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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all.

Whole30 Cobb Salad

I know salads have a reputation of being “boring,” but my favorite meals with the most flavor are hearty salads with all the yummy ingredients. It all depends on what you add to a salad, and it’s important to include some delicious protein, fats, and textures to make them fun, vibrant, and keep you satiated for hours!

Whole30 Cobb Salad Recipe

This Whole30 Cobb Salad is a definitely a recipe that filling enough to be a meal on its own, and you’ll love it if you are a fan of classic cobb salads. It has hard boiled eggs, crunchy bacon, meaty chicken, along with the most refreshing combo of veggies like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

The only thing it doesn’t include is to make it Whole30 and paleo is the blue cheese, but I don’t think you’ll miss it at all. The dressing is simple but adds a ton of flavor without the cheese! BUT, if you are keto and/or you aren’t bothered by dairy, feel free to add it to your liking.

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad

Great for Potlucks and Picnics

This Whole30 Cobb Salad can be made ahead of time and is actually quite portable! It’s especially great during the Spring and Summer, because it’s so refreshing and the great weather makes dining outside so much more pleasant. Plus it’s such a crowd-pleasing recipe!

If you do decide to travel with this Whole30 cobb salad, you do need to make a small change in the recipe to keep it fresh and delicious. Because the lettuce can get soggy once the dressing is on it, just follow the instructions as is without the lettuce. Once you are ready to serve, you can add the lettuce and toss gently before enjoying!

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all. 
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Egg cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon sugar & nitrate free
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado diced or sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onions chopped

Dressing

Instructions

Hard-boiled eggs

  • Stovetop MethodBring water to a boil in a saucepan. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water gently, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  • Instant Pot Method:  Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath. Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure for slightly soft-centered eggs (like in my photos) or let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes for true hard-boiled eggs. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before peeling.

Bacon

  • Fry bacon slices in a pan over medium heat until even browned and crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain and roughly crumble. Set aside.

Assemble

  • Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  • Top with chicken, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the salad and toss together gently before serving.

Notes

If you are making this ahead of time, follow the instructions but leave out the lettuce until it’s time to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 91.1% | Vitamin C: 18.9% | Calcium: 5.3% | Iron: 14.9%
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup

With the weather warming up, I’ve been seeing a bounty of asparagus at the farmers market, and it makes me so happy! It’s one of my favorite veggies and my husband and I love it it in all forms as a side dish.

Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup Recipe

However, I never actually made asparagus in a soup! I’ve had asparagus soups at restaurants before and I remember enjoying them, but I’m not sure why I never thought to make it at home until now. It’s just so tasty and easy!

This paleo and Whole30 asparagus soup is a one pot dish that’s done in 30 minutes from start to finish. It uses coconut milk to add that creamy texture, and it just makes such a wonderful and light side or appetizer that goes well with any protein dish. You can even make it vegan or AIP with easy peasy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup

Make It a Main Dish

If you don’t want to cook multiple dishes and want to make this Whole30 asparagus soup a main dish, you totally can! I love adding protein to my veggies soups to make them heartier and more filling. Here are some yummy additions that would go well in this soup:

I would just add these in with the coconut milk at the end and let everything simmer for about 5 more minutes before taking off heat and serving.

Even with the added protein, this dish takes about 30 minutes, and you’ll love the amazing flavor of hearty asparagus that stand out in this soup!

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions. 
Course Side Dish, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 202kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for vegan or AIP
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper omit for AIP
  • 5 cups bone broth or chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegan)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or more taste

Instructions

  • Wash the asparagus and chop in half.
  • In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and onion and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add asparagus, salt, and pepper, and cook stirring for 5 minutes. 
  • Pour in bone broth, cover, and let it come to a simmer.
  • Turn down the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes until the asparagus is cooked through and soft. 
  • Use an immersion blender to blender the contents until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer the contents to a regular blender to blend. Return back to the pot. 
  • Stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. 
  • Taste to add more salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice, before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 22.9% | Vitamin C: 13.6% | Calcium: 4.9% | Iron: 21.8%
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Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

This creamy paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms are so decadent and delicious, and easy to make! It’s a beautiful and rich meatless dish that everyone will love.

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

With Spring just around the corner, I don’t want to give up on my rich and creamy dishes just yet. Thankfully, this paleo cauliflower gnocchi recipe is yummy and warming enough to be comforting, while tasting light enough for transitioning to warmer weather!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

I love a good gnocchi dish. There’s something about those soft and pillowy bites covered in a delicious sauce that bring me so much joy! These gnocchi are made with steamed cauliflower, making it a lower carb option, and they are grain free and paleo because they are made with cassava flour and coconut flour. However, you’ll never guess by the amazing taste and texture.

The combination of the paleo cauliflower gnocchi with cooked down mushrooms and spinach covered in a flavorful, creamy sauce is just heaven in one bite. With a beautiful melding of spices, garlic, and the cheesiness from nutritional yeast, it’s a dish you’ll want to make over and over again whether you are just with your family or have guests over!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

Best Way to Enjoy These Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi

This dish will taste the best served right after it’s cooked, hot and steaming. It’s filling enough to eat alone, but if you like some kind of protein at every meal, you can eat it alongside some roasted chicken or even stir in some cooked ground beef or sausages!

If you do have leftovers, I find that the best way to heat it up again is in a pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until just heated through. Make sure not to reheat it for much longer than that, or the gnocchi will turn mushy!

Hope you enjoy this delicious paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms. It’s so delicious that it’s become one of my favorite recipes. I actually have another gnocchi recipe using avocado pesto as the sauce, so if you try out both, let me know which one you like more!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
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Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

This creamy paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms is so decadent and delicious, and so easy to make! It’s a beautiful and rich meatless dish that everyone will love. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Dough resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 355kcal

Ingredients

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Sauce

Instructions

Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • Place a steamer insert into a large saucepan and pour in water to just below the bottom of the steamer.
  • Turn the heat to medium high and bring the water to a boil.
  • Bring down the heat to medium low to simmer, then add cauliflower florets, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the pot and transfer to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Add cassava flour, coconut flour, egg, and sea salt, and pulse until combined and forms a dough.
  • Place the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • If dough is too sticky, add cassava flour 1 tbsp at a time while kneading until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Sprinkle some cassava flour on a large cutting board or a clean countertop.
  • Roll your dough into ropes about ½ to ¾ inch thick, then cut the ropes into pieces that are about 1 inch long. If you’d like, use a fork to create indents on the gnocchi.
  • Store half of the gnocchi in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer, and save it for lagter. Use the other half for the this recipe. 

Sauce

  • In a deep dish pan, heat avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until browned and translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and dried oregano, and cook stirring for 5 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Wait until everything starts boiling, then turn down the heat to medium low. Cover, and let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in nutritional yeast, spinach, salt, and pepper, then cover and simmer for 3 more minutes. 
  • Stir well and taste to adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 56.9% | Vitamin C: 57.7% | Calcium: 10.1% | Iron: 21.4%
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