Welcome to AIPooja!
My name is Pooja, and I am trying to keep my head above water while balancing disease, wellness, and graduate school. Continually learning and growing, with no end in sight. I hope you find something you can relate to here!
Follow AIPooja on InstagramNew blog post: Caramelized Balsamic & Herb Chicken Wings. . These wings...THESE WINGS. . They’re ridiculously easy to make. You throw some pantry/fridge staples together (or use the shortcut I suggest), marinate the wings for a bit, then toss them into either the oven or the air fryer. That’s it. Easy peasy. . The first time I made this, I used a dressing made by @primalkitchenfoods. I realized though that a. The dressing contains black pepper which is an #aipreintro so I wanted to give you a recipe that was fully compliant; and b. The dressing may not be available to you, and I wanted to make the recipe accessible. So I measured out ingredients and made them at home so you wouldn’t have to miss out! Both versions are fantastic, so go with whichever you want 😋 . I included instructions for a conventional oven and for an air fryer, so you can follow the method that suits you best. . Blah blah these wings are Paleo, AIP, and Whole30-compliant blah. BUT THAT CARAMELIZATION THOUGH. . Follow the link in my profile for this delicious summer-friendly recipe!You know how parents longingly look through photos of their children when they’re away from them because they miss their faces so much? . I do that with my dog...because 5 years later and I’m still just as obsessed with her as I was when she was a puppy. . Anyone else? Am I crazy? Just kidding I know you fellow dog people feel me here.It was hard to eat a salad while my family ate Popeye’s and parathas (separately)...but it also wasn’t hard because I knew that I would feel awful if I ate the fried chicken, and my priority this weekend is to soak up family time and enjoy it to the fullest. . Something that helps me feel less like I’m missing out is to make a meal so colorful for myself that others peek over in curiosity and (maybe sometimes) envy. Creating plate envy makes my dinner feel even more delicious 😂 does anyone else do this too?? . I stopped at the store today and just grabbed a myriad of raw veggies + cooked chicken so I could throw together a dinner that required little work but tasted great and made me feel good. . Details: a giant bed of baby kale, arugula, and radicchio; grilled lemon garlic chicken (bought cooked & eaten cold); avocado; carrots; sugar snap peas; green beans; topped with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. . 🥬🍗🥑🥕🍋🥗Whenever I look back on the past decade or so of my life, I always view it in terms of traumatic health or life events. . ☁️2009: underwent the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd surgeries for an unknown issue. ☁️2010: the year I was finally correctly diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa. ☁️2011: the year my HS progressed to life-threatening status. ☁️2012: the year I had multiple major surgeries to save my life. ☁️2018: I had my gallbladder removed. . Sure, part of this is because every time I see a new doctor, I’m asked to spell out my entire health history. When I’ve had to ceremoniously recite it so many times, of course it’s going to affect how I view my life. . But recently I started thinking about how my perspective on my life would change if I instead punctuated my timeline by the positive events. . 🌈2009: turned 21, and got to go on a very special trip to visit my brother in FL to celebrate. 🌈2010: studied abroad in Spain for a semester. 🌈2011: ran my first full marathon. 🌈2012: discovered the impact of food on my health, and returned to academia with a new passion & energy. 🌈2018: tapped into an industry that I fell in love with, and was promoted to Sous Chef within 6 months of working in my first professional kitchen. . This was transformative. . Learning to punctuate my timeline differently is changing my life. For so long, I’ve glazed over the positive events in my life and defined it by the trauma. I don’t fault myself for that because focusing on positives took an energy I just didn’t have for much of that time. . But that no longer serves me, and I’m trying to change. . How do you punctuate your timeline? How does that affect your perspective on your life, and your overall life satisfaction? I encourage you to dig deep and seek the positive events, even if they’re small, big, fleeting, or lasting. . You never know how it could change you. . ☁️—>🌈I never really understood the hype behind pork chops...and then two things changed: . 1. I tried it in the form of pasture-raised pork for the first time. . 2. I tried Cassy’s method from @fedandfit (her brine minus crushed red pepper + the cooking method she recommends). . Holy WOW people. I am a changed woman and now finally understand the pork chop hype. In fact, now I think they might be underrated? Who am I? . Details: Pork chop brined overnight per the instructions on fedandfit.com (just search “fed and fit pork chops”), omitting the crushed red pepper, and cooked according to the instructions on the blog; bok choy + green beans chopped and sautéed in avocado oil, then tossed in a mixture of garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, and fish sauce, then sprinkled with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.Have you made my Savory Egg White Oat Muffins yet? . They have 3 different kinds of roasted peppers in them, which you can easily replace with any roasted veg that tickles your fancy + spinach + egg + oats. . Protein, carbs, greens, and a splash of healthy fat? Also insanely delicious muffins that reheat well and will make you look forward to breakfast? Can’t think of anything better. . These are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free! And they’re the answer to your meal prep dreams (does anyone else dream about meal prep? Just me? Ok good talk). . Recipe is on the blog and can be found through the link in my profile!