When you think of recipes that go along with a diet plan, bland dishes lacking in flavor probably come to mind. But one of the best parts about eating Whole30 is that you don’t have to compromise on taste just because you’re eating healthy. How do I know? I did the Whole30 almost a year ago, and I still eat Whole30 recipes to this day—because I genuinely enjoy eating these meals. In fact, there are certain recipes that I actually crave. And okay, it doesn’t hurt that eating this way has helped me keep off the 30 pounds I lost this year. But seriously, it’s time to throw out the idea that healthy food has to taste, well, healthy.
Whether you’re embarking on the Whole30 journey or just want some quick and easy recipes that are good (and good for you) to make during the week, I’ve got you covered. Here are my favorite Whole30 recipes that are so delicious, you’ll forget you’re eating a recipe that complies with a diet.
Most sausages are full of sulfites and chemicals. But with the right blend of spices and a lean ground meat of your choice, you’ve got everything you need to make your very own breakfast sausages that are just as good (if not better!) than the ones you devour at your go-to brunch spot. This recipe calls for ground pork, but it works just as well with ground chicken, ground turkey, and even lean ground beef. My favorite Whole30-compliant breakfast is one of these patties with two eggs over easy and a handful of strawberries. Yum!
What You’ll Need: 2 lbs ground pork (or meat of choice), 1 1/2 tsp rubbed sage, ½ tsp thyme, 1 tsp ground pepper, 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, 11/2 tsp parsley flakes, ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg.
Kitchen Sink Egg Cups
When you’re doing a Whole30, you often end up buying more veggies than a recipe actually calls for, since they’ll come in bunches, cartons, etc. What’s a girl to do with all that prime leftover produce? Veggies like mushrooms, kale and cherry tomatoes make ideal ingredients for these “kitchen sink” egg muffins. Just add eggs and a little bit of coconut milk, and you’ve got a compliant breakfast that’s also portable.
What You’ll Need: 6 eggs, cooked veggies (onions, sautéed spinach, green onion, tomatoes, artichoke, etc.), 3 Tbsp coconut milk, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tsp mixed seasoning of choice.
Jalapeño Lime Wings
If you’re doing a Whole30 during football season, you’ll likely find yourself craving game-day food. These jalapeño lime wings taste better than the deep fried, doused in sauce staples you’re used to having (promise!) and they’re a cinch to make. Pack them with a side of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes for an easy lunch.
What You’ll Need: 2 lb chicken wings, 2 jalapeño peppers, ¼ cup coconut oil, 2 tbsp coconut aminos, 4 cloves garlic, 1 tsp ground cumin, juice of 1 lime, ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves.
Whenever I bring these meatballs for lunch, my co-workers ask what the heck I’m heating up that smells so good. Dead serious. These meatballs taste just like an authentic Greek gyro, without the calories. Eat them on a bed of peppery arugula to complete the dish.
What You’ll Need: 1 lb fresh ground beef or lamb, 1/2 cup minced onion, 2 garlic cloves, 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest, 1 Tbsp dried parsley, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1 large egg, whisked.
If you’re craving comfort food, this Whole30 take on the classic Shepherd’s Pie will absolutely hit the spot. Plus it reheats beautifully in the microwave—ideal for if you’re meal prepping for the week.
What You’ll Need: 1 large head cauliflower, 2 Tbsp ghee, 1 tsp spicy Paleo mustard, 1 Tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 large onion, 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 lb lean ground beef, 2 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves.
Slowcooker Pepperoncini Chicken
This is my go-to recipe for weeks where I’m strapped for time and can’t do a full out meal prep. All you need are four ingredients and a slow cooker, and a few hours later you’ll have some of the most delicious chicken ever. Plus, this dish goes with literally any vegetable you pair it with!
What You’ll Need: 2.67 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, 1 cup low sodium chicken broth, 8 oz. pepperoncinis with liquid, 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning.