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Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Spaghetti Squash

This bean-free Whole30 Chili comes together easily in the Instant Pot, and the spaghetti squash adds such a flavorful and comforting taste and texture!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili

Hey guys, did you hear??? I’m doing the Whole30 challenge this month after dining out waaaaaay too much and indulging in a mountain of sweets over the holidays, and EVERY new recipe for this month will be Whole30-compliant!

Even though I post a lot of Whole30 recipes, it’s actually been almost 2 years since I’ve done the challenge. I do eat mostly low sugar anyway but I’m really feeling sluggish lately so I thought it was a great time to try it out again and to be more intentional with my eating.

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili Recipe

The first recipe of this month is this amazingly flavorful and easy Instant Pot Whole30 Chili. Chili without beans is actually really delicious, and I don’t think you’ll miss the beans at all. However, I do like the heartiness that beans add, so I fancied up this Whole30 chili by adding spaghetti squash threads and the result is so comforting and cozy!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili
Instant Pot Whole30 Chili

Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

If you’ve never cooked spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot before, you are missing out BIG TIME. It’s SO much easier than roasting it in the oven, and you don’t even have to cut open the squash before cooking it.

You simply place the whole thing in the Instant Pot on a steamer rack over some water, and let it do all the work for you. I don’t think I’ll cook spaghetti squash any other way.

Great For a Make Ahead Meal!

If you are like me and don’t mind leftovers, this Instant Pot Whole30 Chili is a really great to make ahead of time so you can eat it for several meals. It also freezes really well so you can even divide them into individual portions before freezing them for emergency meals!

With some of the restrictions that the Whole30 challenge comes with, I so appreciate meals like this one that I can heat up quickly when I’m hungry, so make a big batch and enjoy!

Instant Pot Whole30 Chili
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Instant Pot Whole30 Chili with Spaghetti Squash

This bean-free Whole30 Chili comes together easily in the Instant Pot, and the spaghetti squash adds such a flavorful and comforting taste and texture!
Course Main Course, Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Pressure Building Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne use more or less depending on your spice level
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes sugar free
  • 2 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • Jalapeño slices, lime juice, avocado, and/or cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Place a steamer rack in the Instant Pot, and pour in 1 cup of water. 
  • Place the whole spaghetti squash, uncut, on the rack. 
  • Screw on the lid, make sure the pressure valve is closed, then cook for 20 minutes on manual. 
  • Release the pressure immediately and open the lid. 
  • Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and use a fork to loosen the spaghetti squash threads. Set aside.
  • Empty the Instant Pot, then set it to “sauté” and add coconut oil.
  • Once the Instant Pot indicates that the pot is “hot,” add onion, garlic, and ground beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat and cook stirring for 5 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot, then add in red and green bell peppers, all the spices, diced tomatoes, and bone broth
  • Stir in spaghetti squash threads.
  • Close the lid and set it to Manual on HIGH for 10 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, you can quick release the pressure to eat it right away, or let it release pressure naturally if you want to eat it later.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning or add more broth if the chili is too thick. 
  • Serve hot alone or garnished with jalapeño slices, lime juice, avocado, and/or cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 46.7% | Vitamin C: 44.1% | Calcium: 9.9% | Iron: 23.2%

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Today’s recipe is something I’m so excited to share! My fellow blogger and friend, Dr. Karen Lee from drkarenslee.com recently came out with a brand new cookbook, Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, which is jam-packed with some of the most delicious recipes you can make in your air fryer!

Why the Air Fryer?

If you’ve been living under a rock recently and haven’t heard of the air fryer, it’s pretty amazing. It’s a fun kitchen gadget that “fries” your food without deep frying through hot air rapidly circulating on to the food to make it crispy while cooking it quickly.

When I first purchased my Phillips air fryer, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the hype or the money, but the more I use it, I’m beginning to fall in love with it! Not only does food cook insanely fast (which is important to me), the results are so delicious and crispy without making a huge mess because you only have to use a little bit of oil.

There’s a slight learning curve to figure out the temperature and the length of the cooking time, but having Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer made it so much easier and fun because all the recipes were a success every time!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites Recipe

One of the first recipes I tried from Dr. Karen’s book were these air fryer buffalo cauli-bites, because I am obsessed with anything with buffalo sauce. Not only are they deliciously crunchy, they take less than 20 minutes to make and the sauce is SO flavorful and on point!

Also, definitely don’t leave out the creamy paleo ranch dressing because it ties the flavors together so well and makes the air fryer buffalo cauli-bites extra delicious. These are so perfect as an appetizer for game days, holidays, or any kind of get-togethers!

Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

If you don’t currently have Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer, I highly recommend you check it out. You’ll love the recipes, especially if you are a busy mom or a professional who want healthy food on the table quick.

Not only does this book have 80 recipes that are healthy and made with real food ingredients, it contains appetizers, meat dishes, staples, and even desserts! Who knew you could make desserts in the air fryer?

Some other recipes I’m SUPER excited to try out include:

  • Paleo Falafel Platter
  • Crab Cakes
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Healthy Biscuits and Gravy
  • Persimmon Cobbler
  • Simple Chocolate Mud Cake

Don’t Have an Air Fryer?

No problem! You can still adapt these recipes to make in the regular or convection oven. You just have to adjust the cooking time and the oven temperatures but the ingredients still stay the same with delicious results!

Check Out Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites

Recipe reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking With Your Air Fryer by Dr. Karen S. Lee, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo Credit: Donna Crous.

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

These Paleo and Whole30 Air Fryer Buffalo Cauli-Bites are easy, delicious, and such a spicy and addicting appetizer for game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Homemade Mayo page 180 of cookbook
  • 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  • Cut and discard the outer leaves and cut the cauliflower into florets. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the florets with EVOO and coat them with the cassava flour.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C). 
  • When the air fryer is ready, shake off any excess flour from the florets, place them in the basket, and set the timer for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the excess flour, ghee and Frank’s Hot Sauce in the same mixing bowl and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, make the ranch dressing by mixing all the ingredients, then refrigerate. When the timer goes off, transfer the florets to the mixing bowl and coat them well with sauce. Put the florets back in the basket and cook for 6 more minutes. Take them out when the timer goes off and add more Frank’s Hot Sauce if needed. Serve immediately with the ranch dressing. 

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings
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Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  • Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  • Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  • Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  • Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  • Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings