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If you have been reading the blog for a long time then you know that I have dabbled in the whole 30 diet. Through all of the whole 30 diets I have done there is a lot I’ve learned. Having a whole 30 meal plan is the best way to go and whole 30 easy recipes will literally save your life and keep you on track.
I attempted my first whole 30 in October 2015 and quit on Day 21. Personally, meat is not my favorite. I could easily be vegetarian and probably will once I don’t have kids to cook for everyday. That was how I failed my first attempt of the whole 30 diet because I went heavy on meat and got seriously burnt out.
Easy Whole 30 Recipes
After that I knew the next attempt would need a meal plan- that is the key to staying on track. Prepping according to your meal plan is essential as well. Make sure you have everything ready to go for the week ahead on Sunday. The best way is to create your meal plan on Saturday, shop either Saturday or Sunday morning and then spend Sunday prepping.
Whole 30 Diet
Breakfast is essential and if you skip breakfast you will hate your life. Also have compliant snacks on hand at all times. You will want to have apples, bananas, chopped fruit, and veggies available to you. During a whole 30, or even just in regular day life, I always have Larabars on hand. My favorite is Cashew Cookie and Coconut Cream.
Breakfast was typically the same thing everyday and that is potatoes (either organic hash browns, or sweet potatoes) a fried egg and some prosciutto. Compliant bacon and sausage is fabulous, but it is expensive and I would reserve that for the weekends or special occasions.
Whole 30 Snack
Snacks consist of fruit, nuts, or a combo of it all. My favorite is apples with cashew butter, sliced bananas, and strawberries that are drizzled in almond butter with coconut chips sprinkled on top.
I would make myself an orange smoothie in moments of weakness that consisted of 2 bananas, 2 oranges, and a splash of coconut milk. Hopefully I can get this recipe up soon and link it here.
Lunch is where I struggle because I don’t have time for it. The best option is leftovers if there are any, but my husband always takes them for work. You could prep some salads, or make something ahead on Sunday that is easy to reheat like my Cilantro Lime Shrimp. But, whenever I’m in a pinch I love plantain chips with some smashed avocado or guacamole.
Whole 30 Recipes
All of the dinners I ate were something easily modified so that I could be whole 30 compliant and the family could eat what they liked as well because I don’t have time for making multiple meals. For instance, I would make my meat sauce recipe and have a spaghetti squash and feed them gluten free noodles. One meal I made was fried fish and fried chicken that was compliant with compliant mashed potatoes, they couldn’t tell the difference. Always avoid cooking 2 meals if you can. In a pinch I would saute a ton of veggies with some cauli rice, cashews, and coconut aminos. Yum!
Below are the recipes that I love to make when doing a whole 30. As always they are all simple, delicious, family friendly, and even part of my meal plan even when I’m not on a whole 30 because I do like to eat this way 80% of the time.
Make sure to stay tuned because I will be going even more in depth on surviving a whole 30 in future blog posts. I will also be talking about it a lot in my Instagram stories, so make sure you are following!
Whole 30 Recipes on the blog
Most mornings are fried organic potatoes or sweet potatoes with eggs.
You will want to stock up on your favorite nuts and nut butters. I always have macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, almond butter, cashew butter, coconut chips, and plantain chips on hand. Compliant Larabars are also essential!
Ground Beef Tacos – Use the ground beef and make a salad by adding a ton of lettuce, guac, green onions, salsa, cilantro, and crushed plantain chips!
Recipes from my current cookbook that can easily be adapted to be Whole 30…
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- Sweet Potato Hash Casserole- Simply use compliant meat for this recipe, sausage, bacon, ham (or prosciutto) and the rest of this recipe is already safe.
- Enchilada Sauce- This sauce is AMAZING and it is whole 30 with compliant oil (I use avocado) and tapioca or arrowroot starch. Make sure your broth is compliant as well.
- Seasonings- The creole seasoning, cashew cream, garlic salt, and fajita seasoning are all safe. You will omit the sugar for the fajita seasoning .
- Tri-Tib Rub- This rub is amazing and you will truly enjoy this recipe on a whole 30. My best friend makes this every week and is obsessed. She loves to serve it with the potato salad that is in the book as well.
- Oven Roasted Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Red Potatoes– do not need to be adapted at all.
- Mashed Potatoes- Use a safe nut or coconut milk and ghee instead of the vegan butter.
Roasted Asparagus– naturally whole 30. Whole 30 Diet
- Chicken Salad- Use a safe mayo. I make my own mayo typically, but Sprouts and Whole Foods carry safe mayo.
- Red Potato Salad– Use compliant mayo and bacon. Omit the worcestershire sauce.
- Meat Sauce- I love this recipe! You can serve it on top of spaghetti squash (my favorite) or zoodles.
- Hambiglers- Leave the worcestershire sauce out and wrap it in lettuce.
- Chicken and Rice Soup– Leave the rice out and add extra veggies.
- Lasagna- Use zucchini sliced lengthwise, a safe nut milk in the cashew cream and omit the vegan cheese shreds. You will also decrease the cook time from 1 hour to about 35 minutes.
- Potato Soup- My kids love this recipe. You will use compliant bacon and broth. Use a safe nut milk and instead of rice flour use tapioca or arrowroot starch.
- Pot Roast– Instead of red wine use beef bone broth.
- Herb Roasted Pork Chops- No changes need to be made.
- Fajitas– The seasoning will need to have the sugar omitted. You can make a salad with this and its fantastic.
- Beef Stew- Leave out the corn and use tapioca or arrowroot starch in place of the rice flour.
- Butter Chicken- Omit the coconut sugar and use a safe coconut milk. Serve this over cauliflower rice.
- Fried Fish- Use tapioca or arrowroot starch in place of the rice flour.
- Jambalaya- I love this recipe! Leave out the tomato sauce and use cauliflower rice instead. Only cook for about 5 minutes once the cauliflower rice is added.
- Cottage Pie- Leave out the peas, corn, and worcestershire sauce.
- Fish Tacos- You can make these into lettuce cups and you will use tapioca or arrowroot flour in place of the rice flour. Make sure you use safe mayo and coconut or nut milk.
- Sloppy Joes- This calls for ketchup and there are several brands of safe ketchup at the store. My favorite is Primal Foods.
Don’t forget that my latest cookbook, 101 Incredible Gluten Free Recipes is available for pre-order! It has tons of paleo/whole 3o recipes for you to enjoy. The entire book is gluten, dairy, and corn free! In conclusion a whole 30 needs planning and prepping because it will be a challenge- this is not going to be super easy, but you will learn so much about your body!
Want to learn more about my whole 30 meal plan? Below is each week from my last whole 30.