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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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Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that’s paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.

I can’t believe I haven’t had a classic Italian meatballs recipe on my blog until now. It’s mostly because my husband isn’t a huge fan of tomatoes or tomato based sauces, but I love them. I still make them and he’ll eat them, but I try not to make it too many times in the week for his sake.

However, these Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce might be on regular rotation because they are SO comforting and delicious, so I’m planning to make them again and again (sorry, Charlie!).

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

With the weather cooling down and the days getting shorter, I’ve been craving comfort food more and more. These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce fit the bill and are great for the entire family, even kids will go crazy for these! Best of all, it’s easy to make a large batch of (takes only 30 minutes!) and easy to cleanup since it’s all made in the Instant Pot, so it’s a good one to make on a busy weeknight.

With spices like oregano, garlic, and onions, it has all the familiar and cozy flavors that everyone loves!

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato SauceInstant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Keeping it Whole30 or Low Carb

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are fantastic on their own, but they are saucy enough that you can serve over your favorite gluten free pasta or some white rice.

However, if you are doing the Whole30 challenge or you want to keep low carb, you can serve them over:

  • zucchini noodles,
  • spaghetti squash,
  • or cauliflower rice.

These options are also a great way to add some extra veggies into your diet. These meatballs also freeze and defrost beautifully without changing the texture or flavors so go make them a big batch to enjoy for days!

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30)

These Instant Pot Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are the ultimate comfort food that's paleo, Whole30, and kid-friendly! Enjoy it over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice to keep it low carb.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 388kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Chopped parsley and red pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix together. Do not overmix.
  • Roll into balls the size of golf balls and set aside.
  • Set the Instant Pot on Sautè and add avocado oil.
  • Once the Instant Pot signals that it's "hot,' add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Press Cancel on the Instant Pot, and then add crushed tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and sea salt, and stir together.
  • Remove about 1/3 of the sauce and set aside.
  • Gently add the meatballs to the Instant Pot over the sauce.
  • Pour 1/3 of the sauce that was previous removed back in, covering the meatballs from the top. 
  • Close the lid, make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. 
  • Cook on Manual on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid and serve over cooked spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6.7% | Vitamin C: 14.2% | Calcium: 7.5% | Iron: 22.7%

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Paleo Tomato Galette

This grain free and Paleo Tomato Galette is not only delicious, but it’s gorgeous and rustic with the browned crust, heirloom tomatoes, and basil topping. 

Paleo Tomato Galette

If I had to choose between sweet and savory galettes, savory wins EVERY time. When I’m treating myself, I gravitate towards salty treats rather than desserts, so I’ve been enjoying this new Paleo Tomato Galette recipe that has all the flavors I love.

Paleo Tomato Galette Recipe

I dreamed up this recipe this past weekend when I picked up some heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market. They were so vibrant that I immediately thought of how gorgeous they would look in a galette. Also, I just love how heirloom tomatoes taste. I don’t usually love regular tomatoes, but I can eat heirlooms all day! So. Much. Flavor.

Of course, you can use regular tomatoes to make this galette if you can’t find heirloom ones.

Paleo Tomato Galette

Creamy Cashew Cheese

The base topping for this Paleo Tomato Galette is creamy and decadent “cheese” made with cashews. However, if you can eat dairy, you can substitute with your favorite cheese. I bet parmesan or mozzarella would be amazing (so jealous of you lactose tolerant folks). I actually really love the texture and flavor of cashew cheese and it tastes great with the sliced tomatoes in this recipe.

Paleo Tomato Galette

Working With Paleo Galette Dough

When making the dough for this paleo tomato galette, it can be a bit tricky because paleo dough has to be handled differently than a regular gluten dough. Here are some simple tricks to yielding a delicious and crispy dough:

  • Make sure the butter you use when making the dough is hard and cold. It won’t work if it’s soft.
  • The dough will seem too wet when you first put it together. Wrapping it in a plastic wrap and refrigerating it ensures that it firms up so you can roll it out easily.
  • Roll the dough between 2 parchment papers so it won’t stick to anything.
  • Once you load up the fillings, the easiest way to fold the dough over the tomatoes is to use the bottom parchment paper to lift up the dough. Do this bit by bit as you go around the entire galette.
  • If the dough rips while folding, you can just use your fingers to close up the gaps.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll end up with a delicious and yummy crust you won’t be able to get enough of! Hope you enjoy this recipe while it’s still tomato season. Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you try it out!

Paleo Tomato Galette

Paleo Tomato Galette
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Paleo Tomato Galette

This grain free and Paleo Tomato Galette is not only delicious, but it's gorgeous and rustic with the browned crust, heirloom tomatoes, and basil topping. 
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 431kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Crust

Cashew Cheese

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews soaked for at least 2 hours, then drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp water or more, as needed

Filling

  • 1 1/2 lb heirloom or regular tomatoes sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

Crust

  • Combine almond flour, arrowroot flour, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add butter and pulse several times until crumbly.
  • Add in an egg, honey, and apple cider vinegar and pulse again until the dough sticks together when you pinch it. The dough should be a bit sticky.
  • Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and flatten it out into a disc.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cashew Cheese

  • Combine all ingredients for the cashew cheese in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Add more water if the mixture seems too thick. It should be the consistency of smooth hummus.
  • Set aside until ready to use.

Tomato Galette

  • When the dough is chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place the dough between 2 parchment papers and roll into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top parchment paper.
  • Spread the cashew cheese in the middle of the dough, leaving about 2 inches around the edges.
  • Lay the sliced tomatoes on top of the cashew cheese.
  • Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  • Use the bottom parchment paper to fold the dough over the edges of the tomatoes, sealing the dough with your fingers if it rips.
  • Brush the whisked egg yolk on the dough edges.
  • Slide the parchment paper and the tomato galette on to a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with basil leaves before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 27.6% | Vitamin C: 21.4% | Calcium: 9.1% | Iron: 14.7%

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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.