3 Delicious Whole30 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
According to a 2018 study by the International Food Information Council Foundation, 36 percent of Americans follow a specific eating pattern or diet. 7 percent of these respondents follow the paleo diet, and another 5 percent follow the Whole30 diet.
Americans are taking charge of their health and caring more about what goes into their bodies. Long gone are the days when it was acceptable to make a trip to the McDonald's drive-thru every night—and that's a good thing. Now, armed with more information than ever about our health, people realize that's not a sustainable lifestyle.
Here, we highlight three Whole30 recipes that you can make in the comfort of your own home. We also discuss the fundamental differences between the paleo and Whole30 diets and offer you Whole30-compliant solutions to practice on your own.
Let's get started!
Whole30 Diet vs. the Paleo Diet
You may be wondering what the difference is between these two diets. The answer is, there are very minimal differences!
The paleo diet is primal, based on whole, minimally-processed foods that mimic the hunter-gatherer ancestors of our past.
While practicing a paleo diet, you can expect to eat things like
- Grass-fed meat
- Wine and chocolate in small amounts
As you can see, the paleo diet is non-restrictive. It only asks you to focus on organic items while limiting your intake of processed foods, dairy, added sugars, and other products that are detrimental to our health. Paleo diets are pretty straightforward and easy-to-follow for health-conscious individuals.
The Whole30 diet is very similar to the paleo diet!
The most significant difference between the two is that Whole30 has a timeframe of a month, allowing your body a chance to reset its metabolism, and allowing you the opportunity to evaluate your relationship with food. In this way, it's slightly less restrictive—but of course, you can continue beyond the 30-day mark.
Whole30 promotes the intake of whole foods without all the pesky carb-counting. It also focuses on organic or grass-fed products while eliminating energy-draining food.
A Whole30 diet consists of things like
- Duck fat
It also asks that you eliminate processed foods, added sugars, alcohol, grains, and dairy.
The good news with these diets? They're accessible, easy-to-follow, and don't require a lot of thinking. However, some people find it hard to meal plan—and that's where we come in.
Here, we offer three great Whole30 recipes that cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bon appétit!
Simple, Delicious Whole30 Recipes You'll Love Cooking
Again, these Whole30-compliant recipes are simple-to-follow and taste great. With them, you've already got three Whole30 meal plans under your belt (or apron). What more could you ask for?
Why not try a tasty breakfast salad this morning?
Gather the ingredients:
- 1 lb. of breakfast sausage or bacon
- 9 hard-boiled eggs
- 3 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 diced avocados
- 1/2 c. of fresh cilantro or parsley
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
- 1/4 c. of lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, where you'll brown the sausage (about 15 minutes). While that bakes, peel the eggs and cut them into 8 pieces each. Combine everything into one large mixing bowl.
The avocado and egg yolk will become a little creamy, offering a sweet dressing. You can keep this recipe for up to 3 days in your refrigerator! Just cover the large mixing bowl, and scoop a smaller dish from it every morning for breakfast.
Let's make loaded guacamole sweet potato fries. If this Whole30 recipe proves anything, it's that this diet is delicious.
Gather the ingredients for the potato base:
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp. of chili powder
- 1 tbsp. of olive oil
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While that preheats, dice the sweet potatoes into a fry shape. Coat them in the chili pepper, lime juice, and olive oil. Roast them for 15 minutes on one side, and then 12-15 minutes on the other side.
For the guacamole, mash one large avocado in a bowl. Add in 1 minced garlic clove, three chopped green onions, the juice of 1 lime, and 1/8 tsp. of cumin.
Once the fries are ready, top them with your guacamole mixture. Then, sprinkle the fries with 1/2 cup of pico de gallo, sea salt to taste, and an optional 1/4 cup of cilantro.
And last but not least—what's for dinner? Tonight, let's serve up some roasted lemon chicken with potatoes and rosemary. Yum!
Gather the ingredients:
- 8-10 pieces of chicken with the skin on and bone-in
- 1 lb. of baby red potatoes
- 1/2 in. onion, cut in large pieces
- 2 lemons, 1 sliced and 1 juiced
- 1/3 c. olive oil
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. of fresh rosemary, plus the sprigs for garnish (about 2 tsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1/2 tsp. of fresh ground pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While that preheats, spray a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with Whole30-compliant cooking spray. In the pan, evenly arrange the chicken, potatoes, sliced onions, and sliced lemons.
In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Take this mixture and pour it over all the chicken in the pan, ensuring all the chicken gets covered.
Sprinkle with extra salt and pepper.
Let this bake for about one hour, uncovered, until both the chicken and potatoes are cooked through. Voilà!
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