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Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Spaghetti Squash

This bean-free Whole30 Chili comes together easily in the Instant Pot, and the spaghetti squash adds such a flavorful and comforting taste and texture!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili

Hey guys, did you hear??? I’m doing the Whole30 challenge this month after dining out waaaaaay too much and indulging in a mountain of sweets over the holidays, and EVERY new recipe for this month will be Whole30-compliant!

Even though I post a lot of Whole30 recipes, it’s actually been almost 2 years since I’ve done the challenge. I do eat mostly low sugar anyway but I’m really feeling sluggish lately so I thought it was a great time to try it out again and to be more intentional with my eating.

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili Recipe

The first recipe of this month is this amazingly flavorful and easy Instant Pot Whole30 Chili. Chili without beans is actually really delicious, and I don’t think you’ll miss the beans at all. However, I do like the heartiness that beans add, so I fancied up this Whole30 chili by adding spaghetti squash threads and the result is so comforting and cozy!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili
Instant Pot Whole30 Chili

Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

If you’ve never cooked spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot before, you are missing out BIG TIME. It’s SO much easier than roasting it in the oven, and you don’t even have to cut open the squash before cooking it.

You simply place the whole thing in the Instant Pot on a steamer rack over some water, and let it do all the work for you. I don’t think I’ll cook spaghetti squash any other way.

Great For a Make Ahead Meal!

If you are like me and don’t mind leftovers, this Instant Pot Whole30 Chili is a really great to make ahead of time so you can eat it for several meals. It also freezes really well so you can even divide them into individual portions before freezing them for emergency meals!

With some of the restrictions that the Whole30 challenge comes with, I so appreciate meals like this one that I can heat up quickly when I’m hungry, so make a big batch and enjoy!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Spaghetti Squash

This bean-free Whole30 Chili comes together easily in the Instant Pot, and the spaghetti squash adds such a flavorful and comforting taste and texture!
Course Main Course, Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Pressure Building Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne use more or less depending on your spice level
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes sugar free
  • 2 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • Jalapeño slices, lime juice, avocado, and/or cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Place a steamer rack in the Instant Pot, and pour in 1 cup of water. 
  • Place the whole spaghetti squash, uncut, on the rack. 
  • Screw on the lid, make sure the pressure valve is closed, then cook for 20 minutes on manual. 
  • Release the pressure immediately and open the lid. 
  • Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and use a fork to loosen the spaghetti squash threads. Set aside.
  • Empty the Instant Pot, then set it to “sauté” and add coconut oil.
  • Once the Instant Pot indicates that the pot is “hot,” add onion, garlic, and ground beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat and cook stirring for 5 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot, then add in red and green bell peppers, all the spices, diced tomatoes, and bone broth
  • Stir in spaghetti squash threads.
  • Close the lid and set it to Manual on HIGH for 10 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, you can quick release the pressure to eat it right away, or let it release pressure naturally if you want to eat it later.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning or add more broth if the chili is too thick. 
  • Serve hot alone or garnished with jalapeño slices, lime juice, avocado, and/or cilantro.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs + Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Learn how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs that’s perfect and easy to peel every time, plus 3 simple and healthy snack ideas you can make with them!

I love my deviled eggs (case in point: pickle deviled eggs, bacon ranch deviled eggs, and beet deviled eggs). However, sometimes I’m lazy and I don’t feel like dealing with mashing the yolks and putting them back in the whites. So I’ve been snacking on these super duper easy egg snacks that are Whole30 and keto-friendly, and not only are they super yummy, they are really pretty to serve over the holidays!

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

To make your life even easier, I highly recommend making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! Not only is it quick and simple to do, the eggs come out consistently perfect every time. Best of all, somehow the eggs are so easy to peel without the shell sticking to the whites. I don’t think I’ll ever make hard boiled eggs any other way.

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Cook Time Variations

For this specific recipe, I decided to leave the yolks slightly soft in the center since I’m not making deviled eggs.I love soft yolks in general and this texture pairs so well with the various toppings I used in the hard boiled egg snacks especially well.

However, if you prefer true hard boiled eggs without any softness, make sure to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 5 minutes instead of quick releasing like I did. This will help the yolk cook more so you can achieve your desired result.

Get Creative with Your Toppings

After you make the Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, it’s time to make hard boiled egg snacks! I provided 3 of my favorite topping combinations that I’ve been enjoying, but of course, you can get creative and make your own topping combos as well.

I think I’ll be serving these snacks over the holidays as an appetizer while we wait for the turkey or ham to cook. Not only are they super tasty and full of healthy fats, they pop with color on the table making it so festive for special occasions!

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs + Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Learn how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs that's perfect and easy to peel every time, plus 3 simple and healthy snack ideas you can make with them!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Pressurizing time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs

  • 1 cup water
  • 2-12 eggs
  • Ice bath

Mustard Salmon Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Smoked salmon cut into small pieces
  • Fresh dill

Prosciutto Mayo Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Paleo mayonnaise
  • Prosciutto sliced cut into small pieces
  • Pickles cut into small chunks

Bacon Ranch Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Ranch dressing
  • Bacon bits
  • Radish cut into small pieces

Instructions

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Pour water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water.
  • Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet.
  • Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing.
  • Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure.*
  • Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let it cool for at least 5 minutes. 
  • Peel the eggs when you are ready to eat them. They should be peel easily!

Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways

  • Slice the hard boiled eggs in half. 
  • Top each half with the ingredients listed for each egg snack. The amount depends on your taste preference!
  • You can store hard boiled eggs and egg snacks in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

Notes

*This quick release method will make hard boiled eggs that are slightly soft in the center, which are better to make the 3 snack recipes. For full hard boiled eggs, naturally release pressure for 5 minutes before opening the lid. 

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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!

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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!
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 156kcal
Author Jean Choi

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

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

Instant Pot Method

  • Cut the potatoes in half and place them in the Instant Pot
  • Pour water over the potatoes until they are just covered.
  • Close the lid and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing
  • Cook on high on Manual for 12 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, quick release pressure. 
  • Pierce the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender, then drain.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.
  • 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

  • Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place them in a pot. 
  • Cover the potatoes with water.
  • Turn the heat to high until the water is boiling.
  • Cover, and reduce the heat to medium, then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. 
  • Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

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