BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

As I have gotten older I appreciate old friends more and more. Unfortunately I don’t get to see my dear friends as much as I wish. Tonight I was lucky enough to have an old friend in town stop by for dinner. Lucky for her I was making my all-time favorite BBQ recipe. It is so good to me that I could eat it every night. This chicken is so flavorful and moist. It is spicy but the spice doesn’t last very long and leaves a sweet and spicy aftertaste.

This is another perfect recipe to make in advance. Tonight there was a bulldog meetup at the beach. Talk about cuteness overload. There were bullies everywhere. My photos include a break to go meet up for the first time with one of my favorite bulldogs I follow on Instagram. The bulldogs have their own instagram account @bulldogbrigade if you want to follow them. Ridiculous I know. But thanks to this recipe I had dinner practically made before I left for the meet-up. I usually make it the night before on weeknights so dinner is super quick the next night. I’ve even left it marinating a couple of days and it was just as delicious. It’s also great to bring to friends houses, camping, or other BBQ’s. I found the original recipe here. The original recipe calls for bone in and skin on chicken which takes a lot longer and is trickier to BBQ. Especially if you are just learning to BBQ like me. I have modified mine to make it gluten free and to save time by using boneless skinless chicken thighs. It is extremely good with the original recipe but just takes longer.

Ingredients:
1 Package Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Marinade:
2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
3 Shallots
6 Scallions
4 Habanero Chiles, tops and seeds removed
1 Tbsp Thyme – Fresh or Dried
1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (4-5 Limes)
2 Tbsp Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Raw Coconut Aminos for Paleo)
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar (Honey for Paleo)
2 tsp Allspice, ground
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp Nutmeg, ground
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:
1. Combine all marinade ingredients in blender
2. Blend until smooth
3. Place chicken in bowl or plastic bag
4. Pour marinade over chicken
5. Marinate Chicken for 4-6 hours or overnight in refrigerator
6. BBQ on medium about 4 minutes per side until cooked all the way through.

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

I love recipes like this one that give me more time for friends and things like this. Maximus was so happy and loved going out for a swim.

The Best BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

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Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo}

You know that feeling when you are just craving something sweet, but you are trying to stay paleo, avoid gluten, and stick to your goals? This is the perfect recipe. Coconut flour is loaded with nutrients, fiber, and protein and these cupcakes are delightful and satisfying. And, of course, super easy. I put links in the ingredients to all of my recommended brands. It took me a long time of trial and error when I first started baking gluten free to find the right ingredients. The vanilla, coconut oil, and agave are all the brands recommended by BabyCakes. The agave nectar tastes so much better than any other brand I have tried and Bob’s Red Mill has the best gluten free flours i’ve ever tried.

This is the original recipe I used and is super delicious too! I added xanthan gum to my version to give it a better texture and modified the baking time for cupcakes. You could also swap out the limes for lemons in my recipe below.

Makes 15 Cupcakes

Shopping List:
6 Eggs
1/4 cup Plus 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Zest from 3 limes
Juice from 3 Limes
3/4 Cup Plus 2 Tbsp Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup plus 2 Tbsp Honey or Agave Syrup
2/3 Cup Coconut Flour
1 Heaping tsp Baking Soda
1.5 tsp Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

For the cupcakes:
6 Eggs
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
Zest from 2 limes
Juice from 2 Limes
3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Honey or Agave Syrup
2/3 Cup Coconut Flour
1 Heaping tsp Baking Soda
1.5 tsp Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp Salt

For the Lime Glaze:
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Zest from 1 Lime
Juice from 1 Lime
2 Tbsp Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Honey or Agave Syrup
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

1. Combine the eggs, coconut oil, lime zest, limes, coconut milk, honey or agave nectar in a bowl with a whisk.
2. Combine the coconut flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes.
4. While the cupcakes are baking, make the glaze. Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small pot over low heat until it simmers.
5. Let the cupcakes and glaze cool.
6. Pour glaze over each cupcake and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving to allow the glaze to set.

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo

Luscious Lime Coconut Cupcakes Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleot

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Spicy Strawberry Mango Mojito Salad Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo}

I think I may have a problem. A salad problem. I hate regular salads with too much lettuce. So I am obsessed with making great salads with unusual ingredients. This recipe may look gourmet but is super duper easy and delicious. Oh, and paleo. And, of course gluten free. If you are as obsessed with salads as much as I am you will definitely love this recipe.

Spicy Strawberry Mango Mojito Salad Recipe-Delicious, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Easy

What you need:

1 Mango diced
1 Jalapeño diced
1 Pint Strawberries diced
Zest of 1 Lime
Juice of 2 Limes
2 Tbsp Fresh Mint chopped

Spicy Strawberry Mango Mojito Salad Recipe - Delicious, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Easy

Combine all ingredients

Spicy Strawberry Mango Mojito Salad Recipe - Delicious, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Easy

Enjoy!

Spicy Strawberry Mango Mojito Salad Recipe-Delicious, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Easy

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The Secret To Sticking To Your Goals Plus Gluten Free Thai Skirt Steak Recipe

So many people “fall off the wagon”. Or, decided last minute to have a “cheat day” and regret it later. Or, are trying to go paleo and decide they can only be “80% paleo”. I’m sure you’ve heard them. They are what need to be called what they really are. EXCUSES. Don’t worry, we are all guilty of them. And that’s ok as long as you’ve reached your goals and are happy with your body. But it’s not ok when you are trying to get lean, eat clean, lose belly fat, be 100% paleo, or whatever your goals may be. The secret to consistency is good planning. This especially helps when you have a food allergy or intolerance to ensure you always have something to eat and aren’t running around hungry trying to find something healthy and get tempted to eat something you don’t really want because it’s convenient.

Here are my top 3 tips for staying consistent.

1. Plan – Plan your meals out by day and by meal including snacks before you go shopping.
2. Shop in Advance – Go shopping for multiple meals at a time so you know you have plenty of options and have all the ingredients you need.
3. Leftovers – Buy enough for each meal so you have leftovers for lunch or even dinner the next day.

If you do just these 3 things, you will stay on target, not be tempted, and will not have any excuses that prevent you from sticking to your goals. Last night I made this awesome gluten free thai skirt steak recipe. I skipped the marinating so it took about 20 minutes including less than 5 minutes of prep and made enough for 4 servings. It was delicious! So with the leftovers tonight, I made an awesome thai skirt steak salad. It was such a different meal that it didn’t even seem like the leftovers from last night. Super easy – only 30 minutes of time made 2 nights worth of delicious healthy dinners.

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Heirloom Tomato, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon Salad with Vanilla Basil Vinaigrette {Gluten Free Salad Recipe}

Watermelon and heirloom tomato salads seem to be all the rage this year. Basil, Vanilla, Fruit, and Heirloom Tomatoes – the unexpected combination of ingredients makes this salad recipe ultra delicious. This is the type of recipe that inspires me to cook. This gluten free salad is super easy, really fast, and so good.

Salad ingredients:
Cantaloupe, cubed
Watermelon, cubed
Heirloom Tomato, cut into wedges
Basil for Garnish

Gluten Free Heirloom Tomato, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon Salad with Vanilla Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

Dressing:
2/3 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/3 Cup Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil, stems removed

Gluten Free Heirloom Tomato, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon Salad with Vanilla Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

Instructions:
1. Combine dressing ingredients and blend completely in blender
2. Place Salad Ingredients In Bowl Or On Platter
3. Garnish Salad With Basil
4. Pour Dressing Over Salad Right Before Serving

Gluten free Heirloom Tomato, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon Salad with Vanilla Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

The first time I had bacon wrapped dates was at a restaurant I love in New York called Boqueria. They are a perfect combination of sweet and salty and are so good. I believe Boqueria fries theirs and adds cheese with the almonds, but I prefer to BBQ mine and skip the cheese to make them paleoish. Dried fruit has a lot of carbs and is not recommended for a paleo diet unless you’ve reached your desired leanness. These are certainly a delicious treat and make a great appetizer especially for entertaining or a cheat day. If you don’t have a BBQ, get one. It is seriously the best way to cook and a great excuse for eating outdoors. Otherwise you can also bake these in a toaster oven or oven.

Ingredients:
Dates Pitted
Almonds or Pistachios
Bacon – cut into thirds
Toothpicks

Here is how you make them:

1. Insert almonds or pistachios into dates
2. Wrap with bacon thirds
3. Secure with toothpick
4. BBQ on medium for 4-6 minutes rotating or until bacon is fully cooked

To bake, preheat over to 450 degrees and bake for 18 minutes rotating halfway through.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Dates

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BBQ Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms {Gluten Free & Paleo Option}

The first time I had these was at a backyard family BBQ in Finland. Finland is an amazing place. Incredible architecture, the home of many famous companies, lots of beautiful people, and incredibly cold winters. I believe the winters are the reason Fins savor and enjoy their summers more than anyone else. With less than 2 hours of darkness in one day at the peak of summer and such a short summer, how could you not make the most of it? You often find groups of friends picnicking and drinking beers out in the middle of the beautiful parks in broad daylight at Midnight. It’s a great reminder to make the most of the outdoors especially for those of us who live where you can be outdoors almost all year long. You can still enjoy your pumpkin spice latte socal peeps and make the most of how lucky we are to have summertime weather well into November. It’s already into the 50’s in Helsinki. See how lucky we are!

This recipe is my version of the same ones my family made. They used Feta cheese instead of Cotija. You could also use Buratta or fresh Mozzarella. For a kick, add some sliced jalapeños with the cheese. Or, skip the cheese to make them paleo.

What you need:
Mushrooms, stems removed
Bacon cut into thirds
Cotija cheese cubed
Toothpicks

Instructions:
1. Insert cubed cheese where the stems were
2. Wrap with 1/3 slice of bacon covering the cheese
3. Secure with toothpick
4. Bbq on medium heat until bacon is cooked- approx. 4-6mins.
5. Rotate to bbq all sides

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Cherry Chocolate Popsicle Recipe For Zoku

This is one of my favorite Zoku Popsicle Maker recipes perfect for cherry season. And, it’s a much healthier version of Ben N Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. I love making gluten free and paleo desserts with the Zoku and this recipe is one of the best i’ve made.

Ingredients:
1.5 cups almond milk
1T unsweetened cocoa powder
3T agave nectar or honey
Chopped pieces of fresh cherries (seeds removed)

Blend 1st 3 ingredients
Place zoku sticks inside zoku
Fill zoku with cherry pieces
Fill with blended ingredients

Zoku time: 8-10 mins in freezer

Cherry Chocolate Popsicle Recipe for Zoku Gluten free Paleo Dairy Free Sugar Free and Delicious

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker – Perfect for Gluten Free and Paleo Desserts

I love popsicles and think July should become national popsicle month. I had more re-pins of my popsicle recipes on Pinterest in July than any other time of year. I only wish I had started this blog sooner but there are also a ton of great popsicle recipes to enjoy year-round like pumpkin pie and apple pie popsicles in the fall and my personal fave, mint chocolate chip, in December. It’s no secret the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is by far one of my favorite products of all time and probably the reason I love popsicles so much. Zoku re-invented the home popsicle making industry with their awesome invention. I’m a little embarrassed by how many times i’ve talked to friends, family, co-workers, and yes random strangers about this product. How could I resist? It makes healthy and delicious popsicles in about 7 minutes. And, it can even make kids eat frozen prune juice believing it’s a treat. No lie. That’s a true story from one of my co-workers I convinced to buy one. What other product does that? So here are a number of the many reasons why I love the Zoku.

1. It’s instant. Make popsicles at home in as little as 7 minutes.

2. It’s healthy at least as long as you control your ingredients. I’ve made delicious sugar free popsicles with ingredients like banana, yogurt, spinach, almond milk, coconut milk. I use either honey or agave nectar, both low glycemic, for sweeteners. Or, you can just use fresh juices without anything added. Don’t worry. I’ll be posting a lot of great recipes on my blog.

3. Those sugar filled grocery store popsicles are really bad for you, have no nutritional value, and are really bad for your kids.

4. It’s super easy. You just pour, wait, and remove. I always put mine back in the freezer while waiting to keep it as cold as possible.

5. Making popsicles with kids is a great activity to entertain them.

6. It enables lots of instant gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and paleo dessert options.

7. It’s a great way to get kids to eat fruits and veggies they normally wouldn’t eat. I have witnessed kids devour spinach popsicles and ask for more.

8. It’s great for dogs. Yes, for my non-dog loving friends, this is for real. Dogs like cold treats on a hot day too and this is a super easy one. There are a lot of fruits and veggies that are good for dogs that would make great popsicles but I just put plain water in the zoku and the bulldogs love them. I’m going to mix a few pieces of cantaloupe or watermelon with water next time and they will be more excited than a kid on Christmas morning.

There are 3 options. The single, double, and triple. I bought the double but wish I had bought the triple for when I have large groups. Instead, I make some in advance and make some after dinner with kids.

I have even bought a lot of the accessories. The storage case is great for keeping extra popsicles on hand. The character and tool kits are great for making designs. I don’t use them for myself but kids love them.

You can buy the Zoku at Amazon , Williams Sonoma, the Zoku store, and Sur La Table plus many other stores.

Happy popsicle making!

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BBQ Beef and Veggie Skewers {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

Another super easy, fast, healthy, paleo and gluten free meal or appetizer.

Beef and Veggie Skewers Paleo and Gluten Free

Ingredients:

1 lb Beef Sirloin Cubed
Zucchini chopped
Mushrooms
1 tsp Crushed Garlic
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Other optional fruits and veggies:
Sweet Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow, or Orange) cut into pieces
Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Yellow Squash
Eggplant
Onions
Pineapple

1. Place beef in bowl and mix with garlic, sesame oil, and ground pepper
2. Alternate meat and veggies on skewers leaving room at both ends
3. BBQ on medium with lid closed for 3-5 minutes rotating to cook all sides

BBQ Beef and Veggie Skewers - Easy Gluten Free and Paleo Dinner

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