Saturday, March 15, 2014

20 of my favorite whole30 recipes


When I first started Whole30, I spent hours searching for recipes online. It was kind of exhausting and overwhelming. So, I thought I would compile all my favorites here in one spot. If you’re thinking about starting Whole30, here’s your one stop shop for at least a week’s worth of meals. Enjoy!


Breakfast


Breakfast was the hardest meal to prepare ahead for. My mornings are already jam-packed with workout, quiet time and getting ready {blow-drying takes 30 minutes, people!}, that I didn’t want to spend 15+ minutes cooking up some breakfast. The meals below I could either cook on Sunday and heat up throughout the week, or I could dump it in a skillet and have breakfast on the table in less than five minutes. And if I ran out of my prepared breakfast, omelets are always a quick way to incorporate some veggies.


1. Turkey Blueberry Muffins via Summer Innanen- Don’t knock ‘em til you try ‘em! These were so easy to make, and they were the only breakfast that was 95% Daniel-approved. They are the perfect mix of sweet and savory, and a great alternative to eggs.
2. Easy Egg McNothin’ via Jules’ Fuel- Warning, this does not taste like an Egg McMuffin. Daniel thought the name was false advertising when I made them for the first time. But they were still delicious and easy to whip up in a hurry.
3. Turkey Sausages via Our Invincible Summer- There are tons of Whole30 sausage recipes out there, but I found most called for ground pork (which I had trouble finding in the store?) or required way too many obscure spices. These were easy, and I enjoyed the turkey flavor much better!
4. Sweet & Savory Blueberry Tortilla via Stupid Easy Paleo- It’s safe to say there’s no tortilla in this one, and my first try was pretty ugly. But there’s something about warm, juicy blueberries that just hits the spot in the morning. I plan on making a less-savory version of this tomorrow!
5. Sweet Potato Hash Browns via Real Food RN - Getting in your veggies in the morning can be rough. Who craves broccoli when they wake up? But easy sweet potato hash browns were delicious with a fried egg on top.


Lunch


For lunch, I usually went with leftovers from the night before. It was so easy to scoop the rest of the night’s grub out of the pot and put it in a couple of plastic ware containers for the next day. But, occasionally there wasn’t enough or I wanted to mix things up. The following recipes really helped.


1. Creamy Tomato Soup via Paleo Comfort Food - Confession time. I’ve never really been a fan of tomato soup. But maybe its my new tastebuds or the delicious creaminess of this recipe. Either way, the coconut milk makes it.
2. Golden Cauliflower Soup via The Clothes Make the Girl - This was my very favorite soup! I even ate it for breakfast one day - a truly Paleo thing to do. Thick, creamy and full of vegetable-goodness. I’m making it again ASAP.
3. Chocolate Chili via The Clothes Make the Girl - Chocolate and meat? Combined? Yes, and it’s delicious! Daniel said it was the best chili I’ve ever made, and I think he’s right. It’s even better after a couple days in the fridge. (I made the slow cooker version by the way.)
4. Whole Chicken Roasted in Slow Cooker via The Little Kitchen - I said before that this was one of the foods that got me through the first week. It’s just so versatile - put it on top of a salad, smother it in BBQ sauce, throw it in a big pot of soup. It’s always a good idea to have cooked chicken on hand.
5. Beasty BBQ Sauce via Civilized Caveman - Speaking of BBQ Sauce, This isn’t exactly a meal, but it makes lunch so much better. Drizzle it over any of last night’s meat and it’s a completely different dish. Just try it.


Dinner


I had a rocky start preparing dinner, but once I got back to foods that were more familiar with a Whole30 twist, it became my favorite meal of the day. Surprisingly enough, there’s not a crock pot recipe in this batch, but most are pretty simple to make. and, I have some more recipes up my sleeve that I can’t wait to try.


1. Moroccan Grilled Salmon via The Clothes Make the Girl - Salmon with a roasted sweet potato and asparagus is my go-to meal (but you already knew that). But, I’ve been on the lookout for a Whole30 replacement for my favorite salmon marinade. This one was quick and delicious. I had dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
2. Cracklin’ Chicken via Nom Nom Paleo - One word. YUM. After two weeks through the program, this was the equivalent of fried chicken. Crispy, crunchy goodness is what it was. I already have it on the lineup for next week.
3. Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Pasta via Ditch the Wheat - Italian food is my very favorite, which is not a good thing when you can’t have bread, cheese or pasta. So spaghetti squash is my new best friend. We’ve had chicken and beef spaghetti, but shrimp was my favorite with a little red pepper for spice.
4. Thai Chicken Curry via Nom Nom Paleo - I’ve never had chicken curry before. But this was so easy to make and so full of flavor, I see it becoming a regular in our house. And, instead of cutting up a bunch of veggies, I just used a frozen package of stir fry veggies to make the process even faster.
5. Burgers w/ Sweet Potato Buns & Avocado Lime Mayo via A Finn In The Kitchen - I made this over the weekend when the weather was beautiful. Something about the grill makes everything taste better. And we both couldn’t get over how delicious the avocado lime mayo was - and I don’t even like mayo!


Snacks


So the Whole30 program is VERY anti-snacking, but every now and then you need something to get you through to the next meal, especially if you have mid day workouts. Here were my favorite sweet and salty treats!


1. Plantain Chips & Guacamole via Our Savory Life - Yes, yes & yes! Daniel kept asking for something crunchy - he’s allergic to nuts so that wasn’t an option. I would eat these even when I’m not on Whole30.
2. Raspberries in Applesauce - No recipe needed. Dump that delicious fruit into a bowl of unsweetened applesauce (you don’t need the extra sugar).
3. Apple Slices with Almond or Sunflower Butter* - Apples and peanut butter could consist of a meal for me, so I was really surprised at how nutrient-less peanut butter was. Almond & Sunflower butter have slightly different tastes and textures, but they still satisfy.
4. Dried Fruit & Nut Trail Mix - You have to make your own because most trail mixes have sugar in the dried fruit. But if you buy a few ingredients - sugar-free raisins, cashews, coconut chunks - and you’ve got a tasty treat.
5. Frozen Grapes - Every night Daniel opens the freezer and asks where the ice cream is. Every time I say, “We don’t have any, eat some frozen grapes.” And we do, and it’s not ice cream, but it’s pretty good anyway.


If you haven’t figured it out by the list above, my favorite paleo blogs are:


So there you go! What about you? Do you have any favorite Whole30-approved recipes to add to the list?


*On second look, the Almond Coconut Butter was actually NOT Whole30 approved. Just a reminder to read the ingredients closely. I read "Contains: Almonds, Coconut" when right above it in small type was "Ingredients: Cane Syrups, Palm Oil, etc."I'm not starting over - I think that's silly - but just a good reminder to really look at all the ingredients. AND that if something tastes too good to be true, then it probably is...

17 comments:

  1. As much I don't think I could ever do the whole 30 thing I have been on the look out for more paleo based recipes as I know I need to cut down on my sugar, wheat and potatoes and need to add some variety to my meals so thanks so much for sharing already favourited a few to get me through the next few weeks :)
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  2. Every single thing on here sounds delicious!

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  3. These are some good ones to start with! Easy & nutritious - just like I like them. Which ones are you thinking about?

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  4. I assure you it is! I've had many not-so-delicious meals on the Whole30, but these were real winners.

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  5. I recently made sweet potato hashbrowns for the first time. I don't have good knives, so chopping up the potatoes was kind of a pain, but the end result was so worth it! And raspberries sure sound like a tasty addition to applesauce!

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  6. your pictures look amazing! breakfast is something i find to be annoyingly challenging, too. it seems so easy but it's not! xo

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  7. this is so great, Jenny!!! :) i see some delicious meals on there i just may have to try!! :) by the way, i bought some unsweetened applesauce & raspberries today! :)

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  8. So many delicious meals! I need to try some of these!

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  9. I'm going to try the cracklin chicken and the egg mcnothings as they look yummy plus might give the bbq sauce a go as that could be good for chicken for work.
    x

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  10. hey jenny! i've been thinking about trying whole 30 - it just seems to be such a blogger favorite that i've got to, right? are the recipes good in general? is it hard to stay on track?

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  11. I absolutely hate chopping up sweet potatoes - they're so tough! For these hash browns, I bought a julienne peeler for $4 at Bed, Bath & Beyond and it's worked beautifully! I just shred it up and then use a knife to chop up the long pieces. It saved me time and made the perfect hash brown texture!

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  12. Thank you! And, right? I thought breakfast would be the easiest meal of the day. But it's also my busiest time of the day - so this month I've had to forfeit fixing my hair, cleaning up the kitchen, etc. so I can actually eat before work.

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  13. Just saw your picture on Instagram and it makes my mouth water! That little snack has been a life saver these past 20 days!

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  14. Yes, you do! Healthy, nutritious and easy! What's not to like?

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  15. I'll tell you what my husband told me when I was talking about starting: "You're probably going to hate it, but it definitely won't hurt you." And, I'll be honest with you - the first week I hated it and nothing tasted good. I wanted sugar, cheese and bread, and nothing else would satisfy.


    But after I pushed through the first week, everything started tasting delicious, my clothes started fitting better, I started to have more energy and the horrible cravings were gone. The benefits were definitely worth that first week of misery.


    But, I love all the recipes listed above, and I bet you will, too. My biggest tip is to plan, plan, plan. If you don't plan ahead, it will be so much easier to quit. Pretty much all the meals need a little bit of prep work, so if you haven't thought it through, it will be dinner time and there will be nothing ready to eat and you'll decide that McDonald's is better than starving.


    Sorry! This is such a long response! Stay tuned for next week. I plan on posting a review of my experience as well as a post titled, "Whole30 is not for you if..." And if you have any more questions, feel free to email me!

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  16. Some of these sound so good!! I'm all about the frozen grapes...I started doing that in High School, and it's still one of my favorite snacks!

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  17. I can't remember the first time I had frozen grapes - but I knew when I started Whole30 I was going to want something cold with an ice cream texture. These really delivered!

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