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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. I looove all the Christmas decorations and lights and seeing my family, but the stress of traveling, gift giving, and hosting can be a bit much. On top of that, it is the busiest time of the year in the blogging world.

HOWEVER, I do love the food that comes with all of it, especially all the delicious side dishes and desserts. And I can’t wait to serve these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms over Christmas for my family because they came out freakin’ fantastic!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

I’ve made these roasted mushrooms several times before and they are always a hit and one of my favorite sides to serve. They are so simple and easy to make, but the end result looks so gorgeous on the table and the flavor is just unbeatable from the umami of balsamic vinegar and the smokiness of garlic and thyme.

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Great For a Potluck!

I love to serve these for holiday dinners and get-togethers, but they also do extremely well at potlucks because they travel so well and taste great warm or at room temperature. On top of that, these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms cater to so many dietary needs if you are serving people with food restrictions or allergies.

Not only are they gluten and dairy free, they are also low carb, vegan, and even AIP-friendly! My mom tries to follow the autoimmune protocol, which is why this dish always gets made when we are together, AND because everyone always raves about them!

Keeping it AIP-friendly

There are only a few easy modifications you need to make to make this recipe AIP-friendly. Just substitute the cooking oil with coconut oil instead of ghee, and omit the ground black pepper. That’s it! It’s quite easy to cater to so many dietary needs when you are cooking with real food, and making a side dish like this for a big dinner ensures that everyone has a little bit of something to eat.

Don’t these photos make you drool? I need stop editing photos when I’m hungry because it always makes me want to eat what I shot. Good thing these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms only take less than 20 minutes to make!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 86 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted, or coconut oil for AIP or vegan
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 2 lbs crimini mushroom

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. In a large bowl, add in balsamic vinegar, ghee, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper, and whisk together.

  3. Add in the mushroom and toss together until coated.

  4. Place the mushroom on a baking sheet in a single layer. 

  5. Roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden and tender. 

Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 692mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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“Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole (Gluten Free, Whole30)

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This “Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole is dairy free and Whole30, but you’ll never know it by the delicious, creamy taste! It’s a perfect holiday side dish. Cheesy Paleo Broccoli Casserole

Ever since I’ve had to give up gluten and dairy because of my food intolerances, I had to start getting super creative for the holidays. I actually really enjoy the process of experimenting in the kitchen and recreating my favorite dishes free of allergens without sacrificing on the flavor.

I recently made this “Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole without a hint of cheese, and I may have to make it every year for holiday get-togethers because it turned out fantastic.

“Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole Recipe

The “cheesy” creamy sauce in this recipe is made with a combination of spices, cashews, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast, and I honestly think it tastes better than real cheese. The best part is that you won’t feel weighed down afterwards like you do with real cheese, and the creamy texture with the crunchy broccoli is just the best combo.

You can use either fresh or frozen broccoli for this casserole, which makes the cooking process easy and quick because if you use frozen florets,  you don’t even have to defrost them!

Cheesy Paleo Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Paleo Broccoli Casserole

Easy Cooking with OXO Products

To make this “Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole, I used some of these OXO products, which made preparing this side dish so dang easy and fun! The OXO products I used are:

  • Glass 3 Qt Baking Dish with Lid (love that it comes with a lid, and it can go from freezer to oven without the need to thaw),
  • Herb Stripping Comb (it strips kale and herb leaves from multiple stems at one time with a simple pull, and it made stripping parsley leaves for this recipe so easy and quick!),
  • and lastly, my favorite, One Stop Chop (a manual food processor).

The One Stop Chop was my favorite because the blades are extremely sharp, so it makes chopping onions and other vegetables a breeze. Plus, the bottom suctions to the counter really well so it doesn’t budge while you are turning the handle! I know I’ll be using this one multiple times over the holidays when I’m cooking 5 dishes at once.

Cheesy Paleo Broccoli Casserole

My Favorite Kitchen Equipments for Making Holiday Dishes

If you go through my kitchen, you’ll probably figure out that I really love OXO products. Their products are always high quality and last a really, really long time. I’ve had some of their glassware for 4+ years and they are still going strong.

If you are a fan of holiday dishes like me and you are planning to bake a ton this season, definitely check out their glass bakeware! They come in all different shapes and sizes, and I love that many of them have lids to easily store your leftovers in the fridge.

I hope you enjoy this gluten free and Whole30 “Cheesy” Paleo Broccoli Casserole, because it’s such a delicious way to enjoy your vegetables and get your kids to eat them as well!

Cheesy Paleo Broccoli Casserole

"Cheesy" Paleo Broccoli Casserole

Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This "Cheesy" Paleo Broccoli Casserole is dairy free and Whole30, but you'll never know it by the delicious, creamy taste! It's a perfect holiday side dish. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs broccoli florets about 8 cups, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Parsley flakes for garnish

"Cheese" Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Place broccoli in a 9x13 baking dish in an even layer.

  3. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil a skillet over medium high heat.

  4. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring until fragrant, about 5 minutes. 

  5. Remove from heat and add to the baking dish over the broccoli.

  6. In a blender, add all ingredients for the "cheese" sauce, except eggs, and blend until smooth and creamy. 

  7. Pulse in the eggs until just mixed together.

  8. Pour over the vegetables and stir together. 

  9. Bake for 1 hour until golden.

  10. Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
"Cheesy" Paleo Broccoli Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 360mg 15%
Potassium 443mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 83.3%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What is your signature seasonal side dish? Do you have any favorite OXO products you always use?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OXO.

The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you’ll be sad that there are no leftovers!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

I know what you are thinking… “Really? The BEST?” It might sound a liiittle bit overconfident, but it’s not just me who claimed that these were the best Instant Pot mashed potatoes. I’ve actually heard it from several people who have tried this recipe before. It’s incredibly flattering, but I gotta say, these mashed potatoes are pretty darn fantastic.

The BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Not only are these super tasty, they are incredibly easy because they are made in the Instant Pot. Instead of having to keep an eye out for when the water is boiling and simmering, you just throw everything in the Instant Pot and ignore it until it’s finished.

Another great thing about making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot is that if you end up making them early before the rest of the dishes are done, you can keep them on the Warm setting until everything else is finished. This trick is especially useful for Thanksgiving or the holidays when you are stressed out and making 8 things at once, because, or course, nothing is ready for the table at the same time.

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How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Okay… so wanna know the trick to making the BEST Instant Pot mashed potatoes? These tips are quite simple and easy but makes such a huge difference in the flavor and texture:

  • Always use russet potatoes. I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with all different kinds of potatoes in the potatoes and the ones that yield the best texture every time is russet. Other softer potatoes can get gummy or “sticky” if you accidentally over-mash them, but the chances of that are very low with russet potatoes.
  • You’ll notice that I added apple cider vinegar to the potatoes, and that makes such a huge difference to the taste in the best way. It gives the potatoes a slight tang and zest that makes them so addicting. Try it if you don’t believe me! You’ll never make mashed potatoes any other way.
  • Also, using ghee instead of the traditional butter (or any other fat) makes it even more amazing because of that deep caramel flavor that is way stronger in ghee. The combination of the apple cider vinegar and ghee is what makes this recipe so special!

Don’t Have an Instant Pot?

I know not everyone has an Instant Pot (although you should because it’s the best investment and such a time saver), so I included stove top directions as well. This doesn’t change the taste at all so you’ll still have delicious mashed potatoes to serve with your main dish however you decide to make it!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Pressurizing time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot mashed potatoes (with stovetop option) are always a crowd favorite at every gathering, and you'll be sad that there are no leftovers!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freeze dried chives plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. If you like your potatoes peeled, peel them now. If not, scrub the potatoes.

Instant Pot Method

  1. Cut the potatoes in half and place them in the Instant Pot

  2. Pour water over the potatoes until they are just covered.

  3. Close the lid and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing

  4. Cook on high on Manual for 12 minutes.

  5. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, quick release pressure. 

  6. Pierce the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender, then drain.

  7. Add the rest of the ingredients, and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.

  8. Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

  9. If you are not eating right away or waiting for other dishes to cook, you can keep the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and set it to Warm until ready to serve.

Stove Top Method

  1. Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place them in a pot. 

  2. Cover the potatoes with water.

  3. Turn the heat to high until the water is boiling.

  4. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium, then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. 

  5. Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.

  6. Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30) + Stove Top Option
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 298mg 12%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 8.4%
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 7.4%
* 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.