Posts Tagged ‘paleo’

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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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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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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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 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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Lasagne Stuffed Peppers Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo}

These are so delicious they remind me of the last time I had stuffed peppers. It was middle school and I was on summer vacation visiting my grandparents. That was a really really long time ago! I’m not sure why stuffed peppers aren’t really made that often. They make such a delicious meal. This is definitely a modern recipe and great if you are craving lasagne but don’t want the cheese and do not want to or cannot eat lasagne noodles. I have yet to find a gluten free noodle I really like so I prefer using vegetables instead of the not so good gluten free options. This is also a super delicious paleo dish.

Here is what you need:
4 colorful bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
Olive oil
1lb spicy italian sausage, removed from casing
1 clove garlic minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tsp red chile pepper
1 tsp fresh ground pepper

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Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

4. While peppers are baking, saute garlic with 1 tsp olive oil.
5. Add sausage and brown over medium heat
6. Add dice tomatoes, red pepper, salt to pan and combine over medium heat.
7. Add basil, stir, and remove from heat.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

8. When peppers are done, spoon sausage mixture into peppers
9. Bake stuffed peppers for 10-15 mins at 400 degrees
10. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve. I cut mine in half like this.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

Here are the recipes I looked at before making this for other variations.

Recipe 1

Recipe 2

Recipe 3

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Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

Last week was crazy. Lots of early morning meetings, presentations, phone calls overseas, offsite meetings, after work dinners, juggling the dogs, seeing old friends, and trying to stick to our 5:30am workouts. I made this thinking we would have it for dinner and it ended up being at least 5 separate meals throughout the week. It’s delicious to have on hand so you don’t get tempted to eat something you really don’t want to and I never get tired of it. It’s perfect and easy for parties, groups, or potlucks. And, you can serve it with eggs and corn tortillas too – breakfast tacos anyone? Even better, it’s an awesome recipe for anyone who thinks they cannot cook. Don’t need to tell your guests, but there really isn’t any cooking going on. Just dump a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot, stir, let it cook for 4 hours, and pull the meat apart with forks. Really, it’s that easy.

Here is what you need:

Package of Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1 Jar Salsa Verde
1 Can El Pato Jalapeno Salsa
1 Can Diced Jalapeños {optional for those who like it spicy}
1 Diced Shallot
1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Lettuce Leaves
Limes

Optional:
Corn Tortillas instead of Lettuce
Avocado
Limes
Crumbled Cotija Cheese
Crema Mexicana
Tapatio

One of my favorite paleo blogs, sh1tcrossfitgirlsdo recently posted another similar version of this recipe plus served over a lettuce bowl – genius! They have awesome recipes – check ’em out!

Here are the steps:

Place all ingredients except lettuce and limes into a slow cooker or crockpot and stir.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Here is the Salsa Verde, El Pato, and Jalapeños I use:
Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Tacos

El Pato Pulled Pork tacos

Diced Jalapenos Pulled Pork Tacos

After slow cooking for 4 hours, pull apart meat with forks:
Easy Pulled Pork Tacos - Paleo and Gluten Free

For a paleo version, serve with lettuce leaves. For gluten-free serve with warmed corn tortillas. And, don’t forget the lime wedges on the side.

Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos - 'Nuf Sed

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Albondigas Soup – Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

This soup is delicious, super easy, makes great leftovers, and is really fast to make. Plus it’s gluten free. I found the original recipe on Pinterest here and have modified it below to use all of the meat you need to buy for it and to make it paleo. The original recipe, also gluten free, is delicious too and is more traditional with rice in the meatballs. I like to make the soup first and make the meatballs while the soup is simmering to save time. It’s great for making a day ahead, taking leftovers for lunch, and freezing for later.

Here is what you need for the soup:

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe
2 shallots diced
1 tsp grund cumin
1 tsp oregano
5 celery stalks chopped
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes in their juice
64 oz. chicken broth
Limes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 zucchinis chopped

Here is what you need for the meatballs:
Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

1lb lean ground beef
1 lb. gluten free spicy italian sausage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Make the soup first – Combine chicken broth, shallots, celery, tomatoes, cumin, oregano
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
3. Make the meatballs – Combine all ingredients with a stand mixer to mix thoroughly
4. Form meatballs with your hands
5. Add meatballs to soup with tongs
6. Simmer for 10 minutes
7. Add zucchini and simmer for 10 minutes
8. Season with salt and pepper

Serve with limes, cilantro, and tapatio

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

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