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Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30) – Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

You ready for the cutest and the most delicious snack for a party? From my experience, the most popular appetizers at get-togethers are finger foods that you can enjoy a bite at time. That way, you aren’t overcommitting to one dish and you can taste a little bit of everything.

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites Recipe

These mini Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are the perfect snack for those get-togethers and they are packed with all the good-for-you ingredients without any dairy or gluten. Not only that, they are fun and easy to make, and you can even get your kids involved because the steps are pretty simple. If you are a sweet potato lover, I know you’ll love this recipe!

Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

Not only are these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites great any time of the year, you can get festive over Halloween by making fun shapes with black olives. Making little spiders with them is actually quite easy to do, and they actually end up look super creepy and realistic.

I mean… what kid wouldn’t go crazy for these? If these are TOO creepy, you can even make jack-o’-lantern faces like I did with these Halloween deviled eggs! Aren’t they so much fun?

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Choose Your Own Toppings!

I’m a huge fan of the pepperoni and olives combo, but if aren’t, you can, of course, choose your own toppings and put anything you want on these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites. Some of my other favorites are: bacon, mushrooms, arugula, prosciutto, and real cheese if your digestion has no problem with it.

The sweet potato crust is quite sturdy, but make sure the toppings aren’t too heavy, because you’ll want to be able pick these up in one hand without the crust falling apart!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30)

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 pizza bites
Calories: 81 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!

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Ingredients

Sweet Potato Crust

Cashew Cheese

Pizza Toppings

  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce sugar free
  • 12 pepperoni slices sugar free
  • black olives
  • Optional garnish: red pepper flakes, basil leaves, garlic powder, or your favorite topping

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it lightly.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Place sweet potato chunks and coconut flour in the food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a fine texture.

  4. Add egg, olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder, and pulse until the dough becomes pasty.

  5. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of the dough on the parchment paper and use your hands to shape into a circular crust that's about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

  7. While the crust is baking, make the cashew cheese by blending all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add more water if the consistency is too thick.

  8. Once the crust is done baking, top with 1 tsp marinara sauce.

  9. Add the cashew cheese (you might not use all of it), then top with a slice of pepperoni.

  10. Add black olive slices, or for Halloween, cut the olives into shapes for spiders before adding them. 

  11. Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. 

  12. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 pizza bite)
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Potassium 106mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 31.6%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)

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This creamy paleo carrot soup is slightly sweet and so comforting, and you’ll love the flavorful crispy bites from the bacon. It’s also Whole30 and AIP friendly!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Now that it’s officially soup weather, I’m sharing my first soup of the season with this Paleo Carrot Aoup with Bacon. There’s something so comforting and cozy about a creamy soup and it’s extra delicious when combined with crispy, salty bacon.

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon Recipe

Not only is this recipe super flavorful, it’s actually really easy and quick and it takes a total of 30 minutes to make! The hardest part is the chopping of the bacon and vegetables and the rest is all done in the pot and the blender. And I recently got a brand new blender that I’m LOVING (it was looooong overdue) so the blending part was super fast as well!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon
To get your hands on the Calphalon Precision Control™ blender, make sure to go check it out here, or click on the image below!:

Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender

My previous blender was totally beat up and about 6 years old, so I was super excited to check out Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender that’s newly released. I have several Calphalon products at home so I knew how high quality they are and I’m a big fan of this brand.

My favorite part of this blender is that it has self-adjusting, speed-controlled power blades sense the mixture’s thickness and adjust the speed accordingly to thoroughly blend. How cool is that? Not only that, the 1.5 liter jar is BPA-free and dishwasher safe, and it has a powerful 900-watt motor–so necessary for someone who uses kitchen gadgets all the time like me!

Plus, I really love the slick, matte black design, and it looks so good on my countertop.

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Where to Purchase a Calphalon Precision Control™ Blender

If you also want to get your hands on my new favorite blender, you can only find them at Target. Calphalon actually has a whole new line of products out, which includes this blender, and you can find all of them here. I’m actually thinking of getting their waffle maker because I’ve been wanting one for so long.

Whole30 & AIP Friendly

Not only is this Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup full of healthy and good-for-you ingredients like vegetables, bone broth, and coconut milk, it’s actually Whole30 compliant and you can make AIP friendly by omitting the ground black pepper and paprika. It’ll still be deliciously flavorful, and you’ll definitely want to serve it as part of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon

Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)

Course: Side Dish, Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz sugar-free bacon chopped (about 4 slices)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb carrots chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 4 cups bone broth or chicken broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Optional: Chopped fresh parlsey for garnish
  • Optional: Smoked paprika for garnish - Omit for AIP

Instructions

  1. Heat a dutch oven or a large pot over medium heat. 

  2. Add chopped bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave about 2 tbsp of bacon grease in the pot, and save the rest for cooking.

  4. Turn the heat up to medium high and add onion, garlic, carrots, salt, and pepper.

  5. Cook stirring for 5 minutes until fragrant and the onions are translucent.

  6. Add the broth, close the lid, and bring to a boil.

  7. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots are cooked through.

  8. Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, working in batches if needed. 

  9. Return the soup back to the pot and stir in coconut milk. 

  10. Heat over medium low heat for 5 minutes until everything is heated through. 

  11. Divide the soup into bowls, then garnish with bacon, parsley, and smoked paprika, if using. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Paleo Carrot Soup with Bacon (Whole30, AIP Option)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 499mg 21%
Potassium 415mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 252.8%
Vitamin C 8.3%
Calcium 4%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)

This Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower dish is a flavorful and delicious side for everyday or for the holidays, and caters to all dietary needs: paleo, Whole30, AIP, keto, and vegan!

Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been having a moment in the health food world and blogs. We are using it as rice, in gnocchi, in cheese, as risotto, and even as oats. I’ve been so focused on trying to be creative with this amazing versatile vegetable that I totally forgot about how delicious it is in its pure original form!

Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

So I decided to bring it back with this Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower recipe. There’s something so delicious about the combination of lemon and turmeric so I decided to infuse that flavor into this savory and addicting side dish. I know it says it’s 4 servings, but I may or may not have eaten the whole thing in one sitting after making these. They are that good!

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How to Make the Best Tasting Roasted Cauliflower

After roasting them for years, I’ve found that there are several tricks to making the tastiest cauliflower that’s evenly cooked with the best texture that’s crispy and not mushy:

  • When you cut them into florets, try to make them all similar in size to ensure even cooking.
  • If you wash the cauliflower before cooking, make sure they are dry before adding seasoning.
  • Toss with oil and seasoning in a separate bowl to make sure they are evenly coated.
  • Roast in an even single layer without crowding the pan. Use two pans if you need to.
  • Many ovens heat unevenly so make sure to turn the pan halfway through cooking.

These tips are pretty simple and easy to follow so make sure to not skip out on them. I promise – they really do make a difference!

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Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower dish is a flavorful and delicious side for everyday or for the holidays, and caters to all dietary needs: paleo, Whole30, AIP, keto, and vegan!

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Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Lemon Turmeric Dressing

  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

  2. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets, making sure that the florets are similar in size. 

  3. Whisk together all ingredients for the lemon turmeric dressing. 

  4. Place the cauliflower florets in a large bowl, and toss with the dressing. 

  5. Spread out the cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer. 

  6. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until tender and golden brown, turning the pan halfway through. 

  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Keto, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 23.1%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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