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Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

I have always hated cooked carrots, until I made these three ingredient roasted carrots. Truth be told, there was a similar recipe within the Well Fed Weeknights Cookbook for “Everything Carrots.” My lazy (read: extremely busy as we all are) self knew this title meant […]

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

I’ve been “meal prepping” for years. Only recently did my husband and I realize how ineffecient we were actually being with our meal prepping and our meal plan. Sure, we could have several meals cooked up, but by the time we’d get to eating those […]

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)

When I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner this week, his instant reaction was: “pork tacos.” I don’t think we’ve ever eaten these together so I don’t know where it came from. This seemed like the perfect time to come up with an Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos recipe, so I did! And guess what?! It was fantastic. I was able to get the meat from Aldi for $2.29 a pound, and had everything else mentioned on hand. This made a BIG batch and was the perfect dinner and lunch meal prep.

The key to this recipe is allowing the pressure to release naturally. For anyone new to the Instant Pot, this means that instead of “venting” the pressure cooker, you just let it release the pressure on its own time. AKA, DON’T TOUCH IT.  The Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos is not the fastest instant pot recipe. That said, this turned our MUCH faster than a slow cooker would’ve! To be honest, I’m not 100% sure how long the instant pot took to release pressure because I wasn’t home. My guess based on past experience is that the Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos took 20minutes to pressurize, the one hour of cook time, and 25minutes to de-pressurize. The great thing though is because the Instant Pot automatically switches to “keep warm” mode, you don’t have to be right there when the timer goes off. This gives you the freedom of a slow cooker, but the benefit of sauteing in the same pot. This can also give you additional time to focus on other meal prepping. Enjoy these Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos!


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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos (Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF)
Tender, tasty, and totally easy. Saute, then set it and forget it. An affordable Whole30 option with a mexican flair!
Cuisine Whole30
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Whole30
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to "Saute." Add in 2tbsp of coconut oil into pot riht away. While IP heats up, cut onions into thin slices. Add into Saute and allow to cook until clear or caramelized. Stir as needed
  2. While onions are sauteeing, cut Pork in half. You want to be able to brown several sides for added flavor. Remove onions from IP (wear oven mitts if you remove the pot itself!). Add in 1 tbsp of coconut oil into pot and brown one haf for 4 mionutes. Fli[ and continue to brown.
  3. Remove first section of pork, then repeat with the other half. Turn off when done.
  4. Add everything back into the Instant Pot. Add in all of the spices and cooking liquid (broth) into the Instant Pot. Set to manual High Pressure for 60 minutes.
  5. Allow to NATURALLY release (this means don't switch the IP from "sealing to venting" just let it do its thing!)
  6. Once fully released, pour any extra liquid into a large bowl. Save for now. Allow the meat to rest for 10minutes (if you are like me and came home to the IP on keep warm you don't need to wait the 10mins). Shred the pork. If any part seems dry (it shouldn't!) add back in liquid a few tablespoons at a time. I did not need to do this but this liquid can be very helpful if something went wrong. Garnish with cilanto. See recipe notes for suggestions of how to serve.
Recipe Notes
  • I have always found coconut oil online cheapest {link!}, but if you don't have any, avocado oil or any olive oil work work fine.
  • Make sure to save your onion scraps (peels included) for homemade veggie broth!
  • If you can't find Tajin {link!}, double the lime juice and add and additional 1/2tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of ancho chili powder. I was able to find this spice blend in the hispanic foods section of my local grocery store.
  • If you don't have any veggie broth, chicken/beef broth or bone broth would work.
  • If using frozen broth, make sure that the broth completely melts before starting the pressure cooker (put it in for about the last minute of "saute" time or melt in the microwave). I always freeze my easy homemade veggie broth  so I just microwaved for a minute.
  • If you want to try to get this recipe done faster, change the cook time to 1hr 2 mins and manually release the pressure. NO promises on how that turns out, and you MUST rest the meat if you choose to do this.
  • Serve alongside or over toasted cauli-rice, with a salsa like my Sweet & Spicy pico de gallo, guacamole (I get the premade kind from Aldi because it's very affordable and Whole30 compliant), fajita veggies - for us bell peppers sauteed in our cast iron skillet, romaine boats, or just some extra cilantro and lime juice!

Enjoy!

-Rachel

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TTC: Fried Chicken Meatballs with Collard Greens

TTC: Fried Chicken Meatballs with Collard Greens

Had to do a quick-ish meal prep of my lunches for a week, so I decided to make (and double!) a recipe I’ve already tried before: Fried Chicken Meatballs with Collard Greens.  If you aren’t familiar with my “Through the Cookbook” series, read the intro […]

Whole30 White Chicken Chili (Slow-Cooker)

Whole30 White Chicken Chili (Slow-Cooker)

Today was a day of busy house-things after a week of work travel. TBH I didn’t want to meal prep. So I told myself I was going to make up a crockpot recipe that I could truly just toss in the ingredients and let it […]

Sue’s Midwest Whole30 Chicken Gumbo

Sue’s Midwest Whole30 Chicken Gumbo

Earlier today, when my husband told me what he was going to make for dinner, I knew it needed to be put on here. This recipe is a twist on my mother-in-law’s recipe for a soup/chicken gumbo, which I’m 99% sure was taken off a soup can label. No shade to my in-laws, but almost every recipe I’ve eaten from them came directly off the side of a box or a can. This one, I have to admit, was pretty delicious, but definitely wasn’t Paleo or Whole30. So once my hubby said he wanted to make a Whole30 chicken gumbo I knew it had to be documented. The other great thing about this recipe? It’s SUPER easy, and is completely finished in about 30minutes including chopping time. I always find prep times misleading because of chopping, or maybe I’m just really slow at chopping veggies?

 

This recipe is somewhat like a really mild gumbo (mild meaning not spicy in the slightest). It’s hearty and comforting, but packed with veggies since we are using riced cauliflower. I call it a “Midwest Gumbo” because it’s hearty and there isn’t a kick to it like you’d find in a traditional gumbo. Even with the changes we made to make this recipe whole30 compliant, the taste is exactly the same. My husband has never been so proud of himself, and I’m super proud of him too because this is is first time converting a traditional recipe to a healthy recipe. This is a GREAT one!

 

So here is Sue’s Midwest Chicken Gumbo!

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Sue's Midwest Whole30 Chicken Gumbo
A mild, but hearty Whole30 "gumbo" with italian flavors and a Midwest heart. Tasty, easy, and super healthy!
Midwest Chicken Gumbo
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Midwest Chicken Gumbo
Instructions
  1. Put 1tbsp oil into your pan and heat up to medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook until browned. (approximately 4-5minutes). Remove from pan and set aside. Note the chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  2. In the same pan, add the garlic for about 20 seconds, until fragrant. Add in the sausage and peppers until sausage is browned (3-5minutes)
  3. While the sausage is browing, blend together the whole tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tbsp italian seasoning, and approximately 1/4tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.
  4. Add the blended mixure to the sausage and peppers, bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, put the browned chicken into the mixture, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
  6. While the mixture is simmering, add olive oil into a separate pan and warm the riced cauliflower in a pan on medium-high heat.
  7. Add a layer of the finished rice to a bowl, scoop a healthy amount of the chicken/sausage mixture onto your rice, and top with chopped basil (optional). Enjoy!
    Midwest Chicken Gumbo
Recipe Notes

Instead of whole tomatoes, you could probably use "tomato sauce" that is compliant and skip the blending. Simply add the ingredients in the pan and continue. Let me know if you try this.

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My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

I can’t believe it is day 25 of the September Whole30! Seriously, where the heck did September go? This round went pretty smoothly. I navigated through some family gatherings (shoutout to my uncle for grilling me up a compliant sausage alongside the hotdogs everyone else […]

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Today, my husband had a meal request. He told me he wanted “American style Chinese” for dinner. You see, I grew up in an area where authentic Chinese food was available, and when I moved to the Midwest was beyond horrified with what is considered […]

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

If you are looking for a super fast, super easy, and super delicious appetizer LOOK NO FURTHER. It was Labor Day weekend, and we were invited to a football game party. My sweet husband forgot to mention this to me until the morning of, leaving me slightly panicked since #SeptemberWhole30. I know my extended in-laws, and likely the only compliant thing would be some veggies in a tray. So I decided to whip up something to bring along that I could enjoy while staying Whole30 compliant. Spicy bacon wrapped dates. Spoiler alert: these were a hit with everyone.

Now if you’ve got the ingredients on hand, this will seriously take 20 mins total. I thankfully did have them so it came together easily. Since I’d never made these before I looked up some other recipes. All of them called for things I didn’t have and seemed unnessecary. Toothpicks, I’m looking at you. Since everyone at the party liked heat, I decided to put my own spicy twist on it. And these were so damn good that I knew I needed to write the recipe NOW.

 

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)
the perfect appetizer for any occassion, from a football game to Christmas dinner. Simple, tasty, and no toothpicks required!
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. If you have whole dates like I did, remove the pits carefully.
  3. Put the pitted dates on a plate and liberally coat in cayenne pepper
  4. Cut bacon slices in half
  5. Wrap 1/2 piece of bacon around a date and lay onto a foiled baking skeet with the folded edge down (so it doesn't "unravel" while cooking)
  6. Repeat until all dates are complete. Do not allow dates to touch or they will not get crisp.
  7. Bake in the oven for 16-18minutes. The time varies based on the oven and how crispy you like your bacon. My oven had these done in 18minutes.
  8. Enjoy, and yes go ahead and lick your fingers.
Recipe Notes

It's very easy to adjust this recipe for however many guests you have. You simply need two dates per slice of bacon. Also, instead of cayenne pepper, you could try any spice for a flavor burst. I've got paprika, cumin, and chili powder on my "must try" list. For other recipes, click here.

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My Grocery List August 2017

My Grocery List August 2017

This week has been another good one budget-wise and food wise! Onions Diced tomatoes Coconut cream Bacon Arrowroot Chicken tenderloins Mushrooms Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage Aidell’s Ginger and Scallion Sausage  these sausages are my lifesavers and thankfully were on sale! Bell peppers coleslaw Meals […]