We’re a few weeks into the new year now. How are your resolutions going? Did you resolve to make healthier food choices? Bored yet? I know when I think healthy food, I think grilled or baked chicken breast with steamed vegetables for every meal and it’s kind of scary. However, I’ve got a bunch of friends currently passing around Whole30 recipes, and I was completely surprised to learn just how much fun you can have with healthy food. Check out some of my favorites!
Curried Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash: My belief that healthy food is nothing but chicken and vegetables automatically means that healthy food and comfort food are two totally different things. Look at this recipe prove me wrong!
Hearty Vegetable Soup: While we’re talking about comfort food, let’s talk about soup. Another great choice for chilly winter days, it’s also a lifesaver! You can make a big batch ahead of time to pack for lunches (yours or the kids—just put it in an insulated food jar to keep it warm) or to have on hand for evenings when you’re too short on time to make dinner. Making healthy eating easier and more convenient means you’re more likely to do it, right?
Creamy Bacon Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust: Planning a brunch event? You can still eat healthy while serving brunch staples like quiche. And quiche with bacon, at that. The sweet potato crust provides a fun and different taste from standard pastry crust—way to up your brunch game!
Plantain, Chicken Sausage, and Avocado Breakfast Plate: Apparently, Whole30 breakfast options are pretty limited and they consist mostly of eggs. But here’s a fabulous and filling breakfast recipe that is egg-free. It has avocado, so you know it’s awesome.
Carrot Cake Smoothie: Cutting out sweets (good-bye cookies, cake, pastries, and candy…) doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. Enjoy the spices and flavor of carrot-cake in this good-for-you smoothie.
Baked Macadamia Nut-Crusted Chicken: This sounds sooooo good! But I especially love the recipe creator’s suggestion to substitute the chicken with Mahi or Halibut. Paired with a coconut-infused side dish, you’ve got yourself a little taste of the tropics!
Homemade Larabars: We all know that eating on the run or at our desks is not a good choice, but sometimes, you just gotta snack. When the body needs fuel, it needs fuel. So here’s a recipe for a snack bar that’s meant to be an occasional Whole30 indulgence, but is still better than junk food or the drive-through.
Thai Chicken with Spicy “Peanut” Sauce: Delicious Thai spices (and no actual peanuts) provide flavor for this yummy dish that’s sure to get you out of your “regular meal” rut.
Pizza Quiche: Craving pizza? (Damn you, pizza commercials!) Sadly, I can’t totally help you there because we all know that nothing is going to sate a pizza craving like delicious bad-for-you pizza. But, you can explore the flavors of pizza in different ways—like on eggs! It’s not as weird as it sounds. During the 2008 presidential election, a local restaurant created omelets based on the candidate’s home towns. My husband fell in the love with the “Obamalete,” which was pretty much the fillings of a Chicago deep-dish pizza stuffed into an omelet. This quiche? Kind of the same thing. Give it a try! (PS, it’s going to be darn near impossible to find a Whole30-compliant pepperoni, so consider other meat toppings.)
Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Curry: Sometimes when I feel like eating lighter, I find that a meal made of filling veggies is all I want. And I’m a sucker for curry, so this recipe is right up my alley!
So, do you see what I’m saying about incorporating Whole30 recipes into your healthy-eating plan? There is so much variety! And I didn’t even start scratching the surface—I mean, seriously, there’s not a single salad on this list and I have found some delicious Whole30 salads. If you’ve got a favorite recipe, be sure to share it with us so we can try it too!