4 Favorite Recipes for the Whole 30
The Whole30 is over. & now that I know the rules well enough, I tend to lean into creativity and just make up the recipe as I go.
But these are my four favorite recipes I found and tried and LOVED.
1. Egg and Bacon in Sweet Potato Cups
This made an absolutely delicious breakfast. I could not recommend it highly enough. At first, the fanciness of it made me weary about trying it. However, I soon found that it is actually ridiculously easy. AND SO tasty! I made it exactly like the linked recipe, but I did not soak the sweet potato in olive oil. I prefer the potato plain :)
2. Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Brussel Sprouts
This was a total hit in our home. I put my chicken in the slow cooker and then shredded it. It worked really well for the recipe! I made about three times the amount and we used it as lunch for the whole week. I ended up repeating it many times. If you're not a brussel sprout person, you could easily trade that out for another vegetable of choice, but I highly recommend not substituting the baby bella mushrooms. They were so perfect with the balsamic and seasoning--it's vital to the heart of this recipe.
3. One Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies
We used the base and seasoning suggestions of this recipe to make a bunch of different versions throughout our whole30. At first, we substituted the green beans with asparagus, and then we changed up the veggies according to what we felt like that week. I would recommend adding cauliflower and making sure you have at least a couple different kinds of bell peppers. This recipe includes red potato which is perfect for the sausage, but I think throwing in a sweet potato or two makes the recipe even better! We would make 3-4 pans at a time to have a lot of options on hand.
4. Avocado with Sunflower Seeds
Okay this one isn't a recipe, but it is an easy and favorite snack. We simply cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and sprinkle some sunflower seeds in the hole. Get out a spoon and have at it!
So those were our favorites. My one piece of advice to anyone wanting to try the Whole30 is to make sure you do a lot of prep. The amount of effort you put into preparing will determine the amount of success you have with the program. You have to make it easier to eat healthy than it would be to cheat. For us, this meant doubling, tripling or quadrupling our recipes and pouring them into single size servings in tupperware containers. Then when it came time to eat lunch or dinner we would just pick a meal and heat up the container. It's a lazy person's paradise.