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The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you’ll be sad that there are no leftovers!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

I know what you are thinking… “Really? The BEST?” It might sound a liiittle bit overconfident, but it’s not just me who claimed that these were the best Instant Pot mashed potatoes. I’ve actually heard it from several people who have tried this recipe before. It’s incredibly flattering, but I gotta say, these mashed potatoes are pretty darn fantastic.

The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Not only are these super tasty, they are incredibly easy because they are made in the Instant Pot. Instead of having to keep an eye out for when the water is boiling and simmering, you just throw everything in the Instant Pot and ignore it until it’s finished.

Another great thing about making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot is that if you end up making them early before the rest of the dishes are done, you can keep them on the Warm setting until everything else is finished. This trick is especially useful for Thanksgiving or the holidays when you are stressed out and making 8 things at once, because, or course, nothing is ready for the table at the same time.

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How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Okay… so wanna know the trick to making the BEST Instant Pot mashed potatoes? These tips are quite simple and easy but makes such a huge difference in the flavor and texture:

  • Always use russet potatoes. I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with all different kinds of potatoes in the potatoes and the ones that yield the best texture every time is russet. Other softer potatoes can get gummy or “sticky” if you accidentally over-mash them, but the chances of that are very low with russet potatoes.
  • You’ll notice that I added apple cider vinegar to the potatoes, and that makes such a huge difference to the taste in the best way. It gives the potatoes a slight tang and zest that makes them so addicting. Try it if you don’t believe me! You’ll never make mashed potatoes any other way.
  • Also, using ghee instead of the traditional butter (or any other fat) makes it even more amazing because of that deep caramel flavor that is way stronger in ghee. The combination of the apple cider vinegar and ghee is what makes this recipe so special!

Don’t Have an Instant Pot?

I know not everyone has an Instant Pot (although you should because it’s the best investment and such a time saver), so I included stove top directions as well. This doesn’t change the taste at all so you’ll still have delicious mashed potatoes to serve with your main dish however you decide to make it!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Pressurizing time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you'll be sad that there are no leftovers!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freeze dried chives plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. If you like your potatoes peeled, peel them now. If not, scrub the potatoes.

Instant Pot Method

  1. Cut the potatoes in half and place them in the Instant Pot

  2. Pour water over the potatoes until they are just covered.

  3. Close the lid and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing

  4. Cook on high on Manual for 12 minutes.

  5. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, quick release pressure. 

  6. Pierce the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender, then drain.

  7. Add the rest of the ingredients, and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.

  8. Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

  9. If you are not eating right away or waiting for other dishes to cook, you can keep the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and set it to Warm until ready to serve.

Stove Top Method

  1. Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place them in a pot. 

  2. Cover the potatoes with water.

  3. Turn the heat to high until the water is boiling.

  4. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium, then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. 

  5. Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.

  6. Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 298mg 12%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 8.4%
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak (Whole30, Low Carb)

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you’ll want over and over again! 

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

I grew up in the east coast in a small suburban town in New Jersey. I do identify myself as a New Yorker because I spent 10 years there starting in college, but throughout all that time, I’ve made several trips to Philadelphia which was close and convenient enough to jump on a bus and go.

There, I’ve had countless number of Philly cheesesteaks (half of them sober) and they were freakin’ delicious. What’s not to love about thinly sliced steak and veggies covered in cheese all nestled in a bun?

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

These days, I avoid cheese and bread so I decided to make my own allergen-friendly version, and this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak takes me right back to my college days. This version is also super easy because everything is baked in one pan, making the cooking and cleaning process a breeze without sacrificing on the flavor. My husband, who is the dishwasher in the house, loves sheet pan meals especially!

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Keeping It Dairy and Gluten Free

Philly cheesesteaks are usually served with melted provolone cheese, but I decided to make a delicious and creamy cashew cheese to drizzle over the cooked meat and vegetables instead. The combination of textures and flavors is just so delicious and you won’t miss the dairy at all!

As for the bread, I don’t really miss that part so I just eat this Paleo Philly Cheesesteak alone (the filling is the best part, after all), but if you want, you can get gluten free bread or even tortillas to eat it like tacos. I really love Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas.

Just because you are avoiding dairy, gluten, or any other food groups, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious foods! You just gotta get a bit creative in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak, and please comment with your feedback because I love reading them.

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you'll want over and over again! 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak or ribeye steak
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers cut into strips
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced

Steak and Vegetable Seasoning

Cashew Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a sheet pan or line it with parchment paper.

  2. Place the steak in the middle of the sheet pan and spread the vegetables around it.  

  3. Whisk together the steak and vegetable seasoning and pour it over the steak and vegetables. 

  4. Gently toss together and massage the seasoning into the steak, and distribute evenly. 

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. While the steak is baking place all ingredients for the cashew cheese in the a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Set aside.

  7. Once the steak and vegetables are done baking, turn on the broiler and broil for 5 minutes. 

  8. Remove from the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

  9. Serve drizzled with the cashew cheese sauce. 

  10. Eat it alone, or with Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas to keep it gluten free!

Nutrition Facts
Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 758mg 32%
Potassium 801mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 63.7%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)

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This creamy paleo carrot soup is slightly sweet and so comforting, and you’ll love the flavorful crispy bites from the bacon. It’s also Whole30 and AIP friendly!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Now that it’s officially soup weather, I’m sharing my first soup of the season with this Paleo Carrot Aoup with Bacon. There’s something so comforting and cozy about a creamy soup and it’s extra delicious when combined with crispy, salty bacon.

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon Recipe

Not only is this recipe super flavorful, it’s actually really easy and quick and it takes a total of 30 minutes to make! The hardest part is the chopping of the bacon and vegetables and the rest is all done in the pot and the blender. And I recently got a brand new blender that I’m LOVING (it was looooong overdue) so the blending part was super fast as well!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon
To get your hands on the Calphalon Precision Control™ blender, make sure to go check it out here, or click on the image below!:

Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender

My previous blender was totally beat up and about 6 years old, so I was super excited to check out Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender that’s newly released. I have several Calphalon products at home so I knew how high quality they are and I’m a big fan of this brand.

My favorite part of this blender is that it has self-adjusting, speed-controlled power blades sense the mixture’s thickness and adjust the speed accordingly to thoroughly blend. How cool is that? Not only that, the 1.5 liter jar is BPA-free and dishwasher safe, and it has a powerful 900-watt motor–so necessary for someone who uses kitchen gadgets all the time like me!

Plus, I really love the slick, matte black design, and it looks so good on my countertop.

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Where to Purchase a Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender

If you also want to get your hands on my new favorite blender, you can only find them at Target. Calphalon actually has a whole new line of products out, which includes this blender, and you can find all of them here. I’m actually thinking of getting their waffle maker because I’ve been wanting one for so long.

Whole30 & AIP Friendly

Not only is this Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup full of healthy and good-for-you ingredients like vegetables, bone broth, and coconut milk, it’s actually Whole30 compliant and you can make AIP friendly by omitting the ground black pepper and paprika. It’ll still be deliciously flavorful, and you’ll definitely want to serve it as part of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)

Course: Side Dish, Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz sugar-free bacon chopped (about 4 slices)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb carrots chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 4 cups bone broth or chicken broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Optional: Chopped fresh parlsey for garnish
  • Optional: Smoked paprika for garnish - Omit for AIP

Instructions

  1. Heat a dutch oven or a large pot over medium heat. 

  2. Add chopped bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave about 2 tbsp of bacon grease in the pot, and save the rest for cooking.

  4. Turn the heat up to medium high and add onion, garlic, carrots, salt, and pepper.

  5. Cook stirring for 5 minutes until fragrant and the onions are translucent.

  6. Add the broth, close the lid, and bring to a boil.

  7. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots are cooked through.

  8. Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, working in batches if needed. 

  9. Return the soup back to the pot and stir in coconut milk. 

  10. Heat over medium low heat for 5 minutes until everything is heated through. 

  11. Divide the soup into bowls, then garnish with bacon, parsley, and smoked paprika, if using. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 499mg 21%
Potassium 415mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 252.8%
Vitamin C 8.3%
Calcium 4%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.