Category Archives: Appetizer

Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

If you’ve been following along for a while on my blog, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of easy and simple recipes. I try to stay away from long and complicated dishes, because I know that you guys, like me, are busy and don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. So, of course, I created another recipe for you that’s super quick to make that’s also healthy and so flavorful!

Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

These Whole30 salmon cakes are just the thing to make if you are short on time. They only take 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and they are moist enough to eat on their own without needing to dip them in anything!

My biggest pet peeve is fish cakes that are dry and have you reaching for a drink that closest to you to keep it down. The zucchini and the mayonnaise in these Whole30 salmon cakes actually provide so much moisture while the coconut flour and eggs help them the cakes bind together so they are sturdy and tasty.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini
Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Kid-Friendly Snack or a Meal!

Because these are great for little hands and so fun to eat, I bet kids will love them as well! And it’s also a great way to sneak some veggies in them, because of the zucchini, but they’ll never be able to taste them in these Whole30 salmon cakes.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Dipping Sauce Ideas for These Whole30 Salmon Cakes

While these salmon cakes are delicious on their own, you can definitely add more flavor and fun by dipping them in a tangy sauce! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

I just ate these with plain mayo because that’s what I had on hand and they were fantastic! What would you dip these Whole30 salmon cakes in? Tell me in the comments below!

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini
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Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Zucchini sweating time 15 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 10 salmon cakes
Calories 108kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 6 oz cans of wild salmon drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil or your preferred cooking oil

Instructions

  • Place grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 tsp sea salt. Toss together gently. 
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes, then use your hands to squeeze out all the liquid.
  • Place in a mixing bowl with 1/2 tsp of seal salt and the rest of the ingredients, except coconut oil.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measurement to gather the mixture into patties about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the cakes for 3-4 minutes per side until golden, adding more oil as you go. 
  • Serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salmon ake | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 7.9% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 2%
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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

I’ve been in love with my air fryer recently. I use it almost everyday to reheat leftovers, cook veggies, and crisp up meat pieces. I’m just so obsessed with how delicious and crispy the results are at a fraction of the time of the oven or the stovetop!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken Recipe

My latest delicious creation in the air fryer is this ultra crispy and flavorful keto popcorn chicken. This is so crunchy and delicious, covered in spices like paprika, garlic, and onion powder. It’s a great snack or meal for both kids and adults!

Best of all, this recipe is Whole30 friendly and paleo as well, and it’s a healthy alternative to a childhood favorite dish!

No Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries! You can make these in the oven. They won’t turn out as crispy as an air fryer would make them, but they’ll still be flavorful and yummy. I included both directions under the instructions for the recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Pork Panko for Keto Popcorn Chicken

What makes this recipe keto and low carb is the use of pork panko instead of breadcrumbs or other types of flour. I only recently discovered pork panko, and it’s my new favorite thing. It’s just so perfect to use as breading for fried crispy recipes like this air fryer keto popcorn.

Pork panko is just ground up pork rinds and that’s the only ingredient. No salt or extra oil added! So it’s a delicious high protein, low carb way to add a crunchy texture to a recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Best Sauce for Dipping

You can of course enjoy this air fryer keto popcorn chicken with any sauce you prefer, like ranch, ketchup, tartar sauce, or teriyaki sauce. However, my absolute favorite is with my Whole30 “Honey” Mustard! There’s something so delicious about that tart and slightly sweet flavor with the popcorn chicken.

How to Reheat Leftovers

The best way to eat these keto popcorn chicken is to eat it as soon as it’s cooked for that crispy outer layer with the juicy chicken meat inside. You definitely can reheat them, but the texture won’t be the same because the chicken breast meat will dry out a bit the 2nd time around.

However, I have eaten the leftovers and here’s my favorite way to reheat them so they taste ALMOST as good as the first time around:

  • Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When ready to reheat, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place keto popcorn chicken in the air fryer basket in a SINGLE LAYER (work in batches if you need to) for 4-5 minutes until they are crispy again.
  • Enjoy!

I wouldn’t reheat them more than once, because the chicken will dry out too much.

This keto popcorn chicken is my new favorite air fryer recipe, so let me know how they turn out for you in the comments!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups pork panko
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together.
  • In the 3rd bowl, mix together pork panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the coconut flour mixture over the chicken and toss together gently until all of the chicken is covered evenly.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken pieces in the egg wash. 
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Air Fryer Method

  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket, then preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken into the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you have a small air fryer, you may need to split it up into 2 batches. 
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes in the air fryer, shaking halfway through.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  • Place the chicken pieces on the wire rack without touching each other.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 7.6% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 6.3%
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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Today’s recipe is something I’m so excited to share! My fellow blogger and friend, Dr. Karen Lee from drkarenslee.com recently came out with a brand new cookbook, Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, which is jam-packed with some of the most delicious recipes you can make in your air fryer!

Why the Air Fryer?

If you’ve been living under a rock recently and haven’t heard of the air fryer, it’s pretty amazing. It’s a fun kitchen gadget that “fries” your food without deep frying through hot air rapidly circulating on to the food to make it crispy while cooking it quickly.

When I first purchased my Phillips air fryer, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype or the money, but the more I use it, I’m beginning to fall in love with it! Not only does food cook insanely fast (which is important to me), the results are so delicious and crispy without making a huge mess because you only have to use a little bit of oil.

There’s a slight learning curve to figure out the temperature and the length of the cooking time, but having Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer made it so much easier and fun because all the recipes were a success every time!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites Recipe

One of the first recipes I tried from Dr. Karen’s book were these air fryer buffalo cauli-bites, because I am obsessed with anything with buffalo sauce. Not only are they deliciously crunchy, they take less than 20 minutes to make and the sauce is SO flavorful and on point!

Also, definitely don’t leave out the creamy paleo ranch dressing because it ties the flavors together so well and makes the air fryer buffalo cauli-bites extra delicious. These are so perfect as an appetizer for game days, holidays, or any kind of get-togethers!

Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

If you don’t currently have Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, I highly recommend you check it out. You’ll love the recipes, especially if you are a busy mom or a professional who want healthy food on the table quick.

Not only does this book have 80 recipes that are healthy and made with real food ingredients, it contains appetizers, meat dishes, staples, and even desserts! Who knew you could make desserts in the air fryer?

Some other recipes I’m SUPER excited to try out include:

  • Paleo Falafel Platter
  • Crab Cakes
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Healthy Biscuits and Gravy
  • Persimmon Cobbler
  • Simple Chocolate Mud Cake

Don’t Have an Air Fryer?

No problem! You can still adapt these recipes to make in the regular or convection oven. You just have to adjust the cooking time and the oven temperatures but the ingredients still stay the same with delicious results!

Check Out Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Recipe reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer by Dr. Karen S. Lee, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo Credit: Donna Crous.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Homemade Mayo page 180 of cookbook
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  • Cut and discard the outer leaves and cut the cauliflower into florets. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the florets with EVOO and coat them with the cassava flour.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). 
  • When the air fryer is ready, shake off any excess flour from the florets, place them in the basket, and set the timer for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the excess flour, ghee and Frank’s Hot Sauce in the same mixing bowl and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients, then refrigerate. When the timer goes off, transfer the florets to the mixing bowl and coat them well with sauce. Put the florets back in the basket and cook for 6 more minutes. Take them out when the timer goes off and add more Frank’s Hot Sauce if needed. Serve immediately with the ranch dressing. 

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