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Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs (Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim) – Stove Top & Instant Pot Method!

These Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs from the cookbook, Korean Paleo, are so delicious and addicting, you’ll want to make it over and over again. The spicy kimchi is magical with the fatty pork!

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Kimchi fans, you are going to love this one! With my January Whole30 challenge going strong, I decided to share my favorite compliant recipe from my recently released cookbook, Korean Paleo.

Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs Recipe

These Kimchi Braised Keto and Whole30 Pork Ribs, or Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim in Korean, have always been one of my favorite dishes that my mom would make. Because it’s so easy and simple to make compared to other Korean dishes, she made these Whole30 pork ribs when she was busy or feeling lazy, but those kind of recipes always turned out to be the tastiest meals for me and my brother.

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Can Be Made on the Stove Top or the Instant Pot

The easiest way to make these Kimchi Braised Keto and Whole30 Pork Ribs is to use the Instant Pot. You literally throw everything in the pot and you let it do all the work for you during its 30 minute cook time.

However, if you don’t own the Instant Pot, you can just use the stovetop to cook these! There are just a few more steps involved, but it’s still a simple recipe that’s 100% worth it in the end. For me, there’s nothing better than spicy and tangy kimchi combined with meaty and fatty pork so this is a MUST-TRY if you are on the fence about making these Whole30 pork ribs.

kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Other Whole30-Friendly Recipes from Korean Paleo

If you are looking to cook from Korean Paleo while doing the Whole30 challenge, you totally can! Here are all the compliant recipes, along with ones that are easily adaptable:

Cooking with Bap (Rice Dishes) chapter:

  • Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice) (page 12) – without Gochujang
  • Korean Curry Rice (page 19) – omit coconut sugar
  • Kongnamul Bap (page 20) – omit honey in Mixing Sauce
  • Omurice (Omelet Fired Rice) (page 23) – omit maple syrup in ketchup and use sugar free ham

BBQs and So Much More (Protein Dishes) chapter:

  • Bulgogi (BBQ Beef) (page 28)
  • LA Galbi (BBQ Short Ribs (page 31) – omit maple syrup in marinade
  • Doenjang Gui (Doenjang Marinated Meat) (page 35) – omit honey in marinade
  • Dweji Galbi Kimchi JJim (Kimchi Braised Pork Ribs) (page 36)
  • Galbijjim (Braised Beef Short Ribs) (page 40)
  • Bossam (Pork Belly Wraps) (page 47) – omit honey
  • Tangsuyuk (Sweet and Sour Fried Pork (page 48) – replace honey with more coconut aminos
  • Kkanpung Saewoo (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp) (page 52) – omit honey
  • Nakji Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Octopus) (page 55) – omit honey
kimchi braised whole30 pork ribs

Piping Hot Soups and Stews

  • Doenjang Jjigae (Miso Paste Stew) (page 59)
  • Samgye-Tang (Ginseng Chicken Stew) (page 64)
  • Miyeok Guk (Seaweed Soup) (page 67)
  • Hobakjuk (Pumpkin Porridge) (page 71) – omit coconut sugar
  • Yukgaejang (Korean Spicy Beef Stew) (page 72)
  • Kongnamul Guk (Bean Sprout Soup) (page 75)

Not-Your-Typical Pancakes

  • Hobakjeon (Zucchini Pancakes) (page 93)
  • Kimchi Buchimgae (Kimchi Pancakes) (page 94) – use kimchi without sugar
  • Buchujeon (Garlic Chive Pancakes) (page 97)
  • Gamjajeon (Potato Pancakes) (page 98)
  • Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancakes) (page 101)

More Banchan Please? (Side Dishes)

  • Kkakdugi (Radish Kimchi) (page 105)
  • Sigeumchi Namul (Spinach Salad) (page 106)
  • Dongchimi (Radish Water Kimchi) (page 113)
  • Gaji Namul (Steamed Eggplant Salad) (page 114)
  • Gyeranmari (Rolled Omelet) (page 117)
  • Jangjorim (“Soy” Braised Beef and Eggs) (page 118) – omit honey
  • Gyeran Jjim (Steamed Egg Pot) (page 121)
  • Miyeok Muchim (Seaweed Salad) (page 122) – omit honey
  • Sukju Namul (Mung Bean Sprout Salad (page 126)
  • Gim Gui (Roasted Seaweed) (page 128)
  • Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi) (page 133) – omit coconut sugar

Korean Kitchen Must-Haves

  • Mak Kimchi (Quick Kimchi) (page 173) – omit coconut sugar
  • Paleo Doenjang (Korean Miso Paste) (page 177)
  • Cauliflower Sticky Rice (page 182)
  • Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce (page 184) – omit honey

As you can see, there are almost 40 recipes in the cookbook that you can cook from even if you are doing the Whole30 challenge! Not only are these recipes compliant, they are so bold and delicious in flavor and it’ll add such a variety to your dishes during your Whole30.

And if you have any questions about the special ingredients you need to cook from the book, make sure to check out this post on the essential ingredients you need for Korean Paleo cooking and where you can find them!

Grab Your Copy of Korean Paleo!

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Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs (Dweji Galbi Kimchi Jjim) – Stove Top & Instant Pot Method!

These Kimchi Braised Keto & Whole30 Pork Ribs from the cookbook, Korean Paleo, are so delicious and addicting you’ll want to make it over and over again. The spicy kimchi is magical with the fatty pork!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Pressure Building Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 602kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork ribs
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 cup kimchi well-fermented and sour, including the juice (sugar free for Whole30)
  • Water for stop top method
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • Optional: Cauliflower Sticky Rice, for serving (page 182 of Korean Paleo)

Instructions

Stovetop Method

  • Fill a heavy-bottomed pot or a Dutch oven two-thirds full of water. Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the pork ribs. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the ribs and set aside. Discard the water.
  • Add the onion slices to the bottom of the same pot. Place the pork ribs on top of the onion slices. Then add the kimchi on top of the pork. Add enough water to cover the onion and the pork, but not the kimchi. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Check every 10 minutes, and add more water if needed.
  • Once the pork is tender, remove it from the heat. Transfer it to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped green onion. Serve with Cauliflower Sticky Rice.

Instant Pot Method

  • Add the onion slices to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the pork ribs on top of the onion slices. Then, add the kimchi on top of the pork. You don’t need to add any liquid as the pork and kimchi will create its own while cooking. If it doesn’t come to pressure, add more kimchi juice, just enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
  • Close the lid, then make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Cook on high on manual pressure for 30 minutes. Once it beeps, release the pressure manually.
  • Open the lid, transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped green onion. Serve with Cauliflower Sticky Rice

Notes

TIP for non-Whole30ers: If the kimchi you use is overly fermented, it might yield a dish that’s a bit too sour for your taste. If this happens, you can stir in a little bit of coconut sugar to the final product to off set the sourness. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 565mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 4.2% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 11.1%

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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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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.

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Today’s recipe is something I’m so excited to share! My fellow blogger and friend, Dr. Karen Lee from drkarenslee.com recently came out with a brand new cookbook, Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, which is jam-packed with some of the most delicious recipes you can make in your air fryer!

Why the Air Fryer?

If you’ve been living under a rock recently and haven’t heard of the air fryer, it’s pretty amazing. It’s a fun kitchen gadget that “fries” your food without deep frying through hot air rapidly circulating on to the food to make it crispy while cooking it quickly.

When I first purchased my Phillips air fryer, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype or the money, but the more I use it, I’m beginning to fall in love with it! Not only does food cook insanely fast (which is important to me), the results are so delicious and crispy without making a huge mess because you only have to use a little bit of oil.

There’s a slight learning curve to figure out the temperature and the length of the cooking time, but having Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer made it so much easier and fun because all the recipes were a success every time!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites Recipe

One of the first recipes I tried from Dr. Karen’s book were these air fryer buffalo cauli-bites, because I am obsessed with anything with buffalo sauce. Not only are they deliciously crunchy, they take less than 20 minutes to make and the sauce is SO flavorful and on point!

Also, definitely don’t leave out the creamy paleo ranch dressing because it ties the flavors together so well and makes the air fryer buffalo cauli-bites extra delicious. These are so perfect as an appetizer for game days, holidays, or any kind of get-togethers!

Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

If you don’t currently have Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, I highly recommend you check it out. You’ll love the recipes, especially if you are a busy mom or a professional who want healthy food on the table quick.

Not only does this book have 80 recipes that are healthy and made with real food ingredients, it contains appetizers, meat dishes, staples, and even desserts! Who knew you could make desserts in the air fryer?

Some other recipes I’m SUPER excited to try out include:

  • Paleo Falafel Platter
  • Crab Cakes
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Healthy Biscuits and Gravy
  • Persimmon Cobbler
  • Simple Chocolate Mud Cake

Don’t Have an Air Fryer?

No problem! You can still adapt these recipes to make in the regular or convection oven. You just have to adjust the cooking time and the oven temperatures but the ingredients still stay the same with delicious results!

Check Out Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Recipe reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer by Dr. Karen S. Lee, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo Credit: Donna Crous.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Homemade Mayo page 180 of cookbook
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  • Cut and discard the outer leaves and cut the cauliflower into florets. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the florets with EVOO and coat them with the cassava flour.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). 
  • When the air fryer is ready, shake off any excess flour from the florets, place them in the basket, and set the timer for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the excess flour, ghee and Frank’s Hot Sauce in the same mixing bowl and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients, then refrigerate. When the timer goes off, transfer the florets to the mixing bowl and coat them well with sauce. Put the florets back in the basket and cook for 6 more minutes. Take them out when the timer goes off and add more Frank’s Hot Sauce if needed. Serve immediately with the ranch dressing. 

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