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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.

While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe

Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Less Oil, Less Mess

Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.

Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:

Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: Lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel. 
  • Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil. 
  • Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot. 
  • Soak the flattened slices in salt water for 1 minute, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (2 tsp) front and back.
  • Place back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through. 
  • Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt. 
  • Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole
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Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These delicious Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are so much healthier and taster than the takeout version! It’s only sweetened with pineapple juice but so flavorful.

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and sour sauce dishes at Chinese restaurants used to be my go-to growing up. There’s something so addicting about the combination of 2 flavors, especially when they coat any kind of meat, and I love how these components balance each other out so well.

These days, I don’t ever get Chinese takeout, but the sugar content alone would make me feel horrible if I did, let alone all the gluten, soy, and MSG that are common at these restaurants. So, of course, I made a healthier, low-sugar version at home so I can enjoy it again, and it tastes even better than the original!

Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

These Whole30 sweet and sour meatballs are made using real food substitutions but you won’t miss out on any of the delicious flavors. The sauce is sweetened with pineapple juice and coconut aminos, which has a naturally sweet flavor especially when cooked down like it is in this recipe.

The combination apple cider vinegar and sugar free ketchup provides that sour and tangy flavor that’s so tasty and addicting! This recipe makes a good amount of the sweet and sour sauce, so don’t throw it out if you have extra left over. You can always use it to pour on other meats and veggies, because it’s just that good.

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Substitutions and Variations

While this Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are amazing as they are written, I completely understand if you want to try different variations depending on the ingredients you have on hand. Here are some way you can change it up:

  • You can use any combination of ground meat. I do like to add a little bit of beef when I make meatballs because it provides so much moisture and flavor. However, you’ll be cooking the meatballs in the sauce anyway, so leaner cuts like chicken or turkey will work as well.
  • The sauce can be thickened with other starches like arrowroot or potato. If you want to use something like coconut flour, I would reduce it to 2 tsp because coconut flour absorbs a lot of water.
  • Feel free to experiment with different vegetables to cook in the sauce. Broccoli, onions, and green beans can all work.
  • If you like your sweet and sour sauce extra sweet, you can add 1 or 2 medjool dates to the sauce ingredients before you blend it all together. I personally didn’t think that this was necessary, but I know many of you like things sweeter than me!
Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ways to Serve These Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These meatballs are just so good on their own, but even better if you have cauliflower rice to soak up all the delicious sauce. If you aren’t doing the Whole30 challenge and are fine with grains, you can serve with regular white rice (I’ve been loving basmati lately).

I’ve been eating these meatballs with rice and a side of steamed broccoli and it’s been one of my favorite meals that’s so healthy and balanced. What would you serve these meatballs with? I would love some other ideas!

Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These delicious Paleo & Whole30 Sweet and Sour Meatballs are so much healthier and taster than the takeout version! It’s only sweetened with pineapple juice but so flavorful.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 368kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper cut into chunks, any color
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple juice no sugar added (drained from a can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place all ingredients for the meatballs in the large bowl and mix together.
  • Form into golf sized balls and place evenly on a baking sheet, without have them touch each other. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are baking, place all ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Remove the meatballs once they are finished baking.
  • Pour the sauce into a large saucepan and heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. 
  • Add the meatballs and bell pepper, then reduce the heat to medium until everything comes to a simmer.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened. 
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped green onions before serving. 
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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)[Video]

This easy but flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a fast and delicious meal any time of the year, and it’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is one of those Italian dishes that brings me so much comfort and joy. I love any meat dishes in spiced and simmered tomato sauce, and this Instant Pot chicken cacciatore is a perfect example of that. Not only does it taste like it’s been braised for hours, but it actually only take 10 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot!

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The Most Flavorful Chicken Cut

I find that this Instant Pot chicken cacciatore recipe tastes the best and yields the most flavorful results when you use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. This cut brings out the most juice in the sauce AND the meat will turn out so tender as well. You can, of course, use other chicken cuts, like breasts or boneless, skinless thighs, if that’s what you prefer. I never tried but I bet drumsticks would be amazing as well!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

The Instant Pot Size Matters

I cooked this Whole30 chicken cacciatore in a 6-qt Instant Pot. But, if you have one that’s larger, you may want to double the recipes for everything to come to pressure. If you DON’T want to make that much, you can also just double the broth. The sauce may come out a bit more watery, but the flavor will still be there!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

How to Serve This Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This version of chicken cacciatore uses a lot of veggies, so you can totally feel satisfied eating it on its own. But if you want to prepare a side to go with it, these are some of my favorites:

  • zucchini noodles
  • cauliflower rice
  • spaghetti squash
  • gluten free pasta
  • paleo keto bread
  • polenta (if you eat grains)
  • rice
  • gnocchi

Hope you enjoy this Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore, that’s full of rustic and comforting flavors. Please leave me a review below of how it turns out if you make it!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

This easy but flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a fast and delicious meal any time of the year, and it’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressurizing/depressurizing time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 440kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or chicken broth
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives optional

Instructions

  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a 6-qt Instant Pot to Sauté and add 2 tbsp of avocado oil.
  • Once it indicates that that pot is “hot” add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides for 3 minutes each. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Add onions and garlic to the Instant Pot and cook for 3 minutes. 
  • Pour in bone broth. Use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot and scrap up the browned bits on the bottom. 
  • Select the “Cancel” function and add the rest of the ingredients, except chicken and olives, and stir together. 
  • Place the chicken thighs in the sauce.
  • Secure the lid, make sure the pressure valve is set to “Sealing.”
  • Cook on Manual for 10 minutes, and let it naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Stir in kalamata olives, if using, and taste to adjust season.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice, rice, gluten free pasta, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or enjoy alone!
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