Whole30 Dinner Recipes
Whether you're on the Whole30 plan or thinking about starting soon, these recipes make it easy to serve up satisfying dishes without dairy, grains, beans, or alcohol. We promise you won't be eating salads exclusively for a month! From hearty hashes to rich soups and stews and even "pasta" with meat sauce, you'll find something for everyone in the family to enjoy while still meeting your health goals. You can also make dinners even easier by roasting a few sweet potatoes or mixed veggies over the weekend, then focusing on the protein when you get home from work. Get ready to make your Whole30 month a big success.
Steak and Egg Hash
This breakfast for dinner is Whole30-friendly with lots of vegetables, perfectly seared steak, and sunny-side up eggs. It all comes together in one cast iron skillet. And if you're a little anxious about getting everyone at the table behind your healthy eating commitment this month, not to worry! Several reviewers loved how family-friendly this dish turned out to be.
Za'atar Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern herb and spice blend that's tangy, earthy, and delicious. It goes into a bright marinade for grilled chicken tenders. Keeping with the Middle Eastern theme, a nutty, dairy-free tahini and lemon dressing finishes the salad. Enjoy as a quick dinner during your Whole30 month, or grill the chicken ahead and pack the salad for lunch.
Spaghetti Squash with Paleo Meat Sauce
If pasta is in your usual dinner rotation without Whole30, you'll love this plan-approved version. Instead of noodles, roasted spaghetti squash is shredded into long strands that are just as twirlable. Spoon over the rich, veggie-packed meat sauce for Italian comfort in a feel-good package. "My family is already asking when I will make this again!" says user loisc.
Autumn Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
This lighter spin on the usual beef and mashed potato shepherd's pie is just the ticket if you're craving comfort food during your month of Whole30. An ancho- and cinnamon-spiced turkey and veggie mixture goes into a casserole dish with a mashed sweet potato topper. It's baked to bring all the flavors together. "Super easy to make and absolutely delicious," says chrisabruzzio.
Greek Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake
This sheet pan dinner makes cooking and cleanup a breeze, with crispy chicken quarters, potatoes, and green beans all cooked together. Did we mention it's also Whole30-friendly? A Greek-inspired seasoning of fresh lemon, olive oil, and dried herbs flavors every component. Over 500 reviewers raved about this recipe; we know you'll love it too.
Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Curried Soup
Coconut milk, not dairy, gives this soup its wonderful richness and body. It also makes this a Whole30-ready dinner with a side salad or roasted veggies. Curry powder adds lots of warmth and fragrance to the soup as well. "Readily available ingredients, simple to make, vegan friendly, healthy, and very affordable," says recipe reviewer ConkyJoe.
Paleo Mexican Pulled Pork
Whole peppers, garlic, and spices help give this pork shoulder lots of smoky flavor — a big bonus considering it cooks in the slow cooker instead of on the grill. Reviewers loved the unusual Mexican twist on this BBQ classic, and didn't even mind that it's served without buns (which makes it paleo- and Whole30-friendly).
Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Hash
If you're missing grains during your month of Whole30, frozen cauliflower rice comes to the rescue. Here, frozen cauliflower and sweet potato crumbles act as the starchy base for a speedy vegetable hash, though we bet it would also be delicious in fried rice. "Great tasting and very healthy," says user James Cavanaugh.
Slow Cooker Spanish Beef Stew
"Another recipe for the books!" says reviewer Rebecca Hanna. This twist on the classic beef stew uses store-bought sofrito — a concentrated sauté of bell peppers, garlic, onion, and tomato paste — for big flavor pay off after a long, gentle simmer in the slow cooker. Chunks of beef stew meat also become fork tender and meld with the sofrito and tomato sauce. Whole30-approved, hands-free, and packed with flavor... What's not to love?
Chef John's Salmon in Parchment
Chef John does it again with his interpretation of a classic French technique called "en papillote" or cooking in parchment. Gently boiled potatoes and asparagus are topped with salmon fillets, sealed in parchment paper, and baked. The steam created inside cooks everything through. "Ridiculously easy — absolutely loved this. Will definitely make this one again and again," says recipe reviewer AnnieBea57.
Baked Eggs in Avocado with Bacon
You've heard of egg in a hole on toast, but what about egg in an avocado hole? Skip the Parmesan cheese to make this simple, fun main fit your Whole30 plan, especially with a side of roasted sweet potato wedges. "Excellent recipe," says user Brian A. "Eggs and avocado came out creamy and flavorful."
Lui's Zucchini Leek Pho
Zoodles stand in for rice or wheat noodles in this cure-whatever-ails-you vegetarian soup. The broth is packed with aromatics like leeks and garlic, soothing spices like ginger and curry powder, cayenne for kick, and lots of veggies. "I made this for my husband who was coming down with a cold," says reviewer Virginia Lee Kansler. "My only complaint is that one batch wasn't enough for the two of us!"
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll
You could boil cabbage leaves, make a filling, stuff, sauce, and bake (phew!) or you could make this version of the Eastern European classic in less than half the time. The same ingredients come together in a Dutch oven for a saucy stew that's just as delicious, not to mention low-carb and Whole30-friendly. "This is delicious as written," says user Kimbec.
Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon
Bacon truly does make everything better, including grilled chicken breast halves. Here the bacon keeps the lean chicken moist and hold fresh sprigs of rosemary in place to infuse the meat as it cooks. Look for bacon that's sugar-free to fit your Whole30 plan. "You've hit a home run with this one!" says Gotrecipe? to this recipe's creator.
Summer Fresh Shrimp Kebabs
Since much of the Whole30 plan involves fish, meat, and vegetables, it's a great reason to fire up the grill. Cilantro, parsley, garlic, and lemon make up the zesty marinade for the grilled shrimp here. Serve alongside more grilled veggies to complete the meal or top roasted shredded spaghetti squash or cooked zoodles.