Be the hostess with the mostest and make your summer BBQs guilt free without anyone knowing! And you won’t even break a sweat doing it!
A few years ago my husband and I switched to a paleo lifestyle, but we allow some grey areas for sanity. I wouldn’t say I LOVE to cook, but I LIKE to cook. I just refuse to buy a million spices and spend hours in the kitchen. What babe has time for that?!?! In turn I’ve come up with many recipes that take very few ingredients and not a lot of time to put together. Below are a few of my favs and some products that will change your BBQ game! Not only will you get to enjoy the party instead of slaving away in the kitchen, but you’ll get to feel guilt free about all the yummy food you eat!
Side note: I usually add a french baguette to my shopping basket if I’m in the mood for a cheat, because who doesn’t want some bread! I know this is totally not paleo, but bread is bread people!
Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs, Wings or anything you want!
Organicville – Organic BBQ Sauce Original :
Organicville’s BBQ Sauce is USDA certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and made with agave nectar (this is the grey area of paleo I was talking about).
Just douse whatever meat you want in Organicville Original BBQ Sauce, grill it up, and you’re done!
Ingredients: (Serves 4-5)
1 bag/lb of Pre-shredded coleslaw (I buy mine at Whole Foods in the prepped section)
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c apple cider vinegar (I recommend Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar)
2 Tbsp honey
Whisk together olive oil, vinegar and honey until emulsified. Add in coleslaw mix – then toss everything to mix. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Grilled Potato and Onion Pockets
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
4 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sliced
1 Small Red Onion, Sliced
4 Tbsp Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter – Unsalted
Salt and Pepper
*You will also need aluminum foil
Tear off 2 squares of foil large enough to fit one sliced potato and stack one on top of the other. Next place the sliced potato and some onion in the center of the foil square. Add salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of butter on top of the potato and onion pile. Fold each side of the foil over to create a square pocket, make sure it’s sealed as well as it can be. Place pocket over indirect heat and cover. Cook for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through. Pull those puppies off and serve in their pockets.
And who can forget about dessert! Now this is probably the trickiest recipe on here, but I encourage you to go for it! I really have a thing for cookies and I promise that these will not disappoint. If this is too much work for you, buy Cappello’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. It should be in the freezer section of your Whole Foods, but check the locations on their website. It’s a little pricey ($14 I think), but they are delicious!
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
*You will also need parchment paper
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat butter in the microwave until melted, then let it cool until it thickens a little. While the butter is heating, mix together almond flour, eggs, chocolate chips, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Next, mix in the butter then spoon dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can press them down a little to help flatten them out as they bake. Cook for 10-12 min. ENJOY!
Ta-da! You did it babe! Now enjoy the party and the rest of your summer. Let me know if there are any other recipes you need for your summer shindigs!