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Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)

This Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower dish is a flavorful and delicious side for everyday or for the holidays, and caters to all dietary needs: paleo, Whole30, AIP, keto, and vegan!

Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been having a moment in the health food world and blogs. We are using it as rice, in gnocchi, in cheese, as risotto, and even as oats. I’ve been so focused on trying to be creative with this amazing versatile vegetable that I totally forgot about how delicious it is in its pure original form!

Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

So I decided to bring it back with this Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower recipe. There’s something so delicious about the combination of lemon and turmeric so I decided to infuse that flavor into this savory and addicting side dish. I know it says it’s 4 servings, but I may or may not have eaten the whole thing in one sitting after making these. They are that good!

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How to Make the Best Tasting Roasted Cauliflower

After roasting them for years, I’ve found that there are several tricks to making the tastiest cauliflower that’s evenly cooked with the best texture that’s crispy and not mushy:

  • When you cut them into florets, try to make them all similar in size to ensure even cooking.
  • If you wash the cauliflower before cooking, make sure they are dry before adding seasoning.
  • Toss with oil and seasoning in a separate bowl to make sure they are evenly coated.
  • Roast in an even single layer without crowding the pan. Use two pans if you need to.
  • Many ovens heat unevenly so make sure to turn the pan halfway through cooking.

These tips are pretty simple and easy to follow so make sure to not skip out on them. I promise – they really do make a difference!

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Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower dish is a flavorful and delicious side for everyday or for the holidays, and caters to all dietary needs: paleo, Whole30, AIP, keto, and vegan!

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Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

  2. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets, making sure that the florets are similar in size. 

  3. Whisk together all ingredients for the lemon turmeric dressing. 

  4. Place the cauliflower florets in a large bowl, and toss with the dressing. 

  5. Spread out the cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer. 

  6. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until tender and golden brown, turning the pan halfway through. 

  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 23.1%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing (Keto)

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

You know, if I knew that making your own Whole30 ranch dressing at home was this quick and easy, I would’ve started doing it way earlier! I think this may be my new favorite go-to dressing for everything.

Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing Recipe

All you need to make this paleo and Whole30 ranch dressing, besides the ingredients, is an immersion blender. Not only is it the best tool for making an egg-based creamy sauce or mayonnaise, I love how easy it is to clean up than when you use a regular blender.

In this recipe, a combination of an egg, avocado oil, coconut milk, and yummy spices are combined together to make America’s favorite dressing, and my picky husband said it might be better than the store-bought version he’s been eating!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Why I Don’t Buy Store Bought Ranch

Ranch is my husband’s favorite dressing so he’ll buy it for himself sometimes, but I personally never eat or touch the store bought version. The ones from the most popular brands are made with inflammatory vegetable oils which contain trans fat and are known to cause so many health issues.

There’s an incredible amount of processing to make soybean, corn, and canola oils, and most of them are already oxidized and rancid by the time they hit the shelves. This causes them to be highly inflammatory to the body, and it’s best to avoid them if you can.

Instead, in my paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing, I use avocado oil, which is much healthier and more stable, all while having a neutral flavor!

Ways to Enjoy This Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

There are so many ways to use Whole30 ranch dressing, and it’s a versatile condiment that goes with almost all savory dishes. Here are some ideas:

  • Drizzled over salads (duh)
  • As a dip for veggies and crackers
  • As a marinade
  • Drizzled over meat dishes
  • As a dip for wings and coconut chicken
  • With fries

The possibilities are endless! Did I miss anything? Comment below: how would you enjoy this paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing?

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Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blending time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 117 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove

Equipment

  • Immersion blender

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a mouth just wide enough to fit the head of the immersion blender.

  2. Slowly lower the blender in to jar until it hits the bottom.

  3. Turn on the blender and let it run without moving until you see a white creamy cloud start forming from the bottom. It will rise up as the oil get slowly incorporated into the mixture.

  4. When most of the oil is blended in to the cloud, slowly lift the blender up while it's running.

  5. Lift the blender out of the jar. 

  6. Use the ranch dressing as a dip, marinade, or drizzle over salads and meats!

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 3.2%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 1.7%
* 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 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.
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.