Meal Prep Tips for the AIP Diet: Making Healthy Eating Easy with Batch Cooking

Jul 12, 2023

Here’s our Top 10 Tips for batch cooking on AIP

Following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet can be challenging, but with proper meal preparation, you can make it easier and more convenient. One key strategy for success is batch cooking. By dedicating a few hours each week to preparing meals in advance, you'll save time, reduce stress, and ensure that you always have compliant meals ready to enjoy. 

Here’s our Top 10 Tips for batch cooking on AIP:

Embrace Batch Cooking:

Batch cooking involves preparing larger quantities of food in a single cooking session to last throughout the week. By setting aside specific times for cooking, you can streamline your meal planning and avoid last-minute decisions that may lead to unhealthy food choices.

Plan Your Menu:

Start by planning your menu for the week. Consider incorporating a variety of proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats while adhering to the AIP diet guidelines. Make a list of the ingredients you'll need and ensure your pantry is stocked with essentials.

Organize Your Kitchen:

Before you start cooking, ensure your kitchen is organized. Clear the countertops, gather your cooking utensils, and have enough storage containers ready to store the prepared meals. This will save you time and make the cooking process more efficient.

Choose Versatile Ingredients:

Opt for ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes to maximize efficiency. For example, roast a whole chicken that can be used for various meals throughout the week, such as salads, stir-fries, or soups. Cook a large batch of vegetables, like roasted sweet potatoes or steamed broccoli, to use as sides or additions to different dishes.

Pre-portion Your Meals:

Divide your cooked meals into individual portions, ensuring that each container contains a balanced combination of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. This practice makes it easy to grab a meal on-the-go or quickly assemble a plate for lunch or dinner.

Utilize Freezing and Refrigeration:

If you have limited time during the week, freezing prepared meals is a great option. Label and store them in the freezer, and simply thaw and reheat when needed. Alternatively, store meals in the refrigerator for a few days, ensuring they remain fresh and ready to eat.

Incorporate Grab-and-Go Snacks:

In addition to main meals, prepare AIP-friendly snacks to keep you satiated throughout the day. Examples include pre-cut veggies with guacamole, homemade AIP energy balls, or portioned servings of fresh fruit. Our eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. Oatmeal Schmoatmeal Cookie Mix is particularly great here, baked as chewy “granola” bars! Just mix as directed, then add coconut flakes, raisins or carob chips and bake in a pan and slice or in a silicone granola bar mold. Freeze for storage to enjoy at your leisure.

Experiment with Sauces and Dressings:

Enhance the flavor of your AIP meals by preparing versatile sauces and dressings in advance. Create a batch of AIP-compliant pesto, vinaigrettes, or sauces to add variety to your meals and make them more enjoyable. Check out the Recipe section on our website for a handful of dip and spread recipes, particularly yummy with our new Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbread.

Make it a Family Affair:

Get your family involved in the meal prep process. Not only will this make the task more enjoyable, but it also provides an opportunity to educate your loved ones about the AIP diet and encourages their support and understanding.

Don't forget a treat from time to time! You can certainly make your own AIP compliant desserts, but we invite you to check out our baking mixes for cookie, cake and quick bread options. These are easy to make, store well in the freezer and can satisfy that sweet tooth. Plus, all of our mixes m are elimination phase compliant!

Meal prepping is a valuable tool for success on the AIP diet. By embracing batch cooking and following these practical tips, you can save time, reduce stress, and ensure that you always have nutritious and compliant meals readily available. With proper planning and organization, meal prepping can become a seamless part of your AIP lifestyle, helping you achieve your health goals while enjoying delicious and nourishing food.


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