The New Year is the perfect time to work on a new YOU – which is why so many people choose to do some type of reset like the Whole30 in January. But in order to succeed, Whole30 takes some serious planning ahead. That’s why I’m here to help you (and myself) with a month of Whole30 recipes!
That’s right – I’ve done all the hard work! Well, except for the cooking.
There are a few things to remember if you want to be successful with the Whole30:
keep your meals simple
keep meals inexpensive and budget friendly
make food that the rest of your family will eat
plan/prep/cook in advance when possible
I am a busy mom, so easy meals are KEY to keep me sane. I try to use my slow cooker when I can, and many of my dinners are repurposed for breakfast or lunch. Read ahead and cook extras! Save time in the kitchen so you can do other things.
Choosing Your Meals for Whole30
I’m going to provide you with 30 days of recipes (or at least plenty of recipes so you can choose the foods you want to eat for 30 days). You can choose to use all the recipes as I have them laid out, or you can pick your favorites and eat the same foods over and over.
Whatever you do – DON’T MAKE THIS TOO DIFFICULT! You CAN do this if you really want to.
If I have a recipe that calls for Brussels sprouts (omg yum, roasted Brussels are so good), and you absolutely refuse to even look at them in the grocery store, then don’t cook them! Mix and match your veggies. Swap them for broccoli or raw cucumbers or a simple salad.
Sometimes I am very generic in my plans and just meal plan to include veggies as a side. That’s because I typically buy whatever is in season and on sale. It may be cabbage, broccoli, squash, zucchini, peppers, or just a salad. You want to have a veggie with every meal, but it doesn’t need to be something found on the south side of a Chilean mountain that you can’t pronounce!
You also don’t need to go broke trying to buy groceries. Get what you like and what you can afford. Even frozen or canned is fine, just read the labels!
In a perfect world, you will eat organic food, grass-fed/organic meat, and a variety of veggies that make a rainbow jealous of the colors. But make this work for you and do eat what you will – as long as it’s within the rules.
How to Follow Whole30 with Picky Eaters
My family isn’t too incredibly picky, but I definitely have a wide range of likes and dislikes in my house.
What I refuse to do is cook multiple meals.
Or more accurately, my husband refuses to cook multiple meals, because he cooks the majority of the time when he’s not traveling.
And I don’t want him to! It’s a waste of time and money, so I’d rather keep it simple.
If the Whole30 meal calls for bunless burgers with sweet potato fries and a side salad, I’ll most likely add buns to my family’s plate to keep the complaining to a minimum. While I’d love for my 9 year old and husband to eat what I eat, I know it won’t always happen. I may also add some macaroni and cheese for the kids to eat because I know my 2 year old won’t eat a salad. She will, however, eat some fruit, so I make sure to add in whatever healthy options I know she will like.
See? Still just one meal, but with options for everyone.
Also, if paleo chili is on the menu and I know my family will hate it, I just skip it. OR I make cook up a small pot of the chili because I know I’ll love it, and serve them a small portion with a baked potato and a side that I know they will like.
Keep it simple. Do what works.
Sample Whole30 Meal Plan for 1 Week
Again, I am giving you a variety of meal ideas here. Feel free to mix and match what you like.
Quick and easy Whole30 pulled pork is perfect for batch cooking and meal prep. With the Instant Pot, dinner will be ready in a fraction of the time. It's also keto-friendly, gluten free, dairy free, and Paleo too!
It seems like many people love to start the Whole30 in January. But winter is not when I want to eat a ton of salads! I want warm, hearty meals like soup – and I was so happy to make a paleo Zuppa Toscana! Have you tried the version at Olive Garden? This is like that, but even better.
Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos are a perfect easy dinner the whole family will love. Try the homemade salsa recipe too, or you can serve the tacos with an approved purchased Pico de Gallo or Guacamole to make it easier if you like!
This easy Pork and Sauerkraut recipe (aka German Pork Chops) is a delicious, cozy dinner your whole family will enjoy! It’s made with super simple, delicious ingredients — boneless pork chops, sauerkraut, potatoes, apples and caraway seeds, and it’s baked in a Dutch Oven for ultra tender pork and easy cleanup!
This unbelievably flavorful Asian Steak Kebabs with Asparagus and Mushrooms recipe is a total home run, plus it’s Whole30 and Keto friendly! It’s an easy, flavor packed dinner recipe that’d be perfect for a weeknight dinner or for entertaining friends!
Shakshouka is a popular Israeli dish made of poached eggs in a spicy pepper and tomato stew. This dish only takes about 25 minutes to throw together, making it perfect for busy weekend mornings. Or, since breakfasts always make the best dinners, a weeknight meal!
If your summer harvest is exploding with zucchinis, these Lemon Garlic Zoodles are going to be your favorite go-to recipe. The lemon and garlic really make the flavor pop. This super healthy zucchini noodle recipe is Whole30, Paleo, and Vegan. PS – it only takes 10 minutes to make!
Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas. How to prep and air fry chicken fajitas to make a delicious air fryer chicken fajitas dinner. These fajitas are cooked with 3 different peppers, red onion and chicken breast.
Love chicken? Then you have got to try this slow cooker Jamaican style coconut curry chicken. Succulent chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) are marinated, seared and braised in the crock pot for several hours.
Are you on the hunt for a low carb, grain free recipe? Then try this Cajun inspired shrimp with zucchini noodles. A delicious, flavoursome one pan seafood meal that's loaded with a medley of vegetables, so light and nutritious.
Filled with lean chunks of tender chicken, carrots, broccoli, and cabbage, this Low Carb Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe is a quick and easy one-pot meal everyone will love! Ready in under 30 minutes, this delicious recipe is easily modified to be Whole30 (just omit the honey, trade the soy sauce for coconut aminos, and whip up a homemade sriracha).
Just because you are eating Whole30 doesn't mean you can't enjoy the taste of burgers! Try this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole with the dairy-free cheese sauce for a Whole30 approved comfort dish the whole family will love!
This super quick Cuban ground beef recipe is filled with flavor from the garlic, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and added saltiness from the green olives.
Please feel free to comment, email, or message me on social media if you have any questions or if you have a great idea to share! When we are supporting each other through this, we are much more successful!