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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Take your classic comfort food to a new healthier level with this delicious and creamy Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole. Comes together quickly, and so easy as well!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Did anyone grow up eating tuna casseroles? Being raised in a Korean American household, we never had them and I didn’t try it until I was older. I actually thought they sounded pretty lame before tasting my first bite, but I realized how wrong I was after. The creamy rich flavor was amazingly comforting and I didn’t expect it to be so addicting!

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole Recipe

I recently made this paleo tuna casserole using zucchini noodles to create a healthier and lower carb version of the classic dish, and I was honestly surprised by how crazy good it was. I honestly did not miss real gluten noodles or the cheese at all, and this paleo tuna zoodle casserole is now on regular rotation in our house.

I’ll share my tricks to making yummy zoodles and dairy free cream sauce below, and these 2 really bring the textures and flavors together along with the mushrooms and StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna.

Paleo Tuna Casserole with StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.
Paleo tuna zoodle casserole plated with a fork

Why I Chose StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna

The quality of tuna for this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is really what makes this dish so flavorful and delicious. I just love that StarKist® is creating such high quality products that are so affordable, and their StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Pouches are great for creating a quick meal or a snack, even on-the-go.

Most importantly, I love that these seafood products are all wild-caught and are packed in cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. I was pleasantly surprised that the pouches contained mostly fish and the meat wasn’t submerged in olive oil, so I didn’t have to drain them like I have to do with cans.

The ingredients for all their pouches are squeaky clean and simple, and it’s been my go-to for when I need a quick snack or when I want to use it in recipes like this paleo tuna zoodle casserole recipe!

Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Tips for Making Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

What’s really important when making this paleo tuna casserole is that the zucchini isn’t watery. That will mess with the texture of the entire dish and add too much liquid when you want it to be rich and creamy. Here are my top tips for making a tuna zoodle casserole that you’ll want over and over again:

  • After spiralizing the zucchini, generously sprinkle and toss with salt and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This will “sweat” the zucchini and make it easier for you to squeeze out all the moisture, so it doesn’t make the tuna zoodle casserole liquid-y during the cooking process.
  • No need to drain StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna pouches before adding them during cooking. However, if you are using canned tuna, make sure to drain well before using it in the recipe.
  • When making the cashew cream sauce, I found that I didn’t need to soak the cashews in water. However, if you don’t own a high-speed blender, you may want to soak the cashews for an hour so they break down more easily for a creamy sauce.

If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, you can make easy substitutions with other vegetables like green peas, carrots, bell peppers, and/or celery! If you are gluten and dairy free like me, this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is such a delicious way to enjoy your favorite comfort food while feeling great at the same time.

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo casseroles, paleo comfort food, paleo tuna casserole, whole30 casseroles, whole30 comfort food, zucchini noodle recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Zucchini “Sweating” Tiime 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or 3 small
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 3 pouches StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna (2.6 oz each) – Drain if you are using canned
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or your cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • pepper to taste

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup bone broth or chicken broth or water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini into zoodles (zucchini noodles).
  • Chop the zoodles roughly so they aren't too long.
  • Place the zoodles in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Let this sit for 30 minutes to sweat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place all ingredients for the cashew cream sauce in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add mushroom and garlic with salt and pepper and cook stirring for 5 minutes until the mushroom slices are softened.
  • Stir in StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna and break apart the meat. Remove from heat.
  • Wrap the zoodles in a paper or kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Stir zoodles and the cashew cream sauce into the tuna and vegetable mixture.
  • Transfer to a 9×9 baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • If you'd like, you can serve with chopped parsley and/or red pepper flakes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3.9% | Vitamin C: 28.3% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 12.6%

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Quick and easy grilled salmon skewers flavored with lemon garlic marinade is a delicious Whole30 and keto summer grill recipe. They are so fun to eat as well!

grilled salmon skewers plated

My favorite food to grill (besides steak, of course) is seafood. It’s one type of food that taste 20x better when grilled than cooked any other way. And my favorite seafood is wild-caught salmon that’s packed with heart-healthy nutrients and omega-3s.

Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade Recipe

This salmon kebab recipe is one that will be on repeat all summer. Not only does it yield super flavorful and moist salmon on the grill, it’s so easy and quick to make for when you are lazy or short on time.

This lemon garlic marinade for salmon is what really makes a difference in the flavor of this recipe. The fresh savory tartness of the lemon, dijon mustard, garlic, and herbs really brightens up the dish and keeps the salmon kebabs moist throughout the grilling process.

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How To Grill Salmon For Best Texture and Flavor

Salmon might be one of the easiest food to grill because it cooks so fast. However, you do need to keep an eye on it because it can turn tough and dry fast if you cook it for too long. Here are some of my favorite tips on how to grill salmon for that perfectly moist texture.

  • Generously grease the grill grates. Nothing ruins delicate salmon as quickly as when it starts sticking to the grill and falling apart.
  • Rub the salmon with some kind of oil or oil-based marinade to lock in moisture. I like using avocado oil because it doesn’t add any specific flavor and it’s resilient to high heat cooking.
  • Don’t cook for longer than 3 minutes on each side, unless you are using a thick piece of salmon.
  • Be gentle when flipping salmon. I love these grilled salmon skewers because the skewers make them so easy to flip without ruining the shape.
  • Sprinkle some kind of acid to bring out the flavor of the salmon. Lemon or some kind of citrus juice is my favorite on seafood, but apple cider vinegar also works in the pinch.

Hope you enjoy this Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade! You don’t have to eat the lemon slices that are added to the skewers (they are more to flavor the salmon kebabs), but I personally like to nibble on them because they turn so smoky and delicious after being grilled.

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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Quick and easy grilled salmon skewers flavored with lemon garlic marinade is a delicious Whole30 and keto summer grill recipe. They are so fun to eat as well!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled seafood, how to grill salmon, keto grill recipes, salmon lemon marinade, summer grill recipes, whole30 grilling, whole30 salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 311kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb salmon filet preferably wild-caught
  • 2-3 large lemons thinly sliced crosswise

Lemon Garlic Marinade

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped

Equipment

  • Metal skewers or if you use bamboo, make sure to soak them in water first

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and whisk them together.
  • Cut the salmon filet into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the salmon pieces into the marinade and gently toss together until coated so they don't fall apart.
  • Thread 2 salmon pieces onto a skewer and then a lemon slice folded in half. Keep repeating until all the salmon and lemon are skewered.
  • Preheat the grill on medium high heat and grease it with avocado oil.
  • Grill the skewers for 2 minutes on each side until all salmon pieces are just cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (makes 4) | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4.6% | Vitamin C: 4.2% | Calcium: 2.8% | Iron: 8.5%
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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

I have to admit, I haven’t cooked with leeks for very long because it’s a new-to-me vegetable. My mom never cooked with it, and I’ve never ever heard of it until several years ago. However, as someone who loves experimenting with a new ingredient, I’ve been cooking with it and adding it to dishes and I’m really starting to love it! It’s been everywhere at my local farmers market these days.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks Recipe

One of my favorite ways to enjoy leeks has been in egg dishes. It has a milder taste than regular onions while adding a crunchy texture that complements perfectly with creamy eggs. The crunchiness still remains after cooking and baked for a long time like in this keto quiche recipe.

This quiche is cooked with leeks, fresh herbs, and my favorite, smoked salmon, and the flavors and textures complement each other so well in every bite. Everything about this paleo and keto quiche screams spring, and it’s so perfect with a mug of coffee or matcha in the morning.

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks
Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

Sturdy Almond Crust

Real talk: I dropped this paleo and keto quiche on my countertop when I was taking it out of the oven, because there was a hole on my oven mitt which made me burn my skin (the story of my life). This is why you’ll see some cracks in the photos from the impact of the fall, but rest assured, the crust is extremely sturdy while still being flaky. It won’t fall apart on you!

Not only is the crust delicious and easy to make, I love that’s it’s grain free and low carb without any weird ingredients. In fact, 1 slice of this leek and smoked salmon quiche has only 9 grams of net carbs, which fits perfectly into your keto meal plan!

Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

#LeeksOnFleek Collaboration

This Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks recipe is a part of an Instagram collaboration with several other talented bloggers. We are all sharing recipes featuring leeks today and I’m so excited to be taking part in it!

If you want some ideas on other delicious ways to use this spring vegetable, go check out the hashtag #leeksonfleek on Instagram. And don’t forget to share your creations with this hashtag as well!

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Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks

You are going to love this perfect dish for Spring and Summer: Paleo & Keto Quiche with Smoked Salmon and Leeks. The perfectly balanced flavors with the flaky crust make the most delicious breakfast or brunch!
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 408kcal

Ingredients

Quiche Crust

Filling

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 leeks white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 large eggs whisked
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or any other non-dairy milki
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 oz smoked salmon chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 10 inch quiche dish with ghee or coconut oil. 
  • Combine all ingredients for the crust in a large bowl until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Press the dough into the quiche dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add sliced leeks and garlic and stir cooking for 3-4 minutes just softened  and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, dill, chives, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Stir in the leek mixture and smoked salmon.
  • Pour the egg mixture into to the par baked quiche crust.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool slightly before slicing and serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice – makes 6 slices | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15% | Vitamin C: 5.2% | Calcium: 14.7% | Iron: 17%
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