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How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

Learn how to build a delicious and gorgeous paleo charcuterie board that’ll wow your guests and keep them satisfied until dinner is ready!

Are you a charcuterie board fan? Who isn’t? It’s probably the first thing I go to if I see it at a gathering or a dinner party. I just love that you can pick and choose whatever you want to eat, and you also get to try out some fancy cured meats that you’ve never had before.

I try to make a paleo charcuterie board every year for the holidays for my family. It’s such a crowd pleaser every time and buys me some time to spend on cooking while the guests fill up on the appetizers and the charcuterie board.

While a charcuterie board usually consists of cheese and meats, a paleo version omits cheese, but you have more space to load up with fun ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and dips!

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie (pronounced shahr-koo-tuh–ree) is a French term for preparing cured and smoked meats like salami, prosciutto, pâté, ham, and sausages. It is usually accompanied with various cheese, jam, fruits, nuts, and more, and served on a wooden board, many times at gatherings, so you can taste the various flavors with your family and friends.

It’s actually really fun to prepare, and even better to eat. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, especially over the holidays.

How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

A paleo charcuterie board is actually quite easy to make. Overall, you want various textures and flavors like: salty, sweet, and sour. The best thing about it is that it’s totally customizable and it’s so easy to make it look beautiful and delicious.

Here are some components you may want to add to your paleo charcuterie board:

Meats

Cured meats are the stars of the charcuterie board and they are what many people get excited about the most. I like to have about 2-3 oz of meat per person and at least 4 different kinds of meat per board. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Liver pâté: I try to include this in every board I make and it’s always the one that’s gone the fastest.
  • Prosciutto or speck
  • Salami like sopressata or coppa

Vegetables

I like to include a good amount of vegetables on my board, because I always crave something crunchy and refreshing as a palate cleanser after chomping on meats. Some great options are:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli

Fruits

A sweet component is important because the meat is usually on the salty side and you want to balance out the flavors. Plus, sweet ingredients like fruits add such a great color to the charcuterie board making it pop:

  • Fresh fruits like persimmon, grapes, pear, pomegranate, melons, apples, and berries
  • Dried fruits like mangoes, apricots, goji berries, figs, and dates
  • Fruit jams like this paleo orange blueberry jam
  • Chutney

Crackers

There are so many gluten free and paleo crackers out there, but my favorite and the ones I always have on hand are the Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. They are always loved by both paleo and non-paleo guests!

Something Sour

I always try to have something pickled or acidic on my paleo charcuterie board. It really ties all the flavors together and most people love pickled veggies and condiments! Here are some yummy options:

Other Optional Add-Ons

These are some other components that you may want to add to your board:

Tricks to a Beautiful Paleo Charcuterie Board

With all the components I mentioned above, it’s actually not difficult to make a paleo charcuterie board look beautiful. There are so many colors and textures when you bring all those ingredients together that you’ll find that they just look amazing when placed next to each other.

With that said, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your charcuterie board stands out and wows your guests:

  • Choose a board. You probably have a wooden cutting board already at home. They make a great base and it’ll make it easy for guests to slice into certain meats like salami if they need to. Some fancier boards can be slate or even marble.
  • Spread out each component across the board so you can easily reach for them no matter where you are sitting. For example, make sure there’s some kind of meat on all sides of the board so they are easily accessible.
  • Don’t be afraid to crowd all the ingredients together. The more crowded the board looks, the better the presentation. You want to overlap the components so they look cohesive once finished.
  • For wet ingredients like olives and dips, choose small bowl to put them in, and then replenish once they run low. I like to use ramekins.
  • When you are done arranging, fill up any blank spaces! I really love the look of a full charcuterie board, so I like to add crackers, fruits, or even more meat if I see any blank spots.

I hope these tips to making a paleo charcuterie board are helpful for when you host your next gathering. It may see a bit intimidating at first, but charcuterie boards are actually really easy and fun to make. It’s all about having the ingredients on hand and laying them out in a beautiful, appetizing way!

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Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (All-Natural and Toxin Free!) + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Store-Bought Lip Balm

Learn how to make soothing and nourishing homemade beeswax lip balm (Burt’s Bees copycat) that’s made with natural and toxin free ingredients!

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

A good lip balm is one of those must-have items for me. I have dry skin and have always had trouble with chapped lips along with it. I think I might have a lip balm in every room of my house, as well as in my car. Trust me, it’s necessary.

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

I’ve been making my own homemade beeswax lip balm for about 3 years now and I love it so much. Not only does it smell amazing (peppermint, always), but it’s actually so nourishing and effective. I used to use Burt’s Bees lip balm all the time, but I actually prefer my version better and it also makes a great gift as well!

With a soothing combination of shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oils (or whatever scent you like), this homemade beeswax lip balm is so easy, costs pennies, and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

5 Harmful Ingredients in Conventional Lip Balm

I actually started making my own homemade beeswax lip balm after learning about some shady ingredients in drug store versions that are known to cause a host of health issues. It’s especially important to be aware of these ingredients because we are putting these products on our lips and we can easily consume them!

These are some common ones to watch out for and avoid:

  1. Parabens (also known as other ingredients that end in -paraben like methylparaben and butylparaben): Used as a preservative, parabens are widely recognized as endocrine disruptors. They are known to increase the risk of breast cancer and other reproductive issues.
  2. Petroleum jelly: Yes, the main ingredient in Vaseline! Petroleum jelly is a highly refined oil made from fossil fuel. Not only does it block our pores, it also contains carcinogens and chemicals known to cause estrogen dominance.
  3. Synthetic colors and dyes: These are especially common in tinted lip balms. Synthetic colors are composed of heavy metals that cause allergies and irritation, and if accumulated for a long time, are even known to cause cancer!
  4. Chemical sunscreens (also labeled as avobenzone, homosalate, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and octocrylene): All of these chemicals help the sunscreen be absorbed in our skin fast, especially when our skin is exposed to sunlight. They are estrogen mimickers and are associated with endometriosis in women and lower sperm count in men. If you want a lip balm with SPF in it, look for ones with non-nano zinc oxide instead.
  5. Fragrance or flavor: Companies are not legally required to disclose what chemicals make up “fragrance” or “flavor” on ingredients labels. Those words can mean absolutely any chemical, whether or not it has been tested for safety. Usually, it is a synthetic concoction that includes phthalates and synthetic musks, which are known hormone disruptors.

Don’t Want to Make Your Own?

There have been times that I’ve been busy or lazy and ran out of my homemade beeswax lip balm. In those cases, I ended up buying safer option that are free of the above toxins. Here are my favorite brands that smell amazing without chemical fragrances and work really well:

  • Beautycounter’s Lip Conditioners: Beautycounter is probably my favorite skin care company that has banned over 1500 ingredients that are known or suspected to be harmful in their products, when the US has only banned 30. Their lip conditioners come in peppermint or calendula and these products are so soothing and hydrating with clean ingredients! If you are looking for something that’s tinted or has a light color, I highly recommend their sheer lipsticks which are also made with coconut oil and are extremely moisturizing.
  • Primally Pure Lip Balm: Primally Pure has amazing, natural lip balm made of all the soothing oils like coconut, beef tallow, and beeswax. They come in 5 different flavors, scented with organic essential oils, and the peppermint is my favorite. You can get 10% off your first purchase with them with code: JEAN10.
  • Perfect Supplements Lip Nutrients: These come in 2 flavors, lemongrass and tangerine, and I prefer tangerine. These contain all organic ingredients that nourish you lips you coconut oil and beeswax, along with jojoba oil, essential oils, and vitamin E. You can get 10% off with my code: GREATGRANDMA10

Perfect as Gifts!

If you are wondering what to get for someone special in your life, or if you are looking for stocking stuffers for the holidays, I highly recommend these homemade beeswax lip balm, because there’s nothing better than homemade gifts. I’ve gifted them myself before and all the recipients have told me that they love them. My mom actually insists I make her 20-30 of them every year so she can use them throughout the year. Good thing they are so easy to make!

Because these do not contain any water or moisture and only healthy oils, they actually last indefinitely so you don’t have to worry about them spoiling or going bad!

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Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm (All-Natural and Toxin Free!)

Learn how to make soothing and nourishing homemade beeswax lip balm (Burt's Bees copycat) that's made with natural and toxin free ingredients!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 18 lip balm tubes
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a double boiler, or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water over medium low heat, combine beeswax pastilles, shea butter, and coconut oil.
  • Heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture is completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peppermint essential oils. 
  • Pour the mixture into a glass cup or a measuring cup with a spout.
  • Carefully pour into the empty lip balm tubes and fill them up to the top.
  • Let them cool for 30 minutes before putting on the cap. 

Notes

*If you don't like the peppermint flavor, you can use other essential oils like grapefruit or lavender. Avoid them altogether if you prefer unscented!

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 342kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 
  • Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.
  • Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.
  • Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 
  • Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 
  • Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 2.8% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 7.7%

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