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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.

While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe

Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Less Oil, Less Mess

Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.

Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:

Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: Lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel. 
  • Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil. 
  • Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot. 
  • Dip the flattened slices in salt water quickly and set aside.
  • Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (2 tsp) front and back.
  • Place back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through. 
  • Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt. 
  • Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 20.2% | Vitamin C: 20% | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 3%
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup

With the weather warming up, I’ve been seeing a bounty of asparagus at the farmers market, and it makes me so happy! It’s one of my favorite veggies and my husband and I love it it in all forms as a side dish.

Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup Recipe

However, I never actually made asparagus in a soup! I’ve had asparagus soups at restaurants before and I remember enjoying them, but I’m not sure why I never thought to make it at home until now. It’s just so tasty and easy!

This paleo and Whole30 asparagus soup is a one pot dish that’s done in 30 minutes from start to finish. It uses coconut milk to add that creamy texture, and it just makes such a wonderful and light side or appetizer that goes well with any protein dish. You can even make it vegan or AIP with easy peasy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup

Make It a Main Dish

If you don’t want to cook multiple dishes and want to make this Whole30 asparagus soup a main dish, you totally can! I love adding protein to my veggies soups to make them heartier and more filling. Here are some yummy additions that would go well in this soup:

I would just add these in with the coconut milk at the end and let everything simmer for about 5 more minutes before taking off heat and serving.

Even with the added protein, this dish takes about 30 minutes, and you’ll love the amazing flavor of hearty asparagus that stand out in this soup!

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions. 
Course Side Dish, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 202kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for vegan or AIP
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper omit for AIP
  • 5 cups bone broth or chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegan)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or more taste

Instructions

  • Wash the asparagus and chop in half.
  • In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and onion and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add asparagus, salt, and pepper, and cook stirring for 5 minutes. 
  • Pour in bone broth, cover, and let it come to a simmer.
  • Turn down the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes until the asparagus is cooked through and soft. 
  • Use an immersion blender to blender the contents until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer the contents to a regular blender to blend. Return back to the pot. 
  • Stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. 
  • Taste to add more salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice, before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 22.9% | Vitamin C: 13.6% | Calcium: 4.9% | Iron: 21.8%
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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. I looove all the Christmas decorations and lights and seeing my family, but the stress of traveling, gift giving, and hosting can be a bit much. On top of that, it is the busiest time of the year in the blogging world.

HOWEVER, I do love the food that comes with all of it, especially all the delicious side dishes and desserts. And I can’t wait to serve these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms over Christmas for my family because they came out freakin’ fantastic!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

I’ve made these roasted mushrooms several times before and they are always a hit and one of my favorite sides to serve. They are so simple and easy to make, but the end result looks so gorgeous on the table and the flavor is just unbeatable from the umami of balsamic vinegar and the smokiness of garlic and thyme.

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Great For a Potluck!

I love to serve these for holiday dinners and get-togethers, but they also do extremely well at potlucks because they travel so well and taste great warm or at room temperature. On top of that, these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms cater to so many dietary needs if you are serving people with food restrictions or allergies.

Not only are they gluten and dairy free, they are also low carb, vegan, and even AIP-friendly! My mom tries to follow the autoimmune protocol, which is why this dish always gets made when we are together, AND because everyone always raves about them!

Keeping it AIP-friendly

There are only a few easy modifications you need to make to make this recipe AIP-friendly. Just substitute the cooking oil with coconut oil instead of ghee, and omit the ground black pepper. That’s it! It’s quite easy to cater to so many dietary needs when you are cooking with real food, and making a side dish like this for a big dinner ensures that everyone has a little bit of something to eat.

Don’t these photos make you drool? I need stop editing photos when I’m hungry because it always makes me want to eat what I shot. Good thing these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms only take less than 20 minutes to make!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 86kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted, or coconut oil for AIP or vegan
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 2 lbs crimini mushroom

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, add in balsamic vinegar, ghee, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper, and whisk together.
  • Add in the mushroom and toss together until coated.
  • Place the mushroom on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
  • Roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden and tender. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 692mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 3.7%

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