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Designed to be a month-long reboot for your body, the Whole30 meal plan aims to cleanse and renourish your system by detoxing from packaged and processed foods.
It seems easy enough, but Whole30’s off-limits food groups — like dairy, grains, legumes, and processed sugars — can present challenges. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite Whole30 dinner recipes that showcase all you can eat on the plan.
Think turkey, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, and tons of veggies. These recipes transform Whole30-approved ingredients into delicious dinners, using clever swaps like coconut oil, coconut amino acids, nut and seed butters, and vegetable “rices.”
If you missed our Whole30 breakfast recipe roundup, here’s a simple refresher of what the program is all about.
1. Thai chicken with spicy “peanut” sauce
A Thai-inspired stir-fry sounds healthy (veggies! meat! dairy-free!), but it can be a minefield of Whole30 no-no’s, like soy sauce, honey, and peanut butter.
This recipe gets around those roadblocks, by subbing in coconut aminos (we buy a bottle of Bragg) for the soy, a mashed date for honey, and sunflower butter for the legumey stuff.
2. Roasted lemon chicken with potatoes and rosemary
Classic one-dish roasted chicken and potatoes doesn’t need much tweaking to become Whole30 compliant. Translation: It’s a great way to ease yourself into the plan.
Lemon, garlic, and rosemary, a can’t-be-beat combo that evokes the Mediterranean, turns this into a succulent dinner that’ll make you forget you gave up anything.
3. Chicken balance bowl
This fresh bowl has all our salad favorites — chicken, sweet potato, and avocado — and a sauce so good you’ll want to make extra and keep it in the fridge for tomorrow’s salad.
Just double-check that jar of tahini has no added sugar, so it’s Whole30 compliant. A delicious dinner whipped up in 30 minutes? We’re sold.
4. Mango chicken with coconut cauliflower rice
This recipe makes two clever swaps: cauliflower “rice” instead of the real grain, and tapioca flour to bread the chicken. Add ginger and trusty coconut aminos to round out this healthier version of a take-out classic. Genius.
5. Jalapeno turkey burger
Truth: ground turkey can be blah. But not this recipe. Here, the meat is mixed with jalapeños and spices. Cooke them up, then top with guacamole, a poached egg, and salsa. No need for buns, cheese, and ketchup for these flavor bombs.
6. Grilled salmon with mango salsa
Grilled salmon topped with mango and red pepper salsa is irresistible. There’s no restrictions on healthy fats on the Whole30 meal plan.
7. White fish fillet with braised fennel
Thin fillets of flounder or sole work well in this dish. A fiber-rich coleslaw, and yummy slices of naturally sweet fennel make this a meal to share. The veggie components of this elegant dinner can be prepared ahead.
Cook the fish last. It will just take minutes.
8. Shrimp and asparagus stir-fry
This is one of those great 15-minute meals to have in your back pocket at the end of the day. You can use frozen shrimp and asparagus. (Freezer restock alert.)
This brothy stir-fry uses coconut oil, and the shellfish and spears are simply seasoned with lemon, ginger, and garlic.
9. Blackened Cajun mahi mahi
Shake up your own Cajun rub from your spice rack, or buy a prepared mix, for this blackened steak. Sear it on the stove (we love our cast iron pan), top it with sliced avocado and you’ve got the perfect entrée for an 80s themed dinner party.
10. Skillet beef fajitas
This sizzling Tex-Mex favorite is packed with veggies and has a spicy kick. Just throw everything in a hot cast-iron pan. And make sure your veggie broth is Whole30-approved.
11. Sweet potato and pineapple beef bowls
A hearty salad bowl based on spicy ground meat — paired with sweet, juicy fresh pineapple and mango — sings with flavor. It’s gotta be fresh. Canned fruit can have a lot of sugar.
12. Hearty vegetable soup
This recipe makes six servings, packed with potatoes, ground beef, and chunky tomato sauce. Filling and nutritious, and ready to freeze. Hello, easy weeknight meal.
13. Pork roast with sweet potatoes, apples, and onion
This Whole30 makeover of the classic pork and apple combo uses fresh fruit for a naturally sweet side to the roasty protein. Diced sweet potato adds satisfying carbs rich in beta-carotene.
14. Lamb, mint chimichurri, and butternut “rice”
Cauliflower isn’t the only veggie you can morph into rice-like granules. Butternut squash also makes an awesome substitute for the grain. Here it’s made all buttery and wonderful with ghee.
With tender, grilled lamb, drizzled with a fresh, minty chimichurri, this is dinner party-worthy stuff.
15. Tomato basil beef goulash with eggplant
Hungarian goulash takes a page out of an Italian cookbook in this blogger’s version. Here the dish’s trademark paprika is swapped out for basil and garlic.
Whisking in the cream from the top of a can of coconut milk makes it extra luscious while keeping to the Whole30’s no-dairy rule.
16. Paleo eggs in hell
Eating Whole30 doesn’t mean having to splurge on pricey meats and seafood. This eggs for dinner one-pan meal turns a modest ingredients into something heavenly, if your idea of heaven is a little spicy.
Leave out the bread the blogger uses to sop up the sauce. Use a spoon!
17. Zucchini noodles with everything pesto and fried eggs
When spiralized zucchini is lathered in dairy-free pesto and topped with a fried egg, the zoodles are awesomely delicious. One warning: pine nuts can be expensive. It’s fine to sub in walnuts.
18. Slow cooker ratatouille soup
With a whopping eight kinds of veggies, this may as well be called “the one-stop stew for your daily recommended fiber and vitamin intake” (although “ratatouille soup” gets right to the point).
This recipe makes a large batch that will cover dinner for days. Thank you, freezer.
The Whole30 diet plan opts for fresh, unprocessed foods. These 18 Whole30 dinner recipes showcase all the good things you can eat on the plan, like turkey, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, and lots of veggies.
With the clever swaps in these recipes, you won’t even miss grains, legumes, and sugar.