s been so much fun to watch this project come together (and even help with shooting the front cover), and we think this book is going to do a lot for the paleo community. Even if you have all the other books out there, don’t think this is just another generic paleo cookbook. It’s not. Let me explain…
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This week I’m excited to share with you a recipe perfect for game-day, potluck, or holiday. Meatballs are a fun and delicious way to start off a meal or serve along other small foods during a gathering (we’re no stranger to meatballs). This time of year, between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and football parties, we end up being a lot more social and therefore need to cook food that is easily shareable.

Our sweet and sour meatballs are great in the small 1-inch variety, but would also be good in a larger size for a more traditional entreé serving at home. They could also be cooked and kept warm in a slow cooker, rather than a skillet, if you’re planning ahead and hosting a get-together with multiple items on the menu. Whether you use buffalo and ground beef or a combination of different meats (be cautious with very lean meats so that they don’t dry out), we think you’re going to love these tangy meatballs.

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Buffalo-Style Cashew Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Buffalo-Style Cashews

It’s football season, so I am admittedly slightly obsessed with buffalo-flavored everything (did you know that Buffalo Wild Wings has a great chart for what is gluten-free on their site? Perfect for going out for the game and navigating the menu). That being said, one of my favorite previous treats was Snyder’s of Hanover’s buffalo-wing pretzels. They’re greasy, salty, crunchy, and awesome—they just make me feel like garbage with the additives and wheat.

These cashews are a great way to get that kind of experience at home and make a fun project of it, too. The instructions have variations depending on how intense of flavor you want and level of crunchiness. We know you will love these in addition to your Sunday (and Saturday, and Thursday, and Monday) ritual, just so long as you don’t wipe your hands on your jersey.
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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust

The weather is cold and crisp. Spooky decor and pumpkins are everywhere, and we have started considering our options for the holidays. It’s nearly Halloween! Will you be going to a party to celebrate? We will be, and I think we’ll be taking this recipe to share.

Not more than a week ago, we were grocery shopping at Wegmans and a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix caught our attention. Brent loves pie—we made a pumpkin coconut pie last year—but we rarely make it. When he asked me if I could make pumpkin pie bars, I agreed. Instead of the graham cracker crust, he requested I use a gingerbread crust (something I’ve played around with, but haven’t quite perfected).

This is more of a savory than a sweet dessert, but you can easily top these bars with a little drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of coconut whipped cream for a little extra sweetness for your resident sweet tooth. We know you will enjoy it!

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