We’re back with one more Whole30 post for you guys. As Michelle mentioned, we picked up a few tips for a successful Whole30, and that included some go-to recipes and ingredients that we turned to time and again during our 30-day challenge. Here are our favorite Whole30 recipes and store-bought items.
Our Favorite Whole30 Recipes
While I definitely got more comfortable in the kitchen during all this, I still stuck pretty closely to a few recipes. I ate a lot of Asian-inspired dishes during the Whole30 since most of them are inherently dairy free.
- Whole30 Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai: This is the best thing I cooked on the Whole30. I even made it for my dad and Zac, who weren’t doing the challenge, and they both loved it. I subbed in sweet potato noodles instead of spaghetti squash and it was just (Italian chef kiss) muah.
- Crock Pot Curried Sweet Potato Soup: This recipe was super easy to whip up (love me a Crock Pot meal) and it made a ton of soup. I made a batch early in the month and froze about half to eat later.
- Bacon Avocado Ranch Egg Muffins: This breakfast recipe was delicious. The only challenge was making sure I could find compliant bacon, but Heinen’s carries some.
- Slow Cooker Breakfast Frittata: This was another good breakfast option that was easy to make and reheat in the office. Excellent with salsa on top.
- Coconut Cream Larabars: I didn’t make this until the end of the month and I wish I had made it earlier. So good and so easy!
Whole30 Best Buys
One of the main points of the Whole30 is to make all of your own food and not rely on convenience items or prepackaged or prepared foods. Well, we mostly stuck to that, but we made some concessions for the sake of our sanity. Here’s what we picked up from various stores during the Whole30:
- Cauliflower rice
Costco had the best prices on bulk nuts and dried fruit that we found around town. Plus, they sell a four-pound bag of frozen cauliflower rice, which was a lifesaver.
- Coconut aminos
- Coconut milk
Trader Joe’s sells a bunch of compliant items, but we stopped in most often to replenish our coconut amino supplies.
- Red curry paste
- Coffee creamer
If your cooking habits are anything like ours, you’re going to want to have red curry paste on hand at all times. Finding an option without any added sugar was tough, but we had luck at both Heinen’s and Earth Fare. Both of those stores also sell compliant coffee creamers, which is kind of cheating but whatever. Michelle liked Nut Pods and I was a fan of the Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk creamer.
Obviously, Target sells a bunch of essentials, but we made special trips there to stock up on Larabars. They had the best price around town and a good selection of flavors. Target also carries the Califia Farms products I liked.
So, that’s it! We’re wrapping up our Whole30 coverage since we’re now officially back in the regular food world. Hopefully, these recipes and our past tips are helpful if you’re tackling the Whole30 yourself. And, if you have any other good recipes or purchases, let us know! We’re not trying to do this challenge again anytime soon, but you never know.