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30 Whole30 Recipes for the Whole Family

Ah, the Whole30. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, right? Well if you haven’t – here is a quick summary. The Whole30 is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. The creators, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, emphasize their desire to help others change their relationship with food and create life-long healthy habits.   It focuses on taking a whole 30 days (hence the name) to learn how to eat well. Really well. The Whole30 promotes eating real, natural, non-processed foods and is often compared to the Paleo Diet because of its restrictions. Whole30 recipes may sound intimidating – but I promise they are no more difficult than non Whole30 recipes.

So what CAN’T you eat — dairy, soy, grains, legumes, and refined or added sugar.  This is why people often hesitate before diving into the Whole30. However, the idea behind the 30 days is that if you can eat this way for a month, you’ll see serious improvements in your physical and mental well-being, get in the habit and never go back! Once the time is up, you slowly start to work in some of the restricted foods again, like dairy and grains.

Kids can do pretty well with the Whole30 lifestyle, but it’s always more important to make sure their growing bodies are getting the nutrients they need. Limiting grains or dairy may mean you have to supplement the carbohydrates or calcium with something else, to make sure they’re getting everything they need. Even if you don’t get the kids 100% on board, this is a great way to work on your health as a family, and these are recipes they’ll enjoy!

Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato, egg and bacon make this one of the best breakfasts ever. Even if you’re not doing Whole30, you should still try this recipe out.

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Photo: Plaid and Paleo

Zoodle Breakfast Bowl

With something this good, you won’t even realize you’re eating zucchini instead of noodles. And even if you do, you probably won’t care. Also, don’t feel like you have to limit this recipe to only breakfast. It’s a great lunch or dinner too, especially if you’re looking for something quick and easy. It’s just zoodles, sweet potatoes and an egg, all drizzled with a sinful sounding but ultimately sinless avocado sauce.

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Photo: The Almond Eater

Avocado and Tomato Omelet With Fruit

Some avocado, tomato and egg whites with a fruit of your choice on the side sounds more like a restaurant meal than a diet, right? Yeah, I thought so.

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Photo: Buzzfeed

Turkish Stuffed Eggplant

If you need to stick to a diet and serve a dinner party at the same time, this is the recipe for you.

Everyone will be too scared of your new cooking skills to complain, sensing that you may come out with a live chicken at any point.

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Photo: The Domestic Man

Healthy Taco Salad

Here’s a healthy, spicy lunch to go, with zero guilt and more jealous stares than you can shake a stick at.

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Photo: Food, Faith, Fitness

Grilled Chicken Salad With Grilled Veggies

If having everything grilled isn’t enough for you, a tomato vinaigrette seals the deal. Add this one to the recipe book!

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Photo: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Greek Meatballs With Green Tzatziki Sauce

Since avocado is awesome, just sub it in for the yogurt. Make the meatballs, pop some in the fridge and reheat when you want to lunch on this recipe.

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Photo: Primally Inspired 

Sloppy Joe With Zoodles

If you’ve never made your own sloppy joes before, you need to. You’ll never buy the canned stuff again. You don’t need a bun to make this recipe taste like childhood.

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Photo: Jay’s Baking Me Crazy

Bun-Less Turkey Burgers With Turnip Fries

Wrap the burger in a collard green leaf for a makeshift bun, add a little parsley to the fries, and this recipe gets you set for a summer-time cookout!

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Photo: Buzzfeed

Creole Ham and Cauliflower Rice, Paleo Style

Easy, cheap and healthy: You really can’t ask for anything better than that. The spice makes it into a whole new kind of thing, so don’t skip out on this recipe. The lovely Melissa even includes directions to keep this Whole30 compliant.

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Photo: Melissa Joulwan

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Spaghetti Squash With Pesto

Spaghetti squash is one of the easiest things to cook, and pesto is probably right under it. Seriously: Just add some tomatoes for a little extra flavor and this recipe will have your taste buds dancing.

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Photo: A Family Feast

Cauliflower Fried Rice

A bunch of cauliflower with a bunch of veggies and some eggs makes this a well-rounded, filling meal. Try it out!

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Photo: Little Bits Of

Baked Chicken Salad With Fennel, Olives, Tomatoes and Spinach

This recipe may seem simple, but it’s packed with flavor. Salty olives, sweet tomatoes, and the light licorice flavor from the fennel are a powerful combination.

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Photo: Buzzfeed

Baked Chicken Thighs With Zoodles and Pesto

Zoodles are awesome. Get this recipe and make chicken for dinner.

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Photo: Paleo Comfort Foods

Peach and Turkey Roll-Ups

As long as you check the ingredients for the turkey, you should be good to go with this recipe. It’s a great summertime snack!peaches
Photo: Buzzfeed

Herb Parsnip Fries

If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to devour these. Fresh herbs are helpful for this recipe.

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Photo: Melissa Joulwan

Sweet Potato Chips and Dip

If sweet potatoes ARE your things, than these sweet potato chips and dip will rock your world.  Why not take a crispy sweet potato and dip it in some creamy rich avocado? It’s good for you, after all! Everyone will be begging for the recipe!

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Photo: Make it Naked

Turkey Meatballs

Even without Parmesan cheese these tender turkey meatballs are sure to please. ( I hope you read that out loud – because it’s really fun to say.)

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Photo: Fashionable Foods

Monkey Salad

Monkeys are silly and fun so if you tell your kids they’re getting monkey salad and that they’ll be monkeys after eating it, you know they won’t say no to you. And if they aren’t feeling like a monkey today that shouldn’t stop you from devouring this easy dish!

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Photo: Good Cheap Eats

Caramelized Peaches and Cream

It’s not actual cream. Duh. It’s the slightly tropical and always delicious coconut cream. So long as you have this as part of your meal, and not to satisfy your need for dessert, you’re good to go with this recipe. It’s also classy enough for a dinner party. If you pick your own peaches it also counts as a workout!

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Photo: Life Made Full

Slow Cooked Kalua Pork

If the slow cooker isn’t already your bff, it will be after this incredibly simple and delicious 3 ingredient recipe for melt in your mouth pork.

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Photo: So Let’s Hang Out

Pig in a Skillet

If you’re lucky enough to have some leftover Kalua pork (which is likely – even a hungry family may not eat a whole pork butt in one meal!) then you NEED to make Nom Nom Paleo’s Pig in a Skillet – which takes the leftover pork and combines it with eggs and crispy prosciutto for an incredible savory and satisfying meal.

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Photo: Nom Nom Paleo

Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken

If, for whatever reason, you have a lackluster relationship with your slow cooker then this Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken is for you! Smokey from the paprika and slightly sweet from the coconut milk, there is absolutely nothing bad about this dish – except that it may not last you very long because you’ll devour it so quickly!

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Photo: The Big Man’s World

Crispy Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Mango Basil Vinaigrette

If just the name of this recipe doesn’t get your mouth watering I’m not sure we can be friends. And if you need more convincing, this salad also contains avocado, blueberries, red onion, and bell peppers. All of the yum. All of the health. Just omit the maple syrup from the dressing to keep it Whole30 compliant.

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Photo: The Roasted Root

BLT Breakfast Salad

Because if you’re crazy enough to do a Whole30 then you are crazy enough to eat a salad for breakfast! So enjoy this one with bacon, avocado, and a soft boiled egg.

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Photo: Avocado.org.au

Beefy Ratatouille

Traditionally made with onions, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and spices Our Paleo Life took this simple recipe and really *beefed* it up! (See what I did there?) BeefyRatatouille01
Photo: Our Paleo Life

Paleo Avocado Toast

If the thought of giving up bread makes you sad because Avocado Toast is your fave I’m right there with you! This clever recipe replaces the bread with roasted sweet potato and is so spectacular it shouldn’t even be considered a substitute!

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Photo: The Freckled Italian 

Green Shakshuka with Shaved Brussels Sprouts

There is literally nothing bad in this recipes. Packed with vegetables and warm spices, you can eat this dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Photo: Downshiftology

10 Minute Gazpacho 

I feel like Gazpacho is salsa’s poor, sad cousin. The concept of “cold soup” tends to turn some people off? But why? In the heat of the summer when you “can’t even” at the thought of turning on your oven why not whip up a healthy, flavorful Gazpacho instead. You can thank me later.

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Photo: The Daily Burn

Chicken Club Sweet Potato

The brilliance of this recipe and the versatility of a sweet potato cannot be denied. Roasted chicken, guac, bacon, lettuce, and a sweet potato are all you need!

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Photo: The Whole30 Blog

 

So if you’re about to Whole30 (like me – very soon!) and someone asks you “But what can you eat?”  show them this list and smile because you know you’re about to embark on a journey that’s incredible for your health AND your taste buds.

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