Recipe Roundup: Whole30 Dishes
For many, winter is all about cleansing, goal-setting, and re-evaluation, especially when it comes to food choices. The Whole30 program in particular has become a popular choice for those wanting to begin the new year with a nutritional reset.
The plan, designed by Melissa Hartwig back in 2009, is a short-term, paleo-based guide designed to detoxify, heal, and energize the body. For 30 days, followers will cut out dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, and legumes and instead focus on consuming unprocessed, nutritionally dense foods like high-quality meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. It’s important to note that this plan is not about restricting calories or losing weight — it’s about briefly eliminating and reintroducing certain foods to find what is best and most sustainable for your body.
So whether you’re an annual Whole30er or you just want to include more whole foods in your diet this month, here are some recipes to get you started.
Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl
Begin your day with this healthy combo of carbs and fats. The blended avocado cream will make this a morning favourite! Get the recipe at The Almond Eater.
Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup
With two essential ingredients — roasted squash and almond milk — this soup is a simple and delicious option to pair with your choice of protein. Bonus: it’s vegan-friendly. Get the recipe at Rachl Mansfield.
Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Make this hearty blend of lean meat, vegetables, and spices in an Instant Pot or on the stove. Quick tip: double the recipe and have the leftovers for lunch all week. Get the recipe at Peas and Crayons.
Apple Cider Chicken
Looking for a way to spice up your chicken? This dish adds cider, crispy apples, and fresh rosemary to create a juicy, low-sodium dinner in a single pan. Get the recipe at Well Plated.
Lemon Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon and Asparagus
Get in your vitamins and Omega-3s with this flavour-packed meal. The richness of the lemon, butter, and garlic will make this your new weekday go-to — plus it’s ready in 25 minutes. Get the recipe at The Roasted Root.
For more resources, recipes, and information on the program, visit the Whole30 website.