My Favorite Whole 30 Go-To Meal Ideas
I am cooking WAY more on my Whole 30 plan than I was before. Whether on or off the plan, use very high-quality ingredients and cook the majority of our meals at home. My husband is a little more patient in the kitchen so, over the last few years, he ended up preparing most of our meals. When not on this plan, we eat out a few times a week at local restaurants that also offer organic, sustainable ingredients, and have a few “treat” meals as well (like wine and pizza, because, #wineandpizza).
MY Whole 30 (everyone’s looks a little different) allowed little to no space for convenience food or eating out. I don’t eat chicken/tuna salad (or anything with mayo) and grabbing any type of lunch meat or fast food meal wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun is NOT an option in my world. I don’t eat much canned, frozen, or pre-packaged food like jerky and I cannot stand hard-boiled eggs.
I have ordered, I think, a total of 3 or 4 meals out of the house since September 2nd, and it was hardly worth it. So, I’ve been making almost EVERY MEAL at home. That means a lot of dishes and a lot of grocery shopping.
I’ve really enjoyed a few of the meals below, making things that are similar to what I ate before the Whole 30 with compliant ingredients, and making a few things that I can eat 3-4 days in a row. Here are a few that I googled or found on Pinterest that I wanted to share. (I have no affiliation with the amazing people behind these recipes and blogs, but they are totally worth sharing!)
Whole 30 Compliant Meatballs served over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
(I cooked my spaghetti squash in the slow cooker/crockpot to keep my kitchen cool) and I make “zoodles” a few times a week with a $5 handheld spiralizer I found on Amazon.
Crispy Baked Whole 30 Cauliflower Patties as a side dish or with eggs.
I make a scrambled egg over chopped veggies and with avocado and potatoes (sweet or red/yellow) almost every day. I alternate compliant bacon with avocado and change up the vegetables, cooking it all in a little ghee and it’s DELISH every day.
Paleo Pad-Thai or Stir-Fry There are so many ways to vary this dish and it can be ready in minutes! I added the egg sometimes or I would skip it and add pre-cooked chicken or steak from the previous night’s meal. I sometimes used Primal Kitchen’s Teriyaki Sauce instead of the sunshine sauce over the broccoli slaw and add chopped peppers/mushrooms/or whatever looked good! I always topped it with cashews, lime, and cilantro or chili flakes. Endless combos (which I love!)
Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, basil, and avocado on POTATO CRISPS! (Perfect light dinner or party food!)
A basic grilled chicken breast or filet steak with grilled vegetables and baked potato (or chopped and pan-fried in ghee). Can’t go wrong, we eat this meal all the time.
Chicken, steak, or ground meat with salsa served over salad with avocado.
Ground turkey, pork, steak, or bison cooked with tiny chopped veggies in compliant tomato sauce over zucchini noodles or spaghetti sauce, or even over a sweet potato!
A smoothie (be careful here, I’m very specific about my smoothies as most people over-sugar themselves with lots of fruit) with a handful of greens, 1/2 cup of berries, a banana, 1 TBLS almond butter (make sure it’s sugar-free), 1 TBLS chia seeds, 1 TBLS hemp or flax seeds, 1 TBLS coconut oil, 1 TBLS real organic cacao powder, blended and sometimes add a tiny bit of coffee to it.
The most important thing I want you to think about is that ANYONE can cook and eat a “Whole 30” meal. It doesn’t mean you’re “paleo” or “going keto.” It doesn’t mean you’re committing to anything crazy or starting a diet plan that will change your life for the next 30 days. You can eat a healthy, filling, flavorful meal that is made WITHOUT DAIRY, SUGAR, GRAINS, ALCOHOL, OR CRAPPY FILLER INGREDIENTS any day of the week, fueling your family with healthy fats, protein, and vegetables. Not so scary.
The next time you think, “what should we have for dinner?” or “What should we plan for this week’s meals?” Hop on Pinterest and search some Whole 30 ideas and ease into the idea of eating a little cleaner, a little leaner, and feeling a little better.