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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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Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jones Dairy Farm. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats are a comforting meal filled with all your favorite breakfast items, while being healthy and delicious!

Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

I usually like my breakfast to be quick and easy because I like to get a lot done in the morning, but on weekends, I like to take some time and effort into making a brunch item that’s extra special for me and my husband. These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats came together on one such occasion on a lazy Saturday and it was one of the most delicious brunch meals I’ve cooked at home filled with all the yummy ingredients.

If you’ve never heard of spaghetti squash boats, they are cooked halved spaghetti squash filled with whatever your heart desires, and you eat it straight out of the hardy squash skin. It’s so fun to eat and while being decadent and light at the same time. In this recipe, I loaded my spaghetti squash boats with a mixture of spinach, onion, Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Turkey Sausage, and a runny egg, and the combination of flavors and textures is pretty dang amazing.

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If you’ve never heard of Jones Dairy Farm, they are a company that makes yummy and healthy breakfast sausage and smoked meats that are antibiotic free and certified gluten free. I was immediately attracted to their clean list of ingredients that are easily recognizable. And the taste of the various breakfast sausage I’ve tasted are all so delicious and flavorful, and really great in recipes like this Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats.

I was easily able to find the turkey sausage used in this recipe at a Sprouts near my house, but they are available at various stores nationwide so you can check out their website to find out if they are near you as well. And while you are there, browse through their other products as well and see what they are up to on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube! They are often sharing drool worthy recipes that include their sausage and meats, which always inspire my next breakfast.

Hope you enjoy these  Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats as much as we did! They were so good that I was scraping the bottom of the squash skin to get every last strand, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing the same. Hey, it’s no judgement zone when it comes to eating on this blog!

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Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats

These Paleo Breakfast Spaghetti Squash Boats are a comforting meal filled with all your favorite breakfast items, while being healthy and delicious!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 397kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the squash is cooked through and the skin is soft when you press on it.
  • OR, use the Instant Pot method to cook the spaghetti squash: Place the steamer rack that came with the Instant Pot in the 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, then use a fork to loosen up the flesh of the spaghetti squash, but leave them inside the skin. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes until translucent. 
  • Add garlic and stir together for 1 minute until fragrant. 
  • Add Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Turkey Sausage, spinach, coconut milk, salt, and pepper, and cook stirring until the sausage is cooked through and the spinach has wilted down, about 5 minutes
  • Stir in tapioca starch until the mixture is slightly thickened, then remove from heat. 
  • Top the spaghetti squash halves with the sausage and spinach mixture, dividing them evenly. 
  • Make an indent in the middle of the squash halves and crack an egg into each indent.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked through and the yolks are still runny. 
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if using, and serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1spaghetti squash boat | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 172.9% | Vitamin C: 42.4% | Calcium: 21.2% | Iron: 28.5%

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Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole (Whole30 Compliant)

This easy Whole30 friendly and Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole is a perfect weeknight family dinner recipe, and it’s great for leftover as well! It’s a delicious twist on a childhood favorite.

Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole

I’ve been loving getting creative in the kitchen lately ever since I handed in my manuscript for my Korean Paleo cookbook, now that most of my energy isn’t spent on creating and perfecting recipes for the cookbook. Also, I’ve been eating SO MUCH Korean food during the cookbook writing process, so all-American dishes like this Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole is such a welcome change in the kitchen.

Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

I don’t know if I can even describe this Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole in a way that’s accurate enough to justify how tasty it is. It’s basically sloppy joes in a casserole form (duh), baked with extra sauce to coat the spaghetti squash that it’s cooked with. The concept is so simple, but the flavors are so comforting and takes me back to my childhood home cooked meals.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is pretty dang easy on its own, but becomes even easier if you own an Instant Pot. The first thing you are going to have to do is cook your spaghetti squash, and if you use the Instant Pot method, you don’t even have to cut the squash before cooking it. I love that because cutting a whole squash is always a pain in the butt involving a lot of arm muscles, the ones I don’t have. Time to fit in some arm workouts.

The rest of the steps are pretty straightforward, and you’ll glad to hear that the leftovers are delicious as well. I’ve tried reheating it in the oven and in the microwave, and they both tasted great and retained moisture well. It’s a great weeknight meal to feed a family, and if you have a busy week coming up, double up the recipe and cook it in a 9×13 baking dish to enjoy the leftovers for days!

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Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole (Whole30 Compliant)

This easy Whole30 friendly and Paleo Sloppy Joe Casserole is a perfect weeknight family dinner recipe, and it's great for leftover as well! It's a delicious twist on a childhood favorite.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 334kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the squash is cooked through and the skin is soft when you press on it.
  • OR, use the Instant Pot method to cook the spaghetti squash: Place the steamer rack that came with the Instant Pot in the 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 and discard the seeds, then transfer the threads of the spaghetti squash to an 10x10 baking dish. 
  • Lower or preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add ground beef, onion, and garlic, and cook stirring until the beef is browned, about 5-7 minutes. 
  • Drain the liquid from the skillet. 
  • Add tomato sauce, ketchup, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, and sea salt, and stir together. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the sloppy joes mixture over the spaghetti squash and stir together with a fork. Let it cool for 10 minutes. 
  • Mix in whisked eggs until well combined. 
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour. 
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1128mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8.6% | Vitamin C: 8% | Calcium: 4.5% | Iron: 15.3%

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.