One of the biggest challenges with the Whole30® plan is the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen preparing compliant meals. After completing two rounds of the program, I've discovered that having a plan and quick, nutritious recipes really makes the Whole30® journey easier and more successful. With that in mind, here are 20 recipes that are compliant and ready in 30 minutes or less. The recipes are separated into breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- but don't let that stop you from having breakfast for dinner or lunch for breakfast.


1. Paleo Omelet Muffins

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These egg muffins bake in just 20 minutes and are perfect for breakfast-on-the go. Be sure to use Whole30® compliant ham, bacon, or sausage and play around with your favorite vegetable mix-ins. If you are adding mushrooms or spinach, cook them first to get rid of moisture.

2. Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

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Prepare your vegetables the night before, or use pre-cut supermarket veggies, and this Middle Eastern egg dish is ready in under 30 minutes. This one skillet meal of spicy tomato sauce and gently poached eggs is enough to feed 4 people and is perfect for brunch. Tip: for extra protein, add ground beef or turkey.

3. Sweet Potato Toast with Pesto and Avocado

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You are probably missing toast and while sweet potato toast is not a true replacement, it's the perfect vehicle for pesto and avocado. And since it is breakfast, you can add a delicious sunny side-up egg too.

4. Avocado Baked Egg

To make this recipe a success, be sure to use large avocados that are still firm to the touch but are not under ripe. Did I mention these are sprinkled with crispy bacon? The recipe makes enough for 2 servings, but can easily be scaled up to feed a whole family.

5. Paleo Cauliflower Rice Frittata

Riced cauliflower is your friend and in this recipe it's used as a crust for an egg white frittata. Many larger stores now sell riced cauliflower, so be sure to pick up a bag to save a few extra minutes.


6. Warm Steak and Potato Salad

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You won't go hungry after eating this salad. Frank11, the recipe creator, describes it best as "comfort food without the guilt."

7. Grilled Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles

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Can you say "yum"? This 15-minute recipe is complete with homemade basil-almond pesto, zucchini noodles, tender grilled shrimp, and topped with crunchy toasted almonds.

8. Ground Turkey Taco Meat

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Skip the sugar in this recipe and you'll have a super delicious taco meat to top baked potatoes, spiralized zucchini noodles, or serve taco-style with avocado and pico de gallo.

9. Paleo Cauli Couscous

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You've heard of cauliflower rice, so why not try this recipe for cauliflower couscous. Make a batch to pack for quick work lunches. To bulk this up, add simple grilled shrimp, chicken tenders, or compliant sausage.

10. Gazpacho with Poached Shrimp

This light and refreshing chilled soup with tender poached shrimp is super quick and easy. The soup is made entirely in a blender or a food processor, and the shrimp cooks in just a few minutes. Use heirloom tomatoes for the best flavor.

11. Tuna Confetti Salad

This mayo-free tuna salad is loaded with crunchy vegetables, herbs, and can be served in Napa cabbage, radicchio leaves, or in a hollowed out tomato.

12. Quick Beef Stir-Fry

Stir-fry recipes by definition are quick and easy and this one is no exception. To make this beef stir-fry compliant, skip the soy sauce and use coconut aminos instead.


13. Baked Coconut Shrimp

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Use unsweetened coconut to coat the shrimp and serve these crispy crustaceans with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or a green salad.

14. Thai Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk

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This rich, creamy, and oh-so-flavorful curry is worth making, even if it might take you a few minutes over the 30-minute limit. Carefully read the labels on the curry paste and fish sauce to make sure the two are compliant.

15. Chicken Salad with Apples and Grapes

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This salad has got it going on! Triple up the crunch factor with apples, celery, and walnuts and toss the salad in a creamy homemade aioli.

16. Super Simple Salmon

Substitute butter with olive oil, and this pan-seared salmon is ready for dinner in about 15 minutes. While the salmon is cooking, steam or saute broccoli, zucchini, or asparagus.

17. Grilled Jalapeno Tuna Steaks

You're going to love these grilled ahi tuna steaks. Grilled in under 15 minutes, they will pair well with the next recipe on the list.

18. Lime Cilantro Cauliflower "Rice"

The list wouldn't be complete without cauliflower "rice". This recipe gets a zing from lime juice and plenty of fresh cilantro. Butter is optional, so leave it out or use olive/coconut oil instead.

19. Grilled Pepper Steak Salad

Steak for dinner? Yes, please! This juicy grilled steak is served over mixed greens with tomatoes, avocado, and onion, dressed in a lemon chipotle vinaigrette. Skip the cheese to make this salad Whole30® compliant.

20. Broiled Sesame Cod

Use olive oil in place of butter to make this recipe compliant. I'd suggest not taking leftovers for lunch - your office mates will thank you (beware of microwaving fish!).


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