It’s a few days into January and dieters everywhere are trying to plan and food prep for the Whole30. Soon they will be hoping to find a few easy Whole30 meals they can make.
There is a ton of information available and several great books:
The Whole 30- Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Whole30 Fast & Easy, Whole30 Food Freedom Forever, It Starts with Food and Whole30 Day by Day. Oh, by the way, It Starts with Food and Whole30 Day by Day are my favorites and in my opinion, they are the best to start with.
And let’s talk about those recipes. I have completed three successful rounds of the Whole30 and still haven’t tried a single recipe I didn’t like. The food is fantastic!
Having said that, suddenly preparing three new recipes a day can be a tad bit overwhelming and I believe it can be one of the reasons so many people fall off the Whole30 bandwagon within the first few days of their first round.
Let me share the best piece of Whole30 advice I ever received with you. A couple of days into my first round, a member of my Whole30 Facebook support group who had successfully completed a Whole30 round noticed several of the members were stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, and ready to give up. She gave us these words of wisdom:
K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Sweetie
She went on to suggest we only introduce a recipe or two a week, eat lots of leftovers, and keep the majority of our meals simple and easy. This is the best Whole30 advice I ever received and it not only made it possible for me to finish my first round but to go on to complete two more rounds and eat Whole30ish on an ongoing basis.
So, with no further ado, here are a few of my favorite easy Whole30 meals that can be made in 10 minutes or less:
Shrimp, Vegetables & Fruit
Shrimp, salted cucumbers, red pepper, guacamole, and fresh fruit. Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning tastes great on the shrimp and if you don’t have a Trader Joes’ nearby, it can be purchased at Amazon. Total prep time – 3 minutes! This is one of my favorite easy Whole30 meals and it’s probably the easiest!
Baked Potato with Smoked Pull Pork Sauerkraurt, Applesauce, Carrots, and a Fermented Pickle
Baked potato with Cosco’s smoked pulled pork, Wildbrine sauerkraut, unsweetened applesauce, carrots and Bubbie’s fermented (dill not bread and butter) pickle. Total prep time 7 minutes.
*I prep my pulled pork a little different than the instructions on the box. Unwrap what you need for the day and moisten with bone broth to keep it moist while cooking or in the microwave. For best results heat at a lower temperature so it doesn’t dry out.
Zucchini Zoodles with Chicken and a Spinach Salad with Fruit
Zucchini Zoodles with Raos Marinara sauce, spinach salad with chicken, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend, and Strawberries. Accompanied by a spoonful of cashew butter. Total prep time 8 minutes.
Chicken Burger with Guacamole, Vegetables, and Strawberries
Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burger with cucumber, red pepper, guacamole, and strawberries Total prep time 8 minutes.
Beef Chili on a Potatoe & Red Pepper and Carrots
Beetnik Paleo Organic Beef Chili and Sweet Potato on a potato with ghee and Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. Best of all, the ghee and Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend can be ordered from Amazon! Total prep time 5 minutes.
Chicken Sausage, Potatoes, and Vegetables
Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage, potatoes, and mixed veggies. Extra virgin olive oil for the potato and a little avocado oil for the veggies. Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend for the potato. Secret time-saving hack: put the potato in the microwave for a few minutes before putting it in the oven with the other ingredients. You can buy the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, and Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend from Amazon. You can even get Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage from Amazon, but you have to order in bulk. It might be a good idea to stock up anyways. These sausages are one of the only foods my entire family loves! Total prep time 10 minutes.
Orange Chicken & Vegetables
I found this gem at Walmart the other day. They also have a Rosemary and Vegetable meal that is good. These meals are admittedly my least favorites, but they are good enough and great to have in a pinch. Total prep time 5 minutes.
Baked Potato with Egg and Avocado & a Spinach Salad and Strawberries
This dish may not look pretty but it is absolutely delicious. Baked potato with ghee and Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, avocado and egg and a spinach salad, tomatoes, and Green Goddess Dressing. Carrington’s Coconut Oil and Ghee, Primal Kitchen’s Green Goddess Dressing, and Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend can be ordered from Amazon. Total prep time about 6 or 7 minutes.
I know the first few days can be overwhelming and I hope these easy Whole30 meal ideas help you with your Whole30 experience. They have been great for me. You’ve got this!