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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!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili
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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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 46.7% | Vitamin C: 44.1% | Calcium: 9.9% | Iron: 23.2%

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How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

Learn how to build a delicious and gorgeous paleo charcuterie board that’ll wow your guests and keep them satisfied until dinner is ready!

Are you a charcuterie board fan? Who isn’t? It’s probably the first thing I go to if I see it at a gathering or a dinner party. I just love that you can pick and choose whatever you want to eat, and you also get to try out some fancy cured meats that you’ve never had before.

I try to make a paleo charcuterie board every year for the holidays for my family. It’s such a crowd pleaser every time and buys me some time to spend on cooking while the guests fill up on the appetizers and the charcuterie board.

While a charcuterie board usually consists of cheese and meats, a paleo version omits cheese, but you have more space to load up with fun ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and dips!

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie (pronounced shahr-koo-tuh–ree) is a French term for preparing cured and smoked meats like salami, prosciutto, pâté, ham, and sausages. It is usually accompanied with various cheese, jam, fruits, nuts, and more, and served on a wooden board, many times at gatherings, so you can taste the various flavors with your family and friends.

It’s actually really fun to prepare, and even better to eat. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, especially over the holidays.

How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

A paleo charcuterie board is actually quite easy to make. Overall, you want various textures and flavors like: salty, sweet, and sour. The best thing about it is that it’s totally customizable and it’s so easy to make it look beautiful and delicious.

Here are some components you may want to add to your paleo charcuterie board:

Meats

Cured meats are the stars of the charcuterie board and they are what many people get excited about the most. I like to have about 2-3 oz of meat per person and at least 4 different kinds of meat per board. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Liver pâté: I try to include this in every board I make and it’s always the one that’s gone the fastest.
  • Prosciutto or speck
  • Salami like sopressata or coppa

Vegetables

I like to include a good amount of vegetables on my board, because I always crave something crunchy and refreshing as a palate cleanser after chomping on meats. Some great options are:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli

Fruits

A sweet component is important because the meat is usually on the salty side and you want to balance out the flavors. Plus, sweet ingredients like fruits add such a great color to the charcuterie board making it pop:

  • Fresh fruits like persimmon, grapes, pear, pomegranate, melons, apples, and berries
  • Dried fruits like mangoes, apricots, goji berries, figs, and dates
  • Fruit jams like this paleo orange blueberry jam
  • Chutney

Crackers

There are so many gluten free and paleo crackers out there, but my favorite and the ones I always have on hand are the Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. They are always loved by both paleo and non-paleo guests!

Something Sour

I always try to have something pickled or acidic on my paleo charcuterie board. It really ties all the flavors together and most people love pickled veggies and condiments! Here are some yummy options:

Other Optional Add-Ons

These are some other components that you may want to add to your board:

Tricks to a Beautiful Paleo Charcuterie Board

With all the components I mentioned above, it’s actually not difficult to make a paleo charcuterie board look beautiful. There are so many colors and textures when you bring all those ingredients together that you’ll find that they just look amazing when placed next to each other.

With that said, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your charcuterie board stands out and wows your guests:

  • Choose a board. You probably have a wooden cutting board already at home. They make a great base and it’ll make it easy for guests to slice into certain meats like salami if they need to. Some fancier boards can be slate or even marble.
  • Spread out each component across the board so you can easily reach for them no matter where you are sitting. For example, make sure there’s some kind of meat on all sides of the board so they are easily accessible.
  • Don’t be afraid to crowd all the ingredients together. The more crowded the board looks, the better the presentation. You want to overlap the components so they look cohesive once finished.
  • For wet ingredients like olives and dips, choose small bowl to put them in, and then replenish once they run low. I like to use ramekins.
  • When you are done arranging, fill up any blank spaces! I really love the look of a full charcuterie board, so I like to add crackers, fruits, or even more meat if I see any blank spots.

I hope these tips to making a paleo charcuterie board are helpful for when you host your next gathering. It may see a bit intimidating at first, but charcuterie boards are actually really easy and fun to make. It’s all about having the ingredients on hand and laying them out in a beautiful, appetizing way!

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Go take advantage of this awesome offer, and I hope you enjoy this delicious and juicy Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin once you receive your order!

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 342kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 
  • Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.
  • Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.
  • Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 
  • Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 
  • Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 2.8% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 7.7%

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