Worried that trying Whole 30 will leave you feeling deprived? Don’t believe the myth! There are so many delicious Whole 30 recipes! Here are 30 of my personal favorites – enough to get you through the whole 30 days!
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For Good Health, Whole30 to the Rescue
By nature, I am no cook and have a wicked sweet tooth. When I first read up on Whole30 (based on the book The Whole 30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom), I thought, “No sweets? No sugar in my coffee??? All this cooking and food prep??? Heck, no!”
However, the evidence was pretty compelling, and the benefits seemed too good to be true. I was willing to give it a try. Well, can I just tell you? My experience with Whole30 was genuinely life-changing. I’m not exaggerating. Any apprehensions I had about feeling deprived or eating ‘less-than-tasty’ food was soon alleviated. (You can read my entire Whole30 Review here: Part 1: An Overview, The Good, The Bad and Ultimate Guide of Best Tips and Tricks for a Successful Whole30).
There are so many benefits to Whole30, but one of my favorite things about Whole30 is how good the food is. The meals are so, so good. Like I said, I’m not a cook, and my abilities in the kitchen are passable at best. But when I started cooking Whole30, my husband complimented my cooking WAY more than he ever had.
Just about every time we ate a meal, we would look at each other, raise our eyebrows in something of disbelief, and gush a bit about how good this food was. So good, in fact, that I never went back. Seven months later, I’m still cooking Whole30 (and have a happy husband as a result!). While we aren’t 100% compliant, about 6 out of 7 dinners a week are Whole30.
Preparation and Planning – Key for Success on Whole30
While I was on Whole30, I created menus from recipes on Pinterest (here’s how I use Pinterest to meal-plan). I spent a lot of time gathering and testing out recipes. My husband has a super-picky palette, by the way (lucky me). Well, I went through 7+ months of my menus and picked out my 30 favorite Whole30 recipes. These are the ones we’ve made several times, and we give them an enthusiastic “2 Thumbs Up.”
You’ll notice that several of them come from the same source. That’s intentional. These sites are my favorites and my go-to bloggers for Whole30 recipes. These food bloggers are ah-mazing! They are completely genius at putting together healthy, delicious meals. Please check them out and follow them! I’ve compiled a list of my “Top 10 Whole30 Recipes Websites.” See the box below to get your Free Printable!.
Tips for Using These Dinner Recipes
A few things you need to know about these recipes. Most of the recipes are Whole 30 compliant. Some are listed as ‘paleo’ which is close to Whole 30, but not exactly the same thing. Just be sure to double-check any ingredients against the Whole 30 compliant list (Here’s the shopping list of what you CAN have; Here’s list of non-compliant additives.).
If a recipe had non-compliant ingredients, I would either find a compliant substitute or just leave it out altogether. I personally didn’t think it hindered the taste one bit.
Here are some that are also helpful in Whole30. First, it’s Melissa Hartwig’s The Whole30 Book that tells you all about the program. Below, you can see other books from Melissa that give you a ton of other options for recipes that are fast, easy, for crockpots, etc! Check them out below!
Other Whole30 Recipes You’ll Love
To be a success on Whole30, it takes a lot of planning and prep, and a lot of delicious options. But whole, real food is so good, you just gotta be a little proactive. I made a few more posts that can help out. Here’s a list of some compliant Whole30 crockpot recipes. You can also grab this list of Whole30 Emergency Snacks. That’s for those times when your sugar dragon is raging and you just need a compliant snack to get you through to the next meal. There’s a printable to go along with that one, too.
Here are some other recipes that are good for when you move off of Whole30 and are trying to eat healthy. Most of them are paleo, but you really can just omit or substitute some of the ingredients to be Whole3o compliant. Try Cozy Soups that are ALL WHOLE30 COMPLIANT! You can also try this Paleo 4 Course Dinner Menu, for when you’re entertaining and still want to eat healthy! And, if you’re looking for some appetizers for game day or just to nosh on, try these!
Ok, enough chatting! Here are those delicious recipes!
30 of My Most Favorite Whole 30 Dinner Recipes
These seriously are some of the best Whole 30 recipes out there! We love, love, love them, and they are at the top of our favorites list! You will not feel deprived one bit once you taste these meals. In fact, you might love food more. But that’s OK. It’s all the good, healthy, stuff – so, go enjoy!
You can also check out this cookbook from Melissa Hartwig- Whole30 Fast and Easy! It’s a lifesaver on Whole30, and especially if you want to keep it up after a round!
Which of these do it for you? Any ones you want to try? I’d love to hear how it goes!
Don’t forget to grab your FREE PRINTABLE below – Top 10 Whole 30 Recipe Websites!