Whole30 is the latest diet craze to flood your Instagram feed. Boasting the ability to "reset" your system, this restrictive 30-day regimen calls for cutting sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, and alcohol from your diet. So you're probably wondering, What can I eat? The key is to think whole foods (as opposed to processed foods) and head to Pinterest to find some handy meal-prep recipes. Luckily, we've done that second part for you. Prepare to hit the reset button with these 11 Whole30 recipes straight from our favorite foodies.
Take your weekly Sunday-night meal prep to the next level with this Whole30-friendly sheet pan Cuban chicken recipe. "I highly recommend marinating the chicken for a couple of hours before roasting to really intensify the flavor and to make for an extra tender and moist chicken," recommends Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Trust us, you're going to want to make this grilled salmon with tomato avocado salad recipe on repeat (just skip adding the pat of butter to the pan at the end to make this a Whole30-friendly meal). "The salmon is soaked in a quick marinade of orange, lime juice, a little garlic, and some spices," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "It's basically what [Cubans] call Mojo sauce, but with a little extra heat," she adds.
This 30-minute roasted rainbow veggie bowl was basically made for busy people trying to adhere to the Whole30 plan. "Roasting vegetables makes them easier to digest, enhances their flavor, and takes them to [a] whole new level of delicious," says Dana of Minimalist Baker. And when topped with a generous drizzle of tahini, they're even tastier.
Swap traditional pesto pasta with this cheeseless pesto spaghetti squash pasta recipe to curb carb cravings. The vegan pesto, made with sun-dried tomatoes, "is full of flavor and distributes beautifully throughout the 'noodles,' for a light-yet-satisfying dish," says Dana of Minimalist Baker.
This roasted Moroccan chicken and olive tagine recipe is proof that you don't have to compromise on flavor (even on the Whole30 diet). "This chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender, seasoned with smoked paprika, cumin, and a little cayenne for heat, and then slow roasted with chicken broth," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest of this ingenious one-pot meal.
Looking for the perfect Whole30 side dish? Enter Minimalist Baker's smashed potatoes with garlic pesto recipe. Don't worry, the pesto is cheeseless. "Nutritional yeast adds the cheesy flavor to the pesto. I purchase mine in bulk at Whole Foods, but you can also order it online," offers Dana, the talented recipe creator behind Minimalist Baker.
While chicken is always an easy protein to whip up on a weeknight, switch up your go-to dinner with this smoked paprika and garlic shrimp recipe. "The paprika itself doesn't add an intrusive heat to the dish, but really just adds a nice subtle flavor," say Jenny and Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon. Not to mention it gives the shrimp that pretty reddish hue.
These blistered shishito peppers make for a delicious Whole30-friendly snack. "Shishito peppers are a sweeter variety of Japanese peppers with a neat, 'twisted-like' shape," explains Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon. "When you blister them (either on a grill or in a cast-iron skillet), they get a really nice smokey aroma to them and soften just the right amount," she adds.
Since sugar is off-limits, this pomegranate and citrus winter fruit salad is just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth during this 30-day diet. Simply toss persimmons, oranges, pears, and pomegranate arils in lemon juice, and top with fresh mint to create this Whole30-friendly fruit salad.