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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Take your classic comfort food to a new healthier level with this delicious and creamy Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole. Comes together quickly, and so easy as well!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Did anyone grow up eating tuna casseroles? Being raised in a Korean American household, we never had them and I didn’t try it until I was older. I actually thought they sounded pretty lame before tasting my first bite, but I realized how wrong I was after. The creamy rich flavor was amazingly comforting and I didn’t expect it to be so addicting!

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole Recipe

I recently made this paleo tuna casserole using zucchini noodles to create a healthier and lower carb version of the classic dish, and I was honestly surprised by how crazy good it was. I honestly did not miss real gluten noodles or the cheese at all, and this paleo tuna zoodle casserole is now on regular rotation in our house.

I’ll share my tricks to making yummy zoodles and dairy free cream sauce below, and these 2 really bring the textures and flavors together along with the mushrooms and StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna.

Paleo Tuna Casserole with StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.
Paleo tuna zoodle casserole plated with a fork

Why I Chose StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna

The quality of tuna for this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is really what makes this dish so flavorful and delicious. I just love that StarKist® is creating such high quality products that are so affordable, and their StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Pouches are great for creating a quick meal or a snack, even on-the-go.

Most importantly, I love that these seafood products are all wild-caught and are packed in cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. I was pleasantly surprised that the pouches contained mostly fish and the meat wasn’t submerged in olive oil, so I didn’t have to drain them like I have to do with cans.

The ingredients for all their pouches are squeaky clean and simple, and it’s been my go-to for when I need a quick snack or when I want to use it in recipes like this paleo tuna zoodle casserole recipe!

Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Tips for Making Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

What’s really important when making this paleo tuna casserole is that the zucchini isn’t watery. That will mess with the texture of the entire dish and add too much liquid when you want it to be rich and creamy. Here are my top tips for making a tuna zoodle casserole that you’ll want over and over again:

  • After spiralizing the zucchini, generously sprinkle and toss with salt and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This will “sweat” the zucchini and make it easier for you to squeeze out all the moisture, so it doesn’t make the tuna zoodle casserole liquid-y during the cooking process.
  • No need to drain StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna pouches before adding them during cooking. However, if you are using canned tuna, make sure to drain well before using it in the recipe.
  • When making the cashew cream sauce, I found that I didn’t need to soak the cashews in water. However, if you don’t own a high-speed blender, you may want to soak the cashews for an hour so they break down more easily for a creamy sauce.

If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, you can make easy substitutions with other vegetables like green peas, carrots, bell peppers, and/or celery! If you are gluten and dairy free like me, this tuna zoodle casserole recipe is such a delicious way to enjoy your favorite comfort food while feeling great at the same time.

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Whole30 & Paleo Tuna Zoodle Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo casseroles, paleo comfort food, paleo tuna casserole, whole30 casseroles, whole30 comfort food, zucchini noodle recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Zucchini “Sweating” Tiime 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini or 3 small
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 3 pouches StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna (2.6 oz each) – Drain if you are using canned
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or your cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • pepper to taste

Cashew Cream Sauce

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup bone broth or chicken broth or water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini into zoodles (zucchini noodles).
  • Chop the zoodles roughly so they aren't too long.
  • Place the zoodles in a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Let this sit for 30 minutes to sweat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place all ingredients for the cashew cream sauce in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add mushroom and garlic with salt and pepper and cook stirring for 5 minutes until the mushroom slices are softened.
  • Stir in StarKist Selects E.V.O.O.® Yellowfin Tuna and break apart the meat. Remove from heat.
  • Wrap the zoodles in a paper or kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Stir zoodles and the cashew cream sauce into the tuna and vegetable mixture.
  • Transfer to a 9×9 baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • If you'd like, you can serve with chopped parsley and/or red pepper flakes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3.9% | Vitamin C: 28.3% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 12.6%

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Starkist Selects E.V.O.O.® All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn in a cast iron skillet

I really love cornbread. It’s one of those treats that I couldn’t get enough of since childhood and I recently had a huge craving for it. Now that too much corn can bother my digestion, I decided to create a corn-free, grain-free paleo cornbread recipe and I was surprised by how much it resembled real cornbread!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

This grain free coconut flour cornbread may not taste EXACTLY like real cornbread, but all the delicious elements are there. It is fluffy and soft in the inside while being crusty and crunchy on the outside, and the combination of coconut flour and honey gives it a wonderful subtle sweetness.

Adding zucchini makes this traditionally cold-weather side dish a summery feel, and it’s an amazing way to sneak in veggies without really being able to taste it much. Plus, it gives this zucchini cornbread recipe pretty green specks and I just love serving this as a BBQ dish side.

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread recipe fresh out of the oven
Coconut Flour Cornbread getting drizzled with honey

How to Make Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

Just like most baked bread recipes, this coconut flour cornbread so easy to make! You mix the dry ingredients together, and then the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Once you combine the two together, all you have to do is fold in the grate zucchini at the end before pouring the batter into the prepared pan. Finally, you bake the whole thing for 40-45 minutes. That’s it! Trust me, this paleo cornbread recipe is definitely worth turning on the oven for even in the hot summer.

paleo cornbread recipe

A Few Things to Note About Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

  • You don’t have to squeeze out the moisture from the grated zucchini. The water content is actually what gives this paleo cornbread recipe that fluffy, delicious texture that you taste in real cornbread!
  • The batter may seem a bit dry and thick, but that’s perfectly fine. As it bakes in the oven, the zucchini will release its moisture so the final product will definitely not be dry.
  • Make sure to give 30 minutes for the zucchini cornbread to cool before slicing, or it may fall apart.
  • I didn’t make this recipe too sweet, because everyone likes different levels of sweetness. Serve with honey on the side so anyone who like their cornbread a bit sweeter can drizzle some on top before eating.
  • You can’t really taste the flavor or texture of the zucchini, so this is a great way to sneak in healthy veggies for kids!
  • If you want to reheat leftovers, you can gently toast slices on the stovetop with a bit of oil, or you can place it in the oven or even the air fryer for a few minutes!

I personally love to eat these yummy zucchini cornbread slices toasted with a pat of butter. It feels like such a treat while being healthy, and it definitely fulfills my cornbread craving. I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious paleo cornbread recipe as a side for your warm weather BBQs!

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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut flour cornbread, cornless cornbread, grain free bread, grain free cornbread, hidden veggie recipes, paleo cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 188kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking pan or a 10" oven-safe skillet generously with ghee or coconut oil. You can also line the pan with parchment paper instead.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and sea salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, ghee, and honey.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Fold in shredded zucchini.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and flatten it out into an even layer. The batter may seem thick but that's okay.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. The outside should look golden and crusty, but the inside will be soft and fluffy.
  • Cool then slice into smaller pieces, and serve with ghee (or butter) and/or honey.
  • You can reheat leftovers by reheating it gently on the stove top, the oven, or the air fryer!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 9 | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 4.9% | Calcium: 1.4% | Iron: 5.4%
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Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

If you’ve been following along for a while on my blog, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of easy and simple recipes. I try to stay away from long and complicated dishes, because I know that you guys, like me, are busy and don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. So, of course, I created another recipe for you that’s super quick to make that’s also healthy and so flavorful!

Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

These Whole30 salmon cakes are just the thing to make if you are short on time. They only take 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and they are moist enough to eat on their own without needing to dip them in anything!

My biggest pet peeve is fish cakes that are dry and have you reaching for a drink that closest to you to keep it down. The zucchini and the mayonnaise in these Whole30 salmon cakes actually provide so much moisture while the coconut flour and eggs help them the cakes bind together so they are sturdy and tasty.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini
Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Kid-Friendly Snack or a Meal!

Because these are great for little hands and so fun to eat, I bet kids will love them as well! And it’s also a great way to sneak some veggies in them, because of the zucchini, but they’ll never be able to taste them in these Whole30 salmon cakes.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

Dipping Sauce Ideas for These Whole30 Salmon Cakes

While these salmon cakes are delicious on their own, you can definitely add more flavor and fun by dipping them in a tangy sauce! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

I just ate these with plain mayo because that’s what I had on hand and they were fantastic! What would you dip these Whole30 salmon cakes in? Tell me in the comments below!

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Paleo & Whole30 Salmon Cakes with Zucchini (Nut Free, Keto)

These low carb, Whole30 salmon cakes are moist and flavorful with hidden zucchini, and only take 15 minutes to make! They are a delicious, kid-friendly recipe as well.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Zucchini sweating time 15 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 10 salmon cakes
Calories 108kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 6 oz cans of wild salmon drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil or your preferred cooking oil

Instructions

  • Place grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 tsp sea salt. Toss together gently. 
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes, then use your hands to squeeze out all the liquid.
  • Place in a mixing bowl with 1/2 tsp of seal salt and the rest of the ingredients, except coconut oil.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measurement to gather the mixture into patties about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the cakes for 3-4 minutes per side until golden, adding more oil as you go. 
  • Serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salmon ake | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 7.9% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 2%
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