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  • 35+ Easy Whole30 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner

    The Best Crispy Avocado Oil Chicken Tenders (paleo)

    Sharing a handful of my favorite Whole30-approved recipes with you!

    Okay okay, I have never done Whole30. I’m by no means an expert on the 30 day challenge, but last year Jord completed his first Whole30 (see more here). I also did a couple of elimination diets (more on that here) so when it comes to having to follow some sort of strict and regimented, I have been there. It is definitely no joke and everyone who says doing a Whole30 is easy, definitely has one thing in common, they are prepared!

    I have found that these elimination diets and resets can be very beneficial for some to help figure out any triggering foods that make you feel off. They are also a great way to hit the reset button and fuel your body with whole and delicious foods. My only hesitation on doing elimination diets, is that they can be triggering for some when it comes to developing phobias of foods or becoming fearful of grains, dairy, etc. Sure you may feel better omitting maple syrup or rice, but a life without sushi or cookies or pancakes is not one I’m trying to live. I ask that anyone who embarks on any cleanse or anything this year to keep that in mind and try to stay away from any extremes.

    Now for the FOOD! I am going to be sharing a few more Whole30 recipes this month but wanted to put together a list for you guys early in the month. Just in case you are doing Whole30 starting on January 1, I have you covered. Please also note that Jord didn’t follow any of the rules like no chia pudding or pancakes. We just focused on the foods to eat/not to eat ad eating all whole foods!

    Favorite Whole30-approved products:

    Whole30 Frequently Asked Questions:

    • What isn’t allowed on Whole30? A whole lot of ISH. Gluten, grains, dairy, sugars, snacks, you name it. You focus on eating veggies, fruits, proteins, etc. Visit the Whole30 site for more info!
    • Can you do Whole30 forever? I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but it is up to you! I am not a huge fan of the overall program but of course am a huge advocate for eating wholesome foods and recipes made with just the good stuff (…see what I did there?!)
    • Why haven’t you done a Whole30? I haven’t felt the need to to be honest. I do think something like this is a great way for someone to cut heavily processed foods out of their daily lives and start fresh if you are feeling off. I personally just haven’t had that urge! Jordan did it 1.5 times (he quit half way through) but as you’ll see a lot of my recipes *happen* to be Whole30 since I focus on eating a lot of foods made with real ingredients. But I need my desserts too 😉

    Recipes from the blog that happen to be Whole30..

    I hope you love each of these recipes as much as we do and don’t forget to share with me on social when you make them! If you see an ingredient in any of these recipes that isn’t Whole30-approved, it can easily be subbed with something else. Comment on the post and I can help you!

    Whole30 Breakfast Ideas:

    Savory Breakfast Salad with Creamy Cilantro Jalapeño Dressing (vegetarian) made with a few ingredients for a breakfast-y spin on a salad!

    Savory Breakfast Salad with Creamy Cilantro Sauce for a delicious Whole30 meal!

    Savory Veggie Breakfast Waffles probably one of my favorite hash brown waffle recipes and the ingredients just so happen to be Whole30!

    Savory Paleo Veggie Breakfast Waffles made with coconut flour for an easy veggie waffle!

    Veggie Smoked Salmon Quiche with Sweet Potato Crustis a great option to prep early in the week to pack for work or school.

    Veggie + Smoked Salmon Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust that is Whole30 approved and easy to make!

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding isn’t technically allowed on Whole30 but all of the ingredients besides toppings are approved. Plus I made this for Jord to take to work since it was quick and easy.

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding

    6-minute Jammy Soft-Boiled Eggs in Bone Broth has to be one of my go-to quick meals at least once a week. I love adding them on top of anything I have handy in the fridge.

    Sharing my simple recipe for 6-minute Jammy Soft-Boiled Eggs cooked in Bone Broth for extra flavor and nutrients!

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  • 4-ingredient Mini Tuna Cakes (whole30 + gluten-free)

    4-ingredient Mini Tuna Cakes that are Whole30, gluten-free and healthy ingredients! 4-ingredient Mini Tuna Cakes that are Whole30, gluten-free and healthy ingredients! 

    Two savory recipes in a row.. what blog is this anyway??

    Crazy, I know. I am not one for too many savory eats on here (you guys seem to love dessert and sweet breakfasts as much as I do!) but I am so excited to be bringing you another deliciously EASY savory recipe this week.

    4-ingredient (yes, just 4) Mini Tuna Cakes aka mine and Jord’s current favorite way to eat tuna these days.

    Whenever we get home late or don’t know what to make for dinner, it is either eggs or tuna. Likely because we already have it in the house and there are endless possibilities.

    I have shared tuna tacos, thai tuna burgers, tuna sushi stackstuna club sandwich and more on the blog with you. All featuring my absolute favorite canned tuna from Safe Catch. Safe Catch is the most pure and tasty tuna I have had in a can. It is premium hand cut, slow cooked and it is the lowest in mercury compared to any albacore brand. Plus they’re the only brand to test every single fish. I am so cautious about where my animal protein is from and I love brands like Safe Catch that are making our lives simpler and better by providing quality products. Continue Reading

  • Easy 5-ingredient Basil Alfredo Sauce (vegan + whole30)

    Easy 5-ingredient Basil Alfredo Sauce for vegan and gluten-free sauce recipe!

    Easy 5-ingredient Basil Alfredo Sauce for vegan and gluten-free sauce recipe!Easy 5-ingredient Basil Alfredo Sauce for vegan and gluten-free sauce recipe!

    I never thought I’d be so obsessed with a mock alfredo sauce until now.

    This Basil Alfredo Sauce pretty much combines two of our favorites into one delicious plant-based and whole30 approved recipe. A mock alfredo sauce that isn’t filled with heavy creams but instead we use soaked cashews to help get that creamy and thick texture.

    There are only five simple ingredients in this recipe and you can have Basil Alfredo Sauce on your plate in less than 30 minutes. You don’t need to soak the cashews overnight or for hours (although if you prefer/have more time you are welcomed too). Instead I soaked them in boiling hot water for about 20 minutes then strained. They were very easy to blend into that creamy consistency.

    I also added some nutritional yeast, water and garlic to the blender for extra flavor. The nutritional yeast adds that “cheesy” flavor but none of the cheese. Think of it like the parmesan you sprinkle on top of your pasta or use in pesto. You can also use any non-dairy milk in this recipe too instead of the water to make it even creamier. I planned on using almond milk but my grocery store was out of my go-to. Water works perfectly in this. Continue Reading

  • Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup (whole30 + vegan)

    Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup for an easy Vegan and Whole30-friendly recipe!

    Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup for an easy Vegan and Whole30-friendly recipe!Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup for an easy Vegan and Whole30-friendly recipe!

    Can you believe this is the very first soup recipe on the blog?! I am not a soup person whatsoever, but the seasons changing always has everyone craving a comforting bowl of soup. Especially Jord who flipping loves a bowl of soup.

    If I eat soup, it needs to be creamy-ish with a hearty base for me to stay full and satisfied. This Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup does just that. It is also full of flavor and has such a unique and delicious taste, you guys are going to love!

    I first had Kabocha squash soup when I was in La Jolla a few months ago and could not get over how delicious it was. So creamy and satisfying. It was the perfect appetizer or light bowl to pair with our meal.

    This Creamy Thai Kabocha Squash Soup is made with New Barn’s Organic Almondmilk. It adds that creamy texture to the soup and a touch of sweetness despite there being no added sugar! The soup is also Whole30-approved since New Barn Unsweetened Organic is the Whole30-approved nut milk and basically saved me when Jord did Whole30 earlier this year. We also made those breakfast salads using NewBarn in the dressing too.. definitely check them out! Continue Reading

  • Savory Breakfast Salad + Creamy Cilantro Jalapeño Dressing (Whole30)

    Savory Breakfast Salad with Creamy Cilantro Sauce for a delicious Whole30 meal!

    Savory Breakfast Salad with Creamy Cilantro Jalapeño Dressing for a delicious Whole30 meal!Savory Breakfast Salad with Creamy Cilantro Sauce for a delicious Whole30 meal!

    Salads can be a breakfast thing too, ya know?

    I’m the first to admit that I crave sweet things more than savory most of the time. Especially when it comes to breakfast items. I’m more likely to be eating a smoothie bowl, pancakes or banana bread for breakfast than anything else. But I am a huge savory breakfast for lunch or dinner person. I eat eggs with my lunch or dinner on the reg.

    Back in the winter when Jord did Whole30, we pretty much went through two dozen eggs a week. It was absolutely insane but it is the easiest way to add extra protein + fat to a meal. I make bowls of pasta and add an egg. I make breakfast tacos with eggs. I make a burger and put an egg on it. Pretty much anything in our house has an egg on top.

    But when J was on Whole30, it was really challenging trying to find something to make when he needed a quick and easy meal. Whole30 requires a ton of prep work and planning. We used to spend hours on the week prepping all of his meals for the week (more on that here). Continue Reading

  • Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice (Whole30)

    Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice for an easy Whole30 meal

    Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice made with simple ingredients for an easy Whole30 recipe!Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice for an easy Whole30 meal

    Pretty sure if Jord was stranded on an island and could only bring one thing for the rest of his life, it would be buffalo sauce. The kid loves buffalo sauce with pretty much anything. We easily go through a bottle of it a week, if not more.

    Since it has been a few months since J completed Whole30, for the most part he went back to his “normal” eating habits. He has always had a balanced perspective on food and diet so it’s not like he went back to chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks daily. But he did start having bread, oats and rice more. AKA more grains. I am likely the culprit of this since sometimes it is just easier to make a tuna sandwich for him for lunch and overnight oats for breakfast.

    Recently he has been asking for some more Whole30-ish meals so we are back on the chia pudding, smoothie and cauliflower rice game. I know smoothies aren’t Whole30 but we use all approved foods. Basically Jord prefers a very paleo-ish diet without the title but pizza and beer on weeks. Continue Reading

  • 4-ingredient Tuna Avocado Cakes (Whole30)

    4-ingredient Tuna Avocado Cakes made with almond flour and healthy ingredients!

    4-ingredient Tuna Avocado Cakes for an easy and delicious Whole30 recipe!

    Lunch. Oh lunch. I personally can eat the same thing every single day and be happy. Jord on the other hand gets quite bored, quite easily and cannot. To be honest I am pretty envious of that because eating the same thing everyday isn’t exactly good for us (well at least females). I have been reading a ton about female hormones thanks to Alisa Vitti’s book Woman Code, and my life has officially change.

    More to come there, but she has taught me the importance of switching up your foods a bit each week.

    Jord absolutely loves taking tuna salad though a couple days a week. At first I was so against canned tuna because the mercury levels but when I learned that Safe Catch is super low in mercury (lowest out of any brand), we started to stock up. Then I told my mom and brother who love tuna and now they can’t stop eating Safe Catch. Continue Reading

  • Nutty Coconut Raw Bliss Balls (Whole30-friendly)

    Nutty Coconut Raw Bliss Balls for an easy Whole30-friendly snack made with simple ingredients

    Nutty Coconut Raw Bliss Balls for an easy Whole30-friendly snack made with simple ingredients Nutty Coconut Raw Bliss Balls for an easy Whole30-friendly snack made with simple ingredients

    If there is one thing that Jord’s Whole30 taught me, it is that snacks are damn HARD on that thing. I know, I know, you aren’t technically supposed to snack much on Whole30, but that wasn’t the case for him. Eating only 3x a day doesn’t work for everyone, especially Jord who really does get hungry in between meals. I always have snacks in my pockets or bags for us when we are walking around or running errands.

    Typically it’s some sort of clean protein bar or something easy. But not many of the bars are Whole30-friendly or approved so that made life a bit challenging. Many have honey or some sort of added sweetener to them. Continue Reading

  • Super Simple Paleo Sweet Potato Skins (Whole30-friendly)

    Super Simple Paleo Sweet Potato Skins that are Whole30-friendly and easy to make!

    Super Simple Paleo Sweet Potato Skins that are Whole30-friendly and easy to make!Super Simple Paleo Sweet Potato Skins that are Whole30-friendly and easy to make!

    All my sweet potato lovers, this one is for YOU!

    And all my Whole30 babes who are asking me for Jord’s favorite Whole30 recipes, you are going to love  these. They saved Jord during Sunday night football and he cannot get enough still!

    These Super Simple Paleo Sweet Potato Skins are seriously a dream come true. They are SO easy to make, filled with flavor and they have an avocado cream in the middle that is too die for. Plus even if you aren’t doing Whole30 or if you are scratching your head being like “what’s that?” you will too love these. Continue Reading

  • Garlic Cream Sauce Sweet Potato Noodles (Whole30)

    Whole30 Garlic Cream Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles

    Whole30 Garlic Cream Sauce Sweet Potato Noodles for an easy plant-based mealWhole30 Garlic Cream Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles

    When Jord was doing Whole30 last month, things in the kitchen most definitely got a bit challenging. We had to meal prep a TON and also make a lot of new recipes we haven’t tried before (more on that here).

    Veggie noodles were the saving grace of Whole30 for him. He loves loves loves his pasta and we made a lot of different spiralized ones from zucchini, turnips and sweet potatoes. Swoodles maybe? Is that a thing? Sweet potato noodles, duh.

    You also typically eat a ton of meat on Whole30 but that adds up real quickly at the grocery store, and not to mention J was a little over meat every single day. But without adding beans or legumes, it is pretty tough trying to get a hardy enough dish without the meat or even eggs. Continue Reading