This Paleo and Whole30 Caribbean Jerk Paste is a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot healthy. Packed with tasty ingredients like mango, allspice berries, fresh ginger, thyme, scallions, dates and jalapeño, it’s the perfect Jamaican jerk marinade for summer grilling!
I can’t believe the kiddos are back in school already. Is summer seriously over? I feel like it didn’t happen at all. We have four kids: a son in fourth grade, a daughter in third. Little E is almost 5 but missed the cutoff for kindergarten this year. Baby will be two next week, and he’s a handful and a half. Well, I’m going to stick my head in the sand and pretend fall isn’t sneaking up around the corner. I’ll just ignore the chilly mornings and the fact that it’s getting darker a little earlier every day. I’m going to keep grilling my dinners until it’s just to darned cold to be outside anymore. I love grilling for many reasons. 1- It’s easy to have everything prepared and marinating before I got to work. 2-No pots and pans to wash. 3-It doesn’t get the house all hot like the oven does. 4-My husband usually does the actual grilling for me. <3 If you follow the blog, you know I love anything spicy, especially if it has a hint of sweet to it. Add in healthy + easy to make, and I’m sold! This Paleo and Whole30 Caribbean Jerk Paste is just that. It has a little kick without being too spicy (but you can totally up the heat factor yourself), the fresh mango and dates sweeten it up a bit, and I just threw everything in the blender for a few seconds and it was good to go. So easy! It turned out so tasty that I might have eaten a couple spoonfuls right out of the jar. Traditional jerk sauce uses a Scotch bonnet pepper and allspice along with green onions, fresh ginger and thyme. None of my local grocery stores carry Scotch bonnet peppers, so I opted for a jalapeño. You can use a habanero if you like a little more spice in your life.
- ¼ c. avocado oil
- 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
- 1 c. diced mango or pineapple
- 5 clove garlic, peeled
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 2 tbsp. fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. ground allspice
- 4 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 4 dates, pitted
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. white pepper
- juice of 1 lime
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender like a NutriBullet or Ninja and pulse until blended well. Add additional avocado oil if the mixture is too thick.
- Add additional sea salt and white pepper to taste.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what foods are Whole30-compliant and why some aren’t. I’m so happy to help, but I would definitely recommend reading the Whole30 books if you haven’t already. Knowledge really is power, especially when you’re just trying to make it through the work day and that 3pm chocolate bar craving hits. You’ll know why you’re feeling the way you are and what you can do to squash it.
If you’re like me, a busy working mom with too much to do to sit down and stop everything to read a book, you should definitely check out Amazon’s Audible program. That’s how I found time to read It Starts With Food, by having it read to me. I love, love Audible. I just recently purchased Food Freedom Forever with one of my monthly credits, and it’s another winner so far. I listen to it in the car to and from work and also while I’m cooking and doing chores. Don’t forget to Pin this Paleo and Whole30 Caribbean Jerk Paste for later!