Thursday, 21 May 2015


I know. The title's completely in capitals, because this is totally amazing. I love it. 

It's a beef burger, but the bun is made out of two mushrooms, and then I've filled it with a juicy beef patty, zesty guacamole, bacon and a softened chunk of red onion. As you may have seen if we're friends on Instagram, I've been playing about a bit with AIP and Paleo burgers, lately.

You can pick this up and eat it with your hands, and there's nothing wrong with that, but if you do, you'll want to have a load of napkins handy because although the lovely juices give flavour to the beefburger, roasted mushrooms do give off a heck of a lot of liquid. You've been warned. Want to unleash your caveman tendencies? Go ahead. Cooking this for a date? Best keep a knife and fork handy. 

This burger is dairy-free, gluten free and fully AIP-compliant. I hope you love it as much as I do. Oh, and if you like (although this makes it paleo and not AIP) swap out the red onion for a fried egg. I know how you all love a bit of egg porn...

The AIP Paleo Burger
Serves 4
8 large flat mushrooms (try and get them all a similar size, but that's not super important)
1 tsp avocado oil
8 rashers of smoked, streaky bacon
400g minced beef
pinch of salt
1 red onion

For the guacamole
1 avocado
juice of half a lime
good pinch of salt


So. Here we go. 

First, preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. 

Get out a roasting tray or dish that's large enough to hold the mushrooms in - they will shrink once cooked. Tip the teaspoon of avocado oil into the palm of your hand and rub the oil over the mushrooms, over both sides. Sprinkle over just a pinch of salt. Arrange the mushrooms in the tray with the brown (underside) facing up and slide into the oven. Roast for about 20 minutes, until the mushrooms are softened and sizzling. Take them out and leave to cool. 

While the mushrooms are roasting, lay the rashers of bacon in a dry griddle or frying pan and cook, turning them over, until they are golden and slightly crisp. Lift them out with tongs and put on a plate, leaving to one side. 

Shape the beef mince into 4 large burger patties and then season with salt on both sides. Fry them in the pan you cooked the bacon in, about 5 minutes per side, turning a few times, until they're cooked through and the juices run clear. Peel and thickly slice the onion horizontally - add this to the pan and cook on a medium heat, turning, until the onion is soft and slightly caramelised. The onion is pretty amazing because it'll take on the bacon and beef flavours from the pan. 

Once everything's cooked, it's time to put the whole thing together. Quickly mash together the ingredients for the guacamole with a fork. 

On a plate, place one of the cooled, roasted flat mushrooms underside up. (You might want to tip out some of the moisture before you do this if it's especially juicy). Carefully place the cooked burger on top, followed by the bacon rashers and the guacamole. Top with the onion slice and then another mushroom, underside-down on top. 

Done! Serve with salad, or sweet potato fries or plantain chips. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle

Get ready, because I am about to send a whole load of COMPLETE AWESOMENESS your way. 

Exciting, right? 

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle launches today.  

The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle is a collection of super AIP resources and discount codes that's available from now until May 25th. It includes 45 - yep, 45! - e-books (worth over $500) and 26 discount codes - and all for just $39! (That's about £25 if you're reading this in the UK).

Included in the bundle are cookbooks, lifestyle guides, meal plans - including AIP recipes, lifestyle and exercise guides. And there are discount codes, too. 

I've also contributed to one of the exclusive e-books available as part of this bundle, The Best of AIP Cookbook, and one of my own e-books, AIP and Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches. I know. Wowsers.   

But how do you know all of the books are properly AIP and don't have tomatoes or coffee in them? Well, to give you peace of mind, the collection has been personally vetted by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, autoimmune expert and author of The Paleo Approach. You can be rest assured that all resources in the bundle are fully AIP compliant and they'll help you come up with new recipes, meal plans and help you manage your healthy lifestyle, too. And it’s only available until Monday!  Click here to view more details.

So, what do you get in the bundle? 

Here is a full list of everything you'll get when you buy the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle for $39. 

Here goes... 

15 AIP Cookbooks and Meal Plans (total value $192)
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott ($17 value)
The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt ($17 value)
85 Amazing AIP Breakfast Recipes by Eileen Laird ($13 value)
*The Best of AIP Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne ($25 value)
The He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook by Bre’anna Emmitt ($15 value)
The AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook by Tara Perillo ($10 value)
We Can All Scream for Ice Cream by Jennifer Robins and Vivian Cheng ($10 value)
Butter Your Broth, the AIP Version by Kiersten Peterson ($6 value)
The Paleo Approach Dinner Club by Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
AIP Paleo Snacks and Quick Lunches by Jo Romero ($7 value)
28 Days of AIP by Christina Feindel ($7 value)
28 Days of Low-FODMAP AIP by Christina Feindel ($10 value)
Holiday Feast (AIP Edition) by Cassandra Garcia ($10 value)
*The Paleo Approach Quick-Start Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($18 value)
The FODMAP Free Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)

15 Lifestyle and Exercise Guides (total value $202)
The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson ($10 value)
*Go to Bed by Christina Feindel and Sarah Ballantyne ($17 value)
*Accessible Workouts by Peter Hirsh ($10 value)
Stress Solutions by Evan Brand ($27 value)
*Relax by Michele Spring ($15 value)
Healing, Humor, and Hashimoto’s (excerpt) by Stacey Robbins ($5 value)
30 Days of Prayer: Healing Autoimmunity for Women by Ruschelle Khanna ($5 value)
My Butter Life Personal Care by Renee from Hard Lotion ($5 value)
REM Rehab by Evan Brand ($29 value)
Yoga for the Everyday Flow of Life by RX Yoga ($12 value)
How To Biohack the Ultimate Healthy Home by Ben Greenfield ($6 value)
Getting Started with Your Vegetable Garden (Excerpt from “The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook”) by Diana Rogers ($7 value)
The Paleo Miracle 2 by Joe Salama ($10 value)
*21 Step Body Image Remix Excerpt by Summer Inannen ($39 value)
Stretchsitting (Excerpt from “10 Steps To A Pain-Free Back”) by Esther Gokhale ($5 value)

15 Beyond the Basics e-books (total value $132)
The Autoimmune Paleo Breakthrough by Anne Angelone ($10 value)
*Essays from 2014 by Terry Wahls ($10 value)
*The Paleo Approach Reintroduction Guide by Sarah Ballantyne ($13 value)
Biohacking Autoimmune DIY by Petra Chambers-Sinclair ($9 value)
Birth Control Unlocked by Stefani Ruper ($9 value)
How To Interpret Your Lab Tests for Optimal Levels by Jamie Koonce ($20 value)
Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Eileen Laird ($9 value)
*Fantastic Fiber by Sarah Ballantyne ($15 value)
Brain Health and Stress (excerpt from Why Isn’t My Brain Working?) by Datis Kharrazian ($5 value)
The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Foods to Include and Eliminate by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
The 10-Day Paleo Transition by Anne Angelone ($5 value)
The Causes of Autoimmune Disease (Excerpt from “The Paleo Approach”) by Sarah Ballantyne ($5 value)
Quit PMS by Lauren Geertsen ($9 value)
Overcoming Hashimoto’s Fatigue by Izabella Wentz ($5 value)
Why Hormones Matter (Excerpt from The Hormone Cure) by Sara Gottfried ($5 value)

*Books released exclusively with this bundle!  Yes, there are nine e-books launching with this bundle!

The Best of AIP Cookbook
This is a brand new recipe resource that was created only for this bundle - and you can't buy it anywhere else. It's a collection of the best AIP compliant recipes, all compiled by Sarah, from AIP bloggers and writers. The Best of AIP Cookbook contains over 160 recipes, all strict 100% AIP. 

Exclusive Discounts and Coupon Codes
You'll also receive discount codes including $20 off AIP Batch Cook, 10% off Bare Bones and $20 off Paleo On The Go. Here's a full list: 

AIP Batch Cook $20 off
Bare Bones 10% off
Barefoot Provisions 10% off
Ben Greenfield Fitness Systems 10% off
Chrisal 30% off select products
Delicious Obsessions 10% off
Dr Ron's 10% off
Fatworks 20% off
Footloose and Chairfree 5% off
Gokhale Method 15% off regularly priced items (excluding chair)
Kasandrinos 15% off
Klio Tea 10% off
Kombucha Kamp Free gift with purchase
Morrocco Method Free gift with purchase
One Stop Paleo Shop 10% off
Paleo on the go $20 off
Pete's Paleo $10 off
Primal Life Organics Starter package for $49
SAD to AIP in 6 Weeks $20 off
Step and Go 10% off
Test.Clear.Heal $100 off
The Eczema Company 10% off
ThePaleoMom Consulting $25 off
US Wellness Meats 15% off
Vital Proteins/Corey 20% off + free shipping
Wild Zora 10% off

Daily Giveaways!
Another reason to act now?  As if the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle wasn’t enticing enough, if you buy it right now you are automatically entered to win a new giveaway every single day remaining in this sale!  That’s six amazing giveaways that you’ll be entered in if you buy the bundle right now, each with amazing prizes including two chances to win a Kindle Fire HD and the grand prize of an All-Expense Paid Trip for Two to Paleo F(x) 2016 worth $2600! 

Every giveaway is international and no restrictions apply!  

Yes, you can enter this giveaway from anywhere in the world!  And the prizes will be shipped anywhere! 

Here’s the details of what’s being given away each day of this amazing bundle sale:
May 20:  Kindle Fire HD 7 16GB ($160 Value)
May 21:  $200USD Amazon Gift Certificate (winner may choose which country's amazon site)
May 22:  AIP Print Library ($260 Value), includes physical copies of:
The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls, MD
The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers, MD
The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP
Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook by Angie Alt
Nourish by Rachael Bryant
He Won't Know It's Paleo by Bre'anna Emmitt
May 23:  Kindle Fire HD 9 32GB ($400 Value)
May 24:  Two Premium Paleo F(x) 2016 tickets ($800 Value)
May 25:  All-Expense Paid Trip for Two to Paleo F(x) 2016 ($2600 Value)
2 premium Paleo F(x) 2016 tickets
3 nights stay at a nearby hotel (shared room)
2 $400-travel vouchers
$200 in gift certificates to local Austin restaurants
AIP Travel Food Gift Baskets in your hotel room when you arrive ($200 value)

The sooner you buy, the greater your chances and the more you could win! Every purchase enters you automatically for all remaining giveaway of this bundle event!  Of course, no purchase is necessary. Click here to view more details.

So, what are you waiting for?
If you bought every e-book in this deal, it would cost you more than $500. This is a very limited time offer, so you could pick all this up for $39, and that doesn't include the savings you could make with the discount codes. You'll be set up for AIP with all the resources you'd need. 

Fantastic stuff. 

Want to find out more? Bet you do! Click here to view more details.  

Links in this post are affiliate links - this means if you do click on to the main website through these links and make a sale, you don't pay any more for the bundle, but I receive a small commission, which gets put back in to developing more free recipes for the blog and all of you. Hurray! Thank you for your support. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

The New Paleo Cajun Lady eCookbook

Do you know Tara, from the Paleo Cajun Lady blog? Well, as you might have heard, she's just released a new ebook, full of her favourite AIP-compliant recipes. 

There are more than 60 recipes in the book - all of them AIP compliant, and there's also advice on batch cooking, freezing and handy links for shopping, too. 

I cooked some of the recipes from the book over the course of a week and I can tell you this:

  • This is a fantastic tool to have if you're looking for different recipes and more general food inspiration on the autoimmune protocol. All the recipes are dairy, nut, egg, soy, grain, nightshade and gluten-free. So they're good if you suffer from food allergies with any of these ingredients, too. 

  • Tara's roast duck recipe is REALLY easy to cook and was probably the best roast duck I've ever made. It got lots of compliments, but it only took me a couple of minutes' actual work. Fab stuff.

  • The instructions are all clear and simple to follow, and each recipe has a photo alongside. 

  • You NEED to make the ice cream - cinnamon and maple ice cream to be exact - with those baked apples. It's gorgeous. And the reason I now always keep a mug of coconut milk in the fridge and a handful of bananas in the freezer. Honestly, it's good. 
A photo posted by Jo Romero (@joromerofood) on

  • Oh, and there's some veggie noodles in a leek and artichoke creamy sauce. I loved that. Tara says to make the noodles with squash and courgette/zucchini but I made it with courgettes and carrots. It was lovely. And so good to be able to enjoy a kind of 'pasta sauce' on AIP. 

Want to find out more? Course you do.  

Click here to view more details

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