Chicken Bacon Apple Salad (gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30)

This has become an insanely YUMMY staple food in our house! It’s everything you want-healthy, fresh, grain free, dairy free, sugar free… but tastes delish! I make it with homemade mayo (recipe coming soon) if we are being strict, or off the shelf mayo in a pinch (or whole30 compliant mayo in a REAL pinch, because it’s like $10 for a tiny jar lol).


2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (saves so much time cooking in the Instant Pot if you have one!)

2 apples, chopped

1 cup sliced almonds

2 cups grapes, halved

1.5-2 cups mayo, preferably homemade

approx. 10 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

pinch salt (optional)


For starters, if you didn’t know, you can totally throw whole cooked chicken breasts in your stand mixer, put on the lowest setting, and have perfectly shredded chicken in less than 2 minutes. You’re welcome. 😉


Toast your almonds-I used to do this in the oven, but who has the time, and also…it heats up the entire house in the summer! Throw those puppies in a skillet on medium and stir until they look and smell like heaven:


Combine everything in a big bowl (this makes a pretty big batch), and stir well:


Serve in lettuce wraps…yum! Super refreshing, yet filling, and also helps satisfy my sweet tooth without caving and eating a candy bar or something lol!



Instant Pot Pumpkin Chili (gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30)

This is one of our go-to meals now! We absolutely love it, and while you could make this in a crock pot, I love how intense the flavor is in the instant pot, and in such a short amount of time. This also makes a great freezer meal! This recipe is for a double batch, so if you have two IPs, you can split it and make it all at once, or you can put half in a bowl to make later, or freeze, or make the second batch right after the first, or however you like. We’ve done a variety of different things, depending on how much food we need, and if we need a freezer meal. =)


2 pounds ground beef and/or ground turkey (we’ve done one or the other, or mixed the two. Our favorite is mixed)

2 orange sweet bell peppers, diced

2 red sweet bell peppers, diced

2 sweet onions, diced

1/8 cup minced garlic

1 7 oz can green chiles

2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes (be sure to check ingredients to ensure Whole30 compliance if on Whole30)

1 30 oz can pumpkin purée 

2 Tbsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

4 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp smoked paprika

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

Small amount ghee/clarified butter

6 Tbsp tapioca flour


1. Sauté onions, garlic, chiles, and bell peppers in ghee (or olive oil). You can use the IP, and then set these aside when done, or just use a separate skillet. 

2. Set IP on sauté (or use skillet) and brown meat. 

3. Place all ingredients (only half in each IP) in IP and stir.

4. Cook on manual setting for 10 minutes and let naturally release. 

5. Mix tapioca flour in small amount cold water (only half per batch)

6. Add tapioca mixture to cooked batch, and stir. Chili will thicken. 

We like ours over some mashed baked potatoes =D

Absolutely delish!! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Like I said, I usually cook 2 batches, and freeze one in containers that can easily be thawed and reheated for meals later. It’s absolutely a lifesaver, AND it’s a healthy freezer meal! =D