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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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Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)

These low carb and keto air fryer fried pickles are breaded with crushed pork rinds, and so crunchy and addicting! They are way easier to make than the deep fried method.

The first time I tried fried pickles was about 3 years ago. It was such a new concept to me that even though I was gluten free, I tried several of them at a bar and couldn’t believe how delicious they were. I definitely didn’t feel well afterwards being gluten intolerant, but I remember thinking that it was totally worth it. They were that good!

Because it was love at first bite, I definitely had keto fried pickles on my list to make when I bought myself an air fryer. After making these air fryer pickles a few times, I’m honestly so stoked at how delicious and crispy they are!

Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles Recipe

Making fried pickles in the air fryer is so much easier than traditional deep frying and the cleanup is a breeze as well. These air fryer pickles are made low carb by using ground up pork rinds rather than breadcrumbs, but the texture is still so crunchy and crispy. I love that they are way healthier than the original version and I honestly couldn’t stop eating these!

How to Make Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Because these are low carb and keto fried pickles, the breading ingredients may be a bit different but the process is quite similar to regular fried pickles. It helps to make an assembly line of coconut flour, egg wash, and pork panko mixture. You first toss the pickles in coconut flour so they are well coated, and then dredge in the egg wash, then finally coat them with the pork panko mixture before adding them to the air fryer.

The coconut flour and the egg wash help the pork panko stick so you have deliciously crispy fried pickles in the air fryer and you won’t be able to stop eating! It only takes 10 minutes of cook time and you don’t have to worry about oil splattering on your skin or clothes.

Tips for Making These Keto Fried Pickles

Making fried pickles in the air fryer is pretty simple but I want to share some tips and tricks to make them extra crispy and delicious.

  • Dill pickles are traditionally used to make fried pickles, but you can use any kind of pickles you like.
  • Make sure to pat dry the pickle slices before tossing them with coconut flour so there isn’t too much moisture.
  • Pork panko just means ground up pork rinds. You can crush them yourself, but I love buying these ground up ones to save time.
  • I highly recommend you taste the pickles before breading them to decide if you want to add salt to the pork panko mixture. Mine was plenty salty enough so I didn’t need to add any.
  • You may need to work in batches to cook these air fryer pickles. They taste best if they are cooked in a single layer, and depending on your air fryer, the surface area may not be big enough to fit all the pickles.
  • You can get these air fryer pickles extra crispy if you spray or brush them with cooking oil before you cook each side. I use this avocado oil spray and it works really well for this.

If you end up making these keto fried pickles, leave a comment and let me know how you like them! They are definitely one of my favorite recipes to make in the air fryer.

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Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)

These low carb and keto air fryer fried pickles are breaded with crushed pork rinds, and so crunchy and addicting! They are way easier to make than the deep fried method.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer pickles, air fryer recipes, keto air fryer, keto fried pickles, low carb fried pickles, whole30 air fryer recipes, whole30 fried pickles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 144kcal

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Pat dry the pickle slices with a kitchen or paper towel and place in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the pickles with coconut flour and toss gently so all sides are coated.
  • In a separate bowl, crack and whisk the egg.
  • In another bowl, mix together pork panko, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Working in batches, dredge the pickle slices in the egg wash.
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the pickle slices.
  • Arrange the dill pickle slices in a single layer in the air fryer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • For extra crispy pickles, spray or brush the pickles with avocado oil.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping then spraying (or brunshing) with avocado oil again halfway through.
  • Serve immediately with ranch, or your favorite dip!

Notes

The pickles that I used were plenty salty on their own so I didn’t add any more salt. I would taste the pickles first before to determine if you want to add more salt or not. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 2 | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1839mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13.3% | Vitamin C: 1.4% | Calcium: 7.2% | Iron: 6.5%
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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You’ll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!

I’m one of those people who have always been a kale fan. I just think it’s so versatile and hearty, and I just love that it’s so nutritious as well. When it comes to salads, the best way to incorporate raw kale is to massage them so they soften and wilt, and the leaves turn much more palatable. And that’s exactly what I did for this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad, and it turned out fantastic!

Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

This kale Caesar salad recipe incorporates kale as the base lettuce instead of romaine, making it much more nutritious and hearty. Instead of croutons, you can get the crunchy and addicting texture from toasted and chopped almonds which I actually prefer.

Also. instead of using chicken breasts, I think chicken thighs are way more flavorful and juicy so that’s what I used. However, if you prefer chicken breasts, you can definitely use those instead.

The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

When it comes to Caesar salads, the dressing is the most important part and it’s what gives Caesar salad that zesty tangy flavor that it’s so well-known for. Making a Whole30 version is actually super easy and simple, and you just need some simple ingredients to whisk together:

  • Whole30 mayonnaise – make sure it’s made with avocado or olive oil, and doesn’t have sugar!
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • dijon mustard
  • anchovy paste – another one to read the ingredients carefully to make sure it’s Whole30 compliant
  • salt and pepper

The combination of salt, dijon mustard, and lemon juice really gives this Whole30 Caesar dressing that zesty and cheesy flavor without parmesan cheese. You’ll be surprised how much this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad tastes so much like the real deal!

Tips for Making Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

This kale caesar salad recipe is made by preparing different components separately and putting them all together to serve at the end. To make it delicious with the best results, I think these tips will be helpful for you:

  • Kale is tough and crunchy raw, so make sure to massage the leaves very well until they are wilted. I recommend you do this towards the beginning, so the leaves have time to soften and marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • This Whole30 Caesar dressing is on the thick side, and that how traditional version is as well. However, if you want to thin it out, you can do so by whisking in a little bit of dairy-free milk like coconut milk or almond milk.
  • You probably won’t need to use all the dressing to make this kale Caesar salad recipe. The Whole30 Caesar dressing can keep for up to 7 days chilled in the fridge, stored in an airtight container.
  • Traditional Caesar salad uses chicken breasts, but I used chicken thighs because it has way more flavor. Feel free to use whatever cut you prefer.
  • This Whole30 chicken Caesar salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Because the kale leaves are so sturdy and they actually taste better wilted, the texture will still be amazing after sitting in the dressing overnight.

I personally think this kale chicken Caesar salad is way better than the original version. It’s way heartier, healthier, and has so much more flavor. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free add parmesan cheese to your salad if you’d like!

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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You'll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo caesar salad, whole30 chicken salad, whole30 dressing, whole30 salad, whole30 salad recipes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 336kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups kale stems removed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whole30 Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Whole30 mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the Whole30 Caesar Dressing and set aside.
  • Bunch up the kale leaves together and slice into thin strands. Transfer to a big bowl.
  • Add olive oil and 1/8 tsp sea salt to the kale leaves and massage for 3-4 minutes with your hands until they start to soften and wilt.
  • Add red onion slices to the kale and toss together. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the almonds.
  • Stir frequently and toast for 4-5 minutes until golden and fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before roughly chopping.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Add the chicken in a single layer to the skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes until you can easily flip the chicken.
  • Flip and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cut into bite-sized slices.
  • Combine kale, onion slices, almonds, and chicken in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with caesar dressing (you'll only need about half) and toss together before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition calculation is based on using 1/2 of the Whole30 Caesar Dressing for the entire recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 5 | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 161.1% | Vitamin C: 118.7% | Calcium: 16.7% | Iron: 13.6%
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