Category Archives: Instant Pot

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that’s paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.

I can’t believe I haven’t had a classic Italian meatballs recipe on my blog until now. It’s mostly because my husband isn’t a huge fan of tomatoes or tomato based sauces, but I love them. I still make them and he’ll eat them, but I try not to make it too many times in the week for his sake.

However, these Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce might be on regular rotation because they are SO comforting and delicious, so I’m planning to make them again and again (sorry, Charlie!).

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

With the weather cooling down and the days getting shorter, I’ve been craving comfort food more and more. These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce fit the bill and are great for the entire family, even kids will go crazy for these! Best of all, it’s easy to make a large batch of (takes only 30 minutes!) and easy to cleanup since it’s all made in the Instant Pot, so it’s a good one to make on a busy weeknight.

With spices like oregano, garlic, and onions, it has all the familiar and cozy flavors that everyone loves!

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Keeping it Whole30 or Low Carb

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are fantastic on their own, but they are saucy enough that you can serve over your favorite gluten free pasta or some white rice.

However, if you are doing the Whole30 challenge or you want to keep low carb, you can serve them over:

  • zucchini noodles,
  • spaghetti squash,
  • or cauliflower rice.

These options are also a great way to add some extra veggies into your diet. These meatballs also freeze and defrost beautifully without changing the texture or flavors so go make them a big batch to enjoy for days!

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 388 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that's paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.

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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Chopped parsley and red pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix together. Do not overmix.

  2. Roll into balls the size of golf balls and set aside.

  3. Set the Instant Pot on Sautè and add avocado oil.

  4. Once the Instant Pot signals that it's "hot,' add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.

  5. Press Cancel on the Instant Pot, and then add crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and sea salt. 

  6. Add the meatballs and stir together until they are coated with sauce.

  7. Close the lid, make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. 

  8. Cook on Manual on high pressure for 7 minutes.

  9. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

  10. Open the lid and serve over cooked spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1273mg 53%
Potassium 720mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 14.2%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 22.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Option)

This Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is so comforting and easy, and you can even make it Whole30-compliant! It’s a quick and healthy meal for a busy weeknight. 

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

This humble and comforting Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is a recipe that I’ve been making for about a year now and it’s such a winner every time. I actually posted on Instagram Stories last winter about this soup and asked you if I should share the recipe, and an overwhelming majority of you answered, “hell yes!” I want to apologize because I totally forgot about it and I am now finally posting it.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup Recipe

This is the kind of soup that has a ton of veggies in it, but my husband even loves it every time I make it. He’s not a veggie lover like me but he’ll eat it in soups without complaining. Not only that, I made it using bone broth so it’s even more packed with all the gut-healing good-for-you nutrients! If you don’t have bone broth on hand, you can just use plain beef broth as well.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

Whole30 Option

I just used my homemade paleo ketchup for this recipe that I always try to have on hand, which contains maple syrup, but you can easily make it Whole30-compliant by using a Whole30-friendly ketchup recipe that’s sweetened with dates or other fruits. I really like this one that really does taste like actual ketchup and will go great in this recipe. If you don’t want any sweetener at all, this is also a good one to try out.

With the weather cooling down these days, I’m planning to come up with more Instant and soup recipes so stay tuned! In the meantime, I hope you make this Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup, because it’s so hearty, filling, and packed with all the healthy ingredients.

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup

Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Option)

Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 471 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup is so comforting and easy, and you can even make it Whole30-compliant! It's a quick and healthy meal for a busy weeknight. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped potatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 4 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup paleo ketchup or Whole30-friendly ketchup to make it Whole30-compliant
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté function, and add ghee or coconut oil.

  2. Once the Instant Pot indicates that it's "hot," add onions and garlic, and cook stirring for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent and browned.

  3. Add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula.

  4. Press Cancel to turn off the Instant Pot. 

  5. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. 

  6. Close the lid and set it to Manual on HIGH for 10 minutes. 

  7. Once it beeps to a finish, you can quick release the pressure to eat it right away, let it release pressure naturally for 15 minutes. 

  8. Serve hot alone or garnished with parsley, cilantro, or red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Paleo Hamburger Soup (Whole30 Option)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1638mg 68%
Potassium 948mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 59.6%
Vitamin C 22.2%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
 
Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It’s also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Anyone else loving that it’s June?? Summer is my MF-in’ season, and I’m so happy that we are inching closer to it. I always say June is the Friday of the months because you have all the anticipation and excitement of the sunshine, bathing suits, and beach adventures, without the anxiety and sadness that summer’s almost over.

I know not everyone feels the same way and a ton of people love the Fall, but I guess that why I live in Southern California! Anyway, let’s talk about this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork because it’s pretty dang delicious, and we’ve been repurposing it in so many different ways all week.

I do have an old post of another pulled pork recipe with a yummy barbecue sauce made in the slow cooker so go check that one out if you like saucy pulled pork. Just a warning: it has some pretty horrendous photos from when I was a beginner blogger. I’m working on updating them soon!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub Recipe

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork uses dry rub that’s added on after the pork is cooked because I’ve found that most of the flavor gets lost if you cook with the spices on the pork. Adding them on afterward helps bring out the flavor more and also lets you be a bit more flexible with them as well, depending on how salty, spicy, or sweet you want it.

I like to use bone-in pork shoulder because I find that the meat tastes so much better cooked with the bone, but a boneless cut will work as well. The cooking process is easy peasy and you just let the Instant Pot do all the work, as it simmers the pork in a delicious combination of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Ways to Enjoy Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

This recipe is so tasty just alone with some yummy sides like my Simple Paleo Coleslaw or Paleo Asian Coleslaw. But if you want to be more creative, here are some other ways that we’ve been enjoying this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork:

  • In salads
  • In tacos wrapped in grain-free tortillas
  • In fried cauliflower rice
  • In taquitos
  • In burrito bowls
  • As a topping on pizza
  • Over eggs
  • In breakfast hash
  • Stuffed in sweet potatoes
  • Wrapped in lettuce wraps
  • Over nachos
  • …and so much more!

How would you enjoy your leftover pulled pork?

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 294 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It's also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 8-9 lb bone-in pork shoulder/butt or 5-6 lb boneless
  • 5 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into 4-5 inch chunks. If using bone-in, cut around the bone. If you'd like, trim the fat around the meat.

  2. Add the pork (and the bone) to the Instant Pot. 

  3. Sprinkle the pork with 3 tsp of sea salt, making sure to cover all sides.

  4. Add the onion to the pork.

  5. Pour in pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard over the pork and onions.

  6. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual on HIGH for 60 minutes. 

  7. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release the rest of the pressure manually.

  8. Open the lid and transfer the pork and onions to a large bowl, along with 1 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.

  9. Remove the fat if you prefer, then use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tsp sea salt and the rest of the spices together.

  11. Sprinkle the spices over the pork and onions and toss together.

  12. Serve warm, or freeze into individual portions. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1133mg 47%
Potassium 701mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
 
Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.