The 11 Kitchen Essentials We Actually Use Daily

As you can probably imagine, we spend a lot of time in the LCK kitchen trying out different tools and gadgets. After all, if we’re going to test and perfect the best recipes for you and your loved ones, we better be able to tell you all the secrets for how to make them as easily and efficiently as possible. Kitchen tools are a big part of that! 

We could go on and on about all of the appliances and other tools that have changed the way we cook, but there are eleven basic kitchen essentials in particular that I can truly say the team and I use every, single day. If one of these isn’t already in your kitchen, you might want to seriously consider it. We are huge fans of all of them, and we’re here to spread the love! 

The Kitchen Essentials We Use Most In Our Kitchen

The 11 Kitchen Essentials We Use Most In Our Kitchen

Our cooking must-haves. 


1. An Oven-Safe Skillet (We love Staub or Le Crueset): It’s really convenient to have a tool you can use on the stovetop and in the oven. We love a good multitasker around here! An oven-safe skillet is perfect for making any oven-braised dish that starts on the stove. Along with a good dutch oven, I use this on a near-daily basis. Buying one is an investment, but it’s totally worth it, since they can last forever. They can also be pretty, which doesn’t hurt!

2. Rubber Spatulas & Utensils (We love Gir): These tools might just be the real MVPs around our kitchen, since we use them more than just about any other tool. They’re long-lasting and work with pretty much any cooking vessel, including nonstick. I’m a big fan of all of Gir’s spatulas, spoons, whisks, ladles, and flips. Ten out of ten, would recommend.

3. Thermapen MK4: I’ve been calling this gadget my kitchen BFF for years — and for good reason! It’s one of my most-used tools, since I pull it out any time I need to test the temperature of meat, chicken, fish, baked goods, and more. We use this year-round for cooking inside or on the grill, and I’ve also had great experience with their customer service team. 

Easy Paleo Fluff Thermopen

4. Safer Nonstick Skillets (We love Green Pan): Sometimes, you’ve just gotta get yourself a good nonstick pan. It might not sound especially glamorous, but trust me — it’s essential, especially for eggs. When a skillet like this is well taken care of, you can get a lot of mileage out of it, so be sure to follow all of the care instructions consistently. Here’s an inexpensive two-pack to grab!

5. High-Quality Blender: You might get a little sticker shock when you start looking at really good blenders like this one, but we believe it’s worth every penny to make the investment. A high-quality blender has some real staying power and is highly versatile, coming in handy for everything from sauces and condiments to soups and smoothies — and more. I often use mine instead of my food processor (though I love that, too!). 

Instant Pot Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 6 Qt

6. Instant Pot: Have I mentioned that we’re obsessed? Well, I’m mentioning it again. We could sing the Instant Pot’s praises all day, every day, especially for how easy it makes dinners and meal prep. This gadget can make surprisingly quick work of braised dishes that usually take forever to make — like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas — but is just as useful for the kinds of recipes you would make for a normal weekday meal. If my team can use the Instant Pot, we usually do. It’s that simple! 

7. Bench Scraper: If you want to get technical about it, a bench scraper is made to be used for making pastries, but who cares about technicalities when there are so many other awesome uses for it? We like to use our bench scraper to pick up chopped food and move it to the skillet. It saves you from fumbling around with your hands or risking an unnecessary cut by using the edge of your knife. Moving chopped food on the side of your knife can also add wear and tear to your knives, which no one wants. A bench scraper is an inexpensive solution to all of these problems.

8. Good Kitchen/Chef’s Knife and Sharpening Tool: You only need one chef’s knife in your kitchen — but make it a good one! An ideal chef’s knife should be sharp and stay sharp for a while, but you should also be prepared for it to dull eventually with all of the delicious cooking you’re going to be doing. A stone or knife sharpener should do the trick. (Bonus tip: When you grab your knife, pick up a good pair of sharp kitchen shears. You’ll use them more than you might think!)

9. Mixing Bowls & Measuring Cups/Spoons (plus liquid measuring cups, too): You probably already have these around your kitchen, but can there ever really be enough? We’re always looking for more around here! I use my bowls for more than just food prep — they come in handy as scrap bowls, too, and I like to incorporate the smallest ones in my charcuterie spreads. 

10. Cutting Boards: It only takes one really good cutting board to cover most of the bases in your kitchen, especially if you take care of it. We love this one, and we take care of our wood cutting boards with this cream and this oil. That said, there’s nothing wrong with having more of an assortment, especially if you tend to be more of a collector. Here’s my current cutting board line-up: a big wooden Boos block, a smaller square wooden board, cutting board with juice groove, and an assortment of BPA-free dishwasher safe cutting boards. I store them in a cabinet with this wire divider!

11. Sheet Pans & Baking DishesThe basics list wouldn’t be complete without some oven-ready essentials – sheet pans and baking dishes for not only baking things like this Grain-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp, but also sheet pan meals like Chicken “Pizza” Sheet Pan Dinner, Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas, and Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake (Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries!).

There are a lot of basic tools we love in the LCK kitchen, so picking just eleven was no joke. These are the true essentials that we use on a daily basis. P.S. want some kitchen organizing tips? Check out this post

What other essentials would you add to this list? 

Korean Ground Beef Bowls (Meal Prep!)

Sweet, salty and with a hint of spice, this Korean Ground Beef recipe is a take on the classic dish of beef bulgogi. Prepared in well under 20 minutes, these Korean Ground Beef Bowls are simple to prepare, so delicious and absolutely perfect for meal prep! This dish is also dairy and gluten free, as well as low-carb and paleo-friendly. Made in partnership with my friends at Ello Products.

Korean ground beef bowls.Korean Ground Beef Meal Prep

When it comes to eating healthy and fueling your body, there is one strategy that seems to work above all else: plan ahead! Making a plan and prepping the food is the best way to make sure you actually have access to and eat what food makes your body feel it’s best. And that is exactly where these Korean Ground Beef Bowls come in! They check off all the boxes:

  • So delicious
  • Simple to make
  • Uses only a few ingredients
  • Keeps well for a few days

Making these ground beef bowls is as easy as cooking up some ground beef with Korean inspired flavors, and pairing it with some quickly sautéed cauliflower rice, and some chopped fresh veggies. Top with some gochujang sauce or other spicy sauce for an extra kick and some sesame seeds.

Korean ground beef in a pan.

Korean Ground Beef Ingredients

While our take is by no means authentic, the inspiration from this ground beef bowl comes from the flavors of beef bulgogi. The quickly seared beef is flavored with a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty and optionally some heat. While we list red pepper flakes in the ingredients, if you happen to have Gochujang at home, feel free to use that in the recipe!

  • Avocado Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Scallions
  • Coconut Aminos (a soy sauce substitute)
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Red Pepper Flakes (or gochujang)

To serve this ground beef recipe, pair it with either cauliflower rice or white rice, and add in some fresh carrots and cucumber!

Korean ground beef meal prep.

Why we LOVE Meal Prepping in Ello Storage Containers

We’ve been using Ello DuraGlass Meal Prep Containers for about 2 years now and they have been our favorite storage containers by far. Not only are the colorful silicone sleeves cute and helpful in pairing the containers with the matching lid, but they also serve a purpose! The silicone protects the glass and they act as as a trivet so a dish can go from the freezer or refrigerator, to the toaster oven (or microwave) and then right to the table. 

I love using glass for storage (and re-heating) because it’s free of harmful chemicals, can be heated in the oven (without lids), toaster oven or microwave and is (top-rack) dishwasher safe. Plus the crystal clear Tritan lid and colorful silicone sleeve let’s me easily see what is in the containers so I can keep my refrigerator more organized. This is especially helpful when you have a refrigerator full of meal prep and you need to stay organized.

Plus these air-tight lids WILL NOT leak, and that is always a bonus when commuting with your lunch to work!Korean ground beef bowls in meal prep containers.

How long will this Korean Beef meal prep last?

Ground beef keeps really well in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. We prepped these bowls with cauliflower rice, thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots to create a filling and healthy bowl, which generally will keep well in the refrigerator about 3 days. If you prefer to have really fresh vegetables feel free to portion out the ground beef ahead of time in the meal prep containers and add the veggies the night before or that morning.

If you like this meal prep recipe, check out these others:

Korean Ground Beef Bowls

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:12 Total Time 00:22 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, cook beef until no pink remains, about 8 minutes. Drain any excess oil, except 1 tablespoon.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and half of the sliced scallions to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add in coconut aminos, coconut sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes
  4. Stir in remaining scallions, taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Serve over cauliflower rice, with cucumbers and carrots and sesame seeds for garnish.
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18 Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Looking for some Instant Pot Chicken Recipes that are quick, flavorful and easy to make? We’ve rounded up a list of 18 of our favorites that are sure to be an instant hit for your family!

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Looking for some healthy and delicious ways to cook chicken in the Instant Pot? We’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite chicken recipes for the Instant Pot that are sure to please just about everyone. From creamy Honey Mustard Chicken Wings to Chicken Parm Soup, we’ve got a little bit of something for everyone. Are you an Instant Pot newbie? Be sure to check out our round-up of easy recipes to make in the Instant Pot that will get you familiar with what the pressure cooker can do!

Instant pot chicken soup recipes.

Instant Pot Chicken Parm Soup: If you love chicken parmesan, you are going to love this. This soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a flavorful tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo: This is a take on the classic Filipino dish that results in tangy and savory chicken. It’s perfect for nights you need a healthy dinner but don’t feel like cooking. It’s also gluten-free, Paleo, low carb and Whole30 friendly.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala: Need a great short to a flavorful weeknight dinner! This delicious dinner uses the pot in pot cooking method, which means cooking the dish *and* the rice all together right in the pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore: This chicken dish has the best fall-of-the-bone chicken and is packed with veggies and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish everyone will LOVE. 

Instant Pot Butter Chicken: It’s creamy, perfectly spiced and oh-s0-delicious! It’s a great weeknight dinner at the end of a busy day. This gluten and optionally dairy-free dinner is a one pot meal, thanks to the rice that cooks alongside the chicken. It’s guaranteed to be a new family favorite.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken: This easy-to-make dish is made with only 8 ingredients and no refined sweeteners. It is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’ll be loved by both kids and adults alike and it just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Instant Pot chicken and rice recipe.

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice: Can you ever go wrong when you add together rice, cheese, chicken and broccoli?It is an easy-to-make dinner that the whole family will love and made with a few simple whole ingredients.

Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup: A take on the classic soup with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime!

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? Then this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken is just what you need to make tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus: Need a delicious light dinner that doesn’t require much cooking and is so DELICIOUS? Then this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus is just what you need to make tonight! This seasonal and bright dinner is perfect for a night you still want something delicious but don’t want to cook much. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: One of our most popular recipes right now! It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

Instant Pot chicken wing recipe

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings (Instant Pot or Baked): A perfect game day or dinner wings recipe that everybody will love. They are paleo-friendly and totally gluten-free, and get perfectly crispy with the right amount of sauce-y goodness!

Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta: This pasta comes together quickly in the pressure cooker and is packed with veggies, chicken, and creamy cajun flavor! It’s gluten-free and an easy weeknight cajun pasta recipe everybody will love!

Two-Ingredient Salsa Chicken: This two-ingredient Salsa Chicken recipe is made in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and is the perfect, easy meal prep recipe. It’s simple, fast, and makes the perfect shredded chicken to put on top of salads, in tacos, in burrito bowls, and so much more!

Paleo Chicken and Broccoli: This easy Chinese American style Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly! It’s gluten-free, whole30 compliant and is truly a fan favorite for good reason! 

Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe

Classic Chicken Soup: There is no better cure for anything than Chicken Soup. The chicken and broth warms the soup, and the vegetables brighten everything up. It’s a classic for a reason!

Buffalo Chicken Chili: Sundays for me are filled with game day cooking (my favorite)! I always try to prepare healthy game day foods and this Buffalo Chicken Chili will definitely be on the rotation. You can make this buffalo chicken chili recipe in the Instant Pot or on the stove top!

How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken: This Instant Pot shredded chicken is an all-purpose recipe that goes with just about anything!

How To Make Chicken BrothThis chicken broth recipe is my favorite, and I love making it in my Instant Pot for time convenience! It’s so flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price!

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

Planning your first Whole30 and looking for some inspiration? We’ve put together a list of our favorite Whole30 recipes that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Ranging from breakfast through dinner, these recipe will satisfy your tastebuds and won’t leave you feeling like you are deprived of anything! 

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes

At first, a Whole30 may seem intimidating if you are new to the world of elimination certain food grounds, such as grains, gluten, dairy, sugar, and legumes (to name a few). But I’m all for the freedom that you can gain by figuring out what foods are not working for your body and ridding yourself of any bad food habits. Arming yourself with delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes that leave you feeling satisfied is an easy way to ensure success! I’ve rounded up my favorite Whole30 recipes that will help you accomplish your goals, ranging from breakfast through to dinner.  Just make sure to check any notes about possible swaps or omissions that are needed for compliancy. Check out here for Instant Pot Whole30 recipes.

whole30 recipes for breakfast

Whole30 Recipes for Breakfast


Saucy Chorizo Skillet Baked Eggs: These baked eggs great addition to your next Sunday brunch or perfect for meal prep. Make sure to omit the beans and and use compliant Whole30 chorizo.

How to Make Sweet Potato Toast: Sweet potato toasts are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and there are so many options to shake up your toast topping game. Sweet potato toast is a great fiber-rich vegan healthy toast replacement! PLUS, they are super easy to make! We offer a few different

Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Chives: These are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd or perfect for a breakfast or snack! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level.

Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups: These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep for when you are rushing out the door but still want your protein-packed nutrient dense meal. Or perfect for make ahead snack.

Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash: The spicy chicken sausage and bacon pair so perfectly with the sweet potato, onions, and peppers. It can be eaten as is for a veggie and protein filled breakfast, or topped with an egg! Make sure to find compliant sausage.

Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast: Ever thought of cooking Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries all together it one pan? This breakfast bake is perfect for a weekend brunch or breakfast to feed a crowd with little to no mess! Make sure to use Whole30 compliant bacon.

Easy Pizza Scramble: This scramble has all the pizza flavors you love, while being low carb and keto, and FOR BREAKFAST. I mean, who doesn’t want pizza for breakfast? I serve mine with warm marinara sauce for dipping! Make sure to omit the cheese on this for Whole30!

Cauliflower Hashbrowns: Looking for a low carb hash brown alternative? These Cauliflower Hash Browns are the perfect addition to any breakfast, and they freeze so well, too!

Whole30 recipes for appetizers

Whole30 Recipes for Side Dishes and Appetizers


Easy Taco Slaw: This 3-ingredient cabbage slaw for tacos is the easiest addition to a quick and delicious taco night. Made in minutes with cabbage, mayo and lime, it adds a nice creamy acidity to your favorite taco (or non-taco) dish. Serve with chicken, fish, or carnitas (or really anything) and you’ll be happy you did!

Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers: Packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare, these skewers make a delicious appetizer or light meal. Omit the honey for Whole30 compliance.

Israeli Salad: This one-bowl salad is the perfect refreshing side-dish! I like to make a big bowl of it and keep it in the fridge all week long! The flavors from the lemon, tomatoes, onion, and herbs go so nicely with almost anything!

Cauliflower Rolls: These rolls are made out of cauliflower and they are such a hit!  They are the perfect low carb Whole30 friendly roll alternative. Top it as suggested with the Everything Bagel spice, or leave it plain.

Easy Spaghetti Squash: Cooked spaghetti squash is a great nutrient dense, gluten-free, lower carb alternative to pasta or rice noodles. There are two great methods how to cook spaghetti squash and we’re giving you all the details you need to know!

Easy Cauliflower Rice: We’re offering two different methods on how to make it, giving you all the tips you need to know about storing it and letting you in on our favorite way to cook it up.

Cauliflower Hummus: This simple-to-prepare recipe is quick to put together and is a great vegan and legume-free alternative to traditional hummus. It’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo friendly and truly you wouldn’t notice it wasn’t traditional hummus.

Jalapeño Popper Dip: A perfect appetizer to serve for Game Day and can conveniently be prepared ahead of time and baked up right before serving! It has all the classic flavor of Jalapeño Poppers without having to individually make them. 

Braised Collard Greens with Bacon: A perfect combination of smoky, salty, sweet, sour and umami with an optional hint of heat if you want! These vitamin rich vegetables are the best addition to a southern fried chicken dinner, or they make a great side with other braised meat and vegetables.

Moroccan Chermoula Carrots: Perfectly cooked tender carrots that are tossed in a flavorful and easy chermoula sauce! They are a delicious and easy carrot side dish recipe to accompany any meal.

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes: These taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. 

Chipotle Slaw: This slaw is smoky and spicy and made special with spiralized veggies! Perfect to bring along to a potluck or to serve at your next BBQ.

Herb and Cucumber Salad: This is a refreshing, flavor-packed, and super simple salad to throw together. It uses all of the fresh herbs (parsley, dill, and mint) and features the fresh, cool cumber to complement any dish you’re serving up.

Whole30 Recipes for Lunch


Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Salad: The classic lunch staple got an Italian-esque makeover: a mayo based chicken salad with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, parsley and white wine vinegar. It’s salty, tangy and really delicious. Serve in lettuce wrap or over a salad.

Beef Barbacoa: Made in either the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, this meal prep dish is so flavorful and versatile. Served with cauliflower rice, cole slaw, or a salad. Make sure to omit the sweetener for Whole30.

Taco Salad: It’s simple to prepare, deliciously satisfying, and customizable with your favorite taco toppings! Made in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect make ahead lunch (or dinner). Make sure to omit cheese and use a Whole30 compliant salsa!

Lettuce Wrapped Sandwich: These low-carb, keto, and Whole30 sandwiches are easy to make once you’ve mastered the lettuce wrap! Make sure to use compliant deli meat and omit any cheese.

Loaded Chicken Salad Four Ways: Make the perfect customizable lunch! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long.

Asian Beef Bowls: This healthy asian beef recipe, made mostly in the slow cooker, is the perfect make ahead lunch or dinner! It’s paired with cauliflower “rice” and veggies. Double the recipe and you can also make it dinner one night and lunch for the next few days! Omit coconut sugar for Whole30.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad: This salad, made without mayo, is packed with veggies, artichokes, capers, avocado, a delicious red wine vinaigrette. It is the BEST lightened-up tuna salad perfect for lunch any day of the week and great for meal prepping! Make sure to omit the beans to be Whole30 complaint.

Thai Basil Ground Turkey Bowl: A flavorful meal-prep option that is customizable and easy-to-make. It’s packed with veggies to fuel you for your busy days.

Salsa Chicken: This two-ingredient chicken recipes is made in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and is the perfect, easy meal prep recipe. It’s simple, fast, and makes the perfect shredded chicken to put on top of salads, in tacos, in burrito bowls, and so much more!

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls: Delicious Mexican cauliflower rice paired with homemade pico de gallo, avocado, and perfectly seasoned grilled chicken is meal prep perfection. Omit beans and cheese for Whole30 compliant!

Whole30 recipes for soup.

Whole30 Dinner Recipes


15-Minute Chicken Tacos: Using our tried and true taco seasoning blend, these taco chicken meat is so flavorful with minimal effort involved. Serve it with all your favorite taco toppings and call it dinner!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of having to actually stuff peppers. It’s easily cooked in either the crock pot or the Instant Pot. For Whole30 and Paleo friendly omit the white rice and substitute in cauliflower rice at the end of cooking.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples: The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos: These easy meatless tacos are hearty and flavorful. Serve it up with your favorite taco fixin’s for dinner on the table in well under 30 minutes!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets: Cauliflower to the rescue again! These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. Make sure to use ghee instead of butter.

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken: Comfort food turned easy weeknight dinner! This dairy-free dish is so creamy and tastes just like spinach artichoke dip but with fresh healthy ingredients served for dinner! 

Egg Roll Soup: A weeknight dinner that is full of the flavor of an egg roll, without any of the fuss of wrapping and frying! This veggie and pork soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers! 

3-Ingredient Dijon Salmon: This is my go-to easy dinner when I have nothing planned. This three-ingredient Dijon Salmon is made in ten minutes (yes, ten minutes), and is cooked to perfection and SO flavorful. It’s the perfect salmon recipe for a busy weeknight.

Healthy Turkey Chili: This hearty stew is easily made on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe! Make sure to omit the beans for Whole30 compliancy.

Sheet Pan Cod with Vegetables: This fish is served with a lemon herb sauce and tender veggies. It’s the ultimate sheet pan fish dish everyone will love!

Creamy Tuscan Chicken: This easy weeknight dinner is creamy without any dairy, with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and so delicious. 

Curry Butternut Squash Noodles: A weeknight meatless dinner that is full of flavor and packed with veggies! A delicious curry sauce with tender butternut squash “noodles”, peppers, onions and spinach can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.

Whole30 dinner recipes.Whole30 Recipes for Dinner

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs: This decadent dinner is naturally Paleo and Keto and Whole30 friendly and when paired with a side of quick cauliflower or potato mash, will be the hit of the dinner table! Omit sugar for Whole30 compliance.

Hot and Sour Soup: This vegetarian weeknight dinner that comes together quicker than it takes to order from your neighborhood takeout! It’s packed full of veggies, is so warm and comforting.

Gluten Free Meatloaf: An easy main dish that will please just about everyone. It’s a comfort food classic that is easy to make and so delicious.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde: A flavorful inexpensive cut of meat that is tender and delicious. Top it with the savory salsa verde and you have an easy dinner win! Serve with a side of roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower rice.

Cajun Blackened Fish: This dramatic looking dish is actually simple to make, requiring just a few spices, a piece of fish and a hot pan! Serve it with a light salad or slaw and you’ve got dinner in under 20 minutes!

Zoodles and Homemade Meat Sauce: A hearty meal your family will LOVE! The meat sauce is cooked up quickly and is served over lightened up zucchini noodles making for a healthy weeknight dinner! Serve without cheese for Whole30 compliance.

Roasted Chicken Dinner: The perfect one-pan-meal. The tender and juicy chicken is roasted with garlic and herbs and the accompanying vegetables are baked underneath the chicken. It’s a hands-off meal that is easy to prep, so satisfying and versatile as it can be made with any veggies you have on hand.

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas: Juicy steak tips roasted alongside classic fajita style vegetables! A set it and forget it dinner that you can customize for serving based off your own dietary needs.

Homemade Whole30 Condiment Recipes


Dairy-Free “Cheese” Sauce: This flavorful and creamy non-dairy sauce is the perfect replacement for a classic cheese sauce. It’s simple, nutrient-dense and hard-to-believe it’s not actually cheese. 

Whole30 Mayo: This Homemade Whole30 friendly Mayo, made with avocado oil, is so easy to make, using a handful of ingredients you likely already have on hand and made in under 5 minutes! Want to make it even more special? Turn that homemade mayo into 4 easy and delicious flavored ones in just a matter of minutes.

Easy Taco Seasoning: Sometimes store-bought taco seasoning has strange ingredients that are not Whole30 compliant, like cornstarch. This easy homemade version takes a few minutes to gather and mix up so you can have a quick taco Tuesday.

Chicken Broth: This homemade chicken broth is flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price, without any strange ingredients. Made in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

5-Minute Ají : This is a Colombian-Style Salsa. It is perfect with tortilla chips, on top of meat, potatoes, rice, eggs, or really, put it on ANYTHING. This salsa recipe can be made mild or hot, as desired, and of course doesn’t contain any sugar.

How To Make Fresh Tomato Sauce This Freezer Friendly Tomato Sauce is a labor of love, but so so worth it! The perfect way to make use of all of these fresh tomatoes during tomato season! Or, you can use this as a guide on making tomato sauce with canned tomatoes.

Best Ever Chicken Rub: This DIY spice rub is the perfect way to brighten up chicken, either for the grill or for indoor cooking.

Homemade Guacamole: Surprinsingly store-bought guacamole can have some strange ingredients added to it, with sugar being one of them. These easy Homemade Guac recipe is one everyone should have in their back pocket for taco night, or any old night. My version has 7 ingredients, but really only 3 are absolutely essential, and you can leave out any you don’t like. 

Classic Burger Seasoning: Want to know how to easily kick the flavor of your next burger? If you’ve got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade burger seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for grilling night!

DIY Everything Bagel Seasoning: Love Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning but your store doesn’t have it in stock frequently? Our recipe is so easy to make, with likely ingredients you already have on hand so no need to go hunting for it in store anymore!

Looking for Instant Pot recipes? Check out this page for all of our Whole30 favorites!

Our Favorite Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes

Planning a Whole30 and looking for some inspiration for easy-to-cook meals? We’ve put together a list of our favorite Whole30 recipes that are cooked in the Instant Pot. 

Our Favorite Instant Pot Whole30 Recipes

Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes

If you are doing a  Whole30 then you likely may have heard that an Instant Pot can be your best friend during your 30 days (and beyond). I’m all for the freedom that you can gain by figuring out what foods are not working for your body and ridding yourself of any bad food habits, but if you are new to this world of elimination foods it can seem like an uphill battle. The Instant Pot is a great tool to have on hand because it makes quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas but it is also great for easy weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. Because doing cooking almost all of your meals for a Whole30 can seem intimidating, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite Whole30 complaint Instant Pot recipes to help you through your journey!

whole30 instant pot chicken recipe

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs: These melt-in-your-mouth ribs are SO delicious and SO impressive but are SO easy to put together! And thanks to the Instant Pot, the braising time is slashed without sacrificing any of the flavor. Pair with a side of quick cauli-mash will be the hit of the dinner table! Make sure to omit sugar for Whole30 compliance.

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff: This classic American dish comes together quick, with minimal prep and mostly hands-off cooking thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s made using REAL ingredients and is so hearty! Make sure to omit peas for Whole30 compliance.

Turkey Chili: This healthy comfort food in a bowl is hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make sure to omit the beans for Whole30 compliancy.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: For snacks, for breakfast, for egg salad, or really for anything! They peel like a dream and are one of our favorite things to make in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Whole30 dinner recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Broth: This homemade chicken broth is flavorful and delicious in various recipes or just to sip on! Instead of buying chicken to use, save your leftovers and veggie scraps to make TONS of chicken broth at an affordable price, without any strange ingredients. Made in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

Beef Stew: This dish is hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies. Omit peas for Whole30 compliance.

How To Make The BEST Taco Meat: This taco meat recipe is loaded with hidden veggies and comes together in under 30 minutes. It tastes like your favorite classic indulgent taco meat!

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo: Our take on the classic Filipino dish results in tangy and savory chicken dinner. It’s perfect for nights you need a healthy dinner but don’t feel like cooking. Omit the sweetener for Whole30 and serve with cauliflower rice!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of having to actually stuff peppers. To make this Whole30 and Paleo friendly omit the white rice. You can substitute in cauliflower rice to cook at the end until heated through.

Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup: This soup taste just like a loaded baked potato! It’s creamy and topped with all of your favorite baked potato toppings. For Whole30 omit the cheese and use the cashew cream option to make the soup creamy.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus: Need a delicious light dinner that doesn’t require much cooking and is so DELICIOUS? This is it!

Chicken and Broccoli: This easy Chinese American style Chicken and Broccoli in the Instant Pot is so delicious and comes together so quickly!

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa: Just omit the maple syrup or honey for this flavorful and versatile dish. This barbacoa meat is perfect for meal prep bowls, served with rice or cauliflower rice.

See more Instant Pot recipes here!

Top Recipes of 2019!

2019 is coming to an end! The end of the year is always a whirlwind with holidays and New Year’s, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of your celebrations this holiday season and all year long! So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart! Thank you for another wonderful year together as a community. I can’t wait to continue to see what you’re cooking up from the website and the cookbook, and for an amazing 2020 together! Make sure to scroll through and see which you’ve made and love, and which you plan to try in the upcoming days or weeks!

Top 10 Recipes of 2019

The top 10 recipes from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen in 2019

I am so happy these were so loved in your homes this year!

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot: This recipe has consistently been in our top 10 all year! And for good reason: it walks you through how to make the juiciest whole chicken right in the Instant Pot. It tastes just like a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store, only you get to control the ingredients! It’s largely hands-off cooking time and the chicken is so juicy! This chicken is perfect to serve as is for dinner, or you can use for meal prep or for other chicken recipes.

How to Roast a Chicken in the Instant Pot

How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi: 2019 was definitely the year of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi! Stores would sell out and people would endlessly talk about which store had it in stock. The downside was that because they were pretty new, not many people knew how to cook the gnocchi so they tasted good. Which is no surprise why my method of cooking them skyrocketed to the top of the list of most popular recipes. It’s a quick weeknight meal on a budget and is a great gluten-free alternative to a classic gnocchi.

How to Make Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi

The Ultimate Guide on How to Make Oatmeal: This was the year of the oatmeal for Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. We started sharing a few oatmeal recipes in 2018, and it turned out you all loved them so it was something we continued to share in all of 2019. This ultimate guide came about after we tested and tested all the different popular methods of making oatmeal, until we found the absolute best! We used both old fashioned rolled oats (on the stovetop and Instant Pot) and steel cut oats (in the Instant Pot) and perfected recipes that are great for a warm hearty breakfast or make ahead prep for the week!

How to Make THE BEST Oatmeal

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake: The anticipation for this recipe was REAL when I shared the process on social media. This cake is so easy to make, has such classic flavors and is perfect to serve a crowd. This healthier, more nutrient-dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! Definitely the perfect cake to make for a celebration.

Pork Carnitas:  We’re glad this one is a favorite because it exemplifies why we love the Instant Pot so much (though we do give instructions for the slow cooker as well). This Pork Carnitas recipe is an easy and flavorful dinner or meal prep. It’s Whole30, Paleo and Keto friendly and pairs with so many different sides (including this Healthy Cole Slaw recipe) that makes it a no-brainer to put on your cooking list now.

Instant Pot Carnitas

How to Make Coconut Milk Yogurt in the Instant Pot: This post was researched and tested extensively, so we’re really happy that it was popular with you all! There is no hiding the fact that there are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, because after all it is making yogurt at home. But trust us when we say the resulting Coconut Milk Yogurt is so worth the effort. It’s so incredibly delicious and creamy, it’s super filling and only contains a very minimal amount of maple syrup. It’s worlds-away-different from anything you’ll buy at the store and you control the amount of sugar that goes in it! It’s dairy-free and even compatible with low-carb diets. We are so in love with this dairy-free yogurt and definitely think it should be on your list to try if you haven’t already!

Dairy-Free Instant Pot Yogurt

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas: This recipe came about after I threw together dinner one night and decided it was defintely a recipe worth sharing. It is is a super easy weeknight dinner and a crowd pleaser: juicy steak tips roasted alongside classic fajita style vegetables! A set it and forget it dinner that you can customize for serving based off your own dietary needs.

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets: A popular recipe that came to me from my friend Gina Homolka’s newest book The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook. These buffalo cauliflower nuggets made in the air fryer are downright addictive, with a crispy exterior coated in an easy spicy buffalo sauce. These easy vegetarian bites are gluten free and low carb, with an option to make it paleo and dairy free.

Cauliflower Hummus: As our third cauliflower recipe on this Top 10 list, it’s clear you all love cauliflower! We have lots of renditions of recipes made using cauliflower (like this, this or this) but this one is a favorite because it really DOES NOT taste like cauliflower. This recipe is so simple to put together and is a great vegan and legume-free alternative to traditional hummus. It’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo friendly and truly you wouldn’t notice it wasn’t traditional hummus.

Cauliflower Hummus

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken: This was also one of our favorite recipes this year: a truly flavorful meal made all in the Instant Pot. It includes chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze that comes all together for dinner without ever having to turn on the stove. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.


Lexi’s Favorites of 2019

I thought I’d quickly add a list of a few of my personal favorite recipes from this year. It was not easy to pick just 10!

  1. Dairy Free Hot Chocolate
  2. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
  3. Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice
  4. Fudgy Paleo Brownies
  5. Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak
  6. Gluten Free Funfetti Blondies
  7. 15-Minute Chicken Tacos
  8. Paleo Marshmallows
  9. Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
  10. Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice

Other posts (non-recipes) that I loved from this year:

  1. How I Found a Therapist
  2. My Must-Have Travel Supplements
  3. Everything You Need to Know About Safer Sunscreen
  4. How to Choose Cleaner Art Supplies for Your Kids 
  5. Why I Stopped Using Drugstore Deodorant
  6. How to Pick Yourself Up If Mother’s Day Is Tough
  7. My #1 Must-Have Face Product For Dry Skin
  8. Our Office Reveal
  9. How to Make Body Scrub (& Why You Should Exfoliate!)
  10. Book Guides:
    1. The Ultimate Holiday Travel Book Guide 
    2. 14 Books to Read this Fall
    3. 16 Must-Read Books for Summer