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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.

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak (Whole30, Low Carb)

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you’ll want over and over again! 

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

I grew up in the east coast in a small suburban town in New Jersey. I do identify myself as a New Yorker because I spent 10 years there starting in college, but throughout all that time, I’ve made several trips to Philadelphia which was close and convenient enough to jump on a bus and go.

There, I’ve had countless number of Philly cheesesteaks (half of them sober) and they were freakin’ delicious. What’s not to love about thinly sliced steak and veggies covered in cheese all nestled in a bun?

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

These days, I avoid cheese and bread so I decided to make my own allergen-friendly version, and this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak takes me right back to my college days. This version is also super easy because everything is baked in one pan, making the cooking and cleaning process a breeze without sacrificing on the flavor. My husband, who is the dishwasher in the house, loves sheet pan meals especially!

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Keeping It Dairy and Gluten Free

Philly cheesesteaks are usually served with melted provolone cheese, but I decided to make a delicious and creamy cashew cheese to drizzle over the cooked meat and vegetables instead. The combination of textures and flavors is just so delicious and you won’t miss the dairy at all!

As for the bread, I don’t really miss that part so I just eat this Paleo Philly Cheesesteak alone (the filling is the best part, after all), but if you want, you can get gluten free bread or even tortillas to eat it like tacos. I really love Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas.

Just because you are avoiding dairy, gluten, or any other food groups, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious foods! You just gotta get a bit creative in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy this Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak, and please comment with your feedback because I love reading them.

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Whole30-friendly Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak is an easy and delicious 30-minute weeknight meal you'll want over and over again! 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak or ribeye steak
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers cut into strips
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced

Steak and Vegetable Seasoning

Cashew Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a sheet pan or line it with parchment paper.

  2. Place the steak in the middle of the sheet pan and spread the vegetables around it.  

  3. Whisk together the steak and vegetable seasoning and pour it over the steak and vegetables. 

  4. Gently toss together and massage the seasoning into the steak, and distribute evenly. 

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. While the steak is baking place all ingredients for the cashew cheese in the a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Set aside.

  7. Once the steak and vegetables are done baking, turn on the broiler and broil for 5 minutes. 

  8. Remove from the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

  9. Serve drizzled with the cashew cheese sauce. 

  10. Eat it alone, or with Canyon Bakehouse hot dog buns or Siete Foods Tortillas to keep it gluten free!

Nutrition Facts
Sheet Pan Paleo Philly Cheesesteak
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 758mg 32%
Potassium 801mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 63.7%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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?

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

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.

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.