For 30 days this month we're exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn't a diet or a judgment of foods as "good and bad." It's actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
Dinner on Whole30 really can be quite similar to dinner when you're not following the program. How, you ask? We've got a few ideas.
Why not put protein at the center of the table? Round it out with some veggies and you've got a meal that's geared to feed all the mouths at the table. If you're looking for something a bit more comforting, we have a shepherd's pie that's creamy, carby, and 100 percent Whole30-approved. And, if all else fails, almost everyone can agree on a bowl of chicken soup.
Here are 15 great dinner recipes to try.
Satisfyingly Meaty Mains
Whether it's a quick, no-fuss sheet pan dinner or a comforting casserole, there are lots of Whole30-approved choices when it comes to meat-centric dinners.
- Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies (use ghee in place of butter)
- Southwestern-Spiced Pork Tenderloin (use olive oil in place of vegetable oil)
- Sheet Pan Chicken with Red Potatoes and Sage
- Turkish-Style Shepherd's Pie
- Roast Chicken with Fennel, Carrots, and Gremolata
Easy Fish Entrées
Don't forget that seafood gets the thumbs up on Whole30. Simple fish dinners like baked salmon or halibut are a light choice that are worthy of weeknights and dinner parties alike.
- Fish in Crazy Water
- Baked Salmon with Herbs & Lemon
- Lemon-Herb Fish Fillets on Crispy Potato Rafts (substitute ghee for butter)
- Baked Halibut with Chimichurri
Hearty Soups and Salads
Lean on soups and salads that pack in both flavor and staying power, whether it's a classic, from-scratch chicken soup, a veggie soup, or a grilled steak salad.
- Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder
- How To Make Chicken Soup
- Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Thai Grilled Steak Salad (check for added sugar in the fish sauce — Red Boat is one Whole30-approved brand — and skip the sugar called for in the recipe)
- Lyonnaise Salad (check that the Dijon you're using doesn't contain white wine)
30 Days of Whole30: We're kicking 2017 off with 30 days of Whole30. Why Whole30? It's not a permanent diet; it's not a prescription for eating. It's just 30 days of eating whole foods and exploring a more purposeful, mindful approach to food. Read more here on what Whole30 is and how to follow along.