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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

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. 
Servings 12 servings
Calories 176kcal
Author Jean Choi


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place broccoli in a 9x13 baking dish in an even layer.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook stirring until fragrant, about 5 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and add to the baking dish over the broccoli.
  • In a blender, add all ingredients for the "cheese" sauce, except eggs, and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Pulse in the eggs until just mixed together.
  • Pour over the vegetables and stir together. 
  • Bake for 1 hour until golden.
  • Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve warm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 11% | Vitamin C: 83.3% | Calcium: 5.4% | Iron: 14.1%

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.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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

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!
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 156kcal
Author Jean Choi


  • 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


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

Instant Pot Method

  • Cut the potatoes in half and place them in the Instant Pot
  • Pour water over the potatoes until they are just covered.
  • Close the lid and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing
  • Cook on high on Manual for 12 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, quick release pressure. 
  • Pierce the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender, then drain.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.
  • 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

  • Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks and place them in a pot. 
  • Cover the potatoes with water.
  • Turn the heat to high until the water is boiling.
  • Cover, and reduce the heat to medium, then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. 
  • Drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until desired texture and smoothness.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and serve topped with more freeze dried chives, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 8.4% | Vitamin C: 12.8% | Calcium: 2.1% | Iron: 7.4%

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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 255kcal
Author Jean Choi


  • 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


  • Heat a dutch oven or a large pot over medium heat. 
  • Add chopped bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Turn the heat up to medium high and add onion, garlic, carrots, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook stirring for 5 minutes until fragrant and the onions are translucent.
  • Add the broth, close the lid, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the carrots are cooked through.
  • Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, working in batches if needed. 
  • Return the soup back to the pot and stir in coconut milk. 
  • Heat over medium low heat for 5 minutes until everything is heated through. 
  • Divide the soup into bowls, then garnish with bacon, parsley, and smoked paprika, if using. Serve warm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 252.8% | Vitamin C: 8.3% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 9.2%