A roundup of ten Whole30 recipes that are simple to make that will keep you inspired and satisfied when starting the program. A collection of delicious entrees and side dishes compliant with the Whole30 diet. Each recipe features nutritious vegetables, fruit, and protein to make meal planning easy.
Are you ready to tackle a nutritional reset and embark on the Whole30 diet? As you know, it’s all about enjoying the taste and textures of real food. By following an elimination diet for certain foods like sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes you may see some positive benefits to your health, fitness and overall wellness.
The Whole30 program seeks to eliminate specific food groups that increase cravings, blood sugar levels, or may damage and cause inflammatory effects to the gut for 30 consecutive days. By creating new habits and not allowing for those sneaky cheat days, staying the course will change your relationship with food, and you may even see and feel changes in your mind and body.
Here are ten tasty recipes to get started, you may be surprised how easy it is to cook and flavorful it is to eat on this diet!
What is the Whole30 diet? It’s all about eating whole, unprocessed food, moderate amounts of meat, eggs, seafood, and fruit, ramping up on vegetables, adding in natural fats, and enhancing flavor with herbs, seasonings, and spices. When available 100% grass-fed, pastured, wild-caught and organic foods are encouraged.
What you won’t see are healthier forms of pancakes, pastries or dessert, these recipes are avoided altogether. The good news is no calorie counting, measuring, or weigh-ins, yay! Here are some common foods and ingredients to avoid and a few exceptions compliant with the program:
Avoid: Added sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites or sulfates, gum, corn, peas, lima beans, processed meats, Bragg’s amino acids, stevia, quinoa.
Exceptions: Ghee or clarified butter, fruit juice, almond flour, coconut flour, guar gum, arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, flaxseed, green beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas, all potatoes (no chips), vinegar (no malt vinegar), coconut aminos, 100% cacao, dates, chia seeds, coffee, and salt (iodized table and sea salt).
This grocery list is a useful guide on what proteins, vegetables, fruits, fat, herbs, spices, pantry items and drinks allowed on this diet.
A combination of crispy roasted red, white and purple potatoes. The small slits allow the potatoes to cook quicker and infuse the tangy lemon sauce into each bite.
These fresh green beans pack a tasty crunch with almonds. A healthy side dish to accompany a main entree.
Delicious red potatoes are roasted until the outside is super crisp and the inside flesh is creamy. The potatoes are cooked in garlic infused oil for an even more enticing flavor!
This tender broccoli salad packs refreshing summer flavors like oranges and fresh cherries. A natural sweet cherry chia dressing is drizzled on top.
Succulent shrimp, summer squash, and baby tomatoes are tossed in spicy seasonings and roasted together for an easy one pan meal.
Jumbo shrimp is cooked in minutes in a hot skillet, then tossed in a savory and smooth roasted red pepper sauce to enhance the smokiness of the dish.
Super tender and juicy chicken is made by first dry-brining the meat with salt. The chicken is then roasted faster and more evenly by removing the backbone and flattening the chicken into a butterfly shape.
Lean chicken breast is coated with a savory Moroccan spice blend, then sauteed with onions, tomatoes, and herbs. A squeeze of fresh lemon adds some brightness to the dish.
This one-pot meal is loaded with seasoned chicken breast, asparagus, mushrooms, and tomatoes. A sweet and tangy balsamic orange glaze coats each piece of tender chicken.
Flavorful and juicy flat iron steak is generously seasoned then grilled to perfection. Topped with a tangy and spicy chimichurri sauce.
I hope these recipes show you how easy it is to make foods flavorful using wholesome ingredients and no added refined sugar. I’d love to hear what recipes you try or your favorite go-to meals while on the Whole30 program. Did you have success and make it the 30 days? How do you feel? Leave a comment below!