40 Whole30 Recipes: Easy Meals in 30-Minutes or Less! | What Great Grandma Ate (2024)

Quick and easy Whole30 recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less! Going sugar-free doesn’t have to be bland or boring, and these yummy Whole30 meals are proof of that. This list features easy and delicious Whole30 meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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What Is Whole30?

The Whole30 challenge is such a great way to reset your diet, turn to real food, and feel better overall. I have found so much freedom in what I eat after recognizing what makes me feel great and what doesn’t.

While it’s just 30 days of reset, it can feel overwhelming and difficult (particularly in the first 2-3 weeks). I recommend planning ahead with shopping lists and meal planning so you’re not scrambling for compliant Whole30 meals last minute. This list will help ease the transition.

Easy Whole30 Recipes

To help guide you through the 30 days, I put together fast and easy Whole30 recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These Whole30 meals are flavorful and simple enough that anyone can cook them! Plus, they’re filled with wholesome ingredients

Use these quick and easy Whole 30 ideas to create a Whole30 meal plan, make shopping lists, and set yourself up for an easy 30 days!

Whole30 Recipes: Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is one of those meals that gets boring quickly. It’s so easy to make the same thing over and over again. Especially when rushing to get ready, get the kids to school, and get to work on time.

Remember, you don’t have to eat “breakfast food” in the morning. You can switch it up with leftovers from the night before, your favorite side dish, or any meal that you love.And if you do choose to eat regular breakfast foods, make extra for the meal prep for the next day.

Here are some of the best Whole30 recipes to eat for breakfast that take 30 minutes or less.

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

This delicious and easy Whole30 breakfast takes classic scrambled eggs and puts a spicy and flavorful spin on them with Mexican spices and hot sauce. It's also full of healthy veggies and fats to keep you satiated for a long time.

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Kimchi & Bacon Breakfast Egg Muffins

Finding sugar-free bacon and kimchi is important for these savory Whole30 breakfast muffins, which consist of sautéed kimchi wrapped in bacon with a runny yolk on top. It may be trickier to find compliant kimchi, but it's really easy it makes your own that's sugar-free (recipe in my cookbook, Korean Paleo)!

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Chorizo Omelette

An easy and delicious Whole30 omelet that's bursting with flavor. You can’t beat the flavors of spicy chorizo with the creamy eggs, with bites of crunchy bell peppers in between! Make sure to use sugar and nitrate-free chorizo to keep it compliant.

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Chorizo and Butternut Squash Baked Eggs

This is a great make-ahead breakfast that's sturdy enough to eat on the go. It's also versatile for substituting ingredients (like sweet potatoes instead of squash or ground beef instead of chorizo), and it's one of the most popular Whole30 recipes when I cook for a group!

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Pork Breakfast Sausage

If you are looking for a delicious Whole30 breakfast without eggs, this pork sausage is so flavorful and perfectly juicy. You can even make a double batch and freeze them as emergency food! I like to heat these up in the morning and enjoy them with a side of sautéed kale.

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Breakfast Burrito Collard Wraps

If you've never used collard green leaves to use in place of a wrap, you are missing out! They are sturdy, crunchy, and won't fall apart. In this Whole30 breakfast recipe, you can enjoy a classic breakfast burrito wrapped in collard greens, and it's delicious.

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Whole30 Recipes: Salads

Hearty and filling salads are my go-to Whole30 meals. Not only are they delicious, but they also come together quickly. Salads are a great way to add a lot of vegetables and delicious whole foods fast. When it comes to quick and easy Whole30 meals, I think of salads rich in protein, fat, and healthy carbs.

Here are some of my favorite Whole30 salad recipes that work as a complete meal!

Cobb Salad

One of my favorite Whole30 meals that is a complete meal on its own! It tastes exactly like a classic cobb salad with crunchy bacon, soft-boiled eggs, tomato, chicken, and avocado. It's tossed with a simple but tangy and flavorful dressing to pull it all together!

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Egg Salad

You can enjoy this creamy and crunchy egg salad as a snack or a meal. With eggs, bacon, onion, mayo, and spices, it comes together super quickly and the result is always so delicious. I personally like to eat this over salad greens.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

If you love buffalo sauce, this is a fantastic salad that's crunchy, spicy, and so flavorful. It's also a great make-ahead meal that you enjoy for lunch, and it's delicious in a lettuce wrap.

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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

A healthier twist on a classic caesar salad, this Whole30 salad recipe uses massaged kale instead of romaine, almonds instead of croutons, and a seriously delicious and flavorful Whole30 caesar dressing you'll want to put on everything. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes, but you can cut down on time even more if you buy fully-cooked rotisserie chicken!

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Mandarin Chicken Salad with Coconut Chips

One of the BEST Whole30 recipes! This better-than-takeout salad is one that you'll want over and over again! This Mandarin chicken salad is made with chicken, sugar-free mandarin oranges, and toasted coconut chips instead of crispy noodles, all over romaine lettuce. The umami sesame dressing really pulls this wonderful recipe together.

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Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

With crunchy and refreshing "noodles" made with carrots and parsnips, this salad is chock full of delicious Asian flavors from cashews, coconut aminos, fish sauce, and sesame seeds. It's such a flavorful way to get lots of veggies into your diet!

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Hearty Chicken Salad

Another delicious and creamy salad that you can make ahead of time! In fact, the flavors get better the longer it sits with this Whole30 chicken salad. Filled with healthy veggies, and you can adjust the ingredients with what you have on hand. It's also a great way to use up leftover chicken!

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Whole30 Recipes: Seafood

Adding a healthy protein to your meal is a major way to stay satiated and be successful throughout Whole30. Seafood is a great option, and it can be budget-friendly if you are using the canned variety.

Although cooking seafood can be intimidating for some, most are actually quite easy! They cook very fast, resulting in tasty 30-minute Whole30 meals. Here are some of the most popular Whole30 seafood dishes.

Salmon Cakes with Zucchini

These moist and flavorful salmon cakes are made with canned salmon, and they also include hidden veggies! I had too many fish cakes that were dry, and these are the opposite of that. Zucchini adds amazing moisture and texture, and these are kid friendly as well.

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Sheet Pan Shrimp and Broccoli with “Soy” Garlic Sauce

One of my favorite fast and easy Whole30 meals made on a sheet pan! This Asian-inspired shrimp dish is cooked with broccoli and cauliflower rice in one pan. The "soy" garlic sauce is amazingly flavorful, and the cleanup is a breeze as well!

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Grilled Halibut Steaks with Basil Chimichurri Sauce

Halibut is one of my favorite fish that's hardy enough to grill and hold together, and it's also packed with flavor. This is a SUPER QUICK recipe, in which the halibut is grilled for 10 minutes, then drizzled with the most flavorful and bright basil chimichurri sauce. It's so fast that you'll have plenty of time to prepare some easy sides with the meal!

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Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaskan Salmon

This baked salmon recipe is PACKED with flavor and is one of the most popular less-than-30-minute Whole30 recipes on my blog. Salmon filets are topped with the most incredible topping chopped walnuts, dill, mustard, and spices, and the result is just fantastic!

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Shrimp Pad Thai

Recreate the flavors of Thai takeout at home with this quick and easy stir-fry recipe! Instead of noodles, spiralized carrots are used and they are the perfect substitute. Shrimp and veggies are cooked in the most flavorful Pad Thai sauce that's made with squeaky clean ingredients!

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Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Garlic Ghee

If you need an insanely quick protein to prepare on a busy week, I highly recommend these pan-seared scallops. Not only is it a ridiculously easy recipe, but the flavors are also divine from pan-frying in ghee, then coating in lemon and garlic. One of the most flavorful Whole30 recipes!

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Grilled Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Skewers

This incredibly flavorful meal comes together in just 15 minutes. Sausage slices and shrimp coated in cajun seasoning, then skewered together before grilled to juicy perfection. Make sure to use compliant sausage that's free of sugar and nitrates!

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Creamy Spinach Stuffed Salmon

In this easy Whole30 recipes, salmon filets are stuffed with creamy spinach, then pan-fried to golden, flaky perfection. The creamy spinach is dairy free and made with cashew cream, and the whole dish comes out beautiful and delicious every time.

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Simple Tuna Patties

If you are looking for a simple and easy recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make, I recommend you make these tuna patties! This is a no-frill recipe of just mixing ingredients together, shaping them into patties, then pan-frying for several minutes. It goes great over some greens, and drizzled with hot sauce or your favorite Whole30 dressing!

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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Lemon Garlic Marinade

The lemon garlic marinade is what really makes these salmon skewers shine. The fresh savory tartness of lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic, and herbs really brightens the dish and keeps the salmon moist throughout the grilling process. This is another super quick recipe that takes about 15 minutes, and it's fantastic with some cauliflower rice and roasted veggies!

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Whole30 Recipes: One Pot Dishes & Easy Dinner Recipes

If you are looking for easy Whole30 meals and main dishes using just one pot, this is a great list. These quick and easy Whole30 recipes will help you stay on track and eat deliciously (for the whole family!).

These Whole30 meals will also save you time to get other things done in life. Hope you enjoy these easy meal ideas!

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

I usually don't like restaurant teriyaki dishes because they are too sweet, but this one is just perfect. Lightly sweetened with no-sugar-added pineapple chunks, this dish is super quick and flavorful. So perfect over some cauliflower rice!

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Sheet Pan Phill “Cheese” Steak

As an east coast girl, this 30-minute dinner is near and dear to my heart. I thought I couldn't enjoy Philly cheesesteak ever again, but this dish proved me wrong. Instead of cheese, a cashew cheese sauce is used and the result is seriously fantastic. This is a crowd-favorite meal that even non-Whole30 peeps will love!

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Easy Pork Chopped with Grilled Peach Salsa

If you have a grill, this one of the simplest Whole30 meals that bursts with flavor and it's perfect when the weather is warm. Both the pork chops and peach slices are grilled to perfection, and while the pork rests, you can make a refreshing grilled peach salsa to go along with it. Takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

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Creamy Skillet Chicken with Garlic & Basil

A one-pot dish that's so comforting and creamy, this skillet chicken is pan-fried, then simmered in an amazing garlic basil sauce. It's delicious with a side of mashed potatoes and a salad, and the leftovers reheat beautifully as well.

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Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

These oven-baked meatballs are one of my favorite 30-minute Whole30 recipes, and my husband requests them often. These can be made with ground beef or lamb, and they contain an amazing combination of Greek spices. Coat them with Whole30 tzatziki sauce to serve, and they are fantastic with some veggies and greens on the side.

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Horseradish Pan Sauce

Unlike other pork tenderloin recipes that may take a bit of time to cook through, these sliced medallions take just 3 minutes of pan-frying on each side. They are coated with a creamy and flavorful horseradish pan sauce, and they make an amazing main dish that's ready in no time!

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Mongolian Beef

This quick and easy Whole30 meal takes 20 minutes from start to finish, and you'll be amazed that you were able to recreate a takeout classic at home! It's so much healthier than the restaurant version, with an amazingly flavorful sauce that coats the beef slices. Enjoy with cauliflower rice and a side of steamed green beans!

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Burrito Bowl

A burrito bowl is my go-to meal when I'm feeling lazy or tired, and want to throw something together quickly. You can use beef or chicken, and most of the cooking is sautéing the meat with taco seasoning. Once you have the meat and the cauliflower rice ready, just assemble the bowls with your favorite toppings like salsa, guacamole, olives, and cilantro.

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Korean Sloppy Joes

This quick Whole30 recipe is a delicious combination of classic comfort food and the crowd-pleasing flavor of bulgogi. It can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop, and it comes together real quick with either method! I love enjoying it over baked potato halves or alongside cauliflower rice with some kimchi.

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Sesame Chicken

Another delicious takeout classic that's made healthier, but doesn't sacrifice the flavor! You can make this in the air fryer or on the stovetop, and both methods result in a fast and easy meal. The chicken pieces are pan-fried to yield a crispy outer layer, then coated in the most flavorful sesame sauce!

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Cauliflower Pork Fried “Rice”

Using cubed pork chops, this cauliflower pork fried rice is packed with veggies and is just so delicious. With just 12 minutes of cook time, you'll have dinner ready for your family in no time, and it's so easy to make a large batch of leftovers!

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Chicken Yakitori (Japanese Chicken Skewers)

I first had chicken yakitori when I visited Japan for the first time, and I instantly became obsessed with the tender chicken bites coated in a sweet and savory sticky sauce. This Whole30 version uses just 1 date to sweeten the sauce, but it's enough to yield an amazingly flavorful chicken that you'll want to make over and over again! If you don't have a grill, you can just broil for the same amount of time.

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Cauliflower Falafel

Yes – you can make Whole30-compliant falafel using cauliflower and it's absolutely delicious and taste close to the real thing! These can be oven-baked, air-fried, or pan-fried, and it's a great snack or a plant-based meal. Dip them in Whole30 tzatziki sauce, and it's perfection in a bite.

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Mongolian Chicken with Shish*to Peppers

This is a flavorful Whole30 Mongolian chicken recipe with a twist by adding shish*to peppers. While shish*to peppers are usually tough and hardy when they are raw, they turn wonderfully tender and slightly crunchy once pan-fried and cooked through. Chicken and peppers are coated in an amazing coconut aminos sauce, and it's wonderful over cauliflower rice.

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Moroccan Meatballs with Creamy Dipping Sauce

These Moroccan meatballs are packed with amazing spices like garlic, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and cinnamon, baked to perfection, and then served drizzled with the most addicting creamy dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is not necessary, but I highly recommend it!

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Creamy Carrot Soup with Bacon

I love making this creamy carrot soup with bone broth for extra nutrients. The bacon gives an amazing crunchy texture alongside the creamy smoothness of the soup. I've even made a huge batch of this soup to enjoy for breakfast for a week because it's filling and so delicious! The leftovers reheat beautifully too.

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The Best Whole30 Diet Recipes!

If you loved this list of easy Whole30 meals, there’s even more on my blog! Check out these recipes for even more best Whole30 meals!

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What to do after day 30 of Whole30? ›

Reintroduction basics
  1. Take it slow. Reintroduction takes at least 10 days, but can take up to 30 (or more). ...
  2. One at a time. Reintroduce each food or beverage group one at a time, like a scientific experiment. ...
  3. Reintroduction days. ...
  4. Challenge your system. ...
  5. Choose low-sugar options. ...
  6. Take breaks between groups.

What can I cook for under $30? ›

30 dinners under under $30 the whole family will love
  • Pumpkin soup. ...
  • Risotto carbonara. ...
  • Tuna and caper pasta with crispy breadcrumbs. ...
  • Matt Preston's French onion soup. ...
  • Spaghetti in cherry tomato sauce. ...
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with chilli and seeds. ...
  • Quick and delicious mushroom and thyme soup. ...
  • Cauliflower soup.

What are the Whole30 rules? ›

The Whole30 diet is a strict 30-day elimination diet that many people turn to for weight loss or help with digestive concerns. The program encourages you to cut out alcohol, sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and additives from your diet for 30 days. It is advertised as a total lifestyle change, rather than a simple diet.

What to make when you have no time to cook? ›

So we rounded up our favorite easy weeknight dinner recipes you can make in just 15 minutes — from comforting pastas to hearty rice bowls.
  1. Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles. ...
  2. Bacon Avocado Caesar Salad. ...
  3. Cacio e Pepe. ...
  4. 5-Ingredient Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce. ...
  5. Italian Chopped Salad. ...
  6. Easiest Garlic Bread Pizza.
Nov 8, 2023

What is the hardest day of the Whole30 diet? ›

On Days 10 and 11, you are statistically the most likely to quit your Whole30. (That's why they're “the hardest days.”) By this point, the newness of the program has worn off, and though you've made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, you've yet to experience significant benefits.

What is the one bite rule on Whole30? ›

One bite of pizza, one spoonful of ice cream, one sip of beer within the 30-day period and you've broken the 'reset'—and have to start over again on Day 1,” Whole30 instructs.

How do you feed a family of 5 for $10? ›

Ten Healthy Family Meals Under $10
  1. Healthy Fried Rice.
  2. Pasta Salad.
  3. Fettuccini Alfredo… or Bowtie, or Shells, or Rotini.
  4. Rosemary White Bean Soup or Turkey White Bean Chili.
  5. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos.
  6. Black-eyed Peas and Pork…with Kale.
  7. Enchilada Casserole.
  8. Down-home Macaroni and Cheese.

What can you eat for $1 dollar a day? ›

More $1 Meal Ideas
  • A boiled egg, brown rice, and raisins with milk.
  • Whole wheat pancakes and a side of fruit or juice.
  • Oatmeal pancakes and applesauce.
  • Scrambled egg, toast and juice.
  • Hash browns, eggs, and fruit.
  • A green smoothie with a side of toast.
  • A muffin with a side of banana and yogurt.
Dec 7, 2022

Why do I feel so bad on Whole30? ›

Some downsides include Whole30 side effects like digestive problems, worsened food cravings, and reduced nutrient intake. The diet restricts certain foods and food groups, which, if followed long-term, can result in nutrient deficiencies.

Are bananas allowed on Whole30? ›

Basically, all fruits and veggies are acceptable on Whole30, so your favorite apples, bananas, berries, and the like are fair game. The same can't be said for your green breakfast smoothie, however.

What are the risks of the Whole30 diet? ›

The Whole30 diet could make your blood sugar levels fluctuate. It can also cause inflammation in your gut, and hurt your health. If you have diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome, you might want to avoid the Whole30 diet.

What can you cook in 8 minutes? ›

8-minute recipes (91)
  • 8 minute Spanish rice. ...
  • 8 minute spicy Ramen. ...
  • 8 Minute Fudge. ...
  • 3 Minute Bread Pudding (for breakfast and snacktime) ...
  • Easy Egg Sandwiches in 5 Minutes! ...
  • California Farm Panfried Halibut with Asparagus. ...
  • Glossy!

What can I cook in short time? ›

Quick recipes
  • Vegetarian ramen. A star rating of 4 out of 5. ...
  • Air-fryer pork chops. A star rating of 0 out of 5. ...
  • Tahini noodles with red cabbage & Sichuan peppercorn slaw. A star rating of 3.4 out of 5. ...
  • Reuben sandwich. ...
  • Quick chicken hummus bowl. ...
  • Air-fryer garlic bread. ...
  • Creamy garlic pasta. ...
  • 10-minute couscous salad.

What should I reintroduce after Whole30? ›

After Whole30®, you'll probably decide to reintroduce some or all of the eliminated foods, including:
  • Legumes.
  • Non-gluten grains.
  • Dairy.
  • Gluten-containing grains.
  • Added sugar (optional)
  • Alcohol (optional)
Jul 15, 2023

What should I reintroduce first after Whole30? ›

The Fast Track Whole30 Reintroduction Plan
  • Day 1: Reintroduce added sugar by itself. ...
  • Days 2 & 3: Back to the Whole30 diet.
  • Day 4: Reintroduce gluten-free alcohol by itself. ...
  • Days 5 & 6: Back to the Whole30 diet.
  • Day 7: Reintroduce legumes by themselves. ...
  • Days 8 & 9: Back to the Whole30 diet.
Jan 13, 2020

Can you do Whole30 for more than 30 days? ›

In addition, while the Whole30 is totally doable for a 30, 60, or 90 day period, it wasn't designed to be a part of your everyday life forever.


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