My Whole 30 Experience + Recipes

A year ago, I did my first Whole30. As long as I have food prepped and available, eating this way really isn’t difficult for me. Currently, I’m eating on-plan about 4 full days a week, take the weekends off, and then if we have company, I’m flexible.

Overall, I do feel better and am more satisfied. (When I eat “normal,” I feel much more hungry.) I had hoped that this would help me with balancing my hormones and reduce my migraines; but I still have continued to have migraines 4-6 days/month.

I’m continuing following it with flexibility built in because I KNOW it’s good for my body. I’m not losing weight (though I did last summer when I did 45 days straight).

It also has to be family-friendly, as I’m too busy of a lady to be cooking 2 dinners each night! Many of the following recipes are family-pleasing, and I can add bread, pasta, or rice for the rest of the family. If I make something that I can’t eat, I’ll eat leftovers or a salad. I buy minimal specialty foods; as they are just so expensive!

I try to keep it as simple as possible – because who needs more stress in their life?

Doing some prep ahead of time makes it SO much more doable. These are a few things I had on hand:

Sweet Potatoes roasted with coconut oil and Himalayan salt

Chicken breasts cooked with onions, minced garlic, salt & pepper

Having a large veggie tray in the fridge makes healthy meal-prep so much easier.

Homemade Mayo – this recipe always turns out when I make it in my Ninja blender.

Zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and garlic roasted in coconut oil with salt, pepper, and Nutritional Yeast.

I love having large containers of roasted vegetables in the fridge!

Quick veggie skillet using pre-roasted vegetables

Simple Meatballs – I would add BBQ sauce for the rest of the family and eat my meatballs with whatever veggies I had on hand.

Easy breakfast – fried eggs and pre-roasted sweet pototoes

Pot Roast – family friendly meal. Kroger has Simple Truth No-Sugar-Added ketchup which I enjoy having with my potatoes.

“I have nothing in the house” lunch – fried eggs and leftover vegetables. It works!

Chicken drumsticks seasoned with a mixture of: Salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Yum!

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas – substitute avocado oil and omit soy sauce to make it Whole30-friendy. This was an easy one to make when we had company as it’s a crowd-pleaser, and I could stay on plan.

I’ve come to LOVE roasted sweet potatoes on salads. Leftover chicken and sweet potatoes make a salad so satisfying. (Sometimes I add roasted almonds too.)

My go-to salad dressing for Whole30.

Pineapple Beef Stir-Fry – served over rice for the rest of the family and steamed broccoli for me.

Leftover meatballs, pre-roasted vegetables, and a side-salad.

My favorite Banana Almond Butter Smoothie.

Beef & Broccoli – over rice for the rest of the family.

Crispy Roasted Potatoes – I love making this brisket recipe with these potatoes for a great company dinner!

I enjoy making chicken salad with chicken breast, tomatoes, celery, peppers, carrots, and grapes. Season generously with salt & pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add Homemade Mayo to bind together.

Asian Sesame Steak Kabobs – yum!

Sweet Potato Chili is definitely a family favorite. I make homemade cornbread for the rest of the gang.

Chicken Fried Cauli-Rice – I make this when I make Mongolian Beef for the rest of the family. They have it as their side; I have it as my main entrée.

Another good ol’ salad – this time with a couple fried eggs, pre-roasted sweet poatoes, and almonds.

Ground beef, Ragu Simply sauce & spaghetti squash. I add pasta and breadsticks to make it family-friendly.

Chicken & Leftover Grilled Vegetables – easy skillet meal for me.

One thing that I have appreciated about learning these different recipes/methods is that I can easily accommodate most anybody’s eating preferences/restrictions.

Since we love to be hospitable, that’s been a huge asset!

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