One of the things my husband and I love most about living near Austin is all the wonderful gluten-free Thai food we can find locally. We’ve got haunts for cheap Thai food, fancy Thai food, not-too-spicy Thai food, and everything in between. Thai Iced Tea is our favorite beverage. Thai basil is our favorite herb. Thai omelets are our favorite breakfast. Tom Kha Gai is our favorite soup. But, you know, there’s that little thing called the autoimmune protocol. Which even if I don’t follow 100% of the time these days, I still like to stick to more often than not. Finding gluten-free Thai food might be easy, but grain-free, legume-free, nightshade-free, egg-free, seed-free, and nut-free Thai food? Erm. That sounds hard. Which is why I decided to usher in the new year by developing some ultra-tasty homemade AIP-friendly Thai-inspired dishes to keep us on track and maybe even save us some cash in 2017. The result? These Thai Basil Chicken Thighs will blow your mind. Not only are they super easy to make, they freeze well for later, and they are sooooooo good!
And if you don’t follow the AIP or have, like me, successfully reintroduced seed products, use sesame oil instead of bacon grease to take these Thai Basil Chicken Thighs to a whole new level. There’s really nothing like it in terms of AIP ingredients, but I don’t want those of you making the AIP version to think you’re missing out. Bacon fat adds a unique flavor of its own and, honestly, elevates everything it touches.
Keep your household clean, too!
I may make my living as a food blogger, but my health-consciousness actually began long before I started cooking. Growing up with a sensitive nose and skin that would break out into a rash at the slightest provocation, I’ve been making my own cosmetics and cleaning products since high school. I hoped that avoiding these environmental toxins would not only improve my health, but be better for the environment and save me some money compared to buying high-end non-toxic products at a health-foods store. Whatever your reasons, making your own household products is easier than you might think. My e-book A Clean Space has all the tips, tricks, and recipes you need to get started–and it’s only $6.99!