The Whole 30 can be daunting. SO daunting. It seems like everything is off limits and there is nothing you can eat. But the truth is, there is a TON you can eat. And not only is it good for you, it TASTES good too! So I decided to take this Friday Five and bring you some Whole 30 recipes and inspiration-although I’m not stopping at just five. Read on for ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! (and don’t forget those fresh fruits and veggies!)
Now, sadly I haven’t time to make all of these, but they are all on my upcoming list for my Whole 30 (and I’m thinking even beyond)! Thank you to the bloggers who developed these recipes and are being kind enough to allow me to use their recipes and their gorgeous photos! Read on to the end for things I have used to make my Whole 30 easier!
Whole 30 Recipes and Inspiration: Breakfast
Whole 30 Breakfast Burrito by Cooking with Curls. Although these look like omelets to me, since they are filled with lettuce, bacon, avocado, and tomato which are all of the things that I love. Omelet or burrito, looks like a great way to start the day.
Egg and Potato Breakfast Muffins by Raia’s Recipes. Traditional eggs and potatoes in portable form. You could also add bacon or chives or even sausage and red peppers. Sprinkle with your favorite Whole 30 compliant hot sauce and this breakfast will be your favorite meal!
Whole 30 Recipes and Inspiration: Lunch
Instant Pot Carrot Soup with Garlicky Greens by Hey Nutrition Lady. Carrot Soup has always been one of my favorites! Whether you are doing your Whole 30 in January, when you need the smooth cozy comfort of a hot soup, or you’re doing your Whole 30 in June and you need a cool refreshing soup, this one will come through!
Moroccan Spiced Parsnip Soup by A Simple Pantry. This earthy, spiced soup is all of the best of winter. And the garnish on top…swoon. This one is next on my list.
Instant Pot Chili Verde by Savory Tooth. Eat as a stew, serve over cauliflower rice or use thin slices of jicama as tortillas and serve as tostadas! Versatile, tasty, and healthy-the trifecta!
Whole 30 Egg Salad by The Movement Menu. Eggs have been a mainstay of my Whole 30 and this egg salad would be perfect for a lettuce wrap or served on sweet potato “toast”. The creamy, salty texture of this egg salad with onions keeps you satisfied all afternoon. And, well, BACON.
Instant Pot Thai Butternut Squash Soup by With Two Spoons! Our Thai Butternut Squash soup is both bold and flavorful. Super easy to make and the leftovers are perfect for those evenings when making dinner seems like way too much work. Garnish with almonds or cashews to stay Whole 30 compliant.
Whole 30 Recipes and Inspiration: Dinner and More!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes by What Great Grandma Ate. Potatoes make the Whole 30 so much more palatable. And these perfect mashed potatoes are perfect for the carb-y cravings. (which you will have. And you will conquer.)
Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wrap Tacos by Peas and Crayons. Saucy, spicy lettuce wraps are the perfect dinner (or lunch for that matter). Flavorful and filling these will satisfy those football party cravings without going off plan.
Easy Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes by Cook With Me Darling. This filling meat and potatoes dinner is both easy and flavorful. Looking for a date night dinner? This one will fit the bill!
Jalapeno Turkey Burgers by The Organic Kitchen. Craving burgers? No problem. These jalapeno turkey burgers are not only easy to make, they are healthy! A little kick, filled with tasty spices, and topped with guacamole (or a poached egg!), you won’t even miss the bun.
Low Carb Air Fryer Chicken Thighs by Kalyn’s Kitchen. Kalyn has been doing low carb since before the Whole 30 was a thing and is the expert I frequently turn to. Although I don’t (yet) have an air fryer, this recipe has me convinced that and air fryer needs to be next on my list!
Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken by Wholesome Yum. Wholesome Yum is full of low carb recipes, many of which are Whole 30 compliant! This Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken is made from all of my favorite flavors!
Pineapple Mango Chia Pudding by With Two Spoons. Because sometimes you just need a little “treat”. This tropical inspired chia pudding is perfect for a snack, after dinner treat, or even breakfast!
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Are you looking for a few things to make your Whole30 easier? Here is what I am using!
Slow Cooker. My Slow Cooker is making my weeknight, after work dinners a whole lot easier. If I plan ahead, I can have dinner simmering in my slow cooker ready for me when I get home. See below for the cookbook I am using for some really great Whole 30 compliant recipes!
Instant Pot. Same as above. My Instant Pot is saving me on weeknights that I didn’t plan ahead. Perfect for soups, roasts, and other great meals my instant pot has a been a game changer. The Whole 30 slow cooker cookbook (link below) has easy Whole 30 compliant recipes to make it easy to stay on plan.
Thermopen. Total game changer when it comes to making meat. I just got mine and I will never go back. This thermometer is so much faster than my old thermometers that took forever to read (at which time both my oven and meat were getting cold-no good). An investment, but worth it if you like perfectly cooked meat.
Immersion Blender. My immersion blender has been living on my counter this past few weeks. It is the perfect tool for making mayonnaise (I finally perfected it!) or for pureeing soups. Perfect for use with large or small amounts!
Glasslock containers. I’ve been bringing food everywhere. Both my husband and I are taking our meals to work, packing snacks in the car, and storing leftovers in the refrigerator. These containers are environmentally friendly, reusable, they don’t stain, and can be used in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave or oven.
Ball Jars. These jars are the perfect size and width for making that mayonnaise I talked about above. Just larger than the head of your immersion blender, these jars are perfect for making and storing sauces.
Whole 30. The “bible” of whole 30. The dos, the don’ts, the reasoning, plus some recipes. Highly recommended if you are going to embark on a Whole 30 (and you should!).
Whole 30: Slow Cooker. My favorite Whole 30 cookbook. This one has made everything easier. Check out the deconstructed pork gyros, the pomegranate-citrus brisket with slaw, and the sweet and spicy pulled pork. Just to name a few.
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