The Whole30 Diet has been raved about for several years now, beginning in 2009 and creating a large bandwagon following. That following happened for good reason – this diet/detox gives results. Whole30 is based on whole foods. It eliminates many major regular diet players like sugar, alcohol, legumes, soy, and dairy. In return, the diet claims to create a “reset” on your body and it’s sluggish, pain-filled ways, giving you a renewed sense of energy, and some likely body changes as well. So the rewards are great, and who doesn’t need a little body reset every once in a while? We can all use that detox from indulgences like sugary sweets and grain-ridden carbs. Plus, 30 days doesn’t sound so bad. However, once you get into the 30 days, in order to stay on track – you need good meals to keep you there. Recipes that will keep you LOVING your 30 days, and not just surviving them. These recipes prove to keep you happy and healthy, all month long.

1. Crispy One-Pan Bacon Wrapped Chicken

One-pan dinners are always a good idea. Just as fewer dishes, is always a good idea. I mean, you’re already not eating sugar and grains, so screw dishes.

The last thing you want to give up when you’re detoxing is bacon! It makes everything taste better, even if it’s eaten all on its own. Well, with this cleansing meal, you get to enjoy those strips of heaven with no regrets! Photos by: Paleo Running Mama

2. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Grating cauliflower creates a rice-like size and texture that holds up in a fried “rice” recipe that is 100% Whole30 friendly (can’t eat those grains, yo!).

Give this one a go when you’re craving those old take-out foods instead of caving on your new healthy eating streak. The best part is, you can incorporate some delicious veggies in this dish as well. Photo by: Downshiftology


3. Turkey Meatballs

Grain-free and Whole30 compliant, these will be amazing just on their own, or served up on my personal favorite – spaghetti squash!

Such a good filling meal that’s completely comfort food, you know, if you need the comfort with the lack of pasta in your life right now. Photos by: Fashionable Foods

4. Sloppy Joe Bowls

Sloppy Joes are just plain fun. They often remind us of our childhood camp that we attended in our summers off school or just an easy meal our parents would make from time to time.

Plus, if you’re cooking for others who maybe aren’t on the Whole30 diet with you, it’s great to have one base meal made that they can enjoy on buns, while you enjoy in a potato bowl! Everybody wins! Photos by: Physical Kitchness

5. Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie

This skillet shepherd’s pie is exactly what your diet needs in these 30 days of “reset”. See, it’s not so bad! This dish is the very definition of soul food, it makes you feel good both emotionally and physically!

Some small swaps to make it work in the plan, and you won’t even notice the difference between your new recipe and your mom’s traditional one. Photo by: NoshTastic

6. Chicken Chili

This recipe makes some smart swaps (like the addition of unsweetened applesauce) to make it Whole30 compliant, and delicious!

This meal will keep you full and satisfied. You can always serve up with some light, home made coleslaw or a delicious salad for when you are trying to get those greens in. Photos by: The Bewitchin Kitchen

7. Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream

I bet you were wondering “okay but what about dessert?”, so don’t worry, I got you. When Christmas ends and a new diet begins, you don’t need to say goodbye completely to your sweet treats!

Those sugar cravings are one son-of-a-b, and it’s going to be quite the learning curve to get around not having it in your diet. Nature’s candy will save you! Photo by: Pure & Simple Nourishment

8. Curry Chicken One Pot Meal

Oh, how I love curry. It’s just such an incredible burst of flavor and aroma that will keep you oh-so-satisfied. So satisfied, you’ll forget you’re even on any sort of “diet” (or detox/reset, whatever you want to call it).

While this recipe is shown served on rice (gasp! that’s not Whole30 allowed!) like we learned above, just serve with cauliflower rice or have it on it’s own! Winner winner, chicken curry dinner. Photos by: Abbey’s Kitchen

9. “Lazy” Apple Pie

These cored and nearly hollowed apples make a crust-less dessert that mimics the taste of a classic apple pie, without all the additional things that make it on the “no-no” list of a Whole30 diet.

When you bite into this well contained dessert, you will forget you were ever missing out on dessert to start with. This is truly what diet dreams are made of. Photos by: Swiss Paleo

10. Southwestern Breakfast Bowl

You can call this “breakfast” all you want, but this could be enjoyed for any meal of the day. I mean, just look at it. That’s dang delicious.

Put this in the file of “foods to make you forget you’re even detoxing or dieting at all” (ok that’s a long file title, but you get the point). Photo by: The Do It All Mama

11. BBQ Meatloaf Muffins with Sweet Potato Topping

Meatloaf is two things: a brick of brown stuff, and also a comfort food for many. So when you’re going to start a strict eating regime, how can you make a meal like this look amazing and healthy?

This recipe is truly a modern, gourmet approach to meatloaf that not only trumps your old school recipe in appearance, but also in healthy flavor! Photos and Recipe By: The Real Food Dietitians

12. Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Balsamic anything is bound to be delicious in my books, but what makes it so attractive is that you can use so many ingredients you already have lying around the house!

Pair this chicken recipe with a crisp salad and some sweet potato for a complete meal that is packed with nutrients. Photos and Recipe By: Unsophisticook

13.  Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian food is almost everyone’s guilty pleasure, but it really doesn’t have to be as guilt inducing as it is!

This recipe will help you stay on track with your eating, while still exploding with rich flavor and creamy sauce. It is truly a winning dish. Photos By: 40 Aprons

14. Easy Sweet Chilli Salmon

Salmon is a fantastic choice for a meal when you are looking for delicious meals that infuse your body with piles of nutritional benefits.

With a recipe like this, you’ll experience both sweet and spicy flavors while digging in at the dinner table. The best part is, it’s a quick meal to prep! Photos and Recipe By: The Big Mans World

15. Whole30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

When you’re craving some poutine or animal style fries, there’s not very many meals that will truly give that feeling of completely satisfaction.

Whole30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries happen to be an exception to this situation and provide the creamy toppings and hot fries that your body wants so badly. Photos and Recipe By: 40 Aprons

16. Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Ranch

Eating salad for the next 365 days may sound super depressing to you, so don’t make it that way! This salad is packed with flavor and protein that will have you craving it the next day.

The best way to enjoy a salad is by making your own salad dressings from scratch. You can truly customize your salad with a dressing of your own without having to buy too many extra ingredients for the salad. Photos and Recipe By: Paleo Running Momma

17. Skillet Beef Fajitas

Beef Fajitas are definitely a cheat meal right? WRONG! Don’t be fooled by the attractiveness of this dish and classify it as a bad meal.

These skillet beef fajitas have your name written all over them and they actually will help you with your healthy eating endeavours. Can you believe that?! Photos and Recipe By: A Healthy Life For Me

18. Cheeseless Chicken Parm

Chicken Parmesan is a meal that we all love to enjoy from time to time but when the new year hits, we immediately think this meal is off the table as an option.

With this cheeseless chicken parm, you can still enjoy the flavors you have always loved, without worrying about the calories. Photos and Recipe By: Little Bits Of

19. Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Summer Veggies

Whether you serve it in the morning for breakfast, or in the evening alongside some other side dishes, this amazingly colorful meal is wonderful meal option when you are eating well.

The hash doesn’t miss a beat of flavor as it is packed with bacon, eggs and so many of our favorite vegetables. This is one meal that will have your family begging for seconds. Photos and Recipe By: Paleo Running Momma

20. Coconut Lime Chicken

Cream is the culprit for the most delicious dishes and the most devilish nutritional fact charts on our favorite meals. When you’re craving something creamy, there’s very little that can satisfy that flavor your body is demanding.

When you’re stuck in a cooking rut, the best thing to do is to turn to Forkly and check out a meal like this that will benefit your body and your tastebuds! Photos and Recipe By: A Saucy Kitchen

21. Instant Pot Healing Chicken Soup

Next time you or your family are feeling under the weather, whip up this Whole30 Instant Pot Healing Chicken Soup, full of hearty ingredients and anti-inflammatory turmeric, sickness-fighting fresh garlic, and nutrient-dense bone broth. It doesn’t require much effort and it’ll be the perfect thing to sip on on your road to recovery. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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