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 InstagramFor me, good food isn’t just about the taste; it’s also about the company. . @scottbartelok and I worked together at Provision Kitchen, and while it was always a delight to cook next to him, we were always focused on efficiency. Recently, we made Coconut Apple Ginger Dal that we had seen on @healthy_ish. We took our time making this dish at our own leisurely pace—stopping to let ourselves be caught up in conversation as we liked—then sat outside and enjoyed it in the sun while we watched his precious dogs romp around in the yard. . It was so nice to dial it back and just enjoy ourselves together, making something we had chosen together and taking our sweet time to make it (and eat it). Neither of us took a moment of that time for granted. . The way food brings people together and gives them a common goal hits me right in my heart. It allows words to flow more easily, and it allows an indirect transfer of energy to others. It’s how I express love, and I feel eternally grateful to do it every day. . #vegan #plantbased #plantbasedfood #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthy #autoimmunedisease #eattoheal #eattothrive #nutfree #soyfree #chronicillness #dal #daal #coconut #ginger #apple #health #healthyfood #hidradenitissuppurativa #autoimmunewarrior #autoimmune #hidradenitissuppurativaawarenessWhen do I feel most inspired in the kitchen? When I don’t have a plan. . I know that sounds crazy, but few things get my happy creative juices flowing like rummaging through the fridge and pantry and coming up with a delicious meal on the fly. My mom knows to just trust me when inspiration strikes because it always ends up being delicious. . For example, yesterday, I knew I wanted to prepare chicken for dinner, but I didn’t want the usual baked or pan-fried chicken. I threw some sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, and @traderjoes EBTB seasoning into a food processor and gave it a quick blitz until crumbs formed. I dipped thinly sliced chicken breast into egg, then the mixture, then pan fried in avocado oil until it was golden brown. Simple, but it tasted extra special! . Paired with roasted asparagus, @traderjoes cauli gnocchi (tossed with avocado oil, s&p, garlic, and rosemary then put in the air fryer), and some quick massaged kale. . How does inspiration strike you? Is it in or out of the kitchen? Do you enjoy repurposing pantry staples? Tell me in the comments! 👇🏾 . #paleo #autoimmunepaleo #paleodiet #antiinflammatory #whole30 #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #soyfree #traderjoes #chicken #jerf #healingdiet #eattoheal #eattothrive #tastetherainbow #eatyourgreens #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunediet #autoimmune #hidradenitissuppurativa #hidradenitissuppurativaawareness #autoimmunewarrior #whatiate #dinner #dinnerinspoI can’t even make this stuff up. Margo loves Brussels sprouts too. #weirdfoodmydoglikes . What weird food does your dog love? Post it with the hashtag #weirdfoodmydoglikes so I can see! . #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #chiweenie #chiweeniesofinstagram #mansbestfriend #eattherainbow #paleo #aip #dogs #dogstagram #jerf #antiinflammatory #brusselsprouts #happydog #dogs_of_instagramGIVEAWAY CLOSED. // Congrats to @janicesaid for winning her own copy of Keto Quick Start! . New recipe post + GIVEAWAY!! . On my blog, I’ve shared the recipe for these incredible Thai meatballs from @dianesanfilippo’s new book, Keto Quick Start, which is NOW AVAILABLE to purchase!!! . I’ve also shared my thoughts on the book and why it’s a necessary resource for anyone who is curious about the Keto diet. . Check out the link in my profile to read my blog post and get your hands on this recipe. . Now for the reason you’re here: I am THRILLED to give away a copy of Keto Quick Start to one of you!! . HOW TO ENTER: •Like this post. •Follow me @aipooja •Follow Diane at @dianesanfilippo •Tag one friend in the comments below. For bonus entries, tag multiple friends for unlimited entries. One tag per comment! . Giveaway ends this Sunday, 1/6, at 11:59pm Central Time. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck! . This contest is open to US residents only. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. . Don’t want to wait, or don’t win the giveaway? No problem—order the book through the link in my profile! Note: it is an affiliate link.Instead of talking about the many ups and downs of 2018, I just want to focus on one of the major things 2018 gave me for which I will be forever grateful: My voice. . I was once a confident person with a strong voice that carried, but at some point in undergrad that changed. My voice no longer carried; in fact it’s long been a running joke with my friends that no one can ever hear me. . I realized this year that the timeline directly correlated with the true onset of my chronic illness, once again illuminating the collateral damage caused by my autoimmune disease. . Another thing about me is that while I love to sing and took choir in middle and high school, I raaaarely sing in front of people (Margo is my biggest fan). . Both of those things changed when I started working at @provisionkitchen. . In order for customers to hear, I had to learn project my voice. And with learning to do that, my confidence came creeping back. . Additionally, being in such a safe, loving space full of individuals who sang and danced with abandon allowed me to finally come out of my quietly-singing-at-a-volume-no-one-can-hear shell. I realized that singing at full volume around others was actually fun, and no one cared what my voice sounded like. . Three big lessons here: 1. Sometimes we can regain confidence in a way that feels backwards or counterintuitive. Instead of purposefully working on my confidence and trying to find my voice, it turned out that learning to project my voice again (a skill I hadn’t even realized I’d suppressed for so long) helped instill confidence in me. 2. Many things that we’re afraid to do around people (like singing) are much more about us than them. I sang, and no one commented on my voice. Everyone went on with their day, and it didn’t really matter. But it was transformative for ME. 3. Finally, most importantly, those parts of ourselves that have been taken away by chronic illness—we can get them back. Maybe not all of them; I’ll never be innocent again to the pain that life can bring. But the parts of me that felt lost? They weren’t lost, just buried. And I’m slowly discovering them again. . Thank you, 2018. ♥️Margo and I hope you have the goodest Christmas!