Saturday, March 1, 2014

Paleo BBQ! (AIP friendly) - and VIDEO: How to cut a chicken in half with scissors

I know some of you are covered in snow (I have seen the photos on Facebook!). And this weekend even here in Los Angeles we have some long due rain. But no snow here so we have been using our barbeque all winter long. My seven year old is very jealous of anyone living in climates with snow, outdoor ice skating rinks and where kids can eat their school lunches inside! Being someone who grew up in Finland his comments make me chuckle. I like this weather although I sometimes do miss thew snow. And the seasons.

Anyway, here are some barbeque ideas for paleo eaters and autoimmune paleo protocol followers. Remember that the grill should be clean to avoid cross contamination.

Robin Hood Chicken

A whole chicken (I buy mine from Rainbow Ranch)
A bunch of parsley
A few sprigs of rosemary and thyme
3 cloves of garlic
Black pepper (optional)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted on low heat (I use this coconut oil, referral link)

1. Cut the chicken in half with a pair of kitchen scissors. See from the video below where my husband Ville demonstrates how it is done!

2. Mix the herbs with the oil, crushed garlic and spices. Rub the mixture on the chicken halves.
3. Bbq until done, turning over at least once.

TIP: If you don't have a whole chicken, drumsticks work very well for this recipe. Mix all the ingredients and put them in a ziplock bag and let marinade for a while if you have time.

Grilled plantains

Yellow Plantains
Coconut oil, melted
Ground black pepper or allspice (optional)

Cut the plantains in half lengthwise. Oil the cut side and sprinkle with salt (and pepper if using). Place on the grill skin side down for about 8 minutes and turn them. Grill for a few more minutes until brown from the cut side facing the grill now.

Grilled Yams (sweet potatoes would work as well)

A few yams
Coconut oil

Boil yams in salted water until they are almost cooked. Rub the yams with coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt and put on the grill until they are soft.

Zucchinis with pesto

This pesto

Cut the zucchinis in half an inch slices lengthwise. Spread pesto on one side and place them on the grill that side up. Bbq until soft, don't overcook though.


Soak wooden skewers in water for half an hour or use reusable metal ones. I use metal skewers like these (affiliate link to Amazon).

Beef portobello skewers: Cut beef (sirloin, tenderloin or something like that) and portobello mushrooms in one inch cubes. Toss in a bowl with olive oil and salt and black pepper if you wish. Put the pieces on skewers alternating the beef and the portobello pieces. Bbq until cooked.

Pineapple chicken skewers: Follow the instructions above but replace the beef and portobellos with fresh pineapple and chicken thighs!


  1. You can also get a grill basket to cook smaller veggies! They work well for anything that might fall through otherwise.

    1. That's a good idea, never heard of that. We often cut them big or wide or use skewers but maybe one day I'll have a chance to try one of those!