If you're looking for some easy AIP meals for beginners, you're in the right place. AIP recipes can get pretty in-depth, especially during the elimination phase.
Many people are following an autoimmune diet to deal with with symptoms that come autoimmune disease. Things like chronic inflammation and fatigue can make cooking more difficult. Plus we live busy lives, so simplifying is key.
If you're fairly new to the autoimmune protocol diet, I'd recommend starting with simple AIP recipes. The recipes in this post are generally appropriate for the whole family and best used for easy dinners and lunches.
For more info on the AIP diet, check out the Beginner's Guide to the Autoimmune Protocol, 7 Day AIP Meal Plan, and AIP Pantry Items and What to Do with Them.
Not sure what to get at the store? Check out my store-specific AIP shopping lists for several major chains.
Below you'll find 65+ easy AIP recipes for healthy weeknight dinners that are completely Paleo and AIP compliant and won't stress you out. Let's get to the list!
1. Honey Ginger Shrimp Bowls
These light and simple Honey Ginger Shrimp Bowls from Rally Pure only take 26 minutes to make. They combine salad greens, avocado, shrimp and a handful of other veggies with a tangy sauce. The sauce is composed of olive oil, lime juice, coconut aminos, and a few other things.
2. Beef Bacon and Chive Skillet Dinner
This hearty Beef Bacon and Chive Skillet Dinner recipe from Vivra Wellness only requires 5 common ingredients and 20 minutes to make. It's AIP, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
3. AIP Thai Chicken Soup
This AIP Thai Chicken Soup from Thriving on Paleo is ready in just 20 minutes. A few key ingredients needed are chicken thighs, coconut aminos, chicken broth, coconut milk, and fish sauce. It freezes well so it's great for meal prep and freezer cooking. It uses some coconut items but can be made coconut free if needed.
4. AIP Creamy Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Soup
AIP Creamy Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Soup is still one of my favorite cold-weather recipes and one of my favorite ways to eat a ton of veggies. AIP is meant to be a very nutrient-rich diet, so getting in lots of vegetables is important. I think soup just makes that easier because the veggies are nice and soft and they taste amazing because of the broth. This soup takes about 35 minutes to make.
AIP Turkey Mushroom Soup, Food Courage
5.Bahn Mi Style Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner
Banh Mi Style Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner is a light and colorful AIP version of a classic Vietnamese dish. It is brought to you by Autoimmune Wellness. It requires cabbage, radishes, fish sauce, and chicken breasts to name a few items. It takes about 90 minutes to make.
6. One Pot Herbed Balsamic Beef and Kale
This super easy One-Pot Herbed Balsamic Beef and Kale was created by Phoenix Helix. It only requires olive oil, ground beef, kale, and a few other simple ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes.
7. AIP Sausage and Apple Stir Fry
This AIP Sausage and Apple Stir Fry from Sweetened By Nature is made with Aidell's Apple Chicken Sausage (yum!), coconut aminos, and a few vegetables. It's super quick and simple and comes together in about 25 minutes.
8. AIP Paleo Ground Beef and Broccoli
AIP Paleo Ground Beef and Broccoli is a very simple recipe from Health Nut Mama that includes ground beef, frozen veggies, coconut aminos, and a few other ingredients. It's ready in just 20 minutes!
9. Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
I absolutely love this gooey, comforting Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole from Grass Fed Salsa. This recipe uses ground beef, bacon, sweet potatoes, and few other ingredients. It's topped that a dairy-free cheese sauce and only takes about 25 minutes to make.
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole, Credit: Grassfed Salsa
10. Coconut Chicken Tenders
These Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders are accompanied by a sweet and tangy pineapple dipping sauce. They take about 1 hour and 46 minutes to make (mostly due to marinating time). Chicken tenders, pineapple chunks, blackstrap molasses, and shredded coconut are a few items you'll need. This recipe can also be found in The Healing Kitchen cookbook.
11. AIP Friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake
The AIP friendly Turmeric Cauliflower Bake from Eat Your Way Clean combines cauliflower, cabbage, celery, avocado oil and few other ingredients to make a meat-free, flavorful meal. It's ready in about 60 minutes.
12. AIP Creamy Beef and Cauli Rice Casserole
AIP Creamy Beef & Cauli Rice Casserole from It's All About AIP makes for a gooey, comforting family meal with a few leafy greens thrown in. You'll need ground beef, cauliflower, spinach, coconut milk and few other items to make this recipe. It's ready in about 40 minutes.
13. Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli with Mushrooms
Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli with Mushrooms from Heal Me Delicious is a quick weeknight meal made with marinated beef, broccoli, and mushrooms. It's ready to go in only 26 minutes.
14. Creamy Skillet Chicken with Garlic and Basil
If you're in search of a one-pot meal, this Creamy Skillet Chicken with Garlic & Basil from What Great Grandma Ate is a great choice. It's Whole30 and keto friendly as well as AIP. You'll need chicken thighs, coconut milk, bone broth, a few other items, and just 30 minutes to make it.
Creamy Chicken Skillet with Garlic and Basil, Credit: What Great Grandma Ate
15. Honey Ginger Salmon
This Honey Ginger Salmon from Prep Dish is made with coconut aminos, honey, salmon (of course), and a few other ingredients. It takes about 50 minutes to make (30 mins of it is marinating time).
16. Crispy Chicken Thighs One Pan Meal
A simple homemade seasoning blend gives this Crispy Chicken Thighs One-Pan Meal a ton of flavor. It comes from Mama Knows Gluten-Free and is AIP, Paleo, and Whole30 friendly. It takes about 70 minutes to make.
17. Pork Chop and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner
This 5 ingredient Pork Chop and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner from Gutsy By Nature is about as simple as it gets. Just a few ingredients required and it's ready in 30 minutes.
18. Weeknight Sweet Potato Ground Beef Salad with Guacamole
As the name implies, Weeknight Sweet Potato Ground Beef Salad with Guacamole from Further Food is basically a bed of lettuce topped with ground beef, sweet potato, and guacamole. Simple and delicious! It's ready in about 90 minutes.
19. Easy Sheet Pan Curry Shrimp
This colorful, Easy Sheet Pan Curry Shrimp recipe from Restorative Cuisine is packed with nutrient-dense foods. A few of these include broccoli, shrimp, turmeric, and basil. You'll also need some things like coconut aminos and coconut milk. It's ready to go in about 40 minutes.
20. Instant Pot Beef Stew
Instant Pot Beef Stew is such a flavorful meal for cold evenings. It freezes well and is great for leftovers and lunches. To make it, you'll need beef rump roast, mushrooms, parsnips, carrots, and coconut aminos along with a few other items. It's done in about 65 minutes.
AIP Instant Pot Beef Stew, Food Courage
21. Zucchini and Ground Turkey Skillet
This Zucchini and Ground Turkey Skillet from The Roasted Root is pretty much as the name implies. It also includes some spinach, ginger, and coconut aminos. It only takes about 30 minutes to make so it's a great way to get a hearty meal on the dinner table quickly.
22. Quick Skillet Chicken Thighs
Quick Skillet Chicken Thighs from Flawed Yet Functional are made with bone-in chicken thighs, a simple herb blend, and some olive oil. They take just 20 minutes to make.
23. Apple and Cinnamon Chicken Thighs with Bacon
Apple and Cinnamon Chicken Thighs with Bacon from Real Food with Dana makes for a delicious sweet and savory meal. Omit the black pepper and cardamom for strict AIP. It's ready in 20 minutes.
24. Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is one of our family's favorite recipes. It's extremely flavorful and juicy and takes about 65 minutes to make. You'll need pork butt, bone broth, coconut aminos, maple syrup, and a couple other ingredients to make this dish. Serve with sweet potato fries and no mayo broccoli salad.
25. Mongolian Beef
This Mongolian Beef recipe is still one that my family requests again and again. It is so darn delicious. Steak, green onions, carrots, coconut aminos, and honey are a few things you'll need for this recipe. It comes together in about 35 minutes.
26. Asian Garlic Beef Noodles Recipe
This Asian Garlic Beef Noodles Recipe from Paleo Flourish only takes about 30 minutes to make. You'll need just a handful of ingredients. One of which is some sort of noodles. I love recipes with noodles! For this recipe, you can use zucchini noodles, cucumber noodles, or sweet potato glass noodles.
27. Simple Asian-Inspired Stir-Fry
Simple Asian-Inspired Stir-Fry from Autoimmune Wellness requires just a few ingredients and 22 minutes to make. You'll need ground beef, coconut aminos, and some stirfry veggies to name a few items.
28. Chicken Saltimbocca
This Chicken Saltimbocca from Real Food with Dana only requires a few common ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. Chicken thighs, coconut oil (or oil of choice), and prosciutto are a few ingredients you'll need. Omit black pepper for strict AIP.
29. Simple Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad
This Simple Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad is a great meal for summertime as it's nice and cool. It's another great noodle dish and I usually use sweet potato glass noodles for it. You'll also need chicken breasts, bacon, red onion, cucumbers, and a few other things to make it. Lemon juice, coconut cream, and white wine vinegar make up the base for its tangy delicious sauce. Dinner is ready in about 45 minutes.
Simple Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad, Food Courage
30. Easy Balsamic Roasted Chicken
This Easy Balsamic Roasted Chicken from Real Food with Dana is the perfect recipe to use if you're trying to figure out what to do with a whole chicken. This recipe simply uses a whole chicken, cut into pieces, drizzled with a balsamic vinegar mixture, and then baked. It's done in 55 minutes.
31. Steak Salad with Arugula
This Steak Salad with Arugula from Phoenix Helix is a super simple, healthy meal. It's drizzled in a basic lemon juice/olive oil dressing and is ready to eat in 22 minutes. In addition to AIP it's appropriate for the GAPS, Wahls, Whole30, and Low FODMAP diets.
32. Perfect Roasted Salmon and Ginger Scallion Sauce
Perfect Roasted Salmon and Ginger Scallion Sauce from Real Food with Dana is another easy meal made with a handful of ingredients. You'll need salmon, coconut oil (or oil of choice), ginger, coconut aminos and few other ingredients to make this dish. It takes just 25 minutes to make.
33. Steak Medallions with Ginger Asparagus Mushroom Saute
Steak Medallions with Ginger Asparagus Mushroom Saute from Paleo Flourish is a simple meat and veggie dish using a few common ingredients. It is a high nutrient density dinner and takes about 25 minutes to make. It's AIP, Paleo, and Keto friendly.
34. Lamb & Leek Burgers with Lemon Cream
I love the unique combination of ingredients in Lamb & Leek Burgers with Lemon Cream from Meatified. They're easy to make but bring a new flavor to the table. These flavorful burger patties are topped with a cool lemon cream sauce. They're ready to eat in 20 minutes. Serve with air fryer asparagus, no mayo broccoli salad, or fresh fruit.
35. Creamy Shrimp Vegetable Skillet
This Creamy Shrimp Vegetable Skillet is a warm, soothing meal made with shrimp, asparagus, spinach, and a coconut milk-based cream sauce. It's great served with cauliflower rice, sweet potato glass noodles, or zucchini noodles. It's ready in just 30 minutes.
36. Sheet Pan Maple Citrus Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
Sheet Pan Maple Citrus Chicken with Sweet Potatoes is a quick one-pot meal. As the name implies, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and chicken breasts are some of the main ingredients. Coconut cream, lemon juice, and maple syrup are a few ingredients you'll need for its creamy tangy sauce. This meal takes about 50 minutes to make.
37. Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Dill Salad
This light and refreshing Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Dill Salad from The Honest Spoonful consists of seasoned, grilled chicken breasts topped with a light cucumber salad. It takes just 30 minutes to make.
38. Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers
This Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers from The Honest Spoonful is a great meal for kids and adults alike. It also makes for a great appetizer or snack. To make it, you'll need ground chicken, sweet potatoes, tapioca flour, and a few other ingredients. They come together in about 60 minutes.
Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers, Credit: The Honest Spoonful
39. Zucchini Noodles with Scallops and Bacon
Zucchini Noodles with Scallops & Bacon from Meatified is a creative and flavorful meal requiring just a few common ingredients. It's low carb/keto, whole30, paleo and AIP friendly and ready in just 30 minutes.
40. Roasted Garlic Pulled Pork
Roasted Garlic Pulled Pork from Real Food with Dana can be made in the slow cooker or instant pot. It includes bacon which makes it extra flavorful. If using an instant pot, it takes about 1 hr 45 minutes to make.
41. Moroccan Chicken Stew
I love this Moroccan Chicken Stew with its unique, aromatic flavor combinations. I created it after being inspired by some mouthwatering dishes we ate in Morocco years ago. To make it, you'll need sweet potatoes, cauliflower, chicken breasts, coconut cream, coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast among a few other things. It's on the table in 45 minutes.
42. Easy AIP Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice with Basil
This Easy Aip Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice With Basil uses cauliflower rice, chicken breasts, fish sauce, coconut aminos and a few other ingredients to make a quick, flavorful skillet meal. It takes 30 minutes to pull together.
43. Sweet n Sour Broccoli Ham
This Sweet n Sour Broccoli Ham recipe from Thriving on Paleo can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for several days. This means it works well for meal prep. Serve it over cauliflower rice or grain-free pasta like Jovial. It's ready to go 25 minutes.
44. Instant Pot AIP Chili
If you're craving a chili without nightshade vegetables, this AIP Chili will hit the spot. Some key ingredients include ground beef, carrots, parsnips, beets, red wine vinegar, and bone broth. It's ready in about an hour.
45. Instant Pot Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Soup from What Great Grandma Ate is Paleo/AIP, Whole30, and Keto-friendly. You'll need carrots, ginger, a whole chicken, and few other things to make it. Omit green beans and black pepper for strict AIP. It's ready in 70 minutes.
46. Chicken Marsala
This yummy Chicken Marsala consists of lightly breaded chicken breasts, covered in a tangy Marsala sauce, and sauteed with baby bella mushrooms. It's AIP, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant. Plus it's ready in 40 minutes.
47. Instant Pot Chicken Soup
This Instant Pot Chicken Soup from The Honest Spoonful is made with a handful of common ingredients and is ready in 1 hour and 20 minutes. It's paleo, AIP, Whole30, and keto friendly.
48. Easy Ground Beef Vegetable Skillet
This Easy Ground Beef Vegetable Skillet has long been one of my favorites because it's so versatile. It's basically just ground beef combined with whatever veggies you have on hand, and a coconut aminos-based sauce.
Easy Ground Beef Vegetable Skillet, Food Courage
49. AIP Ground Beef Stroganoff with Spinach
AIP Ground Beef Stroganoff with Spinach from The Honest Spoonful is a creamy comforting meal served over sweet potato glass noodles. Ground beef, bone broth, spinach, and coconut cream are a few key ingredients you need to make it. It takes about 35 minutes to pull together.
50. Asian Pork Noodle Soup
Asian Pork Noodle Soup is a wonderful Asian-inspired recipe from The Honest Spoonful. It's made with ground pork, bone broth, coconut aminos, fish sauce, and a handful of other ingredients. It takes about 30 minutes to make.
51. Mediterranean Chicken Bake
Mediterranean Chicken Bake from Real Food with Dana is a simple skillet meal. To make it, you'll need chicken thighs, kalamata olives, capers, and parsnips along with a few other things. It's ready in about 50 minutes
52. AIP Ground Turkey Stroganoff
This AIP Ground Turkey Stroganoff is a creamy satisfying dish, perfect for a quick family meal. You'll need ground turkey, coconut cream, chicken broth, white wine vinegar, and a few other things to make it. It takes about 30 minutes to make. Serve it over Jovial grain-free fusilli pasta.
53. Korean Glass Noodle Recipe with Ground Beef
Korean Glass Noodle Recipe with Ground Beef consists of sweet potato glass noodles, ground beef, carrots, cucumbers, and a creamy tangy sauce. You'll need ground beef, shiitake mushrooms, coconut aminos, coconut cream, white wine vinegar, and a few other ingredients to make it. It's ready in 30 minutes.
54. Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
This low-carb, "cheesy" Spaghetti Squash Alfredo from Food by Mars will hit the spot if you're craving alfredo pasta. It has broccoli and ham mixed in for additional flavor and nutrients. To make the sauce, you'll need cauliflower, coconut cream, nutritional yeast, and a few other ingredients. It's ready to go in 45 minutes.
55. AIP Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce
AIP Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce from Eat Beautiful is AIP, paleo, keto, and whole30 friendly. The pork tenderloin is covered in a unique herb blend and drizzled with warm blueberry sauce. To make the sauce, you'll need blueberries, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and a few other ingredients.
56. Easy Chicken Florentine
Easy Chicken Florentine is a great meal for busy nights. It's keto, Whole30, paleo, and AIP. To make it, you'll need chicken breasts, coconut milk, white wine vinegar, arrowroot starch, and a few other ingredients. It's ready in about 30 minutes.
57. Creamy Fish Soup
Creamy Fish Soup is a delicious, satisfying meal is you're a seafood fan. You can use pretty much any type of firm white fish to make it. You'll also need white sweet potatoes, clam juice, chicken broth, and a few other ingredients. It comes together in about 40 minutes.
58. Easy Dump and Bake General Tso's Chicken
This Easy Dump and Bake General Tso's Chicken from Eat Beautiful is a delicious AIP version of Chinese takeout. The chicken breast pieces and broccoli are coated in a sweet-and-sour glaze and baked the in oven. Delicious! It's a fairly easy recipe and it only takes 35 minutes. One thing to note is you'll need a nightshade-free ketchup for this recipe. You can get it from Amazon to speed things up or make your own nomato sauce.
59. Ground Chicken Stir-Fry
This delicious Ground Chicken Stir-Fry should be called orange chicken stir-fry because its tangy delicious sauce has an orange juice base. It uses ground chicken and frozen vegetables, so the prep is super easy and it's delicious.
60. Scallop Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
This simple Scallop Scampi with Zucchini Noodles from Eat Beautiful only takes 30 minutes to make. It's created by cooking scallops and zucchini in a skillet with a few other ingredients. It is Paleo, AIP, Whole30, Keto friendly.
61. Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Thighs
This Spicy Honey Lime Chicken Thighs recipe from Eat Beautiful combines boneless skinless chicken thighs, honey, coconut aminos, with a few other ingredients. These are cooked in a skillet and ready within 30 minutes. This recipe is appropriate for the keto, low carb, paleo, AIP, GAPS, and VAD diets.
62. AIP Philly Cheesesteak Skillet
If you're craving a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, this AIP Philly Cheesesteak Skillet will hit the spot. It's low-carb, whole30, paleo, and AIP friendly. You'll need ground beef, baby bella mushrooms, onions, coconut milk, nutritional yeast and a few other ingredients to make it. It's ready in about 30 minutes.
You may also like these other AIP recipe roundups:
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I hope you found this post useful. What's your go-to AIP beginner meal? Please leave a comment below!
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Jennifer Junk says
I LOVE your website!! Thank you for all of the amazing AIP recipes and resources that you provide. 🙂
Arika | FoodCourage says
Thanks Jennifer! I appreciate your kind words and I'm glad you're liking it!