If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you already know how much I love the Whole30. I don’t always love it while I’m doing it, because it’s not easy, but the health benefits we’ve seen from following the program are amazing.
Check out this post for more details about how the Whole30 helped us lose weight and gain health.
One of my biggest keys to making it through a Whole30 is picking a handful of go-to meals that you love and are easy to make. There are so many great Whole30 meals out there to choose from. I recommend finding recipes that require very little shopping for additional ingredients and can be made fairly quickly.
Here are our 15 go-to Whole30 meals. Enjoy!
Sausage, Carrot & Zucchini Casserole from MadeItLoveItPaleo
I’m all about a great casserole and this one is my favorite. Everything goes into a casserole dish and gets sliced into individual servings for the week. This casserole is full of veggies and is so satisfying.
Crispy Fried Eggs over Greens
I could eat crispy fried eggs over greens every day and never get tired of it. If you’re into creamy, dreamy yolk, then you know what I’m talking about. I heat ghee in a pan over medium-high heat and once it’s nice and hot, I add my eggs. I let them cook until the edges are nice and crispy and the white on top is cooked.
Easy Breakfast Casserole from PaleOMG
I ate this for weeks on my first Whole30, it’s so simple and so good. When I finally got bored with it, I switched out the sausage for chorizo and added bell peppers for a Mexican kick.
Paleo Breakfast Sausage from Cook Eat Paleo
This is our favorite sausage recipe. Instead of trying to find compliant breakfast sausage, just make your own. We buy ground pork from the butcher and mix in our own spices using this recipe. If you love paprika, you will love these sausages! We usually eat these with roasted veggies for a complete meal.
Sweet Potato Noodles + Spinach from MadeItLoveItPaleo
If you don’t own a spiralizer, I would highly recommend one. It’s life changing. We regularly make sweet potato, butternut squash and zucchini noodles, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Sweet potato noodles are our favorite because they can be frozen. I keep individual bags of sweet potato noodles in the freezer and can make something like this in no time.
Leafy Greens with leftover meat, grassfed hot dogs or Aidell’s chicken sausage
This is just a detailed way of saying “salad”. Yep, salads are a clutch move on the Whole30. Greens + meat + dressing and you have one easy meal on your hands.
Pecan Chicken Salad from MadeItLoveItPaleo
If you’ve perfected the art of homemade mayo, give it a go in this chicken salad. I love the crunchy pecans paired with chicken and sweet, juicy grapes.
Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup from Nom Nom Paleo
I literally ate this soup for weeks on my first Whole30. I never got tired of it, because I changed up the meat I added to it all the time. Want to really save some time? Use frozen broccoli. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby you can also find a bag of sliced leeks in the freezer section to use in this soup. This recipe makes enough for two weeks worth of lunch. I freeze it in 1/2 cup servings using silicone muffin tins.
Kale & Salmon Cakes from MadeItLoveItPaleo
When we’re cleaning out the pantry, I always make these simple cakes using cans of boneless, wild-caught salmon that I like to keep on hand from Trader Joe’s. They reheat really well and I love having them for lunch.
We love chicken wings at our house. They are budget-friendly, even when you’re buying organic and can be made in so many ways. Check out my recipe roundup of chicken wing recipes here. I marked which are Whole30 compliant.
Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This recipe has been on our menu weekly for over a year. We use chicken thighs to make these, because they are less expensive and more flavorful than chicken breasts. They are also our 6 year olds favorite meal. We set aside a serving of these for him and the rest are tossed in buffalo sauce.
Spicy Sweet Potato Beef Tacos from MadeItLoveItPaleo
Something magical happens when you saute spiralized sweet potatoes in a hot pan, they turn into rice! We make these “tacos” using ground beef, sweet potatoes, lots of heat and wrap it all up in a leaf of butter lettuce.
Asian Marinated Flank Steak from Stupid Easy Paleo
I initially found this recipe in Performance Paleo by Steph Gadreau of Stupid Easy Paleo. Steph was nice enough to share this recipe on her blog too, check out the recipe here. It’s takes less than 5 minutes to put your steak and marinade ingredients into a bowl and the next night you can make a delicious, flavorful flank steak in minutes.
Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo
If you haven’t made Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo yet, you are missing out on one of the best recipes ever – Whole30 or not. This pulled pork is juicy, tender and you can use the leftovers in so many ways. I regularly add this to soup and salads, but my favorite way to use it is to add it to a hot pan, get it nice and crispy and serve it with fried eggs, greens and sliced apples.
Paleo Fried Chicken from MadeItLoveItPaleo
Check out my recipe here for grain-free fried chicken using Otto’s Cassava Flour. This turned out crispy, crunchy and delicious and is one of our favorite meals.
If you’re wondering what we eat with these meals, it’s always one of two things: Roasted vegetables or leafy greens (spinach or spring mix), sometimes both. We love serving meals over a bed of greens to make sure we’re getting plenty of veggies and it really doesn’t get easier than grabbing a handful of greens, throwing them on a plate and serving your food on top.
Roasted vegetables are almost as easy. If your favorite veggies take longer to prep, try prepping them over the weekend and cutting them up into bite sized, ready to roast pieces. We usually go for onions, sweet potatoes, carrots and zucchini. Roasting is a time saver, because all you need to do is throw your cut up vegetables on a large baking sheet, toss with some oil, salt & pepper and into the oven they go. They are cooking themselves while you prep the rest of your meal. We usually roast everything at 375 for 20-30 minutes. I wait until everything is deeply browned before I take them out.
What are some of your favorite Whole30 meals? Please share in the comments so readers can have even more great meal ideas!
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