Welcome to my Whole 30 Easy Carrot Pasta In The Instant Pot. A dream come true for fans of spiralizing, zoodles and julienne peelers that want something different. Completely Whole 30 compliant and perfect for those summer days on the Whole 30 when you are craving a pan of pasta and instead can have this big plate of goodness.
This recipe is one of my ultimate go to recipes whenever I am fancying a low carb day and has been something that we eat at least twice a week for a long time. It is one of those must haves that we should all have in our diet whether we are on the Whole 30 or not and its so shockingly simple that you will wonder why you have not done this for years.
It is also similar to this recipe which is where you do a similar thing but grate your carrot instead to make carrot risotto. I also find that it is an opportunity for a delicious carrot binge as carrots are so cheap and always in great condition in the supermarket.
And as we are kitchen gadget obsessed here at Recipe This, I am sure you will not be surprised to see that it features 3 amazing kitchen gadgets in the one recipe. We have the steamer basket, the Instant Pot and of course the Julienne Peeler that comes FREE with the steamer basket.
You peel the fresh carrots then slice with the Julienne Peeler and then you place it in the steamer basket inside of the Instant Pot. It then steams away for you, while you prepare the rest of the meal. Then when it beeps, manually release pressure, rinse out the Instant Pot and finish the cooking process with the sauté function.
A quick and simple dinner and perfect for getting your kids interested in vegetables and making them realise that healthy doesn’t mean tasteless.
In our household I will have my daughter (she is 2.5 years old) by my side and she will not only be stealing the carrot as I slice, but will also want to get involved in the chopping and the preparing. This reminds me of my own childhood when I used to have my Grandads carrots that he had grown on his allotment.
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- In your Instant Pot fill the bottom with a cup of water and place your steamer basket inside of it.
- Peel all your carrots and give them a clean.
- One by one peel the carrots down to nothing with either a Julienne Peeler or a Spiralizer. Place them in a big pile on a clean worktop. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, thyme and mustard powder and keep tossing the carrots in the air so that everything is well covered.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot set to sealing and cook on the steam function for 15 minutes. Manually release pressure, remove the steamer basket and the water from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Place the Instant Pot on the sauté setting and add to it the coconut oil, chopped bacon, onion and the rest of the seasoning. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and the onion is crispy. Add to it the carrot, stir well and serve with fresh tomatoes.
We get our carrots in a big kilo bag from the supermarket and they are all medium sized. If you work off pounds this is 2.2lbs worth.
Try to aim for medium or large carrots as small ones are very difficult to get good use out of with a Julienne Peeler.
You can also do this with a Spiralizer, but I find most don’t like carrots with them being so hard and that a Julienne Peeler does a better job and wastes less.
Whole 30 Day 7
I am on day 7 and I am experiencing my first Sunday back on the Whole 30. The way I see it, is if I can get through today then the rest of the Whole 30 should be a breeze. I really don’t have an urge for a lot of the things associated with the Whole 30. For example there is no nagging feeling that I must eat carbs, or that I must have cheese and I haven’t had any bread this year anyway so that kind of thing really doesn’t bother me.
But I am a huge chocolate fan and this crazy craving for chocolate is now starting to happen less and less. So I am slowly getting there in resetting my body.
What I ATE On Day SEVEN Of The While 30
It is Sunday and I end up doing what most people do on a Sunday which makes me feel really rubbish….I sit there on the sofa all day, have no exercise, watch too much TV and dream about eating Ben & Jerry’s. It gives me that horrible lethargic feeling that I just want to go away. I have slept in until 9am and I feel like I have had too much sleep even though I had just short of 9 hours.
It is our first joint day off in about a month, but I am not sure if I want next Sunday to have me feeling like this and the more lethargic I feel the more chocolate I want….
Breakfast = Pepper Omelette
Lunch = Vegetable Bolognese
Dinner = Beef Stew
For breakfast today we had a pepper omelette. It was mothers day here in Portugal and the urge for pancakes made by my son and filled with honey, had to be put to one side while I embraced a pepper omelette instead. It was lovely and it was filled with avocado slices. Probably a nutritionists dream come true.
For lunch we had a vegetable Bolognese. We used the carrot pasta recipe above as the bottom of our dish and then filled it with a topping of Bolognese. Looking at it you would have thought that we were eating spaghetti Bolognese.
For dinner we had a beef stew. No dumplings or red wine, just loads of meat and veggie goodness.
Introducing The Kitchen Deluxe Steamer Basket
Each day between days 6 and 10 on the Whole 30 we will be sharing with you the Kitchen Deluxe Steamer Basket. It is a great bit of kit for anyone with an Instant Pot and are perfect for the Whole 30.
When most of us enter the Whole 30 for the first time we have done so after never following the Paleo diet before this point. This means that a lot of the lifestyle is alien to them and don’t have a true understanding for eating clean and eating for health rather than eating because you have to or because you want to lose weight.
But if you are new to all this and then you have not cooked very often before it is going to be a real headache. However by using this steamer basket in your Instant Pot you can discover amazing home cooking without the high calories that tastes truly amazing.
Here are 10 reasons why you NEED the Kitchen Deluxe Steamer Basket:
- Cook salmon in less than 3 minutes
- Prep and forget
- If you want Whole 30 for weight loss
- Quick delicious veg for Whole 30 dinners
- Preparing cauliflower sauce
- Perfect for using old vegetables up
- Use it for boiled eggs
- Use it for steamed salmon, broccoli and potatoes
- Perfect size for steamed chicken
- Steams fresh sardines perfectly
Our verdict – We found that the steamer did everything that we needed and was much better than the smaller ones that we have seen for sale. It’s the perfect size for our 6 litre Instant Pot and its easy to put in and take out without burning ourselves.
We also found that it was perfect for big dishes as well as small ones. You could balance loads of vegetables in it and then add the meat or fish above for a big one pot family meal.
Its best feature…has to be the fact that I am frugal obsessed and that it comes with a free Julienne Peeler which is truly perfect for making this recipe with.
Overall – It’s the number #1 accessory that you need for your Instant Pot. You can use it for any kind of steaming that you need to do. From making boiled eggs to making chicken wrapped in bacon, it is a dream come true.
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Now how about joining me in your own Whole 30? Join me in the whole 30 diet challenge and have 30 full days of delicious home cooked meals. Get better, get rid of the health problems associated with a bad diet and fall in love with food all over again.