Whole30 is all about—you guessed it—filling your plate with whole foods for 30 consecutive days. The popular program has been purported to crush cravings by eliminating dairy, sugar, grains, legumes, and processed foods while focusing on staying satiated with lean protein, veggies, fruit, natural fats, and seasonings. Rather than focusing on weight loss, which often results by the end of the month, this program emphasizes feeling better with and about your body.
Are you ready to potentially reduce inflammation, heal your digestive tract, and jumpstart your metabolism? We’ve got 22 easy-to-prep, Whole30-compliant recipes that will make your elimination diet experience a bit easier—and tastier. Try these meals below and then don’t miss our 35 Best Paleo-Friendly Snacks for portable fuel that may fit your 30-day plan.
Mexican Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
This hearty, southwestern soup from Eating Bird Food is ready to be slurped in just 30 minutes and features aromatic flavors from guajillo Mexican peppers, cumin, and cloves. Top off your bowl with avocado, radishes, cilantro, and lime for a double dose of nutrients and color.
Sweet and Sour Unstuffed Cabbage With Fruitchup
In Erika’s Kitchen shares this delightfully easy sweet and sour cabbage dish inspired by her grandma’s arduous recipe. It calls for only four easy-to-find ingredients—all of which are Whole30-approved!
Sweet Potato Rice Breakfast Bowl With Avocado and Scallions
Whole30-compliant breakfasts are hard to come across, especially when you’re avoiding grains altogether (au revoir, French toast and croissants!). Inspiralized has the perfect a.m. hunger-busting solution: These beyond-satisfying bowls pack in just under 270 calories along with seven grams of muscle-maintaining protein and five grams of filling fiber.
Slow Cooker Sausage Kale Soup
This recipe from Eating Bird Food will give you another reason to bust out the CrockPot and cook up this low-carb soup. It’s stuffed with comforting sage sausage and skin-healing kale.
Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders
If you’re craving a change from roasted chicken, give Eating Bird Food‘s paleo chicken tenders a try. The crust is concocted with almond meal and unsweetened shredded coconut that bakes into a low-carb, craveable crisp.
Lemon-Herb Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
This set-it-and-forget-it lemon-herb chicken requires only ten minutes of prep time and four hours in your slow cooker. The best part about Savory Simple‘s poultry is probably the plethora of ways you can transform the versatile leftovers. Say hello to days’ worth of easy weeknight dinners!
Grilled Tomatoes and Basil Zucchini Noodles With Balsamic Glaze
For a scrumptious side that’s sure to please, follow Inspiralized‘s instructions on how to grill beefsteak tomatoes and zucchini to a perfect char. This basil-spiked side is dulcified with a balsamic vinegar glaze that’s as drool-worthy as it sounds.
Arugula, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad
Sweet and salty is hands-down the most mouthwatering combination, and One Ingredient Chef surely masters the art with this 7-ingredient arugula, grapefruit, and avocado salad.
Roasted Purple Potatoes With Sage and Chives
Thanks to their deep indigo hue, purple potatoes are jam-packed with anthocyanins—antioxidants that are linked to lowering blood pressure and heart disease risk. Take advantage of these benefits by whipping up Savory Simple‘s recipe, which caramelizes the taters with fresh chives and dried sage.
Paleo Chicken Croquettes With Paleo Ketchup
Transform leftover grilled chicken into dippable croquettes that are dunked into coconut flour and fried to a crisp. In Erika’s Kitchen pairs this finger food with Paleo- and Whole 30-approved ketchup.
Baked Spanish Eggs and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls
For a tasty twist on baked eggs, Inspiralized adds smoked paprika, chopped cilantro, and extra virgin olive oil. One ramekin is a satisfying, yet light option at just 133 calories, 12 grams of carbs (3 grams fiber), and 6 grams of metabolism-stoking protein.
Grilled Herbed Chicken & Potato Foil Packs
Mushrooms are brimming with a boatload of nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, and are super low-calorie. They add a meaty texture and earthy flavor to this herbed tin foil dish by Creme de la Crumb.
Pork Belly Fries With Not Ketchup
French fries are always a dieter’s guilty pleasure, but unlike McDonald’s fries, In Erika’s Kitchen‘s protein-rich strings will help you fulfill your cravings without straying off the Whole30 track.
Summer Slow Cooker Frittata
Who would’ve thought you can cook up a fluffy frittata in your slow cooker? Running to The Kitchen shows us how we can bake the perfect egg dish with dry-cured prosciutto, baby arugula, and Italian seasoning.
Savory Parsnip Noodle Chive Waffles
Nearing the end of your Whole30 month, you’ll probably find yourself swimming in waffle and pancake cravings. Before you cave in, griddle this Inspiralized recipe that’ll hold you over: The savory waffles pack in fiber-filled parsnips and chopped chives, and are bound together by a healthy mixture of eggs and olive oil before being poured into the waffle iron.
Pesto Zucchini Noodles With Pan-Seared Diver Scallops
Pesto pairs well with almost anything and everything—especially pasta and seafood. Inspiralized reinvents the trendy zoodle by coupling it with a rich basil pesto (pine nuts are Whole30-compliant!) and perfectly-seared scallops.
Thai Sweet Potato Carrot Soup
Dreams of Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles may creep into your mind throughout the 30 days. Thankfully, Recipe Runner‘s Thai sweet potato carrot soup—which is packed with red curry paste, grated ginger, coconut milk, and cashews—will crush those pesky cravings instantaneously.
Breakfast Hash for Two
Crispy potatoes, charred bell pepper, and serious yolk porn—what’s not to love? Sweet Phi‘s delectable breakfast hash is the perfect way to begin your day, as it’s brimming with slimming choline (thanks to the eggs) and heart-healthy olive oil.
Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken
For a bright, tangy dinner that’ll help ward of the winter blues, try Running to The Kitchen‘s spicy salsa chicken. The topping is pureed with capsaicin-rich jalapenos, parsley, cilantro, and basil leaves. Add a zest of lime for boldness and then balance the dish out by splashing sweet freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Savoy Cabbage ‘Breakfast Burrito’ With Sweet Potato Noodles
Breakfast burritos might’ve been your go-to portable breakfast before starting Whole30, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wake up to a modified roll-up. Inspiralized spreads creamy avocado onto savoy cabbage and fills up the nutritious leaf with scrambled eggs, sweet potato, and salty bacon for an a.m. meal that won’t slow you down.
Roasted Kale and Salmon Detox Salad
Omega-3-rich salmon, vitamin A-stuffed kale, tender blood orange, and crunchy pecans mix and mingle in this delightful detox salad by Sweet Phi. We couldn’t be more excited to brown bag our lunch tomorrow!
Grain-Free Granola Bars
Granola bars are one of those portable picks that aren’t approved on the plan but are oft-missed when hunger pangs strike midday. Luckily, these grain-free bars by My Darling Vegan can shoo away tummy grumbles without causing a slip-up. These sweet snacks are jam-packed with wholesome ingredients such as cacao nibs, medjool dates, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries. And once you’ve completed your Whole30 month, don’t forget to stock up on these 20 Best Plant-Based Protein Bars for Total Health.