30 Easy Whole30 Dinner Recipes to Ensure You Succeed
By: Stephen Sheehan
- Whole30 involves eating clean fruits, veggies and proteins for a 30-day period, while eliminating sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes and soy.
- Whole30 dinner recipes incorporate fresh ingredients that provide your body with vital nutrients.
- No matter your food ethics (plant-based veggie eaters included), there’s a plethora of easy Whole30 recipes you can try out in 2021.
For more than a decade, Whole30 has been a helpful tool to assess and transform eating habits. If you haven’t given this diet a try before (or you just haven’t heard about it) you’re probably wondering how this popular program works.
It’s actually quite simple.
In many respects, Whole30 follows the principles of the paleo diet. For 30 days, you eat real foods like meat, seafood, eggs, veggies and fruits. However, you must say goodbye to sugar (including sugar alcohols and low-glycemic sweeteners), alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes and soy.
Though this 30-day diet may seem like a fad to some, it can actually be a very useful tool to help detox if you splurged a little too much during the holidays. Plus, it encourages you to consume nutrient-dense foods that help your cells thrive.
So, whether the holidays threw you off track or you’re simply looking for a way to start the new year off on the right foot, following the Whole30 approach is a great starting point.
Ready to get cooking? Flex your culinary skills by trying out these easy Whole30 recipes that incorporate fresh ingredients and will surely have your family and friends asking for more—all 30 nights!
Can Bulletproof products support Whole30?
The Whole30 approach focuses on real foods, but that doesn’t mean your diet can’t include a few useful ingredients and products that you won’t find in your everyday grocery store.
That’s where Bulletproof really shines.
While some products certainly won’t fit into Whole30 dinner recipes (we still love you, fat-fueled coffee!) they can still support your new lifestyle in their own unique way. Here are a few Bulletproof products that deserve permanent residency in your pantry:
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- Bulletproof Collagelatin: Similiar to collagen protein, the addition of gelatin makes this a great ingredient for thickening soups and stews. Plus, this beneficial supplement can come in handy if you’re crafting natural, Whole30-compliant desserts.
- Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee: Although Whole30 rules make regular butter a no-go, clarified butter (ghee) does get a thumbs up! Grass-fed ghee is a terrific source of quality fats and can be used to roast veggies or sear grass-fed, sustainable animal proteins. If you are dairy-intolerant, though, we recommend supplementing with another nutritious fat source for cooking, such as coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil.
- Bulletproof C8 and C10 MCT Oil: If you’re making a Whole30 dinner recipe that doesn’t require a ton of heat for cooking (around 300°F or less), MCT oil is a quality fat that also helps with the production of ketone energy.
- Bulletproof Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil: Blend this into your morning coffee for an amplified start to your day that will have you feeling energized and ready to tackle any challenges ahead. Just remember… while the Bulletproof Coffee recipe for breakfast is Whole30-compliant, it’s important to still consume plenty of whole foods on your journey.
Moreover, you can incorporate these products into your daily meal plan where you see fit. Think of them as tools to help you succeed in your overall mission of cleaning up your diet and giving your body (and mind) a fresh start to kick off 2021.
So if you’re ready to take your talents to the kitchen for some hearty eats, consider this list of easy Whole30-compliant recipes that will transform an ordinary weeknight dinner into something both satiating and delicious.
Whole30-friendly soups and stews
Winter is here, which means soup season is on! These delicious recipes for Whole30-compliant soups and stews work great as appetizers or even full-on meals. Stockpot? Check. CrockPot? Even better. Instant Pot? Cha-ching!
In fact, some are so hearty that a single bowl might send you right into hibernation mode. (Cue the cozy blankets!)
It may take a little patience, but by the time you dig into this hearty bowl of slow-cooked beef stew, you’ll realize it was worth the longest. wait. ever.
A rich base of coconut milk, bone broth and carrots gets zesty with some fresh ginger to make this Whole30-friendly soup recipe a tantalizing experience for your taste buds.
Swap your typical ground beef-based recipe for this bison-inspired chili from food blogger Two Pink Peonies. Let your slow cooker do its thing before you dig into this comfort-food delight.
You can’t go wrong with Italian food. Impress your family and friends with this elegant soup from Raia’s Recipes that includes fresh kale, cauliflower and Italian sausage (sugar-free, of course!).
Easy Whole30 Recipe Bowls
Hearty bowls make for great Whole30 dinner ideas, because they’re simple, convenient, flavor-packed and nutrient-dense—not to mention nice to look at.
Here are some ways you can spice up your dinner bowl game… Whole30 style!
Hybrid Paleo Whole30 recipes don’t get much simpler (or tastier) than this Korean beef bowl that saves a bit on the carb count by using riced broccoli rather than white or brown rice.
Talk about lighting up a table. This colorful, veggie-packed bowl contains plenty of micronutrients and antioxidants that help improve mitochondrial health and protect your gut. Use ghee or another high-quality fat source to make sure your veggies achieve that perfect, crispy texture.
It only takes five ingredients to make this protein-packed Whole30 dinner recipe that also includes beneficial fats from grass-fed steak and pasture-raised eggs.
Leave the beef behind for fish with this tasty, fresh offering from Whole Lotta Yum. The creamy, tangy cilantro-lime dressing will be an instant hit.
Lighter Whole30 Dinner Recipes
Comfort food certainly hits the spot, but sometimes, you just want a lighter Whole30 dinner recipe. The below options are veggie-forward when you need a break from heavier plates.
Sushi lovers rejoice! This offering does a decent job at keeping the carb count in check (though not entirely keto-friendly) by utilizing cauliflower rice to hold everything together.
10. Cobb Salad
Keep it low carb with this salad recipe that includes plenty of quality fats from avocado and hard-boiled eggs. Plus, the golden vinaigrette (made with Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil) not only tastes great, but also packs a healthy punch from turmeric.
Zucchini noodles are a great way to get that ‘pasta’ experience without the calories and carbs. Pink Fortitude takes this veggie to a new level with a zesty blend of lemon, garlic and herbs that will keep your fork twirling for more.
A stunning, veggie-based French classic from Bacon is Magic, this ratatouille will wow your family and friends as soon as it hits the table. It’s honestly so gorgeous it almost feels wrong to slice into it.
Paleo Whole30 Comfort Food Dishes
Even though you might be on a diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy comfort food dishes. With the right ingredients, good technique and a little love, I promise you can make it happen!
Here are some paleo Whole30 recipes that fit the “comfort food” category perfectly.
Stir fry in 15 minutes? Sign me up. This one-pan, keto-friendly recipe hosts plenty of flavor and texture, especially thanks to the crunchy, Asian-themed slaw.
You can also use butternut squash for this warm, mouth-watering Whole30 recipe that seems perfectly suited for this time of year. (All the squashy things!)
You could technically make this as a side dish or as a main course. Either way, this lower-carb version of fried rice takes just 20 minutes to prepare and contains 12g protein per serving.
This take on spaghetti and meatballs truly elevates the original dish. Sweet potato noodles swirl in harmony with homemade meatballs (from scratch!) in what could easily become a comfort food staple in your household.
Turn your veggies into vessels! This recipe from Pink Fortitude uses hollowed-out zucchini boats to keep the tasty goodness of gyro-spiced lamb from falling overboard. (Drooling…)
Carnivore-Forward Whole30 Dinner Recipes
More of a meat eater? We have you covered, too. For those who liken themselves to carnivores, these Whole30 dinner recipes will definitely hit the spot.
18. Lamb Barbacoa
A drizzle of coconut-sourced Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil over the top of succulent, oven-roasted lamb shank not only accentuates the rich flavors of the meat, but also boosts ketone production. Double-win!
Thai and Japanese food lovers will appreciate the Asian-inspired flavors of these keto-friendly braised pork chops. Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and fish sauce (along with a healthy squeeze of lime juice) elevate the umami.
20. Pulled Pork
When chicken recipes just won’t cut it, this Whole30-friendly pulled pork from Mom’s Dinner will definitely do the trick. The sugar-free dry rub includes several spices that give this hog a special kick.
Easy Whole30 Recipes for Fish Lovers
Not everyone who follows the Whole30 program is on board with eating meat, and we’re okay with that! If you’re a fish lover, we’ve rounded up a few selections especially for you.
Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have significant whole-body benefits, from your brain to your heart. Plus, the addition of asparagus and fennel give this dish a classy finish.
Tender and succulent cod simmers away in a saffron-infused tomato broth for an unbelievably delicious dish that will satisfy any pescatarian.
23. Halibut Ceviche
Not every fish entree requires warmth. Keep things chill with this fresh and easy Whole30 ceviche recipe that relies on simple, high-quality ingredients—no oven necessary!
No need for an entire sinkful of dishes here. Just grab one pan and set the oven to 400°F to produce this paleo-friendly, low-carb recipe from Finding Zest. Tart lemon gives this dish a delicious citrus kiss!
Paleo Whole30 Recipes With Poultry
Bird is the word when it comes to Whole30 chicken recipes—don’t worry, there’s duck too!
By utilizing the right blend of spices and a dash of talent, you can transform ordinary poultry into something amazing for your next weeknight dinner.
What the duck! Don’t get intimated… As long as you follow the right steps, you will end up with crispy skin (yum!) and juicy meat (yes!) that pairs perfectly with oven-roasted vegetables cooked in grass-fed ghee. And if you’re dairy-free, just substitute avocado oil!
Meal preppers who prefer poultry will love this paleo Whole30 recipe. You can serve this sweet and salty chicken over steamed veggies to make it a full meal… Just make sure to omit the honey to keep things Whole30-compliant.
Five ingredients and five minutes of prep time? Food Doodles makes this baked chicken dish sound almost too good to be true. But once you bite into the crisp skin, you’ll be ready to do the post-dinner chicken dance!
Perfect if you’re looking for a well-balanced option, these chicken skewers layer plenty of veggies in between. For both freshness and flavor, you can’t go wrong with this easy Whole30 recipe from Healy Eats Real.
29. Chicken Tandoori
If you’re into dairy-free Indian cuisine, make a homemade version of this culinary classic, courtesy of Healy Eats Real.
Awaken your taste buds with some heat and enjoy an exotic combination of spices as you kick things up a notch with this chicken entree from Spoons of Flavor.
Looking for more ways to start your days? Check out these Whole30 breakfast recipes that have the potential to become regulars in your morning meal rotation.
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