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Mango Popsicle Recipe for Zoku

It’s no secret that I love the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. It’s seriously an amazing way to make quick refined sugar free and dairy free desserts. The best part is you don’t need to wait overnight for the popsicles to be ready. Now that it’s starting to get warm I am using it so much more. And, this is my favorite recipe I have made so far. Maybe it’s cravings for the Mango Margarita I can’t have right now? They were delicious and super easy plus so fast thanks to the Zoku.

Mango Popsicles Gluten Free Paleo

Combine the following completely in a blender:
1/2 Fruit of 1 Mango
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Honey

Zoku Time: 8 Minutes
Makes 4 Zoku Pops

Mano Popsicles Gluten Free Paleo 2

Mango Popsicles Paleo Gluten Free

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Best Gluten Free Poipu, Kauai

Being in unfamiliar restaurants can be terrifying with fear of being sick for many hours after eating something with cross contamination. The longer I go without eating gluten the more sensitive to it I have become. As soon as it’s out of my system I am fine but it’s horrible until then. Restaurants are getting so much better and more restaurants are becoming gluten free friendly. There are so many allergies and food intolerance seems to be becoming more prevalent. I can only imagine how much hassle it is for the restaurants to learn about and keep on top of all of the food issues there are. The worst experiences are new to me restaurants with untrained servers and having to ask a ton of questions that the server has to go back and forth to the kitchen to confirm. Situations like that are no fun for me or the servers. The minimum level I prefer is the waiter or waitress knowing which items are gluten free off the top of their head. Even better is marking the menu which items that don’t have gluten. The next level is a dedicated gluten free menu that is updated with the regular menu and already has the modified menu items. That’s easiest for me and easiest for the server. Traveling is the hardest because everything is new and you never really know what level of gluten free friendliness you are going to get until you are there.

Here are a few of my tips for Gluten Free traveling:
1. Bring your own meals for short flights
2. Request gluten free meals in advance from the airline for international trips
3. Travel with lots of snacks
4. Research restaurants in advance
5. Bring a gluten free card even within the US and with translations if going abroad. Don’t get comfortable.

Kauai had a ton of gluten free and gluten free friendly restaurants. Most restaurants labeled their menus with which items were gluten free or available to be made gluten free. Plus, almost all of the employees that worked there understood what gluten free meant if they had gluten free options on their menus. And even a couple of places could say they were 100% gluten free. I was totally impressed. These are only reviews of the places on Kauai I had a chance to visit. I am sure there are a lot more great options on the island. Most of these are near where we stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. Keep scrolling. Yes, that is gluten free french toast you see below.

Best Gluten Free Poipu, Kauai

Kalaheo Cafe
2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy.
Kalaheo, HI 96741

By far my favorite place on the whole island was Kalaheo Cafe. They seemed to be the most prepared for a gluten free eater. French toast with gluten free bread? No problem {pictured above}. Gluten free bread on the side? No problem. My favorite part was they had a selection of (yes, multiple!!!) gluten free pastry options made fresh and that changed every day. They were all delicious and made there. This place was heaven for a gluten free diet. I am so used to not eating any bread or pastries when I go out for any meal – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This place was awesome. We ate there 3 times. Stalkers I know.

Yum Cha
1571 Poipu
Koloa, HI 96756

We only tried Yum Cha because it was conveniently located next to our hotel. We had such low expectations, but it was awesome. Lots of great thai dishes and gluten free items were clearly marked. Plus our waiter instantly understood what gluten free meant. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend.

Living Foods Market
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka
Koloa, HI 96756

Living Foods Market – I don’t even know where to begin. It’s like a mini Whole Foods but better. They have fresh baked gluten free bread there every day, a juice bar, and a coffee shop. They even had my 2 favorite gluten free beers Omission and Estrella Damm Daura. Tons and tons of gluten free and paleo food options plus lots of organic fruits and vegetables. This is the perfect place to pick up food for your hotel room or if you are cooking there yourself.

Savage Shrimp
2829 Kukulu’ula Village K-158
Koloa, HI 96756

Savage Shrimp – We ended up here after we attempted to eat at a place that had no gluten free options whatsoever, or at least that’s what the girls working there told me. My meal at Savage Shrimp was 100% gluten free and delicious. It’s great for lunch or a super casual dinner. They don’t serve beer or wine but you can bring your own.

Koloa Fish Market
5482 Koloa Rd
Kauai, HI 96756

I had high hopes for Koloa Fish Market but they didn’t have as many gluten free options as I was expecting. I stuck to the poke that did not have any soy sauce in it and just had rice.

gluten free kauai

Tiki Tacos
4-971 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746

We stopped at Tiki Tacos for a quick dinner after an awesome 6 hour hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls. The photo above was taken on the hike and the views were outstanding. Tiki Tacos makes fresh corn tortillas every day and it was an awesome quick gluten free meal.

Grand Hyatt Kauai
1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756

We had an awesome stay at Grand Hyatt Kauai and all of the menus at all of the restaurants were labeled which items were gluten free. Seriously so awesome. My only recommendation is none of the staff seemed to be trained or even understood what gluten free even meant. It was nice to have the options, but the staff couldn’t answer most of my questions. For example, I wanted to order the hummus with veggies instead of pita. Sometimes hummus has soy sauce in it like at Trader Joe’s but the server didn’t know if the hummus was gluten free. They also couldn’t explain what on the item was modified to make it gluten free. I tried to ask what they did differently to make something gluten free and I got a lot of blank stares. The Hyatt was great as long as you don’t try to modify anything on the menu and with a little bit of education for the staff, the Hyatt could be even more gluten free friendly.

Gluten Free Poipu Kauai

Kauai Sea Tours
Reservations: 800-733-7997

Kauai Sea Tours – On our last day in Kauai we took an ocean raft tour of the Napali Coast, pictured above. Talk about one of the most beautiful places in the world. The tour was awesome and the coast was beautiful. I felt very safe on the boat and the guides were great. We saw lots of dolphins, turtles, and stopped a couple times to swim and snorkel. But my favorite part was going into the caves. The driver had to time entering and exiting the caves with the waves and it was scary but so worth it. I requested a gluten free meal for the trip and they swapped out my sandwich for a salad. It was not very good, but great that they accommodated special meal requests. I recommend you forego the salad if you have time and stop at Living Foods Market to grab something to go.

Gluten Free Poipu Kauai

Hanalei Coffee Roasters
5-5183C Kuhio HWY
Hanalei, HI 96714‎

Hanalei Coffee Roasters – we stopped here on our way to Hanakapi’ai Falls and it was good. Breakfast items in a super charming house turned coffee shop. It seemed more like a coffee shop than a breakfast place because you stand in line to order from the cashier rather than from your table. I had a omelet and it was good. A great place to stop if you are in the area or on your way to Hanakapi’ai Falls. You’re going to need something before that long hike. Trust me.

Gluten Free Poipu Kauai

Merriman’s
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street #G-149
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756

Merriman’s – we went here our last night and it was really good, albeit a bit pricey. The food was delicious and we were able to get a table outside on the lanai with a beautiful view. It’s well worth reserving or waiting for a table outside. The service was outstanding.

Here are a couple more photos from our trip. Kauai is officially my favorite island. Very charming, low key, and even more beautiful to me than the Big Island, Maui, or Oahu.

Gluten Free Poipu Kauai

Gluten Free Poipu Kauai

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Book Your Bacon Flight Now {Gluten Free & Paleo Recipe}

This is really just inspiration disguised as a recipe. I want to inspire you to change up your bacon. This is super easy and so fun. Great for when you have guests. I love bacon. Like syrup loves pancakes. Seriously, i’m obsessed. So when I went to Palm Springs last year for a girl’s weekend, I was super excited to be offered a flight of bacon at Cheeky’s, one of my favorite breakfast spots ever. Wine flight, champaign flight, beer flight, and now bacon flight. This is most definitely my kind of flight. If you like bacon as much as me, check out this blog, Bacon Unwrapped.

How to make a bacon flight

You could literally put anything on bacon and it would taste good. All of the flavors I made were really good but my favorites were the rosemary and jalapeño. The flavors at Cheeky’s were applewood smoked, apple cinnamon, black pepper, Thai sweet chile, and jalapeño. I would also try pineapple, mango, red chili pepper, sundried tomatoes, wasabi powder, or beer. The options are endless.

Here is all you need to do:

1. Place bacon on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
2. Sprinkle or rub whatever you want on the bacon.
3. Place cookie sheet into a cold oven, set the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit, and set the timer for 20-25 minutes.

Mine was perfectly crispy and not burned at 20 minutes. I served the bacon with this awesome paleo pumpkin pancake recipe.

Thank you to Danielle of Against All Grain who posted the perfect bacon baking instructions on instagram.

Enjoy!

P.S. Here is a photo of what my flight looked like going into the oven.

How to make a bacon flight

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Chimichurri Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

Steak is delicious. But steak with some amazing green sauce is that much better. You can make it ahead but it’s really fast and doesn’t require much prep. Just blend all of the ingredients in a blender. Nobody really knows the origin of chimichurri sauce but it appears to be from Argentina. I found the original recipe on this site, but then tried some chimichurri sauce at the farmers market that had grapeseed oil and liked it even more. So here is how I modified the original recipe. It tastes great with steak, but you can also serve it with bread, chicken, or empanadas.

Ingredients
2 Jalapeños, stems removed
2 Cups Fresh Cilantro Leaves
1 Cup Fresh Parsley
3 Cloves Garlic
Juice of 3 Limes
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1/2-1 tsp Kosher Salt To Taste

Easy Chimichuri Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. I served mine over rib eye steak seasoned with pepper and BBQ’d on medium 2 minutes per side for medium rare.

Enjoy!

Easy Chimichuri Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

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Seared Ahi with Ginger, Sesame, Soy Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

Making seared ahi is stupid easy. It’s so easy that it’s stupid restaurants make it seam like such a big deal. The hardest part is finding sushi grade tuna which you can find at Japanese markets or your local fish market. 1 lb serves 2-3 people.

Seared Ahi with Ginger, Sesame, Soy Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

Ingredients
1 lb. Sushi Grade Raw Tuna
Fresh Ground Pepper
Olive Oil

For the Citrus Sesame Sauce:
1/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 Tbsp. Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1.5 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp. Minced Ginger

Seared Ahi with Ginger, Sesame, Soy Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

To Make The Seared Ahi:
1. Heat pan coated with olive oil to medium heat.
2. Coat both sides of Ahi with a lot of fresh ground pepper. Don’t be shy.
3. Sear Ahi about 1-2 minutes per side.
4. I am no sushi chef as you can see in the photos, but i’ve been told to slice opposite the fish grain.

Seared Ahi with Ginger Citrus Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce {Gluten Free Recipe}

To Make The Sauce:
Combine orange juice, sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce in a bowl or dish.

That’s it, stupid easy like I said. I served mine with white rice and these awesome black sesame green beans.

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Not Your Mama’s Brussels Sprouts {Gluten Free}

I get a lot of inspiration from eating out. Last week I was in Denver for work and we had an amazing dinner at Panzano located downtown. Talk about gluten free heaven. They had a special gluten free menu, fresh baked gluten free bread, and the waiter completely understood what gluten free meant. And yes, I really did get to eat delicious fresh baked gluten free bread before dinner along with my coworkers rather than sitting there watching them all eat delicious looking bread in front of me like I always have to do nearly everywhere else when I go out to dinner. It was heavenly for sure. I appreciate restaurant experiences like that so much and highly recommend Panzano if you are traveling to Denver anytime soon whether you are gluten free or not. The food was awesome and they definitely set a high bar for what it means for a restaurant to be gluten free friendly. While we were there, we had an amazing appetizer – Brussels sprouts with pistachios, rosemary salt, sliced green apples and apple cider reduction. I know what you are thinking, brussels sprouts are disgusting, right? Wrong. They were so incredibly delicious I went to the grocery store on the way home from the airport to buy ingredients to try to make it. Seriously so delicious I had to have them immediately again. I forgot to buy pistachios so I used bacon instead and they were awesome.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 2

Here is what you need:
15 Brussels Sprouts
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Fresh or Dried Rosemary
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Slices Bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy
1 Green Apple Sliced Into Spears

Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with foil

3. Chop off the ends of the sprouts and tear off any leaves that don’t look good. Rinse thoroughly to remove any dirt.

4. Shred the sprouts with a knife or cuisinart so they look like this:

Not Your Mama's Brussels Sprouts

5. Add olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper to the sprouts and stir until mixed

6. Spread the sprouts on the baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes

7. While the sprouts are roasting, reduce the apple cider vinegar in a sauce pan over medium heat to 1/4 cup.

8. Toss sprouts and roast for another 12-15 minutes until edges are charred and you smell a bit of smoke. If they look done but don’t char, move the rack up and broil for a minute or until charred.

9. Toss sprouts, apples, bacon, and apple cider vinegar reduction together.

Enjoy!

Not Your Mama's Brussels Sprouts

Not Your Mama's Brussels Sprouts

Not Your Mama's Brussels Sprouts

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Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings with Spicy Coconut Dipping Sauce {Gluten Free and Almost Paleo Recipe}

Uhhhhhmazing Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings - Gluten Free Recipe

Since when did they add so many nights of football? When I was a kid Sundays were football days. Then there was MNF. I learned what that meant when I was invited to a MNF happy hour. And now there is Thursday night too? When did Thursday night get added? Or, has it always been a football night not marketed properly? Is Thursday now TNF? Football season in my mind is a season for awesome food and these wings are no exception. This recipe is totally gluten free and oh so super close to being paleo. So if you aren’t being super strict paleo this recipe is for you. Of course it’s delicious.

Serves: 4
Total Cooking time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Hands On Time: 15 minutes

For the rub combine:
1 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
1 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Coriander
1 Tbsp Honey
2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

For the sauce combine:
1 Stick Melted Grass Fed Butter
2/3 Cup Sriracha
3 Tbsp Honey

You will also need:
Coconut Milk
15-20 Bone In Skin On Chicken Wings – duh

Uhhhhhmazing Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings - Gluten Free Recipe

Here are the super easy instructions.
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Prepare chicken wings if needed and rub the chicken wings with the rub
3. Spray a lined baking sheet with olive oil.
4. Place the wings on the baking sheet and roast (remember what I said about roasting?) for 30 minutes.
5. Flip the wings and roast for another 20-25 minutes until the wings start to blacken slightly.
6. While the wings are roasting the 2nd time make the sauce.
7. Put wings in bowl and pour enough sauce in to coat the chicken. Stir until completely combined.
8. Mix remaining sauce with an equal part of coconut milk for dipping.

Enjoy!

Uhhhhhmazing Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings - Gluten Free Recipe

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Gefu Spiral Slicer Product Review – Making Inspiralized’s Sweet Potato Noodle Buns

I finally got to try out a new toy I bought last week, the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter. Tonight I made the sweet potato noodle bun from PALEOMG. Paleomg had a guest post from Ali of Inspiralized. She has some amazing recipes I can’t wait to try.

Gefu Spiral Slicer Review

Although I was able to have a positive outcome in the end, there was a lot of broken and wasted sweet potatoes left. The sweet potato got caught in the bottom of the cone and depending on which side I used, the sweet potatoes came out in small pieces instead of long curly spirals I expected. Also, once the sweet potatoes reached a certain point, I could no longer turn them around in the Gefu spiral slicer. I didn’t see any instructions in the box so will look for some videos before completely giving up.

I separated the good from the bad and here is what they looked like after I sautéed them. Not too shabby for my first time, but it looks like the one InspiralizedPaleomg sweet potato noodle bun recommends would work better. And, they are almost the same price.

Paleomg Sweet Potato Noodles

Here is what our dinner looked like. I served the sweet potato noodle buns as a side dish and they were definitely a hit! So exciting to have a new awesome recipe to add to the regular rotation and many more to try.

Paleomg sweet potato noodle bun

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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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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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