20 Whole30 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or Snacks
What Is the Whole30 Diet Anyway?
Think of the Whole30 diet as next-level clean eating. It calls for eating whole, unprocessed foods while eliminating grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, and (dun dun dun) alcohol. The diet was created to act as a kind of reset for your body that says it can help systemic inflammation and other negative effects of poor food choices you might be making, according to the Whole30 website.
The diet creators claim that cutting out these food groups can help you learn whether they're negatively impacting your health—such as having unexplained aches or pains, a hard time losing weight, or unrelenting skin and digestion issues. (Don't be mistaken, though; while it's an elimination-style diet, elimination diets aren't meant for weight loss.)
That said, some people (like this woman, who lost 10 pounds on Whole30 without cheating) see a lot of success with the program. Want in? Try these Whole30 recipes for every occasion.
Potato Kielbasa Breakfast Hash
With any elimination diet, the first few days can be the hardest—and the hungriest. This potato kielbasa breakfast hash is loaded with carbs and protein to keep you full for hours. Make sure you're cooking with olive oil, and that the sausage is made without sugar and other additives. These swaps might be tedious at first, but this breakfast hash is worth the extra effort!
Get the recipe: Potato Kielbasa Breakfast Hash
Breakfast Fried Cauliflower Rice
Did someone say fried rice…for breakfast? It might seem a little odd—but because of the cauliflower, it totally works. This Whole 30 recipe for breakfast fried rice is packed with vegetables and seasoned to be super savory. Have it once and you'll never question having fried rice for breakfast ever again.
Get the recipe: Breakfast Fried Cauliflower Rice
Sweet Potato Toast
If you're in the middle of an "OMG no bread on Whole 30?" panic attack, let this sweet potato toast comfort you. It might not pass as the real thing, but the warm, soft sweet potato base might be even more satisfying, giving you a whole new go-to breakfast. Throw a slice in the toaster or the oven, and add toppings such as almond butter or avocados to keep this recipe Whole 30-friendly.
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Sweet Potato Toast
Salsa is a tortilla chip's best friend—and you can't have tortilla chips on Whole 30 anyway. Instead, swap your regular tomato salsa for avocado salsa. You can dip veggies into it or add it to a chicken dish for an extra kick. This snack is also picnic- and potluck-approved so bookmark this Whole 30 recipe to stay committed to the diet even during social outings with your pals.
Get the recipe: Avocado Salsa
Vegan Caesar Dressing
Classic Caesar dressing is full of dairy and vegetable oil, so it's way off limits during Whole30. Enter: Cashews to save the day! Not only will making your own vegan Caesar keep you on track with the diet, but you can also personalize it by adding a little extra spice (cayenne, anyone?). Make a batch during your meal prep, this dressing can last in the refrigerator for up to a week. (Related: 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings You Can Whip Up In No Time)
Get the recipe: Vegan Caesar Dressing
Baked Zucchini Chips
No chips, no french fries—no problem. These baked zucchini chips are just as crispy as your usual favorite fried foods but don't break the Whole 30 recipe rules. Slice up some zuchs, add paprika, cumin or even salt (diet approved!) and snack away. Bonus: It's a serving of veggies too! (Did you know you can make healthy chips form other fruits and veggies too?)
Get the recipe: Baked Zucchini Chips
Whole 30 Carrot Slaw
Side dish drama while trying to stay loyal to Whole 30? Check out the colors in this carrot slaw. The best news is this dish tastes as good as it looks—without the added mayo and sugar found in other slaws.
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Carrot Slaw
Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe
All you need for this Whole 30 recipe is apples and water (and some lemon juice if you like it extra tart). After 30 minutes in the Instant Pot, you'll have homemade, chunky applesauce—and if you like it smooth, just put it in the blender. Spice things up (literally) by tossing in a little cinnamon. (Also try these drool-worthy chicken recipes with your Instant Pot.)
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe
Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad
This cauliflower sweet potato salad Whole 30 recipe has so many delish ingredients, it might be hard to believe that all are Whole 30 safe. But have no fear; only Whole 30-friendly foods here! The sweet curry and the earthy cumin bring all these vegetables and fruits together in a big happy salad. A perfect dish to have on the side of a (bunless) burger from the grill.
Get the recipe: Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad
Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Just because rice is off limits for the next thirty days doesn't mean you have to give up burritos. Cauliflower will do the trick in these Instant Pot chicken burrito bowls. With the instant pot putting in all of the work, this meal will be ready in 30 minutes, tops. Most of your usual burrito bowl toppings are Whole 30 recipe approved—except for black beans and cheese. (Related: The Healthiest Orders at Chipotle According to Nutritionists)
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Turmeric Ginger Grilled Chicken
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory with tons of health benefits, making this Whole 30 recipe of turmeric ginger grilled chicken an exceptionally healthy choice. But no flavor was sacrificed in the making; coconut milk will bake into the chicken, giving it a rich flavor that pairs perfectly with the garlic, cumin, and lime juice. Pro tip: Marinate the chicken overnight for more intense flavors.
Get the recipe: Turmeric Ginger Grilled Chicken
AIP Paleo Coconut Shrimp
Usually, coconut shrimp is deep fried in flour and beer so…not really part of the Whole 30 game plan. But this Whole 30 recipe for coconut shrimp is a total game changer. Using coconut milk, coconut flour, and coconut shreds, the shrimp is ~extra coconutty~, crispy, and (yep!) Whole 30.
Get the recipe: AIP Paleo Coconut Shrimp
2-Ingredient Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe
The Whole 30 diet takes a lot more planning than your usual meal prep, so keep it simple with this two-ingredient crockpot taco meat recipe. The secret two ingredients? Chicken and salsa verde! Salsa verde is made from green tomatillos (same family as a tomato) and green chili peppers, making the chicken taste sweet and spicy. Throw these two into the crockpot and by the time you get back from work, this dish will be waiting for you. (Related: Whole 30 Crockpot Recipes for When You Don't Feel Like Actually Cooking)
Get the recipe: 2-Ingredient Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe
Seared Sockeye Salmon with Green Chili Adobo Sauce and Frisée Salad
During warmer weather, try making this seared sockeye salmon with green chili adobo sauce and frisée salad. The frisée salad base is a crisp, refreshing combination with the cooked salmon. Beyond this dish being a Whole 30 recipe, salmon is rich in omega-3s, which helps with collagen absorption for beautiful skin.
Get the recipe: Sockeye Salmon with Green Chili Sauce and Frisée Salad
One-Skillet Keto Portuguese-Style Chicken
Good news: This Portuguese-style chicken recipe is Whole 30 diet-approved. Better news: It's made in one pot, meaning fewer dishes afterward. The chicken marinade is spicy—calling for red pepper, paprika, and garlic—so topping this dish with lemon slices keeps the heat at bay.
Get the recipe: One-Skillet Keto Portuguese-Style Chicken
Creamy Garlic Chicken
This is not a prank. This is a Whole 30 recipe that describes itself as creamy—even without dairy. Start with zucchini noodles, add chicken seasoned with garlic, mustard seed, and thyme and top with a cream made from cashews. It's dairy-free, low-carb and so delicious you'll convince yourself you could do Whole 31.
Get the recipe: Creamy Garlic Chicken
Coconut Milk and Thyme Braised Chicken
This Asian-inspired coconut milk and thyme braised chicken recipe calls for adding a whole bulb of garlic which really enhances the nutty flavor from the coconut milk. Also, science shows that garlic has a ton of health benefits. It's made like a stew—all in one pot—so the chicken is extra juicy.
Get the recipe: Coconut Milk and Thyme Braised Chicken
Thai Chicken and Broccoli Curry
Don't be intimidated to try this Thai chicken and broccoli curry recipe at home. The ingredients (Thai red curry paste, ginger, and fish sauce) will do all of the work for you. Serve this dish with cauliflower rice and a lime wedge to make this Whole 30 recipe feel restaurant-grade.
Get the recipe: Thai Chicken and Broccoli Curry
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
Get hands-on with these protein-packed, homemade meatballs. After mixing and forming the balls with your hands, cook them in a skillet with ghee, a type of clarified butter that can withstand high temperatures during cooking. This Whole 30 recipe suggests serving the meatballs with baked or mashed potatoes.
Get the recipe: Salisbury Steak Meatballs
Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls
This Korean beef cauliflower rice bowl recipe is layered with filling protein and veggies. With a bed of greens on the bottom, top of cauliflower rice, and grated veggies hidden in a ground beef meat sauce, this dish is a gift that keeps on giving. To top it all off, add diced avocado for a perfect creamy finish.
Get the recipe: Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls